Thomas Ladner (born 1968), attorney at law, acts as a professional board member in companies with an aggregate turnover of EUR 5bn and as a business angel. He started his legal career with the law firm Homburger in Zurich. From 2000 – 2004, he lectured on corporate law and contract law at the University of St. Gallen HSG, from where he also holds a Ph.D. In 2002, he joined one of Switzerland’s leading law firms Meyerlustenberger Lachenal as their youngest partner. In 2009, Thomas moved on to become Partner at a San Francisco-based Private Equity firm in charge of their European investments (until 2014) while simultaneously serving as Counsel with Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, a position he still holds. Today, Thomas acts as professional board member in more than a dozen companies ranging from biotech and blockchain start-ups to mature companies in the construction, investment, trading and service industries with a consolidated turnover of several billion Swiss francs. In a personal capacity, Thomas founded and co-founded a number of tech and financial services businesses, two of which went public. Throughout his professional life Thomas was passionate about creating communities of business and thought leaders. In 1999, he founded the Entrepreneurs’ Roundtable (with chapters in Switzerland, Germany, France, Holland and Poland), which he still chairs. He continued to co-found several other organizations such as the prestigious Club zum Rennweg (Founding Chairman until 2018), the Zurich-based Grasshopper Griffith-Club (Founding Vice-Chairman until 2006) and WORLD.MINDS Foundation (Founding Chairman until 2018). He also served on the board of the Swiss Management Association (Schweizerische Management Gesellschaft SMG) for seven years. In addition, he is engaged in nonprofit initiatives like the African Parks Foundation Switzerland and the Swiss Technion Society as a member of their board of trustees. The leading Swiss business publication Bilanz describes him as one of Switzerland’s “most influential business lawyers“.