Round-Table: How will the financial services industry cope with the fast rise of fintech startups

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Date Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time 18:30 - 21:00
Speaker(s) Prof Arturo Bris, Hugo André Ferreira, Rani Jabban, Ben Robinson, Vincent Trouche

The IMD Alumni Club of Geneva and the EPFL Alumni Geneva chapter are pleased to invite you to a roundtable with leaders from the Swiss financial services industry to discover how they envision the future.

Technology has transformed the way we do pretty much everything from shopping to socializing. Now, it is turning the financial services industry on its head.  Over the last years, successful fintech start-ups have emerged, using technology to make it easier for people to invest, make payments and get a loan.  Although traditional financial institutions may be late to the fintech party, they haven’t missed it altogether. Many of them are creating their own technological capability and/or are partnering with fintechs to bring new services to their clients, from digital assets servicing to robo advisory.

Hence, will traditional players and newcomers collaborate or compete, or both at the same time? Will they create clusters?


18:30    Welcome & registration

18:45    Introductory keynote by Dr. Arturo Bris, Professor of Finance at IMD

19:00    Roundtable with leaders from the Swiss financial services industry

19:45    Q&A

20:00    Cocktail and networking

21:45    End of the event

Round-table speakers:

Arturo Bris is Professor of Finance at IMD. He is Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center, and former Professor of Corporate Finance at the Yale School of Management (USA). Arturo is passionate about global competitiveness, financial development and macroeconomics. His penultimate book, Blockchange! provides insights on how to survive the crypto economy. Arturo taught Corporate Finance and Investment Banking at Yale from 1998 to 2005, where he received the Best Teacher Award twice. Ranks among the top one hundred most-read finance academics in the world.

Hugo André Ferreira joined Nucoro, the parent brand of Exo Investing to develop its B2B activities in Switzerland, France, Italy and Benelux. Exo Investing is the first of its kind as a fully AI-powered wealth manager and was named Best Digital Wealth Manager and Most Innovative Product of the Year at the 2018 AltFi Awards. Hugo worked previously in project financing and private equity, most recently for the Edmond de Rothschild group. Hugo is a graduate of HEC Lausanne and holds an MSc from Exeter University.

Rani Jabban is member of the Executive Committee of Arab Bank (Switzerland) SA, in charge of Capital Markets, Digital Asset Services, Financial Institutions and Marketing. He is responsible for the launch of a new range of digital asset services including custody and brokerage to its clients. He was previously Head of Treasury of the bank. Rani holds an MSc in Banking and Finance from Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II).

Ben Robinson is co-founder of Aperture, a strategy consultancy helping banks and consumer goods companies launch digital era business models. He also sits on the board on two fintech companies: additiv, based in Zurich, and Assure Hedge, based in Dublin. Before starting Aperture, Ben worked at Temenos, the Swiss market-leading banking software company, where he was Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. Ben is a prize-winning chartered accountant and holds a first-class degree in Economics from the University of Leeds.

Vincent Trouche is an entrepreneur who believes in the transformational nature of the blockchain, and in its potential to make investing faster, easier and cheaper. Over the past four years, he has launched startups and products using emerging technologies ranging from Virtual Reality to the Internet of Things. Today, Vincent is the CEO of Tokenestate, a Swiss

Fees Guest: CHF 75.00
IMD Alumni: CHF 75.00
Member: CHF 40.00
Venue Hotel Metropole
Quai Général-Guisan 34
1204 Genève
Registration Deadline Monday, November 11, 2019

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