Scientific Committee

Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Way to Reduce Poverty?

29-31 May, 2012 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland


Jean-Claude Bolay

Appointed Director of Cooperation at EPFL in 2001, Jean-Claude Bolay has headed what recently became the Cooperation and Development Center (CODEV) since 2005. A sociologist by training, he specialised in urban issues in Latin America, Asia and West Africa. He prepared his PhD in Political Sciences at El Colegio de Mexico, then at UC Berkeley, USA. Before joining EPFL in 1989, he worked for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) both in Switzerland and in Cameroon. He has carried out many international research projects in Vietnam and Latin American countries in particular, looking at social practices in urban societies, sustainable urban development and poverty reduction in developing countries. He was a scientific advisor and evaluator for the Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research, the Belgian Universities’ Commission for Development and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among other institutions. At EPFL, he has directed postgraduate courses on development in Africa and India. A member of the executive and advisory boards of a range of institutions including the North-South NCCR, KFPE, and the Swiss Centre for Scientific Research in Abidjan, he can draw on his vast experience of North-South scientific development cooperation. In parallel to his position as Director of CODEV, he was appointed Adjunct Professor in 2005 in the Laboratory of Urban Sociology of the Natural, Architectural and Built Environment School.

Adrienne Corboud Fumagalli

The Vice President for Innovation and Technology Transfer at EPFL, Adrienne Corboud Fumagalli focuses on the development of both industrial partnerships and EPFL’s “Innovation Square”.  She is also involved in Technology Transfer and chairs two foundations which provide support to start-ups. A background in Telecommunications and Media Technology led to a career in New Business Development, with emphasis on Mergers & Acquisitions, for Swisscom in Bern (1996-2000) and Kudelski in Cheseaux (2000-2008). As Executive Vice President in charge of Business Development at Kudelsky, she piloted several M&A projects and launched the MobileTV Business. She started her career as a researcher, lecturer and consultant in the field of media and information technology policies at various institutes (University of Fribourg, DAMS Bologna, CNRS Paris and McGill University, Montreal, Loughborough University) after completing a PhD in Economics and Social Sciences.

Rudolf Dannecker

Rudolf Dannecker holds a Ph.D. in European History from the University of Basel, Switzerland. He has worked in many different assignments in international development cooperation. He was the coordinator for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in East Africa and the Head of the Eastern Africa Department in Bern. He also coordinated SDC in India and Bangladesh. He was founder and first director of Intercooperation, a Swiss NGO specializing in rural development and forestry, animal husbandry and microcredit systems. As Vice Director of SDC he was responsible for personnel, training, evaluation and administration and from 1992 onwards for bilateral development cooperation of SDC. After his retirement in 2003 he is active in a number of Swiss development organizations (Board Member of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Chairman of the Board of cinfo) and has worked on a number of mandates and assignments. He has travelled widely in Africa, Asia and Latin America on duty missions. He has a large practical knowledge of general issues of development cooperation, of program design and management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programs.

Matthias Finger

Matthias Finger is Professor of Management of Network Industries at EPFL since 2002; he also directs the transport area of the Florence School of Regulation since 2010. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Geneva and has been an assistant professor at Syracuse University (New York), an associate professor at Columbia University (New York) and, Professor of Management of Public Enterprises at the Swiss Federal Institute of Public Administration. He is also a member of both the Swiss railways and Swiss electricity regulatory authorities. His main research interest is on the liberalization, re-regulation, and governance of infrastructures in the transport, energy, and communications sectors. He is the co-editor in chief of the Journal Competition and Regulation in Network Industries.

Philippe Geslin

Philippe Geslin is Professor and Laboratory Manager EDANA Anthropotechnological Laboratory at the University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland,  specialization Industrial Design Engineer. He is Associate Professor at the Institute of Ethnology, University of Neuchâtel, where he is in charge of the anthropotechnological specialization. Philippe Geslin was educated at the Sorbonne University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is the author of a PhD in social anthropology and ethnology conducted under the direction of Maurice Godelier. During the preparation of his first Master Degree, he spent a year at Columbia University in New York. Alongside his second Master Degree, he was trained in ergonomics at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris under the direction of Alain Wisner which he was the assistant. He completed a post doctorate in cognitive science at the School of Cognitive Sciences, University of Sussex at Brighton, UK. For 20 years he developed the anthropotechnology field research and operates in different countries, mainly on environmental projects in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Greenland.

Ronald Jaubert

Professor at both Geneva’s Graduate Institute and Lausanne University’s Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, Ronald Jaubert is also associate researcher at the Mediterranean and Orient Research Centre (CNRS-University Lumière Lyon 2). He researches agricultural policies, water management, desertification and pastoralisation in the Middle East, North and West Africa. Among others, he co-edited Les marges arides du Croissant fertile. Peuplements, exploitation et contrôle des ressources en Syrie du nord (2006).

Claudia Michel

Claudia Michel is Coordinator for Knowledge Sharing and Learning at the National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South. This involves acting as an agent between researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in order to transfer the most important research results into practice. She developed a monitoring and learning instrument for better understanding the effectiveness of NCCR North-South research. As a Senior Research Scientist at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern, she is concerned with the issue of innovation in sustainable development. She holds a PhD in Geography (Social and Political Geography) and was a member of the Swiss Graduate School in Gender Studies 2002–2005. Her field experiences include two years of collaboration on a Bolivian project under the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC (Watershed Management, Cochabamba, 1994–1997). She is married and the mother of two children.

Catherine Morand

A journalist, Catherine Morand worked for several years in West Africa, based in Abidjan, as the correspondent of Swiss and international media. Upon her return to Switzerland, she joined the Information and Communication team of the Swiss section of Amnesty International and took part in several international missions. Since 2005, she is a member of the managing committee of SWISSAID, a Swiss aid organisation active in cooperative development, and manages its French-speaking branch in Lausanne. She can still be regularly found in the field and writes articles and chronicles for various media.

Daniel Schneider

Daniel Schneider is a qualified civil engineer HES, HEIG-VD in Yverdon-les-Bains.  After 3 years in the Swiss private construction industry, he attended a specific education in cooperation development by CEAS. He spent 4 years in Burkina Faso as a volunteer and developed workshops focusing on the promotion of renewable energies and production of appropriable technologies. Back in Switzerland in 1987, he assumed the role of project manager and has been the director of the CEAS – Foundation of the Albert Schweitzer Ecological Center of Neuchâtel, an international NGO since 1996. Member of the Technical Committee of FEDEVACO for fifteen years, he currently chairs the Technical Committee of Latitude 21, the Federation of Cooperation in Neuchâtel, of which he is also member of the board. In 2010, he co-authored with Patrick Kohler of the “Anti-Poverty Innovation Guide” published by Editions Favre.

Bruno Stöckli

For the past 20 years, Bruno Stöckli has worked in various areas pertaining to both development cooperation and research partnerships. He received his doctorate at the Institute of Agricultural Economics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, and was involved in research work in West Africa for several years. As part of his activity as a consultant, Bruno Stöckli addressed a number of macroeconomic and research policy issues.  During ten years he was heading a team at the Swiss Coalition of Development Organizations which is responsible, on behalf of the Swiss Confederation, for debt relief programs in developing countries. He is actually following and analyzing development topics with an emphasis on poverty reduction, civil society participation and development effectiveness. From 2005 until the end of 2001, Dr. Bruno Stöckli shared the presidency of KFPE.