two speakers[VERBIER INSTITUTE] We are delighted to announce two new speakers at the launch event of theVERBIER INSTITUTE: “Global Leadership in Sustainability” on August 29-30, 2014 at the W Verbier Hotel.

ANDRÉ SCHNEIDER, VP, EPFL and PER ARNOLDI, International Artist

The launch will be keynoted by a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development: Mr. John Elkington, Executive Chairman of Volans. He will be joined by other executives to discuss the future of global leadership in sustainability with leaders from EPFLStarwood Hotels, Carbon Trust and Trillion Fund.

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During this event you will be able to experience the Verbier Institute’s mission:
Innovation ForumCarbon Trust will talk about a Carbon Zero programme. Trillion Fundwill talk about innovative ways of financing renewable energy, and EPFL Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne will discuss about their new campus on renewable energy opening next year.
Impact AcademyStarwood Hotels will give a class on Sustainability in Tourism
Performance Center – telecabine networking and outdoor activity (weather permitting) focused on art and sustainability in the Alps with Per Arnoldi.

PROGRAMME: A full programme can be found here>>
REGISTRATION: The event is FREE to attend please register now>>
ACCOMODATIONS: Take advantage of a 33% discount rate at the W Verbier>>

ABOUT PER ARNOLDI: Per is a world-renowned artist who has worked with World Economic Forum,Lord Norman Foster+ Partners, Alp Action, JCDecaux International, Japanese Railways,British Airways, Opera National de Lyon, The Hermitage Museum, Skt. Petersburg, Montreux Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Newsweek International, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The White House,DC, National Jazz Museum, Haarlem, New York, Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire, Paris and many more.

ABOUT ANDRÉ SCHNEIDER: André Schneider, after having been a professional musician in major classical orchestras, developed his first experiences when IBM decided to go into services and asked him to create an IT consulting practice in Geneva, working throughout Europe; he then expanded his experience joining the World Economic Forum and was instrumental during his 12 years in creating the world’s leading global multi-stakeholder platform and finally globalizing this concept by expanding it around the world, with special emphasis on China and the Middle East. With his advisory, André has been quickly developing projects and thought leadership in many important issues around sustainable development, like renewable energies, sustainable competitiveness, sustainable mobility, sustainable infrastructure grading and financing and social banking. On August 1, 2013, André has joined EPFL, as Vice-President for Planning and Logistics. André is also the chairman of World Climate Ltd, the world’s leading media and events platform to accelerate the development of the global green economy; Chairman of equal-salary, providing a certification of equal compensation for women and men; and Vice-Chairman of Global Infrastructure Basel, the sustainable infrastructure forum and summit.

ABOUT: The Verbier Institute is a Swiss not-for-profit dedicated to pioneer sustainability. It focuses on driving innovation, and improving the performance and positive impact of sustainability within organisations and communities. The Verbier Institute is an initiative ofBotza.

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