2017 Speakers

Allen, Trevor (Product manager – BNP Paribas)

Trevor Allen is a product manager in the risk and performance division for BNP Paribas. He has over 9 years of experience working for BNP Paribas in the US, the UK and France, where he has worked with new and existing clients to create and tailor risk and performance reporting products to their needs, and helped these clients to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of their investments. Trevor has been dedicated to researching Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting and Liability Driven Investment reporting, to understand how best clients can communicate how these elements are driving the risk and performance of their portfolios.  He holds degrees in finance and an MBA from Arcadia University in the US.

Arnet, LORENZ (Senior Counsel – SFAMA)

Lorenz Arnet is a Senior Counsel the Swiss Funds and Asset Management Association SFAMA and Head of the Asset Management Platform Switzerland.
From 2009 to 2016 he was a founding partner at InCube Group, a Swiss-based consulting and technology company focused on the financial services business.
From 2002 to 2008 he worked for Barclays Capital in London and Zurich. At Barclays he helped building up and expanding the derivatives business in Switzerland. From 2006 onwards he was the head of the derivatives business for Swiss institutional clients and a member of the management team.
Lorenz Arnet holds a Master in Finance from the University St. Gallen (HSG) and is a CAIA charter holder. Furthermore he is a founding member of the Commodity Club Switzerland and a board member at IFR Asset Management.


Baldissera, Tommaso (CEO & Founder – Crowdfundme)

In 2015 Tommaso creates CrowdFundMe with the mission of helping italian firms to rais money in the equity market. In 2016 the first campaign was closed by 31/12/201716 the portal raised €500.000. YTD CrowdFundMe raides €2.3mln funding more than 12 firms from over 1000 investors.

Barlassina, Marco (Editor in Chief – ForbesItalia)

Marco Barlassina is Editor in Chief of ForbesItalia.com
Prior to this he was Editor in Chief of “F Risparmio&Investimenti” magazine.
He gained an extensive experience in macroeconomics and financial analysis, working as Online Managing Editor for Finanza.com and Finanzaonline.com.
Marco holds a Degree in “Economia dei mercati e degli Intermediari Finanziari” from the Università Luigi Bocconi (Milan, Italy).

Barone-Adesi, Giovanni (Professor of Economics – USI)

Giovanni Barone-Adesi is Professor of Economics at the Università della Svizzera italiana. Prof. Barone-Adesi held an SFI Senior Chair from 2006 to 2016. He is President of OpenCapital, an asset management firm based in Lugano. His recent research has focused on developing new tools for the management of market risk.

Baroni, Paolo (Director R&D – Superflat)

After graduating in Physics, a sports scholarship led him to achieve an MBA at LUISS Guido Carli, and to move his first steps in the financial sector, an ideal setting for his modus operandi thanks to the energy and breadth of horizons it offers. Since then he has been working with various companies in Rome and Milan, operating in Asset Management, modelling and derivatives valuation, fine tuning a professional route that uses my scientific background as a substantial strength.

Barrai, Paolo (Co-founder – Cryptolab)

Paolo is an Investor and entrepreneur in the blockchain Arena. Co-founder of Cryptolab S.A. an Investment Advisory company for institutional investors and a provider of a financial report on the Cryptocurrency market – www.bigbit.club

Bernardi, Daniele (CEO – Diaman SCF)

Born in 1969, Chairman of Diaman Sicav and CEO of Diaman, a Group dedicated to the development of profitably investment strategies, Daniele Bernardi is an entrepeneur costantly searching for innovation. Bernardi activity is oriented to the development of mathematic models, which simplify investors and family offices decision making processes, for risk reduction. He is the author of interesting academic papers about innovation in finance, published by Wilmott Magazine in May 2014 and on Journal of Accounting and Finance in April 2015. Models, indexes, and indicators developed by Bernardi have been presented in international conferences such as the Financial Management Association Conference in Denver, the World Financial Conference in Shanghai and World Financial Management Association Conference in Venice and Nashville. Bernardi is board member of two software development firms based in US Dinasty Inc. and Finlogic Inc.

Betschart, Lucas (President of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland)

Lucas Betschart is co-founder of the technology consulting company Blockchain Source and the president of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland. He is guest lecturer on the topic of Bitcoin at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration (HZW), as well as a speaker at various conferences and meetups all around the world.

Bissoli, Paola (Sr Business Development Manager – Aberdeen AM)

Paola joined Aberdeen Standard Investments as a result of the merger between Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life in August 2017. Paola joined Aberdeen in 2015 from Saint George Capital Management (UnipolSAI Assicurazioni, formerly Fondiaria-SAI Group) where she was CEO and Investment Manager. Previously, Paola worked as Hedge Fund Manager for Banca Gesfid (Fondiaria-SAI Group), Vicos SA, Banca Zarattini &CO.
Paola graduated with a  MSc in Chemical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino. Paola is a director of the London board of the 100 Women in Finance association and co-head of CAIA Zurich Chapter.


Boehler, Dominique (Head Public Distribution Structured Products and ETFs CH – Commerzbank)

Dominique Boehler, Head Public Distribution Structured Products and ETFs Switzerland, began his career with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in 2004, initially responsible for the distribution of Structured Products in France and later in Switzerland. After having joined Commerzbank he additionally received the mandate for the distribution of ETFs. Further, he is an active member of various business related associations and committees (SSPA, SFAMA & KSP). Dominique Boehler is a graduate from Oxford University, the London School of Economics and Cass Business School and holds degrees in Strategy and Innovation, Operational Research and Systems Sciences.

Bosoni, Silvia (Head of ETFs, ETPs, open end Funds – Listing & Market Development – Borsa Italiana)

Graduating from Bocconi University, Silvia started in Morgan Guaranty Trust  in 1996  before moving to BNP Paribas. She joined Borsa Italiana in ‘99 where she worked in the covered warrant, certificates and fixed income department, developing the SeDeX and MOT markets. Since January 2008 Silvia has been responsible for ETFs Listing and the development of the ETFplus market. In December 2014, her team launched the new market segment dedicated to traditional mutual funds.

Braglia, Enrico (Founder & Chairman – Onelife)

Enrico Braglia, Founder and Chairman of ONELIFE SA is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of top management experience in the healthcare, high-tech and finance industry. Enrico is involved in many professional and non-profit international organizations and serves on the board of several innovative companies.

Calabrese, Giuseppe (Founder – Rataran Rating & Ranking)

From 2001 until 2005 employed by Ernest&Young in Milan, in the Financial Business Advisory department, as Risk Manager. From 2005 until 2007 he was Risk Manager at Leponte SA, a family office in Manno (CH). From 2007
Until 2011 worked as Risk Manager at Avvenire SIM, an asset management company based in Milan. In 2015 founded Rataran Rating & Ranking, fintech start up whose focus is crowdsourcing trading ideas to create investors’ returns by means of collective intelligence and gamification principles.
He graduated with a MA degree in Banking and Finance Science at Cattolica University of Milan

Cavatore, Paolo (Lugano Chapter Head – Swiss Finance + Technology Association)

Head of Lugano Chapter – Swiss Finance + Technology Association.
More than 13 years of experience in the asset management and banking sector.
MiT’s certificate in FinTech.
Computational Finance, University of Washington.
MSc in Financial Economics, University of Turin

Freyeisen, Alexis (Global Emerging Markets Equities Specialist – UBS Asset Management)

Alexis Freyeisen is an Equity Specialist in the Global Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific Equities team, based in Zurich. He is responsible for the marketing and communication of Emerging Markets and Asian equity strategies. Prior to taking on his current role in May 2014, Alexis was an associate Equity Specialist in the global capabilities team covering a broad range of active equity strategies. Alexis joined UBS in March 2013 in the wealth management division as associate Discretionary Mandate Specialist. His responsibilities included the analysis and communication of all aspects of mandate characteristics to clients.

Equity Specialist, Global Emerging Markets Equities Director
Years of investment industry experience: 4
Education: Temple University, BBA; Cefam University, BBA

FUCHS, Markus (Managing Director – SFAMA)

Markus Fuchs has been working in the fund and asset management industry since 1992. He built up and headed the Products & Fund Services team at Bank Hoffman, a subsidiary of Credit Suisse in the nineties. From 2000 until 2004 he headed the fund product management team of Swiss Life as CEO of Swiss Life Funds AG. He then joined UBS AG as a Managing Director (Global Wealth Management & Swiss Bank / Products & Services) where he had the overall responsibility for proprietary hedge fund products. In November 2010 he joined the Swiss Funds Association SFA as a Senior Counsel, namely in charge of the areas asset management and alternative investments. In July 2013 he became the Managing Director of SFA, which since then operated under the name Swiss Funds & Asset Management Association SFAMA. He obtained a degree in Economics from the University of Zurich and an Executive MBA from the IMD International Management Development in Lausanne.

Gambardella, Luca Maria (Director of Dalle Molle Insitute – USI/SUPSI)

Luca Maria Gambardella is professor of Artificial Intelligence and Director of Dalle Molle Institute in Artificial Intelligence (USI-SUPSI) in Lugano.
His major interests are in machine learning and metaheuristic optimization for theoretical and practical applications in finance, logistics and industry 4.0

Ganci, Giuseppe (CFA – C.I.O. – Compass Asset Management)

Since January 2008 fund manager of CompAM European Equity. From June 2005 to January 2008 senior equity and credit analyst at Compass AM. From January 2004 to May 2005 credit derivatives trader at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, London and before quantitative analyst at Nextam Partners Ltd, London. Giuseppe Ganci has attained the Economics degree at Universitiy Luiss-Guido Carli Rome and holds the CFA certificate and the Investment Management Certificate

Guffanti, Mario Valentino (Vice President – Samt)

Mario Valentino Guffanti, (Vice President – SAMT), CFTe (Certified Financial Technician) is a financial advisor and researcher.  Vice-president for the Swiss Italian Chapter of SAMT, Swiss Association of Market Technicians, supervising editor of the technical journal. Among his interests, financial coaching through NLP techniques (Neuro-linguistic programming). Teacher in technical analysis, of which he is author of several articles and conference speaker. E-mail: mario.guffanti@samt-org.ch

Heusser, Oliver (Head of Funds Secondary Trading – Bank Julius Baer)

Oliver Heusser is Head of Funds Secondary Trading at Bank Julius Baer. He joined Bank Julius Baer in 2009 to launch the Bank’s funds secondary trading services and is based in Zurich. In the past years, he has concentrated his activities mainly on the development and extension ofthe funds secondary trading offering, including the launch of the Sponsored Funds segment on SIX Swiss Exchange. Prior to Bank Julius Baer, he was with UBS Investment Bank for ten years as a Senior Funds Trader in Zurich where he focused on expanding the bank’s funds secondary trading activities. Oliver is a Certified International Investment Analyst CIIA.

Howells, Christian (Head of Investment Specialist – Aberdeen Standard Investments)

Christian Howells is Head of Investment Specialists for Aberdeen Solutions, the home for multi-asset and specialist alternatives investing within Aberdeen. Previously, he was a product specialist in Aberdeen’s Alternatives division, covering hedge funds, private equity, property and infrastructure. Christian joined Aberdeen Standard Investments as a result of the merger between Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life in August 2017. Christian joined Aberdeen in 2010 via the acquisition of various asset management businesses from Royal Bank of Scotland where he was responsible for over $1bn of Private Equity and Real Estate fund investments. Before moving to the front office, Christian oversaw the administration of RBS Asset Management’s alternative investment strategies and, prior to that, was a manager in the product risk and regulatory risk departments in Coutts & Co.

Christian graduated with a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Bristol.

Ivanov, Oleg (Co-Founder & CEO – CryptoBazar Fund)

Co-Founder and CEO of CryptoBazar Fund: Investments in crypto-currency infrastructure projects, ready for ICO in following sectors: fintech, exchanges, banks, funds, infrastucture development, new blockchains, technological innovations. An Entrepreneur, investor, Founder and CEO of InvestBazar Fund – 0.7 billion rub under management and attracted more than $90 million of investments for his own projects.

Jeanblanc, Alexandre (SRI Investment Specialist – BNP Paribas)

Alexandre Jeanblanc SRI Investment Specialist BNP Paribas
Alexandre has been Investment specialist for environmental SRI products since 2012, following his positions as Head of Marketing and Development at BNP Paribas Private Equity (2008- 2012) and Investment Specialist for the Convertible Bond products at BNPPAM (2003-2008).
Alexandre obtained an Engineering postgraduate degree from the Ecole Centrale de Paris.

KALANTARY, Guyve (Senior Representative – Asia Plantation Capital)

Guyve KALANTARY: Former south East Asia coal trader, following the 2008 crises, he decided to dedicate himself to new opportunities closer to his heart and personal interests. Driven by sustainable investment and concern about global warming he decided helping programs dedicated to addressing the plight of endanger species. It was this interest that drew him back the ancient and time-honored techniques of Oud production, well known to him from his oriental background and years spent in Indonesia, currently practiced by Asia Plantation Capital, and enable him to engage in pursuits that satisfied his environment consciousness as well as his desire to encourage stakeholders to diversify their portfolios. Guyve is firmly of the believe that capital can be secured and grown sustainably year on year by protecting nature and embracing the concept of social and environmental responsibility.

Kumar, Amit (Portfolio Manager, US Equities – Columbia Threadneedle)

Amit Kumar is portfolio manager for the American Absolute Alpha Fund and the American Extended Alpha Fund. He is also responsible for researching US companies across the consumer discretionary and technology sectors.
Amit joined the company in 2014 as a senior portfolio analyst in the US Equities team. Before joining the company, Amit spent seven years with Artham Capital and Swiss Re Asset Management, where he worked as a research analyst. Prior to that, he spent nine years in the technology industry IBM, TCS and a number of tech start-up firms.
Amit holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a BSc in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Amit is also a published author whose work includes Short Selling: Finding Uncommon Short Ideas.

Lang, Thiemo (Senior Portfolio Manager – RobecoSam)

Thiemo Lang is a Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for the RobecoSAM Smart Energy Strategy. Prior to joining RobecoSAM, he was Senior Portfolio Manager at Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch where he managed the “Infology” technology strategy which focused on companies in the fields of energy technologies and new materials. He co-managed various mutual and institutional funds and was responsible for the conception and launch of the Activest-Lux NanoTech strategy at Activest (HypoVereinsbank) in Munich. He began his investment career as a Technology Analyst at Activest before being promoted to Portfolio Manager. Prior to his experience in investments, he was a development engineer with Siemens in Munich. He earned his degree in Electronics from the University of Stuttgart (Germany) and holds a PhD in Optics/Photonics from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (France).


Graduating from Bocconi University with over 20 years experience in several industries, functions and projects,   Andrea  LEONARDI   is Co-Founder and Vice President of Minerva Gorup Service  s.c.c.pa, a company focused in providing professional and business  services.  He is consultant , trainer and auditor for GDPR and related ISO standard (e.g. ISO27001 Information Security Management System, ISO 20000-1 IT Service Management System, ISO 22301 Business  Continuity Management System).

Martelli, Giorgio (Founder & CEO – MotusQUO)

Founder and CEO of MotusQuo, an entrepreneurial start up platform. The platform facilitates peer to peer lending allowing investors more control over their investments.  The holding company is Swiss and it operates in Italy. The company employs 5 and has 580 registered users with a 12% monthly growth rate.

Mazziero, Maurizio (Consultant Partner – pro aurum Schweiz AG)

SIAT Member. Chairman of the Investment Committee of ABS Consulting SCF.
Founder of Mazziero Research & Consultant Partner of pro aurum Schweiz AG .
Financial analyst, Professional member of SIAT, the Italian Technical Analysis Society, expert in commodity markets as well as diversified portfolio construction with ETFs and ETCs. Chairman of the Investment Committee of ABS Consulting SCF.Founder of Mazziero Research, with activities ranging from the publication of reports and analyses for banks as well as companies and assistance to define appropriate strategies to hedge commodity risks. Lecturer in training courses for Universities, stock exchanges, corporates and banks, he performs the commodities course of Master SIAT Advanced. Author of numerous studies and books, including “Guide to Technical Analysis” and “Investing in Commodities” in addition to the quarterly Italian Debt Observer, Scientific Journal on Public Italian Accounts (ISSN 2283-7035 CINECA No. E230240).


Stefano MICHELOTTI  is Co-Founder and Chairman of Minerva Group Service s.c.c.p.a , a cooperative  joint stock consortium company that is the hub of a  network of  companies (consortium companies).  Minerva Group Service is strongly committed to  providing  professional and business  services (e.g. GRC,  GDPR,  ISO Management System, Cybersecurity, Project Management, etc.).   He is consultant, trainer and auditor for GDPR, Risk Management (ISO 31000) and Compliance Management (ISO 19600).

Milla, Michele (Partner – Momentum Alternative Investments)

Degree in Economics from the Luigi Bocconi University of Milan in 1992. In the same year he started to work at Milla&Co SIM Spa, which was later to become Gruppo Banca Leonardo. He was head of equity from 1996 to 2003. The bank’s brokerage department focused on selling Italian equity research to institutional investors, mostly hedge funds. He was a Board member from 1996 to 2005. In 2006, after the sale of the bank to a group of institutional investors, he was entrusted with setting up the bank’s asset management branch and launching two hedge funds. He was co-founder of MOMentum Alternative Investments SA (Lugano) in 2008.

Müller, Raimond (Head of Passive & ETF Specialist Sales Switzerland and Liechtenstein – UBS Asset Management)

Raimund Müller is the head of Passive & ETF Specialist Sales Switzerland and Liechtenstein. He has more than 15 years experience in the financial industry, with expertise in managing client relationships for institutional investors.
He has been working for UBS AG, Asset Management based in Zurich since 2012. Prior to UBS, Raimund worked in institutional sales positions within the asset management units at Deutsche Bank and Lombard Odier.
Raimund Müller is a Certified International Investment Analyst (2008). He holds a master’s degree in Economics and Finance (2005) from Curtin University of Technology in Perth and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (2003) from Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur.
Head Passive & ETF Specialist Sales Switzerland & Liechtenstein Executive Director
Years of investment industry experience : 15 years
Education: Curtin University of Technology Perth (Master of Economics and Finance), ZHAW Winterthur (Bachelor of Business Administration), AZEK (Certified International Investment Analyst)

Mungo, Paola Antonella (University Professor)

Paola Antonella Mungo has been the co CEO of Azimut Group, independent listed financial group with an international presence, until the end of April 2017, having yet covered the role of General Manager from 2007 of the same group. She has been also executive committee and Board member of the companies of the group since the beginning. Previously Ms Mungo covered tasks with growing responsibilities within the legal department of the financial-insurance Group, Zurich Financial Services. After her first-class honors degree in Law, Ms Mungo carried out her lawyer apprenticeship at a famous legal firm in Milan. She’s  keynote speaker at several round-table discussions and international conferences and teaches at courses and highly specialized masters at prestigious Universities.

Parodi, Marialuisa (CIO – Soave Asset Management)

Investment manager with more than 20 years’ experience of working in international and multicultural environments,  mainly as  global fixed income fund  manager and macro analysist and strategist. Served on several Investment Committees in the UK, Italy, Switzerland and France, focusing on both institutional and private clients.
Committed to gender equality,  in the last 10 year Marialuisa has been   actively promoting initiatives and projects  to empower women,  including the  Forum 54 Donne Elettrici Political Agenda in Tessin. She has served as President of BPW (Business Professional Women) Club Ticino  and as member of the national BPW Equal Pay Day Task Force (2013-2016);   she is currently Vice President of FAFTPlus, the 60 years old Federation of Female Associations of  Tessin,  now open for membership  to all institutions, private and public,  willing to promote gender diversity and inclusion.

Marialuisa is a member of the Consultative Commission of SUPSI- DEASS, Dipartimento Economia Aziendale,  Sanità e Sociale and a member of CFA Institute Association, Italian Society.  She  has Italian and Swiss nationality, lives in Ticino, is married and mother of two sons.

Pasquali, Davide (President- Pharus Sicav)

Davide Pasquali is  the president of Pharus SICAV since it was established in 2002 and he joined Pharus Management SA in 1999. Since July 2007 he works as vice president and director. He, he is the director of Pharus Management Lux SA, again since it was established in 2012, and since October 2012 he has been the president of Multi Stars SICAV.

Pellegrinelli, Rocco (CEO – Trendrating)

Rocco Pellegrinelli began his career as a portfolio manager. He has been a successful entrepreneur in the technology sector for the past 20 years. He created Brainpower in 1996 and established it as one of the top portfolio management systems globally. After an IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 2000, Brainpower was acquired by Bloomberg in 2006.
He then started a massive project of research and development that resulted in the launch of Trendrating . Trendrating is a world leader in momentum analytics and technology for asset and wealth managers and is a strategic partner to the London Stock Exchange to develop smart beta indices on a global scale.
His vision “Many analytical tools and research makes sense, but do they also make money? It is time to bring real value to fund managers”.

Picard, Alain (Head Product Management – SIX Swiss Exchange)

After 8 years in banking, Alain Picard joined SIX Swiss Exchange in 2001 as Product Manger for Equities including Derivatives and ETFs. In the past years he concentrated his activities mainly on the development and marketing of the ETF segment and is also responsible for the introduction of new financial product segments. Alain holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an executive master in private banking and wealth management from Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences.

Puertas, Luis (EMEA Regional Director – FlexFunds)

Prior to FlexFunds Luis worked for WisdomTree and ETF Securities as Director of Sales and Head of Iberia & Latin America, respectively. Before that he worked for Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg and previously worked as a corporate lawyer at “Ramon y Cajal Albella” and “Garrigues” (Commercial and Banking Law).
Luis holds two master degrees in Economics and Law from ICADE University (E-3, Madrid) and major in Finance from Nottingham Business School, UK.

Reali, Stefano (Vice Director – Pharus Management)

Mr. Reali is vice Director of Pharus Management SA, he is an Equity Market specialist and member of the investment committee. Before joining the Pharus Management team in September 2013, he was Equity Portfolio Manager for Ras Asset Management SGR (now Allianz Global Investors SGR) member of the Pan European Equity team and responsible of mutual fund Allianz High Dividend. Prior to this he was Financial Analyst for Mediobanca. He holds a cum laude degree in Economics and Financial Markets in Cattolica University of Milan.

Rokkum-Testi, Maggie (CEO/CIO – Thalia)

Maggie is CEO, CIO and Co-Founder of Thalìa SA. Since the launch of the company in 2004, Maggie has been responsible for the investment process, for all the investment solutions managed by the company and for the Advisory relationships with Institutional Investors and sophisticated Private Clients since inception. She became the CEO in March 2016 and along with Thalìa’s CFO, is responsible for all business aspects and for managing Thalìa’s team.
As CIO, Maggie manages the investment team, comprised of a deputy CIO and 5 portfolio managers/analysts and chairs the Investment Committees. The Investment team at Thalìa manages a number of multi-manager investment vehicles domiciled in Switzerland and Luxembourg, including two white-label funds of hedge funds – the BSI Multi-Manager FOHFs launched  respectively in 1999 and in 2005,  the Thalia Alternative Sicav (TAS) umbrella fund composed of six sub-funds, a white label Fund of “Newcits” fund managed on behalf of BSI in addition to other bespoke investment solutions.
Maggie is a seasoned professional with more than twenty five years of experience in Asset Management and currencies, of which eighteen dedicated to Hedge Fund investing.  Thanks to her excellent reputation across the Hedge Fund community, Maggie and her team have built solid and trusted relationships with best of breed Hedge Fund managers and service providers and keep abreast of emerging talents in the Hedge Fund space.
In 2015, Maggie was celebrated among the “50 Leading Women in Hedge Fund” by the Hedge Fund Journal in association with Ernst and Young and was nominated “Hedge Fund Personality of the year” by the magazine Wealth and Management.
Maggie is a CFA charter-holder and has been a member of the CFA Institute since 1999. She holds a Masters in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University and a Master of Finance from the Norwegian School of Management.
Maggie is mother tongue Norwegian and English, fluent in Italian and has some knowledge of French.

Rosenstreich, Peter (Head of Market Strategy, Swissquote)


Based in Swissquote’s headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, Peter leads a team of experienced market strategists.  Peter holds a BA in History from Clark University and MBA from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business in the US.  Before joining Swissquote in 2007, Peter worked as a market strategist at NADEX and Saxo Bank as well as a Sales Trader at Myles Financial.

Roussos, Andreas (Chief Business Development Officer – Point9)


Andreas stands at the forefront of RegTech, one of the fastest growing technology trends.  He has spent the last three years assisting firms achieving transaction reporting compliance.  Andreas is a calculated risk-taker with deep knowledge of the transaction reporting regimes such as EMIR and MiFIR.  Point Nine currently processes and reports approximately 10% of the EU derivatives market under the EMIR regime on behalf of both buy and sell side customers.

Ruhlmann, Andreas (Market Analyst & Premium Client Manager – IG Bank)

Andreas Ruhlmann (Market Analyst & Premium Client Manager – IG Bank)
After completing his university studies in Canada, followed by significant experiences in the trading rooms of Saxo Bank and the National Bank of Canada, Andreas joined IG Bank in 2014 to share his experiences of the markets, most specifically Forex and Equities. In charge of the Premium Clients of IG Bank, he also regularly delivers analysis on markets and macroeconomic news to the media and provides training on trading setups, technical analysis and the trading psychology.
You can follow Andreas on Twitter at @ARuhlmann_IG or reach him by email at andreas.ruhlmann@igbank.ch

Rutz, Thomas (Fund Manager – MainFirst)


Thomas Rutz has worked as a portfolio manager at MainFirst since 2012 and is responsible for investments from emerging countries for the MainFirst Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Fund Balanced and the MainFirst Emerging Markets Credit Opportunities Fund. He is CEO and partner and also heads MainFirst Affiliated Fund Managers (Switzerland) AG. Prior to that, Thomas headed the Emerging Markets Division at Clariden Leu, with teams for equities, bonds and currency, managing assets totalling over €1 billion. As head of the division, he was responsible for investment strategy in emerging markets. Thomas holds an MBA in Financial Services and Insurance (MBA-FSI) from the University of St. Gallen and Vlerick Business School.



Sabato, Daniele (Head of ETF Sales Trading – Intermonte SIM)

Daniele after studied Economics at Bocconi University spent one year at the IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research) like a Researcher. He followed his career in the Macro and Asset Allocation Team of one of the biggest Italian Asset Managers. He got several roles in some big international banks following institutional clients until the 2011 when Daniele moved to the ETF Universe. He was in charge of the Southern Europe clients coverage for one of the biggest ETF market makers, since 2014 he is working for Intermonte like Head of ETF Sales Trading.

Schlichting, Lars (Partner, Responsible Legal Department Canton Ticino CH – KPMG)

Lars Schlichting, Partner, Responsible Legal Department Canton Ticino, Switzerland
Prior to joining KPMG in 2007, he worked at the legal department of the former Swiss Federal Banking Commission (now FINMA) for 5 years.
His key areas of experience are commercial and banking laws, with an important experience in compliance matters. He advises clients in anti money laundering issues, internal controls, market abuse, investments collective schemes, asset managers and international assistance. Further, he has useful knowledge and experience in the identification of legal and reputation risks in the financial sector and has written a dissertation on this subject.
Lars was one of the earlier adopter of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Since 2016 he advices clients in regulatory issues related to cryptocurrencies activity and has also completed a number of Initial Coin Offering. Lars is collaborating with private associations for the establishment of a crypto based environment.
Lars Schlichting has issued numerous publications, among other concerning the consolidate supervision of financial groups and the comments of the Security Exchange, the Money Laundering Act, the FINMA Act and the Banking Act.


Stevens, Louis (Head of Sustainable Fund Sales – Liontrust)

Louis is responsible for distributing the Liontrust Sustainable Future proposition in the UK and Europe. Prior to joining Liontrust, Louis was at Alliance Trust Investments (ATI) for 4 years and had been Head of Sales since 2015, focused exclusively on the distribution of SRI funds. His experience includes the launch and development of SRI funds across a range of asset classes, and expanding the ATI offering to both institutional and wholesale clients across Europe.

Louis has an MSc in International Business Studies from the University of Manchester, also studying at the Tecnólogico de Monterrey and Universidad de Pamplona. He holds the CFA Society of the UK Investment Management Certificate.

Teileche, Jérome (Managing Director – Unigestion)

Jérôme Teiletche, Managing Director, is Head of Cross Asset Solutions and a member of the Unigestion Executive Committee. He joined Unigestion in 2014.Jérôme began his career in 1999 as an Economist in the Forecasting Directorate at the French Ministry of Finance in Paris. In 2001, he joined Natixis CIB as Strategist–Economist focusing on Global Asset Allocation issues and became Senior Quantitative Analyst at the Alternative Investment Division of Societé Generale Asset Management, Paris in 2006. Since 2008, Jérôme worked for Lombard Odier Asset Management, Geneva in the Institutional Investment Division as Head of the Solutions Group, leading all multi-asset and single-assets systematic investment strategies. Jérôme holds a M.Sc. in International Finance and Economics from Bordeaux University and a Ph.D. in Economics also from Bordeaux University. Jérôme has taught at various universities and has authored in numerous academic and practitioner journals and books

Terreni, Carlo (Co-Founder – NetComm Suisse Association)

Carlo Terreni is co-founder and board member of NetComm Suisse Association. Since August 2012, he is head of the NetComm Suisse Observatory and he works with passion and determination towards the establishment of a permanent e-commerce observatory, in collaboration with PostFinance and Accenture.
His goal is to supply free strategic quantitative data on electronic commerce to the Swiss e-commerce community, in order to help decision makers to exploit the potential of the Swiss and European online market.
Carlo has been working as a digital consultant and account manager for Tinext SA, a leading web Agency in Ticino, since 2010. He has provided consultancy services for companies such as Cornèrcard, Sanofi, AET, Bally, Diamond, Artsana, Royal Caribbean, etc. He holds two Master Degrees in marketing and sales from Copenhagen Business School and Bocconi University and he obtained his High School Diploma at Lasswade High School in Scotland.

Ursino, Gianfranco (Journalist – Il Sole 24 Ore)

Gianfranco Ursino writes about personal finance for Plus24, the weekly finance, savings, and investment tabloid of Il Sole 24 Ore.
He is a graduate of Bocconi University in Milan. He has been with the Sole 24 Ore group since 1994.

van Hoeken, Leendert (Managing Partner – Colin&Cie.)

Leendert van Hoeken is Managing Partner at Colin&Cie. Switzerland and based in Lugano.
Colin&Cie. is one of the leading bank-independent advisory and management companies for wealthy individuals and institutional investors.
Prior to join Colin&Cie.  Leendert has been in different client facing and managerial roles within UBS Wealth Management and UBS Group in Switzerland for over 16 years.
Graduated from Universtà Cattolica, Milan

Versetti, Angel (CEO – Ambrosus)

Angel Versetti is the CEO of Ambrosus, the blockchain ecosystem that assures quality of products. Prior to Ambrosus Angel was the Founder of Versetti Ventures a VC Advisory Firm that became one of the pioneers of cryptocurrency investing. His earlier career was at the United Nations, where led projects and research at UN Trade & Investment Division, UN Nuclear Disarmament Committee, UN Department of Technology & Industry. He also worked at Bloomberg, World Resources Forum and Google. Angel is a regular speaker on technology, innovation and global development, having spoken at over 100 premier events, including Vatican, Davos, Paris COP21 and others. Angel has great interest in blockchain, artificial intelligence and space industry.

Waechter, Philippe (Chief Economist – Natixis Global Asset Management)

Philippe Waechter is Chief Economist at Natixis Asset Management and head of the Economic Research Unit.
He was previously head of economic research at Banque Populaire Asset Management, a predecessor company to Natixis. He began his investment career as an economist in the Asset Management Unit at BRED Banque Populaire.
He is currently a lecturer at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan. Mr. Waechter was an associate professor at the Université d’Evry in 2003, is co-author of Subprimes, the Global Bankruptcy (May 2008), and is frequently quoted in the financial media. He holds a graduate degree in economics and in econometrics from Université Paris I.

Welponer, Franz (CFA Director, Head Wholesale, Italy, Ticino, Malta, Greece & Cyprus – Natixis Global AM)

Franz Welponer is the head of Wholesale Distribution at Natixis Global Asset Management for Italy, Ticino, Malta, Greece and Cyprus. He joined the company in 2006 first serving as Investment Director and Institutional Sales with particular focus on the fund selector market. Mr.Welponer began his professional career working for PensPlan Invest SGR, an investment boutique in Northern Italy, first as an analyst and then as a portfolio manager and head of the company’s commingled fund management office. He holds a degree in international economics and business administration from University of Innsbruck in Austria and a specialization in finance and financial markets from University of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Wenger, Bernhard (Head of SPDR ETF’s CH – SSGA)

Bernhard is responsible for business development and sales of SPDR ETFs in Switzerland. Prior to joining SSGA, he spent more than five years at ETF Securities where he was appointed head of European distribution in 2014, with responsibility for running the firm’s sales and business development activities in continental Europe. He has also held senior roles at Morgan Stanley, HSBC and BNP Paribas; and has a ‘European Master in Management’ from ESCP Europe (Paris, Oxford, Berlin).

Württemberger, Sven (Leiter Vertrieb Passive Investments Schweiz und Israel – Deutsche AM)

Since May 2017 Sven Württemberger is heading Passive Investments for Switzerland and Israel at Deutsche Asset Management. In this role he oversees distribution for Xtrackers ETFs and Index Mandates. In previous roles Sven headed distribution activities for BlackRock/iShares in Germany and Switzerland. Before joining BlackRock in 2009 Sven already worked at Deutsche Asset Management in Frankfurt, predominately in developing structured product solutions for institutional investors. Sven started his career as strategic consultant at Towers Watson. Sven holds a Master (MBA) in International Finance from Helsinki School of Economics and University St. Gallen as well as a Bachelor (BA Hons) in Finance from Bristol Business School, UK.

Zangana, Azad (Senior European Economist & Strategist – Schroders)

Azad Zangana is a Senior European Economist & Strategist at Schroders, which involves formulating the house view on the UK and Eurozone economies. He joined Schroders in 2009 and is based in London.
Azad was an Economist at HM Treasury from 2004 to 2009, which involved working on UK macroeconomic analysis and Eastern Europe.
Qualifications: Investment Management Certificate (IMC); BSc in Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London; MSc in Economics from University of Southampton.

Zerhusen,Philipp (Director Market Development – Factset Digital Solutions)

Based in Frankfurt, Philipp has worked in the financial industry for 25 years. Before his current role he held various international management and senior enterprise solutions roles across EMEA at Thomson Reuters, founded a number of start-ups and worked for several years in Asset and Wealth Management at Sal. Oppenheim. Philipp holds an MBA from the University of Cologne, a professional banking diploma, and certifications in bond trading, project management and CRM.

Zhang, Nan (Portfolio Manager – Edmond de Rothschild)

Nan Zhang joined Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management (France) in Septembre 2015 as junior portfolio manager / analyst.
Nan is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (2008-2012) and Ecole des Mines de Paris, and holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Fudan University.
She started her career in 2012 as analyst MidCaps and SRI at La Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild before joining LVMH Group, Moet Hennessy in New York in 2013 and later Louis Vuitton headquarter in Paris within Supply Chain Department.

ZINGG, Andreas (Head of European ETF Distribution – Vanguard Asset Management)

Andreas Zingg is the Head of ETF Distribution Management at Vanguard Asset Management. Prior to assuming his current role, he was Head of iShares Sales Middle East & Africa and Head of iShares Sales for the German-speaking parts of Switzerland at BlackRock. Before he joined BlackRock in 2010, Andreas Zingg worked for UBS Global Asset Management, most recently as Senior Product Specialist for UBS ETFs. He began his career as project manager with McKinsey & Co. in Zurich, where he was responsible for leading projects with a particular focus on the areas of corporate strategy, business transformation and distribution strategies for clients in the financial sector.

Zucco, Giacomo (CEO – Blockchainlab)

Theoretical Physicist, former Technology Consultant for Accenture spa, serial entrepreneur in the field of emerging technologies. Economic blogger and contributor to several Italian newspapers. Involved in several projects in Bitcoin and blockchain space since 2012, he is now CEO of Milan-based research/development/incubation/consulting firm Blockchain Lab, a world-class competence center in the field.”