CMO & CXO, Deutsche Bank
Tim Alexander joined Deutsche Bank in July 2017 and has been heading the newly established Client Management division as CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) and CXO (Chief Experience Officer) of Private Bank since October 2019. Customer Management covers all strategic and operational Marketing functions, Customer Experience Management, Customer Relationship Management and Complaint Management, as well as Data, Digital and Analytics. The goal is to create holistic brand and customer experiences that inspire and lead to recommendation. Products, processes, services and campaigns are developed together with customers and frictions at customer interfaces are the starting point for continuously customer experience improvements.
Tim Alexander joined from Swisscom, where he headed the marketing and communications department. Previously, he was Vice President Brand Management for the O2 brand in Germany and held management positions at the creative agencies Grey and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Chairman of the Board, Israel Innovation Authority
Dr. Ami Appelbaum is the Chief Scientist and the Chairman of the Board of Israel Innovation Authority. Dr. Appelbaum has more than 36 years’ experience in research, development and senior level management in the field of the Semiconductor. Prior to the current job as Chief Scientist, Dr. Appelbaum served for 22 years at numerous executive positions at KLA Tencor, $15.6B Market Cap and world leader in the business of capital equipment for the semiconductor industry based in the Silicon Valley, CA. His most recent position was Corporate Senior Vice President and president of KLA Tencor Israel. Dr. Appelbaum holds a Doctorate and Master degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and an Engineering degree from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheba, all in the field of materials engineering. Dr. Appelbaum is the author and co-author of more than 50 scientific and technical publications, and holds 7 patents in the field of semiconductor equipment and processing.
General Manager Financial Services and Technology, NVIDIA
John Ashley currently leads the Global Financial Services Industry Strategy team at NVIDIA. His team focuses on global trends and directions in accelerated compute and AI for the entire sector – from hedge funds, fintech, banking, and insurance. NVIDIA supports customers and partners in their adoption of accelerated computing and AI/ML techniques to improve time to insight, enable expanded analytics around risk and fraud, and dive deep into customer data to address key business problems.
He also started and led the Professional Services Deep Learning Practice for NVIDIA and the NVIDIA Deep Learning Professional Services Partner program; managed the relationship with IBM’s Software and Cognitive groups, was a Senior Solutions Architect covering Financial Services based in New York and then London, and supported NVIDIA’s work with the Square Kilometer Array radio astronomy programs. He holds a doctorate in Computational Sciences and Informatics, and both BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering. His past work experience can best be described as varied – he has been a data scientist, project manager, systems architect, DBA, and developer – working in vendor, consulting, and end user firms in utilities, government, and finance. He holds a US Patent in predictive analytics.
COO & Co-Founder, creditshelf
Dr. Daniel Bartsch is founding partner and managing director of creditshelf and has 15 years of international consulting and banking experience. At creditshelf he is responsible for operational business and relationships with customers and business partners. Previously, he held a senior executive position at UBS, managing the institutional distribution of bond and equity products. Professional assignments took him to Zurich and Singapore. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Mannheim and a doctorate from the University of Düsseldorf.
CEO & Co-Founder, Elinvar
Chris Bartz is CEO & Co-Founder of Elinvar. Chris is responsible for the strategic development of Elinvar. He is driven by the goal to build sustainable partnerships with impact. As Chairman of the Working Group FinTechs & Digital Banking at Bitkom as well as the Chairman of the FinTechRat at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Chris advocates a strong ecosystem for fintech and digital banking as well as the benefits of digitalization.
General Partner, DIGITAL+ Partners
Patrick Beitel co-founded Digital+ Partners in 2015. He is Managing Director in the Frankfurt Office of Digital+ Partners, a B2B Technology Growth Fund. Digital+ Partners focuses on growth capital investments into fast growing technology businesses in particular in the areas of FinTech as well as IndustrialTech.
Patrick is responsible for all investments related to financial services and serves on the board of Cosaic, orderbird and Seven Senders. Furthermore, Patrick holds advisory board roles at KfW Capital and PBB. Prior to founding Digital+ Partners, Patrick Beitel spent more than 18 years at McKinsey & Company whereof 9 years as a Partner. At McKinsey, Patrick was part of McKinsey’s Financial Institutions Group serving banks, insurers, stock and derivatives exchanges, global custodians and settlement organizations across group strategy, business unit strategy, growth and operational improvement matters. He held several leadership roles including Head of the Corporate Finance Practice in Germany and Austria and Co-Head of the Global Financial Markets Infrastructure Practice.
Patrick started his career at Accenture where he worked within the Technology Competency Group helping clients with their IT architecture and improving IT-operating processes. Patrick holds a PhD in banking and finance from the University of Witten/Herdecke and an MSc from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
Board Member, Crypto Finance AG
Marc P. Bernegger is a Board Member of Crypto Finance AG, Vice Chairman of Crypto Broker AG, and a serial entrepreneur. He co-founded the party platform usgang.ch in his 20s, and later sold it to Axel Springer Media. Marc is also the co-founder of amiando, a ticketing platform, which was purchased by Xing. Marc has been active as a fintech investor since 2010 and explored bitcoin in 2012. Today, he is also a Board Member of CfC St. Moritz and Swiss Blockchain Federation, and he is the Chairman of Longevity Investors. He was named “Global Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Marc holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Zurich and is an alumni of the Executive Programme at Singularity University.
Director General Market Infrastructures and Payments, European Central Bank
Ulrich Bindseil is Director General Market Infrastructures and Payments at the European Central Bank (ECB), a post he has held since November 2019. Previously, he was Director General Market Operations (from May 2012 to October 2019) and head of the Risk Management Division (between 2005 and 2008). Mr Bindseil first entered central banking in 1994, when he joined the Economics Department of the Deutsche Bundesbank, having studied economics. His publications include, among others, Monetary Policy Operations and the Financial System, OUP, 2014, and Central Banking before 1800 – A Rehabilitation, OUP, 2019.
Director, Sustainablility Research, EMEA, APAC, Morningstar
Hortense Bioy, CFA, has been director of sustainability research at Morningstar since 2018.
Based in London, Hortense leads Morningstar’s ESG research efforts for the EMEA and APAC regions, with the objective of educating investors and providing them with the tools they need to evaluate funds through an ESG lens. Prior to this, Hortense was European director of passive strategies research for seven years. She led an award-winning team that provides research on ETFs and index funds.
Hortense joined Morningstar as an equity ETF analyst in 2010 from Bloomberg where she was a financial journalist. She began her career as an M&A analyst at Société Générale in Hong Kong.
Director General Economic Sector, Financial Services and Exchanges at the Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing, State of Hessen
Dr. Stephan Bredt is Director General Economic Sector, Financial Services and Exchanges at the Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing in the State of Hessen.
He leads - among others - the development of the Financial Center Frankfurt, the supervision of the Frankfurt exchanges and the public banks, in particular the savings banks, the state bank and the development banks.
Prior to that he worked for Deutsche Bahn and at the German parliament.
Chief Risk Officer, ABN AMRO
Tanja Cuppen is ABN AMRO’s Chief Risk Officer. She was appointed to the Executive Board of ABN AMRO effective 1 October 2017. Tanja Cuppen began her career in 1994 at Rabobank where she had various roles before she became Global Head of Corporate Finance in 2007. In that position she was responsible for amongst others Acquisition Finance, Renewable Energy & Infrastructure Finance and Client Solutions. In 2013 she assumed the role of Chief Financial & Risk Officer at Rabobank International. Ms Cuppen was appointed Chief Risk Officer at Rabobank North America in 2014. Her responsibilities included establishing a regional head office in the US, leading a regulatory change program, establishing an enterprise wide risk management function and overseeing the bank’s activities in North America. Ms Cuppen holds a business degree in Econometrics and Business Administration.