US-Swiss Exchange on Blockchain Innovation and Regulation
The Distributed Ledger Technology, better known as Blockchain, has become well known first of all as crypto currencies. Blockchain technologies, however, contribute much more than just to the creation of digital currencies. Even more important are the perspectives for a future in which the basis of exchange and trade, but also roles and trust, can be completely rethought. Blockchain technology has the potential to serve as an everyday technology, and create a variety of new opportunities.
We follow the technology and its regulation in the USA and Switzerland. Get insights from experts from the USA and Switzer land! What views and approaches are pursued over here and over there?
This event will be hosted by economiesuisse, the U.S. Embassy (Bern) and Swiss FinTech Innovations.
Sunnie Groeneveld—ModeratorSunnie J. Groeneveld is the Managing Partner of the consultancy Inspire 925 as well as a board member of the engineering company Hefti.Hess.Martignoni, the software firm emineo and the media group galledia. Previously she worked as the first managing director of digitalswitzerland (formerly DigitalZurich2025), Switzerland’s largest cross-industry initiative on digital transformation. Moreover, she’s the author of the the book “Inspired at Work” (Versus, 2014), was named as one of the “Top 100 Women in Business”, appeared in the list “Top 50 Who is Who in Digital Switzerland” by the business newspaper Handelszeitung as well as in the “30 under 30” list of Forbes magazine. Sunnie graduated in Economics from Yale University.
Visions, different use cases
Rik Willard—Agentic Group (New York)Rik Willard is the Founder and Managing Director of Agentic, a global Blockchain and Frontier Technology consultancy with affiliated member companies on five continents. Mr. Willard is considered one of the world's foremost Blockchain entrepreneurs and sits on several Boards for companies and funds in the sector. He is a Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, and is on the Advisory Boards of Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Baruch College's Field Center for Entrepreneurship which is rated as one of America's foremost graduate schools for emerging entrepreneurial talent. He has spoken at events for the Harvard Business School, the Stern Business School at New York University, and many others. He is featured in Manuel Stagars' award-winning documentary "The Blockchain And Us".
Distributed Ledger Technology – Point of view of SwissBanking
Adrian Schatzmann—SwissBankingAfter working in the investment management industry across Europe and Asia for more than 20 years, Adrian Schatzmann joined the Swiss Bankers Association as a strategic consultant in 2017 with a particular focus on Investment Management and Digitalisation. Adrian is also the founder of Clear Minds, a digital Wealth Manager in Switzerland. Adrian graduated in Economics from University St. Gallen (HSG).
Crypto Assets are the new Black
Roger Darin—Head Crypto Assets inacta AGWith 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 where he is heading the Crypto Assets Group and the company’s Blockchain Advisory.
Industry approach in the US and Outlook
Eli Stern—Principal Advisory Services EY (New York)Eli Stern is a principal in Ernst & Young LLP’s Financial Services Organization (FSO) in the Advisory Services practice and is based in New York. He serves as the FSO Advisory Blockchain Leader, working with financial institutions on building out blockchain-based platforms and approaches and managing the corresponding risks. Eli also co-leads FSO Advisory’s Structured Finance Advisory Services (SFAS) practice, where he focuses on serving financial services institutions in the securitization market. The SFAS practice provides advisory, valuation, and transaction issuance and compliance-related services. He supports the financial services industry as an advisor and has served financial services organizations in many aspects of regulatory reform compliance and readiness. Eli frequently speaks on panels and at conferences about blockchain and financial-markets-related topics.
30 min break
Panel discussion with speakers, moderated by Sunnie Groeneveld
Toby Wolf—US. Embassy, Economic and Commercial OfficerThomas (Toby) Wolf arrived in Switzerland in August 2016 as the Economic and Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bern, where he works to strengthen trade, investment, and economic ties with Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Previously, Toby served as the U.S. Consul at the American Presence Post in Bordeaux, where he led commercial and public outreach activities across southwestern France. After joining the Foreign Service in September 2001, Toby served assignments at the U.S. Embassies in France, Russia, and Japan. In Tokyo from 2006-09, he co-chaired the Diplomatic Science Circle together with his Swiss counterpart. Toby began his international career in the 1990s managing refugee resettlement programs in the former Yugoslavia, and later worked in finance, and with two technology start-ups. Toby received an M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a B.A. in Economics and History from Amherst College. He speaks French, German, and Russian. Toby and his spouse, Tania Teschke, have two daughters.
Dr. Michael Manz—Swiss Federal Department of Finance, FDFMr. Manz is Deputy Head of the Department of Financial Systems and Markets and responsible for the blockchain submission to the State Secretariat.