Alan Laubsch is an entrepreneur and networker, as well as a thought leader in risk management. His mission is to protect the planet's most important ecosystems by democratising natural capital investing. Alan Laubsch is the founder and chief strategist of GenBlue, a speculative company that aims to build a liquid global natural capital market. Previously, he implemented natural capital markets at Lykke AG and listed the world's first mangrove and blue carbon backed blockchain token (TREE). Alan Laubsch has more than two decades of risk management experience with leading financial institutions and was a founding member of RiskMetrics Group, a spin-off of JPMorgan.
Bernhard Blaha is the CEO of Blocktrade SA, a digital assets exchange based in Luxembourg. In this function, he leads the team behind the company towards common goals. Bernhard Blaha has always seen himself right at the intersection between economy and technology. He has found his passion in incorporating existing technologies to make life easier and more enjoyable in an entrepreneurial way. Since founding his very first company at university, that passion has led him to found five companies in total. Bernhard Blaha co-created the Digital Asset Association Austria to improve the establishment of digital assets on the Austrian market.
From complex commodities businesses, to large-scale sustainable investments and charity operations, Carlos has built considerable international business acumen over the past 30 years. With FinKa GmbH, a Zug-based advisory firm which he founded, he leverages this experience with a passion for the promise of blockchain technology to lower the barriers of entry to global financial markets.
A firm believer in blockchain as the catalyst for the evolution of finance towards new asset classes, Carlos is working to converge his impact investment background with the synergies of the Crypto Valley ecosystem in Switzerland to build sustainable projects at the crossroads of traditional and crypto finance. He is actively investing in productive assets that will issue creative financial instruments representing security tokens for the retail investor.
I’ve always thought my dream was to be a scientist, a speaker, a preacher, an educator, a professional gamer, an economist and a tech entrepreneur. These were all avenues that I’ve explored and acquired skills in but something was missing in all these. These were all occupations that can change the world but I wanted more.
The passion and spark that was missing was ignited when I chanced upon a program 10 years ago that was a simple game and yet it created something called Bitcoin. As a gamer, I got interested and decided to dabble in it. By chance, I picked up the whitepaper online and my perspective of the world changed. The financial world was in a mess and this new concept became my all encompassing belief, science and vision.
This new world is one in which I could become the scientist, the speaker, the preacher, the educator, the gamer, the economist and the tech entrepreneur. I am now a consultant to projects and enterprises big and small, a builder of sovereign level tech, a creator of new economic models, a president of a multi office advisory, an author (which is a bonus), an advisor to exchanges and more to come.
Daniel led the creation of Red Bull Racing NFT Programme.
His affinity for the latest technologies and forward-looking projects runs like a thread through Dino's vita. Having held leading positions on both the hardware and software sides of the digital industry, he now heads the operations at 4ARTechnologies. Through his years of experience, Dino knows how to tailor innovative products to meet customers' needs. Originally from Germany, he has already lived in Canada, France and South Korea, now calling Switzerland his home.
10 years as a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Gideon has worked with high growth startups, incubators and VCs in South Africa and USA. Lover of chilli and random tattoo's :)
Gisela is passionate about development cooperation. Trained in international relations, she has been working on trade related topics before venturing into economic development and cooperation at SECO. Starting with international finance institutions from a more strategic and governance perspective, the key focus over the past years has been on development projects in Ghana and South Africa. She is convinced that supporting the private sector and especially the business-enabling environment on the ground is an important ingredient for the economic development. The public goods perspective is necessary for using public funds. She likes collaborating with the private sector and embracing new technologies in order to achieve high impact.
Hubertus is a venture capital investor with a portfolio of 20 companies based in the US, GCC, and Europe. He is a founding partner of Enabling Future - a Dubai-based VC boutique. Hubertus is also an early backer of Tezos, Rootstock, and other projects in the DLT-space. Since February 2018, Hubertus is serving on the board of the Tezos Foundation. In 2011, Hubertus co-founded what became the leading mobile games company in the MENA region, acquired by Stillfront Group, a NASDAQ-listed gaming company in 2016. Prior to entering the tech- and VC space, Hubertus was CEO Switzerland of Casinos Austria, at that time the largest operator in the (back then) nascent regulated casino market in Switzerland.
Jennifer brings a wealth of commercial expertise across a variety of business disciplines. Currently working as Head of Corporate Center for Inacta AG – a consulting firm using blockchain technology to bring about digital transformation – she also has key responsibilities within HR and Finance. Prior roles for organisations including UEFA, Credit Suisse and Bristol Myers Squibb have provided experience of strategic sponsorship and events management.
Imbued with a passion for the business of technology, her skills in building relationships have led to successes in delivering Europe’s largest Hackathon as a board member of HackZurich, and the creation and sale of her own start-up.
In addition to holding an MAS in Economics from the University of Zurich, Jennifer has been an avid amateur footballer for over twenty years. Always keen to demonstrate leadership within women’s football, she is an accomplished athlete and ambassador for the sport.
Joe Petrowski leads technical integrations at Web3 Foundation, where he ensures that teams ranging from parachains to wallets and custodians have the tools and resources needed to connect to the Polkadot and Kusama networks. He is also a host of the Relay Chain podcast. Prior to working at Web3 Foundation, Joe was a Research Analyst at Parity Technologies and spent several years working in the satellite launch industry and as a semi-professional cyclist
Bright Futures: Jan Bruch connects leaders with exciting possibilities and helps them to actualize their highest potential, achieve extraordinary business results, and to create in flow.
Awareness-based Social Technologies: He catalyzes conscious pioneers from self-growth and healing to more impact on planetary wellbeing in We-Flow Conscious Business Accelerator & Socratic Salons, which he hosts in Berlin and across Europe.
Jan is a Human Technologist, founded Neumorgen - a Culture Design and Branding agency - and invests in Health and Edu Tech startups. He loves movement, art, nature, and biohacking and is creating an OS to humanize companies and to allow direct immediate co-creation.
Jutta Nixdorf has extensive experience in art education, art auctions and exhibition work. Her career began in 1997 at Christie's Germany, where she worked in the Stuttgart and Berlin branches. In 2012, she returned to Christie's as Senior Specialist for Post-War and Contemporary Art, responsible for the long-term management of important private collections private collections, foundations and estates in southern Germany and Switzerland. She has played a decisive role in the discreet private placement of outstanding works of art. Between her beginnings and her return to Christie's, Jutta Nixdorf held various positions at auction houses and galleries. In 2000, she moved to the auction house Phillips de Pury & Company in Berlin and in 2006 became Managing Director of the Galerie de Pury & Luxembourg in Zurich. Here she presented solo exhibitions by Meret Oppenheim, Jimmie Durham, Wim Delvoy, among others.
Dr. Karl Kobelt, current Mayor of the City of Zug and former city councillor and head of the Finance Department, founded Zugkraft AG in 2008, a communications agency specialising in healthcare, culture and cultural management, as well as religion and values.
Kenny Schachter has been curating contemporary art exhibits in museums and galleries and teaching (art history and economics) for more than thirty years; presently in the graduate department of the University of Zurich (appointed to advisory board January 2021) professorships at the School of Visual Arts (NY) and New York University. He has lectured internationally, been the recipient of a Rockefeller supported grant in Mexico, and contributed to books on Paul Thek, Zaha Hadid, Vito Acconci and Sigmar Polke/Gerhard Richter. Schachter has a regular column on Artnet.com in addition to writing widely for various international publications including most recently New York Magazine and The Times Magazine (UK). He had a retrospective of his art at Joel Mesler’s Rental Gallery in New York in the summer of 2018, curated an exhibit at Simon Lee Gallery in London, fall 2018 and a one person show at Kantor Gallery, LA, February 2019. He recently staged the first phygital NFT group exhibit at Nagel-Draxler Gallery in Cologne, and participated in a two-person show with Eva Beresin at Galerie Charim in Vienna (both in May 2021) Another one person show is scheduled at Blum & Poe Gallery in Tokyo. Schachter is presently the subject of a documentary being produced and directed by Chris Smith and has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine (cover story, September, 1996), and London's Observer, Independent and Telegraph. He is currently based in New York.
Mr. Markku Mäkeläinen holds a wealth of operational and scaling expertise. He has created, managed, and scaled from scratch programs that reach hundreds of millions of monthly active users.
Markku is a global expert on business development and go-to-market execution. He has founded, launched, and advised numerous high-growth technology companies focusing on disruptive business and global scaling. He has been particularly successful in building purpose-driven, high-performance teams. He invests actively in disruptive technology companies and has executed several successful exits.
Markku has lived and worked more than 20+ years in Asia, United States, Middle East, and the United Kingdom, and has an extensive network and relationships within the mobile, developer, investor, and future technology communities globally. Markku is based in Zug, Switzerland.
Before joining Utopia Music AG, Markku led the Solutions, Operations and Engineering teams for Facebook’s partnerships organization, focusing on scaling Facebook’s product programs in the Mobile, Community, Platform, Developer, Local, Connectivity and Messaging ecosystems.
Previously, Markku led and managed Facebook’s international growth partnerships and partnerships with mobile operators globally, achieving a significant growth impact for the company. Markku also executed the strategy, operations, and partnerships for internet.org, the Facebook-led alliance focused on driving affordable Internet adoption and connectivity globally.
Prior to joining Facebook, Markku was a CEO of Pryte Oy, a company that transformed mobile data pricing strategies and products for internet inclusion in emerging markets. Markku has been working as a founder or an early investor and an advisor with dozens of deep tech companies, mainly focusing on platforms, wireless and mobile internet since 1994.
Michael Gord is the co-founder & CEO of the GDA Group of Companies, which are focused across capital markets verticals in the blockchain industry. Michael is also the Managing Director of the XDB Foundation, the leading blockchain protocol focused on consumer digital assets.
Former professional & collegiate tennis player at the University of Miami. Niclas graduated with a Masters in Financial Mathematics. Previously engaged in private equity deals focused on commodities. Niclas has been interested in blockchain use cases since early on. Now he is responsible for venture building & product development at Tokengate. Co-Founder of Tennis Token.
Creative and entrepreneurial spirit with two decades of trading experience in four major financial centres across a variety of products. Extensive knowledge of financial markets, ICT and business administration. Interested in Startups and Fintech.
Rico has over 20 years of experience in emerging markets across properties, supply chain management, E-commerce, FinTech, private equity & public listed corporate management. Working with a collaborative network of independent “captains of industries”, lobbyists, senior-executives and business owners providing ad-hoc and on-demand high-value add business services, including investments, interim-management, business development as well as access to a vast international network of multinational corporations, industry organizations, research centers, financial institutions and governments.
Rico has over 20 years experience in emerging markets across properties, supply chain management, E-commerce, FinTech, private equity & public listed corporate management. Working with collaborative network of independent “captains of industries”, lobbyists, senior-executives and business owners providing ad-hoc and on-demand high-value add business services, including investments, interim-management, business development as well as access to a vast international network of multinational corporations, industry organizations, research centers, financial institutions, and governments.
Rico is the Co-founder and Global Managing Partner of Sanctum Global Ventures, General Partner of CVVC, Founder of World Blockchain Centre, Founder & Secretariat Chairman of Deep Tech Forum, Co-Founder & CEO of EDFS.
I am driven by excitement, challenges and to be extremely curious. I get happy by small steps made, which leads to big aims achieved. The center of all is ME within my the circle. I always make sure I am surrounded by positive energy, like minded people, who always achieved more than myself. Thats where I start to learn & grow, which I call Self-Development.
I can count to 10 in Irish & drive branding and technology to the right spot, enabling new business models and creating platforms for tomorrows world.
Born in Estonia right before the Soviet Union collapsed and growing up in the most digitally advanced country where public services started shifting onto distributed ledger technology 20 years ago, IT and tech advancements have always ran in Shirlys blood. From 2017 after moving to Crypto Valley Zug, she has been building up her career in the space, leading now the global scale Blockchain infrastructure and ecosystem company Velas as COO. Shirly has been awarded as 30under30 in digitalisation by Estonian Business School.
Simon is an entrepreneur with a passion for impact investing and many years of experience in developing global ventures. He is currently serving as an executive board member at Advanced Blockchain AG (publ) where he actively invests in the Web3 ecosystem.
He started his career at Dresdner Bank and subsequently worked for Commerzbank as executive assistant. After holding various positions at Rocket Internet and Asia Venture Group, he founded his own company in South Africa which he later successfully exited. Most recently, he was responsible for the operational business for the Swedish edge cloud company CloudBackend AB.
Simon holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Corporate Management & Economics from Zeppelin University and Universidad Pablo de Olavide. He is a fellow of the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin (Karl Schlecht charitable foundation) and holds the Lena-Weiss Fellowship of the Meckatzer Löwenbräu foundation.
I have a dream, a united humanity, joining a worldwide voting on blockchain, creating massive positive impact and the needed shift on our planet.
Asks questions & tells stories on stage and on air
Toli Makris is a Greek-German entrepreneur who has spent the last 15 years in Asia, South America and the Middle East focusing on the Sports Industry. He has strong experience across all aspects of the Sports business, including media rights sales, marketing activations, event operations and athlete development.
In 2009, he co-founded Elite Boxing, a Bangkok-based combat sports company specializing in the production of high-quality international muaythai events and hosting the EB-TV combat sports streaming platform which has broadcasted over 300 live and organized +50 global combat sports events in the last decade.
Recognizing the potential of blockchain technology in sports in 2018, he founded EX Interactive Ventures, which focuses on facilitating investment in sports through blockchain technology and owns EX-Sports, a digital collectible platform based on blockchain technology, which allows fans to buy, trade and sell digital collectibles across every sport.
As a member of the InvestAccord Steering Committee, he is trying to help more start ups with a focus on technology and sports to connect with International Federations, investors and key players in the industry.
Tracy is Co-Head of CV Labs, where she spearheads corporate and institutional engagement. Alongside parent company CV VC, an early-stage venture capital firm with a focus on startups that build on blockchain technology, Tracy and the CV Labs Team work to create a sprawling ecosystem that fosters entrepreneurship and innovation in the blockchain space through their incubation program, high-level events, advisory services, and public-private partnerships.
Prior to joining CV VC/CV Labs, Tracy served as Head of Business Relations and Corporate Strategy for a Swiss software development and marketing firm, spearheading several digitalization and blockchain projects for clients such as Tommy Hilfiger, Coca Cola, RockOn Digital, Calvin Klein, and more.
She holds an MA in Global Economy & Strategy from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea as well as an MA in International Affairs and Governance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland.