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Raphaël Conz

Raphaël Conz is the New Head of Department for Economic Promotion and Innovation in the canton of Vaud

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Raphaël Conz is also BioAlps’ vice-president. For many years, he has worked to promote the attractiveness and the reputation of the Swiss Health Valley


The State Council of the Canton of Vaud has appointed Raphaël Conz Head of the Department for the Promotion of the Economy and Innovation. He will fill his new position on 1 April 2023.


After studying business administration at the University of Neuchâtel, Mr. Conz began his career at the Federal Office for Agriculture as a marketing specialist. He then joined an industrial SME, FELCO SA, where he held various positions in the field of marketing and sales, including participating in the launch of the subsidiary in Australia.


Raphaël Conz, 47 years old, joined the Vaud Economic Development Agency in 2002. He started as a project manager and was then promoted to head of a unit whose main mission was to support innovation, entrepreneurship and industry. At the same time, between 2006 and 2008, he held the position of deputy director for an organisation mandated by four cantons in French-speaking Switzerland in charge of prospecting and setting up foreign companies. With a DAS in entrepreneurship and business development, Mr Conz also assumed the ad interim position of head of the Department for the Promotion of the Economy and Innovation for ten months in 2018. In addition, he represents the State of Vaud in the bodies of various entities of the Vaud economic promotion network, including the Foundation for Technological Innovation, the EPFL Innovation Park Foundation and Cautionnement romand.


Mr. Conz’s experience, at the interface of the public and private sectors, provides him with an in-depth knowledge of the functioning of the State, the economic fabric of Vaud and the large network of partners involved in economic promotion. Aware of the strategic and political challenges ahead, Mr Conz has convinced the State Council of his motivation to commit himself to all the department’s missions following a demanding recruitment process. The BioAlps’ team wishes him every success in his new position and his thrilled to continue to work alongside him for the benefit of the Swiss Health Valley.


Source: Press Release