Meet our leadership team

Dr. Christoph Gebald

Dr. Christoph Gebald

Director, Founder and Member of the Board

Christoph is a mechanical engineer (ETH Zürich and UC Berkeley) and holds an MSc with distinction and a PhD from ETH Zürich. Together with Jan, Christoph is responsible for the management of the company. Christoph’s passion is the exploration of new places on a kitesurf board, skis or mountain bike.

Dr. Jan Wurzbacher

Dr. Jan Wurzbacher

Director, Founder and Member of the Board

Jan is a mechanical engineer (ETH Zürich and University of New South Wales, Sydney) and holds an MSc with distinction and a PhD from ETH Zürich. Together with Christoph, Jan is responsible for the management of the company. Besides Climeworks, Jan is dedicated to windsurfing, skiing, and discovering new cities and beaches.

Dominique Kronenberg

Dominique Kronenberg

COO

Dominique holds an MSc in mechanical engineering from ETH Zürich. Dominique is responsible for ensuring Climeworks’ operations. Dominique spends his free time with his family. He is an enthusiastic tennis player, loves any kind of outdoor activities and travelling off the beaten track.

Dr. Rainer A. Rueppel

Member of the Board

Dr. Rueppel is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with a focus on technology and finance. He is a founder or co-founder of several companies and holds several board positions.
His background is computer science and applied mathematics. He holds a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) and was Assistant Professor at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD).

Christoph Bechtler

Christoph Bechtler

Member of the Board

Christoph Bechtler is responsible for the direct and real estate investments of Hesta AG, a Swiss investment company. Before joining the family business, he successfully founded several e-commerce businesses in Switzerland and worked as consultant for Bain & Company. Christoph studied at the University of St. Gallen.

Dr. Iur. Martin Burkhardt

Dr. Iur. Martin Burkhardt

Member of the Board

Dr. Burkhardt is Partner at Lenz & Staehelin where he represents parties in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He also sits as arbitrator. His practice areas include dispute resolution, international legal assistance, contract and commercial, international private law, insolvency and restructuring as well as internal investigations.
He studied law at the University of St.Gallen (lic. iur.) and the University of California Berkeley Law School (LL.M.). He holds a L.D. from the University of St.Gallen (Dr. iur.) and has been admitted to the New York Bar and the Zürich Bar.