David Bosshart, CEO of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for economic and social studies (GDI), Rüschlikon/Zurich.
GDI is an independent European think tank, founded by the European Retail Pioneer Gottlieb Duttweiler (1888-1962). The institute is specialised in trend research, strategic workshops, lectures, and conferences like the International Retail Conference (56th edition in 2006), the European Foodservice Summit (7th edition in 2006) and the European Consumer Trends Conference (2nd edition in 2006). The main topics are: changes in consumption patterns and society, innovation in retailing and the service industry.
Following high school and a business education, David Bosshart capped his studies with a Ph.d. from the University of Zurich in philosophy and political theory. He has been involved in communications and marketing consulting, in retailing and in scientific research. 1991–1996 head of department at the GDI for consumer research and social change. 1997–1999 head of strategic development and director of the cultural and social section of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives (the famous culture percentage). Bosshart has held his current position since 1999.
David Bosshart is the author of numerous publications and a speaker at international events in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. His expertise is focussed on consumption and retailing, management, social change, and political philosophy.
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