Trust Valley meets silicon Valley

Trust Valley meets Silicon Valley

Exploring the relationship between trust and digital transformation to address the digital challenges society is faced with today.


Join us on Wednesday, 24 March at 8am in San Francisco, and 4pm in Switzerland. REGISTER HERE


We live in complex times where exploring the most pressing questions at the crossroads of technology and humanity is  imperative for the future of our society. At the heart of this process, we find trust. Trust emerges as the backbone of a digital transformation that is needed to address the digital challenges society is faced with today. How do we build trust in complex times?  How do we approach trust as we design digital technologies? These are some of the pressing questions we will explore on Wednesday 24 March in the first edition of “Trust Valley meets Silicon Valley”.


“Trust Valley meets Silicon Valley” is an initiative bringing together the brightest minds and subject-matter experts from two leading global hubs in technology leadership and cybersecurity: Switzerland and the Bay Area in  the United States. What can Switzerland and the Bay Area learn from each other when trust is the key link between technology and society?


As the world’s humanitarian and internet governance capital, Switzerland hosts a rich digital trust and cybersecurity ecosystem such as the Trust Valley–an alliance supported by multiple public, private and academic players based in Switzerland.


This event is co-organized by swissnex San Francisco, Trust Valley, the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, and Switzerland Global Enterprise/Swiss Business Hub USA.


Keynote speaker

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker co-founded the Mozilla Project to support the open, innovative web and ensure it continues offering opportunities for everyone. As CEO of Mozilla Corporation, Mitchell is focused on accelerating the growth levers for the core Firefox browser product and platform, while investing in innovative solutions to mitigate the biggest challenges facing the internet.

As Chairwoman of Mozilla for the last two decades, Mitchell Baker has been responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide, collective of employees and volunteers who are building the internet as a global public resource, open and accessible to all. Mitchell is deeply engaged in developing product offerings that promote the mission of empowering individuals. She also guides the overall scope and direction of Mozilla’s mission. Mitchell has written the key documents that set out Mozilla’s enduring mission and commitments — the Mozilla Public License in 1998, the Mozilla Manifesto in 2007 and the Mozilla Manifesto Addendum — also known as the Pledge for a Healthy Internet — in 2018.


Panelist Bios

Brandie Nonnecke

Brandie Nonnecke, PhD is Founding Director of the CITRIS Policy Lab, headquartered at UC Berkeley. Brandie has expertise in information and communication technology (ICT) policy and internet governance. She studies human rights at the intersection of law, policy, and emerging technologies with her current work focusing on fairness, accountability, and appropriate governance mechanisms for AI. She is a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She served as a fellow at the Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub and at the World Economic Forum on the Council on the Future of the Digital Economy and Society. Brandie was named one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics in 2021. Her research has been featured in Wired, NPR, BBC News, MIT Technology Review, Buzzfeed News, among others. Her research publications, op-eds, and presentations are available at


Heather Loomis

Heather Loomis is a Partner and Managing Director of Fund Strategy at Glynn Capital, a technology growth investment firm founded in Silicon Valley. In this strategic position, Heather is a member of both Glynn’s investment and business teams. She is responsible for creating and addressing opportunities within the market to ensure the firm remains at the forefront of technology investing. Most recently, Heather was Managing Director and Head of BlackRock’s Institutional Family Office Business in Canada and the Western U.S. Prior to BlackRock, Heather was a Managing Director at JPMorgan, responsible for managing a $13 billion dollar Fixed Income Business across the Western and Central United States. Heather began her career as a proprietary equity trader at First New York Securities in Manhattan. She has regularly appeared in broadcast and online media. Heather has been a spokesperson for sustainable investing and an advocate for women’s empowerment and financial education throughout her career. Outside of work, Heather sits on the Advisory Board of Tompkins Conservation. She led the San Francisco Council of the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) for five years and sat on their board for ten. Heather graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and currently lives with her family in San Francisco.


Yves Daccord

Yves Daccord is a renowned humanitarian leader, international strategist, influencer and changemaker. His current focus is on the theme of security, social contract and the role of cities at the age of digital surveillance and pandemics, which is the subject of a special initiative he is leading at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and society. From 2010 – March 2020 Yves was Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a global humanitarian organization employing 20,000 staff. A former journalist, TV producer and international relations expert, his ICRC career spanned more than two decades in a variety of posts and challenging contexts – including Israel and the Occupied Territories, Sudan, Yemen, Chechnya and Georgia. Yves is a Commissioner of the #Principles4Peace initiative. He is as well member of the Board of Trustees of ODI, of the Board of the International Human Rights Film Festival of Geneva, of the Board of the leading swiss newspaper LeTemps and of the Board of the Humanitarian Quality Insurance Initiative.

This event is co-organized by swissnex San Francisco, Trust Valley, the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, and Switzerland Global Enterprise/Swiss Business Hub USA.