The Kongresshaus, also known as the Zurich Convention Center, is a local institution of national and international renown. Designed by Max Ernst Haefeli, Werner Moser and Rudolf Steiger, Zurich Convention Center connects as a single building with the world-famous Tonhalle complex. Known as one of the most spectacular and largest congress centres in Switzerland, Kongresshaus carries a breathtaking panoramic view of Lake Zurich from its famous terrace. The history of the building and its architecture are closely linked to the 1939 National Exhibition in Switzerland.
The Igniting Ceremony will commence with the Co-Chairs of our Organising Committee, Moritz Maurer and Philipp Haymann, welcoming all the participants and sharing an overview of the 2021 Annual Congress. Followed by the AIJA President (2020-2021), François Barré, sharing his insights on AIJA and innovation.
The ceremony with continue by a keynote presentation by Naemi Benz, Chief Operating Officer at Ava, a global FemTech startup, narrating her years of experience in technology across different industries, current challenges, and possible solutions in the new normal. We also have a special entertainment act by the Stickstoff drummers band for the closing ceremony. Get ready for the bands unique and innovative performances.
The Igniting Ceremony will be followed by a walking dinner in the in the Foyer of the KongressSaal with a possibility to admire the magnificent view of lake Zurich and the Glarus alps. You will experience delectable glocal cuisine, while networking with AIJA members and friends. We will conclude this incredible evening with music and dance while experiencing the true AIJA afterparty spirit!
Dress code: Business suit
Keynote Speaker: Naemi Benz
As Chief Operating Officer, Naemi is responsible for Ava's strategic alliances and organizational growth. She joined Ava as one of the first employees and has globally rolled out the Ava Products as the Director of Product over the last years.
Ava is a global femtech startup that empowers women in their family planning by giving them insights about their menstrual cycle through a sensor bracelet to be worn at night.
Naemi joined Ava from IBM, where she held various global sales and operations roles across different industries. In more recent years, she acted as the Chief of Staff for IBM's Global Internet of Things Sales Division. Naemi is a trained dancer, holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Mergers & Acquisitions from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and a BA in Law from the University of Zurich.
STICKSTOFF is a drumming entertainment with rapid modern beats, choreography and amazing visual elements.
The young drummers have been a part of of a German TV's most popular talent show and in 2017, officially represented Switzerland at the world fair in Kazakhstan.
Marking over 800 live shows and garning millions of online fans, the band continues to charm the global audience by its innovative and interactive performance.