Karin Frick

Karin Frick, Lic. oec.

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.

Curriculum Vitae

Karin Frick is Head of Think Tank and a Member of the Executive Board at the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. As an economist, she has been researching and analysing trends and countertrends in business, society and consumption for over 15 years. Since graduating from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Karin Frick has held various positions in which she worked on future-related topics, innovation and change in people and markets. She was editor-in-chief of the well-known quarterly publication GDI IMPULS and managing director of the Swiss Society for Futures Studies (SwissFuture). She analysed developments in the consumer-goods and service sectors on behalf of noted companies.

Lecture Topics
  • Wellness 2030. The new techniques of happiness.
  • Megatrends in business and society
  • The future of a networked society: big data
  • Consumer trends: how consumer values, desires and lifestyles change.
  • Generation Gold
  • The transparency revolution and the future of relations
  • From Lifestyle to health style: the patient of tomorrow
  • Social media and health
  • The new markets of trust
  • Methods of trend and futures research
  • The future of the conferences: how we will meet tomorrow
  • Statusfaction – from conspicuous to conscious consumption
  • The future of housing


Strategy workshops, congresses, client events and panel discussions
Countries: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein

Sample presentations in German

  • Globale Konsumproteste. Rebellion zwischen Hoffnung und Hype, authors: Christine Schäfer, Karin Frick, Detler Gürtler, GDI study no. 49, 2020.
  • The Next Normal – Trendreport. Consumer Behaviour After Covid-19, authors: David Bosshart, Karin Frick, Christine Schäfer, 2020.
  • Demenz und Technologie. Eine Trendübersicht, authors: Karin Frick, Stefan Breit, study commissioned by Alzheimer Schweiz, 2019.
  • European Food Trends Report 2019. Hacking Food: Redefining What We Eat, authors: Christine Schäfer, David Bosshart, Karin Frick and Christopher Muller, 2019.
  • The End of Consumption as We Know It. When data makes retail superfluous, authors: David Bosshart, Karin Frick, Stephan Fetsch, Holger Wildgrube, publishers: GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, 2019.
  • Wellness 2030. The new techniques of happiness, authors: David Bosshart, Karin Frick, Marta Kwiatkowski, Leonie Thalmann, study commissioned by Global Wellness Institute, 2018.
  • Global Thought Leader Index, thoughtleaders.world
  • Public 4.0. The Future of SRF in the digital Ecosystem, authors: Karin Frick, Jakub Samochowiec, Detlef Gürtler, study commissioned by SRG SSR, 2016.
  • Smart Home 2030. How Digitization Transfroms the Building and Housing Industry, authors: Karin Frick, Daniela Tenger, study commissioned by Raiffeisen Schweiz, 2015.
  • Digital Ageing. On the Road to an Ageless Society, authors: Jakub Samochowiec, Martina Kühne, Karin Frick, study commissioned by Swiss Life, 2015.
  • We-Dentity, authors: Bettina Höchli, Karin Frick, Mirjam Hauser, in collaboration with Institut für Volkswirtschaft der Universität Zürich, Excellence Foundation Zurich, 2015.
  • The Future of Sleeping. New Markets in the Always-On Society, authors: Daniela Tenger, Karin Frick, study commissioned by Pfister und Jensen, 2014.
  • Die Zukunft der vernetzten Gesellschaft. Neue Spielregeln, neue Spielmacher, authors: Karin Frick, Bettina Höchli, study commissioned by Swisscom, 2014.
  • Neue Perspektiven für das Kongresshaus Zürich. Analysen und Argumente, study commissioned by Kongresshaus Zürich, 2013.
  • Sharity. Die Zukunft des Teilens, authors: Karin Frick, Mirjam Hauser, Detlef Gürtler, 2013.
  • Die Gesellschaft des langen Lebens. Zur Zukunft von Altern, Wohnen, Pflegen, authors: Karin Frick, Frerk Froböse, Detlef Gürtler, study commissioned by Senesuisse, 2013.
  • iNvest. Geldanlage im Zeitalter der Individualisierung, 2012.
  • Das Zeitalter der Transparenz. Die Verdatung unseres Lebens ist eine Tatsache. Welche Chancen bietet sie?, authors: Karin Frick, 2011.
  • Die Zukunft des Arbeitens. Ein Trendreport, authors: Karin Frick, Detlef Gürtler, study commissioned by Microsoft Schweiz, 2010.
  • Statusfaction. How we shall maintain our status tomorrow, authors: Karin Frick, Mirjam Hauser, 2008.
  • Re-Inventing Swiss Summer. Potenziale für die Schweizer Tourismusbranche, authors: Karin Frick, David Bosshart, Frerk Froböse, study commissioned by Schweiz Tourismus, 2009.
  • Gesundheitsmarkt und Gesundheitsstandort Liechtenstein. Perspektivstudie im Auftrag der Regierung des Fürstentums Liechtenstein, 2008.
  • Die Zukunft der Schweizer Hotellerie. Studie zum 125-Jahre-Jubiläum von hotelleriesuisse, authors: Karin Frick, Katja Girschik, David Bosshart, study commissioned by Hotellerie Suisse, 2007.
  • Trust 2.0. Where tomorrow's customers will place their trust, authors: Karin Frick, Mirjam Hauser, 2007.
  • Health Horizons. Guide zu den neuen Gesundheitsmärkten, 2006.
  • The Future of Leisure Travel. Trend Study. An independent study created by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute on behalf of Kuoni, authors: David Bosshart, Karin Frick, study commissioned by Kuoni, 2006.
  • Generation Gold. How values, wishes and lifestyles change between 50 and 80, 2005.
  • Radical Trends Guide. The hidden desires of tomorrows markets, 2004.
  • Zukunft der Frau. Wie sie lebt, wie sie arbeitet, was sie bewegt, 2003.
  • Die Zukunft der Privatheit, in collaboration with Centre for Global Dialogue and IBM Research in Rüschlikon, 2003.
  • Megatrends und Gegentrends in Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft und Konsum, 2003.