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Movers & Makers

Trailblazers thinking outside the box show how they use pioneering ideas and innovations to focus on novel directions and mix it up with markets. Moderator Hannes Hug gets to the bottom of the success factors in “Q&A”: What do they do differently from their competitors? What drives them?



Speaker:

Aike Festini

CO-Founder & CEO


Plenty of heart and soul, an Executive MBA from the IMD in Lausanne, a head full of ideas and fed up with corporates – these were the best prerequisites for Aike Festini to found LuckaBox Logistics AG, a cloud-based platform for on-demand and express deliveries. It allows retailers to offer what customers of today want: flexible and fast deliveries that adapt to their everyday life and not vice versa. The missed delivery note in the letterbox is a thing of the past with LuckaBox. Aike Festini has extensive experience in strategy and marketing project management and has been responsible for multi-million dollar market entry projects throughout her career. Before LuckaBox, she led an international team of 24 employees at UPC.

Pascal Gallo

CEO, LakeDiamond


Pascal Gallo’s passion for crystals and precious stones began at an early age as his grandfather was a mine prospector in Africa. After completing his PhD in quantum physics and crystal growth, he joined Professor Eli Kapon’s group at EPFL to continue his research into fundamental interactions between light and matter in semiconductor nanostructures. He then served as an operations planner and chief business development officer in start-ups active in photonics before co-founding LakeDiamond, a Swiss company producing lab-grown diamonds for jewelry and high-tech applications, in 2015.