Industry 4.0

Together with our panelist, we will discuss the different perspectives of Industry 4.0 in the agri-food sector and examine the current and future role of digitization and blockchain technology in the transformation of the current food system.


Stuart BashfordBühler Group, Switzerland

As Digital Officer at Bühler, Stuart Bashford is responsible for setting and delivering the company’s digitalization strategy. He began his career at Bühler in 2013 in London, as Head of Software and Hardware Development. Prior to joining Bühler, he worked at a high-tech start-up company for ten years and also in the semiconductor industry for Applied Materials. He is MBA qualified and has a background in hardware and software design and a passion for technology and innovation.


Mariella Goebl, Senior Technology Advisor Agriculture & Natural Resources, SeeHow, Switzerland

Mariella Goebl has devoted her career to using technology to responsibly manage natural resources. After her MSc studies in Environmental Economics and Climate Change at the London School of Economics, she worked in Nestlé’s Competitive Intelligence team. She then co-founded an image analysis start-up, leveraging mobile phones to collect user-generated, objective insights into on-the-ground agriculture and supply chain operations. Apart from consulting activities for Brainforest, a forestry-focused venture studio in Zurich, she was also a founding member of the TechnoServe Labs team, where she currently leads various tech-enabled projects for the cashew sector in West Africa.


Dr. Matthias Kaiserswerth, Managing Director, Hasler Stiftung, Berne, Switzerland

In May 2015 Matthias Kaiserswerth became managing director of the non-profit Hasler Stiftung in Berne. Before that he worked for 27 years in IBM. For more than 11 years, he led IBM’s research efforts in Europe.

Dr. Kaiserswerth is chairman of the board of the Swiss IT company ABRAXAS as well as the Swiss National Metrology Institute METAS. He also serves on the innovation board of Bühler, a global leader, manufacturing plant equipment for food and advanced materials processing.

Matthias Kaiserswerth studied informatics at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany and at McGill University in Montreal and also obtained his doctorate in engineering from Friedrich-Alexander University.


Matthew Robin, Chief Executive Officer, ELSA-Mifroma Group at Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund, Switzerland

Matthew Robin is a chemical engineer by training who has spent his career in Switzerland and the USA. After 25 years in the pharmaceutical manufacturing and med-tech sector, including taking a company public with an IPO on the Swiss stock exchange as chief executive, he became CEO of ELSA-Mifroma in 2011, a group comprising 6 companies in Switzerland, France and Holland with sales of around 1.3 billion CHF.

Matthew is a member of the board of directors of Coltene Holding (CH), BioEngineering (CH), acting chairman of Innovopro (IL) and board president of various Migros Group companies. Matthew has experience in acquisition and divesture of companies, restructuring and building of new businesses, both as a chief executive and a board member.


Dr. Steve Tanner, Chief Technology Officer, ecoRobotix SA, Switzerland

Steve Tanner (1972) obtained a Master in micro-engineering from EPFL in 1996, and a PhD in microelectronics from the University of Neuchâtel in 2000. From 2001 to 2013, he worked as researcher and team leader at UniNE and EPFL on a wide range of R&D projects for many applications and industries. He authored or co-authored more than 30 scientific publications. He also worked in environmental protection in Ecuador from 2003 to 2005. In 2011, he co-founded ecorobotix, a company developing farming machines for sustainable agriculture.  He is currently leading the research and product development.


Dr. Fabian Wahl, Head of Strategic Research Division, Agroscope, Switzerland

Fabian Wahl studied chemistry and received 1993 his PhD from the University of Freiburg. Before joining 2018 Agroscope, he performed multiple global executive functions for Sigma-Aldrich and Merck. Joining Agroscope, he was instrumental in founding «Liebefeld Kulturen AG», which holds the exclusive rights to replicate authentic Swiss cultures for commercial use.  Fabian Wahl’s current interests are specifically tailored to solving major challenges in the food and nutrition sectors. This research covers microbial biodiversity, innovative, high-quality, and safe foods as well as sustainable technologies to bridge the emerging global protein gap.

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