He is creating platforms for new currencies to scale ideas globally

Stefan Klauser

Department of Humanities, Social & Political Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Why you should listen

Stefan is a Political Scientist and Fintech Expert contributing to the rise of distributed participatory networks.

He is the Project Lead of FuturICT 2.0, a European initiative that tries to foster distributed incentives mechanisms for sustainable behavior. He brings together, on a global level, big data, new modelling techniques and new forms of interaction, leading to a new understanding of society and its co-​evolution with technology.

Stefan is also Founder of Climate City Cup, a gamified platform that allows individuals and organizations compete and collaborate in fighting climate change and fostering sustainability.

Today, Stefan is also responsible for strategy, community building, and outreach of Professor Helbing’s Chair for Computational Social Science at ETH Zurich.

Before his engagement at ETH, he worked for the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, where he served as Project Leader for Innovation Initiatives and as Swiss Representative to the OECD Global Science Forum.

Meet Stefan at Worldwebforum 2020 where he is Future of Work Track Speaker.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich – Where the future begins

Freedom and individual responsibility, entrepreneurial spirit and open-mindedness: ETH Zurich stands on a bedrock of true Swiss values. Our university for science and technology dates back to the year 1855, when the founders of modern-day Switzerland created it as a centre of innovation and knowledge. At ETH Zurich, students discover an ideal environment for independent thinking, researchers a climate which in-spires top performance. Situated in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, ETH Zurich is pioneering effective solutions to the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Some 530 professors teach around 20,500 students – including 4,100 doctoral students – from over 120 countries. Their collective research embraces many disciplines: natural sciences and engineering scienc-es, architecture, mathematics, system-oriented natural sciences, as well as management and social sci-ences. The results and innovations produced by ETH researchers are channelled into some of Switzer-land’s most high-tech sectors: from computer science through to micro- and nanotechnology and cutting-edge medicine. Every year ETH registers around 90 patents and 200 inventions on average. Since 1996, the university has produced a total of 380 commercial spin-offs. ETH also has an excellent reputation in scientific circles: 21 Nobel laureates have studied, taught or researched here, and in international league tables ETH Zurich regularly ranks as one of the world’s top universities.



Stefan Klauser heads the FuturICT 2.0 project at the Chair of Computational Social Science COSS at ETH Zurich. He is co-founder of the BETH – Blockchain School for Sustainability and Head of Task Force of the Climate City Cup.

Until 2015 he was with the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation responsible for the conception and implementation of international innovation initiatives and Switzerland’s representation in the OECD Global Science Forum.

Key topics included financial technology, additive manufacturing, mobility and biotech. Previously, he worked for the Swiss Embassy in Washington DC in the area of Science, Technology and Higher Education.

Stefan Klauser obtained a degree in political science from the University of Zurich in 2009 and attended advanced training courses at MIT and LSE.