Asset Management

Thematic Flagship ETH Conference 2022

Explore the future. Now.

The third edition of the Thematic Flagship ETH Conference will take place on Thursday, September 8, 2022, in the Robotic Hall of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) at Zurich Hönggerberg. As this legendary venue suggests, the conference is situated at the confluence of science, finance, and industry – all forward-looking and innovative enterprises with the ability to expand our horizons, and yet deeply grounded in the practical, the doable, and the useful.

The new edition drops in a world where pandemic, war, and economic upheaval go hand in hand with paradigm-shifting technological innovation able to take on some of humanity’s hardest challenges. In this fertile environment, we will be hearing, among others, from Bertrand Piccard, who has spent his life seeking radical yet attainable innovation. And from Prof. Robert Katzschmann, ETH Zurich, who will show us how recent advances in robotic technology translate to real-world applications that make our lives easier, more livable, and also filled with wonder and a sense of possibility.

On the financial side, too, we will explore opportunities and methods of investing in the cutting edge of a better world, with a focus on the long-term secular themes of Security, Edutainment, Robotics, Digital Health and Environmental Impact.


Agenda September 8, 2022

10:00 Arrival and registration

Welcome and introduction

  • Angus Muirhead, Head of Equities, Credit Suisse Asset Management (Switzerland) Ltd.
  • Olivia Kinghorst, Moderator 
10:40 Welcome remarks
Filippo Rima, Head of Investment and Regional Head of AM Switzerland, Credit Suisse Asset Management
10:50 Welcome remarks
Prof. Dr. Joël Mesot, President, ETH Zurich
11:00 Opening Key Note
Robots'abilities for real-​life applications
Prof. Dr. Robert Katzschmann, Soft Robotics Lab, ETH Zurich
Best practice case – Security 
White Hat Hacker 

Ivano Somaini, Compass Security Schweiz
12:00 Lunch and networking
13:30 Best practice case – Edutainment 
«Empowering every educator and learner with AR»
Eirik G. Wahlstrøm, Co-founder and CEO, Lundenso
14:00 Key Note – Digital Health
«Finding needles in haystacks: Making early cancer diagnosis a reality»
Prof. Dr. Andrew deMello, Department of Chemistry & Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich
14:30 Best practice case – Environmental Impact
«The future of energy storage»
Michael Peither, Co-founder and CTO, VoltStorage GmbH
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Final Key Note
Pioneering spirit, a key to invent the future
Bertrand Piccard, Serial explorer, psychiatrist and clean technology pioneer 
16:15 Closing
16:30 Farewell of Thematic Flagship ETH Conference 2022


Angus Muirhead

Angus Muirhead, Managing Director, has over 25 years of professional investment experience in public and private equity markets, focused on the technology and healthcare sectors. Angus is the Head of Equities at Credit Suisse Asset Management and the head of the Thematic Equities team. He manages the Credit Suisse Robotics strategy together with Julian Beard and Martins Donins. Angus studied Japanese and Business Studies at Durham University (UK) and Kumamoto University (Japan), and has been a CFA Charterholder since 2001.

Moderator and speakers

Olivia Kinghorst


Filippo Rima

Head of Investment and Regional Head of AM Switzerland, Credit Suisse Asset Management

Prof. Dr. Joël Mesot

President, ETH Zurich

Prof. Dr. Robert Katzschmann

Soft Robotics Lab, ETH Zurich

Ivano Somaini

Regional Manager Zurich, Compass Security Schweiz

Eirik G. Wahlstrøm

Co-founder and CEO, Lundenso

Prof. Dr. Andrew deMello
Department of Chemistry & Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich

Michael Peither

Co-founder and CTO, VoltStorage GmbH

Bertrand Piccard

Serial explorer, psychiatrist and clean technology pioneer 

Robotic Hall

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg
Building HIB (Robotic Hall)
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 1
8093 Zurich

Questions & contact

Please contact GG Asset Management Marketing for further information.

Credit Suisse Asset Management (Switzerland) Ltd.
Credit Suisse Asset Management (Switzerland) Ltd. belongs to the Asset Management business area of Credit Suisse Group (referred to as "Credit Suisse"). Credit Suisse Asset Management is part of Credit Suisse's International Wealth Management division and manages assets worth over CHF 440 billion worldwide (as at December 31, 2020). Based on the stability and the range of opportunities offered by Credit Suisse's global market presence, the Asset Management area of Credit Suisse offers active and passive solutions for traditional and alternative investments as well as proven product expertise in Switzerland, EMEA, APAC, and America. The individuals mentioned above only conduct regulated activities in the jurisdiction(s) where they are properly licensed, where relevant.”

Important information
This material has been prepared by the International Wealth Management division of Credit Suisse (“Credit Suisse”) and not by Credit Suisse's Research Department. It does not constitute investment research and does not comply with all legal requirements designed to ensure the independence of investment research. This material is not subject to any prohibition on dealing ahead of the publication of investment research. This material qualifies as marketing communication that has been published for advertising purposes only. It is provided for informational and illustrative purposes and is intended for your use only. It does not constitute an invitation or an offer to the public to subscribe to or purchase any of the products or services mentioned. The information contained in this document has been provided as a general market commentary only and does not constitute any form of regulated financial advice, legal, tax, or other regulated financial service. It does not take into account the financial objectives, situation, or needs of any persons, which are necessary considerations before making any investment decision. The information provided is not intended to provide a sufficient basis on which to make an investment decision and is not a personal recommendation or investment advice. It is intended only to provide observations and views of the said individual International Wealth Management personnel at the date of writing, regardless of the date on which the reader may receive or access the information. Observations and views of the individual International Wealth Management personnel may be different from, or inconsistent with, the observations and views of Credit Suisse analysts or other Credit Suisse International Wealth Management personnel, or the proprietary positions of Credit Suisse, and may change at any time without notice and with no obligation to update. To the extent that these materials contain statements about future performance, such statements are forward looking and subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Information and opinions presented in this material have been obtained or derived from sources which in the opinion of Credit Suisse are reliable, but Credit Suisse makes no representation as to their accuracy or completeness. Credit Suisse accepts no liability for loss arising from the use of this material. Unless indicated to the contrary, all figures are unaudited. All valuations mentioned herein are subject to Credit Suisse valuation policies and procedures. It should be noted that historical performance indications and financial market scenarios are no reliable indicator for current or future performance. Every investment involves risk and in volatile or uncertain market conditions, significant fluctuations in the value or return on that investment may occur. Investments in foreign securities or currencies involve additional risk as the foreign security or currency might lose value against the investor's reference currency. Alternative investments products and investment strategies (e.g. Hedge Funds or Private Equity) may be complex and may carry a higher degree of risk. Such risks can arise from extensive use of short sales, derivatives and leverage. Furthermore, the minimum investment periods for such investments may be longer than traditional investment products. Alternative investment strategies (e.g. Hedge Funds) are intended only for investors who understand and accept the risks associated with investments in such products. This material is not directed to, or intended for distribution to or use by, any person or entity who is a citizen or resident of, or is located in, any jurisdiction where such distribution, publication, availability, or use would be contrary to applicable laws or regulations or which would subject Credit Suisse and/or its subsidiaries or affiliates to any registration or licensing requirement within such jurisdiction. Materials have been furnished to the recipient and should not be re-distributed without the express written consent of Credit Suisse. When distributed in or accessed from Germany, this is distributed by Credit Suisse (Deutschland) AG which is authorized and regulated by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). CREDIT SUISSE (DEUTSCHLAND) AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, Taunustor 1 D-60310 Frankfurt am Main.