This year Switzerland topped the “Global Innovation Index” for the fourth time, according to INSEAD, Cornell University, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Just how Switzerland, and in particular, the Canton Ticino, can maintain the pole position was the topic of the first event by the Ticino Chapter of the Swiss INSEAD Alumni Association,
The evening conference, entitled Ticino and Switzerland: Attractiveness and Competitiveness in an Increasingly Global World, attracted 110 business executives, investors, politicians, and entrepreneurs to Leopold Lugano. The feature speakers were Theo Vermaelen, INSEAD Professor of Finance and UBS Chair in Investment Banking, Sergio P. Ermotti, Group Chief Executive Officer of UBS AG and Bravofly Rumbo Group founder, Fabio Cannavale. Lino Terlizzi, editor of Corriere del Ticino, and Stefano Rizzo of the Ticino Department of Finance and Economy.
The region’s basic business environment was discussed, threats to it, and ways to develop it. The resonance from the event was positive and is expected to lay the foundation for partnerships for growth. Organized by INSEAD Alumnus Roberto Italia, Senior Advisor to Cinven and CEO of Space SpA, the event was sponsored by UBS, Cornèr Bank, and Bravofly Rumbo Group.
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