Speaker

All Speaker at the ENGELBERG DIALOGUES 2018

Professor George Sheldon is professor emeritus of economics and director of the Labour Market and Industrial Organization Research Unit in the department of economics at the University of Basel.

He studied in the USA and Germany, receiving an AB in German literature from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH in 1970 and a masters and PhD in economics from the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1975 and 1983, respectively.

George Sheldon is the author of numerous studies in labour and industrial organization economics, principally pertaining to Switzerland and is a former member of various committees of experts set up in conjunction with the revision of Swiss laws on immigration, unemployment insurance, and vocational training.

Professor Christian Dustmann is Professor of Economics at the University College London (UK) since 2004 and the founding Director of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration. In 1983 he received the bachelor degree in business and economics at the University of Bielefeld (DE), followed by a MA at the University of Georia (GR),  a MSc at the University of Bielefeld (DE) and a PhD degree at the University Florence (IT).

Christian Dustmann is a leading labour economist, working in areas such as migration, the economics of education, inequality, the economics of crime, and the economics of labour markets. He regularly advises government bodies, international organizations, and the media on current policy issues.

He is currently president of the European Society of Labour Economists (EALE), and was the President of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) in 2008. Christian Dustmann is an elected Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea) and the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE).

Professor Michael Ambühl studied applied mathematics and management science at ETH Zürich and obtained his PhD in 1980. In 2013 he became full professor at ETH and is presently Head Chair of Negotiation and Conflict Management at ETH Zurich, Head of the Management, Technology and Economics Department at ETH Zurich and director of the ETH Swiss School of Public Governance (SSPG). He is Honorary Visiting Professor at Chongqing University, China.

He also was Diplomat of the Swiss Foreign Service. He was appointed Ambassador by the Swiss Government and was State Secretary in the Foreign and Finance Ministry in Switzerland. Furthermore, he was member of the Swiss negotiation team on Bilateral Agreements.

Michael Ambühl’s research focuses on the theoretical background of negotiation engineering, different technical and applied negotiation schools of thought, mediation and conflict management, with the practical appreciation of negotiation based on his mathematical background and more than 30 years of experience as a Swiss diplomat and negotiator.

Hedy Graber is head of the division ‘Culture and Social’ of the Cooperative MIGROS since 2004. She is in charge of the build-up and development of the project ‘Migros-culture percentage’,  a foundation supporting cultural projects, sustainable yields, sports and economy.

Hedy Graber studied art history, German language and photography ((Ecole d’Arts Visuels) at the Geneva University. From 1990 to 1996 she was curator and managing director of Kunsthalle Palazzo, thereafter director of the division for modern art at the auction gallery Fischer and commissioner of the resort culture in the Department of Education Basel-Stadt.

Hedy Graber is president of the ‘Forum, Culture and Economy’, member of various commissions, juries,  board of directors and member of the University Council Lucerne . She was honoured in 2015 as the European Cultural Manager.

Professor Dominik Hangartner is associate professor of Public Policy at ETH Zurich and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (currently on leave). Furthermore, he is the co-director of the immigration policy lab with branches at Stanford University and ETH Zurich.

After pre-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University, Washington University in Saint Louis, and the University of California, Berkeley, he received his PhD in social science from the University of Bern in 2011. In the same year, he joined the London School of Economics and was promoted to tenured Associate Professor in 2013, before joining ETH in 2017. Dominik Hangartner uses field work and statistics to study the effects of migration policies and political institutions. He has received several awards including the Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Dr. Stefan Schlegel is a senior scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen (DE). He studied law in Zurich and Lyon specializing in human rights, constitutional law and international law. He worked as a research associate with Prof. Walter Kälin at the University of Bern (doctoral thesis on immigration law in the economic analysis of law). Before his PhD, he worked in a law firm, briefly for Amnesty International Switzerland and as a journalist. Furthermore, he volunteered in different local NGOs providing legal advice to irregular migrants and asylum seekers.

Stefan Schlegel is a co-founder of the young Swiss Think Tank “foraus – Forum Aussenpolitik”, he is a former member of its executive board and the former responsible for its migration program that provides policy papers on Swiss Immigration law and policies. In 2015, he was a visiting PhD Fellow at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

Dr. Sanja Damjanović studied physics at the University of Belgrade  (RS) until 1995. She received her PhD in 2002 with magna cum laude at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg, studying heavy ion collisions in an experiment performed at the  German GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt (DE).

From 2003 onwards her research focused on experiments at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva (CH), by investigating high-energetic atomic nucleus collisions. In 2007 Sanja Damjanović played a key role in initiating an international cooperation agreement between Montenegro and CERN. In autumn 2016 she was appointed Minister of Science in the Government of Montenegro.

Recently Minister Damjanović proposed to establish a new international institute in the region of the Western Balkans to develop sustainable technologies based on an integrated view of economic, cultural and social aspects and to foster cooperation of the countries in the region. This project could contribute to develop the economic situation, to produce attractive jobs, in particular for young people, and to revert the ‘brain drain’ in the West Balkan region.

Rainer Roten has been CEO of Schindler Aufzüge AG in Ebikon since January 2013. Previously, he was CEO of the machine manufacturer Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG in Horgen and CFO of the technology group OC Oerlikon.

Rainer Roten studied business economics at the University of Applied Sciences and then completed a M.B.A at the University of Rochester NY and in Bern.

Rainer Roten is still active in various organizations. He is member of the Board of Trustees of the Wirtschaftsförderung Kanton Luzern, President of the VSA Association of Swiss Elevator Companies and Member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Central Switzerland.

Donators and Partners

Following a long period of fruitful cooperation, a close partnership was agreed on in June 2007. The Collegium Helveticum is an institution jointly borne by the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (‘ETH’), Zurich.

The ETH Board is responsible for the strategic leadership of the ETH domain and assumes the supervision of its institutions. Its close relationship with the ETH Council has contributed to the successful continuation of Academia Engelberg Foundation since 2000.

The Foundation promotes research into the connecting human fundamentals of science. Academia Engelberg Foundation and the Foundation for Basic Research in Human Sciences have entered into a cooperation agreement for the period 2011 to 2015.

Helvetia is a quality-oriented comprehensive insurance company with over 150 years of experience. Academia Engelberg Foundation is convinced it will be able to use important synergies from the partnership starting in 2015.

With Singularity 2030 has been a partnership since 2016. The aim is to create synergies in the knowledge transfer of scientific research on singularity (artificial intelligence / biological intelligence) to the general public and entrepreneurial circles.

A partnership with the University of Lucerne has existed since summer 2013. Since 2016 we have also a parthership with the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Lucerne. Through these partnerships, synergies are used and joint projects are tested and realized. The University of Lucerne currently consists of three faculties: the faculties for Theology, Culture and Social Sciences, and Law.

In 2014, Academia Engelberg Foundation formed a partnership with the University of Lund in Sweden. The University was founded in 1666 but general studies, predecessor of today’s University, already existed in 1425.

The focus of the Foundation is the promotion of organizations in the areas of culture and arts, architecture, design, music, sports, education, and science. It has been a partner of Academia Engelberg Foundation since 2014.