• Prof. Dr. Martin A. Bader
    Prof. Dr. Martin A. Bader Partner

    Prof. Dr. Martin A. Bader is a European and Swiss Patent Attorney and a Partner at BGW AG. He also serves as a professor of technology management and entrepreneurship at Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences, Germany. He is a member of both the Association of Independent European and Swiss Patent Attorneys and the Licensing Executives Society. Since 2014, he is a mediator for the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. In 2013, he was selected as one of the world’s leading IP strategists by IAM Strategy 300. He previously worked as Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Infineon Technologies in Munich, Germany.

  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann
    Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann Founding Member

    Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann is Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at the University of St.Gallen and Director of the Institute of Technology Management (ITEM-HSG) and the Global Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is co-founder of BGW AG, BMI-Lab AG and Avatarion Technology AG. Finally, he is a member of several supervisory boards of international companies, founding director of the GLORAD research lab St. Gallen/Shanghai. Previously, he was responsible for the management of research and pre-development in the Schindler Group. He has been research fellow at Berkeley (2007), Stanford (2012) and Harvard (2016). In 2014 he has been awarded with the Scholary Impact Award of the Journal of Management, in 2015 he has got the Citation of Excellence Award by the Emerald Group.

  • Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Wecht
    Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Wecht Partner

    Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Wecht is a partner of BGW AG and member of the board of directors of BMI Lab AG. He is also a professor of management at the New Design University (NDU) in St. Pölten, holds a lectureship in technology management at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and teaches as a speaker at their Executive School (ES-HSG) as well as at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). Prof. Wecht is a consultant, coach and lecturer and publishes practical and scientific journal and book contributions. Previously, he headed the competence center for Open Innovation at the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St.Gallen (ITEM-HSG). After completing his mechanical engineering studies, he worked in Austria, Germany and the USA, and was responsible, among other things, for the department of Knowledge Management & Innovation in the tire business of Continental AG.


  • Dr. Christoph Meister
    Dr. Christoph Meister Managing Director

    Dr. Christoph Meister currently holds the position as Managing Director of the BGW AG. He holds a Master in Information, Media, and Technology Management as well as a PhD in Innovation Management both from the University of St.Gallen. His career started at Holcim Technology Ltd as Innovation Manager and Assistant to the Head of Innovation where he was responsible for the definition and set-up of an integrated innovation management system for the group. In his latest position he was Head of Innovation Management responsible for the group-wide Innovation Process & Portfolio, Customer Insights for Innovative Solutions, Technology Foresight as well as Business Model Innovation & Training.

  • Uliana Polyakova
    Uliana Polyakova Project Collaborator

    Uliana Polyakova completed her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen and spent a semester abroad at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. Since September 2019 Uliana is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Business Innovation at the University of St. Gallen and worked on a Design Thinking project in the Sugar Network. Uliana appreciates the contact to her fellow people, in order to achieve consensus-oriented goals through honest exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration in a creative and responsible way. With her previous practical experience in sales, consulting and business innovation in various industries, Uliana supports the BGW team as project collaborator.

  • Nils Moser
    Nils Moser Project Collaborator

    Nils Moser has completed his bachelor degree in business administration at the University of St. Gallen, while also absoliving an exchange semester in Stellenbosch (South Africa). Since September 2019 Nils is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Accounting and Finance at the University of St. Gallen. With personal commitment, customer centricity and high flexibility, he supports our client projects as well as every day supporting processes and ensures that even the most profound system changes are sustainably implemented.

  • Lars Ochsner
    Lars Ochsner Project Collaborator

    Lars Ochsner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen. Subsequently, Lars gained two years of professional experience in the areas of Strategy & Business Development and B2B Marketing. During this time, he developed a profound knowledge base for the digital transformation of companies and the strategic setup of an automated lead management. Since September 2020 Lars is enrolled in the Master of Business Innovation at the University of St. Gallen. With his high level of commitment and open-mindedness, he supports the team in projects and workshops.

  • Slobodanka Bölli
    Slobodanka Bölli Assistant to the Board

    Mrs. Slobodanka Bölli-Tomic is an Assistant of the Board of Directors. She has extensive experience from the Swiss airline business where she worked for several years, both nationally and internationally. Thereafter, she continued her career as a Directorate Assistant at the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI), and later on at Multilateral AG.


  • Prof. Dr. Max von Zedtwitz
    Prof. Dr. Max von Zedtwitz Senior Consultant

    Max von Zedtwitz is a Senior Expert in global R&D management and innovation. Furthermore he is professor at KTU in Lithuania and other universities in China, the Americas and Europe, he runs GLORAD, the Center for Global R&D and Innovation with locations in Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Silicon Valley, Kaunas, Heilbronn, and St. Gallen. Previously, he was Vice President at PRTM, Managing Director of AsiaCompete Int’l, and professor at Skoltech, Tsinghua, Beijing University, and IMD in Switzerland. He holds Ph.D. and MBA degrees from HSG University of St. Gallen, and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from ETH Zurich. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University.


  • Dr. Ute-Christine Konopka
    Dr. Ute-Christine Konopka Senior Expert

    Dr. Ute-Christine Konopka is a Senior Manager in Intellectual Property. Leading positions in the patent and trademark field in industry and in a patent law firm allow her to assess challenges in the field of intellectual property from “two” sides. Due to her many years of experience in the establishment and management of the industrial patent department / patent coordination of an international food company, Dr. Ute-Christine Konopka has acquired a sound knowledge of intellectual property rights and contracts. She built up the intellectual property department of the company and headed it for nine years. Subsequently, she headed a Zurich law firm for 4 years.  Her professional focuses include employee training in patent and contract law, the development of company-related patent strategies, in-house management training, the establishment of patent departments in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), intellectual property coaching for SMEs and Start-Ups as well as lecturing at universities and universities of applied sciences in patent and contract law in Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

  • Shaun West
    Shaun West Lecturer for Service and Product Innovation, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

    I have developed a unique insight into the energy sector, its markets, its equipment and the services created to maintain it since leaving Imperial College in 1994.  From this I have a deep understanding of value creation within the manufacturing sector. This is coupled with a strong belief that practice should be improved through the application of theory. Know-how and technology transfer are two very important drivers for me. Using my project management skills I enjoy helping others to do this: in strategy, in marketing, in change management, in improvement projects.


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Are you interested in digital transformation, business model innovation, or intellectual property solutions? Do you have both analytical and conceptual abilities? Are you communicative, self-reliant, and customer-oriented? If yes, we might be able to offer a suitable position in a challenging, informative, and constructive environment.

If you are interested in an external partner for your master’s thesis or an internship, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to your application.