Gert Christen loves and works the business of innovation. He is the Chief Operating Officer at City Innovate Foundation. An accomplished expert in building and growing technology businesses, he has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, North- and Latin America. Before returning to California he was the CEO of BlueLion and Startzentrum Zurich, two Swiss startup incubators, and founded the Department of Entrepreneurship at HWZ University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration in Zurich. He won the Swiss Marketing Trophy for the best national marketing campaign for “Startupfair”, the largest event for the Swiss startup industry.

His experience includes 7 years with Nokia in the USA and Latin America, where he created Nokia’s commercial content business. As Nokia Switzerland’s Rollout Manager, he oversaw two national network rollouts. Prior he was active in Radiofrequency Identification for over 10 years in Europe and Asia.

Mr. Christen earned his M.B.A. at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas, USA, followed by post-graduate courses at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and the Zurich University of Teacher Education.