This conference programme aims to give senior industry professionals access to new ideas, solutions and innovations to help take their departments and companies forward. The agenda is pitched at a high level and we endeavour to present new case studies and new thinkers on the programme each year.

Keynote and seminar sessions give a high-level view of the  industry, offering predictions and insights to help delegates form their future strategies. The interactive workshops and discussion groups complement the larger sessions by drilling down into specific issues, allowing delegates to share their collective experiences and to learn how their peers are dealing with similar situations.

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  • Swiss financial centre – from challenges to opportunities

    Dr Patrik Gisel, Chairman of the Board of Raiffeisen Schweiz
    The financial industry is changing. The banks are confronted with drastic consolidation and cost-intensive regulation processes. More than ever, the volatile environment and the high dynamics represent a formidable challenge for financial institutes. Nevertheless, changes also bring about opportu...

    How Fintechs are open sourcing Financial Services

    Chris Skinner, Chairman of The Financial Services Club, author, independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech
    Apps, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Application Program Interfaces (APIs) combine with Cloud, Mobile, Blockchain and Machine Learning to create a whole new world of value exchange.  Using these technologies, Fintech start-ups are building an Internet of Value and an Internet of Tr...

    The White Maze – Der Weg bis in die Antarktis

    Matthias Haunholder, Professional extremskier and adventurer from Austria
    Matthias Haunholders Multivisionsvortrag handelt von seinen Abenteuern und Extremsituationen. Sein letztes Abenteuer, die Antarktis gilt als der menschenfeindlichsten Kontinent auf unserem Planeten. Ohne moderne Hilfsmittel, nur mit Hilfe von Kites um das Gepäck und Material ins Inland der Antark...

  • RegTech: The Solution for Regulatory Challenges?

    Erich Herzog, Deputy Head Dpt. Competition & Regulation at economiesuisse
    - Digitalisation : the driving force behind innovations in business and society.
    - Switzerland’s position to emerge on the winning side of the digital transformation.
    - Regulatory environment in financial markets across Europe and in Switzerland: high levels of scrutiny and ...

    Blockchain as an enabler for e-Government and e-Voting

    Daniel Gasteiger, Co-Founder of nexussquared and Founder of Procivis AG
    The presentation will focus on the opportunities that come with blockchain technology in the context of digital societies and e-government. The example of the most digital country in the world – Estonia – and other country specific initiatives around the world show the big potential t...

    Beyond the Hype – A practitioner’s view on AI in Banking and Finance

    Martin Möller, Digital Transformation Principal for Banking & Finance at Microsoft
    AI is omnipresent in business strategy today. Seeing AI as Augmented rather than Artificial Intelligence, the session will take real-life examples to cut through the modern hype and discuss what the true leading edge of AI, Machine Learning and Robotics is today and what it can and cannot (yet) d...

  • The Digitalization Journey – Challenges and Opportunities

    Olivier Verscheure, Executive Director at Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC)
    In this presentation, I will give an overview of today's data science landscape, from data acquisition to artificial intelligence, and will insist on its potential and challenges. I will also briefly describe the motivation and mission of the Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC), a joint venture betw...

    Digitalization: Lessons learned from the pharmaceutical industry

    Dina Rey, Managing Director at Imagio Health, former Head of Global Digital Group at F. Hoffmann- La Roche AG

    An orphan topic ten years ago, digitalization has turned into a ubiquitous phenomenon dominating our current business environment. What can we learn when we look beyond the hype? How can we go about digitalization in a way that cultivates true innovation and value?

    We will share practi...


    Never mind the platforms

    Dr. Patrick Hunger, Chief Executive Officer at Saxo Bank (Schweiz) AG
    • Impact of platform economy on the financial industry
    • The curse of mimicking other industries
    • ‘monolith banking’ versus ‘neural banking’
    • What if the future is not ‘platforming’ after all?

  • on the role of technology in private banking

    Nic Dreckmann, Chief Operating Officer at Bank Julius Bär & Co. AG
    Objectives of this talk are to:
    o Consider top technology trends in wealth management
    o Discuss selected trends and their role in moving the industry and in particular Julius Baer forward
    o Provide an outlook on technology and its impact on the industry considering the emergi...

    The renaissance of industry-wide cooperations in the Swiss financial sector

    Andreas Stolpe, Head Multichannel Strategy & Projects at UBS Switzerland AG
    - New competitors, rapid technological changes and evolving client expectations challenge the market position and product offering of UBS Switzerland
    - By continuously delivering new innovations in recent years, UBS positions itself as a leading multichannel bank in Switzerland

    myBKB: Die digitale Filiale als Omnichannel-Baustein zur Steigerung vom Kundenerlebnis

    Michael Baumberger, Head Distribution Development at Basler Kantonalbank
    - Von der Strategie zum Kundenportal «myBKB»: Konsequent vom Kunden her gedacht («Customer Centered Design»)
    - Steigerung vom Kundenerlebnis mit einem durchgängigen Kundenportal als Omnichannel-Baustein
    - Welche Services erwartet der Bankkunde ...


    Moderated by Johannes Höhener, Head Swisscom Digital Banking Initiatives, Swisscom
    Kaspar Wohnlich, Chief Ex...

  • The evolving Governance environment in Banking : UK SMCR and its relevance

    Rajat Garg, Regional CEO and General Manager at Habib Bank AG Zurich
    One of the key initiatives taken by a regulator to strengthen individual accountability in banking was taken with the introduction of The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) in the U.K. from March 2016.

    It is leading many senior managers from the banking industry t...

    Crypto Finance – Hype or Gamechanger?

    Bruno Meyer, Chief Risk Officer & Member of the Executibe Board at Falcon Private Bank AG
    In this group we discuss the potential on the financial industry of the Blockchain technology or „DLT” (Distributed Leger Technology). Will it change our lives sustainably? What are the new use cases? How do the regulators react? Or is it just another hype that we can ignore? We will ...

  • Private Banking im Umbruch? Die Herausforderungen im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung oder Regulierung

    Karin Metzmaier, COO/ CRO at Bank von Roll AG
    Wie wird sich speziell das Private Banking in den nächsten 20 Jahren entwickeln? Kann eine Privatbank unter dem
    Regulierungsdruck überhaupt noch innovativ sein und dem rasanten Tempo der digitalen Welt standhalten?
    Privatbanken im Wandel – sterben die Private Banking Berater i...

    Cybersecurity – Achieving ‘Digital Resilience’

    Jochen Dürr, Chief Risk Officer at SIX Group AG
    • Why have we cared so much about cyber risk in the past few years?
    • Which risks do we subsume under the category cyber risk? Which cyber risks are really dangerous for our organizations and business processes?
    • Where are our main cyber-vulnerabilit...

    Customer experience 2.0

    Francisco Javier Arranz Perez, Chief Operating Officer at BBVA (Suiza) SA Javier Rubio, Director Business Development, Strategy & Digital at BBVA (Suiza) SA

  • RPA, AI, blockchain... We can all talk the talk but can we walk the walk?

    Thierry Derungs, Wealth Management Chief Digital Officer, Head Digital Solutions at BNP Paribas SA

    Have you ever felt lagging after a discussion with any consultant… or after a summit?

    Are RPA, AI, blockchain… just buzz words or are the others really moving forward? A...


  • How Banks can generate business and customer-value out of Artificial Intelligence?

    Jürg Schleier, Country Manager DACH at Spitch AG
    I will present how Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) can get used to automate traditional conversational process into fully automated digital processes. I will explain in an easy and business-like way how the AI technology is getting used, show a few banking customer examples and present a ROI calculation for speech and language processing. The focus of the presentation will be on “how technology will get used to generate business value” and not on the company or our products.

    The relevant bank: Vision of a possible future of open banking

    Dr. Clemens Eckert, Head of Core Banking at Swisscom (Schweiz) AG
    How can a modern bank that has successfully moved with the time stay relevant for its clients in the future? Swisscom presents the vision of a networked and open bank that relies on its strengths and uses them well to bring relevance in the lives of their clients.

    Bank Killers of 2028

    Michael M. Cook, Senior Manager – Centre for Future of Work at Cognizant

    The world of traditional banking is in upheaval, a raft of new technologies and regulations are challenging the very foundation of the banking industry as we know it 2018.

    New digital players, cryptocurrencies, open banking reforms and low cost to entry are convalescing to rewrite the ...


  • Our body – the greatest chatterbox

    Yvonne Schubert, Expert in knowledge of Human Nature at Ypsiologie GmbH

    •              Golden rules of analysis of lies
    •              Basic input of manipulators, illustrators and emblems
    • &nbs...


    Pokerface – from winning and losing

    Poker Experience by Grand Casino Baden AG
    Ever wanted to play poker? Or are you a poker-professional?

    Participate in 50 minutes thrill of a real poker game with a professional dealer and high value stakes at a real poker table.

    Enjoy this unique experience parallel to your meetings after getting short but pr...

    Business Etiquette 2.0- What you can learn from a world butler

    Hanspeter Vochezer, Founder and Owner at Knigge Coaching
    - First impression matters
    - Nonverbal communication and body language
    - The correct handshake
    - How to introduce yourself and smalltalk
    - Outfit is communication - your personal Outfit


    Dr Graeme Codrington, futurist and speaker, international director of TomorrowToday
    "I have had the privilege of working with Richmond Events in both Switzerland and the UK for the past five years, and have enjoyed every engagement. Across the board, their conference teams are professional, focused and a pleasure to work with. Each event they host is well constructed, using...


    Uli Sigg, Entrepreneur and Asian Expert
    "I am impressed by this very structured networking system – there is nothing more efficient!"


    Prof. Aymo Brunetti, Professor for economic policy and regional economics, University of Berne & President of group of experts for the Swiss financial market strategy
    "A perfectly organized event in a marvelous setting."


    Richard De Hoop, passionate entertainer, entrepreneur, author and speaker
    "As a speaker, part of the success in conveying your message, is the amount of time the conference organizer puts into the preparation and the way they take care of your wishes on stage. I can only say that Richmond Events takes excellent care of you as a speaker and I am very honoured that I co...


    Yvonne Seitz, Head Diversity, Culture & Engagement at AXA Winterthur
    "I have been working together with Richmond Events as a speaker in several conferences.The organization is professional, the environment inspiring and the networking opportunities excellent."


    Prof. Dr. Gregor Daschmann, Scientific council of «forum! Für beste Beziehungen», and inventor and author of “FAN-Prinzip”
    „Das Richmond Financial Industry Forum ist eine großartige Möglichkeit, um sich in exklusivem Kreis über aktuelle und zukunftsweisende Themen der Finanzbranche auszutauschen. Auch als Speaker habe ich durch die weiteren Vorträge, die Diskussionen und Gespräche mit den Kolleginnen und Kollegen aus...


    Luc Schuurmans, Head Private Banking (Switzerland), Member of the Executive Board at Bank Linth LLB AG
    "Richmond events excel through their professionalism: A perfect combination of high profile participants, carefully selected speakers taking place in wonderfull locations: A must for every business leader!"


    Damir Bogdan, Digitalization & Innovation Lead at Actvide AG
    "Richmond Events is after ten years already one of the most important high-level conferences within the Financial Services Industry. Meeting so many high level Executives in such short time is an added value for everyone. The Financial Forum is a must."


    Sascha Hostettler, Head of Investment and Corporate Clients, Member of the Executive Board at Hypothekarbank Lenzburg AG

    "Bereits im Vorfeld des Richmond Financial Industry Forum’s hat das Organisationsteam durch einen klaren Prozess geglänzt. Die Rückfragemöglichkeiten sowie die Antwortzeiten kamen mir als Speaker sehr entgegen. Der Event überzeugte mit einem breiten Programm an aktuellen Themen vorgetragen und besucht von Entscheidungsträgern aus den jeweiligen Bereichen. Das Forum besticht auch an seiner 10. Austragung durch die Kombination von Inputs, Netzwerk und einem aussergewöhnlichen Ambiente."


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