George Fankhauser


Based in Zürich Area, Switzerland


Dr. George Fankhauser is an innovation consultant and R&D leader with more than 20 years of industry experience managing global, inter-disciplinary teams. His past positions range from leading small teams including several startups to MNCs with a deep dive into research, development, manufacturing and product management.

He successfully managed change projects in software development, automation, agile innovation processes and platform management. Furthermore, as a facilitator and inventor he actively participates in the creative process. With experience in a broad range of innovation frameworks and tools (DT, TRIZ, BMI, 3 Horizons, MVP, …) he is able to bridge the gap between strategy and execution.

As a former project portfolio leader and coach his working style has always been structured and people-oriented ensuring timely results. As a persona he tends to be a cross-pollinator.

Area of expertise:

  • Strategy and business models
  • Innovation processes, hybrid agile/stage-gate implementations
  • Digitalization and eco-systems
  • Design Thinking facilitation (Stanford/HPI)
  • Product development, R&D management, and simulation
  • Industrialization (smart factories, Industry 4.0), design for manufacturing and cost optimization
  • Hard- and software design, platform architecture and management (large scale, full-stack and embedded systems)
  • Networks and protocols, sensors, actuators, IoT
  • Industries: pharma, biotech, measurement instruments, medtech, industrial automation, building technology, access systems, telecommunications, media, not-for-profit, VC/new ventures


  • MSc/PhD in Computer Science and Computer Networking from ETH Zürich
  • General Management and Innovation Management degrees from IMD and Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development