Current Mandates:

  • Chair Board of Directors & CEO,
    Welten & Welten AG
  • Vice-Chair BoD, Business Angels Aargau
  • BoD (Finance), Alterszentrum Blumenheim
  • Advisory Board, Equity Pitcher
  • Institute member (Responsible
    Leadership), IFAM Research Center
  • Lecturer University of Applied Sciences Bern and Basel


Work Experience:


BaselArea, CEO

Settlement of companies and provide access to commercial properties, active in eight countries
on behalf of four cantons. Focus on:

strategy - efficiency - key account management.


Zur Rose AG, SeniorVP (Direktorin)
Group Head Corporate Services

Responsible for business development, public affairs, corporate communications and certified quality assurance. Focus on:

M&A - strategy - corporate management.


Swiss Life AG, SeniorVP (Direktorin)
Group Head Investor Relations

Focus on: corporate governance - shareholder structure & activism - transparency.


Clariant Ltd., FirstVP

Group Head Investor Relations

Focus on: crisis exit strategies -

consensus management - positioning.


Deutsche Telekom, Ass. Director

Group Deputy Head IR USA

Focus on: US authorities (SEC, NYSE) -

acquisition retail clients - IPO - capital increase.




My international experience for you.


Iris Maria Welten is Chair and Board member of several companies as well as co-founder of the consulting firm Welten & Welten AG. She is focused  on Inspirational Leadership to transform life patterns for a happier and more successfull life. Further, she teaches at the University of Applied Sciences Bern Corporate Governance. Her profound experience includes international capital markets, leadership of 8 country representatives, broad experience in 6 industries and the management of 9  business units. In addition, she is well connected economically as well as politically (communal, state and federal level). She worked in Munich, Miami, Hong Kong and New York for large stock exchange listed companies in leading Group Corporate functions as well as CEO.


Positive Intelligence Certified CPQC Coach

Mental Fitness for performance & happiness

Google Search Inside Yourself Certified Program

Mindful Leadership

University of St. Gallen, Bord of Directors School

Corporate Governance Certification

IMD Lausanne

International Strategy Development


Change Management und Leadership

SGO Training AG

“Advanced” Project Management

Train GmbH

Media training and crisis communication

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

Master degree in Science of Communication, bachelor in business administration, bachelor in market psychology (summa cum laude)



My international experience for you.

Harry Welten has more than a decade of Board of Directors experience in listed and privately held biotech companies as Chairman, Vice-Chairman and member of the Board of Directors. Further, he has extensive hands-on experience as Audit Commitee Chair as well as Chair of the Nomination and Compensation Commitee. He has more than 20 years of comprehensive U.S. and European executive management experience in Biotech/ Pharma and Banking. Harry is a past Chief Financial Officer of several SIX Swiss Exchange Main Segment listed biotech companies and was a key player in one of the largest biotech IPO’s in Europe as well as in numerous industry shaping deals such as M&A as well as spin-offs. During his tenure as CFO, Harry raised more than CHF 320 mln through Venture Capital rounds/M&A/IPO/capital markets in Europe and the U.S.. In addition, he successfully managed the transition from a private equity financed business into a SIX Swiss Exchange main segment listed company including private and public fund raising. Last but not least he was responsible for Corporate Functions such as Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Corporate Finance, Corporate Communications, IT, Legal, Human Resources, Investor Relations and Strategy.


Columbia University - Business School NY/USA

Master of Business Administration (Hons.)

Zurich School of Management

Degree in Business Administration and Economics (Betriebsökonom KSZ)

KV Business School

Federal degree in Banking

(Eidgenössisch diplomierter Bankfachmann)

KV Business School

Trade school degree in commerce

(Lehre kaufmännischer Angestellter)

Current Mandates:


  • Chairman Board of Directors, Virometix
  • Chairman BoD, Juvabis
  • Vice-Chairman BoD, Proteomedix
  • Member BoD, Affimed
  • Member BoD, Anokion
  • Member HBM Foundation Council







Work Experience:


Kuros Biosciences AG, CFO

Listed on the main segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange. Focus on: debt restructuring - equity financing - strategic acquisitions.


Nitec Pharma AG, CFO

Merged with Horizon Pharma from the USA, now listed on Nasdaq, USA.

Focus on: M&A negotiation - implementation - execution.


Arpida AG (now Evolva Holding AG), CFO

Listed on the main segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange. Focus on: equity financing - IPO - restructuring - reverse merger.


UBS AG, Zurich and New York USA, Director

Focus on: client relationships - department integration - loan portfolio repositioning.