Committee members

Martin Eichler

President of the BAK S3 Association

BAK Economics AG, Chief Economist

Martin Eichler is a Chief Economist and a member of the Executive Board at BAK Economics AG. He is a regular public speaker with a strong presence in the Swiss and international media. As Chief Economist at BAK, he is responsible for quality of the economic research and for BAKs economic forecasting. Specifically, Martin Eichler developed the “Regional Economic Analysis” project (REA, previously “International Benchmarking Programme”), a combination of data driven fact finding for regions, regional economic analysis and consulting towards regional economic strategies. He is an expert for economic–political questions regarding Swiss as well as international regions. He is deeply involved in developing indicators to support regions in terms of regional benchmarking and economic assessment.

Dominique Foray


T +41 21 69 300 35

Executive committee member

EPFL, Full Professor of Economics and Management of Innovation

Dominique Foray is Full Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and holds the Chair of Economics and Management of Innovation (CEMI). He was the creator of the concept and was then deeply involved in European smart specialisation policy between 2009 and 2013. He is a member of the National Research Council (Switzerland); the Advisory Board of the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF); the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council; and a foreign member of the Center of Capitalism and Society (Columbia University, New York). He is also a new member of the Expert Commission for Research and Innovation of Germany. From 2008 to 2011, he served as chairman of the expert group “Knowledge for Growth”; a group of prominent economists created to advise Commissioner J. Potocnik (European Commission, DG research). This is during his service as member of this Group that he developed the concept of smart specialisation (together with P.A.David and B.Hall) that is now a key policy mechanism of the EU (cohesion policy).

Marc Bros de Puechredon

Executive committee member

BAK Economics AG, CEO, Head of Marketing & Communication

Marc Bros de Puechredon is responsible for the acquisition and communication of BAK projects and products as well as the business development of the "International Benchmarking Program". He is also the contact person for the products of Oxford Economics.
At BAK Economics AG since 2002, since 2006 Member of the Management Board and Chairman in April 2013.
Studied political science at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris as well as economics and political sciences at the universities of Basel and Lausanne. Language studies in Rome and at the University of Granada. Postgraduate studies at the University of Manchester. From 2006-2012 President of the VEH ( in Basel.

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