Adrian von Aesch

Board Member
Vice President

Adrian has over 35 years IT experience and is currently the Chief Architect at Aity AG in Bern, Switzerland. Adrian has wide-ranging international experience and assists businesses in several different industries and countries.

Adrian has led technical leaders across continents supporting digital transformation projects. As an Enterprise Architect in a global Consulting Group Adrian was in a leading role in major transformation projects in the government, manufacturing, renewable energy und financial services industries.

While being based in Wellington, Adrian was part of the New Zealand management team for the technology-consulting firm Accenture. During his tenure with HP Asia Pacific, HP awarded him the title of Distinguished SE for the successful introduction of a new BI strategy in the electricity sector.

In Brisbane, Australia, he was Head of Design Authority for a large Australian bank leading a technical design team for a digital transformation project.

Prior to moving to Wellington, Adrian was Strategy & Architecture Manager at Zurich Australia in Sydney. He transferred to Australia from Switzerland where he worked as a Technology Strategy Consultant in Swiss corporate head offices in the private sector. Adrian started his career as an Industrial Chemist in the Pharmaceutical and Environment Sciences in Basel in the 1980s.

Adrian holds relevant certifications in IT architecture and agile development methods.

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Riedl

Board Member
Vice President

Reinhard Riedl is professor at BFH Business School. His transdisciplinary research deals with human-centered digital transformation of sectors and professional disciplinary practices in healthcare, agriculture, sports, and the performing arts.

He is co-editor in chief of, member of the steering committees of NRP 75 and TA-Swiss, board member of AG,, and, member of the ASTRA expert group Mobility 4.0, and member of the advisory board of Swiss Young Academy.

Reinhard studied Engineering Mathematics at Johannes Kepler University Linz and received a PhD in Pure Mathematics from the University of Zurich. He was visiting professor at the Universities of Rostock (High Performance Computing) and Zurich (Communication and Distributed Systems) and worked on database transaction processing, the development of large application systems, team collaboration, legal informatics, the digital single market, and digital ecosystems. For fifteen years he focused on e-government.

Reinhard was president of the Swiss Informatics Society (SI) and of the International Society for Contemporary Music Bern (IGNM Bern), vice-president of the Swiss E-Government Symposium, representative of Switzerland in the LSP STORK 2.0, and member of the Swiss Advisory Board for E-Government.

Prof. Dr. Stephan Aier

Board Member
Vice President

Stephan Aier is a professor and senior lecturer at the School of Computer Science at the University of St.Gallen. He co-heads the Architectural Coordination Group (ACG) at the university’s Institute of Information Management (IWI-HSG) and serves as IWI’s Executive Director.

Stephan studied Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technical University of Berlin, where he received his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in 2006. Stephan was elected Assistant Professor at HSG in 2009, finished his habilitation in 2016, was appointed Privatdozent in 2017, Affiliated Professor in 2020 and Senior Lecturer in 2021 at the University of St.Gallen.

Today, Stephan is active in fundamental research in the areas of enterprise-wide information systems, enterprise architecture, data management and analytics, and digital platforms funded by public research organizations and for applied research funded by industry partners. He gained industry experience in projects at AXA, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Telekom, HP, IBM, Munich Re, Motorola, Novartis, SAP, Swiss Post, Swiss Re, UBS, and others.

Stephan has published more than 150 articles on enterprise architecture, integration, and platforms. His research is published among others in Management Information Systems Quarterly (MISQ), European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE), Electronic Markets (EM), and MIS Quarterly Executive (MISQE). Stephan is active in undergraduate, graduate, and executive education as well as in company specific in-house programs. He is a regular speaker at practitioner conferences and seminars.

Kurt Wehrli

Board Member

Kurt Wehrli initiated SITIC in a research project of UBS/Ubilab with EPFL Lausanne back in 2001. Until 2008 he worked for UBS, heading the IT Professional Training organisation. Prior to that, he developed and managed an IT Information Services department and infrastructure to foster knowledge sharing and change through innovation.

In the nineties Kurt led various projects for the former L&G Technology Innovation AG and set up a track record in systems architecture and integration, information management and internet applications. As CTO of the software company Eigner+Partner in the U.S., he was responsible for managing client acquisitions and projects for industrial workflow and product lifecycle management solutions.

He is a well-known speaker in the fields of business IT architecture, application and strategic trends, IT innovation, change management and talent development.

Kurt studied Business Administration at Kalaidos Fachhochschule Schweiz and earned his Executive MBA FH (federal approval) degree in 2011. Back in the eighties, he studied computer science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zurich, where he got his master’s degree in 1990. Prior to that he studied mathematics, natural sciences and didactics at the University of Zurich and holds a corresponding teaching diploma.

Iva Hollenstein

Board Member
Management Accounting

Iva Hollenstein hat mehr als zwanzig Jahre Erfahrung in Buchhaltungen und Steuern.

Die letzten achtzehn Jahre arbeitete sie in einem kleineren Treuhandbüro. Sie war für sämtliche Bereiche des Rechnungswesens der Kunden und für die internen Buchhaltungs- und Personalarbeiten zuständig. Zudem betreute sie Bauprojekte.

Davor arbeitete sie in einigen grösseren Firmen in Buchhaltungsabteilungen und leitete diese teilweise auch.

Als gelernte Hochbauzeichnerin mit weiterführendem Studium der Architektur verfügt sie über Grundlagen und Kenntnisse der Baubranche.

Im Verlauf der Jahre sammelte sie viele Erfahrungen auf diversen Baustellen aus den Blickwinkeln Kostenberechnung, Planung, Auftragsvergabe, Ausführungskontrolle, Bauabnahme, Abrechnung bis hin zur Vermietung und Verwaltung von Immobilien.