Dr. Christoph A. von Arb

Dr. Christoph A. von Arb is President and Founder of Swiss based International Initiatives Inc. TRIPLEYE, a private consultant firm with a specific focus on Education, Research and Innovation at the interface between industry, academia and government. From 2002 to 2008, Dr. von Arb was Consul General and Director of the world’s first Digital Science Consulate – swissnex – in Boston, a novel concept of Diplomacy based on public-private partnership, which he initiated and implemented, while he was Head of International Affairs in the Office of the State Secretary of Education, Research and Innovation.

He also negotiated a number of bilateral agreements including Switzerland’s full participation in the EU-Research Framework Programs. His diplomatic service began with a 5 year posting at the Swiss Embassy in Washington D.C., where he was a member of the Swiss Delegation negotiating the launch of the International Space Station. Dr. von Arb is a frequent lecturer at universities and public events and serves on several boards of organizations. He received his Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology in 1984 from the University of Berne.