Did you know that 2.6 billion francs are invested in food innovation, with F&B exports reaching 8.9 billion per year? A unique ecosystem has emerged from Geneva to Zurich, due to Switzerland’s deeply rooted agricultural tradition, an unmatched density of world leading companies and scientific institutions as well as a large number of start-ups in areas such as food, nutrition, life sciences and robotics.
As we continue to push the case for the Food and Nutrition Valley in Switzerland, we ask the creators, the integrator and an innovator about their views on how this plays out in the global ecosystem. And how could India, and specifically, Karnataka contribute or benefit from Switzerland’s expertise.
Dr. -Ing. Alexander Mathys is a food technologist and has been Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Sustainable Food Processing at ETH Zurich since 2015. He received his doctoral degree in food processing in 2008. Dr . Mathys is the author of more than 80 publications (incl 10 patent applications,) and was selected IFT W.K. Kellogg International Food Security Award Winner 2020, Young Researcher of the 60th Meeting of Nobel Laureates 2010, and Einstein Young Scholar 2010 at Falling Walls 2010.
Dr. Olga Dubey is the co-founder and CEO of AgroSustain SA. Following her PhD thesis, Olga decided to focus on the applied research understanding the need for sustainable agriculture, aiming to provide high-quality food with no negative impact on the environment and human health. That led to the foundation of AgroSustain – a Nyon (Agroscope) based startup that develops multiple solutions to fight the food waste, starting with biological freshness extension solutions for fruits and vegetables and followed by the antifungal biological solutions.
Dr Fabian Wahl is the Head of the ‘Food Microbial Systems’ Strategic Research Division at Agroscope. Previosly Fabian worked for the Merck Group, as Head of New Business and was responsible for developing and implementing corporate strategy.
Fathi Derder is currently the Managing Director at the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley. He is a journalist by training, with about 12 years of experience working at the public service radio station (Radio Suisse Romande) as a senior reporter, before becoming the deputy editor-in-chief. In 2008, he launched a regional private television of which he is the editor-in-chief. He was a Member of the National Council (federal parliament) from 2011 to 2019.