Organizers and Chairs

Prof. Corinne Zellweger-Gutknecht, Kalaidos Law School University of Applied Sciences/PD at the Faculty of Law, University of Zurich.
Corinne is a professor of private law, financial market and monetary law at the Kalaidos Law School and a Privatdozentin holding a venia legendi in private and civil procedure law, financial market law and comparative law from the University of Zurich Faculty of Law. Previous to joining the Kalaidos Law School faculty, she was an associate professor at the University of Geneva. She has, among other subjects, taught financial market law and monetary law at the Universities of Geneva and Zurich. For more than seven years, Corinne worked for one of the large Swiss banks. She has spent several periods doing research at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, at the House of Finance of the Goethe University in Frankfurt and at the Département Sorbonne-Finance of the Paris-Sorbonne University. She has authored books and numerous articles, including publications on negative interest rates, central bank issued digital currencies and other monetary law topics.

Dr. Hans Kuhn, University of Lucerne, Lecturer for financial and monetary law.
Hans is a partner with Zulauf Partner in Zurich and specializes in banking and financial market law, including securities law and payment transactions. Before joining private practice he served as chief legal counsel for Swiss National Bank, Switzerland’s central bank, for more than 13 years. He played a leading role in the national and international securities law reforms, acting as chairperson of the national expert group preparing the Swiss Federal Intermediated Securities Act and the Diplomatic Conference which adopted the Geneva Securities Convention. He has been teaching secured transactions and financial and monetary law at the Lucerne University School of Law since 2004. He authored several bookand numerous articles on private international law, secured transactions and securities and monetary law and is also a regular speaker at national and international conferences. Hans is a graduate of the University of Zurich (Dr. iur. 1998) and holds an LL.M.-Degree from Tulane University School of Law (New Orleans, 2001).


Vic Arulchandran, Chief Operating Officer, Nivaura, London. Vic is the COO and Analytics at Nivaura. Vic has a PhD in Pure and Applied Mathematics, and is a skilled quantitative and big-data analyst in finance and health-care. In addition he has worked across multiple industries in strategic market analysis and product management. In Nivaura Vic is focused on operations, and design and testing analytics and risk models.



Beat Bannwart, Head of Strategic Innovation & Market Development, Corporate & Institutional Clients, UBS Switzerland AG. Beat holds a Master of Science in Physics from ETH Zurich and is currently Head of Strategic Innovation & Market Development, Corporate & Institutional Clients at UBS Switzerland AG. Prior to joining UBS, he was consulting financial institutions on all regulatory matters at KPMG. Before that, he held various positions with international banks in the field of corporate banking. As Chief Operating Officer of the Swiss branch of Fortis Bank he was responsible for the business development and the integration into BNP Paribas where he worked on several projects. Before this appointment he served as Chief of Staff for Cash Product Sales EMEA at Citibank’s Global Transaction Services.



Roman Bischoff, Zürcher Kantonalbank, Zürich. Roman is a Senior Project Manager at Zürcher Kantonalbank. He joined the bank in 2008 and manages trading and capital market projects in areas such as Foreign Exchange Equities and Fixed Income, Structured Products. He managed the OTC Swiss Blockchain part at Zürcher Kantonalbank. Before joining Zürcher Kantonalbank he worked as Consultant / Solution Architect at Hewlett-Packard (Switzerland). Roman is IPMA Level B Certified Senior Project Manager, IT Architect certified by TheOpenGroup and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Hochschule Rapperswil. Since 2011 he spent a large part of his spare time with Bitcoin and other software for digital assets and smart contracts.

Dr. Andreas Glarner, partner with MME Attorneys, Zurich. Andreas is an attorney and partner with MME attorneys, the leading Swiss law firm for blockchain regulation and projects, He has extensive expertise in fintech and blockchain technology applications, both from a legal and a compliance point of view. Andreas has published various articles on topics related to his practice areas. He is a graduate of the University of Zurich (Dr. iur,, 2002) and holds an LL.M. degree from Kings College, London (2008).

Dr. Alexandra Hachmeister, Chief Regulatory Officer / Head of Group Regulatory Strategy at Deutsche Börse Group. Alexandra Hachmeister is Chief Regulatory Officer, Managing Director of Group Regulatory Strategy, and a member of the Group Management Committee of Deutsche Börse AG. Ms Hachmeister joined the company in 1999. Since then she served in various positions and departments including Market Design Functionality, Systems Business Development and Boards & Committees, including managing the Group´s Corporate office prior to becoming Head of Regulatory Strategy. In her role as Chief Regulatory Officer she is responsible for the development, implementation and communication of the Group’s global regulatory strategy and positioning. Ms Hachmeister is a member of the Affiliate Members Consultative Committee, International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), a member of the Group of Economic Advisors to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and also of the working group ‘Role of Financial Services in Society’ World Economic Forum (WEF).

Dr. Klaus Löber, Senior Adviser, European Central Bank (ECB). Klaus  is Senior Adviser in the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments of the European Central Bank. His areas or responsibility encompass the ECB’s global regulatory policy activities with a focus on payments and market infrastructures. More specifically, he is dealing with the ECB’s fintech and digital innovations agenda and acts as chair of the CPMI working group and co-chair of the CPMI-IOSCO working group looking into these developments. Prior to his current position, Mr Löber was Head of the Secretariat of the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) hosted by the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, after being Head of the Oversight Division of the European Central Bank and Chair of the ESCB Working Group on Oversight. Earlier positions practice includes the European Commission, Deutsche Bundesbank and private practice. Mr Löber regularly publishes on financial markets legal, regulatory and infrastructure issues.

Prof. Dirk Niepelt, Department of Economics, University of Bern / Director Study Center Gerzensee.
Dirk Niepelt is director of the Study Center Gerzensee; professor at the University of Bern; research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, London); CESifo (Munich) research network member; and member of the macroeconomic committee of the Verein für Socialpolitik. Prior to joining the Study Center, he was assistant professor at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) at Stockholm University. He was an invited professor at the University of Lausanne; a visiting professor at the IIES; held visiting positions at the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund; and served on the board of the Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics. Before completing his doctoral education, he worked at applied research institutes in St. Gallen and Zurich (FEW, KOF). Dirk received his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds licentiate and doctorate degrees from the University of St. Gallen. His interests in economics are broad. He publishes research in top general interest or top field journals covering macroeconomics, international economics, and public finance; he teaches; and he lectures and contributes to the public debate.

Prof. Philipp Paech, London School of Economics.
 Philipp is an Assistant Professor of Financial Law and Financial Regulation at the London School of Economics since 2010. He is the Director of the LSE’s Law and Financial Markets Project.and a research fellow at the Institute for Law and Finance in Frankfurt. Before joining the LSE, Philipp spent many years at the heart of international legal and regulatory reform of the financial sector, working from 2007-2010 for the European Commission’s directorate for financial services in Brussels and from 2002-2006 for UNIDROIT in Rome. Philipp holds a doctorate from the University of Bonn and obtained the Diploma of EU Studies from the University of Toulouse. He is a qualified lawyer admitted to the Bar of Frankfurt.

Björn Segendorf, Ph.D., Adviser, Sveriges Riksbank. Björn is adviser and researcher at the Financial Stability Department at Sveriges Riksbank. Main areas of expertise are retail payments, financial infrastructure and related policy areas. He represents the Riksbank at the Payment and Settlement System Committee in the ESCB and he has also been a member of the BIS/CPMI (formerly CPSS) working groups on retail payments. The two latest CPMI reports in retail payments are on innovation in retail payments and the increasing role of non-banks in retail payments. The research has focused on the cost of payments and the use of payment instruments. Björn has a Ph.D in economics for the Stockholm School of Economics (1998).

Prof. Claudio J. Tessone, University of Zurich. Claudio is professor for network science at the URPP Social Networks and Department of Business Administration of the University of Zurich. He is a member of the Centre for Blockchain Technologies at the University College London (UCL). Claudio’s research is focused on network science, temporal networks, complex systems, agent-based models, economic networks, social dynamics, heterogeneous systems and stochastic processes. He studied physics at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (AR) and the Institut Mediterrani d’Estudis Avançats (ES). His habilitation at ETH Zurich deals with “Complex socio-economic systems”.