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IRUAS 2019



What international competencies do students need to be successful in their future workplace?

Host: Christa Uehlinger
Venue: Aula

Experienced practitioners share their insights:

Dr. Thomas A. Biland

Headhunter and Executive Search, Founder and owner
“Dr. Thomas A. Biland & Partner”

With a Ph.D. from the University of St. Gallen, Thomas A. Biland is an experienced global executive searcher who knows what today’s markets need. His thesis, “The Role of the Board of Directors in Strategic Management”, contributed to first corporate governance discussions. After 13 years in management, he joined a leading Swiss executive search boutique, where he searched for CEOs, Managing Directors and Executive Management positions. In 2005, he founded his own global executive search boutique. Three years later, he acquired da professionals ag complementing his own business for the German speaking market focusing on Managers, Specialists and Executive Assistant.

Matthias Gubler, MSc UZH

Head of the Institute Unterstrass, a Protestant teachers’ college cooperating with the Zurich University of Teacher Education (PHZH)
Matthias Gubler worked as a Primary school teacher before receiving his master’s degree in Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Zurich. After having worked for two years as a school psychologist he became Head of the Vocational and Academic Counseling of the Canton of Zurich and advised students on their choice of study programmes. For over ten years now he has been Head of the Institute Unterstrass.

The Institute Unterstrass not only has a lot of experience in teacher training but is also involved in training programmes for gifted young immigrants (project «ChagALL»), and teachers and staff members thus interact with young people from all over the world on a daily basis.

Claudia Schönbächler

Assistant to the Director of Nursing and Medical Therapeutic Professions University Children`s  Hospital Zurich
Claudia Schönbächler entered the Children’s Hospital Zürich in 1995, initially as a nurse, then as a vocational trainer and nursing teacher. In 2004, she became actively interested in the subject of transcultural questions. She completed a MAS in Transcultural Communication and Management and joined the Commission for Diversity at the Children’s Hospital. In 2017, she became the assistant to the Director of Nursing. As part of her MSc in Nursing Science, she is leading a research project involving juveniles with a migration background.

Michael Witschi

President of Witschi Group AG, Langenthal
Michael Witschi is the president of Witschi Group AG, an internationally operating construction service provider. In addition to his presidency of the governing board, he leads the department “Special Construction” and develops new business areas. Michael Witschi holds a Master of Science with a specialization in Renewable Energy and applied fluid dynamics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). After his studies, he worked as an engineering manager for Holcim Group, a leading global building materials company. Moreover, he is the Social Minister of the City of Langenthal in charge of social welfare, health and age issues.

Dr. Andreas Hinz

Researcher/Lecturer in Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Management FHNW
Andreas Hinz is lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Management, School of Business FHNW. He focuses on international management, entrepreneurship and innovation. He has conducted a study among FHNW alumni on the benefits of international activities they engaged in during their studies and among employers on expected trends regarding the global workplace. Further to his current focus areas, Andreas has work experience in investments, sustainability and philanthropy.