An Olympian in mogul skiing at the Albertville Olympic Games in 1992, Michael Liebreich created the Ecovillage Forum, now Moving Mountains, in 2012. A specialist in energy transition, founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Senior Advisor to Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL), he is now a world-renowned lecturer in the field of sustainable finance, transport and energy.
Nicholas founded POW Switzerland in the summer of 2017. He is passionate about cross-country skiing and spends as much time as possible in the mountains. He received his doctorate in Swiss environmental protection policy and now works in political communication.
Freestyle ski champion – Slopestyle and Big Air – she won Olympic gold at the PyongCheang Games in 2018. A graduate in neuroscience and a member of the national ski team since 2015, Sarah is passionate about preserving the environment with POW.
Neil Beecroft was responsible for sustainable development at Euro 2016 football tournament. Neil encourages the way in which new technologies can positively influence the organizational model of major sports competitions. He is currently head of the Lausanne2020 Sustainable Development Unit and is the founder of PuraWorka and the NGO “Sport Sustainability International”.
Sina Scheider is president of the Swiss section of the Mountain Wilderness Association. She also works as a specialist in an environmental consulting firm. In particular, she is in charge of environmental protection measures in alpine and populated areas.
On 27 June 2019, the Swiss Economic Forum launched the new CE2 platform – Circular Economy Entrepreneurs – in Langenthal to actively strengthen responsible and resource-conscious economies in Switzerland. Cornelia Giger is the project manager.
Adèle Thorens holds a master’s degree in philosophy, history and political science from the University of Lausanne and a postgraduate certificate in environmental and sustainability policy from the Institut des Hautes études en administration publique (IDHEAP). She is a member of the Swiss Parliament (National Councillor for Vaud – Green Party).
Florence Schmidt is in charge of strategic development at Romande Energie, where she is responsible for asset management. She manages wind energy projects and regularly intervenes with public entities to inform them.
Martin Senn is the founder of SwissWinds, a company specialising in the construction of wind power plants in Alpine areas. Its objective: to transform peripheral regions dependent on subsidies into autonomous regions for wind energy. He was the instigator of the highest wind farm in Europe, in Gries (Col du Nufenenen), at an altitude of 2500m.
In 2018, François Vuille was appointed as Director of Energy within the Directorate General for the Environment (DGE), which is part of the Department of the Territory and the Environment (DTE) of the Canton of Vaud. Formerly Executive Director of the EPFL Energy Centre, François Vuille has been a member of the Advisory Board of Moving Mountains since 2016.
Scientific journalist, and co-founder of the online information and investigation site Heidi.news, of which he is deputy editor-in-chief, Olivier Dessibourg has collaborated with several publications: “Le Monde”, “La Recherche”, “New Scientist” and “Le Temps”. He was the president of the organizing committee of the World Conference of Science Journalists held in Lausanne last July.
Pascal Kober has been the editor-in-chief of the French quarterly magazine L’Alpe since its creation in 1998. Published by Glénat and the Musée dauphinois, this review, which is halfway between history, anthropology, photography and journalism, tells of the destinies of the Alpine peoples over the centuries and the challenges they face.
Emmanuel Reynard is a geographer, professor at the Institute of Geography and Sustainability of UNIL and director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Research on Sustainable Development. He conducts research on water management, landscapes and geopatrimoine in Switzerland, Romania and Tunisia.
Geologist and hydrogeologist with a degree from the University of Lausanne, Frédéric Fournier is Deputy Director of Strategy and Development and an engineer for the CSD Ingénieurs group in Lausanne. He is the founder of the online charity project “On a mission”, which advocates for the reforestation of the planet as a response to climate change.
Angelika Abderhalden is the Director General of UNESCO’s Engiadina Val Müstair Nature Reserve in the Canton of Graubünden. At the head of the “Fundaziun Pro Terra Engiadina (PTE)”, she works to promote nature, landscape and culture in the Lower Engadine and adjacent valleys. She is also involved in WWF Switzerland.
Gianno Operto is President of AEE Switzerland, the umbrella organisation for renewable energy and energy efficiency, which represents the interests of 24 professional associations and 15,000 energy companies and suppliers in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. He is an expert in energy and sustainable finance. For many years, he was head of the Energy Department of the City of Zurich (EWZ).
Research engineer at the Pacte Laboratory (University of Grenoble), Aurélie Chamaret is a member of the steering team of the Ouranos-AuRA platform, an interface between academic and socio-economic actors on issues related to the effects of global climate change on a regional scale.
Head of the Lighting Department at Romande Energie Services, Guillaume Fuchs is also the project manager for the floating solar park at Lac des Toules. Guillaume Fuchs holds a degree in technology, mechanical and production engineering from the University of Haute-Alsace, as well as a degree in mechanical engineering from the Technological University of Belfort-Montbéliard. Since 2010, he has been involved in Romande Energie’s renewable energy projects.
Commercial Director, KITRO
Throughout his studies in hospitality management, William felt driven by the marketing of products that brought true value to the client. Motivated by the idea of building a concept from the ground up and bringing a new product to market, “I want to see a positive difference in an industry that I love and that affects all of us in our daily lives.”
Thierry is Founding Partner and CEO of Vivactis, a European medical communications agency. Holding a doctorate and degree in medicine, he worked as a physician in Switzerland and South Africa and later on in the pharmaceutical industry and medtech sector. Thierry is lecturer in “Healthcare Strategy and Marketing” at Lausanne University (HEC UNIL).
Capitalizing on his expertise in marketing and research, as well as on his passion for Les Diablerets, Thierry is a pro bono co-founder of the Isenau360 project. With his colleagues part of the Isenau360 Working Group, Thierry believes in the future of an eco-friendly, four-season and family-oriented alpine resort, such as Isenau360.