Advisory Board


Dr. Damien Ackerer

Corporate Committee member


Dr. Damien Ackerer is Quantitative Researcher and Portfolio Manager at Swissquote. He is also advisor to Chainfund. Dr. Ackerer earned a PhD in finance at the Swiss Finance Institute at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

Dr. Jean-Philippe Aumasson

Tech Committee member


Dr. Jean-Philippe Aumasson is a member of the Executive Committee of Taurus Group SA and its Head of Security. Dr. Aumasson wrote the books “Serious Cryptography” (No Starch Press, 2017) and “The Hash Function BLAKE” (Springer, 2015). Dr. Aumasson holds a PhD in Cryptography from EPFL. Before joining Taurus Group SA, he worked for eight years in applied cryptography, security architecture and cybersecurity at the Swiss group Kudelski.

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Pierre Besson

AML Committee member


Pierre Besson is Group Senior Advisor and Managing Director of Risks & Compliance at Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA, a Swiss private bank.
Mr. Besson teaches compliance financial market courses at the Compliance management program (University of Geneva) and at the Haute Ecole ARC (postgraduate program financial crime).

Benjamin Boussiba

Tech Committee member


Benjamin Boussiba is a Principal Technical Consultant, part of the Temenos Business Solution Group, having joined Temenos in 1998.
Mr. Boussiba is a computer scientist and graduated from the Geneva ESIG (Ecole Supérieure d’Informatique de Gestion); he enjoys an extensive experience in the fields of banking software, system architecture and related technologies.

Justas Cepenas

Tech Committee member


Justas Cepenas holds bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Vilnius University. Mr. Cepenas has over ten years of experience in retail and institutional Forex industry. He holds extensive DLT technology knowledge and is an active member of Switzerland’s Blockchain community.

Fabrizio Cerutti

AML Committee member


Fabrizio Cerutti is Member of the Executive Board and Chief Risk Officer of PKB, which he joined in 2017 after more than 20 years at Credit Suisse. In his previous position, he was a member of the Senior Management as Head of Audit Business and was responsible for the Internal Audit activities of international Private Banking. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Italy SpA.

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Sundar Devarajan

Tech Committee member


Sundareswaran Devarajan enjoys 17 years banking experience, including 7 years in the middle east and the rest in UK/Europe regions. His expert knowledge in retail & corporate finance has earned him a role in Temenos as a Principal Presales lead consultant. Mr. Devarajan began his career in 2002 as a developer, before angling his career toward implementation services to focus on creating solutions and strategies for various client deployment. In his current role he is involved in designing proof of concepts for emerging fintech trends like Distributed Ledger Technology, Open Banking etc. He holds a Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, a diploma in Networking systems and an MBA from the University of Leicester. He is also a certified Data Scientist.

Prof. Damir Filipović

Corporate Committee member


Prof. Damir Filipović holds the Swissquote Chair in Quantitative Finance at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and a Swiss Finance Institute Senior Chair. He also acts as head of the Swiss Finance Institute @ EPFL. Prof. Filipović holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from ETH Zurich and has been a faculty member of the University of Vienna, the University of Munich and Princeton University. He also worked for the Swiss Federal Office of Private Insurance as co-developer of the Swiss Solvency Test. Prof. Filipović is on the editorial board of several academic journals. His research focus is in quantitative finance and risk management.

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Emmanuel Genequand

AML Committee member


Emmanuel Genequand is a Partner at PwC and heads the Regulatory & Compliance Services of PwC’s Banking Audit department. Mr. Genequand regularly teaches on banking supervision and compliance matters at the Law School of Geneva University and other institutions.

Swen Grundmann

Corporate Committee member


Swen Grundmann is General Counsel and Company Secretary of Reinet Investments SCA, a Luxemburg investment company, and Company Secretary of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, the Swiss luxury group. Mr. Grundmann holds a law degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam and is a member of the Dutch Association of Corporate Litigation. From 1996 to 2017 (incl.), Mr. Grundmann has been responsible for the corporate law affairs of many of Richemont’s subsidiaries and since 2011, for Reinet’s legal affairs and serves on the boards of a number of companies in which Richemont or Reinet hold an interest.

Yann Isola

AML Committee member


Yann Isola is software architect experienced in high frequency trading systems and a Project Manager and blockchain expert for Swissquote, a company he joined in 2012. Mr. Isola worked in the Retail Banking and Banking Global Markets at HSBC and for private bank Edmond de Rothschild. Mr. Isola holds a computer engineering degree from ESIEE Paris and a certificate in blockchain coding.

Raoul Jacot-Descombes

AML Committee member


Raoul Jacot-Descombes is Head of Risks & Compliance and an Executive Managing Director at Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA.
Mr. Jacot-Descombes is a lawyer and has completed commercial studies and holds a Law Degree at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Natacha A. Polli

AML Committee chair


Natacha A. Polli is a lawyer by training and holds a Continuing Education Certificate in Compliance Management. Ms. Polli enjoys an extensive experience in executive positions within banks and is now an independent consultant at the firm PAZ Consultants specializing in Compliance and Governance issues. Ms. Polli is a member of the Steering Committee for Continuing Education Compliance-Management at the University of Geneva and is active in several professional associations in the financial sector.

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Prof. Alexandre Richa

Corporate Committee chair


Prof. Alexandre Richa is an Associate Professor at the University of Lausanne, HEC Lausanne, where he notably teaches financial market law and corporate law. Prof. Richa is also the director of the Department of Business and Tax Law at HEC Lausanne, as well as a member of the academic committee of the Bank Innovation Competence Center. Prof. Richa is also a partner at the law firm ABR Avocats in Geneva and a member of the board of several non-profit organizations in the legal field.

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Arnaud Salomon

Tech Committee member


Mr. Arnaud Salomon is founder and CEO of Mt Pelerin Group SA. Mr. Salomon holds a Master in Communication Systems from EPFL, with a specialization in IT security (2008). After a thesis internship at UBS Investment Bank in Zurich, he worked in Geneva as a trader at Essent Energy and RWE Supply & Trading, first in commodities, then in forex.

Dr. Adrien Treccani

Tech Committee member


Dr. Adrien Treccani is Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Metaco SA, a leading company in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrencies backed by Swisscom and Swiss Post. Dr. Treccani is a Lecturer at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and at Université de Lausanne in distributed ledger technology. He worked in the financial industry as a quantitative analyst, where he specialized in derivatives pricing and algorithmic trading. After his graduation in computer science from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Dr. Treccani earned a Ph.D. in mathematical finance at the Swiss Finance Institute and completed a post doctorate in high performance computing at the University of Zurich.