Patrick Loepfe is a structured product and banking specialist, with more than 15 years of working experience in investment banking. His extraordinary mathematical and technological skills led him to be a key figure in Switzerland's fin-tech industry. Patrick was the mastermind and driving force behind Vontobel’s Deritrade - a disruptive business model for distributing structured products. He founded his own company, d-struct AG, in 2016 and became a leading independent advisor to banks and financial product issuers on electronic structured products distribution strategy and process optimisation.
Once described as the “puppet master of Crypto Valley” by popular Swiss financial blog finews, Ralf is indeed an essential figure in Switzerland’s growing Crypto Valley. This became evident most recently when he co-founded CV|VC, a venture capital firm looking to invest a sizeable amount in blockchain startups. Naturally, the blockchain space is not the first field Ralf is reinventing. As a co-founder and Managing Partner of inacta AG, he’s moved countless firms in finance and the insurance industry into the digital age, leveraging his experience and vast network from more than 20 years in the IT and consulting industry. Ralf is also behind household names and events such as co-working space CV Labs, the bi-annually landmark conference CV Summit and the CV Competition, the first competition of its kind boasting a prize of U$100’000 with no strings attached.
Philippe A. Naegeli is a highly accomplished business leader and investor with a fierce entrepreneurial spirit and unparalleled experience in trading, investment & merchant banking, corporate governance and structuring of new strategies and products. Peppered throughout his career are strong leadership enterprises, including Forstmann & Co. U.S.A., an international network of financial institutions and investments funds which he established across Europe, a strategic consulting company in Switzerland and an original foundry for U.S. and Swiss entrepreneurs with offices in New York, L.A. and Zurich.
Marco Bumbacher is an entrepreneur and executive with broad expertise in software engineering and building up companies in various industries. He is an expert in managing large-scale IT and real estate management projects. Marco developed Lakeside Business Center and Lakeside Crypto Lab, laying the foundation of today’s Crypto Valley Labs. He is Founder and Managing Partner of inacta, a leading Swiss digital transformation consulting company with a focus on the insurance and finance industry. inacta’s Swiss-based software engineering team has a strong experience in developing smart contracts and providing Blockchain CTO services. Beside that he is also Founder and chairman of CV VC, a next generation investment company, where cutting-edge blockchain technology meets traditional venture capital.
Having worked in California’s tech hubs over the past 7 years Lucas has gained vast experience in the areas of digital media, venture capital and the banking sector. Before coming to Switzerland and working with GENTWO Digital AG, he managed and co-founded several startup companies out of Los Angeles’ “Silicon Beach”. He is a managing member of Forstmann & Company, where he worked directly with U.S. hedge fund pioneer J. Anthony Forstmann on various projects such as HCCT Inc. (Hard Cyber Currency Trust) and P3, a cyber currency.
With an international background in investment banking and foreign exchange, Roger got curious about Bitcoin around 2011 but didn’t teach courses on cryptocurrencies and the blockchain until 2015. Once more publicly involved, it didn’t take long until he was an active member of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland and co-founded the Fintech chapter of SICTIC, an established business angel organisation in Switzerland. Fascinated by the intersection of finance and technology, he worked as a Product Manager at a Fintech company before accepting a position at inacta AG to support the firm’s efforts to build a comprehensive ecosystem and move clients into the blockchain age.
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