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Martin J. Eppler, Prof. Dr.

is a full professor of media and communication management at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), where he is also director of the =mcm institute for media and communication management and the head of the International Study MBA Program (ISP). He conducts research on knowledge management, knowledge visualization, knowledge creation (creativity) and knowledge communication. He has been a guest professor at various universities in Asia, North and South America, as well as Europe. He has been an advisor to organizations such as the United Nations, the European Central Bank, Philips, Pictet, UBS, the Swiss Military, Ernst & Young, Swiss Re, GfK, and others. Martin Eppler studied communications, business administration and social sciences at Boston University, the Paris Graduate School of Management (ESCP), and at the Universities of Geneva and St.Gallen. He has published more than 160 academic papers (in journals such as Organization Studies, LRP, Harvard Business Manager, Information Society, IEEE, Information Visualization, and others) and sixteen books, mostly on knowledge communication, management, and visualization.

Latest Book Publications: Life Design (2020), Meet up! (2108), Dynagrams (2016), Creability (2014), Communicacão Visual (2013), Sketching at Work (2012), Management Atlas (2011).

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Elitsa Alexander, Dr.

is a Post Doc researcher in knowledge visualization and intercultural communication at the University of St. Gallen, Institute for Media and Communications Management (=mcm institute). She has been an Assistant Professor at the American University in Bulgaria and a course manager at the University of South Australia, with teaching experiences at the master, executive master and bachelor level. Elitsa earned her doctoral degree in 2009 from the Faculty of Informatics of the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. Her PhD research focused on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), in particular on user acceptance and diffusion of collaboration technologies. She has published several academic papers in journals such as Electronic Markets and the Journal of Euromarketing and has collaborated on research projects with faculty at international universities such as the Hagan School of Business in New York. She currently conducts research on the topic of interactive visual group communication.

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Sabrina Bresciani, Prof. Dr.

is an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). She has been a visiting researcher at Harvard University (Boston), at the University of Cambridge (U.K.) and at the National University of Singapore. She is/has been a guest professor at various universities in europe, Asia and South America. Sabrina’s research focuses primarily on visual digital communication in organization and on, inter-cultural management communication. Her papers received the best paper award from the International Conference of Information Visualization, Best paper proceedings at theAcademy of Management Meeting , and the Carolyn Dexter Award nomination at the Academy of Management Meeting. She lived in eight countries and travelled extensivelly in all continents. She is the founder and president of Kolours, a charity focused on equal opportunities for children and audults with disabilities. [personal website]


Dr. Fabienne Bünzli

is a research associate at the =mcm institute for media and communications management, and a lecturer at the University of St.Gallen. Her focus lies in the field of stakeholder management and strategy implementation. She holds a master’s degree in Media Studies and Communication Science at the University of Zurich. In 2014 Fabienne Bünzli was awarded for graduating as best student of her class. As co-author she also published an article based on her master thesis in the academic journal “Journalism”. During her studies she worked as a media analyst, a journalist and as a research assistant at a project for the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM). Moreover, she completed a public relations traineeship at the German National Tourist Board. Her professional background further encompasses several years experience as a project manager in a communication agency. In this functions, Fabienne Bünzli was responsible for political campaigning, public relations and event management.

Alice Comi, Prof. Dr.

is an associate professor at at Tongji University College of Design and Innovation (Shanghai, China). Previosly she was a senior lecturer at Kingston Business School (UK), she has been a researcher at Aalto University (Finland) and a visiting Researcher at the Design Innovation Research Centre, University of Reading, where she conducted a research project on "Visual Objects and Practices in Inter-Organizational Teamwork", funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Alice completed her PhD in Communication Sciences at the University of Lugano (USI), Switzerland, where she has also received her MSc in Communication and Economics with the mention summa cum laude (2008). During her doctoral studies, she has been a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge (2008) and at the Institute for Media and Communications Management, University of St. Gallen (2010). Her professional background includes a Teaching Assistantship at the Institute of Marketing and Communication Management (USI), a Public Relations internship at the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (RSI), and consulting projects for pharmaceutical companies such as Pharmaton (Boehringer Ingelheim) [personal webpage]

Andreas Hieronymi, Dr.

completed his PhD at the University of St. Gallen. He completed his master’s degree in Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Bern, with a minor in Philosophy of Science. He has been working for training and consulting companies and he has professional experience in the areas of coaching, assessment, communication training, leadership training and team development. Andreas Hieronymi’s research focuses on key concepts of systems theory and complexity research, as well as their application within the context of organizations and leadership. One of his goals is clarifying systemic aspects of change processes and facilitating creative problem-solving. In 2012 Andreas Hieronymi received the Anatol Rapoport Award of the International Society for the Systems Sciences.

Sebastian Kernbach

Sebastian Kernbach, Dr.

is an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Gallen in the field of knowledge visualization, knowledge communication and life design. His doctoral research focused on the contexts of Professional Services Firms collaborating with Interbrand, a global brand consultancy, as well Design Thinking, where he collaborated with the design thinking team of the University of St. Gallen.
His professional experience includes management responsibilities for an international company, for a Swiss startup as well as for a consultancy. He has studied in Germany (Düsseldorf), the Netherlands (Breda), Switzerland (Lugano, St. Gallen) and Denmark (Copenhagen Business School).

Jeanne Mengis, Prof. Dr.

Jeanne Mengis is associate professor at the Università della Svizzera italiana, Faculty of Communication Sciences. Previously, she was a post-doctoral visiting fellow at Boston University, School of Management.  She is part of the Research Unit on Innovation, Knowledge and Organizational Networks (IKON) at the University of Warwick. She gained her PhD in February 2007 from the Università della Svizzera italiana (awarded with a summa cum laude). Her PhD was an integral part of a 3-year long research project on the integration of knowledge in decision making, of which she was co-project manager. In her research, she aims to develop a communication approach to the management of knowledge in organizations. In particular, she focuses on knowledge-intensive conversations, the use of visual language and methods in the co-construction of knowledge, on knowledge integration and the role of boundary objects and boundary spanning practices. From 2003 to 2006, she was co-project manager of a three-year research project on the integration of expert knowledge in decision making. During 2004/2005, she was a doctoral visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Jeanne has teaching experiences at the master, executive master and bachelor level, thaught at the universities of St.Gallen, Lausanne, and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. She further conducted executive training for organizations as - among others - the United Nations, the Chamber of Judges and Attorneys of Ticino, UBS, or the St.Gallen Cantonal Bank. She has several publications in well regarded international journals and contributed chapters to books on knowledge management and knowledge communication.


Christian Muntwiler

is a PhD candidate at at the =mcm institute for media and communication management (University of St.Gallen). He completed his Master of Art in media and communication management at the University St. Gallen (lic. oec. HSG). After more than 16 years of professional experience in international management consulting and training on executive level, he now focuses on the research topic of strategic facilitation biases – how to detect and reduce them.


Roland Pfister, Dr.

obtained his Ph.D. at the University of St. Gallen, =mcminstitute, Institute for Media and Communication Management. He holds a degree in business for small and medium sized enterprises from the University of St. Gallen. After finishing his diploma thesis on human resources management, he worked for two years as an IT consultant in the field of core banking applications for Accenture, a major consulting company, and another two years as a Senior Business analyst for Credit Suisse. In his research, he examines the impact of (quantitative) visualization on communication in management processes.