Dr. David Bosshart, CEO of the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for economic and social studies, Rüschlikon/ Zurich.
The GDI is an independent European think tank, founded by European retail pioneer Gottlieb Duttweiler (18881962). The institute specializes in trend research, retail, economic and social issues. It also offers strategic workshops, lectures, and conferences like the International Retail Summit (67th edition in 2018), the European Foodservice Summit (18th edition in 2018) and the European Trend Day (13th edition in 2018). The main topics are: changes in consumption patterns and behavior, innovation in retailing and the service industry. The Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize is Switzerland’s most prestigious award for outstanding personalities, dedicated only every couple of years (1989 Václav Havel, 2004 Joschka Fischer, 2008 Kofi Annan, 2011 Jimmy Wales, 2015 Sir Tim Berners-Lee).
Following high school and a business education, Bosshart capped his studies with a Ph.d. from the University of Zurich in philosophy and political theory. He has been involved in communications and marketing consulting, in retailing and in scientific research. From 1991 to 1996 he was head of the department of consumer research and social change at the GDI. From 1997 to 1999 he was head of strategic development and director of the cultural and social section of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives. Bosshart has been in his current position since 1999.
David Bosshart is the author of numerous publications and a speaker at international events in Europe, America and Asia. His expertise is focused on consumption and consumerism, digitization, globalization, change management, social change, and political philosophy. He is currently lecturing on the topics below.
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