[public] - Opening ceremony


Dominique ARLETTAZ (Rector of the University of Lausanne, CH)

Prof. Dominique Arlettaz has been serving as Rector of the University of Lausanne since September 2005. After earning a PhD in Mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, he worked as a researcher at Northwestern University before returning to Switzerland as First Assistant in the Department of Mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. In 1988 he joined the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Lausanne. He later held the positions of Dean of the Science Faculty (2000-2003) and Vice-Rector of the University (2003-2006). Now Prof. Arlettaz is also president of many academic councils in Switzerland, while continuing research in Mathematics.

Denis DECOSTERD (City of Lausanne, CH)

Since March 2007, Denis Decosterd is the Chief of General Studies and External Relations of the City of Lausanne. He is responsible for the development and implementation of regional development programs. He manages communal and regional projects about tourism, economic development, waste management, or transport.

Eiji HATTA (President of Doshisha University, Kyoto, JP)

Prof. Eiji Hatta is the current President of Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. He holds a PhD. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and Master in Economics from Doshisha University. His research focuses on industrial organisation and econometrics. Prof. Hatta was already president when Doshisha University hosted the first World Student Environmental Summit in 2008, and when the WSEN was launched by the student participants of the first summit. Doshisha University and Prof. Hatta have since then always supported the organisation of each summit. Doshisha University hosts also the WSEN head office.

Photo Magali Girardin

Philippe ROCH (CH)

Philippe Roch was appointed in 1992 Director of the Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape (SAEFL) by the Federal Council. Philippe Roch’s main achievements are the new law for the environment protection, the law on the reduction of CO2 emissions, and the development of legislation in the area of biotechnology. At the international level, he represented Switzerland in the capacity of State Secretary in negotiations on environmental matters. After 13 years at the helm, Philippe Roch resigned with effect from 1 October 2005. He is acting now as an independent consultant.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 -
17:00 to 18:30

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