Head & Founder, Think Tank W.I.R.E., zürich, switzerland
He founded one of the most respected think-tanks in Switzerland for business, science and society.


About W.I.R.E.

W.I.R.E. is one of the leading interdisciplinary think tanks. In ten years of engaging with global trends in business, science and society, the Swiss idea laboratory has focused on identifying new trends early and translating them into strategies and areas for action by private companies and public institutions.

At the interface between academia and practical application, W.I.R.E.’s critical mindset and political neutrality mark it as distinctive. Its key topics are the digital economy, social innovation and future-proofing. The think tank places its expertise at the service of the general public, private enterprise and public agencies, in fields ranging from life science, financial services and media to food and industry.

W.I.R.E.’s document- and experience-based knowledge transfer formats are notable for their harmony of form and content and the outstanding quality of their aesthetics and design. The think tank boasts an international network of experts, thought leaders and decision makers.



The founder and head of the W.I.R.E. think tank has spent many years analysing interdisciplinary developments in business and society, focusing on the implications of digitisation in the life sciences, financial services, media, infrastructure and mobility. He is the publisher of the ABSTRAKT book series, author of a number of publications and a keynote speaker at international conferences. With W.I.R.E., he advises desicion-makers on the development of long-term strategies, innovation projects and supports companies in the redesign of future-oriented spaces for employees and the exchange with clients.

After studying biochemistry at the ETH Zurich, he initially joined Hoffman-La Roche’s medical research team. He subsequently went on to work at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as a management consultant and at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. Stephan is a member of the Governing Board of the aha! Swiss Allergy Centre and member of the Innovation Council of Innosuisse, the federal agency concerned with promoting science-based innovation.