CEO, GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
David Bosshart is the CEO of GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI) for economic and social studies in Rüschlikon.
GDI is an independent European think tank, founded by the European retail pioneer Gottlieb Duttweiler (1888-1962). The institute specialises in trend research, retail, economic and social issues, strategic workshops, lectures, and conferences like the International Retail Summit (62nd edition in 2012), the European Foodservice Summit (13th edition in 2012) and the European Trend Day (8th edition in 2012). Its main topics are: changes in consumption patterns and behaviour, innovation in retailing and the service industry.
Following high school and a business education, Dr Bosshart capped his studies with a PhD from the University of Zurich in philosophy and political theory. He has been involved in communications, marketing consulting, retailing and scientific research. From 1991–1996 he was head of the department for consumer research and social change at GDI and from 1997–1999 was head of strategic development and director of the cultural and social section of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives. The Federation of Migros Cooperatives contributes to the Migros Culture Percentage, a voluntary commitment by Migros in the sectors of culture, society, education, leisure and the economy. Its institutions, projects and activities make it possible for the general public to have access to cultural and social services. Dr Bosshart has held his current position since 1999.
David Bosshart is the author of numerous publications and a speaker at international events in Europe, the US, South America and Asia. His expertise is focused on consumption and retailing, management, social change and political philosophy.