About us

The Swiss Conference on Data Science (SDS2021) is organized by the data innovation alliance. The alliance is an interdisciplinary expert network of innovative companies and universities to combine knowledge from different fields into marketable products and services. 


Dr. Gundula Heinatz Bürki

Managing Director

data innovation alliance

Dr. Gundula Heinatz Bürki led an analytics group at a Swiss insurance company and has been Manager of an analytics research group at ETH Zurich. She knows what transforming to digitization for a larger company means.

Dr. Melanie Geiger

Deputy Managing Director

data innovation alliance

Dr. Melanie Geiger has worked in many innovation projects and received her PhD from the University of Neuchâtel. She shaped the SDS conference series since its beginning.

Minna Guigon-Sell

Marketing & Communications

data innovation alliance

Minna Guigon-Sell is Marketing and Communications Expert at the Swiss Alliance for Data Intensive Services. She is a writer and translator with a background in advocacy, communication and administration from the United Nations, NGO’s and the Finnish Government. Minna has a master’s degree in philosophy and public international law from Åbo Akademi University in Finland.

David Schaffner

Administrative Assistent

data innovation alliance

David has extensive knowledge working in the administration. Currently he is responsible for the office of the Alliance in Thun.


Bälliz 62
3600 Thun

Direct:+41 33 221 88 20
Mail: conference@data-innovation.org

data innovation alliance provides a significant contribution to make Switzerland an internationally recognized hub for data-driven value creation.