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Stephan D. Hofstetter

Managing Partner / Senior Consultant


For more than 25 years Stephan Hofstetter has been a successful senior manager with P&L responsibility at several internationally operating SME and Global Fortune 500 companies. He brings those management and execution skills to his clients at SECOIA – achieving concrete results in challenging start-up and turnaround situations and other highly demanding and complex projects.​



Stephan worked for leading brands and companies in the ID and Homeland Security field, including Securitas, Trüb (today Thales) and RUAG Defense. He drove the development of identity and border management portfolios, led successful market entries in Europe and Asia (such as HongKong Smartics, EstEID, SwissID and many more) and redesigned product portfolio-structures, sales & innovation teams and work streams, often reducing both costs and time to market by more than 30%.

He is nominated expert for over 20 years to ISO (SC17 WG3), CEN (TC224 WG 18, 19, 20) and ICAO working groups related to Identity, is editor for the CEN breeder document policy standard.


He is passionate about inspiring business professionals with a reason for what they do - beyond earning a living. Stephan is convinced that "Meaningful business is successful business".

Management Specialities

  • International B2G Sales Strategy

  • Bid Management

  • Business Engineering

  • Coaching / Mentoring

Business Segments

  • Identity Management

  • Border & Migration Management

  • Command & Control



Life and field misions teach the real lessons, with success and now and then a bumped head.


But for the theoretical part, Stephan studied Electronics Engineering and Business and Production Engineering at the Swiss Polytechnic Institute in Zurich. He has a Masters Degree in Security Studies from London Met University and Bachelor Degrees in Printing & Media Engineering from FHNW and Business Administration from GSBA.

He is a certified Quality Systems Manager / Qualitymanagement Auditor ISO 17024:2012 / ISO 9001:2015.



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I worked with Stephan during the bidding & implementation of the Hong Kong Smart ID Card project. Stephan is a very astute business professional and is extremely knowledgeable in the security document industry. His organisation and presentations skills are of high quality and well thought of. I am impressed with his professionalism and dedication to what he did during the project.

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