Technical University ETH Zurich, Switzerland

03.2018- Researcher. Institute for Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems. Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering.

09.2016- Lecturer. Engineering Design and Computing Laboratory. BSc/MSc courses “Integrative Ski Building Workshop” and “Systemic Design for Sustainability”. Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering.

Università della Svizzera Italiana USI, Lugano, Switzerland

09.2016- Lecturer. Institute for Economic Research. MSc courses “Resilience of Mountain Economies” and “Landscape Architecture”.

University of Freiburg, Germany

03.2005- Lecturer. BSc course “Sustainability Leadership Training”. Centre for Key Qualifications.



University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, Switzerland.

Department “Living Environment” (Regional Economic Development, Architecture, Tourism).

05.2011-02.2018 Professor for Sustainability Science.

05.2012-06.2015 Director. Research Institute for Tourism and Leisure.

02.2009-04.2011 Senior Researcher and Senior Lecturer in sustainability science.

Université de Savoie, Chambéry, France

2008-2009 Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut de la Montagne. Interreg project “ClimAlpTour”.



2015- Founding director. The MonViso Institute, a real-world mountain laboratory for research, education and entrepreneurship in sustainability transformations and systemic design, situated in the Italian Piedmont Alps.

2008- Founder and systemic designer. Grown, Outdoor Creativity Lab. Regenerative design inspired by outdoor creativity. Essential outdoor tools, local adventures, co-creation community, science-industry partnerships.

2003-2008 Director of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Manager of the German Ski Federation (DSV), Munich, Germany.

2003 Trainee in Sustainable Investment Research, Renewable Energies Invest. Private Bank Sarasin, Basel, Switzerland.

2002 Business consultant in the wood product industry. Applikatio Consultancy, Freiburg, Germany.

2001-2010 Systemic Co-Design of the Swall Institute, a sustainably designed work&play retreat in the high desert of California, owned by TED senior fellow Eric L. Berlow.

2000 Trainee in circular/blue economy at UNDP/ZERI (Zero Emissions Research Initiatives) Geneva, International Environment House and EXPO 2000 in Hannover, Germany.

1998-  Mountain Guide and Sports Teacher (leading mountaineering and expedition trips worldwide)



2005-2009 Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, Institute for Outdoor Sports and Environmental Sciences, German Sport University DSHS Cologne, Germany. Advisors Prof. Dr. R. Roth and Prof. Dr. em. H. Elsasser (University of Zurich, Economic Geography). Dissertation (18.02.2009): Vulnerability to climate change and sustainable adaptation of Alpine tourism.

2002-2005 M. A. in Education and Communication on Sustainable Development, University of Rostock, Germany. Thesis: Sustainability Leadership Training: Development and Evaluation of a University teaching concept on sustainable development.

1999-2001 M. Sc. in Forest- and Environmental Sciences, Major Environmental Economics, specializing in life cycle design and the built environment, and in wood engineering. University of Freiburg, Germany. Thesis: Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of engineered timber products for the use in passive solar buildings (German Diplom).

1997-1999 B. Sc. in Forest Sciences, University of Freiburg, Germany (German Vordiplom).



2011 Visiting scholar at the Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

2010 EU Marie Curie scholarship in Sustainability Evaluation in a Transboundary Context. Stockholm Environment Institute.

2007 Fellow of the 8th OIKOS PhD summer academy “Sustainability, Innovation, Entrepreneurship”, University of St. Gallen, CH.

2001-02 Scholarship of the University of California at San Diego, California, USA, in sustainable architecture and design.

1999 ERASMUS scholarship exchange program with the Universidad de Cordoba, Spain.

1996-97 Scholarship of the University of British Columbia (UBC) MKRF, Vancouver, Canada.


2008 & 2018 Three Eco and Sport Design Awards of ISPO Munich, the biggest industry fair for winter and outdoor sports, for innovative design of basalt (2008) and hemp (2018) fiber composite ski constructions; up to 50% decrease of env. footprint & positive legacy.