Luis has been awarded as the best underage European programmer in 2011, is a Forbes 30 Under 30, a MIT TR35 and was an Advisor to the VP of the European Commission.
He cofounded the blockchain startup Stampery. Prior to founding startups, he created the world's first Linux distribution with facelogin. Advisor to a few crypto projects that awake his curiosity.
Charles Hoskinson is a Colorado-based technology entrepreneur and mathematician. He attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado Boulder to study analytic number theory before moving into cryptography through industry exposure.His professional experience includes founding three cryptocurrency-related start-ups – Invictus Innovations, Ethereum and IOHK – and he has held a variety of posts in both the public and private sectors. He was the founding chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s education committee and established the Cryptocurrency Research Group in 2013. His current projects focus on education people about cryptocurrency, being an evangelist for decentralization and making cryptographic tools easier to use for the mainstream. This includes leading the research, design and development of Cardano, a third-generation cryptocurrency that launched in September 2017.
Niklas Nikolajsen founded Bitcoin Suisse AG in mid-2013. Today he serves as Chairman of the Board and co-CEO. 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 adaptors, 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. Niklas Nikolajsen holds a degree in computer science from the Copenhagen Business School. He is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the Swiss crypto-financial sector, having founded the first Swiss company in this space.
Thierry is an international entrepreneur. Founder of TARCO International he is developing the stable token AgAu.io and meritocracy.ngo a governance platform- Thierry is an expert in business development, commodity trading and risk management having worked for major trading houses and financial institutions such as Trafigura, LUKOIL, Scotia Capital, ICAP and Credit Suisse. Thierry is a Mensa member and a venture-philanthropist.
Independent expert & curator of photography and digital art. 15 years experience as a professional in the art business at Hauser & Wirth, LGT Fine Art Services and SCHEUBLEIN + BAK. He is currently curating the first blockchain art exhibition in Switzerland „Perfect & Priceless. Value Systems on the blockchain“ at Kate Vass Gallery in Zurich.
Marc P. Bernegger is a Fintech and Crypto Entrepreneur / Investor. He co-founded the party-portal usgang.ch at the age of 20 and sold it later to Axel Springer Media. He is co-founder of amiando, a ticketing-plattform, which was bought by Xing and has been awarded by WEF as a “Global Technology Pioneer”.
Since 2010, Marc is active as an investor focusing on fintech. He is in the advisory board of FinLeap, co-founder of Crypto Finance Conference and he is board member of Falcon Private Bank, Crypto Finance Group and Greater Zurich Area. Marc was awarded as '100 most successful people under 40 in Switzerland' by BILANZ.
He bought his first bitcoins in 2012 and since then he is fascinated by the opportunities this new asset class has to offer.
Lucas is president of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland, one of the worlds largest Bitcoin communities. He is involved in Bitcoin since early 2013. Furthermore he is director of the Feathercoin Development Foundation, which is taking care of open source software development for the cryptocurrency.
Lamine is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Taurus Group SA and member of the Board of Directors of Instimatch Global. Lamine was previously Deputy COO and Chief Digital Officer of Lombard Odier's wealth management unit, where he led the development of the bank's digital strategy, leading to several critically acclaimed platforms. He also pushed the first real blockchain prototype to be tested in a private bank. In addition, he represented the Swiss Private Banks at the Fintech Commission of the Swiss Bankers Association and was a founding member and Board member of Swiss Fintech Innovations. He started his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
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 UBS, 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. As SEBA’s CEO, Guido will lead the organization as it grows from concept to implementation. Guido’s extensive experience across the financial markets gives him a unique perspective on how the markets have evolved over the last three decades and where they could be going next. It is this perspective that has convinced him of the importance of developing an organization that can operate as a gateway between the traditional financial markets and their fast-growing crypto equivalents.
Harry Büsser is an economist, has completed his financial education as a Chartered Financial Analyst CFA and has furthered his education in Physics at the University of Zurich. Among other things, he was a banker, a business reporter for Swiss television's Tagesschau and a producer of SF Börse. For almost a decade he directed the financial editorial office of the business magazine BILANZ. He has written a financial book for Observer Verlag, which figured several months among the ten best-selling business books in Switzerland. He is a writer and journalist at Ringier AG.
Mauro Casellini is responsible for the blockchain business lines at Bank Frick in Balzers, Liechtenstein. He heads up a team of 15 employees who are responsible for advising business clients, blockchain companies and payment server providers as well as for Token Sales and all requests related to cryptocurrencies.
Sam is responsible for several fintech innovation initiatives within the Financial & Risk business of Thomson Reuters. He has worked for the company in product strategy and product management roles for 12 years in New York and Hong Kong. Sam has a Masters in Financial Strategy from the University of Oxford and currently lives in Zug, Switzerland, where he is focused on alternative finance, crypto-currencies, blockchain technology and artificial intelligence. Sam is a former board member of the Crypto Valley Association.
Helie started his career as a currency option trader in New York. He joined the Peugeot Citroën group in Geneva, where he was in charge of currency hedging. In 1998 Helie founded Overlay Asset Management, the first european currency management business offering currency overlay services and pooled fund programmes. By 2012, in partnership with BNP Paribas, the business had grown to over USD 23 Bios of currency assets under management, with a client base from 16 different countries. Since 2010 Helie has focused his research on the creation and management of the Global Reserve Currency Index, an innovative systematic virtual currency that mirrors the world global economy. In 2014 he created Globcoin to extend the scope of client users thanks to Blockchain technology.In 2018 the GLX , a stablecoin linked to the basket of the 15 largest currencies is deployed on the Ethereum Blockchain, creating a safe haven for crypto-assets and a payment network. Helie graduated from HEC Paris.
Christian Di Giorgio has a special talent: he translates business requirements into digital solutions. With degrees in computer science and business administration, he knows both worlds and over the last two decades, he has developed systems to meet complex IT challenges. He has worked for IBM and Swisscom before joining Inacta as a blockchain consultant for large corporations and start-ups in Crypto Valley. Customers value Christian's IT expertise and experience, especially in the challenges of integrating blockchain applications into existing IT landscapes. He is co-author of the book "Live from Crypto Valley".
Partner, Financial Services, at Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company, Booz Allen Hamilton), serving clients in the financial services industry in development of successful growth strategies. His industry expertise covers retail and wholesale banking, private banking/ wealth management, consumer finance and insurance. Preferred themes are growth strategies, market entry/ regional expansion, digital innovation/ FinTech, operating model optimization, and risk & regulatory management.
Prior to that, worked in other consultancy firms, advising major players in the financial services industry (banks, regulators, insurance companies) on questions of strategy, organization, and risk management.
Daniel has worked with blue chip clients across Europe and the Middle East and is based in Zurich Switzerland.
During his academic years, he has worked on collaborative, technology-enabled business models for knowledge management and early warning systems, and, more generally, on the social impact of new media, publishing his own books and articles, while speaking at conferences in Switzerland, Germany, Eastern Europe and the United States.
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 95 countries. Prior to this he was a Partner of one of the first Swiss Venture Capital Funds, 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 various Executive Education Programs at Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. He is the author of 10 books mostly on investment law and regulation.
Martin Fasser President of the Commodity Association Zug, works as Head of Corporate Affairs for a Zug-based oil and coal trading company which is active in commodity trading, storage and refinery asset control and the alternative energy 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, 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 and 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.
Jessica is head of Pala’s in-house macro and commodities research. Her work contributes to Pala’s long-term and liquid investment strategies, with a focus on emerging technologies such as the impact of electric vehicles, renewables and blockchain on commodities markets. Prior to joining the investment team at Pala, Jessica was a Commodities Strategist at BMO Capital Markets, a member of their top-ranked Metals & Mining global research team. Jessica is a frequent speaker at industry events, most recently Natural Resources Forum’s “The Future of Transport Fuel: Fill-up or Plug in?” and CRU’s “Metals in the Future” conferences. She has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, CBC’s The Exchange and BNN television, and been cited in other press such as the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Globe & Mail.
For Pascal Gallo, diamonds have always been near to his heart. Thanks to his grandfather – a mine prospector in Africa – very early on Pascal developed a deep passion for crystals and precious stones. After his PhD in quantum physics and crystal growth, he joined Prof. Eli Kapon’s group at EPFL to continue his research on fundamental interactions between light and matter in semiconductor nanostructures. He then served as operation planner and Chief Business Development Officer in startups that were active in photonics, before co-founding LakeDiamond.
María Gómez is a former corporate lawyer. She worked several years in the M&A and corporate finance practice. Currently she works in Ecosystem development for Aragon One, one of the teams working for the Aragon project. A project that is building tools for the governance and management of organizations and open source projects.
After a 20 year career in Corporate Finance at JPMorgan, Olaf started a number of business himself financial advisory as well as nutrition space before joining CV VC AG as a Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer (CIO)
Mattias Hjelmstedt is CEO and Founder of Utopia Music. A serial entrepreneur, Mattias has successfully founded and sold a number of technology companies since the early 1990s. An unparalleled innovator, Mattias’s passion for combining media and tech has pushed him to help transform and build several industries including e-sports and digital TV. Within e-sports, Mattias was one of the pioneers, designing the first social platforms for games and assisting in the creation of the software still used today to power some of the world’s largest games, including Battlefield. Unhappy with the state of the Video-on-Demand (VOD) services, Mattias was an early architect of VOD for premium film and p2p distribution. With this knowledge, Mattias was then able to successfully navigate TV’s challenging copyright landscape and help turn online TV into a global reality. Mattias´s media career shows, above all, that he understands not only how to disrupt, innovate, and drive efficiency within established industries, but also how to create a user experience which propels growth and provides value for consumers.
Rob Holub is a television and film producer, a public speaker and a singer/songwriter under the name of SOKOL. With more than 15 years of international experience, Rob has made a name for himself in television production working for SRF, Pro7, Sat.1 in Switzerland and various projects in New York City. Rob is currently producing his first documentary film „Searching for Contact“ (2019 release). In the film he examines how to keep human connections alive, while navigating the digital transformation in a world which is increasingly controlled by technologies. His studies and travels around the world, to more than 40 countries, have deeply influenced his work and his goals to help people connect with each other on a personal human level.
Chris Horlacher is one of the foremost authorities on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. As the CEO of Equibit Group, he applies his deep understanding of the space into all facets of his professional career, leading the vision and development of blockchain technology that promises to revolutionize the securities industry. Chris began his career as an auditor at a Big Four accounting firm. Before the age of 30, he was the CFO of a start-up stock brokerage that now manages over $4 billion in assets. Following that, Chris went on to found his own management consulting firm, playing an instrumental role in the success of numerous start-ups as well as multi-million-dollar projects for some of Canada’s largest companies, SME's and non-profit organizations.
Niko Kipouros has been a professional art broker and passionate collector for over 20 years. He founded 4ARTechnologies in 2017 in order to provide more transparency, safety and process efficiency across the entire art market. 4ARTechnologies offers a transaction and catalogisation platform which combines the enormous potential of the blockchain with patented and unique augmented authentication technology.
As CEO, Niko is responsible for the strategic development of the company as well as the growth of the platform. With a successful track record as an entrepreneur and investor and a portfolio of over 50 companies, the former investment banker combines an excellent feel for business with the deep understanding of the art world.
Top Blockchain Speaker, co-founder Distributed Lab, сo-author of “Blockchain and Decentralized Systems” learning guide for the students, cryptographer and PhD in Information Security.
Dr Adriano B. Lucatelli is co-founder and CEO of Descartes Finance. He’s a financial expert with a proven track record and a wealth of management experience. Previously he spent several years in leadership roles at UBS and Credit Suisse in Switzerland and abroad and was a senior lecturer at the University of Zurich. His studies have taken him to institutions such as the London School of Economics and the Wharton School.
Minister Matthias Michel (1963) is a Doctor of Laws, having completed his studies in Zurich and Lausanne. From 1993–1994, Michel was attorney at law in the Department of Finance of the Canton of Zug. From 1995–2002, he worked as an attorney/notary public and mediator in Zug, and in 2002 he was elected to the governing council as a member of the Liberal Party. From 2003–2006, he served as Minister of Education and Culture of the Canton of Zug. Since 2007, he has served as Canton of Zug’s Minister of the Department of Economic Affairs. He is very active in Switzerland's intercantonal collaboration. After having accomplished four legislative periods at the end of 2018, Matthias Michel will start his activities as a professional consultant and member of boards from 2019 on.
Bernhard is the Business Development Manger for Bitmain Switzerland AG. He holds an M.Sc. in Biology and has ten years of work experience as a developer and project leader in the research and medical diagnostics field. He serves on the board of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland and is a co-founder and vice-president of the Bitcoin Cash Association. Bitcoin caught his interest in 2011 and he tries to stay up to date on the topic ever since. He enjoys discussing the social, economic, technical and legal implications of it. Bernhard is a Certified Bitcoin Professional and likes to share with others, what he learns. He has given several introductory presentations and consultations on the topic including set-up of a Bitcoin exhibition for the Zürich MoneyMuseum.
Philippe A. Naegeli is a talented business builder, with a strong track record in investment banking, general management, and leadership. Philippe founded and managed an international circle of financial institutions and institutional investment funds. He has extraordinary experience in trading and creating tailor-made risk-averse investment strategies and products. He was the founder and owner of PAN Asset Management, which he sold in 2012. Philippe is a managing partner and vice president of the board at Forstmann & Company Merchant Bank, US and is an active investor in multiple companies. Patrick Loepfe and Philippe partnered to build GENTWO.
Hany Rashwan is founder/CEO of Amun AG, which makes investing in crypto as easy as buying a stock. Amun aims to build an ETP representing a basket of the top five crypto assets. He previously co-founded Ribbon and Payout, selling the latter to a payroll company in 2017. He graduated from Columbia University.
Victor is the CEO and founder of Ammer Capital, a multi-family office of tech entrepreneurs and next generation wealth holders. He is a trusted advisor to a number of leading tech entrepreneurs and sits on the board of several major blockchain projects.
His former positions include a general manager and member of the board of a multi- billion valued technology company. Prior to that he was head of CIS of an investment firm focusing on global opportunities in the emerging markets and high growth sectors in London, Istanbul and Moscow and an investment manager and member of the supervisory board of the management company of a Danish venture capital and private equity fund in Frankfurt am Main. His first entrepreneurial experience was with 21 as a co-founder of a start-up in the renewable energy field.
Victor is an alumnus of World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community and was the founding curator of the hub in Frankfurt am Main, where he co-founded several entrepreneurial ecosystem building initiatives. He is also member of Nexus, a global community of next gen wealth holders and young philanthropists and lecturer at Wealth Transformation Center at Skolkovo Business School.
He studied political economy and business law in Frankfurt am Main and continued his education at University of Oxford, Harvard University, UC Berkeley and others.
Mr. Michael Ploog has been the Chief Financial Officer of Swissquote Group Holding Ltd since 1999 and also serves as Chief Financial Officer of Swissquote Bank. Mr. Ploog serves as Member of the Boards of Swissquote Info Ltd and Swissquote Trade Ltd, Secretary (non-member) of the Board of Swissquote Group Holding Ltd. and Secretary of Swissquote Bank. He is a graduate from HEC Lausanne (1983) and a Swiss Certified Public Accountant (1990). Prior to joining Swissquote Group in 1999 as Group Chief Financial Officer, he worked for Deloitte & Touche and PricewaterhousCoopers in Switzerland and for Touch Ross in London.
Morgan is an engagement marketing expert, serial entrepreneur, global speaker and growth hacker. A graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Computer Science and Economics, Morgan started her career as an entrepreneur launching two start-ups in 3 years, both with multi-million dollar exits. She gained experience in the multinational arena as Director of Marketing for EMEA at Oracle. She has been involved with more than 30 successful start-ups in Cybersecurity, Fintech, Martech, CRM and HR. As CMO, Morgan is responsible for the development and growth of the global SEBA brand and driving the marketing agenda.
CV Summit Role: Host VIP-Dinner
Hester Maria Peirce is an American lawyer specializing in financial market regulation. Peirce currently serves as a Commissioner on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). She previously served as the director of the Financial Markets Working Group at George Mason University's Mercatus Center. Peirce was confirmed by the United States Senate in December 2017 to fill a Republican vacancy on the SEC. She was sworn in on January 11, 2018, and her term expires in 2020. Peirce is a former staff member of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and of the SEC. In 2016, she was nominated by President Barack Obama for Commissioner on the SEC, but the United States Senate did not act on her nomination.
DanRam has spoken and MCed at over 150 events on 4 continents in the last 24 months. He has shared the stage with entrepreneurs like Sir Richard Branson and the founders of Airbnb, Adidas, Electronic Arts, etc actors like Joseph Levitt Gordon, social media stars like Gary Vaynerchuk, Casey Neistat and Jake Paul, billionaire investors, CEOs of the world's leading brands and many more on some of the biggest stages in the world including SXSW, DLD, Web Summit, How To Web, Techsylvania, MUST, Bits & Pretzels.
CV Summit Role: Moderator
Franklyn Richards is the Operator of Litecoin.com and long standing member of the Litecoin team getting involved with the project back in 2013. In 2016 he became a founding director of the Litecoin Foundation after an invitation from Charlie Lee. The Foundation is a singapore based Non Profit set up to help promote adoption and fund development of the Litecoin protocol.
In 2018 Franklyn joined Swiss based blockchain company Zulu Republic as COO helping direct development of their Litecoin suite of products. These include LiteVault a trustless web wallet for Litecoin and LiteIM a messenger based wallet that allows people to transact in Litecoin over SMS without any need for connection to the Internet.
Daniel's focus as a DLT/Blockchain enthusiast is not on cryptocurrencies, but on advising start-ups on the execution of ICOs and the development of solutions as well as supporting enterprises in their blockchain activities. In his role as Head of Blockchain at inacta, he shapes the Crypto Valley ecosystem from within. He is convinced that the DLT concept with its underlying technology stack (also known as the "Internet of Value") will fundamentally change many markets and society - even more than the World Wide Web.
Ivo Sauter joined SIX Digital Exchange in July 2018 and is presently a member of the management team. He has more than 20 years of experience in the financial markets. Prior to SIX Digital Exchange, Ivo worked in Falcon Private Bank, Bank Julius Baer, Citibank and Credit Suisse. In his previous role as Head Trading & Operations at Falcon Private Bank he was also responsible for the conceptualization and launch of their crypto-asset offering. Ivo has a keen interest in Fintech, in particular the applications of Blockchain and its regulatory implications.
Dianne is a seasoned legal/commercial senior executive currently serving IOHK/Cardano (co-founded by Ethereum co-founder Charles Hoskinson) as Executive Vice President, Head of Strategic Partnerships. Prior to joining IOHK Dianne was a senior member of the MME Legal, Switzerland blockchain team where she advised (pre/post) ICO-teams and other blockchain-related projects. Dianne is strongly engaged in the blockchain & crypto ecosystem in and beyond the Swiss Crypto Valley. Amongst others she is the Initiator and Lead of the Blockchain4Good Initiative & co-Lead of the Diversity Task Force in the Crypto Valley. In addition, Dianne serves on the Board of Livingstone Greentec, a Swiss company delivering global systemic change through a blockchain-enabled turn-key smart horticulture food production and trading solution.
Dr. Johannes Schweifer, Co-Founder and CEO of CoreLedger AG and Partner of Bitcoin Suisse AG in Baar, is a Bitcoin and Blockchain entrepreneurial pioneers. Johannes has more than 15 years of experience as a project manager and software architect for enterprises in the IT and financial sector. He holds a Master in Chemistry and a PhD in Distributed Computing and Quantum Chemistry from the University of Vienna.
Architect and Designer, Founder of Daas Haus, Digital Media & Architecture firm, currently CEO & Co-Founder of Zulu Republic GmbH, CEO of Litevault.net the biggest Litecoin Web Wallet, Co-Founder of Lite.im the first SMS trust-less wallet. Fin-tech & Reg-tech Investor, building Self Sovereign Identity and large-scale adoption technologies.
Philipp is an entrepreneur, investor, futurist and Co-Founder and Managing Partner at FYRFLY Venture Partners, an early stage venture firm based in San Francisco with focused investments in data and intelligence. Philipp brings a proven track record of building and accelerating businesses in cloud computing, AI / machine learning, analytics, and other convergent technologies. An early crypto advocate with expertise in decentralization trends, Philipp is also involved in driving distributed ledger technology initiatives in pockets of innovation that include his home country Switzerland.
Cyrill is CEO of Swiss Crypto Exchange, the first regulated Swiss exchange platform for blockchain products. He’s a firm believer of education through interest and passion. He started founding companies as early as 16 years old and has never stopped since. He advised and worked with companies in areas such as Behavioral Psychology, IT Security, Finance and Blockchain. In his off time he enjoys reading books and jumping out of airplanes, usually with a parachute.
Hubertus is a venture capital investor with a portfolio of 20 companies based in the US, GCC and Europe. He is 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.
Edward Turner has a background in Finance and Business Development. His focus lies on developing new business models and bringing these to market successfully. Currently he heads up Open Innovation for the Innovation and Digital Unit of the SIX Group and focusing on bringing innovation to the Swiss Financial Center by collaborating with external stakeholders. Edward holds a BA in Economics from the University of Zürich, an MBA from the Judge Business School of Cambridge University and is a CFA Charterholder. He has worked for Credit Suisse, Trina Solar, Google and Lykke.
Keld is co-founder of KR1, UK’s leading crypto investment public company. First investors in Melonport, Funfair, Rocketpool, Etherisc to name a few. Keld is advisor to IXLedger and previously co-founder of several web startups including Smartsince 1995.
Arthur Vayloyan is the CEO of Bitcoin Suisse. He joined the company in November 2017 after a career of more than 25 years in banking, most of it at Credit Suisse. Arthur held various senior management positions, including Global Head of Investment Services and Products, Head Private Banking Switzerland and Global Head External Asset Management. He established Credit Suisse as a pioneer for investment opportunities in microfinance and he spearheaded the creation of the award winning Credit Suisse advisory process. Most recently Arthur was Global Head Products & Services and Member of the Executive Board of Falcon Private Bank, and in this role he and his team launched the first private banking offering for direct investments in cryptocurrencies. Arthur earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Berne and an MBA from INSEAD.
John Watkinson is a Canadian computer scientist and digital artist. He holds an Electrical Engineering PhD from Columbia University. Together with Matt Hall, John created the Cryptopunks, the very first non-fungible tokens on the Ethereum blockchain, awaking the art world to blockchain's potential to create scarcity for digital works. He continues to work on art and tech projects involving blockchain, including the music streaming service Choon.
Cédric Waldburger holds a master in computer science from ETH Zürich and HKUST Alumni. Cédric is a serial entrepreneur, startup founder, investor and crypto/blockchain enthusiast since 2012. His involvement spans from fintech and eCommerce, to social networks and SaaS.
He co-founded DFINITY – a blockchain startup backed by Andreesen Horowitz – and eight other high-tech companies in Europe and the US.
Cédric previously co-founded and worked for various businesses around the globe (Zurich, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, London and Berlin) where he held roles on the technology and management side. His experience on both sides of the table (as a founder and investor) helps him bring a unique perspective and solutions to problems in a wide range of environments.
Lili Zhao is the Director of Ecosystem Growth at NEO Global Development based out of the Zurich. Prior to joining NEO, Lili worked for Swiss private banks and following that advised a number of blokcchain projects internationally. She possesses cross- disciplinary experiences in the areas of wealth management, media, education and blockchain across china, UK and Switzerland. She holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen and has a Bachelor of Economics from University of London.