Laurent Haug

Laurent Haug

Innovator, entrepreneur, observer, investor, strategist, and creative matchmaker.

Laurent Haug’s career has given him the knowledge, skills and insights to be able to help companies cope with and invest in the correct emerging technologies, to spot trends and comment on society’s ongoing transformation in many different areas from finance, media, technology and retail.

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About Laurent Haug

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • Joined Anthemis which has set out to reinvent finance for the information economy
  • Hosts a talk show on SoundCloud.
  • Acts as an innovation strategist for his private clients.
  • Started a new conference aimed at time pressed CEOs called 200ideas.
  • Currently a partner in MKS Alternative Investments which helps seed fund new startups both in Switzerland and internationally. Some of the businesses they have invested in include a resilient drone manufacturer, a telemedicine business, an ‘Airbnb’ for yachts.
  • A regular blogger on society’s ongoing transformation, writes for the international press including Wired UK, L’Hebdo and RTS. He speaks regularly at conferences and for private clients.


Laurent speaks English and French.

Speaking Style

Laurent speaks with great authority across a number of areas especially those on technologies impact on society and entrepreneurship.

Always interested in technology from a young age Laurent’s early career included stints at Arthur Andersen as a consultant working primarily with customers involved in banking systems. From there he moved to Pictet, the largest Swiss private bank, working on their website, intranet and extranets.

In 2005 Laurent launched his own business, LiftLab, as he believed there was a market for a company that could help others prepare and anticipate changes in technology. The need was so great that in 2006 Laurent launched the Lift Conference that offered attendees the chance to hear about these very changes. The conference has grown over the years and is often cited as “one of the highlights of the technophile’s calendar” (BBC) He stepped down from LifeLab in 2011 but remains as an advisor.

Since then Laurent has worked on numerous projects and jobs and truly lived a multitasking career.

Speaking Topics

  • The innovator's mindset: how innovative organizations think
  • Technological trends impacting business
  • Technological trends impacting the financial industry (retail banking, wealth management, insurance)
  • Technological trends impacting the health industry
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Retail trends


"Laurent is superb speaker/futurist with a wide knowledge of the latest trends in Information Technology. He does excellent research combined with first hand knowledge of entrepreneurs pushing the borders of concepts and technology." - Vijay Srinivasan, Managing Director at Cambridge Technology Partners

"First of all, Laurent is European, so he has a different point of view, a different (long) list of examples and case studies, a different take on innovation, technology and business than the usual US-media-driven stuff. He's insightful and has a background as a business doer that allows him to spot and avoid the general hype." - Bruno Giussani, European Director, TEDGlobal Curator, TED,

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