SPEAKERS

SPEAKERS

Our panelists are global industry-, academic and policy leaders debating actively about how the digital transformation will change their value chain. We feel highly privileged and thankful to have been able to assemble such an outstanding selection of leading panel members from around the world for you!


Our panelists are global industry-, academic and policy leaders debating actively about how the digital transformation will change their value chain. We feel highly privileged and thankful to have been able to assemble such an outstanding selection of leading panel members from around the world for you!
CW 2019
CW 2018
CW 2017
Prof. Walter Weder
Director of Department of Thoracic Surgery , Medical Co-Director, University Hospital Zurich
"The future of healthcare is driven by digital technology and genome based information and the transformation towards individualized medicine has started and will change practice further."
Dr. Andreas Wespi
Research Scientist, IBM Research, Zurich
"Neuromorphic computing will deliver more compute power at much lower energy consumption close to the end user, opening up many new business opportunities for small players"
Dr. Daniel Heller
"Initial coin offerings are valuable but need strong regulations"
Prof. Florin Baeriswyl
"We can change 'it' through education"
Dr. Nuria Oliver
"Our future depends on our ability to leverage Artificial Intelligence in a fair, accountable, transparent and ethical way."
Prof. Reza Abhari
"Future developments will be accelerated by using digital technologies to better manage business and political risks"
Prof. Ugo Panizza
"Cryptocurrency could be an answer to derisking, but we need to be careful because they could also become the new Poyais"
Jeffery Wernick
"Fiat is fraud! Trust peers and blockchain platforms that mitigate information asymmetry not institutions and agents who, supposedly for our benefit, profit from information asymmetries."
Samantha Zirkin
CEO & Founder, Point 93, New York
"Digital technology democratizes our voices and enables us to wield them at scale."
Boris Eykher
"Digitization as the game-changer as it allows the producers to automate many of their trading and supply chain activities."
Rehan Chaudhri
CEO, Peak XV Advisors, New York
"Global electricity prices will drop by 50% over the next decade stimulating growth in emerging markets beyond current expectations"
Kairat Kelimbetov
"Digital technology will reshape the financial world and will highly impact and influence the development of an International Financial Hub, such as AIFC"
Steve Johanns
"The worlds last mile…rural villages and invisible consumers."
Nataša Kozlevčar
"In the financial services industry, we are witnessing huge and fast steps toward mobile and artificial intelligence, but the banking sector is still lagging, especially in the EU."
Philip Prowse
Partner; Solicitor, HFW, UK
"It impacts upon the whole global supply chain, including in relation to the financing of the same, as processes transition from analogue to digital."
Prof. Cédric Dupont
The Graduate Institute, Geneva
"Impacts the structure and regulation of the financial and banking industry as well as, eventually, central banking and monetary policy"
Tamer Amr
Co-Founder & Partner, REInvest Capital AG
"Blockchain is changing the way property titles can be stored and managed, and smart contracts are facilitating transactions."
Stephanie Bova
Head of Takeda Digital Accelerator; CEO and co-founder of OSHI, Inc
"Digital technology and analytics will allow us to create better health outcomes and advance the science in a more patient focused way."
Prof. Alfredo Brillembourg
ETH Zürich; Founding Partner, Urban- Think Tank (U-TT), USA, Venezuela
"By streamlining educational processes and the development of technical proficiency, digital technologies allow a greater number of people to seize agency in shaping the built environment around them; an architectural renaissance."
Yorke E. Rhodes III
Microsoft; Principal Program Manager; Cofounder Blockchain
"Blockchain is a digital transformation catalyst in all it's forms from public ledgers like Ethereum and Bitcoin to private, enterprise, or consortium solutions. It is having an impact across industries and in a sustainability, humanitarian and identity landscape as well."
David L. Shrier
Director and Founder of Oxford Fintech, Oxford University. UK
"Digital technology can change both how we collaborate and learn from each other, and how we learn at scale."
Matthew L. Schwartz
Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner, Head Global Investigations and Compliance Practice
"Blockchain and other distributed ledger/cryptocurrency technology is going to be central to settlement and payment systems in the future; global regulation and regulators are racing to catch up to the technology."
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Trojan
Senior Physician OncoCenter Zürich, Founder / mobile Health AG
"Digital Technology will provide structured, reliable and standardized Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for doctors."
Natasha Lance Rogoff
CEO, Founder Ingredients for Education Inc., USA
"Digital technology and interactive learning to promote healthier behaviors can have the greatest impact in schools, afterschools and in community organizations where "digital-age" children have greater access to technology and are ready to adopt video, gaming and interactive engaging experiences as key components of educational content."
Dr. Veronica Lange da Conceição
Head of Innovation, Group Chief Technology Office at UBS
"While being doubtful whether cryptocurrencies will ever become a mainstream means of exchange, the underlying technology, blockchain, is likely to have a significant impact in finance."
Prof. Ernst Hafen
President Midata and former President ETH Zürich
"Data ownership: enable the control over our own health"
Preeti Sinha
Senior President and Glocal Convenor of YES Global Institute, India
"The time has never been better for women to make a difference in the world by becoming creators of the technology that empowers and redefines our future as a more equitable and prosperous world."
Richard Fritschi
Chairman, Implantica MediSwiss AG
"Digital technology impacts my industry in all areas we can think, develop and act."
Dr. Walter Grüebler
Former CEO and Chairman of Sika
"Increasing efficiency by optimal use of all relevant datas to steer the entire operation line."
Michael Huttman
Chairman & Founder, Millennium Global Investments Ltd. London
"Cyber currencies will challenge banks and exchanges and render two billion people bankable."
Taynaah Reis
CEO & Founder Moeda. Brazil
"Through blockchain technology, we are able to provide a transparent way of doing microfinance and microloan."
Prof. Alexandre Swoboda
Professor of Economics Emeritus. Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
"Impacts the structure and regulation of the financial and banking industry as well as, eventually, central banking and monetary policy."
Anna Gincherman
Women World Banking, Chief Product Development Officer. New York.
"Education is the key to properly include the 1.2 billion women financially, which are excluded today."
Idris Al-Senussi
President, Iasco Consulting, Spain
"Digital technology enables the biggest democratic step towards the inclusion of marginal citizens, to give them an identity and render them financially inclusive"
Andreas Thors
Partners Group, Zug
"Digitalization and technical development is effecting every industry in every geography. There is a need for continued cultural change management, requirement of new skills and clear prioritization."
Hannes Schmid
Artist, Hannes Schmid GmbH. Founder and Vice Chairman, Smiling Gecko.
"Smart villages are the future, so people don't have to move into smart cities."
Katherine Hermans
Director, Global Changemakers
"Digital technology allows for innovative solutions for sustainability across all industries."
Prof. Peter Lorange
Chairman, Lorange Network. Norway
"Digital technology shall lead to many new types of jobs / tasks."
Kairat Kaliyev
Managing Director, PR & Communications, FinTEch AIFC. Kazakhstan.
"Innovation and technology have brought about a radical change in traditional financial services, therefore Financial technology (Fin Tech) will play a crucial role in the future growth of this sector, taking new ideas and turning them into successful new businesses that create high- value, knowledge intensive jobs."
Pierre-Edouard Wahl
Head of Blockchain, Director PWC, Zürich
"Cryptographic ledgers are going to provide a new dimension of mathematically provable statements to audit."
Viola Lukacs
Curator, founder and advisor at Violuk Contemporary
"Experimentation in discovering our potential and the different and unusual ways of technology use is the key."
David Cassidy
CEO, Proman Group, Wollerau & Houston
"Making old technologies more efficient is as important as just trying to create disruption. The internal combustion engine and the liquid fuel distribution market 'baby' should not be thrown out with the car market 'bathwater'."
Simona Scarpaleggia
IKEA, CEO Switzerland, Italy
Simona Scarpaleggia, from Italy, has been CEO of IKEA Switzerland since May 2010. She is a passionate campaigner for all issues surrounding women's empowerment. In 2009, she co-founded «Valore D» in Italy and later «Advance - Women in Swiss Business» in Switzerland.
Kim Azzarelli
Seneca Women, Founder, USA
Kim Azzarelli, from the USA, is a business-, philanthropic, and legal advisor focused on advancing women and girls. Together with Ambassador Melanne Verveer she is a co-founder of Seneca Women and co-author of Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose.
Afsin Yurdakul
Haberturk, Turkey
Afsin Yurdakul, from Turkey, is a news anchor at Turkey's Haberturk News Network. From 2013 to 2015, she anchored and executive-produced foreign policy programs featuring leading domestic and international figures, and oversaw the network's international news coverage as chief foreign editor.
Preeti Sinha
YES Bank, Senior President, India
Preeti Sinha, from India, is Senior President & Glocal Convenor of the YES Institute a practicing think tank at YES Bank. YES Institute is one of the leading private sector global think-tank based in Delhi, with a mission to catalyze private capital into development and growth of India.
Özlem Denizmen
Doğuş Group, Strategist; Turkey Para Durumu, Founder
Özlem Denizmen, from Turkey, is an opinion leader for 'empowerment of women in economy' in many national and international platforms. She is the Strategist for Doğuş Group, one of the largest industrial holdings in Turkey and is on the Board of Directors at Doğuş Otomotiv.
Rehan Choundhy
CEO, Peak XV Advisors, New York
Recently, Mr. Choundhy established PeakXV Advisors to identify investment opportunities in the energy, renewable, and commodity sectors.
Marten Roed
Chairman, Maxi Shipping
Marten Roed is the Chairman of Maxi Shipping an international shipping companies focused on commodity logistic in the CIS and Black Sea region.
Steve Johanns
Veriown, CEO, Founder, USA
Steve has over 20 years of experience in energy, infrastructure, and innovation and is the Founder and CEO of Veriown Global Holdings, a distributed generation and micro grid service provider with a focus on electrifying the 1.2 billion people without access to electricity and banking systems in India and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ernst Hafen
ETH Zurich
Ernst Hafen is a leading geneticist and a promoter of the democratization of a personal data economy. He holds a professorship at ETH Zürich and served as its Presidenti. He is a co-founder of the Association Data and Health and the personal data cooperative MIDATA.coop.
Effy Vayena
ETH Zurich & Harvard
Effy Vayena is a leading expert in digital health ethics and policies. She has a professorship at the University of Zurich and a teaching affiliation with Harvard Medical School at the center for Bioethics. She is the lead consultant to the WHO for ethical and policy issues relating to reproductive health, and assisted reproduction as well as on health research ethics.
Marcel Tanner
Marcel Tanner is a global leader in public health research and epidemiology in low and middle income countries. President of Swiss Academy of Sciences and Emeritus Director of the Swiss Institute for Tropical and Public Health, University Basel and EPF Lausannev . He is the co-founder and former president of the Board of INDEPTH-Network.orgvi. Honorary Prof. University of Queensland Medical School, Brisbane, Australia and University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Klaas Zuideveld
Caris Lifesciences, Dallas
Klaas Zuideveld is an expert in clinical drug development. At Roche, he transitioned from being responsible for the clinical development of Avastin, to leadership roles setting the strategic agenda in Oncology Diagnostics. He is currently leading efforts at Caris Life Sciences to develop the next generation of Companion Diagnostics.
David Haerry
EUPATI-IMI
David Haerry is the work package co-leader and member of the Executive Committee in the EUPATI-IMI patient project. He has been involved in the working group updating the CIOMS International Ethical Guidelines for Health-Related Research involving Humans and in several European and global research networks and research collaborations.
Giulio Haas
Ambassador of Switzerland to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iran
Dr. Haas assumed his position in 2013, having returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after five years as an executive board member of a Swiss private banking.
Stuard Detmer
Nobel Oil, Chairman, Azerbaijani
Stuard Detmer is acting Chairman of the Board of Nobel Oil Service, an Azerbaijani offshore drilling and services company based in Baku. He is an international executive with extensive experience in Russia and the Caspian region.
Ketevan Bochorishvili
Vice Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
Ms. Ketevan Bochorishvili occupies the position of the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia since 2012. Since then her main focus has been development of the investment policies and to facilitate investments into the country, provide research and analysis on Georgian markets and introduce investors to Georgian business and authorities.
Stephan Murer
PhD, Switzerland
Until last year Stephan was Group Chief Technology officer at UBS AG, responsible for architecture and innovation of UBS's information systems. Before that, Stephan used to perform the same role at Credit Suisse.
Eric Knight
Knight Vinke, CIO/CEO, London
Eric Knight is the Founder and CEO of Knight Vinke Asset Management, a deep value investor and leading activist fund manager with offices in London, Zurich and Monaco.
Adriano Lucatelli
PhD, Descartes Finance, Inc. Founder and CEO, Zurich
Adriano is the founder of Descartes Finance, a robo-financial digital advisor bringing together the latest insights in financial theory, leading technology, and successful investment specialists.
Pierre-Edouard Wahl
VP Innovation and Director Block chain, Switzerland
Pierre-Edouard Wahl is the VP of Innovation and Blockchain lead for a leading global bank. After graduating from University of Edinburgh with an Engineering degree, he began working with virtual currency and built a marketplace that used closed currency to facilitate trade while lowering the cost of transacting on the platform.
Amer Hammour
Madison Marquette, Chairman; Capital Guidance Corp, President, USA
Mr. Hammour heads Capital Guidance's Real Estate investments and operations in the US and internationally. As Chairman and founder of Capital Guidance's main US based Real Estate subsidiary, Madison Marquette, which focuses on mixed use and retail properties and projects nationally, he is responsible for setting the company's investment strategy and leads its growth and capital relationship.
Don Harkleroad
The Bristol Company, CEO, USA
Don Harkleroad is CEO of 'The Bristol Company', a private enterprise with interests in various industries, including real estate, food production and distribution, agriculture and natural resources, technology, retail, trade, and private equity and finance.
David Cassidy
Consolidated Energy Limited, USA
Mr. David Cassidy serves as the Chairman of Consolidated Energy Limited which is a leading global energy player with a world-class asset base of methanol and fertilizer assets.
Kairat Kelimbetov
Governor of Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), Kazakhstan
"AIFC is one of the key platforms for the belt and road initiative, an unifying element between East and West"
Gurvinder Ahluwalia
CEO, Founder, Digital Twin Labs | Ex-CTO IBM Blockchain, IoT, Cloud, North America
"Chronicling from the mainframe generation followed by distributed web computing makes Blockchain our third-generation transaction system. Crypto tokens are our first generation of digitally-native incentive mechanism for governance in network platforms."
Francesco Andreoli
ETH Engineer, Swiss Entrepreneur, Hackathon and Crypto aficionado, Zurich, Switzerland
"After participating in over 20 ICO's with hugely varying regulatory compliance, the industry needs and I am looking forward to a better, professional regulatory environment."
Vitaliy Kozachenko
Managing Director, Fortior Law S.A.
English solicitor and New York attorney, member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the LMAA, specialising in contractual disputes, commodities, shipping, banking and finance, civil fraud and international investment disputes.
Ronald Kogens
Attorney at Law LL.M. FRORIEP Legal Ltd., Switzerland
"I'm a technology enthusiast!"
Guy Blackwood
Barrister (QC), Quadrant Chambers, UK
"Creating the world's most innovative framework for international arbitration."
Kairat Kaliev
Managing Director, Astana International Financial Centre, Kazakhstan
"Tokenization becomes a significant part of digitalization and a future of stock and commodity trading."
Ben Banerjee
Board Member at European Family Offices Alliance, InnMind & Swiss Impact Investment Association, Fundraising Advisor, Zug, Switzerland
"If properly implemented and regulated, Smart Economy on Blockchain can complement the present financial system and compensate its serious flaws."
Daniel Gasteiger
Founder, CEO, Procivis AG, Switzerland
"Self-sovereign digital identity is *the* killer use case for blockchain technology."
Lili Zhao
Director, NEO Global Development
"Blockchain will help us to advance from digital economy to Smart Economy."
Louis de Bruin
Blockchain Leader Europe, IBM Blockchain, Netherlands
Blockchain will do for transactions, what the internet did for information, allowing for drastic simplification of complex processes. Louis de Bruin has been advocating and driving the development of Blockchain for years. He is been active in the past in Blockchain trials and experimentations but is now driving the deployment of international operational Blockchain projects. He will share current operational Blockchains in the area of Food trust, international shipping and other areas.
Katerina Stathopoulou
Executive director, Investments & Finance Ltd, Greece
"Female talent in shipping promotes diversity and innovation giving the industry a more competitive advantage."
Dr. Aleksandra Gadzala
CEO, Magpie Advisory
"Around the world, women are making gains in policy and in business. In some countries where this is the case – countries like Bangladesh or Ethiopia, for instance – women are beating the odds in highly patriarchal societies. What approaches work best and why? What is the strategic rationale for investing in women entrepreneurs and leaders as a vehicle to catalyze economic growth? And what kind of innovation is needed to increase women's economic participation as entrepreneurs and in general?"
Dr. Jan Hoffmann
Chief of Trade Logistics Branch, DTL at UNCTAD, Switzerland
"Technological Progress will never be as slow as today."
Paolo Sironi
FinTech Thought Leader, IBM, Germany
"Transparency generates a new consequentialist ethic which only can change world governance for the better, thus foster individual and ecosystem anti-fragility by means of holistic behavioral awareness."
Olesya Nazarova
CEO & Founder, Appareal, Switzerland
"Giving Women Confidence in Business, Sustainably."
Bozhanka Vitanova
NSF I-Corps Instructor, Brandeis University, USA
"If we want new generations to be ready for the future of work, their education needs to be about learning how to create value for others."
Marina Gracia March
Co-Founder, Start Universe, Spain
"Entrepreneurship in education is a fundamental tool to reduce fear of failure."
Marc P. Bernegger
Board Member, Crypto Finance Group, Switzerland
Marc P. Bernegger is a Fintech and Crypto Entrepreneur / Investor. He co-founded the party-portal usgang.ch at the age of 20 and sold it later to Axel Springer Media. He is co-founder of amiando, a ticketing-plattform, which was bought by Xing and has been awarded by WEF as a "Global Technology Pioneer".
Since 2010, Marc is active as an investor focusing on fintech. He is in the advisory board of FinLeap, co-founder of Crypto Finance Conference and he is board member of Falcon Private Bank, Crypto Finance Group and Greater Zurich Area. Marc was awarded as '100 most successful people under 40 in Switzerland' by BILANZ.
Iñigo Merino
Digital Transformation Expert SAP, Spain
"How to survive to the future of the technology: the Key Topics that all C-Level executives need to know about Digital Transformation."
Giorgio de Carlo
General Director, Quaeris, Italy
"How and who could get reliable result and better previsions from the growing amount of unstructured data available? The challenge of the near future will be to extract weak signals from the growing noise."
Bibop G. Gresta
Co-Founder & Chairman, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc., USA
"New transportation technologies impact the future in many ways by bringing a plethora of benefits such as, saving time, costs, energy to travel between point A to point B at tremendous speeds while achieving maximum efficiency and effectiveness using renewable sources of energy thereby reducing pollution and being seamless, sustainable, feasible and easily integrated across all modes of transport."
Ray Leonard
President, Anglo-Eurasian LLP, Houston, USA
"The utilization of the vast resources of natural gas in the Caspian region can be part of solution in capping the emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere and slowing the effects of climate change."
Alessandro Trivilini
Head of Digital forensics Service, University of Applied Sciences of Southern
Switzerland
"Digital forensics and cyber defense."
Paolo Lezzi
Executive VP, European Center for Advanced Cyber Security, Milan, Italy
"From Passive Defense to Permanent Alert to Active Response."
Carlos Moreira
Founder, Chairman and CEO WISeKey, Geneva, Switzerland
"WISeKey and the Blockchain Research Institute sign agreement to create interconnected Blockchain Centers of Excellence around the world."
Pascal Buchner
Director Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer, IATA, Geneva, Switzerland
"Security is about brand protection."
Dr. Matteo E. Bonfanti
Senior Researcher, Center for Security Studies, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
"The Cyber Crime-Terror Nexus: Should We Believe the Hype?"
Helder F. Antunes
CEO, GDS360, D.C., USA
"The world needs a different approach to cybersecurity."
Giuseppe Buganè
General Director, Furlong S.r.l., Italy
"Development Southern Europe Block-trains to Far East and Central Asia double the spin to Eurasia economic integration."