Laura Erickson is Head of Innovation & Sustainability at swissnex San Francisco, a platform for international open innovation across education, research, and innovation. In her current role she works with corporates on tech scouting and transformation, helps develop startups, and builds partnerships to launch sustainability-themed initiatives. She has co-created and run two accelerator programs, SAFT and Free Electrons, and is currently working to expand SAFT as an open innovation program for both corporates and startups across verticals that are critical for Switzerland’s sustainability goals. In addition to the field of innovation, Laura has ten years experience running operations and finance that allow her to understand the interplay between strategy and implementation. She has a MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco and did her undergraduate work in French Culture and Linguistics at UC Berkeley. Laura grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming and has spent the last couple decades in San Francisco.