Urs Bühler Innovation Fund

The Urs Bühler Innovation Fund (UBIF) was established in 2014 to support
the company’s innovation efforts.

Bühler invests roughly 5 % of its turnover in research & development every year – developing breakthrough technologies and services to strengthen Bühler’s market position as well as exploiting new opportunities to stay ahead of the innovation curve. The Advisory Board, managing the UBIF, focuses on accelerating the innovation process within the company as well as on its advancements in the field of Internet of Things. hings.

Urs Bühler
(1943, Switzerland)

Urs Bühler graduated as a mechanical engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). After holding a number of positions in Switzerland and abroad, he was appointed to the Corporate Manage- ment of Bühler AG in 1975, in charge of sales and development. From 1980 to 1984, he was President of Bühler GmbH, Braunschweig (Germany). In 1986, Urs Bühler was appointed CEO of Bühler in Uzwil. He handed over the executive management duties of the company to Calvin Grieder at the beginning of 2001. Urs Bühler has been a Member of the Board since 1981, from 1991 as its Vice-Chairman and from 1994 to 2014 as its Chairman. He was a member of the board of several Swiss companies. Urs Bühler was born in 1943 and is Swiss. 

Hal Gurley
(1955, Switzerland and America)
Managing Director, Cisco Systems (Switzerland) GmbH

Hal Gurley holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engi- neering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), and an execu- tive MBA from the Institute IMD (Switzerland). Before moving to Switzer- land in 1995, Gurley was President and Founder of Automation Intell- igence, an advanced systems integration and software develop- ment firm based in the USA specializing in realtime communications and control systems for industrial, robotic, and military applications. Prior to joining Cisco in 2000, Gurley was Director Internet / IP at Swisscom. Before he moved into a global sales role in 2013, Gurley worked for over ten years in Cisco’s management and strategy consulting organization, engaging with service provider customer executives to accelerate business success using Internet and cloud technologies for a competi- tive advantage. In his global sales leadership role, Hal Gurley is responsible for Cisco’s Cloud / Network Management and Automation software portfolio and go-to-market execution. He also serves as sole Managing Director and legal representative of Cisco Systems (Switzerland) GmbH. Hal Gurley was born in 1955. He is Swiss and American. 

Dr. Matthias Kaiserswerth
(1956, Switzerland and Germany)
Managing Director, Hasler Stiftung, Bern

Dr. Matthias Kaiserswerth studied Computer Science at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) and at the McGill University in Montreal (Canada). He obtained his PhD in Engi- neering from Erlangen University. From 1988 to 2015, Dr. Kaiserswerth worked for IBM. He has spent almost his entire career as a researcher in the areas of high-performing communication and security in Switzerland and the USA apart from mid-2002 to the end of 2005, when he was responsible for the global IBM business relations with a large internatio- nal industrial customer. For more than eleven years Matthias Kaisers- werth was Director of the IBM Research Laboratory in Rüschlikon (Switzerland) until he became Managing Director of the non-profit Hasler Stiftung in Bern, in May 2015. This foundation supports education, research, and innovation in information and communication technolo- gies. Dr. Kaiserswerth is Vice-President of the Swiss Federal Commis- sion for Technology and Innovation. Dr. Kaiserswerth was born in 1956. He is Swiss and German.

Edward S. Steinfeld
(1966, America)
Professor of Political Science; Director, Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Edward S. Steinfeld studied Government and Political Science at Harvard University (USA) and holds a PhD in Political Science. From 1996 to 2013, Steinfeld was a professor of Political Economy and Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). He also served as a visiting scholar at the Tsinghua University School of Public Policy and Management in Beijing from 2012 to 2013. From 2005 to 2013, he was Director of the China Energy Program at the MIT Industrial Performance Center. In 2013, Steinfeld moved to Brown University (USA), where he currently directs the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs as well as the Brown China Initiative and is a Professor of the Department of Political Science. Beside his university engagement, Edward Steinfeld is a member of various boards of directors, academic and advisory boards in the USA, Asia, and Europe. In 2012, he was appointed as a Member of the China Advisory Board of Bühler Group. Edward Steinfeld was born in 1966 and is American.

Ian Roberts
(1970, Great Britain)
Chief Technology Officer

Ian Roberts graduated in Chemical Engineering and obtained a PhD in Process Engineering from the University of Wales (Great Britain). From 1997 to 2009, he held various management positions at Nestlé, acting among other positions as internal management consultant at Swiss headquarters, as Director of Innovation for Nestlé Mexico, and as Director of the Chocolate Centre of Excellence in Switzerland. He has been Chief Technology Officer at Bühler since 2010. Furthermore, he is a member of the board of the academic institutions Wyss Institute, UNITECH and IFNC-EPFL. Ian Roberts was awarded European CTO of the Year 2016. Ian Roberts was born in 1970 and is British.

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