International Board of Governors
Chief Technology Officer, Nestlé S.A.
Stefan Catsicas is a Swiss Citizen of Italian and Greek origin and has a background that spans academia and business. He obtained his PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and continued with post-doctoral studies on the principles of neuronal development at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, USA.
He started his career as the Head of Neurobiology at the Glaxo Institute for Molecular Biology in Geneva. Returning to academia, he joined the University of Lausanne as Professor and Chairman of the Cell Biology and Morphology Institute, and later as Vice-President Research and Professor of Cellular Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.
In 2005 he co-founded a private group of biotechnology companies and his passion for education brought him back to academia in 2011 as Provost and Executive Vice President of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
Stefan was appointed Executive Vice President for Innovation, Technology and R&D, and Chief Technology Officer of Nestlé S.A, effective September 1st 2013. He is also the chairman of Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences and a board member of Nestlé Health Science S.A., Nestlé Skin Health, and Nutrition-Wellness Venture AG. Concerning external board memberships, he is also an active board member for the Foundation Solar Impulse, Lausanne, Foundation Latsis Internationale, Geneva and Biomedical Research Council of A*STAR, Singapore. Since September 2015 he has been nominated member of the International Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences, USA, and of the Industry Advisory Board of Swiss Innovation Park, Switzerland.