Felix Moesner is CEO of swissnex Boston and the Consul of the Consulate of Switzerland. Established as the world’s first "Science Consulate" in 2000, swissnex Boston is part of a global network including San Francisco (2003), Singapore (2004), China (2007), India (2009) and Brazil (2013). The mission of swissnex Boston is to promote knowledge exchanges between Switzerland and North America in higher education, technology, innovation, science and the arts.
Felix Moesner is a Master and Doctor graduate from ETH Zurich and the University of Tokyo. As engineer and scientist, he majored in robotics, MEMS and nanotechnologies. Dr. Moesner worked in two consulting firms (Synpulse & Egon Zehner) and two blue chip companies (Toshiba & Credit Suisse Life) at senior management level before joining the science diplomacy.
In 2013, Felix Moesner founded the New York Outpost in Manhattan, as part of swissnex Boston. He is also the founder of the Science & Technology Diplomatic Circle of Boston with 53 Diplomatic Missions. From 2003 to 2012, Dr. Moesner was the head of the Science and Technology Office at the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan. Together with the US Embassy, he also held the presidency of the Science and Technology Diplomatic Circle, which is comprised of 80+ diplomatic missions and affiliates such as NSF or NASA. Several awards and grants underline his proactive commitments. Twitter: @felixmoesner
Felix Moesner is CEO of swissnex Boston and the Consul of the Consulate of Switzerland. Established as the world’s first "Science Consulate" in 2000, swissnex Boston is part of a global network including San Francisco (2003), Singapore (2004), China (200
Title: Global opportunities to bring top research to market
For the fourth year in a row, Switzerland has remained at the top of the Global Innovation Index 2014. Accomplishing this requires stable politics with minimal uncertainty for businesses, generous and sustained public funding for fundamental research without political strings, and high private-sector investment for R&D, as shown in the Global Innovation 1000. In fact, a total of 4.8% ($31 Billion in 2014) of the world’s R&D investment comes from Switzerland. Of that fraction, $8.9 Billion is invested in the US, more than any other country.
As part of the global ERI-Network, swissnex Boston strategically supports these efforts by connecting the dots between Swiss and US scientists and innovators. As an initiative of the Swiss Government, swissnex Boston was the world’s first science consulate, when it opened its doors 15 years ago. It is now part of a worldwide network of Swiss nodes in the world’s most innovative regions, where the future is being shaped. We are proud to work on world-class partnerships in science, education, and innovation that strengthen the outreach which results in a win-win situation.
Samples of technology transfer, startups support and high-tech showcasing in the US and in Asia with focus Japan will be introduced.