UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: What is Essential?
4-6 June 2014 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Founder and former CEO Flisom AG and
Founder of the Startup Advisory Firm Swiss Extension GmbH
Anil Sethi, a serial entrepreneur, founded Flisom, one of the leading flexible photovoltaic companies in the world. Anil took the technology from an idea at Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich and led the company as the CEO and CFO from its inception in 2005 to 2012. He led four rounds of funding, raising some CHF 80 million, and built a team of over 20 people to transition the technology to the market.
Anil was recognized for his efforts by way of honors by various entities along the way. These included being honored as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and an invitation to attend WEF in Davos in 2007. He was also invited to be part of the delegation led by President Doris Leuthard in 2010 to Washington, to help the United States in clean-energy related employment generation. Bilan also recognized Anil as one of Switzerland’s 300 most influential people in 2010.
Anil has been invited by various forums in Europe, Asia and the United States as a speaker, including at the EU’s Energy R&D policy in Brussels in 2011 and at the Global Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Dubai.
In 2012, Anil founded Swiss Extensions with the vision to provide skills to one million people a year within 10 years. Anil also acts as an Advisor to ETH Zurich at their ieLab initiative (Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab). Anil holds an MBA from the London Business School, United Kingdom.