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Zeynep Waelchli & Christine Theodorovics

Zeynep Waelchli - Switzerland | Managing Director, Accenture AG

Zeynep Waelchli is Managing Director at Accenture, based in Zürich, Switzerland. She is part of Accenture’s European Life Sciences leadership team, responsible for the technology consulting practice. She is also a mentor for Accenture's next generation women leaders’ program, "I-Lead," and the Switzerland women initiative program. Her main area of expertise is shaping and running complex, innovative and digital- and technology-enabled transformation programs by bringing business and technology elements together to enable the new digital business models and digital health agendas of clients. In her client engagement role, she is responsible for Accenture’s Swiss-based Pharma/MedTech client, and is leading one of the big digital transformation programs. Her role includes leading a team of 100 Accenture professionals to build the digital platform and solutions, supporting the client by designing the digital roadmap and architecture, and shaping the advanced analytics capabilities to help the client collect insights and improve patients' lives. Zeynep played a key role in shaping this partnership: The program was awarded by Accenture globally with a “Creating Tomorrow” award of the year and is considered as one of the most innovative programs.

In her practice role, Zeynep is driving the agenda regarding how platforms and ecosystems will shape the future of digital health and will bring value to the patients and life sciences industry. Her role includes leading the practice of 30 Accenture practitioners in a multi-disciplinary team, which brings cloud technology and industry expertise and developing the internal capabilities with emerging technologies (i.e. Google, Amazon, etc.). Additionally, she was selected to represent Accenture Switzerland in the American/Swiss Young Leaders Program in autumn 2018. Zeynep is Swiss citizen and Turkish native.

Christine Theodorovics - IWF Switzerland | Chief Strategic Development Officer Europe, AXA Insurance Group

Christine Theodorovics has been with the AXA Insurance Group in Paris since June 2019. As Chief Strategic Development Officer Europe and member of the Partner Group, she reports directly to the Group Executive Board and oversees activities in three European countries, where she is also on the respective supervisory boards. She also drives several transversal themes across all European countries.

Christine has been on three country executive boards with Zurich Insurance, last as a member of the Executive Board of Zurich Insurance Germany. Before, she was CEO of Zurich Life and Insurance Company and Head of Life Switzerland, where her responsibilities included the entire life business and foreign subsidiaries in Asia. Before that, she was CEO of Life for Austria.

Christine has also been acting as the Head of Business Development at the Group of Zurich Global Life for more than two years. From 2004-2010, Christine worked for Swiss Life. As the Head of Business Development at Swiss Life International, she spent over two years in Asia and in the Middle East, setting up life insurance carriers. She also served on the Non-Executive Board of Swiss Life Middle East Ltd. and as the Operational Excellence Leader and Six Sigma Black Belt responsible for multiple projects in Zurich and Paris.

Christine holds an MBA from the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna, an MA in European Studies and Economics from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and a Diploma in Banking from the Swiss Finance Institute in Zurich.


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