American Swiss Foundation

Class of 2012


In 2012, the Young Leaders Conference, sponsored by Zurich Insurance Group and Swiss International Air Lines, was held for the fourth time in Zurich. The classes of 1997, 2000, 2002, 2013, and 2017 also enjoyed spending a week together in Switzerland’s largest city and global center of finance and banking.

The class of 2012 includes Josh Barro, business columnist for New York magazine and host of KCRW’s Left, Right & Center, a weekly public radio program that provides a ”civilized yet provocative antidote to the self-contained opinion bubbles that dominate political debate”; John Farrar, industry director for education at Google, and one of the key partners of ASF’s inaugural Tech Tour to Silicon Valley; Karine Szegedi, managing partner of Deloitte Private for Switzerland and member of the Swiss Executive team; Brian Fitzpatrick, visiting professor at Harvard Law School and author of The Conservative Case for Class Actions; Taylor Rhodes, CEO of Applied Systems, a leading global provider of cloud-based software that powers the business of insurance; Sandro Streit, head of asset management at Swiss National Bank; Ueli Studer, Head Legal Corporate Center Services at UBS; Peggy Bächli, senior audit manager for Swiss Re; and Guha Bala, president of Velan Ventures, Inc., an innovation investment company with a focus on games and game-related technology companies.

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The class also included Shawn Cordes, senior product manager at; Justin Hollis, president of Beer Industry of Florida; Erin McPike, political consultant and journalist who most recently supported Howard Schultz, former Starbucks CEO, in his exploratory presidential committee efforts; Bill Cole, then president and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation; Ann Lee, author of What the U.S. Can Learn from China and Will China's Economy Collapse?  and a columnist for China Newsweek and the Beijng Review; Eric Pierce, director of air mobility and training for the U.S. Air Force and the Joint Strike Fighter mission team at Lockheed Martin; Heath Mello, interim vice president for university affairs at the University of Nebraska; Jonathan Quarles, founder and CEO of SolAir Water; Fabian Pfortmüller, founder and CEO of COMMUNITY, a strategic advisory firm that helps organizations understand and build meaningful communities; and Adam Andrzejewski, founder of and CEO of American Transparency.

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