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Speakers and Panelists

Speakers

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Marc Stampfli

Modern Artificial Intelligence with Deep Learning for Finance – Quo vadis?

Marc Stampfli is computer scientist and responsible to build the market for NVIDIA in Switzerland focussing on modern artificial intelligence with deep learning. He has a master in computer science from University of Zurich and has more than 18 years of experience in developing new technology market segments for enterprise companies. Before NVIDIA, he was working  in leading positions for major technology companies from Silicon Valley such as IBM, Oracle, but as well traditional companies such as Colt Technology Services and PwC. He is an enthusiastic speaker that is able to explain difficult technological topics in simple words so that everybody can follow and understand.

 

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Gero Gunkel

The Future of AI in Finance

Gero Gunkel is the Group Head of AI for Zurich Insurance. As part of Zurich`s Business Development and Innovation team, he co-launched Zurich`s first AI prototype in 2015. Since then he is driving the adoption of AI applications as well as the implementation of new use cases at Zurich across the whole insurance value chain. Previously he worked for Zurich`s internal consulting team.

 

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Grazia Frontoso

Big Data is useless, unless you know how to use it

Grazia Frontoso is a Customer Engineer at Google in charge of supporting enterprise customers in digital transformation and Big Data analytics. In the past she worked as a Product Manager in risk management, designing solutions for the insurance industry.
She holds a PhD in Physics and is passionate about the transformational power of technology.

 

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Martin K. Eckert

Regulatory Framework of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Martin Eckert, one of the three founding partners of MME, has broad experience in assisting international technology and commercial firms (contracts, distribution, relocation, M&A). His areas of expertise are Blockchain, IT, IP and technology law, particularly in the telecommunications and high tech sectors (inter alia medical technology). He has been appointed as an expert lawyer in negotiating many complex ITOutsourcing, Cyber Security and Data Protection (GDPR) projects, mainly for banks and insurance companies. He acts as a litigator in complex commercial law cases before arbitral tribunals and commercial state courts.

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Christian Spindler

Human to Computer Interaction

Christian Spindler leads Data Analytics for IoT in PwC Switzerland. He is a technology and business expert for Robotics and Deep Learning design and application, e.g. for computer vision, voice and text understanding. His special interest is in creating great AI solutions that people enjoy working with. Christian Spindler leads a national expert group on data sharing within the Swiss Data and Service Alliance, as well as the Swiss chapter of the Industrial Data Space Association. He holds a PhD in physics from Julich Research Centre and an MBA from St. Gallen University.

Panelists

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Florian Graillot

InsurTech Panel

Florian is co-founder and Partner at astorya.vc, an early-stage/insurance fund launched in 2017. He worked with Affine, Newfund and AXA Strategic Ventures, Florian earned degrees in engineering and business, and he started as an entrepreneur with FloandYou, a fashion Internet startup. Florian regularly writes and tweets about InsurTech, AI and startups.

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Alexander Bojer

InsurTech Panel

Alex is co-founder and CEO of Anivo, a digital B2B2C broker located in Switzerland and Austria who provides innovative insurance solutions through own highly flexible insurance distribution platform technology. Before, Alex worked with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and with Accenture, working in the insurance industry for more than 13 years.

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Sue Britton

UN of FinTech Panel

With over 20 years of experience leading innovation in Canada’s largest and fastest growing FinTech companies, Sue is uniquely an intrapreneur and an entrepreneur.  She is CEO & Founder of the Fin+Tech Growth Syndicate, a Canadian company that accelerates the pace of innovation and partnering, through services and products for FinTech companies, Incumbent Financial Institutions and Investors.

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John Hucker

UN of FinTech Panel

John is CEO of Elliott Capital, a venture builder and deconstructed accelerator, and founder of FINTECH+. After successfully building up the Swiss finteCH meetup group, he has founded and became the president of the Swiss Finance+ Technology Association. Before joining the entrepreneurial side of business, he worked in various roles at Credit Suisse, UBS, and TD Bank. He has an MBA from Saïd Business School (University of Oxford) and is a CFA.

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Sabine Döbeli

Sustainable Finance Panel

Sabine Döbeli is the CEO of Swiss Sustainable Finance, the association promoting sustainability in Swiss finance. Previously, she was Head of Corporate Sustainability Management at Vontobel. At Zürcher Kantonalbank she built up the sustainability research unit within the financial analysis department and was involved in the launch of various sustainable investment products. Sabine holds a Masters in Environmental Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and a post-graduate degree in business administration from the University of Basel.

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Anna Stünzi

Sustainable Finance Panel

Anna Stünzi studied psychology and economics at the University of Zurich and is now a Phd candidate at ETH Zurich at the Center for Economic Research. Besides that she co-leads her own consulting company for renewable energy projects and the foraus programme „Environment, Energy and Transportation“. Anna Stünzi was co-founder and project lead of the Sustainable Fintech event series organised by foraus and SFTA in 2017.

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Oliver Marchand

Sustainable Finance Panel

Oliver Marchand is the founder and CEO of CARBON DELTA. Prior to this he spent 9 years with Fisch Asset Management as Head IT. In that position he was leading a team that was responsible for all IT operations and development of the in-house portfolio management system. Moreover, he has worked as a researcher in weather forecasting for almost a decade. At various weather services he worked as a researcher and did fun stuff like using supercomputers, integrating new wind profiler data and developing a thunderstorm warning systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the ETH Zurich. Oliver is passionate about programming, triathlon, solar cooking and his kids.

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Krzysztof Gogól

Wealth Management Panel

Chris Gogol is the Founder and CEO at WealthArc. He graduated with a Master Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. His previous experiences include private banks from Vontobel Group, Swiss hedge funds, and EY. As a strong believer in the power of big data, AI, and automation, Chris Gogol founded an all-in-one FinTech platform, WealthArc, to drive digitalization of wealth management industry.

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Andras Miklos

Wealth Management Panel

Andras is leading the business development activities of Adjoint Switzerland AG after having worked a number of years on capital markets and driving strategic projects at Credit Suisse. With Adjoint they are developing automated workflow solutions for financial services with particular focus on wealth management, leveraging distributed ledger and smart contract technology.

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Efi Pylarinou

Sustainable Finance Panel, Moderator

Efi, co-founder and author of Daily Fintech, an open source research platform, is an independent Fintech and Blockchain advisor. Formerly a Wall Street Professional, she holds a Ph.D. in Finance and became a Global Fintech influencer with more than 150,000 followers on LinkedIn. She is an International Speaker on Fintech and Blockchain business trends and was included in the 2016/2017 Women in Fintech powerlist by Innovate Finance, Women in Fintech DACH social ranking, the Global Fintech 80, and the Planet Compliance Top 50 RegTech Influencers.

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Michael Mellinghoff

Wealth Management Panel

Michael Mellinghoff is the Managing Director at TechFluence UK Ltd and a Senior Advisor and Mentor at FinTech Forum. He is a seasoned investment professional with over 15 years of experience, spanning both the traditional banking and fintech world. At TechFluence he heads the firms activities in the UK as well as spearheading the initiatives in digital investment management globally. His focus areas are startups in InvestTech & digital assets, and is an author of TheFINTECHBook and member of the editorial board of The Journal of Digital Banking. Michael’s experience gives him unique insights into the financial markets scene and ability to scout new trends in the financial sector.

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Alex Panican

UN of Fintech Panel

Alex Panican is the Head of Partnerships and Ecosystem at the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology. The LHoFT aims to drive digitalization and innovation in the Luxembourg financial industry and build a collaborative ecosystem of innovators across all sectors of the domestic and international community, including traditional financial services firms, government, regulators, universities, investors and, of course, startups. Alex is an entrepreneur and a professor in Business Strategy and Marketing. He holds an MBA in Strategy from the University of Montreal, Canada.

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Stefania Barbaglio

Presenting "Innovative and successful positioning of technology start-ups based on specific use cases from the fintech space"

Stefania is a Blockchain strategist and PR/IR expert. Founder and Director of Cassiopeia Services, awarded Best International Investor Relations Firm 2018, she is known for her entrepreneurial spirit, boundless creativity and keen eye for opportunities. Stefania founded Cassiopeia Services in early 2015, after over 8 years of experience in Public & Investor Relations and Financial Journalism. Cassiopeia is a leading UK-based Investor & Public Relations agency working with private and listed companies across various sectors globally, which is now blazing new trails in the fintech space. Already established as one of the best connected and most sought-after experts in the City, Stefania is now advising a range of companies focused on blockchain applications and ground-breaking AI projects.

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Tina Graf

Future of Work panel moderator

Tina Graf is responsible for Strategic Partnerships at the FINTECH+ Conference. Prior to this Tina worked for 12 years in the Financial Services Industry and held different Management positions at Credit Suisse, such as Head of Sales & Offering Management within the International Private Banking Division. Prior to Credit Suisse, Tina worked at the Chair of Organization Theory and Innovation Management at University of Zurich as a Researcher. Tina graduated in 2003 from University of Zurich with a Masters in Applied Psychology and Business Administration.

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Robert Straw

Future of Work panelist

Robert is the Head of Talent Development, Learning + OD - Europe and is responsible for the Digital Culture initiative at Oerlikon AG. Having more than 25 years experience in the banking and education sectors, he has served as Director of Education at the Swiss Finance Institute, Head of Banking + Finance Strategy + Operations Consulting at KPMG, COO in private banking and founder of the CS Finance + Risk Management Academy at Credit Suisse in private banking and was Vice Director at the University of St. Gallen. Robert has been Professor of Finance at three different universities and regularly teaches on the topics of leadership and finance at corporate universities and university executive programs. A native of the United States, he completed his undergraduate studies and MBA in the U.S. and his doctorate in Economics in Switzerland at the University of St.Gallen. He is a mentor and coach for the kickstart accelerator and several startups in Zurich.

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Minna Schmidt

Future of Work panelist

Minna Schmidt is an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company Switzerland. In her day-to-day work, she advises major financial sector companies on corporate strategy, digital business models, transactions and organizational restructuring. Recently she has led a research effort on Future of Work in Switzerland, that assessed the impact of digitization and automation on the future of workforce, and developed recommendations on how companies can optimize their use of digital technologies and master the effort required to develop the skills that will be needed in the workforce of the future.

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Rasmus Nutzhorn

Future of Work panelist

Rasmus is Danish serial entrepreneur and corporate innovation expert. He has worked with multiple Fortune 50 corporations on future design and culture development. He is on a mission to make the world more human and kind. Co-Founder of human&kind, Vice-CEO of Ricolab, Head of Center for Digital Transformation and Innovation at St. Gallen Management Institute.

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Isabelle Chappuis

Future of Work panelist

Isabelle Chappuis is the Founder and Executive Director of HEC Lausanne’s Center for Continuing Education (University of Lausanne). She holds a Maters from the University of St.Gallen and has more than 15 years experience in designing and leading higher education programmes. She is passionate about the « Future of Work » and the evolution of skills needed by a labor market disrupted by accelerating technological change, explosion of data or shifting demographic patterns.

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Shahin Sobhani 

Future of Work panelist

In 2001, Shahin with professors of the University of St. Gallen founded SwissVBS, a digital learning agency that focuses on learning retention and performance support. As president of SwissVBS, his focus has been to serve the needs of the modern learner. With the fast pace change in digital learning and the demands by the modern learner (who only gives 7 seconds within a mobile context to see if content is worth their time), use of AI and Analytics becomes imperative to learning success and performance support. Shahin is a frequent speaker on the topic of how to use AI and analytics in learning and development, such as a European and North American seminar series with Apple; “Training a Mobile Work Force”.

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Don Ginsel

UN of Fintech panelist

Don Ginsel is trained as Civil Engineer and former banker at ABN AMRO and Deutsche Bank, also an entrepreneur and investor in early stage start-ups. After leaving banking for Venture Capital, the innovative power of start-ups and especially Leans Start-up drove him to choose the startup side for a while. He has been active as entrepreneur and as mentor and coach through several accelerators and incubators. He founded Holland FinTech in 2014, aiming to use the momentum in the financial industry, to change it for the better.

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Rochus Mommartz

Sustainable Fintech panelist

Rochus is the CEO of responsAbility Investments AG, a leading global asset manager
specializing in development investments in developing and emerging markets. responsAbility manages
more than USD 3.1 billion in assets and is invested in more than 530 companies and over 90 countries,
via 6 different investment vehicles. He has more than 25 years of experience in emerging market investments and bankingoperations. He started his career as a consultant and worked in over 40 developing countries where he designed and implemented regulatory frameworks for financial intermediaries and built up microfinance and SME banks from scratch.