GZA Perspektiven

COVID-19: Disaster or catalyst for the Greater Zurich Area?

The first edition of the "GZA Perspektiven" event series was broadcast live from the Kornhaus Zürich (also known as Swissmill Tower, the highest granary in the world) on 25 August 2020. We discussed the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the Greater Zurich Area as a business location from three perspectives: Economics and politics - entrepreneurs - investment promotion. The event was held in German.

Here you can find the recording of the event, the uncut version of the conversation with Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr, a summary of the talks as well as a photo gallery:


"GZA Perspektiven on 25 August 2020" – Recording of the event (in German)

Production: CH Media


Conversation with Walter Thurnherr, Federal Chancellor and Chief of Staff of Switzerland's government body (in German; host: Balz Hösly, GZA)

Production: CH Media

Photo gallery

Preview of ten pictures. Click here for the complete gallery.

All pictures © Greater Zurich Area Ltd (GZA)

The pictures may only be used for non-commercial purposes and with complete credit (Greater Zurich Area Ltd / Jean-Luc Grossmann).

Highlights of the talks

For a summary of the GZA Perspektiven event, click here:

Event program


Sonja Wollkopf Walt, Greater Zurich Area Ltd (GZA)

Economics and politics  

Walter Thurnherr, Federal Chancellor
Host: Balz Hösly, GZA


Séverine Chardonnens, IDUN Technologies Ltd
Anna Lisa Martin-Niedecken, Sphery Ltd and Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Host: Urs Bucher, TEDxZurich

Investment promotion

Sonja Wollkopf Walt, GZA
Lukas Sieber, GZA (live connection to New York)

Closing statement

Carmen Walker Späh, Government Councillor, Head of the Department for Economic Affairs of the Canton of Zurich, Chairwoman of the Greater Zurich Area Foundation 


Reto Sidler Potrait
Reto Sidler
Head of Communications and Marketing

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