Panel “Ecosystem vs. Egosystem”

Moderator: Mark Dittli, FUW 

Mark DittliChefredaktorMark Dittli is editor-in- chief of Finanz und Wirtschaft, Switzerland’s premier financial newspaper. Before assuming his current position in January 2012, he was deputy editor and head of the international section of the paper. Prior to that, he was the U.S. editor of Finanz und Wirtschaft, based in New York, for five years (2003-2008). He has worked in financial journalism for 17 years. Mark holds a degree in Business Administration from Zurich University of Applied Sciences, a degree in Journalism from New York University, and he is a CFA charterholder. Mark has two children and lives in Zurich.


johann-geversJohann Gevers is founder and CEO of Monetas and a visionary thought leader in fintech and regulatory reform. Monetas’ award-winning transaction platform brings the world’s most advanced financial and legal services to everyone with a mobile phone, including the world’s billions of unbanked and underbanked adults. Johann is founder of the Crypto Valley ecosystem in Zug, Switzerland, founder and president of the Digital Finance Compliance Association, co-founder of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland, and is rated as a Top 100 finance leader in Switzerland. His talks The Four Pillars of a Decentralized Society and The Age of CryptoFinance have been influential in the decentralized technologies and fintech spaces. Johann has served as strategic advisor to companies across diverse industries, including award-winning technology startups. His mission is to build essential infrastructure for a free and prosperous society.

UrsHaeusler_1_72dpiUrs Haeusler is CEO of DealMarket – a global platform for fundraising and deal flow management serving professional venture capital and private equity investors. Urs is also the co-founder and CEO of Swiss Finance Startups (SFS) the association of all Swiss FinTech startups. Moreover Urs is in the board of DigitalSwitzerland as well as co-founder and president of the Swiss Startup Association (SSA) to give Swiss startups a strong & important (political) voice and strengthen the startup ecosystem in Switzerland. Urs has more than 15 years of experience in the Internet, the development of start-ups and has built international startups like amiando and Jamba! He has an MBA from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), is a FinTech and startup expert, runs his own internet consulting firm and has invested as a business angel in several Internet startups.

Hess_Martin-1883Martin Hess is the Head of Economics and a senior management member of the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA). He is also a member of the Chief Economists Group of the European Banking Federation. He held various roles at the Swiss Federal Department of Finance from 2004 until joining the SBA – most recently as Head of the International Monetary Issues and Financial Market Stability Division at the State Secretariat for International Financial Matters (SIF). From 2001 until 2004, he was an associate professor at the Business School of the Instituto Tecnológico Autonomy de México in Mexico City, and published numerous articles on financial markets in academic journals. After completing his studies in Bern and the US, Martin Hess received his doctorate in economics from the University of Bern in 2000.

phunger-saxoPatrick Hunger (46) has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Saxo Bank (Switzerland) in September 2016. In his function he is overall responsible for further growing the franchise in Switzerland and to position Saxo Bank as preferred partner for active traders, investors and wholesaler. Patrick Hunger joined Saxo Bank (Switzerland) in early 2016 as General Counsel and member of the management team. Prior he worked for Credit Suisse Trust AG for several years, most recently as General Counsel and member of the management team. Before that he served as Corporate Legal Counsel for both, UBS Investment Bank and the Swiss National Bank. Patrick Hunger graduated from the University of Zurich (Dr. iur.), is admitted to the bar of St. Gallen, and holds an Executive Master from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.

Jan SchochJan Schoch began his career in the Structured Solutions Group at Goldman Sachs in London in 2001 and then transferred to Goldman Sachs in Switzerland, where he was responsible for the Swiss business involving OTC options, futures, listed options, portfolio trading and equity finance. He built up the structured products business in Switzerland and became Head of Public Distribution in Switzerland. In 2006, Jan Schoch joined Lehman Brothers in Switzerland as Head of Equity, Commodity and Hybrid Derivatives. In April 2007, he resigned from Lehman Brothers to found Leonteq. In December 2012, effective as of January 2013, he was elected a member of the Swiss Structured Products Association (SSPA). He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hotel Bären Gonten AG, Gonten and a member of the Board of Valacon AG, Gotten and Valastone AG, Gonten. Furthermore, he is President of Board of the association Swiss PKU, Gotten. Jan Schoch holds a Master’s degree in finance and capital markets from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

Panel “Ecosystem – act local, think global”, 16:00

Moderator: Valentin Ade, FUW

Valentin Ade FuW RedaktorValentin Ade (32), is a contributing editor with swiss financial newspaper Finanz und Wirtschaft since 2015. His topics are the financial center Switzerland, its players, digitization and fintech-startup-scene. Before that he was a contributing editor for “Basler Zeitung” in Basel and for “Badische Zeitung” in Germany. He studied European Studies, Economics and Media Science at the University of Basel.


Isakina Valentina (003)Valentina A. Isakina is the Managing Director, Financial Services and Select HQ Operations.  In this role, she oversees the development and execution of growth strategies for the second largest private sector in Ohio and 6th largest in the United States – Financial Services. Ms. Isakina is also responsible for managing a number of select HQ relationships at the state level.  She is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the newly formed not-for-profit accelerator in Ohio, Fintech71.  Ms. Isakina has over 20 years of experience in Financial Services, including as Vice President & Head of Corporate Strategy for Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company.  She honed her skills by spending over a decade in management consulting, including McKinsey and Bain, advising top market leaders globally with a focus on financial services and private equity.  She began her early career as an actuary.  Ms. Isakina is a CFA Charterholder, has an MBA from Cornell, and Masters in Actuarial Science and BBA from Georgia State.

Shaul-LifshitzShaul Lifshitz, an Israeli – Swiss citizen, is the CEO of the Israel – Czech Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCCI) and the Founder & CEO of SM INVEST Ltd, a Prague based Consultancy Firm.  Shaul was also the CEO and now serves as a board member of the Israel – Slovakia Chamber of Commerce. Voluntarily, Shaul is a board member of the Israel – EU Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of the Bilateral Chambers of Commerce in Israel. Privately, Shaul is introducing Swiss and Israeli Innovation and Capital backed with 10+ years experience in International Business Development and Strategic Management.  He recently organized the first FinTech Innovation Summit – Swiss Focus event in Tel Aviv and his upcoming event will focus on Swiss Impact Investors meeting Israel Social Tech. Shaul holds MBA in Business Administration from the University of New York in Prague in partnership with Institut Universitaire Kurt Boesch, Sion.

dscf1800.jpgEva May as the Head of Financial Services at the Location Promotion of Canton Zurich is responsible for building strong relationships and optimizing the business environment in the Canton. She is actively supporting industry diversity (e.g. fintech, sustainable finance) and is engaged in building a modern ecosystem. Eva is also providing the public with reliable data on the financial sector and is involved in public affairs as well as media relations. She runs the website Eva has a Master degree in economics of Basel university and more than ten years of experience in the Federal Finance Administration.

Simon 2017Simon Schou, Chief Innovation Officer at Copenhagen FinTech: Simon has been one of the central architects responsible for the construction of the rapidly growing fintech hub around Copenhagen. As an innovation system architect Simon has a long history of developing clusters and innovations systems in various industries and has for the last ten years been involved in the technological transformation of the financial sector in Denmark.