Team

Pierre for Web - lightPierre Strübin, Chairman
Pierre  joined Fongit in June 2000 and was our Director for 13 years. Pierre formerly worked at ABB, IEC and LEM, where he was the general manager for the Component Division. Pierre holds a degree in electrical engineering, has a MA in Finance and a MBA in Management. His expertise is the field of Finance, Administration, Project and General Management. He is a board member of more than ten companies and is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at Fongit Seed Invest (FSI).


Antonio GambardellaAntonio Gambardella, Director
Antonio joined Fongit in 2014. He was previously the founding partner of a venture capital fund investing in technology, with headquarters in Switzerland, Italy and California. During this experience, he managed incubator activities for seed startups. Later, he made direct investments in innovative small-medium companies in Europe, with active roles in management and board of directors (sectors including telecom, software, cleantech, optics and luxury). Antonio holds a degree in Economics at Bocconi University in Milan (Italy) and he attended Singularity University in California.



Gian-Luigi BeriniGian-Luigi Berini, Member of the Board of Trustees of Fongit
Gian-Luigi is the former Director of Fongit, which he joined in 1999. Gian-Luigi spent more than 10 years as line- and general manager in larger corporations such as Alusuisse SA before becoming an entrepreneur with the Hightech startup AutoDose SA. Gian-Luigi studied economy in Zurich, his expertise is in the field of Sales & Marketing, Organization and General Management.  He represents Fongit and FSI on the Board of Directors of some portfolio companies.

 


James for Web lightDr. James H. Miners, Senior Business Advisor
James is an international entrepreneur and innovator. He has set-up and managed four technology startups in Cleantech, Nano-materials and Transportation, including High Power Lithium, which was successfully exited to the Dow Chemical Company. Passionate about transforming technology into product, James brings a unique experience of leading value creation and innovation in startups as well as fortune 100 companies. He has 20+ scientific publications and patents and holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and a PED from IMD.


EdW for Web lightEmmanuel de Watteville, Senior Business Advisor
Emmanuel has worked for large multinational companies, holding various line- and general management positions. He has experience as an entrepreneur of a startup and has coached more than forty companies. Emmanuel is trained as an IT engineer and holds a MBA from INSEAD. His expertise is in the field of Finance, Marketing and General Management. Emmanuel joined Fongit in 2004.

 


JE for Web lightJohn ElbingStartup Coach
John has a technical background as a software developer (EPFL) and went back for a financial MBA at Carnegie Mellon when he turned 40. John has launched several startups and he now coaches entrepreneurs, notably in the Lean Startup methodology, at We Who Startup. He also transposes these methods to innovation management for established companies. Leveraging his 20 years of experience in digital projects, he teaches at HEG and the EU Business School and offers strategic digital coaching for SMEs at Mardi Digital. John is a coach for CTI startup, based at Fongit.


Aline RochatAline Rochat, Administration
Aline joined Fongit in 2013. Aline manages the administration of Fongit’s incubator and of its incubated companies. She is responsible for accounting, invoicing, payroll, and front desk.


Emanuele

Emanuele Cordioli, Administration
Emanuele manages Fongit’s front desk & events. She also provides administration services for Fongit’s incubated companies. A Brazilian networker, she helps build our startup community spirit.


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