Peter Vogel, a 28 year old native Austrian-American growing up in Germany and Switzerland, has studied mechanical engineering and medical engineering at the ETH Zurich and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
In May 2009 he started his PhD at EPFL in the field of entrepreneurship, investigating government programs in various countries which help unemployed individuals transition into self-employment. He closely collaborates with labor market organizations around the world to help them improve existing programs. As part of his newest project, The Entrepreneurs’ Ship, he will continue this research in developing and emerging countries.
The Entrepreneurs‘ Ship is a non-profit project which aims at fostering entrepreneurship as a viable career option in areas where high levels of unemployment or difficult employment situations leave little room for individuals with high ambitions. The goal is to establish educational programs, consult governments on the implementation of targeted programs to foster entrepreneurship and scientifically investigate the effectiveness of currently existing as well as newly established programs.
Besides his academic and lecturing background, he is both an expert in the field of talent management and in the field of entrepreneurship. Peter started his first company at the age of 15 and since then got involved with various projects and companies. He has successfully taken companies all the way through the entrepreneurial process and has set up cutting edge technological companies, such as the Red Herring Europe Top 100 winner HR Matching AG.
HR Matching is headquartered in the 'Quartier de l'Innovation' of EPFL and includes brands such as the European career community ‘ Jobzippers', the 'Jobzippers Speakers Series' and the non-profit organization ‘Stipendia International’.
Since 2011 Peter has become the youngest Partner of the global HR experts’ network, the 'FutureWork Forum'. As part of this network, Peter is involved in workshops and courses, in particular related to recruitment of the next generations and how the workplace has to change in order to retain these talents.
Since July 2011, Peter is working as entrepreneurship consultant, teacher and coach at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. He developed a strong network and in-depth market knowledge of the MENA region.
He has been part of the Sandbox Network since early 2009 and an Ambassador for the French part of Switzerland in 2010.
In his non-professional life, Peter is father of 8 month old Sophie Marie, is a passionate mountaineer, sailor and pianist.