Dr. David Bosshart, CEO o the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute or consumption, economic and social studies, Rüschlikon/Zurich
Dr. David Bosshart, CEO o the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute or consumption, economic and social studies, Rüschlikon/Zurich. The GDI is an independent European think tank, ounded by European retail pioneer Gottlieb Duttweiler (1888-1962). The institute specializes in trend research, retail, economic and social issues. It also oers strategic workshops, lectures, and conerences like the International Retail Summit (70th edition in 2020), the European Foodservice Summit (21th edition in 2020) and the European Trend Day (16th edition in 2020). The main research 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 or outstanding personalities, dedicated only every couple of years (1989 Václav Havel, 2004 Joschka Fischer, 2008 Koi Annan, 2011 Jimmy Wales, 2015 Sir Tim Berners-Lee and 2019 Watson AI).
Ater a commercial apprenticeship, Bosshart capped his studies with a Ph.d. rom the University of Zurich in philosophy and political theory. He has been involved in scientiic research, retailing, communications and marketing consulting. 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. He gains continuous educational updates from Stanord University and from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
David Bosshart is the author of numerous publications and a speaker at international events in Europe, America and Asia. His expertise is ocused on consumption and consumerism, retail and supply chain, artiicial and human intelligence, data wealth and data scarcity, globalization contradictions and political philosophy, management and social change. He is currently lecturing on the topics below.
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