Experts 2021

From the farmer of regenerative agriculture to the urban researcher and the scientist scrutinizing our microbiomes, Soil to Soul amasses the knowledge of experts worldwide.

Keynote Speakers

  • Urs Niggli

    Director FIBL EU

    The former Director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FIBL took over as Director of the corresponding European institute…

  • Reto Knutti

    Climate Physicist, ETH Zurich

    Addresses changes in the global climate system due to human emissions of greenhouse gases and scenarios for limiting climate change.…

  • Angela Ljiljanić

    Researching Artist, Producer of Holistic Urban Planning and Synergetic Action

    Cities are expanding, the country farmer inevitably converts to the city farmer. This is the point of departure for the…

  • Michel Roux

    Co-President, Nutrition Forum Zurich

    Has been involved since he wrote his dissertation at the ETH Zurich in the 1990s with the question of how…

  • Yvonne Lötscher

    Director of Sustainable Nutrition, City of Zurich

    The biologist and agricultural scientist focuses in her professional life on the central question of future nutritional strategies: how can…

  • Daniel Kofahl

    Nutrition Sociologist and Enjoyment Researcher

    The nutrition sociologist at the Office for Agricultural Policy and Food Culture APEK in Kassel completed his doctorate with a…

  • Douglas McMaster

    Activist & Proprietor of the Silo Restaurant, London

    “Food waste is a sign of a lack of imagination,” is Douglas McMaster’s credo. His restaurant, Silo, has adopted a…

  • Sarah Wiener

    MEP, Chef, Entrepreneur, Author and Amateur Beekeeper

    The German-Austrian, who came to fame through television and numerous books, began her career as a self-taught chef, later founded…

  • Sepp Bodo Fegerl

    Deputy Medical Director at VIVAMAYR Altaussee and Board Member of the International Association of Mayr Doctors

    Sepp Bodo Fegerl, MD, completed his medical studies in Graz in 2008 and subsequently specialized in a range of complementary…

Podium participants

  • Billy Wagner

    Restaurateur Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin

    Eating is political: this is the decided stance of Berlin restaurateur Billy Wagner, an idea that he puts into culinary…

  • Tobias Zihlmann

    Founder of the Firm diversitas AG

    Tobias Zihlmann is the founder of diversitas, a Zurich-based startup that developed the ONO platform. As a trained chef, Tobias…

  • Christine Brombach

    Nutrition Researcher, ZHAW Wädenswil

    Has worked at the Institute for Food and Beverage Innovation in Wädenswil since 2009. Studied nutrition and household sciences in…

  • Rolf Hiltl

    Owner & Managing Director, Hiltl AG

    Rolf Hiltl is the fourth generation to run Hiltl AG with 7 establishments in the greater Zurich area. The House…

  • Eva Reinhard

    Director of the Agricultural Research Institute of the Swiss Confederation Agroscope

    Director of the Agricultural Research Institute of the Swiss Confederation Agroscope, previously Deputy Director of the Federal Office for Agriculture…

  • Philipp Aerni

    Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS), University of Zurich

    Interdisciplinary social scientist and Director of the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS) at the University of Zurich, Philipp…

  • Urs Stalder

    Director of the Nutrimonitoring Division, Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA, Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO, Risk Assessment Division

    When it comes to trends in our diet, Urs Stalder sits at a crucial interface: as Director of the Nutrimonitoring…

  • David Jacobsen

    Operations Manager, Rheinau Estate – Cultivation of Vegetables, Fine Vegetables, Marketing and Sales, Public Relations, Customer Contact

    A trained farmer and exponent of the biodynamic method, David Jacobsen, together with his large team, manages the spectacularly situated…

Masterclass speakers

  • Lorenz Rieger

    Environmental Engineer and Co-Founder of the Company EDAPRO

    During his studies with a focus on organic farming, Lorenz Rieger deepened his knowledge of soil quality, compost and compost…

  • Mag. Martin Nittnaus

    Winemaker

    Mag. Martin Nittnaus was practically born a winemaker. He studied literature and media science before joining the 30-hectare winemaking business…

  • Martin Jucker

    Entrepreneur, Farmer at Jucker Farm AG

    Martin and his brother Beat went from “normal” farmers to successful entrepreneurs and continue to shape the working atmosphere of…

  • Christoph Pichler

    Director Fine Wines, Smith and Smith Ltd.

    Has actively followed the organic and natural wine scene for many years and currently works in product management and as…

  • Cédric Besson-Strasser

    Winemaker

    Cédric Besson and his wife Nadine Strasser took over their parents' farm in Uhwiesen in the Zurich Weinland region in…

Director

  • Valentin Thurn

    Filmmaker and Director

    The award-winning filmmaker and director Valentin Thurn attracted international attention with his films “TASTE THE WASTE - die globale Lebensmittelverschwendung”…

Moderator

  • Andrin Willi

    Moderator

    Andrin Willi is regarded as one of the country's “most distinguished gastro journalists” (WoZ), a gastronomy expert who is “obsessed…

  • Daniel Bärtschi

    President of the Agricultura Regeneratio Association

    Daniel Bärtschi works as an independent consultant, coach and mentor, runs two start-ups, and is President of the Agricultura Regeneratio…

  • David de Brito

    Regenerative Farmer and Co-Founder of Terramay

    Born in Portugal, David de Brito spent most of his professional life in Germany and Switzerland, where he founded and…

Hosts

  • Norman Hunziker

    Culinary Artist

    The Bernese culinary artist Norman Hunziker is a trained confectioner and cook. He has participated in numerous professional championships, achieving…

  • Sebastian Titz

    Passionate Michelin Star Chef

    Hailing from Eastern Switzerland, Sebastian got a taste for GaultMillau points at the very beginning of his career. The now…

  • Billy Wagner

    Restaurateur Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin

    Eating is political: this is the decided stance of Berlin restaurateur Billy Wagner, an idea that he puts into culinary…

  • Dominik Hartmann

    Two Michelin Star Chef & Chef Pâtissier

    Dominik Hartmann got off to a flying start with his first restaurant, Magdalena in Rickenbach; Gault-Millau awarded him 15 points,…

  • Stefan Kraus

    Managing Director and Head Chef, Restaurant Rüsterei

    Stefan Kraus, Managing Director and Head Chef at the Rüsterei in Zurich, has been cooking with a passion for over…

  • Dr. Dieter Resch

    Managing Director of VIVAMAYR

    Eating correctly is health. As the Managing Director of VIVAMAYR, Dr. Dieter Resch has been at the forefront of this…

  • Serhan Güven

    Managing Director of VIVAMAYR Maria Wörth

    Before Serhan Güven took over as Managing Director of VIVAMAYR Maria Wörth 10 years ago, he managed top 5-star hotels…

  • Ronia Schiftan

    Media and Nutrition Psychologist

    After completing her master's degree in applied psychology with a focus on media, industrial and organizational psychology at the FHNW,…

  • Heimlich Knüller

    DJ

    Heimlich Knüller is DJing at the Rüsterei – and we can’t wait to shake the soil and dance our little…

  • Cup of Jazz

    DJ

    Dinner accompaniment with DJ Cup of Jazz

    The evenings with Soil to Soul at the Rüsterei are far too good…

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