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Bruno Giussani

Bruno Giussani

"Curator of ideas": European director of TED, the nonprofit organisation behind the TED and TEDGlobal conferences

Facilitators & Moderators, Future & Technology, Leadership & Motivation

  • Topics: Technology, Future, Communication, Media
  • Location: Switzerland
  • Languages: English, French, Italian
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  • TECH TRENDS/ BUSINESS: The transformation of our economic and social model
  • SOCIETY:How Ideas Spread
  • Moderator and Host (TED events)

Bruno Giussani is an idea curator, a writer and an expert on the social, political and economic impacts of technological innovation. He is the European director of TED, a global nonprofit devoted to "Ideas worth spreading" ( Through events, multilingual videos, the Web, an award and many other initiatives, and encouraging a broad involvement of its members, TED nurtures the power of great ideas and good thinking to change the world for the better through creativity, innovation and commitment.
Giussani is also a member of the Board of Tinext, a Swiss software company he co-founded. Through his firm, Giussani Group, he also advises corporations and public organizations.
Previously, for almost 20 years Bruno Giussani has held various editorial, reporting and contributing positions and written about current affairs and about technology and innovation for a number of publications in Europe and the U.S. including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal Europe, the Economist, Il Sole-24Ore (Italy), L'Hebdo and Neue Zürcher Zeitung (both Switzerland), Libération (France) and more. He has won awards for both his writing, his blogging and for editing one of the first European news websites in the mid-1990s.
He was a 2004 Knight Fellow at Stanford University. The European edition of Wired named him among the 100 most influent Europeans in technology and innovation ("Wired 100").
He's the author of several books, including "Roam. Making Sense of the Wireless Internet" (Random House, 2001/2002) which the International Herald Tribune reviewed as follows: "The book bursts the bubble of mobile hype and then explains why wireless communications really matters and how it works".
Bruno has co-founded two Internet companies: Tinet, in 1995, the first Internet service provider in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland (then sold to Cablecom/NTL), and Tinext, in 2000, a software firm with offices in Switzerland, Italy and the UAE, of which he is Vice-Chairman. He was the Director of Innovation of the short-lived startup 3GMobile, an attempt to launch a new mobile telecom operator in Switzerland. From 2002 to 2008 he was a member of the Board of Namics, the largest Swiss Internet consultancy.


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