2010 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: Switzerland

Adrienne Corboud Fumagalli
Switzerland, Born 1958

“Success comes to those who generate ideas that are not only innovative but also break entirely new ground,” says Swiss economist Adrienne Corboud Fumagalli.


Over the past two decades, Corboud Fumagalli has helped industry leaders “think outside the box and challenge the future”, by drawing on her experience as a leading authority on technology.

Awarded a doctorate in economics and social sciences from Switzerland’s University of Fribourg in 1991, Adrienne Corboud Fumagalli worked for five years as a researcher, lecturer and consultant before joining Swisscom (Switzerland’s main telecommunications company) in various management positions. In 2000, she moved to the Kudelski Group, a world leader in digital systems, where she spent eight years as corporate secretary and head of business development. She is currently vice president for Innovation and Technology Transfer at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Her main responsibilities at this top-ranking scientific institution include developing its Innovation Square and Science Park, as well as fostering links between industry and research. For example, her team provides “innogrants”, funding for innovative projects with major commercial potential.

“Involvement in visionary research projects helps companies to better anticipate change,” says Dr Corboud Fumagalli, who recently served as a member of the Technology Pioneers selection committee of the World Economic Forum.

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