Ruediger Albrecht

COO,
ReEnergize

Rüdiger Albrecht is the Co - Founder of REENERGIZE and Founder of APOLLON Core Company. APOLLON Core is the Exclusive Sales Partner of Mining Farm BITTEX

Before he started Apollon Core he was Sales Manager in the team of bitTex IT Solutions Company.

Since January 2017 he is working as a „Blockchain – speaker“ for the APOLLON core company plus teaching his own APOLLON sales team.

Jens Beba

Head Insurance,
inacta AG

As inacta’s head of insurance, Jens Beba is one of the leading strategists at the crossroads of the insurance industry and blockchain technology. He is the initiator of the first edition of the Blockchain Competition and was the first member of the inacta management team dealing with the question of possible application scenarios of blockchain technology in the insurance industry.

Jens’ main focus lies on a balanced view at the new technology, analyzing the chances and possibilities as well as the risks and constraints to give inacta’s customers a realistic impression of promising use cases in their industry.

Zenel Batagelj

Team Strategy, Cofound.it

Corporate guy, true believer in distributed economy and disruptive power of smart-contracts. Pioneer in European crowdfunding ecosystem involved in most of the first European ICO’s including the first bigger European ICO - ICONOMI and Cofound.it, one of the leading european blockchain incubators. For the last year pushing Slovenia to become one of the key blockchain friendly environments in the world, building strong relationship with Slovenian government and regulators. He believes in better ICOs - ICO 3.0 that will take the best of ICO and startup world.

Urs Baumann

Head Sustainability & Innovation,
Swiss Prime Site

Urs Baumann studied architecture at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Mendrisio and participated in an Erasmus programme at the TU Delft in the Netherlands before receiving his diploma in 2002. From 2002 to 2007 Urs Baumann worked in architectural offices in Baden, Dublin and Zurich as project manager where he supervised various projects from planning to construction. From 2007 to 2016 he held various positions at Implenia Schweiz AG, most recently as a member of the division management and responsible for project development in German-speaking Switzerland. In 2015, Urs Baumann completed his Master's degree Executive MBA at the University of Zurich. Since October 2016 he helds the position of Head of the Group-wide Division for Sustainability and Innovation at Swiss Prime Site AG. Urs Baumann lives in Wettingen, is married and has two children aged nine and eleven.

Lucas Betschart

President,
Bitcoin Association Switzerland

Lucas is the founder of Blockchain Source, a consulting company focused on applying Blockchain technology in digital transformation processes. Since early 2014 he has been organizing talks for our local Bitcoin community with top experts from all around the world, connecting and educating startups, corporates and enthusiasts.

Julien Bouteloup

Advisor,
British Blockchain Association

Julien is involved full-time in decentralised applications, Blockchain, Ethereum, Game and Computability theory, AI, cryptographic and Machine learning algorithms. My mission: Give power back to the people. First step "A web that is own by the user of the web"

Isabella Brom

Lakeside Partners

Solution architect and manager with international background. Isabella is a member of Lakeside Partners (Early Stage Investments) and Lead Innovations & New Business DLT at inacta AG. She combines experience in IT Architecture and business consulting in financial services, applied blockchain and DLT in insurance and treasury, blockchain token models, and database technologies. As a board member of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland Isabella is promoting the understanding of digital currencies and assets.

In her role at Ernst & Young (EY) she worked with fortune 500 companies on digital transformation projects and was fundamental to the rise and growth of EY Switzerland’s Blockchain & Crypto Technologies Advisory. Leading this practice she delivered first DLT pilot projects in the insurance, crypto custody and treasury space. Isabella now involves herself in the functional architecture design of disruptive business models around decentralisation, and invests into the growth of a global crypto & blockchain ecosystem.

Jan Brzezek

CEO & Co-Founder,
Crypto Finance AG

Jan held various positions at UBS Asset Management and UBS Group for EMEA. 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. Further he was the derivatives expert in exchange regulation at the SIX Exchange.

Marco Bumbacher

Partner,
Lakeside Partners

Entrepreneur and executive with broad expertise in software engineering and building up companies in various industries. Expert in managing large-scale IT and real estate management projects. Developed Lakeside Business Center and Lakeside Crypto Lab, laying the foundation of the Crypto Valley Labs. Founder of inacta, a leading Swiss digital transformation consulting company with a focus on the insurance and finance industry. inacta’s Swiss-based software engineering team has a strong experience in developing smart contracts and providing Blockchain CTO services.

Alan Cabello

Innovation Program Manager,
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Alan has a background in mechatronics engineering, having started his career in 2007 designing control systems for power plants at ABB as a design engineer and later team leader. From there he followed with an MBA in 2011 focused on Lean Product and Process Development, working with VW, Visteon, Rollce Royce, among others. .
Since 2014 he holds a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and was a visiting researcher at Stanford University and Potsdam Universitat. His work was focused on human-centered product, service and business model innovation following the principles and tools of Design Thinking. Within this frame he studied and worked with 18 large firms, and collaborated with a dozen early-stage startups, some of which he is a co-founder.
In 2013 Alan founded Spark Labs, an association between EPFL and ETH Zurich with the goal to educate the innovation leaders of today and tomorrow through the principles of Design Thinking and build a community of like minded experts and alumni.
After a few years consulting Alan joined AGCS in May 2016, leading the Central and Eastern Europe innovation initiative.
His is the Blockchain lead for AGCS and the Insurtech subject matter expert.

Mauro Casellini

Head of Blockchain and Payment Service Provider,
Bank Frick & Co AG

Mauro Casellini is responsible for the blockchain business lines at Bank Frick in Balzers, Liechtenstein. He is leading a team of 12 employees who are responsible for advising corporate clients and payment service providers as well as providing consulting on ICOs and all requests related to blockchain and crypto. Mauro is mainly focused on the question of how to increase the efficiency of business processes using new technologies.
Mr Casellini began his career in the financial industry in 2006. In the meantime he has been Head of Business Development as well as a Management Assistant. Over the last years he worked on the development of a variety of new business cases and business models.
The cryptocurrency expert, Mr Casellini has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Strategy Management.

Artem Chestnov

Founder,
Ubex AI

Artem's interest are entering new markets, developing and launching new products, creating efficient business models. Managing fast and efficient innovation process. Staying on the edge and motivating the team to reach the impossible.

Specialties: blockchain, brand and product launches, portfolio strategy, promotions. Brand management and innovation. Planning and realization of multimillion ATL, BTL, online campaigns and sport sponsorship projects.

Creation of effective instruments and products for final consumers and trade channel for new, emerging and existing consumer needs.
Growing the business top-line. Fast.

Luis Cuende

Co-founder,
Aragon

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.

He also serves as an advisor to multiple crypto projects, and leads
Aragon where he's making decentralized organizations happen.

Daniel Diemers

Partner,
PwC Strategy&

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.

Mirjam Eggen

Associate Professor of Private Law and Financial Market Law,
University Bern

Olga Feldmeier

CEO,
SMART VALOR

Olga Feldmeier is CEO of SMART VALOR, a Swiss-based blockchain start-up building a decentralized marketplace for tokenized alternative investments. Olga has extensive experience working in the banking and financial services sector for global brands such as Barclays Capital, UBS Wealth Management and Boston Consulting Group, where she focused on strategy projects at financial institutions such as Deutsche Bank, Unicredit and Commerzbank. Prior to founding SMART VALOR, Olga held the position of Commercial Managing Partner at prominent Silicon Valley Bitcoin startup Xapo.
Olga is a prominent founding member of the Crypto Valley community, and is the producer of the ICO Summit, the first global conference focusing on blockchain crowdfunding in Switzerland. She is also a mentor at the largest European accelerator program, Kickstart Accelerator, and regularly delivers talks at conferences and universities on the regulation of Blockchain industry, the tokenization of assets and the disruption of the banking industry.

Lorenz Furrer

Founder, Narwal Blockchain PR

Lorenz Furrer, managing director and Co-founder of furrerhugi, is an leader in public relations and has co-founded Narwal Blockchain PR. Through his extensive network in the media and governmental field, he is an expert in communications management.
Lorenz is passionate in bringing Switzerland to the forefront of blockchain based companies and as a co-founder of the Blockchain Taskforce he is educating the Swiss regulator and government about the advantages of blockchain and distributed ledger technology.

Daniel Gasteiger

Founder,
Procivis / Valid Creator

Daniel is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of practical managing director level banking experience at Credit Suisse and UBS covering various disciplines in Investment Banking and Corporate Center (trading, sales, product-, project-, programme- and general management/strategic advisory) both out of Zurich and London HQs.

In 2015 he co-founded nexussquared, Switzerland's first dedicated blockchain business and start-up platform. Following that he incorporated Procivis AG in 2016 - with Procivis he develops a digital identity and e-government product leveraging smart phone and blockchain technology. In March 2018, he co-founded Trust Square AG, Switzerland’s pre-eminent blockchain technology start-up and research hub in the heart of Zurch’s financial center.

Ralf Glabischnig

Founder of Inacta

Entrepreneurs. Invested. Involved. This is the core mindset that Ralf embodies as Co-founder of Lakeside Partners. With more than 20 years of experience as a business and IT consultant, Ralf possesses extensive expertise in transforming the finance and insurance industry, as well as a diverse entrepreneurial background stemming from multiple ventures and advisory board positions. As initiator of Europe’s largest Blockchain Competition and Co-founder of the Crypto Valley Association, he is committed to developing the blockchain ecosystem both in Switzerland and worldwide.

Anton Golub

Co-founder, TRUST SQUARE

Anton Golub is the founder and CEO of flov technologies. Flov technologies is a Swiss asset management company with focus on quantitative investment strategies in digital assets. Flov technologies was created with a vision of a global peer-to-peer marketplace that utilizes distributed ledger technology as a settlement infrastructure. Anton is also a co-founder and non-executive board member of Trust Square, pre-eminent blockchain technology hub located in Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich. In 2013, Anton co-founded Lykke Corp, Swiss based company that is building a global marketplace on top of the Blockchain for the free exchange of digital assets. Prior to Lykke, he worked as a quant researcher at Olsen Ltd, pioneer asset manager in the field of computerized trading, and at Manchester Business School as researcher on high frequency trading. In 2012, he was invited to participate in The Foresight Project - The Future of Computer Trading in Financial Markets, an international project on computerized trading funded by UK Treasury. Anton was involved in several EU funded research projects and is currently a board member for BigDataFinance project. He has co-authored 10 academic papers and two books.

Maria Jones

Vice President,
CoinTelegraph Media Group

Maria loves the worlds of Innovations, Startups and Cryptocurrencies. Traveler, Bitcoin Enthusiast, Vice President at Cointelegraph. She has been a pioneer in writing about Bitcoin and has built an extensive following through her writing contributions.

Mance Harmon

CEO and Co-founder,
Hedera Hashgraph

Mance Harmon is an experienced technology executive and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national corporations, government agencies and high-tech startups, and is Co-founder and CEO of Swirlds Inc. Prior experience includes serving as the Head of Architecture and Labs at Ping Identity, Founder / CEO of two tech startups, the senior executive for product security at a $1.7B revenue organization, Program Manager for a very-large scale software program for the Missile Defense Agency, the Course Director for Cybersecurity at US Air Force Academy, and research scientist in Machine Learning at Wright Laboratory. Mance received a MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, and a BS in Computer Science from Mississippi State University.

Josh Harvey

Co-founder,
Lamassu Bitcoin Ventures

Josh is technical lead at Lamassu Cryptomats, a pioneer of the Bitcoin ATM industry, which he co-founded with his brother in 2013. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Previously, he was senior developer at Mad Mimi, America Online, and the technological unit of Israeli Intelligence.

Konrad Hummler

Founder,
Think Tank M1 AG,
former Private Banker

Dr. Konrad Hummler graduated in Law from the University of Zurich and in Economic Science from the U.S. University of Rochester. In the eighties he acted as personal assistant to the president of the board of directors of former UBS, Dr. Robert Holzach. From 1989 until 2012 as managing partner with unlimited liability he was instrumental in the unprecedented success story of Wegelin & Co. Private Bankers, St. Gallen. In addition to his bank activities, he was member of the board of various companies, including Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), Swiss National Bank (SNB) or the German Stock Exchange. Since 2013 Konrad Hummler has headed M1 AG, a private think-tank dealing with strategic issues of current interest. Dr. Konrad Hummler was appointed as a Member of the Board of Bühler in 2010. In addition, he is strongly committed to cultural and social projects.

Pascal Ihle

Partner,
Narwal Blockchain PR

Pascal is Senior Consultant at Narwal Blockchain PR. He was previously Deputy Editor-in-Chief at Handelszeitung and worked at the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ). He is an expert in strategic communications consultancy and through his extensive network and skills he is able to address the needs of both the startup environment and the corporate world. With Narwal he offers far-reaching business intelligence on Blockchain to successfully bridge the gap between the old and new economy.

Andreas Iten

Head Corporate Ventures SIX,
Co-Founder & Member of the Board F10

Andreas Iten is a highly experienced innovation & entrepreneurship strategist, with proven leadership in high-level innovation, open-innovation, information technology management and entrepreneurship. Andreas has worked for over 15 years within leading institutions in the IT service, airline & transportation and the financial industry. Since 2015 Andreas he was leading technology innovation and he was the Chief Information Officer for the division Financial Information within SIX Group. Today he is responsible for the FinTech venture fund of SIX. His specific areas of expertise focus on end-to-end innovation frameworks, innovation ecosystems, entrepreneurial spillovers, emerging technologies, digital innovation and business transformation. Andreas is co-founder of the the SIXHackathon (Europe's largest Fintech coding contest), co-founder and board member of the Zurich based F10 Fin Tech Incubator & Accelerator.

Ryan Jesperson

President, Tezos Foundation

Ryan Jesperson is a dedicated member of the Tezos community. Most recently he was the Chief Operating Officer at Divvy, a FinTech company. Prior to his work at Divvy, he helped launch the global Self-Reliance Services initiative of the LDS Church to alleviate poverty. Previous to that he was an executive, turnaround specialist and tech entrepreneur in the healthcare industry. He received a BS degree, cum laude, from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Eva A. Kaili

Member of
European Parliament

Eva Kaili is an MEP and a member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. She is Chair of the STOA Panel, as well as Chair of the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, of the Conference of Delegation Chairs, She has, been working intensively on promoting innovation as a driving force of the establishment of the European Digital Single Market and has been particularly active in the fields of AI, blockchain technology, big data, fintech and cybersecurity. She has an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master's degree in International Relations from the University of Piraeus and has served as Member of the Greek parliament from 2007 to 2012."

Stephan Karpischek

Co-founder,
Etherisc

CEO and Co-Founder of Ethersic, Stephan Karpischek has been involved in digital currencies and blockchain since 2008. After graduating with a PhD from ETH Zürich, Stephan joined the UBS 2.0 Innovation Lab at Level 39 in London and later worked as Managing Director of Disrupt Consulting before launching Etherisc together with his Co-Founder Christoph Mussenbrock.

Paul Kohlhaas

Director of Partnerships,
ConsenSys / uPort

Blockchain architect and entrepreneur. Research, strategy and ideation in blockchain consensus systems. Public speaker, community builder with experience in finance and trading. BA at the University of St.Gallen (HSG). Focus on Ethereum, decentralized applications, artificial intelligence, and digital assets.

Katka Letzing

Program & FinTech Lead, Kickstart Accelerator

Katka Letzing is leading the FinTech & Crypto vertical and other activities at the Kickstart Accelerator, one of the largest multi-partner accelerators in Europe, based in Switzerland. Previously, Katka worked in finance and education field as well as led various acceleration activities in Asia for over 10 countries and was part of the U.S. White House entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives in Silicon Valley. Next to Kickstart, she has been leading the Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange, managed by Impact Hub Zurich and other startups in field of InsurTech and Pharma.

Rex Li

Independent Director,
Exchange of Exchanges

Rex LI is the independent director of the EOE (Exchange of Exchanges) project. He has an MBA from Shanghai Jiao Tong University Advanced Institute of Finance and a double degree in Economics and Literature from Peking University. He has been engaged in structured transactions in financial markets and asset management in Korea Development Bank, Trading Department and Asset Management Department of Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, International Business Department of Hwabao WP Fund Management Co.,Ltd. He is also a financial risk manager (FRM) and a CFA charter holder.

EOE (Exchange of Exchanges) is the first cross-market and cross-asset exchange platform based on blockchain technology to offer integrated KYC solution, transaction verification and clearing and settlement service.

Ariel Lüdi

Founder,
Hammer Team Growth Accelerator

One of Europe’s most successful technology leaders and investor in around 20 of the world’s most innovative technology start-ups, incl. MobileBridge. Ariel is the former CEO of hybris, the world leader in e-commerce software and previously held senior roles at Salesforce, Oracle and Broadvision.

Brigitte Luginbuehl

CEO & Head Real Estate,
Swissrealcoin

Brigitte is the former Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle AG Switzerland with a strong track record of >10 years in real estate corporate finance and real estate M&A.
She has excellent market knowledge and real estate network; strong skills in valuation and transaction management.
She holds a BA and MA in Economics Business Administration from University of Zurich, Switzerland

Tom Lyons

Chair,
Communications Working Group,
Crypto Valley Association

Tom Lyons is Executive Director, ConsenSys Research and Advisory, Switzerland. A thought leadership and communications expert with more than 20 years of experience, Tom began his career on Wall Street before moving to Zurich, where he worked at both Credit Suisse and UBS. As owner of his own agency from 2009-2017, Tom planned and executed sophisticated thought leadership and content marketing campaigns for Swiss blue chips and startups in financial services, Fintech and emerging technologies. He has been involved in blockchain since 2015, and currently serves as Chair of the Communications Working Group at the Crypto Valley Association.

Paul Meeusen

CEO,
B3i and
Head of DLT,
Swiss Re

Paul Meeusen is Head of Distributed Ledger Technology at Swiss Re and CEO of B3i, the Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative, that is overhauling the way insurance companies exchange data and trade risks. He has over 25 years of experience in building and operating teams in an international environment across finance, accounting, operational treasury and risk management. Prior to reinsurance, he was a Director in the Financial Advisory practice of PwC and he started his career with a provider of treasury, cash management and financial planning software. Paul designed the first blockchain use case for retrocession insurance in 2016, developed on Ethereum. He holds a Masters in economics from Leuven University (Belgium) and is a Certified Internal Auditor.

Matthias Michel

Governing Council,
Canton Zug

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.

Melanie Mohr

CEO & Co-founder,
YEAY

Melanie Mohr is a Berlin-based digital entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience producing and telling stories with video.
She founded video shopping app YEAY to fuel the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of Generation Z, while helping brands build a closer and more collaborative relationship with this younger and harder to reach audience.
Before launching YEAY, Melanie produced more than 100 TV shows ranging from music videos and documentaries, to kid’s entertainment and prime-time TV. She also founded Apollo TV and developed two apps for the creative lifestyle platform.

Nicolai Oster

Head of ICO, Bitcoin Suisse AG

Nicolai Oster is the Head of ICO, leading the ICO Department at Bitcoin Susise, and Advisor for several ICOs. Bitcoin Suisse, established in 2013, is a world leading regulated crypto financial company, based in Cryto Valley, Zug, Switzerland. Bitcoin Suisse has successfully assisted, facilitated and executed many ICOs, such as Melonport, OmiseGO, Streamr, Zilliqa and many more - dating all the way back to the ICO of the Ethereum Foundation.

Thomas Puschmann

Founder and Director,
Swiss FinTech Innovation Lab

Thomas Puschmann has spent almost two decades at the nexus of technology and business. He currently is founder and director of the Swiss FinTech Innovation Lab at the University of Zurich, co-founder and executive director of the association Swiss FinTech Innovations and member of the Swiss Innovation Council Innosuisse. He serves as an advisor for many strategic national and international initiatives and is an advisory board member of various institutions. Before his current position he was heading a large international financial services research project at the Universities of St. Gallen and Leipzig and was a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to this, Thomas spent more than four years in consulting where he was a member of the board at ESPRiT Consulting and The Information Management Group.

Daniel Ramamoorthy

Official Host

Daniel (known more popularly as DanRam) is an igniter.
A 3x entrepreneur, prolific speaker, and startup coach, his clients range from individual founders to national governments. His eclectic background growing up in 10 countries on 4 continents as well as his work in diverse industries from the UN to Consulting to Private Equity to Startups ensures that his clients are at the cutting edge of innovation.

On the ground, he is the founder of several startups in multiple countries and has coached scores of founders and startups. At the national level, Daniel was part of the 7 person panel commissioned by Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to put together an Entrepreneurship Policy.

Daniel has consulted for multinationals, hosted some of the largest startup events on the planet, mentored at accelerators and facilitated deal flows for investors. He lectures on entrepreneurship at DIT, Trinity, and UCD Innovation Academy and is a regular speaker in the local and international startup circuit.

Marc C. Riebe

Founder,
eLocations

Marc C. Riebe is the founder of eLocations.com, building the world’s most powerful retail property marketplace to empower retail brands, property owners as well as real estate brokers with analysis to make intelligent property decisions.
eLocations is an online PropTech Meta-Platform that does for the global retail property industry what Trivago has done for the travel industry. Our vision is to become the Retail Decision Maker for all retailers, landlords and brokers of properties in prime locations.
We are building the first retail real estate blockchain and smart contract solution which will be launched together with the location token. The token sale is planned for Summer 2018. eLocations is based in the Crypto Valley, Zug - Switzerland.

Mathias Ruch

Founder,
Lakeside Partners

Founder and Managing Partner at Crypto Valley’s leading early-stage investment company Lakeside Partners, Co-Initiator of the Blockchain Competition and Initiator of Crypto Valley Labs. As an entrepreneur and angel 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 online and media companies such as FaroTV and Europe’s crowdsourcing pioneer Atizo. Today, he is a driving force behind the development of the global blockchain startup ecosystem. He is leading the Blockchain Taskforce, assembled by the Swiss Federal Council.

Daniel Rutishauser

Head of Financial Services and Head of Blockchain,
inacta AG,
Moderator

Daniels aim as an DLT/blockchain enthusiast is not crypto currencies, but beyond that advising startups going through an ICO and building their solution, as well supporting corporates in their blockchain endeavors. He is Shaping Crypto Valley's ecosystem from within as he is works as head of blockchain with inacta. He is convinced that the DLT concept with the underlying technology stack (aka "Internet of Value") will bring fundamental change for many markets and for the society - more than the Worldwide Web has done.

Simon Pearson

CEO, B21 Limited

B21 is a fintech company headquartered in Gibraltar and is the developer of a personal wealth management platform exclusively for cryptoassets. B21 is a mobile focused investment platform that enables retail investors to create their own portfolio of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS and others. The application has a user friendly portfolio dashboard and supports recurring investments. Historically managing a portfolio of cryptocurrencies would require a user to open several accounts, manage multiple passwords and have a strong technical knowledge of how disparate systems work. B21 makes managing a portfolio easy and encourages users to set financial goals and invest over longer periods of time. B21 is founded by industry veterans Miles Paschini, Nitin Agarwal and Simon Pearson and the company is advised by DNA Fund and blockchain investor and chairman of The Bitcoin Foundation, Brock Pierce.

Steve Safronoff

Partner,
Byteball

In the past, the CEO of several telecom and media companies.
More than 20 years of experience in business development
and management of technology companies.

Bastian Schneider

Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer,
Brand Leadership Circle

Bastian is responsible for the strategic development of the Brand Leadership Circle, a full-service marketing & branding agency located right in the heart of Crypto Valley Zug (www.blcventures.com). For more than 15 years, Bastian has been consulting companies in over 40 industries in the field of strategic and operational brand management. His main focus is on developing brand-driven strategies, brand analysis and positioning, brand mobilization and employer branding.

Johann N. Schneider-Ammann

Swiss Federal Councillor,
Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs,
Education and Research

Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann was born in 1952 and has a degree in electrical engineering from the ETH Zurich. In the Swiss government, he is at the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research. Before he became a member of the Swiss Federal Council in 2010, he was president and delegate of the Ammann Group, a worldwide operating mechanical engineering company specialised on machines for the building industry and road construction based in Langenthal. Schneider-Ammann was a member of the National Council in Swiss Parliament. He is married and has two adult children.

José Senent

CEO & Co-founder,
Orbi Network

Besides being the Founder and CEO of freelancing blockchain platform Orbi Network, voted 6th best ICO at the recent ICO Crypto Summit in Zurich, José Senent is the founder of Carsmarkt, a French company specialised in online lead generation and conversion via contact centers. Carsmarkt is an 8 years old bootstrapped and profitable company, specialised in Real Estate, Insurance and Automobile.
José is a serial entrepreneur born in Bern, Switzerland, with a proven successful track record. He manages 100 employees, was mentor of the "Sales and traction" course at the Founder Institute Paris after having been voted Best European Graduate at the same institute, and he has been nominated Top 10 Digital figure of the year by French eCommerceMag review.
José has been also a professional Kiteboarder, ranking in the World's top 20 for 2 consecutive years.

Lukas Sieber

Co-founder,
Mindfire

Lukas Sieber is Co-Founder of the Mindfire Foundation, a blockchain-backed Swiss non-profit focused on the understanding the foundational principles which make up human intelligence, and acts as Executive Director North America of Greater Zurich Area (GZA), the official investment support agency of Zurich and surrounding areas. Additionally, he advises a number of blockchain-related initiatives and businesses. Previously, Lukas worked at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C., USA and was responsible for all public diplomacy activities and programs for the Swiss government throughout the United States.

Raj Singh

Co-founder, Kasko2go

Raj Singh is one of the Co-Founders and Sponsors of Kasko2go and is also Executive Financial Institutions and Senior Risk Advisor at Standard Life Aberdeen. He is currently based in the UK/Switzerland. Through January 2018 he had been Group Chief Risk Officer, appointed in January 2013, where he was responsible for developing strategies to manage financial, strategic and operational risks across the global Standard Life Aberdeen group, with operations in 32 countries and £670 billion in AUM. Before joining Standard Life Aberdeen, Raj had acquired extensive experience in financial services worldwide. In 2011 he established the advisory firm Accredere AG in Switzerland, advising on capital, risk, and reinsurance issues, and remains a non-Executive Board member. From 2007 to 2011, Raj was Group Chief Risk Officer at Swiss Re Insurance Company Ltd in Switzerland, where he was also a member of the Executive Board and Committee. Before this, he was Group Chief Risk Officer at Allianz SE in Germany, a position he held from 2002. Prior to this he held various senior investment banking, sales/relationship management and risk positions at Citibank from 1988 to 2002. He has also served on the Boards of publicly traded Middle Eastern financial institutions as well as principal major banking, insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries of companies where employed across the world. Raj is Chairman of the Swiss Market Advisory Group at TheCityUK, the representative body for financial and professional services industry in the UK. He is a member of the House of Finance Advisory Board at the International Centre for Insurance Regulation at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and President of Hoerner College Society in Lucknow, India, a college with 1500 enrolled students. He was the founding Chairman of the Chief Risk Officers Forum, the professional forum for global insurance CROs. He is also a past Chairman of the International Finance Risk Institute, the Swiss based CRO Forum for the top 40 financial institutions.

Tadej Slapnik

State Secretary in Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia

After he graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor, he was working in the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia as a secretary of deputy group from 2000 - 2004. From 2002 - 2006 he was also a board member of the Financial Fund for Decommissioning of the Nuclear Power Plant Krško as a representative of the Slovenian parliament. From 2004 - 2009 he was director of the Youth Centre of Dravinja Valley - one of the biggest youth NGOs in Slovenia, especially in the field of youth mobility projects with EU and Mediterranean countries. In 2009 he became a member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia and was a member of the following parliamentary committees: for defence, social affairs, agriculture, supervision of secret services and European affairs. He was MP until December 2011. As parliamentarian he proposed a law on social entrepreneurship which was accepted in April 2011. In January 2012 he became a director of INEA institute for South East Europe. He was the initiator of establishing the Slovenian national Social enterprise forum in December 2011, and in January 2012 he was elected to become its secretary general. He was a member of city council of the town Slovenske Konjice since 1998 until 2013 and active on the humanitarian field as founding member of Lions club Konjice. From February 2013 - October 2014 he was working as a political advisor in the European Parliament. Since October 2014 he is a State Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia responsible for social and green economy. Since april 2015 he is a member of European Commission Expert group on social entrepreneurship (GECES) as representative of Republic of Slovenia. Since July 2016 he is a head of Government of Republic of Slovenia Working Group Partnership for green economy and since September 2016 he is a member of Circular Change Advisory Board, a stakeholder engagement platform focusing on the Circular Economy.

Vasiliy Suvorov

VP,
Crypto Valley Association

Besides being VP of Technology Strategy at Luxoft, Vasiliy Suvorov is the Vice-President of the Crypto Valley Association and Lead Technical Juror of the Blockchain Competition. He is a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management and has been involved in top-level technical projects around the world for over 20 years.

Heinz Tännler

Councillor Canton of Zug

Philippe Tarbouriech

CTO, Bluenote

Multimedia technologist with 20 years of European and US-based experience from technology start-ups to large international organizations.

Enjoys understanding my client's business challenges and either providing a solution or directing my client to someone or something that can.

Looking for more challenges at the crossroads between business, technology and marketing.

Lutz Thelen

Founder, Elea Labs

An experienced real estate professional and serial entrepreneur, Lutz Thelen is one of Crypto Valley’s foremost PropTech pioneers with over 20 years in the industry, extensive knowledge of the asset and portfolio management space and sales of over 1 billion in real estate assets. As co-founder of reamis AG, he has helped develop powerful data management solutions for property owners and managers - experience which he has leveraged in pushing the boundaries of real estate innovation forward with blockchain technology as co-founder of Elea Labs and the Crypto Property Hub in Baar, Switzerland.

Michael Trübestein

Professor and President,
Blockchain and Real Estate Chapter Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Michael Trübestein is Professor and Project Manager at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (CH) and Head of the Master of Science in Real Estate (MScRE) programme.
He has been Distinguished Fellow of the American Real Estate Society (since 2010) and President of the International Blockchain Real Estate Association - Suisse (since 2016). His scientific activities focus on real estate investments and finance, real estate asset management, digitization in the real estate industry/blockchain technology and real estate markets.
He is the author of various publications and studies on real estate topics and organiser of numerous conferences. Michael Trübestein is a member of the Advisory Board of eLocations AG, ELEA LABS AG and Hyposcout AG.

Dr. Petar Tsankov


Co-founder,
ChainSecurity

Petar is a scientific researcher at the ICE center (http://ice.ethz.ch), ETH Zurich, and a Chief Scientist of ChainSecurity (http://chainsecurity.com/), a blockchain security startup based in Zurich. He holds a Ph.D. in automated security analysis from ETH Zurich and studied computer science at Georgia Tech, USA, before starting his graduate studies. He is actively working on formal security analysis of smart contracts and has co-created Securify (https://securify.ch), the first formal verifier for Ethereum smart contracts.

Breaux Walker

SVP Blockchain,
XCHNG / Kochava

Breaux Walker is an international blockchain and tokenization business development leader. As SVP Blockchain at Kochava, Breaux is responsible for business development of the Kochava-sponsored open source blockchain project, XCHNG. Previously, Breaux was the SVP, International for Union Mobile Fintech, a publicly-listed Chinese fintech company. Prior to joining UMF, he was a partner at Kuan Capital, where he invested in fintech, mobile, and Internet companies in China.

Breaux has 10+ years of investment banking experience and was a managing director with JMP Securities’ investment banking group. He oversaw the China investment banking team and managed the company’s joint venture with China Merchants Securities. Throughout his career, Breaux has been an entrepreneur and banker in the mobile and Internet sectors in the US and China, closing over $1B in transactions. He is fluent in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese.

Matthias Woestmann

CEO,
Envion

Investor in Renewable Energies since 2003; journalist by profession with international experience and an eye for global macro correlations. Turned to investing in the early 2000s with a focus on technology and energy supply. Now combining renewables with digital technologies.