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About us

The aim of the data innovation alliance is to help companies develop new products and services. We rely on three pillars for our success:

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Our Management team

Dr. Gundula Heinatz Bürki

Managing Director

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Dr. Gundula Heinatz Bürki led an analytics group at a Swiss insurance company and has been Manager of an analytics research group at ETH Zurich. She knows what transforming to digitization for a larger company means.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Heitz


 Institut für Datenanalyse und Prozessdesign (IDP), ZHAW School of Engineering

Prof. Dr. Heitz has founded the Swiss Institute of Service Science (SISS) in 2008, and led it since. He is well-connected in the Swiss Service Science community and has vast experience in setting up and leading interdisciplinary research-focused organizations.

Hans Peter Gränicher

Vice President


Hans Peter Gränicher is CEO and co-founder of D|ONE, a company established in 2006 based on the belief that making sense of data is the key to success in the information age. His focus are entrepreneurship and data-driven value creation.

Dr. Matthias Brändle

Die Mobiliar

Dr. Matthias Brändle heads the nearshore Analytics Service Center at la Mobilière insurance company. He manages data-driven use-cases from idea to productive integration into business.

Prof. Dr. Anne Herrmann


Anne leads the Institute of Market Offerings and Consumer Decisions at the School of Applied Psychology at FHNW. She has broad experience in industry-academia collaboration and innovation. As a business psychologist, she brings in the human and social perspective in data-based services.

Prof. Dr. Thilo Stadelmann

ZHAW Datalab

Prof. Dr. Stadelmann is co-founder and head of ZHAW Datalab, one of the first dedicated interdisciplinary research centers for Data Science with >60 researchers in all stages of the data value creation process.

Matthias Werner


Matthias Werner heads the Program Management Digital Transformation at TRUMPF Schweiz AG. He is responsible for program management of digital transformation in the dimensions leading user and leading provider.

Our Office

Dr. Reik Leiterer

Innovation Manager

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Dr. Reik Leiterer is CEO and co-founder of ExoLabs, a company setting new standards in satellite-based environmental monitoring. For him, exchange and collaboration are at the core of innovation.

David Schaffner


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David has extensive knowledge working in the administration. He is responsible for the office of the alliance in Thun.

Milena Perraudin

Communication & Project Management

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Milena Perraudin has a background in communication and project management within the University of Zurich’s science faculty. She is excited to work in innovation and to facilitate collaboration between academia and the industry.

Marco Leder

Technology Specialist

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Marco, People-Oriented Computing student at University of Zurich, resolves technical issues related to our website, administrative systems and the annual SDS event.

Leon Heitz


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Leon is currently a health science student at ETH Zürich. He helps us with administrative tasks and is part of the annual SDS conference.


Bälliz 62
3600 Thun

Direct:+41 33 221 88 20