Swiss Innovation vs. Silicon Valley Innovation: Untold Stories behind Switzerland’s Success

A public lecture organized by Embassy of Switzerland in China, Swiss Center Shanghai and Tsinghua X-lab.

Event Details


Tsinghua x-lab
Tsinghua University Science Park (Tuspark), Science Park Tower B (SP Tower B), B1 floor, Room 01, Beijing,


March 26, 2015 from 7:00 am to 9:00 am Asia/Shanghai (UTC+08:00)



In the context of the 65th anniversary of Sino-Swiss diplomatic relation, Embassy of Switzerland in China, Swiss Center Shanghai and Tsinghua X-lab jointly invite you to a public lecture held by R. James Breiding, author of Swiss Made: The Untold Story Behind Switzerland’s Success. During the lecture Mr. Breiding will share with the audience similarities and differences between innovation in Switzerland v.s. innovation in Silicon Valley. He will also elaborate on how Swiss entrepreneurs rose to success, and how these entrepreneurs and visionaries have conquered world wars, economic crisis, industry restructure and eventually created the success of “Swiss Made”, which lies in centuries of innovation, entrepreneurship and craftsmanship. The lecture offers a unique opportunity to discover the secret behind Switzerland’s success and its relevance to China.


3:00 – 3:05 pm  Welcome by Prof. ZHANG Wei, Academic Director Tsinghua x-lab

3:05 – 3:45 pm  Presentation by Mr. R. James Breiding 

3:45 – 4:15 pm  Panel discussion with Mr. Steven White, Deputy Academic Director Tsinghua x-lab 

4.05 – 5.00 pm  Q&A

Please note that participants have the possibility to win a complimentary copy of Swiss Made

About the Speaker

DSC03110Mr. R. James Breiding has considerable experience in investment management, most recently as managing director of Templeton in Switzerland.  He served in prior positions as a director of Rothschild Corporate Finance and as vice president of Bank Julius Baer responsible for alternative investments. He qualified as a chartered accountant and served as a Senior Manager with Price Waterhouse Coopers. He graduated with a Master degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and IMD, Lausanne. He was awarded a fellowship from Harvard’s Center for International Development for his research on Switzerland. For several years Mr. Breiding writes for The Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times and NZZ on Swiss issues. He holds dual Swiss and US citizenship.

For questions, please contact:

Mrs. Chenchen LIU, chenchen.liu@nulleda.admin.chScience, Technology and Education Section, Embassy of Switzerland in China