Shalini Trefzer

AI Expert & Senior Advisor, GTS & World in 2050, Basel, Switzerland
Specializes in business development for high-tech startups


About Global Talent Summit

The Global Talent Summit (GTS) is the premier space for multi-disciplinary stakeholders from the private sector, policy, academia/education, and innovation to come together to discuss the trends and solutions for the future of work and education. GTS—on its 6th year now—has convened over 2500 strategists, key opinion leaders, and relevant stakeholders to shape the future of talent through education, innovation, and recruitment.



Since 2016, Shalini Trefzer has devised and operationalized commercialization strategy and new business development for emerging and scale-up AI companies. On occasion, she partners with the CEO’s of very young AI startups to help build their business from the ground-up and secure initial funding. Prior to this journey of AI, Shalini spent 15 years managing programs and operations in product development for multinationals like Cisco Systems and Novartis.

Relevant to her ability to contribute in the technology sector, Shalini recently completed an AI business applications course in MIT, studied project management at Stanford and has had her PMI certification since 2008. Shalini is skilled at “moving the needle” and brings this expertise in the service of the Global Talent Summit. She is deeply passionate about using emerging technologies to create a thriving future for humankind.