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For several decades, Miriam Meckel, PhD, has been an expert on communication, technology, and leadership. She was once the youngest professor in Germany and the first female editor-in-chief of the country's leading business magazine. Her books on digital technologies and media have become bestsellers, including her latest on artificial intelligence.


Since 2005, she has been a Professor of Communication Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and Director at the Institute for Media and Communication Management. She is the Co-founder and Executive Chairwoman of ada Learning GmbH, a start-up for further education in technology and future skills. From 2014 until 2019, she was editor-in-chief and publisher of WirtschaftsWoche, Germany's leading weekly business publication.

She was a Faculty Associate at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and has held numerous visiting positions at Fordham University, New York, Singapore Management University, the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, the University of Vienna and the Université de Neuchâtel.

Previously, she served as State Secretary without party affiliation in the government of the Minister President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, responsible for Europe, International Affairs and Media.

For several years, she was also a member of the supervisory boards of Commerzbank International, Luxembourg, SES Astra, Luxembourg, and École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL). She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Tamedia, Switzerland.


She has been awarded several accolades for her work, receiving, among others, the Ernst Schneider Prize for Innovation in Media and the Cicero Speaker's Prize in the category of Science. She has published numerous books, scientific contributions and journalistic articles. Her memoirs "Letter to my Life" inspired the award-winning eponymous film, released in 2016. From 2006 to 2007, she hosted the business talk show "Miriam Meckel - Standpunkte" (“points of view”) on the German news channel n-tv.

A passionate advocate of international and transatlantic exchange, she was part of the Herbert Quandt Foundation's "European Asian Young Leaders Forum" and was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship of the USA and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. She studied journalism and communication studies, sinology, political science and law at the Universities of Münster and Taipei, Taiwan.

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