Dr. Simon Schafheitle: University of St.Gallen (FAA-HSG)
Simon Schafheitle is Assistant Professor for Human Resource Management and Artificial Intelligence at the Department for High Tech Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Twente, Netherlands. In this function, he devotes himself to a better understanding of datafication in the workplace and trust so that organisations can create a technology-permeated environment where people can grow and flourish. He received his doctorate from the University of St. Gallen in 2020, focusing on the impact of datafication technologies on 21st century workplace architectures, particularly emphasizing the dual relationship of trust and HR control. Currently, he is launching a research project aiming at a more nuanced understanding of how “intelligent” technologies impact Performance Management Systems, for instance, what it means if a robot sets employees’ goals or if an algorithm incentivizes or punishes employees. His research interests lie in the areas of “SMART Workplaces”, new technologies in human resource management and leadership, digital mindsets, trust in and between organisations, employee engagement, and motivation, as well as in the tradition of evidence-based management.
Prof. Dr. Antoinette Weibel: University of St.Gallen (FAA-HSG)
Antoinette Weibel is a Trust and Organisation researcher and Full Professor for Human Resource Management at the University of St. Gallen. She is the Director of the Institute for Work and Employment Research at the University of St. Gallen (FAA-HSG) as well as President of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Systemic Management and Public Governance. She is also a member of various committees that strive to transfer research into practice. Most recent research projects focus on how algorithms influence trust in the workplace and what companies can do when they are confronted with stakeholder distrust. Her current core project, «Good Organisations», asks how organisations can become better members of society.
Dr. Lucia Görke: Nestlé
Lucia Görke currently works as a Senior Data Analyst and Employee Experience Lead at Nestlé in the People Analytics department. Previously, she completed her PhD at the Graduate School of Decision Sciences at the University of Konstanz and at NYU. Thematically, she worked on how autonomous teams show better performance compared to managed teams when using goal achievement strategies. During her PhD, Lucia also worked as a consultant for a Swiss financial services company. Prior to that, she held numerous roles at Allianz SE. When Lucia is not analysing data at Nestlé, she is teaching at the University of St. Gallen and enjoys hiking in the mountains.
Prof. Dr. Georg Guttmann
Georg Guttmann is Assistant Professor of International Corporate Governance at University of St.Gallen and Lecturer for Big Data Analytics and Visual Analytics. He is also Head of C-Level and Board Programmes at the Executive School where he leads a portfolio of research and practice initiatives aimed at executive committees and boards of directors of large European companies. His research focus lies in the area of strategic leadership and corporate governance. He obtained his doctorate in strategy and management from University of St.Gallen with highest distinction and was a Visiting Scholar at Singapore Management University. He is a lecturer for international corporate governance (MBA, Master) and big data analytics (Executive MBA, Bachelor).
Gerhard Fehr: Fehr Advice
Gerhard Fehr is an applied behavioural economist, executive behavioural designer and CEO of Fehr Advice & Partners AG. As an entrepreneur, he was the founder of one of the first business consultancies specialising in behavioural economics back in 2010. Over the last ten years, he and his team have made it the European market leader in behavioural design and experimentability. He is a personal advisor to many politicians, board members, CEOs and top managers in companies. His personal mission is «to enable companies and politics to experiment with plenty of inspiration». His passion: #Experimentability #Behavioural Design #Leadership
Prof. Dr. Peter A. Gloor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Peter A. Gloor is a Research Scientist at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT, where he leads a project exploring Collaborative Innovation Networks and Happiness. He is also Founder and Chief Creative Officer of software company galaxyadvisors, and Honorary Professor at the University of Cologne and Jilin University, Changchun, China. He was previously a partner with Deloitte and PwC, and a manager at UBS. He got his Ph.D in computer science from the University of Zurich and was a Post-Doc at the MIT Lab for Computer Science. His newest book “Happimetrics – Leveraging AI to Untangle the Surprising Link Between Ethics, Happiness and Business Success” appears this autumn at Edward Elgar.
Prof. Dr. Isabelle Wildhaber: University of St.Gallen (FAA-HSG)
Isabelle Wildhaber, LL.M., is a Full Professor for Private and Business Law at the University of St. Gallen. She is admitted to the Bar in Switzerland and to the Bar in New York First Department, having worked for Swiss and American law firms in Basel, New York and Frankfurt a.M.
She has conducted research and published on the legal implications of artificial intelligence and robotics at the workplace, with a particular focus on Swiss law.
Dr. Boris Dzida: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Boris Dzida is a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and a member of the firm’s global Executive Committee. He is also the global head of the firm’s People & Reward practice group. His practice focuses on employee data protection and privacy, employment law in M&A transactions, and the restructuring and reorganisation of companies. He is also a lecturer at the University of Hamburg.
Prof. Dr. Miriam Meckel (MCM-HSG)
Miriam Meckel has been a Professor for Communication Management at the University of St.Gallen since 2005 and is the Co-Founder & CEO of ada learning, a training and development community that equips workers from across organisations for the future. From 2014-2018 she was the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the magazine WirtschaftsWoche, Germany’s leading weekly business publication. Before joining WirtschaftsWoche, Miriam was the Managing Director of the Institute for Media and Communication Management at the University of St.Gallen. Previously, Miriam spent four years in politics at the Office of the Premier of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, first as Undersecretary for Media and government spokeswoman, then as Undersecretary for Europe, International Affairs, and Media. Miriam is an award-winning speaker and a bestselling book author who has published prolifically on the development of the Internet, digital life and the future of journalism.
Dr. Léa Steinacker: ada
Léa Steinacker is an award-winning journalist, researcher, and entrepreneur. She is the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of ada learning, a training and development community that equips workers from across organisations for the future.
With her expertise in emerging technologies and their wide-ranging effects, she is a Lecturer at the University of St. Gallen, teaching courses such as “Social and Economic Impacts of Artificial Intelligence”. Previously, Léa served as the Chief Innovation Officer of WirtschaftsWoche, Germany’s leading business magazine, where she covered the future of work and socio-technological change. Prior to joining Handelsblatt Media Group, Léa worked with social justice NGOs in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 leader, one of Medium Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 journalists, and an Atlantik Bruecke Young Leader. In 2011, she was awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse Prize. Léa holds degrees from Princeton University, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD from the University of St. Gallen.
Dr. Nilima Chowdhury
Nilima Chowdhury is a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen and a consultant and trainer in the areas of gender, work and well-being. As part of the Leaders for Equality team, Nilima supports organisations in developing a gender-inclusive culture. Her workshops and seminars draw upon her research on the socio-cultural dimension of work-related well-being as well as her performing arts background.
Prof. Dr. Veronica Barassi
Veronica Barassi is Professor of Media and Communications in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS-HSG) of the University of St. Gallen and holds the Chair of Media and Culture at the Institute of Media and Communication Management (MCM-HSG). An anthropologist by training, she deals with the social and ethical implications of artificial intelligence and data technologies. She is the author of different articles which appeared in top-ranked journals in the field and of three books including Child Data Citizen: How Tech Companies are Profiling Us from Before Birth published by the MIT Press (2020). Prof. Barassi believes in the importance of publicly engaged social research and consults for companies and non-profit organisations worldwide. In 2018, the Information Commissioner’s Office of the UK Government used her research as evidence for the development of age-appropriate design code; and in 2019, the Irish Government invited Veronica Barassi to discuss AI Ethics at their Digital Summit. In 2020, she was invited as keynote at the Global Child Forum, which was founded by H.M. the King and H.M. the Queen of Sweden. Her Ted Talk on What Tech Companies Know About Your Children has reached over 2 million views.
Heather Whiteman, Ph.D.
Heather Whiteman is an expert in People Analytics, Talent Transformation, and the Future of Work. Heather has a master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology and a PhD in Human Capital Management. Heather teaches People Analytics at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and serves as a Future Workplace Executive Fellow. Heather is a member of the International Organisation for Standards (ISO) TC 260 which focuses on the creation of global standards for HR measurement, reporting and public company human capital disclosures. Heather was recently VP Global Head of People Strategy, Analytics, Digital Learning, HR Operations & Technology at General Electric (GE) Digital. She has led organizations through hyper-growth, digital transformation, acquisitions & restructuring with the use of advanced, data-informed talent management techniques.
Prof. Dr. Tanya Bondarouk
Tanya Bondarouk is Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Twente (The Netherlands) and the chair of the department HRM. She leads the interdisciplinary research about HRM, Technology and Innovation. Her research projects cover topics related to an integration of Human Resource Management and social aspects of Information Technologies, such as digitalization of the workforce and HRM, implementation of digital HRM solutions, robotization and workforce management. In this field, she has edited numerous special issues in international journals and twelve scholarly books. Since 2006 she is involved in organizing International Academic Conferences on digital HRM.