Bruno Giussani is the Global Curator of TED, the organization behind the TED conferences, and the popular online TEDTalks. Bruno joined TED in 2005, and produced the first TEDGlobal conference that year in Oxford. He was for 12 years the organization's European Director and member of its senior team, curating and co-hosting TEDGlobal, TEDSummit and various TED special events and participating in the definition and implementation of TED's strategy.
Through its conferences, TEDtalks available on
TED.com and on many other platforms for free (and subtitled in 116 languages), the TED Fellowship, over 3500 local
independently-organized events taking place every year under the label TEDx, the TED-Ed educational initiative, the Audacious Project, television (such as TED Talks India) and radio programs, podcasts, and more,
TED, which operates as a nonprofit, focuses on "Ideas Worth Spreading."
Since 2005, Bruno has curated hundreds of TED Talks, including by His Holiness Pope Francis (see the making of),
Melinda Gates and
Alain de Botton.
Yuval Noah Harari,
Hans and Ola Rosling,
Melati and Isabel Wijsen,
Ilona Szabo de Carvalho,
Jose Miguel Sokoloff,
Alain de Botton,
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
Vincent Moon and Nana Vasconcelos,
James Veitch, and many more.
Besides his role at TED, Bruno is the Chairman of the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH), which takes place every year in March (see teaser); the curator of the speakers series for the Homo Faber exhibition of European craftsmanship (Venice, Italy); a member of the Board of Directors of Tinext Group, a Swiss software firm he co-founded; and a member of the Jury of the 2018 and 2019 Nansen Award. Through his firm Giussani Group LLC he advises public organizations such as the ICRC and FHH as well as
private companies such as BCG and the Rolex Institute. He is an author and a frequent public speaker. In 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, the magazine Wired UK selected him as one of the "Wired 100", the 100 most influential Europeans. In Spring 2013 he was selected as one of Good Magazine's "GOOD 100". From 2005 to 2015 Bruno has also curated and hosted the annual Forum des 100, which is considered among the leading conferences on politics and the economy in Switzerland.
In January 2016 he received the "SwissAward/Person of the year 2015" in the category Economy.
A graduate in Political Science at the University of Geneva, prior to joining TED, Bruno was a well-known writer and commentator. For several years he edited the political section of Swiss news magazine L'Hebdo, before becoming its US correspondent and, later, its technology columnist and editor of the first Swiss online news web site, Webdo, launched in 1995. His
writings have been published in newspapers, magazines and websites in Switzerland, across Europe and the United States, including the New York Times (for which he wrote the Eurobytes column from
1996 to 2000), the Wall Street Journal Europe, Wired magazine, The Economist, Business Week, The International Herald Tribune, the Neue Zurcher Zeitung
(Switzerland), L'Hebdo (Switzerland), Liberation (France), Il Sole-24Ore and La Repubblica (Italy), The Huffington Post, and more. He was also the European editor of the now-defunct Industry Standard magazine and
one of the founding editors of its European edition, and the producer of the magazine's Global Internet Summit (Barcelona, 2000). His former blog, LunchOverIP, which he wrote from 2005 to 2008 won him a
national Swiss award in 2006, while his articles on technology and innovation in L'Hebdo were awarded in 1995 the Swiss Prize for Technology Journalism. He was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University during the 2003/04 academic year, and an Affiliated Fellow at that university's Institute for International Studies, and later a member of the Board of the Knight
Fellowships from 2008 to 2016.
Bruno has authored or co-authored several books, favoring a pragmatic, no-hype approach. A reviewer in The International Herald Tribune wrote that in his book "Roam. Making Sense of the Wireless Internet" (Random House, 2001 and 2002; Chinese
edition, Citic, 2002; Italian edition, Fazi Editore, 2002) he "first bursts the bubble of mobile hype and then explains why wireless communications really matters and how it works."
From 1998 to 2000 he was Head of Online Strategy at the World Economic Forum. In 2014 and 2015 he was a Senior Adviser to the Atlantic Council.
He has also been instrumental in launching and helping develop the LIFT conference, the global Sandbox Network and the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge and was an adviser to the DLD conference, the Brain Forum and
the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit among other ideas-sharing initiatives, and to Canal+ Kindia2015 project. He was a member of the jury of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge 2014.
Bruno has co-founded two Internet companies: Tinet, in 1995, the first Internet service provider in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland (then sold to Cablecom, now UPC), and Tinext, in 2000, a software firm with offices in Switzerland, Italy and the UAE, of which he is Vice-Chairman. He was the Director of Innovation of the
short-lived startup 3GMobile, an attempt to launch a new mobile telecom operator in Switzerland. From 2002 to 2008 he was a member of the Board of Namics, the largest Swiss Internet consultancy.