The UNITECH International Society Board consist of:
President of UNITECH
Torbjörn, or “Toby” as many calls him, has an educational background from Uppsala University with a MSc in Engineering Physics and a PhD in pure mathematics (on potential theory and discrete groups) 1996. After three postdocs: Cambridge, UK; Stony Brook, NY and Institute Mittag-Leffler, Stockholm, he settled in Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, where he gradually moved into more applied research in biomathematics. He has had some leadership positions such as chair of the Swedish Committee of Mathematical Education, chair of National Committee of Mathematics, vice chair of European Society of Mathematical and Theoretical Biology and has currently a split position as a Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Gothenburg and as a professor in biomathematics at Chalmers. His interest in biological application has channeled towards concrete problems in vascular surgery, something that has led to a sabbatical year at Stanford Hospital as well as three MedTech start-ups and several patents.
VP of CP UNITECH
Global Director of Technology & Product Development Process & Facilities Bühler
Bühler is driven by its purpose of creating innovations for a better world. As a relevant solution partner for the food and mobility industries, Bühler contributes to safely feeding the world and is committed to protect the climate, producing solutions that make cars, buildings, and machinery more efficient. Bühler invests up to 5% of turnover into research and development and operates a global network of more than 20 R&D locations. In 2020, some 1,000 employees worked in technology and product development functions.
Sandra is heading Bühler’s technology and product development globally. She completed her studies of Manufacturing and Management in Austria and started her career in an industrial company that provides equipment for crop research. After a short time, Sandra was delegated to Manager, Global Product Manager, and a further posting as General Manager in Beijing.
In 2015, Sandra joined Bühler as Head of Product Management of the Business Unit Wafer. In 2020, Sandra assumed the role of Beijing to establish a new branch office there. After successfully setting up the operations in China, she held various positions as Business Developer, Area Sales Bühler’s Global Head of Product Development (“M2M” – market to market) and is leading group-wide initiatives to further drive Bühler’s innovation capabilities, including the career initiative to attract, develop and retain talent within Bühler’s technology and product development. With her broad intercultural background, international network and hands-on attitude, Sandra will bring energy and drive to the UNITECH Network.
“At Bühler, we continuously expand our innovation ecosystem including external partners – such as leading universities and start-ups. We aim to create powerful collaborations and leverage networks for mutually beneficial advantage. Working together on projects with UNITECH students has been truly inspiring. I would be honoured to be part of the UNITECH Board and further support these young talents and future leaders in their development.”
VP of CP UNITECH
Head of Process Technology & Engineering Evonik
"I can see there is a clear momentum to advance UNITECH as organization in its entirety and for its future preparedness. There is no doubt that Evonik would like to continue to contribute to the UNITECH family given its past and current commitment comprising intense coaching phases, participation on Board / CP level and due to plenty of vivid interactions today and in the past. I would be more than happy to provide my network and “strategic capital” for the planned UNITECH transition and the UNITECH community for the upcoming term”.
Alessandro Brun holds a Master Degree with distinction in Management Engineering and a PhD on the same subject. Teacher of Quality Management at the MSc in Management Engineering, and Director of Master in Global Luxury Goods and Services Management (MGLuxM) and at MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Management. Along with teaching and research duties, he is actively participating in a set of other activities. He is Past President of the ALIG association (Alumni Association of Management Engineers graduated at Politecnico di Milano), founder of the International Workshop in Luxury Retail, Operations and Supply Chain Management, member of the organising committee of several international conferences, referee for International Journals in the fields of Operations and Quality Management. He is founder of the “Circolo Six Sigma”, a think-tank of professionals and companies embracing the Six Sigma improvement programme, and of the “Sustainable Luxury Academy”, a cultural initiative involving companies active on the challenges of Sustainability in the High-End and Luxury sector.
Lena Peterson is a senior lecturer at Chalmers University of Technology. She received a MSc Eng. in Electrical Engineering and a Technical Doctorate in Applied Electronics from Lund University. Before joining Chalmers in 1998 she was a researcher at California Institute of Technology and the Information Sciences Institute at University of Southern California. She enjoys teaching electronics to an international cohort of students in the Master’s programme Embedded Electronic Systems Design. One special focus area of hers within that programme is intercultural communication and group work. She has been a head of programme (2000-2007) and dean of education (2008-2016). She has acted as an external peer evaluator for education nationally and internationally. Within UNITECH she has represented Chalmers since 2012 and cherishes the spirit and energy of the UNITECH students and network.
Dr. Thomas Schwind is a General Manager for Ventilated Façade at Hilti and a member of Hilti‘s Senior Management Team (SVP). He earned a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and a doctorate degree in Materials Science at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Dr. Schwind has been at Hilti for 11 years and has held multiple positions. Currently he is leading the Hilti‘s ventilated facade business, a fast growing and future oriented organization. He focuses on environmental sustainability of the business’s portfolio and is trying out new ways of organizational setup & development. He is also leading a x-functional management team with 10 people, full P&L and site responsibility for more than 150 colleagues. Dr. Schwind has been a UNITECH Coach since 2014 and has been elected a Treasurer during the General Assembly 2022.
Advisory Board Members
Member of the Board of Management Evonik Resource Efficiency
Alexandra started with an Apprenticeship for Industrial Business Management at Degussa, Frankfurt.From 1986 until 2014 she held various management positions within Human Resources, Communication, Organizational Development and Compliance within Evonik Industries and its predecessor companies. Today she is on the Board of Management of Evonik Resource Efficiency responsible for HR, Communications and ESHQ.
Alexandra has been associated with UNITECH since 2001, as a Corporate Partner representative and as a Coach
International Projects Service at Politecnico di Milano
Francesca has a MA in Modern Languages and Literature from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milano. She has been working in the field of international education at Politecnico di Milano since 2001. She is currently working at the International Projects Service - International Relations and EU Projects office. Francesca is UNITECH Local Coordinators Chairperson and is a member of the UNITECH Coaching Team
UNITECH 2006, Delft University of Technology
During my Unitech years, I met some of the most talented, bright and kind people in my network whom I still keep in touch with, cherish and call my dear friends. Even after 13 years since I finished the program. To me, Unitech is a big global family, where you are embraced for your unique talents, background and culture, and where you are challenged to bring out the best version of you. They say that your network is your net worth (not just financially, but in all senses of the word) and I cannot agree more.
After organising the GA in 2013 as an AP and later contributing as a speaker at various Symposiums in the past years, I'm delighted that I can now give back to our community in the role of UAA President. Our vision is to connect and provide value to alumni from all generations, so we truly engineer a network of professional possibilities. Let's get it on and bring it to the next level!"