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. Moved to Geneva-based macro fund Jabre Capital in 2011, before deciding in 2014 that the future of finance lay in blockchain technology. She studied Economics & Statistics at the University College London.
Manuel founded several tech and media companies and a financial consultancy, working with clients like UBS, Deutsche Bank, Coca-Cola, Mercedes, MTV, Paramount Pictures, Universal Music, and many more around the globe. He led an Open Data project as a senior researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and directed documentary films about blockchain technology, AI, and FinTech. Manuel has written books on entrepreneurship, financial innovation, Open Data, and impact investment, and his podcast The Blockchain and Us is in the top 30 crypto and blockchain podcast (according to Listennotes). Manuel lectures at the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich (HWZ) on use cases of blockchain technology. He studied economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and has several financial certifications (CFA, CAIA, ERP, CMFAS M3).
Luzius Meisser holds a master's degree in Computer Science from ETH Zurich and a master's degree in Economics from University of Zurich. Before co-founding Bitcoin Association Switzerland, he served as CTO of the cloud storage startup Wuala. He currently is investor in a few select Swiss startups and serves as a board member of Bitcoin Suisse, Quitt, AlgoTrader, Meisser Economics, Swiss Crypto Tokens AG, and Bitcoin Association Switzerland. Furthermore, he is pursuing a PhD at the Institute for Banking and Finance.
Stephan Karpischek is co-founder of Etherisc which develops decentralized insurance applications based on Ethereum smart contracts. Etherisc's Flight Delay Dapp is one of the first licensed decentralized insurance applications. Stephan has more than 20 years experience with Internet businesses working with digital currencies since 2008. Stephan holds a PhD in Information Management from ETH Zürich.
Angel investor, supporting young companies as a Member of the Supervisory Board. Being a professional communication, media- and investor relations expert with 20 years of experience, helps management to design, focus and execute corporate communication strategies. Combining the banking and finance background with communication skills, facilitates corporate visibility and successful brand building. Driven by a ‘can do’ attitude, inspires a positive corporate culture.
Learn from Jean-Paul Ballard, ex-formula one engineer turned entrepreneur and cycling aerodynamics expert, how challenging conventional thinking helped him make the world´s fastest triathletes and cyclists even faster. Jean-Paul will also speak about how he developed his company Swiss Side to become the No1 in aerodynamics in cycling including developing and producing the fastest wheels and becoming the aerodynamic mastermind to the triathlon and cycling elite.
Sara Simeone has 15 years experience in building data driven digital marketing strategies for international brands. She is the founder of Digital Oracles, a platform connecting Emerging Technology projects and SMEs. Her focus is to demystify blockchain and to make it more accessible the broader markets. She is Associate Lecturer in Digital Marketing at the Manchester Metropolitan University, holds a Master's in Digital Marketing and wrote a dissertation about ‘Machine Learning and Blockchain and their impact on Digital Marketing’. Currently Sara has been advising multiple blockchain projects and is a regular speaker on the applications of blockchain to the tech world.
Architect and Designer, Founder of Daas Haus, Digital Media & Architecture firm, currently CEO & Co-Founder of Zulu Republic GmbH, CEO of Litevault.net the biggest Litecoin Web Wallet, Co-Founder of Lite.im the first SMS, Telegram & Facebook Messenger Wallet. Fin-tech & Reg-tech Investor, building Self Sovereign Identity and large-scale adoption technologies.
Beat Speck works mainly in the M&A, venture capital, private equity and blockchain/ICO fields. He heads the Transactions practice group. In particular, Beat Speck deals with the entire life cycle of venture capital and private equity financing. He advises national and international investors on the structuring of funds, consults on the investment process in holding companies, is available to them during the holding period and helps all parties involved to a successful exit (IPO, trade sale, dual track). In his capacity as a lawyer, civil law notary of the Canton of Zug and recognized representative at the SIX Swiss Exchange, he is in a position to offer the individual processes efficiently from a single source.
José-Luis is a hyperpolyglot serial entrepreneur born in Bern, Switzerland. He has made the front page of the Business section of the NYT with Autoreduc, France's first 100% online car buying platform, which has been nominated Europe's most promising startup by the Founder Institute. José was nominated best European graduate by this same Institute and then became its Mentor for the Sales and Traction course. He is also strategic advisor to the board of L'Argus, France's N°1 automotive media group.
Jürgen Kob has worked for various Banks and Asset Managers in Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland as a Consultant and Portfolio Manager. For several years he has developed into an Expert with a large network in the field of Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies. Today he advises companies in Crypto Valley Zug on their Foundation and as ICO Advisor. In addition, as a member of the Board of Directors of various companies, he supports strategic matters especially in the area of Social Media Strategy and Growth Hacking.
Andreas is an Austrian entrepreneur, published author, award winning marketer and advisor with 15+ years of experience in digital, media & events. After a decade of production & consulting for international brands, he started focussing on efficiency by leveraging technology and evidence-based approaches to generate fast growth for startups. Recently a media startup he advised for had a successful exit, he is now an investor in a winter-sports e-commerce startup and serves as CMO for Liechtenstein based NOVEM, trying to change how gold is bought, sold, and stored through blockchain technology.
Claudio J. Tessone is the co-founder and member of the Steering Committee of the UZH Blockchain Center. He holds a Masters and PhD in Physics (on to the role of heterogeneity in complex systems) and an Habilitation on "Complex socio-economic systems" from ETH Zurich. Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are a pillar of his research, including crypoeconomics (e.g. the emergent centralisation of cryptocurrencies), big-data blockchain analytics and systems design.
Julien is a project developer for blockchain at Bank Frick. There, he is tasked with all customer requests that can be described as novel or regulatory challenging. With his approach, “there has to be a solution to a challenging case” he was able to provide solutions to cases that otherwise would not have been possible. Furthermore, he is developing innovative blockchain based products and services for the banks offering, hosts internal trainings and seminars about blockchain technology and give weekly Crypto markets report for AWP. After finishing his bachelor studies in business administration, Julien founded an e-commerce company, which he exited successfully a year later. In 2016, Julien jumped into the topic of blockchain and soon realized that this technology has the potential to change the world and he wanted to be part of it.
Rolf Guenter has a long lasting, proven track record as an advisory lawyer, general manager and board member of SME’s. Additionally he served as director in the insurance industry. Besides his activities in operational management, he has extensive experience from diverse, successfully managed projects. In addition to his legal and business education and professional experience, he has in depth knowledge in service and information management, enterprise risk management and legal aspects with regard to the digital Transformation, Blockchain, smart contracts and legal tech.
Michael works in the creative and innovation industries. He currently Group VP of Keybox and is an advisor for various tech businesses & accelerators across all sectors including Generic Robotics, Active Ledger and Engager. He is also a Tech London Advocate. Michael is also a mentor of MIT Portugal, Start Up Lisboa, The Lisbon Challenge and a founder jury member of the European Commission @Diversity Culture Technology competition.
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.
Dianne Schepers is a legal/strategic/operational executive, dealmaker, and partnership builder with a focus on collaboration, execution, impact and empowerment. She has worked mainly in the ICT, financial services, and investment industries. Before joining IOHK in 2018, Dianne was interim general counsel at Blockhaus and a senior member of the blockchain team at MME Legal in Switzerland. She is engaged in Switzerland’s Crypto Valley, leading the Blockchain4Good Initiative, and is co-lead of the Crypto Valley diversity task force and co-chair of the events working group. She holds a master’s in law from Utrecht University, and a master of business administration degree from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.
Morgan is an engagement marketing expert, serial entrepreneur, and global speaker. A graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Computer Science and Economics, Morgan started her career as an entrepreneur launching two start-ups in 3 years, both with multi-million dollar exits. She gained experience in the multinational arena as Director of Marketing for EMEA at Oracle. She has been involved with more than 30 successful start-ups in Cybersecurity, Fintech, Martech, CRM and HR. As CMO of SEBA, Morgan is responsible for the development and growth of the global SEBA brand and driving the marketing agenda.
Evelina Lavrova, Founder and CEO of the DeCrypto PR agency and Marketing and PR Director at the US-based Waves World mining pool and crypto marketplace. Evelina is also a Global Women in Blockchain member and was named among the Top 10 Females in Crypto 2017 by Crypto Core Magazine. She was previously Global Marketing & PR for Waves Platform, and worked for tech companies including Pay-Me, Yell and Gett.
ICOBench Expert. Ex-Citibanker, ranked Top 2% amongst his Citibanker peers. 17+ years global work experience largely divided between Banking & Finance and High Tech industries. Rennie is highly competitive and is extensively focused as a Crypto-Fund Advisor, and specialises in Finance and Cryptonomics. He currently sits on the advisory boards of several VC seeded revenue generating companies that are in their private fund raising rounds. Rennie is an advocate of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Blockchain-based Fundraising and Crowdfunding. He allocates time to coach, mentor and volunteer for meaningful and rewarding efforts.
Simona, CEO of Mimic, has a background in Investment Banking and M&A Consulting, having worked at J.P. Morgan in London and EY in Milan. She has graduated in Finance from Bocconi University in 2016. She has contributed to Friendz ICO, launched in March 2018, taking care of the white paper development, financial aspects, media communication and investor relations.
With a background in institutional Investment Banking, Cem has worked on establishing and raising for EM ETFs. He won a Financial Innovation award in 2013 for designing a borderless credit system. After working on startup financing advisory, Cem co-founded Horatii Partners, a research/advisory agency focused on distributed governance. Horatii Partners is currently focused on synthesizing and promoting use cases for DAOs and crypto economic primitives through mechanism design, business development and partnerships. Cem is a competitive sailor since age 9 and writes about art philosophy and critique for a Turkish lifestyle magazine.
Petri has over 25 years’ experience in the management, operations and development within; utilities/power, ICT and telecoms industries across Europe, South America and Africa. He has been a co-founder in Eduze from South Africa, Teraloop an energy tech startup, 4 other companies and as an Associate Partner in an early stage VC Breadfruit Capital Ab, in Sweden. Petri has been an active startup advisor in the Baltics, Nordics, US, Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to help startup’ with early stage innovation and growth phase strategy challenges. He has received innovation awards and recognitions from Shell New Energy Challenge, Demo Africa, EnergySpin Top 30 Energy Startup and Hello Tomorrow Awards.
Nicole is Managing Partner of Redsand, specialists in designing and building Blockchain powered tokenised business models, platforms and economies. She acts as an investment (corporate venture, VC, family office and ICO) advisor. And voted Innovator of the Year, 2017 by the South African Chamber of Commerce, Top 100 Women in FinTech 2016 by Innovate Finance.
Over 20 years of experience in the Financial industry as a Broker both in Singapore and Switzerland. Proven track record in acquisition, retention and relationship management with a wide range of challenging clients in a demanding environment across a variety of investment products (FX Swaps, Interest Rates Swaps, Interest Rates Futures and Equity Index Futures). Highly passionate about the industry and embrace its challenges and demands.
Delphine is an experienced Compliance officer who worked across different countries and industries including large Banks in the UK. She holds two Master Degrees specialized in European Criminal Business Law and Fraud and Money Laundering Prevention. She is now Head of Global Compliance for Lykke, crypto exchange, and responsible for all Compliance and regulatory affairs matters. Delphine sees Compliance as a way to help the business achieve its objectives in a compliant environment. Flexibility and creativity are keys.
Rob is a television & film producer, a public speaker and a singer/songwriter under the name of SOKOL. Working for SRF, Pro 7, Sat.1 and various projects in London / NYC he has more than 15 years of international experience in the entertainment industry. As a producer of the Blockchain Summit events in Zug, he is now bringing his expertise to the blockchain industry.
Combining legal and business background and own entrepreneurial experience – Jana's mission is to help entrepreneurs build cofounding teams that will perform and last. From selecting the right cofounders through team set-up, organisation and governance, equity splits, vesting schedules, future proofing, cofounders agreements and mediation of cofounder disputes. She published a book on business partnerships - Cofounding the right way – and am coordinating the development of standardized solutions and templates for implementing dynamic equity splits in Europe – in cooperation with Mike Moyer – author of the Slicing Pie.
Fabio is Founder & CEO at Base58 Capital, an asset management and trading firm specializing in cryptoassets. Previously he spent three years in Silicon Valley as co-founder and CEO of Skry, Inc. (former Coinalytics) - a cryptocurrency and blockchain analytics software company (since acquired by Bloq, Inc.). Coinalytics was part of the 500 Startups accelerator program in April 2014 and raised a VC Seed Round in 2015.
Barbara Brauchli Rohrer specializes in national and international tax law. She advises primarily on mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, restructurings, privatizations and IPOs. In addition she serves high net worth individuals. Her clients include individuals, national, international and listed companies as well as private equity investors.
Anna is a modern nomad. Russian-born, German-raised, US-educated and Swiss-based, she knows the world and so the people from many angles. Constantly changing environments and cultures brought her to the longing for inner stability and peace. 5 Years ago, her Yoga journey began and brought what was missing. Since then Anna completed her MBA and co-founded the HOMEYOGA - an on-demand yoga class app, where yoga teachers offer users the felxibility of having a class within a comfort of their home
Lili Zhao is the Director of Ecosystem Growth at NEO Global Development (NGD) based out of the Zurich. NEO is a community-driven public blockchain and NGD is dedicated to realizing NEO’s vision - the implementation of NEO Smart Economy. Lili had been on the advisory board of a number of blockchain projects and companies internationally. She worked for Swiss private banks prior to entering the blockchain space which she got fascinated in 2016 for its economic and social implications beyond technology. A native Chinese, Lili holds an MBA from University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and has a Bachelor of Economics from University of London.
A 3x entrepreneur, prolific speaker, recording artist and startup coach, DanRam is an igniter across multiple industries. The son of an Indian diplomat, he draws inspiration from his eclectic background growing up in 10 countries and now actively working on 5 continents. 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 and MC in the local and international startup circuit.
Reto is the Founder of Trinkler Software. He is a Council Member of the Web3 Foundation. Previously, was Co-Founder and CTO at Melonport AG. He has background in Mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Named a Forbes 30 under 30 in Switzerland and Europe in 2018.
Ozan Polat is Co-Founder of Dezentrum, a Zurich-based think tank focusing on decentralization and its implications for society. He is also Co-Founder of Trust Square AG, a blockchain hub in the heart of Zurich.
A Partner at PwC Zurich and Leader of PwC Legal Switzerland and a member of PwC’s Global Legal Leadership Team directing the firm’s global legal practice with 4000+ lawyers in 90+ countries. He and his team are building the law firm of the future. Every day. Prior to this he was a successful Venture Capitalist, served as in-house counsel at an international hedge fund and practised in court and with a leading business law firm.
Alysa has been working with and supporting start-ups for 20 years though bringing in strategic and operational proficiencies as well as funding. Working predominantly with entrepreneurial companies in finance and technology, she takes on senior roles in operational areas such as Communications, Marketing, HR and Business Development. Some areas of focus are decentralized teams, fundraising and community building. Alysa also leads activities in Switzerland for 100 Women in Finance, a global organization supporting women in the finance and alternative investment industries and is a Swiss ICT Investment Club (SICTIC) Advisory Board Member.
Emi is a driven economist, who pursued a career in the corporate world (Morgan Stanley, GE Capital, Eni Trading, Credit Suisse) and now works for ShapeShift AG out of the Crypto Valley. She believes blockchain is the answer for giving back the power to the individual and she is passionate about bridging the gap between the traditional world and the crypto world. She co-founded wibs.io, a platform for female leaders, to learn, connect and inspire the other to get engaged with cryptocurrencies and the technology behind it.
Yonghan is a leader and entrepreneur with multidisciplinary skills proven in many years in the Swiss Banking sector. He has profound knowledge in the field of digital transformation, portfolio & investment management, software engineering and is experienced in managing the interface between the business and the technical Worlds. Furthermore, he is not only the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the comic on banking "The Bankey", but also the co-founder and CEO of Swiss Korean Blockchain Advisors (SKB Advisors) where he bridges the Crypto Valley and the Korean blockchain market.
Patrick Schueffel is adjunct professor at Fribourgs School of Management in Switzerland and the schools Liaison Officer in Singapore. His research focus is on Banking, Finance and Entrepreneurship. He works as an advisor in the Crypto world and was LATOKEN’s Director of Regional Development in Southeast Asia and established the firms business in Singapore.
Lucas is president of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland, the world's 4th largest Bitcoin communities. He is involved in Bitcoin since early 2013. Furthermore he is director of the Feathercoin Development Foundation, which is taking care of open source software development for the cryptocurrency.
Cross-disciplinary researcher and entrepreneur, merging neuroscience, economics, machine learning and decentralized technology. Expert in complexity science, multi-agent systems, cognitive architectures holding a PhD in neuroscience and MD degrees. Author of The #FreeAI Manifesto and co-founder of Pandora Boxchain project performing scientific research on consensus algorithms and developing technology for decentralization of high load computing including machine learning tasks. Prior to this project he had organized BICA Labs focused on the research of new cognitive architectures. He was also a co-founder of Bitcoin Foundation Ukraine in 2014.
Engin Caglar is an electrical engineer with MBA, worked for management positions at Honeywell, Siemens, and Pentair. Achieved exceptional growth rates for a very long period for technology companies. With his experience, he joined a startup company that transformed into a global organization and successfully sold to General Electric. After his start-up experience he back to professional management positions. Established and administrated the Pentair regional office in Istanbul until he has started to live in CryptoValley. Currently provides business development tools and advisory services in supporting startups and ICO’s.
Active angel investor in several high tech start-ups, Gerardo co-founded and sold a company that designs, develops and manufactures avionic systems in Switzerland. With 15+ years of experience in strategy, business development, engineering and operations, Gerardo has an holistic expertise from which start-ups can benefit and is willing to support young talents. Gerardo has a strong academic background combining aerospace engineering, MBA and finance.
Prof. Dr. Fabian Schär is Professor for Distributed Ledger Technology/Fintech at the Faculty of Business and Economics. In addition, he is the Managing Director of the Center for Innovative Finance at the University of Basel and board member of the "Swiss Blockchain Federation" (Bundesrats Taskforce). His research focus is on interdisciplinary analyses of Smart Contracts, asset tokenization and Blockchain applications. He has a PhD in Cryptoassets and Blockchain Technology and co-authored several publications including the bestselling book "Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptoassets" and several scientific articles, some of them published in the prestigious Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review.
Dany Vogel is a European and Swiss Patent Attorney focusing on computer and information technologies. His particular expertise in software is based on over a decade of R&D in Telecom and IT, prior to becoming a patent attorney. Dany holds a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich and a master's degree in Computer Science from UNB Canada. With more than twenty years of experience as a patent attorney, he heads the Blockchain and software practice group at Rentsch Partner, a top tier IP law firm in Switzerland. In 2010, he was elected by the Swiss Parliament as a technical judge to the Swiss Federal Patent Court. Dany and his team offer a wealth of experience for securing Blockchain innovations.
Nathan Chandra is a Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Buttrfly. Mr. Chandra has been working in technology for 10+ years and was formerly the founder and COO of WeLink, a Silicon Valley-based social data company that processes billions of social posts for public safety. Nathan was a songwriter/artist and has been featured on records that have sold more than 2M copies, alongside artists like 2Pac, Will.I.AM, Babyface, and Jon B.
Evan brings his unique and proven ability of uniting people from cultures all over the world to work with him in achieving common goals in business, charity and solving societal issues. Evan has started successful businesses that expanded into over 40 countries. His life trip has taken him from third-world country to an award winning author, entrepreneur and creator of a global business in the blockchain - crypto currency space.