Roundtable : Resilient responses during lockdown in China

Resilient responses during lockdown in China

Shanghai lockdown has had a huge impact on the business and operations of Swiss companies operating in the Yangtze River Delta. Also, other Chinese cities have been implementing drastic restrictions in dealing with the omicron outbreak. While many firms suffered, others reached out externally to expand their customer base and internally to HQs (Survey SwissCham 2022). Further, the lockdown triggered an overall sense of unity and solidarity in the workplace and beyond.

The panellists will share the experiences of Swiss and local firms during the lockdown, and provide insights into how they offset difficulties. The insights shared at the roundtable will be valuable for HES-SO students and academics as well as for entrepreneurs and managers of high technology firms seeking to learn from the experiences of professionals and firms based in China.



9.30 amWelcome coffee & arrivals
10.00 amOpening: Prof. Dr. Anna Lupina-Wegener, HEIG-VD, HES-SO
10.05 am

Roundtable discussion

Moderator: Philippe Roesle, CEO, Consul, Swissnex in China


  • David Wang, President of Asia Pacific, Bühler AG
  • Anthony Aho, CEO, PB&B SA
  • Bruce Wang, VP International Division, Hengtong
  • Alain Graf, Senior Consultant Asia, Switzerland Global Enterprise
10.50 amQ&A session
11.20 amConclusions: Dr. Güldem Karamustafa-Köse, HEIG-VD, HES-SO
11.30 amNetworking cocktail


July 4th, 2022
9.30 am – 12.00 pm (swiss time)


HEIG-VD St. Roch
Av. des Sports 20
1401 Yverdon-les-Bains
(onsite participation only)

(by June 30th)


Prof. Lupina-Wegener