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  • 2017 Fellows

    The Kairos Society identifies the most successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders of a country.

    Andri Silberschmidt

     

    Andri is an amusing, easygoing and positive thinking young man - but when it comes to finance and politics, he’s a geek. Andri co-founded a local chapter of the Jungfreisinnige Schweiz when he was 17 and now, 6 years later, he’s the president of the youth section of the Freedom Democratic Party (FDP) with more than 3’500 members and several representatives in the national parliament.

     

    The Jungfreisinnige Schweiz is a classic liberal party which values are economic freedom and personal liberty. Being their president, Andri is representing the party in the public, i.e. on panel discussion, in the media or during political campaigns on the street. He’s also in charge for the party’s strategy, i.e. fundraising, campaigning or programs to attract new members.

     

    Beside his political engagement, Andri works as a quantitative fund manager, managing USD 500m AuM in emerging markets equities, and will start his MSc in Global Finance in September 2017.

    Lyle Tölle

     

    Lyle is the CEO and co-founder of LunchLottery, a cloud solution that connects employees of larger organizations with new colleagues across departments and hierarchy levels for lunch. Through its customizable smart matching algorithms, organizations can ‘design serendipity’ and use LunchLottery to measurably increase the diversity of company internal networks. He is also the co-founder of the consultancy Inspire 925 and will soon launch his third company around community building company called Inspire 529.

    Marco Meister

     

    Marco Meister is a 22-year old Swiss/Peruvian entrepreneur studying business administration at the University of St. Gallen, and former visiting student at the Wharton School, Brown University, Columbia Business School, and Singapore Management University.

     

    Marco’s social venture Volunty (www.volunty.com), is an internet-based platform that assists educational institutions to encourage and engage their students in local community service projects. Volunty matches students with local charities, tracks and verifies accomplished hours of service, and provides unique incentives and rewards for students such as meetings with inspiring personalities from society, politics, business, music and sports. The most recent venture Marco is starting, assists companies to engage their employees in community service activities to increase the impact of corporate CSR activities.

    Marco’s entrepreneurial activities were featured in different radio and magazine interviews and just recently was named a Face of Impact ’17 by Impact Squared. Besides, Marco gave a TEDx talk in Zurich, presenting the importance of community service for a well-rounded contemporary education, particularly in developed countries. In addition, Marco assists and consults early stage Startups and is member of the Advisory Board at Hatchpad, an internet-based platform incubator where young entrepreneurs hatch great business ideas.

     

  • Renowned Mentors From All Over the World

    Learn from today's greatest decision makers

    Bill Clinton

    Former President of the United States

    "Kairos transcends [international] boundaries because in our independent world there are no borders when it comes to the pressing issues that we all face"

    Richard Brandson

    Founder Virgin Group

    "Some of the most influential leaders, individuals and corporations alike, are looking to Kairos fellows for a fresh perspective on how to tackle the next generation of global problems"

  • Testimonial

    Sunnie J. Groeneveld

    Founder, Inspire 925

    Being a Kairos Fellow accelerated my entrepreneurial ambitions at a young age. The Kairos Society Global Summit was a fast-track immersion into a community of exceptional peers from around the world - young innovators, entrepreneurs and changemakers - who didn’t just talk about how they were going to change the world, they were already doing it with their inventions, startups and community organizations. Thanks to Kairos I gained access to invaluable industry mentors who challenged me to think bigger and - looking back - set me on track to start my own company out of university.

  • About

    The Kairos Society is a global community of top students and global leaders who aim to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Kairos is supported by international mentors like Peter Diamandis, Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Bill Clinton.

    Global Summit

    One of the international top-level events mentioned is the Kairos Global Summit. Every year Kairos fellows from all around the world gather at the Kairos Global Summit, where influential CEOs, mentors, startups and young entrepreneurs share their vision of the future and start collaborations. During the Kairos Global Summit the K50 is announced.

     

    Kairos K50

    The K50 is a list of the 50 most promising companies worldwide, with a (co-)founder under the age of 26 years, adressing a global challenge.

     

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  • EXECUTIVE TEAM

    Kairos Society Switzerland

    Daniel Dippold

    President

    Daniel is a motivated and easygoing young individual. He is President of Kairos Europe and Kairos Switzerland, TED-Talker (Boston), entrepreneur of two companies which are in their seed stage, and a productivity, performance and fitness coach. He has worked in South Africa, Australia, Switzerland and Germany as a Relationship Manager, Media Relations Manager, etc. He holds various Board Positions, such as Vice President at Toastmasters SG and Member of the Supervisory Board at Project, a 400 employee corporation. Prior to that, he has been part of organising the St. Gallen Symposium, a platform for intergenerational debate (www.symposium.org), and START Summit, Europes biggest student-run entrepreneurship conference (www.startsummit.org). His grades at the university score in the highest percentile (99%). His areas of interest are the realms of AI, neurology and productive psychology (esp. habits).

    Tillman Hofrichter

    Vice President

    Tillman is about to finish his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of St. Gallen this summer. He was member of the 45th International Students' Committee (ISC), the organising team of the renowned St. Gallen Symposium, in 2014/15 and subsequently was appointed head of the 46th ISC the following year. He has worked and studied in Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, Singapore and Italy and loves experiencing new cultures and places. He is a competitive sprinter and competes up to national level over 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. His fields of interest are Technology, Finance and Entrepreneurship in all its facets.

    Carolina Casas Forga

    Chapter Director - Western Switzerland

    Carolina grew up in Spain, and move to Switzerland to study Business Administration at Business School Lausanne, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
    Since then, she has dedicated her career to Wealth Management. She has worked at Citi Private Bank, and now she focuses in Family Office. Her focus is on adapting the traditional wealth management industry to the challenges of today: technology, AI and personalized services.