Skills Summit 2022

15 June 2022 | Maag Halle, Zurich

We can’t hear it enough these days, upskilling and lifelong learning are one of the most urgent challenges the workforce faces. Everyone joining or already in the workforce needs to think about how’s, when’s and where’s of upskilling and reskilling themselves on a regular basis to stay competitive on the labor market. So how do we take action?

Join us at the Skills Summit 2022 to discuss, gather ideas for action and network! Inspirational insights from industry experts and stories from peers on their career paths will bring you to the next level. Skill yourself up!


“Be passionate and bold. Always keep learning. You stop doing useful things if you don’t learn.“


Satya Nadella, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft

“Be passionate and bold. Always keep learning. You stop doing useful things if you don’t learn.“


Satya Nadella, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft

Skill it up!

The digital skills gap is widening, and fast. It’s clear, rapid advances in technology such as AI, robotics or process automation are happening in ever shorter cycles, propelling us into a new era of digitization. This is changing the nature of jobs – and the skills needed to do them – faster than ever before. The last two years of pandemic and its far-reaching effects on digitization and innovation have accelerated this trend.

To keep pace with technology and the shift towards sustainability, we will need to upskill and reskill ourselves on a regular basis in the future. And the future starts now: Recent LinkedIn data shows skillsets for jobs have changed by around 25% since 2015. By 2027, this number is expected to double.

So what is exactly upskilling? Why do you and I need to skill ourselves up? And how can we do so?

Join us at the Skills Summit on 15 June 2022 at the Maag Halle in Zurich to discuss, learn, gather ideas for action, and network! Inspirational insights from industry experts, stories from peers on their career paths as well as discussions with the learning community will bring you to the next level. Skill yourself up!

Register for free now, places are limited!

Who should join the
Skills Summit 2022?

  • Young professionals and students building their careers
  • Job seekers and professionals seeking a new professional challenge, today or tomorrow
  • People managers and HR professionals from start-ups to big corporates
  • Learning, skilling, and career coaches, experts, and companies
  • And anybody and everybody interested in upskilling!

5 reasons to join us
at the Skills Summit 2022


Get inspired by awesome experts sharing their insights


Inform yourself about the vast possibilities of upskilling in Switzerland


Hear from peers on how they are shaping their careers


Join the community to share ideas about the how’s and where’s of upskilling


Network with career and recruitment, personal branding and skilling experts



Fair opening (Foyer)


Conference opening (Auditorium)


Insights speech: A story about failing by success


Robin Simon


State of the market & introducing Skills for Switzerland


Nadine Nyffenegger


Insights speech: Creating a new social contract for work in the 21st century


Bettina Schaller


Panel discussion: Today and tomorrow’s work

Fabian Streiff | Bettina Schaller | Stefanie Thommen | Robin Simon


My story: Digital transformation starts in your head!


Stéphane Piqué


Lunch sessions: 3 inspirational stories by peers on how they’re shaping their careers

Senada Kadic | CEO for One Month / Rachelle Häfele


Lunch break: Fair & food trucks (Foyer)


Keynote speech: Digital careers aren’t just for techies! How you can take full advantage of the opportunities that digitization offer

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Raffaela Rein


Insight speech: Facing the future of work: What skills we need to thrive today and tomorrow


Marco Dondi


My story: My upskilling journey at Microsoft


Céline Kreyenbühl


Panel discussion: Lifelong learning: skill it up!

Barbara Rijntjes | Christina Landgraf | Christoph Höinghaus


Key take-aways & action points for us all


Fair (Foyer)



Please note that most of the summit will be in German, with the exception of the first insights speech in the morning, and the insights speech and panel discussion in the afternoon.


Raffaela Rein

Entrepreneur | Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech | Board Member

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Raffaela Rein is an entrepreneur, board member and keynote speaker. She was named amongst the top women in tech by Forbes, amongst the most influential women in startups and VC by Startups EU and amongst the 40 under 40 by Capital.

She is the founder of WildWildVentures, a blockchain focused investor, and of CareerFoundry, a leading online school for digital careers, especially UX design.

Raffaela serves as a board member for the German Startup Verband and is a member of the Porsche Sustainability Board.

She is also is a frequent speaker on leadership, customer experience and entrepreneurship.

Bettina Schaller

Head Group Public Affairs, Adecco Group & President of the World Employment Confederation

Insights speech & panel discussion

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Bettina Schaller heads the group public affairs activities of the Adecco Group.

She is President of the World Employment Confederation (WEC), the voice of private employment services. She is also the Vice Chair of the OECD’s BIAC ELSA Committee and a member of the B20 Future of Work and Education task force, in addition to being a Steering Group member on the WEF’s Center for New Economy and Society as well as of the Global Apprenticeship Network.

Bettina is President of the American Swiss Foundation’s Young Leader Alumni Foundation Board. She is also founding member of “The Boardroom”, a Swiss initiative aimed at driving board diversity and developing the pipeline of future female leaders.

Stefanie Thommen

Business Group Lead Microsoft 365, Microsoft Switzerland

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Stefanie Thommen is responsible for Modern Work and Security Business at Microsoft Switzerland. She is passionate about new work models, change management, and the future of collaboration. Stefanie joined Microsoft during her Master’s degree seven years ago as a working student in the team managing partnerships for the firm. After graduating, she took part in Microsoft’s Early Career Program and is now in her third role at Microsoft Switzerland as a Business Group Lead. Stefanie holds a degree in Business Administration and lives in Zurich.

Fabian Streiff

Head of Economic Development, Canton of Zurich

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Fabian Streiff is an economic geographer interested in the development of economic areas and ecosystems. Since January 2021, he leads the Canton of Zurich’s economic development endeavors. With his team, he advocates for Zurich as a strong, competitive and attractive business and innovation location. As Head of Economic Development at the Office for Economy and Labour Zurich, Fabian is also responsible for the Work Permits for Third-Country Nationals team.

Stéphane Piqué

Founder, carecircle

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Stéphane Piqué is an expert in digital transformation, who founded last year a Swiss startup that will revolutionize global healthcare: carecircle.
Previously, he worked at a variety of technology companies such as Accenture, Motorola and Philips, and also spent eight years traveling the world as an independent consultant on the topic of IoT/RFID. Along the way, he has continued to establish new startups.
In his almost 30-year career, he has had to learn a lot the hard way, and one thing has become clear to him: digital transformation starts in your head!

Barbara Rijntjes

Leadership coach & podcast host

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Originally from The Netherlands, Barbara Rijntjes has a background in consultancy, where as a partner of a consultancy firm, she was responsible for transformation and change projects in public and semi-public organizations.
Being passionate about unleashing human potential, she then started her own businesses in the field of (corporate) wellbeing and coaching in Switzerland. In 2018, Barbara joined one of the leading professional services firms in Switzerland, to design, develop and implement the leadership and culture strategy for the company. Currently, she is leading the Deloitte Coaching Centre with the ambition to build a coaching culture and support the leaders in the organization.
Barbara has her own coaching practice and is the host of the podcast Let’s Talk Soul-Business.

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Senada Kadić

Personal Branding Coach & Senior Employer Branding Specialist

People story

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Senada Kadić is the founder of Ybrand, personal branding consulting & coaching for everyone. She is also a Senior Employer Branding Specialist at Helvetia and mother of soon to be two children.

The multifaceted nature of her professional and private life is exactly what makes it exciting. After all, she launched her career with checking tickets and creditworthiness of companies. Then, eleven years ago, she chose to do a complete overhaul and explore a passion of hers, the communications industry. And that is where she truly understood the value of a personal brand: it increases the chances of being promoted or finding a new job.

As an introvert, Senada learned a lot about the strategy behind personal branding, because she was not a born talent at it. Today, she shares this knowledge with both individuals and companies who want to develop their employees in this area.

Christina Landgraf

Head of Transformation and Talent bei Swiss Life Asset Managers

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At Swiss Life Asset Managers, Christina Landgraf currently leads a team that focuses on talent processes, leadership and employee development, team dynamics and guidance in strategic change. Originally a lawyer holding a doctorate degree, she now describes herself as a pioneer of corporate culture and as a coach.
During her many years in the consulting industry, she dealt in depth with the work 4.0 and 5.0 – the future of work. She draws strength from learning new things every day: currently, how to launch an in-house podcast as well as how to sell a nine-year-old on the positive side of boredom.
In addition to digital skills, Christina believes that human skills and a human-centric mindset are the key to success in the working world of the future.

Nadine Nyffenegger

Director Marketing Communications & Head of Philanthropy, Microsoft Switzerland

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Nadine Nyffenegger leads Microsoft Switzerland’s marketing communications and also heads the company’s philanthropy initiatives.

In the latter role, Nadine manages social and environmental strategic partnerships for Microsoft and engages regularly with non-profits, government entities and other organizations – all with the goal of helping to upskill the Swiss workforce within employability programs. Such programs allow young professionals and job seekers to learn digital skills, such as computing, AI and cloud, to help them gain employment opportunities in today’s and tomorrow’s job market.


Christoph Höinghaus

CEO | Digicomp Academy

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Christoph Höinghaus grew up in Bielefeld, East Westphalia, Germany. After training as a qualified horse trainer, he caught up on his Abitur at night school and studied business administration in Mannheim, soon moving from managing director of a horse breeding association into the IT world. First at CSC Deutschland Solutions, then in 2002 at the company’s Swiss location as CFO and Managing Director. Before Christoph took over as CEO at Trivadis in 2013, his path took him via Fujitsu and TDS. Since fall 2020, the 54-year-old Executive MBA has been Co-CEO of the Swiss Digicomp Academy.

Rachelle Häfele

CEO for One Month, Adecco Group Switzerland

People story

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As part of its efforts to develop young people, Adecco’s CEO for One Month initiative offers young professionals the opportunity to develop their leadership potential and gain the skills and experience they need to get a foothold on the career ladder.

With approximately 200,000 applicants each year, each participating country selects one candidate to shadow the Adecco CEO at the country level for one month to experience the life of a leader. Over the past 7 years, nearly 300 candidates have received this unique opportunity.

Subsequently, 10 outstanding participants are selected for a global bootcamp before one of them is chosen to work alongside the global CEO of the Adecco Group for one month.

In Switzerland, the successful candidate will join Marcel Keller, Country Head Adecco Switzerland, in June. At the Skills Summit, he/she will share his/her personal story, tell us about his/her passions, study and career paths, as well as – what we all want to know – what it’s like to be CEO for a month!


Céline Kreyenbühl

Business Group Lead Azure, Microsoft Schweiz

People story

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Céline Kreyenbühl leads the Azure Core Solution Sales team at Microsoft Switzerland and is also active as a board member.
Originally a communication and business school graduate, Céline has been fascinated by the transformative power of technology and particularly the hyperscale cloud. Consequently, she has worked for Microsoft in different roles across Marketing, Channel Development, Business Management and Sales over the past decade. Hyperscale cloud capabilities have introduced a paradigm change, which is accelerating societal developments and which requires fundamental change in organizational set-ups, operating models and skills. The importance of developing digital skills and nurturing digital talents are essential to the future success of any organization – indeed a key theme in Céline’s work and very own development.

Marc Holitscher

National Technology Officer, Microsoft Switzerland

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Marc Holitscher is Microsoft Switzerland’s National Technology Officer. His overarching goal is to foster digital transformation and capacity for innovation for both the firm and the Swiss market.
Marc has been with Microsoft Switzerland since 2005. In his diverse career, he led the cross-segment organization of solution specialists until 2015, was responsible for the Server & Tools business unit from 2009 to 2013, and, before that, supported customers and partners in long-term investment decisions as Head of Platform Strategy.
Marc holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Zurich. He is married and in his free time enjoys spending time in the Surselva mountain region with his wife and daughter.

Robin Simon


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Robin is currently Director of Product, Engineering & Data at Autoscout24 (SMG Group) and CEO of CAR FOR YOU. He was Chief Product Officer at TX Markets and advised a variety of tech companies as a board member or advisor. He founded a number of startups and still supports young teams as a coach or sparring partner.
In his spare time, he is no less active, having recorded several albums as a musician, his photographs are marketed by international stock agencies, and whenever possible he travels to the remotest corners of the globe.

Marco Dondi

Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

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Marco Dondi is an associate partner at McKinsey & Company in Switzerland, advising clients on the future of work and its impact on labor, education, and adult training systems. He leads McKinsey’s research on future skills. He holds an MBA from Instead and a masters’ degree in management, finance and economics from Politecnico di Milano.
Marco is also the author of the book “Outgrowing Capitalism: Rethinking Money to Reshape Society and Pursue Purpose”, published in 2021 by Fast Company. He is an avid reader, traveler and is passionate about sports in water and onsnow.


Tanya König

Moderator Skills Summit 2022

Tanya König is a multilingual reporter, moderator, TV host, digital producer, and founder of KÖNIG LLC.

In January 2021, she launched Swizz Art Biz, a video podcast where she interviews major players in the art world. She is also video producer and anchor for the platform, a public-private partnership that highlights the latest going-on in the country’s vast financial landscape.

From 2017 to 2020, Tanya worked at CNN Money Switzerland where she hosted and produced interviews and programs on art, culture, and lifestyle as well as reporting on entrepreneurs and their start-up journeys.

She received her BA degree in Sinology with a minor in Political Science from the University of Zurich and studied in Beijing for one year. Before that, she received a diploma from the Ringier School of Journalism.

Tanya König

Moderator Skills Summit 2022

Tanya König is a multilingual reporter, moderator, TV host, digital producer, and founder of KÖNIG LLC.

In January 2021, she launched Swizz Art Biz, a video podcast where she interviews major players in the art world. She is also video producer and anchor for the platform, a public-private partnership that highlights the latest going-on in the country’s vast financial landscape.

From 2017 to 2020, Tanya worked at CNN Money Switzerland where she hosted and produced interviews and programs on art, culture, and lifestyle as well as reporting on entrepreneurs and their start-up journeys.

She received her BA degree in Sinology with a minor in Political Science from the University of Zurich and studied in Beijing for one year. Before that, she received a diploma from the Ringier School of Journalism.

Marsel Szopinksi

Moderator Lunch Sessions

Marsel Szopinski is a communications professional and digital content creator who particularly cares about our climate and social issues.

He works as a Communications Manager for Microsoft Switzerland and is responsible for the extent of the firm’s external and internal communications endeavors in the Swiss market.

Prior to that, Marsel spent several years in journalism and as a social media manager, most recently as news editor at the Blick Group.

Marsel studied media research and communication sciences as well as business administration at the University of Zurich and University of Fribourg.

Registration form

If you register and cannot attend, please note our cancellation policy: If you are prevented from attending, you can cancel your registration free of charge by emailing by 12 June 2022. For late cancellations as well as no-shows, we charge a fee of CHF 50 (incl. VAT) for our efforts.

Also, in attending this event, you agree that video recordings or pictures may be made of the event using your image/likeliness, which may be distributed by Skills for Switzerland at its own discretion. We will not seek any further permission nor provide any notification before using such imagery and no remuneration will be granted.

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Skills for Switzerland

We know that navigating the challenges to close the skills gap require a renewed partnership between stakeholders across the public, private, and non-profit sectors. To that end, Microsoft launched its global skills initiative in 2020, aiming at bringing more digital skills to millions of people around the world. In Switzerland, Microsoft is partnering with the Adecco Group and PowerCoders to drive Skills for Switzerland (SforS), an initiative building on digital technology and data to help grow a more digital-savvy and inclusive skills-based economy. We work with communities, non-profits, and government organizations to help jobseekers, students, and the wider workforce gain the foundational, role-based, and technical skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Microsoft Switzerland

In close collaboration with its 4,600 partner organizations, Microsoft Switzerland has been empowering Swiss corporations, SMEs, start-ups, schools and educational institutions as well as the public sector to achieve more for over 30 years. Microsoft operates its own data centers in Switzerland, which enable customers to store data locally and securely in the Swiss Microsoft Cloud. And in close cooperation with ETH Zurich and EPFL, Microsoft Switzerland conducts research and development in the Mixed Reality & AI Lab and in the Swiss Joint Research Center. The 1000 employees work remotely or in Microsoft spaces in Zurich, Bern and Geneva to advance Switzerland’s unique strengths through innovation, trust and education.

The Adecco Group

The Adecco Group is the world’s leading talent advisory and solutions company. We believe in making the future work for everyone, and every day enable more than 3.5 million careers. We skill, develop and hire talent in 60\ countries, enabling organisations to embrace the future of work. As a Fortune Global 500 company, we lead by example, creating shared value that fuels economies, and builds better societies. Our culture of inclusivity, fairness and teamwork empowers our employees. The Adecco Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN).



Digicomp is the leading independent Swiss training partner for IT and IT management skills development. For 45 years, Digicomp has been creating the space for hands-on training to help people continuously learn new skills and develop them for in-demand professional roles. Because it is people and their skills that make companies successful today and in the future.


At, we believe that the most authentic way to experience companies is through their people. The CareerLunch platform connects top talents to top companies, furthering our mission to inspire remarkable careers through personal connections. Our platform matches job seekers with employees from companies for informal lunch exchanges. Talents get to know companies and their culture more authentically, while employers establish personal connections to high potential candidates and grow their talent pool. Despite our nascent history, we are already working with top international employers such as Google, Accenture, PwC, Migros and Hugo Boss.


Aveniq is a leading Swiss IT service provider, primarily active in the sectors of professional services, finance, healthcare, industry, legal, and utilities. Aveniq offers its customers holistic IT services from a single source, including cloud & data center solutions, workplace solutions, SAP consulting and implementation, RPA, digitalization solutions as well as CAD/PLM solutions and consulting services with a focus on IT training, IT infrastructure, IT security and business continuity. Our more than 600 employees work at our Baden, Dübendorf and Oftringen sites.

Experts Inside

Founded in 2011, Experts Inside consist of nearly 30 experts primarily active in the DACH region. Our team is specialized in the migration, integration, and further development of customer solutions around Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure. We live our passion for hybrid work, collaboration with Microsoft tools and new technologies – therefore we are working anytime, anywhere in the world with our modern approach. Learn more about how we help other companies on their transformation journey to a Modern Workplace at

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Travel by public transportation

We recommend that you take advantage of the great public transport connections near the Maag Halle to travel to the event. Right next door is the Zürich Hardbrücke train and bus station, as well as the tram and bus station Schiffbau. Visit for information on connections.

Travel by car

Please note that there are no parking spaces directly on the premises. You can park next door in the Pfingstweid parking garage (276 parking spaces, open 24/7) or the numerous other parking garages in the Hardbrücke area. There are two disabled parking spaces directly in front of the hall which are not reserved and can be used subject to availability.