About us

The Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI) is an independent think tank in economics, society and consumption. The trend research institute based in Rüschlikon near Zurich is the oldest think tank in Switzerland. The GDI is part of the "Im Grüene" Foundation.

In keeping with the wishes of its founder, Gottlieb Duttweiler, the non-profit organisation GDI is a "place for reflection and encounters" for the purpose of conducting "scientific research in the social and economic fields".

GDI researchers analyse megatrends and countertrends and develop future scenarios for the economy and society. Their findings are reported in studies and books and discussed at conferences and events. The GDI is a practice-oriented, independent institution with a focus on the early identification of trends in the retail sector.

As a place for encounters, the GDI hosts conferences with leading thought leaders and decision-makers to develop novel ideas about future developments. In addition, the institute also organises events on current topics for a broader public. Over and above this, the GDI also rents out spaces and infrastructure for business and private functions.


Our team

David Bosshart

CEO. Dr. David Bosshart is CEO of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economic and Social Studies. Dr. David Bosshart holds a PhD in philosophy, is the author of numerous international publications and sought-after speaker worldwide. His work focuses on the future of consumption, societal transformation, digitisation (human-machine), management and culture, globalisation and political philosophy.

Karin Frick

Head Think Tank, Member of the Executive Board

Karin Frick is Head of Think Tank and a Member of the Executive Board at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. As an economist, she researches trends and countertrends in business, society and consumption.

Peter Herzog

Head Operations, Member of the Executive Board

For over 25 years he has been involved in national and international leading management positions. Today he is head of operations at the GDI and working as a consultant.

Gottlieb Duttweiler


Gottlieb Duttweiler laid the foundation stone for the "construction of an international educational and research institute" in 1962, shortly before his death. But the idea was much older than that.

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Ehepaar Duttweiler


The Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute is owned by the «Im Grüene» Foundation; its mission is to conduct research. The GDI is also partly funded by the Migros Kulturprozent.

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