Adrian Schatzmann became CEO of the Asset Management Association Switzerland (AMAS) in January 2021. Prior to that, he held various consulting positions, including with the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA), and was founder and Managing Director of Clear Minds Investment AG. Adrian worked for UBS for more than 20 years in Switzerland and Asia in roles such as head of global fund and ETF distribution. He studied economics at the University of St. Gallen.
Adrian loves cycling in the mountains.
Alexander E. Brunner studied business and economics at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland before working for Ben&Jerrys, the US cult ice-cream brand. Afterwards he then worked for more than a decade in alternative investments, hedge-funds and impact investing before joining a Swiss-Swedish big data startup as senior executive.
Alexander is the author of the first book about the Swiss “Crypto Valley”. The book called "Crypto Nation Switzerland" was successfully crowd-funded in July 2018 and published in spring 2019 by Stämpfli.
In July 2021 he wrote the 1st Swiss Digital Asset and Wealth Management Report 2021 with CV VC as the publisher and supported by the Swiss Blockchain Federation.
Today Alexander is a senior advisor to tech companies as well as an investor. In addition, he is a Member of Parliament of the City of Zurich and part of the parliament’s innovation group. In addition, he is the founder and president of the Urban Innovation Association (Switzerland) that is empowering smart city and GovTech solutions in Switzerland.
Managing Director at High-Tech Gründerfonds. Focussing on software investments, industrial tech and life science. Led the funds from initially expected significant losses to a highly profitable organization. HTGF I and HTGF II perform in the top 20% of the venture industry.
Huge tech, innovation, startup and crypto enthusiast.
Ali Mizani Oskui is the CEO and CIO of FiCAS AG, the Swiss-based crypto investment management boutique. He is a futurist, inventor, and free-thinker and driven by his passion for the crypto and blockchain universe. He managed one of the most lucrative portfolios of crypto-assets in the world.
He boasts over 20 years of management experience and 8 years of experience in cryptocurrency trading and investment management. He managed a cryptocurrencies portfolio that achieved exceptional performance in the market, outperforming the Bitcoin holding strategy by more than 100% and the USD by more than 9’000% (October 2015 – January 2018).
20+ years in Banking, Wealth Management & Fintech Innovation Barclays, BBVA Wealth, Accenture Strategy, Avaloq.one Ecosystem, MBA IESE Business School
Board Member, Co-founder, Advisor, Venture Capital, Incubation, Acceleration, Investor
Used to be a huge gamer growing up - now playing the best game ever...
Benedikt Wechsler, serves as the Consul General of Switzerland in San Francisco. He finished his studies in Business Administration and Political Science at the University of St. Gallen and joined the Swiss Foreign Ministry in 1996. He was posted to Swiss Missions at the UN and EU in New York and Brussels. He returned to Bern where he was appointed Chief of Staff of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and advised Swiss Presidents on diplomatic affairs. Under his leadership at the Swiss Embassy in Denmark from 2016-2019, he created the “Open Embassy and Pop-up Embassy” approach and strengthened science diplomacy with Greenland.
Cory Pugh is a proven business executive and has successfully grown private and publicly traded businesses across the world. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BridgeTower Capital, a global tokenized private equity firm operating out of Switzerland and the US.
Pugh founded BridgeTower with the intent of bringing traditional business to the rapidly developing blockchain and decentralized (DeFi) industries. BridgeTower invests in blockchain infrastructure companies and offers its own staking services on self-hosted validating nodes and DeFi liquidity products within a tightly regulated process.
Previously, he founded BluBambu ventures, a successful venture capital firm investing in nascent technology growth opportunities.
He grew Scentsy Inc, with multiple brands and international markets to $1billion in revenue. Scentsy was named Inc 500’s fastest growing company during that growth phase. He also served as Divisional President for TSI, Inc., a publicly held NASDAQ company. Pugh was also President of IEC, developing companies from startups to Fortune 500 businesses.
Lawyer (HSG) with more than 15 years of experience in the banking industry.
Guido is a visionary whose expertise is grounded in global corporate finance. He is deeply proficient in banking, risk, asset and wealth management. Guido built and led large global teams at one of Switzerland’s largest banks, and had an influence shaping market infrastructure with the ECB and DTCC. Most recently, he founded award winning strategic advisory and risk & research firm B&B Analytics.
Lawyer, VC Investor, Disruption Disciple, Author and Exponential Technologies Enthusiast.
A Partner at PwC Zurich and Leader of PwC Legal Switzerland he and his team are building the law firm of the future. Every day. He also is one of seven members of PwC’s Global Legal Leadership Team directing the firm’s 4000+ lawyers in 90+ countries. Prior to this he was a successful Venture Capitalist, served as in-house counsel at an international hedge fund and practised in court and with a leading business law firm.
Guenther holds a PhD in law from Johannes Kepler University (Austria), an MBA from the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and has completed Executive Education programs at Harvard Business School as well as Harvard Law School and IMD. He is the author of 10 books mostly on investment law and regulation but also of "Making Money out of Technology" (2003), "Uptake Revisited: How Innovative Products succeed in International Markets" (2007) and "New Suits. Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World" (2019). He has also published 100+ articles in expert magazines and been invited to speak at 200+ conferences all around the world. He is privately invested and actively involved in numerous ventures and lectures at various universities.
Hany is the co-founder and CEO 21Shares, which seeks to create an easy, secure and regulated way to access to crypto asset class. 21Shares listed the world's first crypto index ETP on SIX Swiss Exchange at the end of 2018 and has the world largest products suite of physically backed crypto ETPs.
Prior to 21Shares, Hany built Payout, an API for disbursements that was used by online lenders and was acquired in 2017. The initial company he started, Ribbon, was the first to put social commerce 'buy buttons' inside Facebook & Twitter.
He is a Forbes 30Under30 award recipient and graduated from Columbia University magna cum laude.
Jan Brzezek is CEO, founder, and a Board Member at Crypto Finance AG. He also is Board Chairman of Crypto Broker AG and a Board Member of Crypto Storage AG.
Before founding the financial technology company, Jan Brzezek held various positions at UBS Asset Management, Wealth Management, and Investment Bank. In his most recent position at UBS, he was Business Manager for the President of UBS Asset Management. Additionally, he was a global innovation expert and worked on the impact of new technologies on the UBS business model. He was responsible for the smart structured product proof-of-concept. Earlier, he worked several years in derivatives and fixed income sales and trading for UBS in Zurich, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Prior to his career at UBS, he was a derivatives expert at the SIX Swiss Exchange.
Jan holds a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
Jörg Bode can look back on many years of experience with renowned investment banks in the financial centers of London, New York and Singapore. A proven financial expert and manager, he initially made his career at Credit Suisse First Boston, Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers, where he held various positions in the areas of M&A, Global Products & Equity, and Derivates Sales. Most recently, he was responsible for the establishment and expansion of company office locations as well as for operational sales activities. In 2006, Jörg Bode was named partner and member of the management team (EC) of a global private equity firm based in Switzerland. Here, he drove its global expansion and operational business activities in Latin America, China and Dubai and was also heavily involved in the development of the first dedicated Swiss “Clean Energy & Infrastructure Fund”. In his last position at the structured products issuer Leonteq, Bode was responsible for sales activities in Switzerland and EMEA. Based in Zurich, he was a member of the management team of the “Business Unit - Investment Solutions” and also headed the company’s global “Client Service Team”.
Josef is a partner at Draper Goren Holm, a blockchain venture studio and fund that he’s founded in 2018 with Tim Draper and Alon Goren.
In 2020 Draper Goren Holm was ranked by Cointelegraph as one of the most active investors in the blockchain space and in 2021 Josef won the investor of the year award.
He is global serial entrepreneur with 25 years of startup, business development, growth hacking, and digital marketing experience.
He has a passion for disruptive ideas, unconventional thinking, and a "screw it, let's do it" attitude.
Born and raised in Austria, Josef worked and lived in Vienna, Sydney, Berlin, Zurich, Panama and Los Angeles before moving to Dubai in 2021.
Katie is CEO of Cyber Capital, a trusted pioneer in cryptocurrency investments and fundamental analysis. She joined from Falcon Private Bank, the first Swiss bank to pioneer cryptocurrency investment in 2017 where she was head of Digital Custody & Trading and Process Management. Previous roles at global institutions include Salomon Brothers, IBM, Credit Suisse and UBS shaping risk management, business strategy, innovation in research and product development. A risk manager and process expert, Katie holds degrees from McGill, Cass Business School and University of Cambridge – while continuously learning through diplomas in blockchain and digital topics plus mentoring start-ups.
Kwon Y. Park provides strategic guidance on decision-making and leads partnerships that drive positive growth and development of Bittrex Global. Previously, he was the Director of Business Development at Bittrex U.S., leading the exchange partnership program among other business initiatives and partnerships.
Before joining Bittrex U.S., Park served as Counsel at Delta Strategy Group where he assisted clients including exchanges, energy and agribusiness companies, trade groups, financial services firms, technology companies (e.g. token & blockchain), investment funds, and Fortune 500 companies on regulatory compliance, enforcement, and policy issues. Park brings over a decade of legal, regulatory and business strategy consulting, and startup experience.
Park received his Bachelor of Science with a double major in Finance and Entrepreneurship & Corporate Innovation from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington and his Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School. He is a member of the New York State Bar and the D.C. Bar.
Luka Gubo is passionate about financial markets and has been professionally involved in them since 2007. Throughout his career he published several books and academic research papers and has spoken about financial topics at various universities and events. In his role as CEO of Equito, the latest venture of the Cryptix Group, Luka Gubo is primarily responsible for bringing SMEs closer to smaller investors, as Equito is set up to create a new wave of investment opportunities available to everyone, making capital markets more democratic and equitable.
Dr. Luka Müller-Studer is co-founder of MME Legal, Tax and Compliance in Zurich/Zug (a firm with 120 employees). Since 2014 he has been at the forefront of the blockchain / DLT development, helping numerous DLT protocols as well as DLT application start-ups build their legal foundations in Switzerland. It started with Ethereum. Later, he was involved in the legal design of DLT AML, DLT Wallet/Storage, DLT Banking, DLT Asset Management solutions. He is co-founder and president of the board of Sygnum Bank AG, the first digital asset bank holding a Swiss banking license with a subsidiary in Singapore applying for Capital Market Service (CMS) license. He is also co-founder of the equity tokenization platform daura AG, a joint venture with Swisscom AG, Sygnum Bank AG and SIX AG. His legal expertise is in the areas of regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption in a technology context.
Thinking about decentralization
Mark Dambacher became CEO of the b2b service provider InCore Bank in 2015. Before that, he had been Deputy CEO since 2010 and responsible for Risk and Compliance as well as Customer Care and Finance. Earlier, the industrial engineer gained many years of experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers as Senior Manager in Global Risk Management Services and at KPMG as Senior Consultant in Financial Services.
Mattia Rattaggi combines an advanced exposure to blockchain technology, deep expertise in crypto finance and regulation, with 25-year experience in the financial industry, in senior risk, compliance, audit and governance positions. He has advised, and carried out fintech and crypto projects at, private companies, trade associations and regulatory bodies. He is a thought leader in blockchain, crypto finance, financial risk and regulation, and regular speaker at international conferences and writer. He holds a Ph.D in economics from the University of Fribourg and was researcher at the University of Cambridge. He has a multi-lingua and multi-cultural background.
Founder and CEO of CV VC, an early-stage venture capital investor with a focus on startups that build on Blockchain technology. Co-Founder of CV Competition, CV Summit and CV Labs. As an entrepreneur and investor Mathias Ruch has been involved in the digital startup scene for 20 years. Before turning his focus to blockchain, he built and exited several successful companies in the digital space. Today, he is a driving force behind the development of the global blockchain startup ecosystem. Co-initiator, board member and chairman of the Expert Council at the Swiss Blockchain Federation, a public-private partnership with the goal to promote the attractiveness of Switzerland as a global blockchain hub.
Simon comes from a technical and project management background, implementing distributed ledger technology, blockchain initiatives, artificial intelligence and machine learning to boost efficiency, create new business models and disrupt incumbents.
Nathan Kaiser is a Swiss and Taiwan dual national, admitted as an attorney-at-law and foreign lawyer at the Bar Associations of Zurich, Berlin and Taipei.
Nathan advises companies on digital and policy issues, and their international market presence.
Nathan is an avid angel investor with a focus on new technologies. Nathan is a founding member of the Space Angels, and an early adopter of AngelList.
While Nathan is an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his main position is acting as General Counsel of SIX Digital Exchange in Zürich, a member of the SIX Group. Nathan is also the Chairperson of the Cardano Foundation.
Originally from Solothurn, Switzerland, Nathan studied law in Lausanne, Strasbourg and St. Gallen. Prior to spending over twenty years in Asia then the US, he worked in Zurich, Lausanne and Paris.
A husband and dad, he has recently returned to Switzerland, generally stays busy, and likes to eat vegetables.
Nicolo works on product and strategy at the Aave Companies, focusing largely on institutional adoption for DeFi.
Nicolo studied Economics and Finance at Bocconi University in Milan, spent time working at a various financial institutions (including Citigroup), and has run growth for various tech startups.
Prior to joining the Aave Companies and devoting his work full time to DeFi and Web3, Nicolo founded CryptoAnalyst, a popular crypto-media and tokenomics research company.
Niklas Nikolajsen founded Bitcoin Suisse AG in mid-2013. Today he serves as Chairman of the Board. Operationally besides his role as chairman, he is responsible for business development, key accounts, investor relations and company representation. Niklas has a background of more than 15 years as a professional software architect & software developer, primarily in the financial , manufacturing and public sectors.
In 2010 after discovering Bitcoin, he became one of the early adopters, investors and proponents of crypto assets. In 2011 he moved from Denmark to Switzerland and worked for a major Swiss financial institution, as a consultant – until he founded Bitcoin Suisse AG in 2013, together with partners. He served as CEO of the company until the end of 2017.
Besides being a pioneer in the crypto-financial services industry, Niklas Nikolajsen has twice been named to the prestigious list of Top 100 Bankers in Switzerland by BILANZ Magazine.
Co-Founder at CV VC AG, Founder of INTABA Finance AG, Co-founder of nourish me GmbH, Venture Partner at Alpinext Partners.
Prior experience of almost 20 years of corporate and investment banking at JPMorgan/Chase in Switzerland, the UK and Germany. Approx 10 years advising the chemical industry across EMEA, 10 years m&a and corporate finance in Switzerland/Germany, most recently leading the Global Corporate Banking business in Switzerland.
Start-up experience across multiple sectors. Founder of nourishme GmbH and INTABA-Finance AG and Co-Founder of CV VC AG.
Peter is Aaro Capital’s Chief Executive Officer, responsible for the strategic direction of the firm as well as integrating rigorous economic thinking into the asset allocation process. After successfully trading cryptocurrencies on his personal account, Peter co-founded Aaro Capital to give investors access to the growing opportunity presented by DLT and crypto assets. He previously worked at competition economics consultancy RBB Economics, advising on multibillion-dollar global M&A deals, and draws on this background to provide a traditional competition and industrial economics framework to DLT and crypto assets. Peter holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Southampton.
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.
Dr. Stephan A. Zwahlen (1978) studied and obtained his doctorate in business administration at the University of St. Gallen. He joined Maerki Baumann‘s Executive Board in 2009 as Head of Investment Solutions & Services and was also Deputy CEO from 2010. He has been the CEO of the private bank since 2016. In these functions he was responsible for the private bank‘s transformation into a modern, innovative and flexible financial institution. Among other things, he was a driving force behind the establishment of Maerki Baumann‘s crypto strategy that goes back to 2018. To strengthen the Swiss financial center, he serves on the boards of various industry associations. He also actively maintains contact to the regulator, politics and the media. And he is associated with science as a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen. Stephan Zwahlen is married and the father of two daughters.
Thomas is Sygnum's Head of Business Units and Executive Board member, before that Thomas was Head of Client Services at Sygnum.
Prior to joining Sygnum, Thomas was a strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group where he led projects for financial institutions, insurance companies and private equity funds. Thomas holds a Master of Science in Quantitative Finance from ETH Zurich and University of Zurich.
Thomas enjoys scuba diving and cigars - but not in combination, only one after the other!
Galaxy Digital is a diversified financial services and investment management innovator in the digital asset, cryptocurrency, and blockchain technology sector.
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.
Crazy scientist, physics lover and crypto believer