Combining 25 years of executive leadership in general management and public affairs from multinationals, startups and academia, Sanja brings to the table a broad expertise in managing international market operations, leading multicultural teams, and engaging high level internal and external stakeholders.
Throughout her professional career Sanja closely interacted with and ensured actionable dialogue among businesses, governments, think tanks and academic institutions as she strongly believes that innovation through collaboration is a key ingredient for a progressive society.
Sanja holds a BSc degree in Economics & International Trade from the University J.J.Strossmayer, Croatia and an MBA from SDA Bocconi, Italy and is alumnus of numerous executive courses on Leadership and Strategy from INSEAD (France) and IMD (Switzerland).
Ayisha is the Co Founder & Managing Partner of RegHorizon, which fosters the development of innovative solutions in regulatory policy that address societal and business concerns.
Ayisha’s consultancy activities focus on building trust and advancing concrete policy solutions in the area of Artificial Intelligence. She works closely on joint projects with the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, ETH Zurich and the EPFL, in addition to business actors representing multinationals and SMEs, global policy experts, technologists, individual governments and Geneva based International Organizations.
Ayisha is a strategic alliance builder with extensive experience in Government Affairs tackling complex regulatory & fiscal challenges through working with diplomatic missions, international organizations, government ministries, consumer and business associations. She is a passionate & decisive leader with in depth understanding of business drivers, adept at identifying trends and opportunities & ensuring execution at local, regional & global levels. She has over 20 years of experience in the public & private sector, including with the United Nations and with a large Multinational.
Ayisha graduated from the London School of Economics & Political Science (UK) with a BSc in Economics and holds a Masters from Tufts University & the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (USA). She is also an alumnus of MIT’s Sloane School of Management (USA), INSEAD (France), and the Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland. She is also a member of various organizations promoting women in leadership and technology and is a member of the Board of the London School Of Economics Swiss Alumni Foundation.
Since 2010, David has been known as the “go to guy” for entrepreneurs and investors in Switzerland, has worked with many young firms, and has led many startup related efforts including Startup Grind, Zuripreneur Meetup, Failcon, Startup Bootcamp and FintechDay, as well as jury, mentor and coach at MassChallenge, Startup Weekend, Founder institute. Having an international background, he is also connected to the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem, particularly in Silicon Valley and throughout the rest of Europe.
He has worked in Information Technology since 1999, connecting the worlds of business and technology while combining Product Development and Technical Implementation. David has a knack for problem diagnosing & solving, and translating the needs of the market and clients into new features, refinements and products.
As a serial networker and social media aficionado, his love for testing beta versions of new products coming out of Zurich’s many startups and strong social presence, has made him a sought-after advisor in many industries.