Bill Chua,Former Head, Financial Institutions, UOB
Bill Chua was former MD and head of global financial institutions group, UOB, managing relationships with banks, non-bank financial institutions, supra-nationals, sovereigns and sovereign entities. In his 34 years of experience in the financial services industry, he has covered institutional wholesale and consumer banking in the front, middle and back offices. Prior to joining UOB in 2000, Chua was with Citibank for 20 years. He serves as a director for several UOB-owned companies and/or joint ventures, and is also an active member of the financial and education communities in Singapore.
Gino Wirthensohn,Co-Founder & CEO Riskifier, Board Member and General Secretary of the Int. RegTech Association
Gino Wirthensohn is currently CEO & Co-Founder of the regulatory technology (RegTech) company Riskifier. Riskifier is a RegTech start-up combining artificial intelligence, social media data points and behavioural finance into engaging experience. He is also a member for the Board and General Secretary of the International RegTech Association (IRTA). Prior to co-founding Riskifier he served as legal counsel for data protection at Julius Baer, and Deloitte.
Filipe Castro, Co-founder & CIO, UTRUST
Filipe Castro is currently the CIO of UTRUST, a fintech venture working in a crypto-to-fiat payment solution and leveraged by an ICO, which empowers buyers to pay with cryptocurrencies while providing a groundbreaking purchase protection mechanism. Prior to co-founding UTRUST. Castro held positions at the United Nations in multilateral fund cooperation departments with European and emerging countries. Presently, he also manages a small independent fund, providing advisory to young tech start-ups and an evangelist for blockchain technology.
Robert Straw , Director of Education, Swiss Finance Institute & Expert, Global Fintech Association
Robert Straw with 25 years of experience in the banking industry, is currently the director of education at the Swiss Finance Institute, where he has focused mainly in the areas of banking such as the future of wealth management, innovating processes for private banks, client-centricity and others; and also a senior advisor at Kickstart Accelerator in Zurich. He is known for his best work as head of the finance and risk management academy and following by positioning himself as COO of private banking at Credit Suisse. Prior to this, he worked at the US Department of Commerce as an economist.
Richard Olsen , Founder & CEO, Lykke
Richard Olsen has recently founded Lykke to build a global marketplace for all asset classes and instruments with immediate settlement and second-by-second interest rate payments using the blockchain technology. His goal is “to create tools of finance that are as slick and elegant as the most sophisticated tools of technology”. Olsen is an economic researcher in high frequency finance. He is co-founder of OANDA, a market maker and information source for currency; is chief executive of Olsen Ltd, an investment manager, and visiting professor at the centre for computational finance and economic agents at the University of Essex.
Mona El Isa , CEO & Co-Founder, Melonport
Former star-trader at Goldman Sachs, promoted to vice president by the age of 26 and made the “top 30 under 30” list in Trader Magazine in 2008 and Forbes Magazine in 2011 after profitably trading the 2008 and 2011 crashes. Subsequently, she worked for the macro fund Jabre Capital until founding Melonport AG. The firm is building Melon, a blockchain software for asset management. Its purpose is to enable people to easily interact with the digital asset space in a way that is fair and equal to all.
Alexandre Gaillard , CEO & Founder, InvestGlass
Alexandre Gaillard is chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of InvestGlass SA – the first swiss robo-advisor for wealth managers. He co-founded and is acting as vice president of the Swissfintech National Association, gathering around 2000 members. He previously worked as head of equity sales at Union Bancaire Privée, as an advisor/ senior private banker at Bank of China and as a portfolio manager at Levitt Capital Management. Gaillard is a board member of the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce and speaks fluently French, English and Chinese mandarin. He is keen to share his experiences with senior bankers and new financial technology (fintech) entrepreneurs.
Philip Weights, Managing Director, Enhanced Banking Governance GmbH
Philip Weights is a senior banker with more than 50 years of work experience. After starting his career in 1961 with Martins Bank Liverpool, he worked with international banks including HSBC and Citibank. Most recently, he was chief audit executive for EFG Bank, a private banking group in Zurich. He is the chairman of the global municipal finance steering committee established by the International City Leaders non-governmental organisation. He is a certified professional director who also acts as consultant to the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance and the Mudara Institute of Directors in the Dubai International Financial Centre. Weights is also the founder and managing director of Enhanced Banking Governance (EBG) GmbH in Zurich, Switzerland, and Dubai.
Dominik Witz, Head of Compliance & RegTech, Swisscom & Former Head, AML & Financial Crime, FINMA
Dominik Witz is responsible for the area of banking compliance and RegTech at Swisscom Banking. Swisscom is Switzerland’s leading telecoms company and one of its leading IT companies. Prior to joining Swisscom, Witz successfully headed the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, FINMA’s Department for Money Laundering and Financial Crime. He also held positions such as compliance officer and operational risk officer at UBS. In addition to his official capacities, Witz is active as a member of the advisory board of Cashare AG and Swiss Finance + Technology Association (SFTA).
Oliver Bussmann , Founder and Managing Partner, Bussmann Advisory & Former CIO, UBS & SAP Group
Oliver Bussmann is a globally recognised technology thought leader and driver of large-scale transformation at multinational organisations. The founder and managing partner of Bussmann Advisory, he advises enterprises, top-tier consultancies, and financial services companies looking to stay ahead of the digital disruption curve. He also holds important mandates in industry associations, including as president of the Swiss Crypto Valley Association, global ambassador for UK-based Innovate Finance and as a board member of Identity 2020. As group chief information officer of UBS, he successfully led a major IT transformation effort, instituted a new IT innovation framework, and established UBS as a pioneer in the development of blockchain for use in financial services. Prior to this, Oliver was global chief information officer at SAP for four years, and was CIO for North America & Mexico at Allianz. Previous roles include executive positions at Deutsche Bank and IBM.
Angel Versetti,CEO, Ambrosus
Angel Versetti is the chief executive officer of Ambrosus, the blockchain ecosystem that assures quality of products. Prior to Ambrosus, Versetti was the founder of Versetti Ventures a venture capital advisory firm that became one of the pioneers in cryptocurrency investing. His earlier career was at the United Nations, where he led projects and research at the UN Trade & Investment Division, the UN Nuclear Disarmament Committee, the UN Department of Technology & Industry. He also worked at Bloomberg, World Resources Forum and Google. Versetti is a regular speaker on technology, innovation and global development, having spoken at over 100 premier events, including Vatican, Davos, Paris COP21 and others. Versetti has great interest in blockchain, artificial intelligence and space industry.