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Christoph Frei

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Christoph is a partner at Emerald, leading the development of the Global Energy Transformation Alliance (GETalliance), an open innovation alliance with ambitious energy firms globally. Christoph is also a professor and advisor to the President of the Swiss Federal Technical Institute in Lausanne (EPFL) and a member of the Foundation Council of the Energy Web Foundation (EWF). Prior to joining Emerald, Christoph was CEO and Secretary General of the World Energy Council (WEC) for ten years and, before that, senior director and member of the Executive Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in charge of energy. Christoph received his PhD es sc. from EPFL. He holds a diploma in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in energy economics & management, a master’s degree in econometrics, and a master’s degree in applied ethics.

As attorney-at-law and public notary, Patrick is the owner of PST legal & consulting in Zug, a law firm specializing in Swiss and international tax law, corporate law, commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, structuring and re-structuring of national and international businesses, the relocation of companies and individuals, and advising on legal issues for blockchain companies.

Patrick has previously worked as an administrative judge at the canton court of Zug and with one of the “big four” auditing companies in Zurich. He studied law in Zurich before taking the legal and notarial examinations in Canton Zug, as well as spending a year working in a law firm in New York. He speaks German, English, and French.
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