Curriculum Vitae
Dr. David Bosshart, CEO of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for economic and social studies (GDI), Rüschlikon/Zurich.

GDI is an independent European think tank, founded by the European Retail Pioneer Gottlieb Duttweiler (1888-1962). The institute is specialised in trend research, retail, economic and social issues, strategic workshops, lectures, and conferences like the International Retail Summit (62nd edition in 2012), the European Foodservice Summit (13th edition in 2012) and the European Trend Day (8th edition in 2012). The main topics are: changes in consumption patterns and behavior, innovation in retailing and the service industry.

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. 1991–1996 head of department at the GDI for consumer research and social change. 1997–1999 head of strategic development and director of the cultural and social section of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives (the famous culture percentage). Bosshart has held 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 retailing, management, social change, and political philosophy. He is currently lecturing on the following topics:

Topics 2017 (ask for individual topic)
    Management, Change, Globalization, and Politics
    • Trends and countertrends in business, the economy, and society
    • Globalization: myths and realities, winners and losers
    • Game changers: 10 players who set the new rules in a global world
    • How the „five Ds“ led to a new decision behavior
    • The future of success: how management is going to change
    • How to get smart in an unbalanced world: tips and tricks for better motivation
    • Simpler, but better. Why and how simplicity will win
    • Survival of the fittest – what it really means
    • Soft power vs. hard power. Politics in an interconnected environment
    • Small is beautiful
    • More polarization – how new tensions are changing the economy and society
    • The comeback of the nation state: why globalization does not really work

    Technology & Man
    • How the «five D's» (digitization, demographics, (de)globalization, debt, deflation) will lead to new ways of decision making
    • High tech and high touch: how human needs are going to change
    • Simplexity: Making things simpler in a complex world
    • The digital world ahead: the race between humans and machines
    • Big data – deep emotions: how Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook are creating a new eco system for businesses and consumer
    • Digital ageing: how technology can help us to improve our life and age well
    • Smart home und smart living: new dimensions of living better with new technologies

    Consumer Trends, Retailing, Brands, and Consumer Behavior
    • The future of consumption: how will we be living tomorrow?
    • The future of shopping: channels, customers, brands
    • New premium, old luxury. Why customers intend to spend more on real added value products and services
    • Statusfaction: the comeback of hierarchies, new status features and how they will distinguish us
    • Authenticity – a new trend establishes/penetrates/takes hold. What is means, what it changes
    • Age of less – getting more with less
    • The future of food: food trends in a globalized supply chain
    • The slower you move, the faster you die: what the acceleration of just about everything means for retail and shopping
    • The emerging global consumer soul: the seducer, the accelerator, the protester, and the believer
    • Food 2025: between science and romance

    Society, work and leisure
    • Totally mobile: where do we go?
    • Workstyle: the future of work
    • The future of migration: Between global nomads and sedentary tribes
    • Labor and Capital – how the economy evolves, and where the opportunities and threats lie
    • Demography as our fate: winners and losers
    • Mobility 2025: more mobility, less traffic
    • The future of the male, the future of the female, the future of the family: redesign of the sexes
    • From lifestyle to healthstyle. Changing values of an ageing society

    Further topics on demand
    Lectures held in German, English or French. Italian on reques
Short sample speech in English:
"The Seducer, the Accelerator, the Protester, and the Believer"
The Consumer Goods Forum, The Global Summit 2012
22. Juni 2012, Istanbul
"Wellness 2030 - From Old Fashioned Industrial Romance to Data Buddhism"
Global Wellness Summit 2016
11 November 2016, Tyrol

Press review (selection):
Time Magazine, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, WirtschaftsWoche, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Standard, Der Spiegel, Focus, Stern, Playboy, Greenpeace Magazin, Hürriyet, Het Financieele Dagblad, Standard, Die Zeit, Manager Magazin, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt, CNN, BBC, ZDF, ORF, SF etc.

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