Fostering food innovation

Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley is a nationwide initiative to develop, strengthen and promote food innovation in Switzerland and beyond. We address major challenges in food, agriculture and nutrition by leveraging cutting-edge science and technology for a more sustainable future. 

Fostering food innovation

Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley is a nationwide initiative to develop, strengthen and promote food innovation in Switzerland and beyond. We address major challenges in food, agriculture and nutrition by leveraging cutting-edge science and technology for a more sustainable future. 

Our Purpose

To foster food innovation, while addressing our global food challenges.

Switzerland – A world reference

Deeply rooted in agricultural tradition, Switzerland’s unmatched density of world leading companies and scientific institutions, as well as pioneering start-ups in food, nutrition, life sciences and robotics; provides a unique setting to innovate and contribute to solving our most pressing global food challenges.

Our Impact Platforms

We’re bringing together a diverse group of actors to drive concrete change in five focus areas :

Precision Nutrition

Sustainable Proteins

Food Systems 4.0

Future Farming

Sustainable Packaging

Meet our Team

Christina Senn-Jakobsen

Managing Director
christina@sfnv.ch

Yasemin Sharityar

Head of Impact Platforms
impactplatforms@sfnv.ch

Maëlle Bydlon

PA and Membership Manager
maelle@sfnv.ch

Laura Robinson

Communications Lead
news@sfnv.ch

Suki Dusanj-Lenz

Events & External Relations
suki@sfnv.ch

Steering Committee

Martin Vetterli
President

EPFL President, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

“With its ecosystem – academic institutions, startups, large companies, SMEs and forward-thinking government actors – Switzerland is the ideal laboratory for the food of the future”

Stefan Palzer
Vice-President

Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President Nestlé

“Together, in this unique innovation ecosystem, we can discover and work on breakthrough science and technology solutions that lead to healthier, more sustainable food systems globally”

Calvin Grieder
SteerCo Member

Chairman at Bühler, Givaudan and SGS

“How can we feed 8 billion people in the world sustainably? Switzerland, with its tradition, knowledge and economy is well positioned to play an important role. And SFNV will foster this ambition.”

Michel Rochat
SteerCo Member

Chief Executive Officer at EHL Group

Philippe Leuba
SteerCo Member

Minister in charge of the Department of Economy, Innovation and Sport, Canton of Vaud

*Steering Committee members are appointed in a personal capacity. The views expressed above don’t represent their respective organisations.

Executive Committee

Aurélien Demaurex
ExCo Member

Startups & SMEs Representative, Co-Founder at ecoRobotix.

“In Switzerland, we’re fortunate to have an amazing innovation ecosystem. Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley builds on this to make the global food system more sustainable.”

Christian Schwab
ExCo Member

Executive Director of the Integrative Food & Nutrition Center, EPFL

“SFNV can bring the necessary stewardship required to mobilize, federate, energize diverse stakeholders behind a shared and ambitious vision for healthier and more sustainable food systems. The Valley will help maximize Switzerland’s positive impact on the transformation of the food systems, whilst creating value for its members.”

Christoph Hartmann
ExCo Member

Head of Academic Alliances at Nestlé

“Switzerland, as a country that leads innovation in many fields,  now has the right ecosystem to embrace the pressing challenges in the food system. I look forward to impactful collaborations and new solutions to ensure that sustainable and nutritious food is available and affordable for everyone – today and in the future.”

Fabian Wahl
ExCo Member

Member of the Executive Board at Agroscope

Fabio Campanile
ExCo Member

Global Head of Science & Technology, Taste & Wellbeing at Givaudan

“Collaboration is key in today’s world to make things happen and through SFNV, I would like to build an even more innovative and connected ecosystem in the food and nutrition space.”

Ian Roberts
ExCo Member

Chief Technology Officer at Bühler SA

Jérôme Barra
ExCo Member

Vice President, Global Sweet Goods Strategic Business Unit at Firmenich  

I am passionate about accelerating the diet transformation by helping to create healthier, great-tasting, affordable food & beverages with more natural and sustainable ingredients to enhance wellbeing for people & planet.”

Jerry Krattiger
ExCo Member

Managing Director of Fribourg Development Agency at Canton of Fribourg

“Switzerland is a thriving food nation, a hotbed for tradition and innovation and a force to be reckoned with in terms of impact on the global food system. Through SFNV, I want to address some of the critical questions we’re facing today  – from global warming and food security to job and value creation.”

Marc Stierand
ExCo Member

Associate Professor of Service Management & Founding Director of The Institute of Business Creativity (IBC), EHL

“SFNV is Switzerland’s food and nutrition hotspot where we can think together about the big questions that will determine the quality of life on our planet. I’m happy and humbled to be part of this journey and motivated to help making new food not only healthier and more sustainable, but also more delicious.”

Martijn Sonnevelt
ExCo Member

Executive Director at ETH Zurich World Food System Center 

“SFNV is a great tool to unleash the innovation potential needed to address the big challenges our food systems face and to bring key actors in Switzerland together.”

Raphaël Conz
ExCo Member

Deputy Director at the Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI) Canton of Vaud

“Switzerland and the Canton of Vaud rely on an extraordinary ecosystem of innovation in the field of food and nutrition. Through SFNV we need to attract more talent and start-ups to foster our ecosystem and to create new opportunities in terms of economic growth and sustainability.”

Friends of the Valley Newsletter

The Swiss food innovation ecosystem – direct to your inbox.

Join the SFNV ecosystem

Follow us

2021 © Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley Association
Image credit: unsplash and flaticon