Lucas Betschart

President,
Bitcoin Association Switzerland

Lucas is the founder of Blockchain Source, a consulting company focused on applying Blockchain technology in digital transformation processes. Since early 2014 he has been organizing talks for our local Bitcoin community with top experts from all around the world, connecting and educating startups, corporates and enthusiasts.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Urs Bolt

Fintech and Regtech Advisor,
bolt.now

30+ years experience in the financial services industry, mainly in wealth management, investment banking and banking technology business. My core expertise is to develop and roll out new digital business platforms. Successful projects include a B2B social business platform for financial intermediaries, establishing prime services for ultra-wealthy clients, and post-trade services for FX and OTC products. My current focus is to help FinTech & RegTech companies and financial service providers review/refocus business strategies, develop products and markets, execute sales, scout for FinTech solutions, build business partnerships, manage projects, and implement corporate structures and processes. Constantly ranked as top FinTech influencer in Switzerland and globally in RegTech. Active as speaker, panelist, moderator, interviewee, microblogger and author. In addition I advocate for social and political causes. I am an Ecomodernist/-pragmatist in favour of new energy policies balancing economy and ecology. A sustainable environment based on scientific research not ideology.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Stefan Bütler

Business Manager Digitization,
Investment Banking,
Bank Vontobel AG

As a strong believer in the power of innovation ecosystems, I co-founded Swiss Fintech Innovations, an independent association of Swiss banks and insurances, with the mission to positions Switzerland as a leading hotspot for fintech innovation and support building the Swiss Fintech ecosystem. Changing customer needs and new technologies open vast new opportunities for innovation in the financial services industry. I am driven by my desire to learn, challenge the status quo, lead and work together with colleagues, customers and partners to lead ideas to market success. I have over 10 years of professional experience working in different functions and leadership roles in consulting and the financial services industry. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems with a strong emphasis on change and business transformations as well as an Executive Master’s in Business Engineering from the University of St. Gallen.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Markus Hartmann

Co-founder and CEO,
Alethena

Markus Hartmann is Co-Founder and CEO of Alethena, a Rating Agency for Blockchain-Assets. With more than 10 years of experience in the Financial Service Industry and a solid academic background, he connects the traditional investment world with the new age of distributed ledgers. Markus is a Blockchain-expert and a visionary entrepreneur. He is a strong believer in the potential of blockchain technology and considers its power to democratize values as becoming the next big thing in technical evolution after the internet made information accessible to everyone. His selection of topics ranges from founding a start-up business, tokenized securities, Blockchain-Asset due diligence as well as regulatory influences on the vision of shares on the Blockchain.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Rolf Günter

ADVISORY LAWYER,
LAWSHIFT GmbH

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. Rolf Günter is an Attorney and Master of Business Administration with a degree of the Universities of Rochester (New York) and Bern. Furthermore he has a certificate of the University of St. Gallen in Service Management, Liability and Insurance Law as well as the diploma in “Enterprise Risk Management” of the Insurance Institute of Switzerland.

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Stefan F. Oehri

Group Head Trading Business Management,
LGT

After graduating as a business economist, Stefan Öhri worked for several years in process-related consulting. He has been working in various roles at LGT for almost fifteen years and is currently responsible for trading business management throughout the Group. He is also the Subject Matter Expert for Blockchain in the digitization team at LGT.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Mathias Ruch

Founder,
Lakeside Partners

Founder and Managing Partner at Crypto Valley’s leading early-stage investment company Lakeside Partners, Co-Initiator of the Blockchain Competition and Initiator of Crypto Valley Labs. As an entrepreneur and angel investor Mathias Ruch has been involved in the digital startup scene for 20 years. Before turning his focus to blockchain, he built and exited several successful online and media companies such as FaroTV and Europe’s crowdsourcing pioneer Atizo. Today, he is a driving force behind the development of the global blockchain startup ecosystem. He is leading the Blockchain Taskforce, assembled by the Swiss Federal Council.

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Daniel Rutishauser

Head of Financial Services and Head of Blockchain, inacta AG

Daniels aim as an DLT/blockchain enthusiast is not crypto currencies, but beyond that advising startups going through an ICO and building their solution, as well supporting corporates in their blockchain endeavors. He is Shaping Crypto Valley's ecosystem from within as he is works as head of blockchain with inacta. He is convinced that the DLT concept with the underlying technology stack (aka "Internet of Value") will bring fundamental change for many markets and for the society - more than the Worldwide Web has done.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Dr. Efi Pylarinou

Global influencer / Co-founder,
Daily Fintech

Efi Pylarinou is a seasoned Wall Street professional who has grown into a global Fintech influencer. Included in the Women in Fintech powerlist by Innovate Finance (2016 & 2017); in Women in Fintech DACH social ranking, the Global Fintech 80, and The Planet Compliance Top 50 RegTech Influencers. She has more than 150,000 Linkedin followers and a domain focus on Digital Wealth Management & Capital Markets.
She is an independent advisor to Fintech and Blockchain ventures, and speaks internationally on Fintech and Blockchain trends. She is the co-founder and author of Daily Fintech with more than 23,000 subscribers.
Efi holds a doctorate in Finance, is the author of Wiley Fixed income books with Frank Fabozzi and is a co-author in the Wiley WealthTech book.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Philipp Sandners

Head of Frankfurt School Blockchain Center

Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner is head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. The expertise of Prof. Sandner in particular includes blockchain technology, crypto currencies, digital transformation and entrepreneurship. He advises companies concerning their blockchain activities, e.g. the first European crypto fund or the Korean blockchain startup HYCON. Prof. Sandner is a member of the FinTechRat of the Federal Ministry of Finance and, additionally, founding member of the German Blockchain Association e.V. and the Multichain Asset Managers Association.

Before joining Frankfurt School, he co-founded a consulting company specialized in the area of innovation strategy IP and technology transfer. He has been research fellow at the Technical University Munich, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Previous to that, he studied business administration focusing on computer science at the University Mannheim.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Dr. Fabian Schär

Managing Director of the Center for Innovative Finance,
University of Basel

Dr. Fabian Schär is Managing Director of the Center for Innovative Finance at the University of Basel. His research focus is on the potential and applications of blockchain. In addition, he works as a lecturer in blockchain technology at the University of Basel, the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich (HWZ) and the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW).
Fabian has a PhD in cryptoassets and blockchain technology and is co-author of several publications, including the bestselling book «Bitcoin, Blockchain und Kryptoassets». Moreover, he is a member of the advisory board of «Fondation CH2048», an invited speaker at numerous renowned organizations and has several years of professional experience in the financial industry.

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Dr. Thomas Dübendorfer

President,
Swiss ICT Investor Club

Thomas Dübendorfer holds a Ph.D. and master in computer science with honors with distinction from ETH Zurich. He worked as software engineer in Silicon Valley and seven years as Tech Lead on security and privacy projects at Google in Zürich, receiving three Google OC awards. He is a lecturer at ETH Zürich and has co-founded several Internet technology based product centric startups in Switzerland, among them Spontacts (exit to Scout24 Group), Contovista (big data for finance) and Frontify (collaborative web design).

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Vasiliy Suvorov

VP Technology Strategy,
Luxoft

Besides being VP of Technology Strategy at Luxoft, Vasiliy Suvorov is the Vice-President of the Crypto Valley Association and Lead Technical Juror of the Blockchain Competition. He is a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management and has been involved in top-level technical projects around the world for over 20 years.

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Edward Turner

Head Open Innovation,
SIX Group

Edward Turner has a background in Finance and Business Development. His focus lies on developing new business models and bringing these to market successfully. Currently he heads up Open Innovation for the Innovation and Digital Unit of the SIX Group and focusing on bringing innovation to the Swiss Financial Center by collaborating with external stakeholders. Edward holds a BA in Economics from the University of Zürich, an MBA from the Judge Business School of Cambridge University and is a CFA Charterholder. He has worked for Credit Suisse, Trina Solar, Google and Lykke.

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Jürg Wyttenbach

Managing Partner,
wygroup

Internationally experienced Executive with a long-time business- and people-network. Established track record of successful, sustainable turnover growth.
40 years of hands-on experience in the development, implementation and commercialization of software solutions. Expertise in go-to-market and executing effective worldwide sales strategies (direct/indirect), as well as realizing global product launches. Long-time start-up and IPO experience.
The best entrepreneurs realize that having a coach to navigate the intense ups and downs of entrepreneurship is a competitive advantage. They realize that remarkable leaders allow themselves to be supported, especially during their most vulnerable times.
The tremendous success of general management over the last century has provided unprecedented material abundance, but those management principles are ill-suited to handle the chaos and uncertainty that startups must face. Juerg has experience in setting up start-ups from the idea to market maturity and relies on the latest methods from Silicon Valley.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Christophe Winteregg

Director Sales Consulting Technology and Cloud Platform, Oracle

Christophe Winteregg is leading the sales Consulting Organisation at Oracle for Switzerland and Austria. His passion for innovation and new technologies is coming from the time when he graduates in the domain of Computer Science at the FH in Neuchatel. Moreover, his current focus is driving transformation and delivering new value supported by new technologies like Blockchain, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence or IOT for large customer. He is currently involved in several Blockchain projects. The last 20 years, Christophe Winteregg worked for several Large IT Companies where he gathered a wast experience in technical IT, Security, Development or Business Applications in several industries.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor