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Rolf Gobet
In 1990 Mr. Rolf Gobet commenced his career at the Justice and Police Department of the Republic and Canton of Geneva as Head of IT. In 1996 he began working for the Cantonal Administration where he was quickly promoted to Commercial Director of the Cantonal Treasureship. Mr Gobet then turned to the private sector in 1999 and began working as a consultant for HP Suisse Romande, assuming, later on, the position of Public Sector Director. In 2004 he joined the Industrial Services of Geneva where he was appointed Head of Logistics. Since November 2008 Mr. Gobet has assumed the position of Director of the Office for the Promotion of Industries and Technologies (OPI) in Geneva. His professional experience in the public, the service and the industry sectors, has allowed him to better understand the specificities that constitute the strengths and weaknesses that these environments are confronted to.
Claude Begle
Claude Begle
After obtaining a PHD in Economics and two Masters in International Relations and Law, Claude Beglé subsequently worked for the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Nepal, Lebanon and Zimbabwe. He worked then for Nestlé in 14 different countries, before joining the team of Philip Morris as General Director in Poland. In 1997 he became Vice-President of TNT NV and was nominated two years later director of GeoPost before joining the Deutsche Post. In 2008 he was appointed by the Federal Council president of the Board of Directors of La Poste Suisse. Today, mandated by the Geneva Department of Economy, he is in charge of a flagship study on green technologies.
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Renuka CavadiniBorn in India and raised in Geneva, Renuka Cavadini completed her law degree at the University of Geneva, then the Geneva Bar Exam in October 1998. She later did a masters in corporate law at New York University. After a pupilage at Poncet Turrettini Amaudruz & Partners and a summer internship at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, she worked as in-house counsel for her family before returning to the bar in October 2000 with the firm Suter & Partners (Landwell Group). In 2004, she joined Altenburger & Partners (www.altenburger.ch) as a Senior associate practicing corporate law and the relocation of high net-worth individuals. In 2005, she founded the Swiss-India business forum, a non-profit association aimed at encouraging the economic interests of Swiss and Indian companies. In August2009, she created her own firm: Cavadini, Golovtchiner & Nikolic and on 1stOctober 2012, she co-founded a new firm with Dario Nikolic and Gerald Page in the old town of Geneva –called Page & Partners, where she continues her practice as a corporate lawyer for Indian companies as well as for assisting high net worth individuals for dispute resolution, international legal assistance in criminal and tax matters and relocation.
Michele Molina
Michele Molina
Michèle Molina holds a Masters in Business Law from the University of Paris II – Assas, and a Wealth Management Certificate from the CESB – Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Banque.
Currently, Ms Molina works as an Asset Manager within the Hottinger Bank in Geneva, where she serves and advises a large variety of international clients. Previously, she has worked as an Asset Manager within renowned private banks, such as Crédit Agricole Indosuez in Luxembourg or Crédit Foncier Banque in Paris.She speaks fluently French, English, German, Dutch and Spanish.
Nikhil S. Kelkar
Nikhil S. Kelkar
Nikhil S Kelkar has Masters in Pharmaceutical Business from NMIMS, Mumbai and Bachelor in chemical engineering from University of Mumbai.
Currently, Nikhil is working as Associate Director in Business development, Custom Pharmaceutical Services, Dr. Reddy’s Basel office. He has been working in Dr. Reddy’s for past 8 years. Before that he has worked in various roles and functions in Nicholas Piramal and Lupin based out of India. He comes with almost 14 years of work experience in Pharmaceutical companies. He has extensive experience in Sterile Bulk drugs, Validations, Complex product development.
Abhishek
Abhishek
Abhishek is a graduate from IIT Guwahati & masters from Ecole central Paris and currently enrolled as doctoral fellow in material science department at EPFL, Switzerland. Abhishek is also currently heading YUVA – Indian association in EPFL as president.

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Priyanka Belawat
Priyanka Belawat holds a doctorate in Genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry based on the research completed at University of Zurich. Her area of research was identification of novel cancer genes through genetic screening. Ph.D. was followed by a brief post-doctoral position at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In 2007, Priyanka joined HBM Partners AG as an investment advisor in the private equity team. During the tenure at HBM, she has been instrumental in execution of many investment transactions in the healthcare space. She has worked with many investments in the area of pharmaceuticals, biotech, diagnostics, generics, in Europe and the US. She is also a part of the investment team at HBM which focuses on Indian healthcare investment activities since 2007.
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