Geneva Corporate Innovation


Raphaël Cohen is a professor, lecturer, author, serial entrepreneur and business angel. In his academic work, he is the director of the entrepreneurship & business development specialization of the eMBA at the University of Geneva. He has also been the MBA European Academic Program Director of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and director of the first course of entrepreneurship at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). In parallel to his academic work, Raphael has been managing an international group of companies since before even earning his PhD in economics in 1982, and is currently the owner and managing director of Getratex SA. He sits on the board of several companies in different countries, including a bank. Through this extensive experience of the business world and as an expert in agility and corporate innovation, Raphael offers executive education, mentoring and consulting services to senior executives, bankers, directors, middle management and entrepreneurs. He has developed the IpOp Model which provides a toolbox to improve the outcome of innovation, corporate entrepreneurship and employee commitment. The model aims to help businesses identify opportunities that could bring them a competitive advantage, and minimize the waste of resources on unproductive projects. In addition he teaches and promotes another toolbox for "just" / "caring" leadership, which delivers true employee engagement.

Cyril Bouquet is French and Canadian. He is a Professor of strategy and innovation at IMD, one of the world's leading business schools based in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he is supporting companies with their ongoing strategy transformation efforts. Cyril's teaching, research and consulting activities focus on leaders who are working with their teams to own the future rather than simply hold-on to the past. Cyril has published one book, Building Global Mindsets (2005), and several academic articles, which have appeared, among others, in the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Discoveries, the Journal of Management, the Journal of International Business Studies, and MIT Sloan Management Review. Cyril obtained his PhD at the Ivey Business School, the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He is regularly writing for Forbes and Harvard Business Review France, where you can follow his latest thoughts.

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Per Baverstam -– President

Dr. Bäverstam formed Baverstam Associates in 1990. Baverstam Associates provides market and technology intelligence services to the US and European manufacturing industries, with offices in Boston, Stockholm and Geneva.

Prior to starting Baverstam Associagtes he pursued a consulting career with firms such as McKinsey & Co. Drawing on this experience he has established innovative approaches to serving global manufacturing companies - called External Innovation.

The underpinnings of the Baverstam approach and philosophy is briefly described in the article found here. He received his Ph.D from MIT's Material Sciences Department in 1982.

Dr. Bäverstam previously served for 5 years as the Chairman for the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce for New England. He is native from Sweden, and speaks also French.


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