Urs Baumann studied architecture at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Mendrisio and participated in an Erasmus programme at the TU Delft in the Netherlands before receiving his diploma in 2002. From 2002 to 2007 Urs Baumann worked in architectural offices in Baden, Dublin and Zurich as project manager where he supervised various projects from planning to construction. From 2007 to 2016 he held various positions at Implenia Schweiz AG, most recently as a member of the division management and responsible for project development in German-speaking Switzerland. In 2015, Urs Baumann completed his Master's degree Executive MBA at the University of Zurich. Since October 2016 he helds the position of Head of the Group-wide Division for Sustainability and Innovation at Swiss Prime Site AG. Urs Baumann lives in Wettingen, is married and has two children aged nine and eleven.
François is an experienced real estate specialist. He is member of the management board at Alfred Müller AG, a large Swiss real estate company based in Zug. Before his activity as head acquisitions, sales and marketing at Alfred Müller he worked for several real estate companies in different positions covering general contracting, commercial and real estate fund related activities and in real estate consulting at PwC. He has a master degree in architecture from EPFL and lives in Zurich.
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.
With his first IT startup founded at age 17, Roger Darin has always been enthusiastic about technology and entrepreneurship . While he then pursued a more traditional career in Investment Banking, working in several major financial centres such as Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and others, he continued to nurture his interests in technology. His first professional foray into Bitcoin was in 2014 when his company started to offer seminars, demonstrating the vast implications that came with Blockchain technology. After working as a Product Manager for a wealth management platform for a little under two years, he joined inacta in Zug to support their efforts to build a comprehensive ecosystem and move clients into the blockchain age.
James is recognised as one of the leading thought leaders on the future of the real estate market with blockchain at the heart of his theories. His role as the Co-Founder of Unissu , the global leader of PropTech data, information and resources, means he has an unrivalled perspective on global PropTech trends. As a result, he is a much sought after speaker on the future of the property industry both in terms of how people and companies in the sector should adapt to facilitate change.
Markus Fischer is responsible for the business development of inacta AG as Head of Business Development. As a former CEO and Country Manager of various Swiss IT companies, Markus Fischer has many years of experience in setting up and developing innovative business areas. He graduated as a business economist HWV and was also a member of national digitization committees. He brings in-depth knowledge of the Swiss market, especially the real estate industry, as well as proven success in sales and marketing. Combined with technical expertise in digitization topics and business process management, Markus Fischer supports the networking of established companies with blockchain startups.
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.
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.
At CV VC, Pavel leads the CV Competition and CV Labs Incubation Program, located in the heart of the Crypto Valley, Switzerland. He is passionate about emerging technology solutions and their practical application in the commercial environment to deliver efficiency, productivity, and sustainable growth. He has an aptitude for fostering and maintaining business relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders. Prior to joining CV VC, the next generation Venture Capital company, Pavel worked both as a consultant and as an internal expert in the following industries: oil and gas, renewables, financial services, eCommerce and government affairs.
David is CEO at Alfred Müller AG, a large Swiss real estate company based in Zug. He gained extensive knowhow in international project management and civil engineering in key positions i.a. at Holcim and Pöyry Infra in Zurich. David has a degree in civil engineering from the ETH Zurich and an eMBA from the University of Zurich. He lives in Egg with his family.
Levent Künzi is COO of BETTERHOMES, a multi-national real estate brokerage headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Thanks to his ten years at BETTERHOMES he is exceptionally familiar with the operational processes. He is passionate about innovation, especially in property technology and is enthusiastic about distributed technology, smart data, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Cyrill Lanz is the CEO and Founder of BETTERHOMES AG, a multi-national real estate brokerage company headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. The company has become the largest independent real estate broker in Switzerland. BETTERHOMES runs its operations in Austria and Germany as well. With more than 25 years of experience in sales management, he structered the company by using a direct-selling marketing system in combination with a strong focus on digitalization instead of the franchising industry standard. Cyrill Lanz earned an MBA in General Management from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), and a Master's Postgraduate Diploma in Global Business from the University of Oxford.
Ivo Lenherr is a qualified architect (FH) and obtained an Exec. MBA from the University of St. Gallen. He is the co-owner of fsp Architekten AG in Spreitenbach and of sattlerpartner in Solothurn / Wallisellen with a staff of over 80, specialising in complex projects with the claim 'fsp. We don't build for ourselves'. He has accrued years of successful practical experience in well-known companies, such as Gigon Guyer, and in the application of high-quality, functional architecture for Swiss Federal Railways. Taking a leading role in MIC.MIND.SET, a collaborative European network, the companies are continuing to develop daily and are creating a blend of innovation, high-grade aesthetics and functionality for the benefit of the client. Ivo Lenherr has worked in academia and in research, focusing on Virtual Design Construction (VDC). He is involved Europe-wide in companies and projects which are at the forefront of digital construction. He is the co-author of the books 'Generalplaner' (vdf Verlag 2015) and 'Lean Hospital' (MWV 2015).
His company advise real estate companies and organisations on their way into the digital future. After various positions in the insurance industry, he joined the real estate portal homegate.ch in 2001. Between 2010 and mid-2015, he was CEO of homegate.ch and developed it into the national market leader. Since then he has been on the road as an independent entrepreneur and advises and supports start-ups in the PropTech sector. He lives in Turbenthal, where he is responsible for civil engineering and plants.
Dr. Sandro C. Principe is a Member of the Executive Board at Wincasa, responsible for Business Transformation. His responsibilities include IT/Technology, Data Science, Digital Development, Innovation, M&A and New Business.
Prior to this function, Sandro worked for Swisscom and Swiss Post Solutions AG. He was responsible for functions like Innovation, Business Development, Marketing, Sales and Communications. He started his career with Accenture and consulted many fortune five hundred companies for almost ten years in business and technology strategies and operational improvements.
Besides his corporate career, Sandro is the founder, owner and president of Lemonfrog AG, an Internet company focusing on platforms as a service.
He holds a PHD in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), is a Certified Management Consultant and followed executive education courses at the IMD.
CEO at Crypto Valley’s leading early-stage investment company CVVC, Co-Initiator of the CV Competition and Initiator of CVLabs. 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.
David Schwaninger is a partner at Blum&Grob Attorneys Ltd, a law firm based in Zurich. He heads the real estate legal department and is co-head of the intellectual property and IT-law working group at Blum&Grob. David also holds the title of “Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law”. In addition to his general activities in real estate and IT law, where he represents national and international clients, he is particularly interested in matters related to both legal fields such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) or blockchain. David also holds regularly speeches and gives lectures related to these topics. He is familiar with questions that startups have to deal with, as he himself was one of the founders of an IT startup that today advises clients all over the world.
Claudio is the CEO of the i.AM Innovation Lab which is an open innovation platform for the Asset and Investment Management industry. The i.AM Innovation Lab provides a physical and digital platform to generate, foster and test ideas in cooperation with Start-ups, Tech and Investment firms in a speedy and easy accessible manner applying start-up development methodology, Beforehand Claudio spent three years as an entrepreneur and founder in the Fintech and Proptech sectors with LEND and easyLET. Claudio started his career in investment banking. From 2001 to 2015 he worked for UBS IB and Barclays Capital in London and Zurich. Claudio holds a BSc UAS Zurich (ZHAW School of Management & Law).
Robby Schwertner is active in the blockchain domain: he serves as an social media influencer and blogger focusing on cryptocurrencies and startups built on blockchain technology. His critical insights are published globally, including at www.wallstreet-online.de and he is a frequent speaker at international blockchain events. Previously Robby managed R&D funds for Smart City related innovation and developent projects. He supports many blockchain startups, runs a blockchain consultancy company in Austria with customers worldwide. And he helps to transform existing business by using blockchain technology, with a special focus on real estate and in particular in planning, BIM, facility management, for new lease and financing models like real estate backed stable coins.
John Philip Stalder is a business information technology specialist with 15+ years of experience in IT and digitalization. He joined stalder stalder Group as a member of the board in 2013 and has been focusing on the expansion of the family owned real estate business ever since. When he discovered the promising synergies of information technology and real estate business John founded venbona, a digital trading platform for real estate that aims to connect its services with the blockchain technology. Being an entrepreneur since a young age with a passion for all things real estate and technology, John Philip Stalder is excited about the disruptive potential blockchain brings to the real estate world.
Dr. Peter Staub is CEO and founder of pom+Consulting AG. pom+ provides services for companies and organisations in the fields of construction, facility, property, portfolio and asset management. Together with ETH Zurich, the University of St. Gallen, the University of Applied Sciences Zurich and other research partners in Switzerland and abroad, he evaluates current trends and technologies and develops new business models for companies in the real estate industry. He supports well-known companies with innovative solutions on their way into the digital age. He furthermore is the director of the degree program "Digital Real Estate" at the HWZ and President of the Group of Fifteen.
Walter Strametz holds a degree in computer science and an MBA from IMD. He started as a programmer in Austria, and later, as a member of the board of one of the largest Swiss IT consulting companies, he headed the topic of blockchain at an early stage. Private development activities in the real estate sector brought his focus to the intersection of blockchain and real estate. He is founding and board member of FIBREE.org (Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise) and founder of element36.io.
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.
Wouter is known as a one of worlds’ thought leaders in PropTech. He is a serial entrepreneur as founder of Global PropTech Online and Holland ConTech & PropTech. Global PropTech Online is the first conference which brings the most wanted PropTech speakers to 1.000.000 people within real estate. Holland ConTech & PropTech is the most successful ecosystem with around 200 corporate and startup members. Wouter is a well-known speaker about unleashing the innovative power, mindset and culture. He also talks about the biggest trends for construction and real estate.
Prof. Dr. Michael Trübestein is Professor for real estate investments and management at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) as well as Head of the Master of Science in Real Estate (MScRE) program.
His scientific activities focus on direct and indirect real estate investments, real estate asset management, digitization in the real estate industry and blockchain technology as well as real estate markets. He is the author of various publications and studies as well as organizer of numerous conferences. Hereby, the interaction of the traditional real estate industry and disruptive technologies is a leading framework.
He is co-founder of the Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise (FIBREE) and President of the Swiss chapter. Furthermore, he is a member of the Advisory Board of Elea Labs AG, Blocksquare.io and Hyposcout AG.
Denitza Tyufekchieva is a blockchain advocate & co-founder and VP of Business Development of Propy, author, mentor and advisor of tech startups. She is recognized on a world level as one of the first women in the blockchain ecosystem. Denitza is expert in token sales, blockchain legislation, real estate, token economy for physical assets. She spoke at numerous Blockchain events in Silicon Valley and Europe. She holds Master of Marketing degree and a Bachelor of international business relations, graduated with honors. Author of blockchain papers, board member of some of the biggest blockchain organizations in Bulgaria. She is highly engaged with non-profit organizations aimed at helping young tech startups, where she mentored 40+ tech startups.
Nicolas Voëlin is a real estate consultant at pom+Consulting AG, a management consulting company focusing on digital innovation, strategy and technology deployment in the real estate sector. He studied business and economics at University of Basel and holds a master’s degree in Real Estate Investment from Cass Business School in London. Prior to his current position at pom, Nicolas worked at Credit Suisse Global Real Estate and accompanied international clients and transactions. He is passionate about implementing disruptive technologies within the industry and aspires to bridge the gap between today’s processes and future solutions.
Martin Waeber, Director of ImmoScout24, has more than 15 years’ experience in change management, business digitisation and developing new business models. Based at Scout 24 headquarters in Flamatt (Fribourg), Switzerland, Mr Waeber is a proponent of entrepreneurship, leadership and transformation through digitisation, and prioritises meeting objectives and achieving excellent results. As well as being able to draw on a wealth of line management experience, Mr Waeber is adept at coordinating teams of up to 250 people. He honed his strategic and operational expertise in marketing and sales at various national and international companies. He also has a strong academic background, having completed a Master’s degree in Science of Communications Management. He is married and has two children.