Tech Committee


Dr. Jean-Philippe Aumasson

Tech Committee chair


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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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.

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.

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.

   

Regulatory Committee


Dr. Thomas Frick

Regulatory Committee chair


Dr. Frick is a partner at the law firm Niederer Kraft Frey Ltd, and is based in Zurich. He counsels Swiss and international banks and other enterprises in particular in the finance industry on various legal and regulatory issues. He advises on FinTech projects and is the editor of the FinTech Law Review. He advises, publishes and lectures also on sanctions and on competition law. Since 2001 he has been a board member of various banks. He has lectured in Banking and Finance in Zurich’s LL.M. Program at the University of Zurich since 1996.

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David Garrido

Regulatory Committee member


David Garrido is General Counsel of the Group Lombard Odier and a member of the Executive Committee of Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA. Mr Garrido joined the Lombard Odier Group in 2016 after almost 20 years with HSBC. For several years he was General Counsel for HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA and General Counsel Continental Europe for Global Private Banking.
Mr Garrido holds a law degree from the University of Geneva and a LL.M from the School of Law of Northwestern University as well as a Certificate in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management.

Marco Hegglin

Regulatory Committee member


Marco Hegglin is Head of Business Management Investment Banking at Bank Vontobel AG. Together with his team, Mr. Hegglin is closely working on strategic initiatives and activities for the whole business unit, whereof one dedicated team is solely focusing on blockchain initiatives for the whole business unit, preparing new service offerings and products in this field. Mr. Hegglin directly reports to the Head of Investment Banking and among other tasks acts as his chief of staff. In his prior role as Head Business Services his department was responsible for delivering services like SPOC for all Transaction Banking clients, Master Date Management, Global Tax Reporting, Transactional Tax and Project Management. Mr. Hegglin has a strong track record in project management and was leading several projects for Vontobel which he joined in 2015. Before joining Vontobel, he was working as a management consultant with focus on financials industry.

Sandra Lathion-Zweifel

Regulatory Committee member


Sandra Lathion-Zweifel is an attorney-at-law specializing in banking and finance law. She advises clients from the banking and asset management sectors on regulatory, contractual and corporate issues. Ms Lathion-Zweifel is a member of the board of directors and member of the audit committee of Swisscom AG and of BCVs. She previously acted as Section Head within the Asset Management Division at FINMA.

Patrick Salm

Regulatory Committee member


Patrick Salm is a cofounder of SEBA Bank and responsible for the tokenization platform at the bank which will help clients to issue and manage financial assets on multiple Blockchain protocols and connect them to investors in an easy and cost-effective way. Previously, he co-chaired the Regulatory and Policy Working Group at the Crypto Valley Association and cofounded DecentAge, a Swiss based company helping customers to transform their existing business model into a decentralized ecosystem. Before, he served as an advisor to TaaS, the first closed-end fund dedicated solely to Blockchain asset and cofounded Kepler Technologies, a cryptocurrency portfolio management and analytics platform. Mr Salm’s track record includes more than 10 years’ in leading roles, such as Head of Recovery, Business Analyst and Strategic Risk Manager in large, financial institutions. He holds a MSc in Banking and Finance from the Institute of Financial Services Zug at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and a BSc in Business Law from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Furthermore, Patrick was among the first tutor group of a post-degree study (Certificate of Advanced Studies CAS) in Blockchain at Lucerne School of Information Technology.

Ulrich Sauter

Regulatory Committee member


Ulrich Sauter is the General Counsel for the Tezos Foundation. He has more than 23 years of experience as a lawyer primarily in capital markets, financial products and corporate law. He worked for many years as general counsel in the investment banking sector, but also in the banking and finance department of a major Zurich law firm, as an intern in a New York law firm and as an apprentice at the St. Gallen District Court. In addition to admittance to the Swiss bar, Ulrich holds a law degree from the University of St. Gallen and an LL.M. degree in corporate law from the New York University School of Law

Dr. Bertrand Schott

Regulatory Committee member


Bertrand Schott is a partner at the law firm Niederer Kraft Frey Ltd, and is based in Zurich. He specialises in the regulation of financial services, investment funds and other investment vehicles in particular asset management and distribution, financial market infrastructures and the trading of derivatives and other financial instruments. Mr. Schott also focuses on corporate law and M&A, primarily in the financial sector.

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Corporate Committee


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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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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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.

 

AML Committee


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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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).

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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Olivier Cohen

AML Committee member


Olivier Cohen earned a Master’s degree in Mathematical and Computational Finance from Toulouse Business School in collaboration with Prof. Monique Pontier, Université des sciences economic sociale Paul Sabatier, in 2003. He acquired experience as an option trader on precious metals at MKS and went on to specialise in exotic credit derivatives for JP Morgan Investment Banking in London as risk manager. Later, moving on to JP Morgan Private Banking in Geneva, where he set-up a currency overlay program. Mr. Cohen, celebrates over 10 years as Chief Investment Officer at Capland SA, a multi-family office dedicated to wealth management in Geneva. Through a succession of defining events, Mr. Cohen, was led to founding Altcoinomy SA, a dedicated, vertically-integrated cryptocurrency facilitator, offering AML/KYC services to early-adopters, ICOs and STOs worldwide, since 2017.

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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.

Lars Hodel

AML Committee member


Lars Hodel is Head Legal and Compliance at Bitcoin Suisse AG, where he ensures that operations are in conformity with legal and regulatory requirements and the related risks are managed accordingly. Before joining Bitcoin Suisse AG he worked at a Swiss systemic relevant bank, as tax consultant in a Big 4 company, and in the legal department of a globally leading medtech firm. He holds a master’s degree in Law (MLaw) from the University of Berne and a postgraduate master’s degree in International Business Law from Tilburg University (LL.M).

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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.