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Lukas Jezler CEO GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute

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Lukas Jezler is the CEO of the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for consumption, economic and social studies in Rüschlikon/ Zurich.

The GDI is an independent European think tank, founded by European retail pioneer Gottlieb Duttweiler (1888-1962). The institute specializes in trend research, retail, economic and social issues. It also offers strategic workshops, lectures, and conferences like the International Retail Summit (71th edition in 2021), the European Foodservice Summit (21th edition in 2021) and the European Trend Day (17th edition in 2021). The main research topics are changes in consumption patterns and behavior, innovation in retailing and the service industry. The Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize is Switzerland’s most prestigious award for outstanding personalities, dedicated only every couple of years (1989 Václav Havel, 2004 Joschka Fischer, 2008 Kofi Annan, 2011 Jimmy Wales, 2015 Sir Tim Berners-Lee and 2019 Watson AI).

Lukas Jezler studied business administration at the University of Zurich and then worked for around 20 years in Switzerland and Germany in various international management positions, initially as management consultant, later as a Member of the Global Retail Executive Team and Head of Leadership and Organizational Development at Sonova Group. He worked for the Migros Group for two years, most recently as Head of Strategic Development and Head of the Directorate Coordination of Club Schools and Leisure Facilities. During this time, his focus was on strategic topics and projects such as digitalization of the working world, organizational and human resources development, leadership, and health initiatives, such as the development of MiSENSO, the Migros Group's new specialty store for acoustics and optics.