Partnering for High-Tech Innovation in Finance


Although times may be uncertain, one thing remains true. There’s a simple power in people coming together.

EPFL Innovation Park and Innosuisse bring you Tech4Growth Finance workshop series on August 26th, September 1st and September 2nd, 2022 with a great lineup of speakers and decision makers, connecting start-up founders, corporate innovators as well as academic professors to learn about collaboration models and best practices.

Join the leaders from the Swiss FinTech ecosystem for 2 content packed days where you can hear from key players to share their experience about how to build win-win Start-up-Corporate partnerships to address challenges in digital transformation, personalized banking, regulatory compliance and digital asset management, and to drive the global financial industry forwards.

Whether you are an executive in a bank, a trading company, a founder of fintech start-up or cutting-edge tech player, come and join the Tech4Growth Finance workshop series, where you will build strong business network, learn from your peers, identify new opportunities of innovation, and walk away with suggestions and approaches for your next partnership plan.

This series focuses on the innovation in finance and will cover the following topics of AI, Opening Banking, CBDCs , DeFi, Embedded Finance, Fraud, AML, digital transformation and more!



The online August 26th session is complimentary. The 2-day physical session at EPFL Innovation Park ArtLab will be available at a small fee to cover catering and venue costs.

Reserve your spot now!

For Hotel Room Reservations:

We have arranged for a discounted rate at the Starling Hotel, which is just a short walk away from campus and the venue of the event – The ArtLab. Should you need a room, please book directly at this link to proceed with reservations bookings.

Starling Hotel Lausanne
Route cantonale 31, 1025 Saint-Sulpice
T   +41 21 694 85 85



Lan Zuo Gillet

Deputy Managing Director at EPFL Innovation Park with 30 years of broad management experience in various functional areas: R&D, marketing & business development, operational planning & control, science diplomacy and professional training, both in private and public sectors.

Strategic thinker with a global vision and down-to-earth approach, capable of designing or assessing action plans for effective implementation. Having very good knowledge and network of Swiss innovation ecosystem through 12 years of research and innovation management in the sector and enjoying an extensive nectwork with corporate decision makers, university management, entrepreneurs as well as investors.

Alexandru Crasiun

CTO of Swissquote Bank, Alexandru has over 20 years of experience in Swiss financial sector

Adriano Lucatelli

Co-Founder & Managing Director at Descartes Finance, Adriano has been active as an entrepreneur in the financial services sector since 2009. Previously, he held senior positions at UBS and Credits Suisse in Switzerland and abroad. The Swiss business magazine “Bilanz” chose him among the top 100 Swiss bankers.

Riyadh Bhyat

Riyadh is Head of Quantium EMEA, building the EMEA+Asia business of the most exciting data and analytics business in Financial Services, Retail, FMCG, and Health

Christine Schmid

Christine is Member of the Executive Board at additiv, additiv is a global financial technology provider.
Additionally she serves on Advisory Board of Meridian Foundation, Advisory Board of Redesigning Financial Services and Board Member of Bitcoin Capital

Thomas Ankenbrand

Thomas holds a Master’s degree from the University of St. Gallen and a PhD from the University of Lausanne. He founded several companies and has broad experience as CEO and board member of various companies in the financial industry. He is currently engaged in FinTech and Investment Management research at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Key areas of focus include the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and Quantum Computing in financial markets. He also implements this with his company AVACO.

Jason Ekberg

Jason is a Partner of Corporate and Institutional Banking (CIB) practice at Oliver Wyman. Within CIB, he focuses on advising senior management, investors, and regulators on a range of topics spanning business strategy, transformation topics, and digital innovation.

With over 20+ years’ experience, Jason has worked on projects across all major financial centers globally and 30 separate countries with specific Asia expertise in Greater China and South East Asia (SEA). He has led multiple sector ecosystem platform builds across the region while also working hand in hand with his clients to digital enable and transform their business.

Sandra Tobler

Sandra is Co-founder and CEO of Futurae Technologies AG that is focusing on cybersecurity that is improving the customer experience via AI and sound sensors. Sandra is an entrepreneur who worked in the IT space for many years. Sandra is a passionate ecosystem builder.

Thomas Bosshard

Co-Founder and CEO of Adviscent. After his studies in political science he spent 5 years in the media industry working on solutions for content contribution and distribution. 10 years ago he then moved into the financial industry sector making sure investors receive the information they need to make good decisions. Experienced turn-around and program manager.

Tonia Zimmermann

Tonia and her team are on a mission to transform the way people think about money and investing. UMushroom strives to help our users develop their investment knowledge by enabling intuitive decision making and providing financial information in an easy-to-digest way for everyone, regardless of financial education level. We help our private and institutional clients navigate the information jungle with a top-notch search engine alongside our comprehensive investment universe.

Luba Schoenig

Co-Founder, UMushroom

  • PHD in Finance University of Zurich
  • 20+ years of banking experience

Manfred Köhl

Manfred is an experienced Business Leader, passionate Founder/Entrepreneur, Senior Advisor, Board Member and Investor/Business Angel supporting innovative Startups/Scale-ups in their Growth & Digital Transformation journey. He comes with 20+ years of professional experience, mainly in the international IT outsourcing/services & software/platform solutions business with a main focus on go-to-market strategy for growth & scalability, sales/key account management, new business/market development, consultative selling, marketing and buildup/leadership of high-performance sales teams in a global, multicultural environment, mainly towards the banking, financial services & insurance industry.

Nicolas Leroux

Nicolas is the founder and CEO of Kalexius, a premier provider of managed legal services with operations in the US, Europe, Israel and Mauritius.

Kalexius combine legal expertise and project management for a holistic approach to high-end, high-volume legal work. We work with a mix of lawyers and paralegals, both onshore and offshore to provide high-quality, cost effective legal delivery to clients

Niclas Nilsson

Niclas Nilsson is the Founder & CEO of Capnovum, a pioneer in horizon scanning and regulatory change management consistently recognised as one of the world’s most innovative RegTech companies.

Rani Jabban

Rani Jabban Head of Treasury, Digital Assets and Financial Institutions at Arab bank (Switzerland) Ltd.

Rani is the holder of a Msc. in Economics and a graduate from Magistère Banque Finance – University Paris 2 Pantheon – Assas (1994). In 1995, Rani worked as a Forex and Treasury dealer at BFO London (Credit Agricole group) and joined Credit Agricole (Suisse) S.A as senior manager FX advisory in 2000. Since 2009, he is the Head of Treasury at Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd. Appointed to the Executive Committee in 2014,  he is now in charge of Treasury, Trading, Digital assets, Financial Institutions and Marketing

Andreas Oehninger

Andreas is a passionate executive with an entrepreneurial attitude, dedicated to achieving ambitious goals. Thus empowering and motivating employees to their best performances is one of his major strengths. Naturally, values like authenticity, transparency, sustainability, and commitment are the most important drivers in his business career.

Abdallah Djedid

Abdallah Djedid is a co-founder of Unit8, an international Business Development professional with a solid experience in winning new business, and developing new markets in the Information Technology and Banking sector.

Maria Leistner

Maria Leistner serves as Group Chief Legal Officer, with responsibility for Compliance, and member of the Authorized Management Committee at Quintet Private Bank . Previously, Leistner was Group Managing Director & General Counsel, Global Wealth Management, at UBS. Earlier, she served for over a decade in a range of senior roles at Credit Suisse and at leading law firms in London and Paris. She is an attorney at law, admitted to the New York State Bar Association; a solicitor in England and Wales; and a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. A co-founder of Women in Law in Switzerland, she has sponsored a wide range of initiatives to support inclusion and equal opportunity.

Serena Fioravanti

Serena is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. She is skilled in Business Planning, Management, Risk Management, Financial Services, and Financial Analysis. She currently works as CRO at Credit Suisse Switzerland and Global Head Treasury & Liquidity Risk

Michael Katz

In the last 10 years, Michael has founded his own company and executed a successful venture exit & transfer to an international bank. He later worked for the largest bank in Europe in the areas of Private Banking, Risk and Trade Finance before joining SIX and supporting its innovation and growth endeavours. In this role he built a FinTech Hub in Spain, lead projects in equity and debt capital markets as well as contributed to SIX’s strategy and future foresight thought leadership.

At SDX, he is part of the equity team, with a primary focus on private equity, and is dedicated to enhancing the funding process for private companies and improving the issuance, custody, and transfer of digital securities in SDX’s regulated CSD. He is also responsible for the first-ever tokenization of equity shares in a fully regulated CSD based on Distributed Ledger Technology.

Pranay Jain

Pranay Jain is the CEO and Co-Founder of Enterprise Bot. He started his first venture at 18 and has been a serial entrepreneur since then. A passionate leader, he is able to build bridges between technology & business and is a true visionary. He was a winner of the US Federal Reserve Monetary Policy challenge and was selected to represent Enterprise Bot as the top 10 Swiss Fintech founders by Venture Lab, Switzerland

Ravina Mutha

Ravina Mutha is the Co-Founder of Enterprise Bot and heads the company’s revenue operations. As a passionate entrepreneur, she excels in understanding clients’ needs and providing suitable and high-quality solutions within a limited time. Due to her profound knowledge in the tech field and charismatic personality, Ravina has succeeded in signing multiple contracts for the company. She draws her experience from founding and leading several successful startups in the past, through which she was able to build a strong network of connections. She was featured on the Forbes list of top women-led startups globally by Women Who Tech, Washington and was one of the finalists for the top 10 women-led startups across Europe in 2018.

I really enjoyed having invested – not spent – 6 hours of my time in person at EPFL Bois Chamblard Buchillon premises. The plenary session followed with informal small break-out workshops contributed to fruitful interactions and qualitative networking between attendees. I will certainly attend the next Tech4Growth Industry 4.0 as well as recommend it to Innovative-thinking peers. Innovative Sustainable Resilience we built!                                                                                                      
Jean-Luc Bazin

CEO, Head of Technology Scouting, Swatch Group

Innovation today in Switzerland, is the most important asset. In fact, to grow when you are an industrial company, you have no other choice than to innovate. This is what FELCO has always done and will do in the future. Participating to Tech4Growth was an amazing experience for me. Sharing experiences and developing new concepts with peers, start-ups and the academic world is enhancing all the work done in the companies. I was extremely happy with the exchanges we had and with the quality of the questions and challenges we got during the sessions. Transforming a great idea into a profitable business is not easy and the kind of workshop like Tech4Growth is helping a lot!    
Stephane Poggi



Next to the contacts I received very valuable inputs on my own business from the participants which were extremely helpful.
Markus Stauffiger

CEO & Partner, 4eyes GmbH

The sessions provide a good overview of the challenge of collaboration between start-ups and corporates. Great testimonials of a large range of industries!
Olivier Chappuis

Innovation Lab Manager, Maxon Motor AG

Collaboration between start-ups and corporations is key for Industry 4.0. Tech4Growth shared another one: giving us a place in space and time to share ideas, network, and shape the right frameworks for such increasing and dynamic collaborations. 
Karthigan Sinnathamby

AI Project Manager, Visium

The format was perfect (just the right number of people) and the venue was fantastic for thinking.
Jerome Penot

Director, Novex Capital

I  was lucky to take part in the Tech4Growth workshops where I gained valuable insight into innovation processes, learned a lot and – most importantly – gained access to a very valuable network of innovation professionals. Just a short time later I had a follow up meeting with innovation experts because of my participation at the workshop. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone striving for innovation and / or transferring his business into the 4.0 world.
Albert Enste

CEO, Federnfabrik Schmid AG



Lan Zuo Gillet

Deputy managing Director EPFL Innovation Park

Program Chair

Jean-Pierre Therre

Corporate Resilience Advisors Ltd

Lucas du Croo de Jongh


Inna Francis

EPFL Innovation Park

Program Manager

Simone Theiss

EPFL Innovation Park

Program Manager