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SAMBA Digital Leaders Conference

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The biggest part of our digital transformation is changing the way we think.

Digital Leaders Conference 2021 brings together top executives of more than 25 leading companies to share with you their best practices, strategies, experiences and know-how. Key players in Switzerland and from around the world discuss their digital leadership tactics along with the most trending digital topics of the times. Being digital ready is an overarching approach through building a set of “digital flavoured” culture. Participate in our efficient exchange of experiences, ideas and solutions through our panel discussions. Network with the elite industry experts in your region and meet other digital enthusiasts & colleagues of similar minds for meaningful discussion, knowledge sharing and problem solving in our unique 3D social lounge. Unleash an online community by accessing new contacts and matchmaking of interests and competencies during and even after the event. Share your knowledge and ideas with like-minded people to bring new perspectives.

Be there. Transform, energize, grow!!!

 

Panels

Panel 1: Digital Leadership - transform, energize, grow 

Panel 2: Fintech & Blockchain - trustworthy technology

Panel 3: The success factors of leading in digital times

Panel 4: Robotics & AI - the next tech disruption 

Panel 5: Employability - how to future-proof your career 

 

Workshops

Morning Workshop Sessions

Workshop 1: Salt

Workshop 2: Comparis

Workshop 3: Cardano

Workshop 4: Sygnum

 

Afternoon Workshop Sessions

Workshop 5: PwC

Workshop 6: Switzerland Global Enterprise

Workshop 7: Ringier Group

 

For more details about panels and workshops, go to Agenda

 

Opening Ceremony

Host/Moderator
Dr. Marc-André Schauwecker President, SAMBA
Mr. Martin Naville CEO, AMCHAM
Mr. Cristian Manganiello Partner for Risk and Compliance Management Services, PwC Switzerland

Panel 1: Digital Leadership - transform, energize, grow

Host/Moderator
Ms. Tanya König Partner, Riverside Productions
Speakers
Mr. Sreedhar Natarajan Group CFO, Saint-Gobain
Ms. Marina Bellini CIO & CDO, BAT
Mr. Stefano Santinelli CEO, Swisscom Directories
Mr. Pascal Grieder CEO, Salt
Ms. Henriette Wendt COO, Axpo Holding AG

Panel 2: Fintech & Blockchain - trustworthy technology

Host/Moderator
Dr. Marc-André Schauwecker President, SAMBA
Speakers
Mr. Marc P. Bernegger Board, Crypto Finance
Mr. Marc Degen Co-Founder, Modum and Trust Square
Mr. Frederik Gregaard CEO, Cardano Foundation
Dr. Heinrich Zetlmayer GP, Blockchain Valley Ventures
Mr. Gino Wirthensohn Head Legal, Compliance & RegTech, Sygnum Bank

Keynote Speech

Host/Moderator
Mr. Andreas Staubli CEO, PwC Switzerland

Panel 3: The success factors of leading in digital times

Host/Moderator
Ms. Christina Kuenzle Co-Founder, Urban Gurus
Speakers
H.S.H. Prince Michael of Liechtenstein Executive Chairman, Industrie- und Finanzkontor Ets.
Mr. Pierre Wenger CEO, Interdiscount/Microspot
Mr. Nicolas Durville CEO, Zühlke
Mr. Steven Neubauer CEO, Comparis
Ms. Liane Hirner CFO, Vienna Insurance Group
Mr. Martin Kolbe CIO, Kuehne + Nagel International AG

Panel 4: Robotics & AI - the next tech disruption

Host/Moderator
Dr. Julien Weissenberg Founder, VisualSense AI
Speakers
Mr. Robert Itschner Country Managing Director, ABB
Dr. Olga Fink SNSF Professor, ETH Zurich
Dr. Hanspeter Fässler Board, ANYbotics, Axpo
Mr. Nicolas Bürer Managing Director, digitalswitzerland
Dr. Marc Holitscher National Technology Officer, Microsoft Switzerland

Panel 5: Employability - how to future-proof your career

Host/Moderator
Mr. Roland Bernhard Advisor, Leaders & Boards
Speakers
Mr. Peter Huber CEO, Zurich International
Dr. Annabella Bassler CFO, Ringier AG
Dr. Nina Ranke Consultant, Egon Zehnder
Ms. Oluchi Ikechi Partner, Accenture UK
Mr. Werner Koss Country Manager Switzerland, Nokia
Mr. Stefan Steger Country Chairman of Austria and Switzerland, Korn Ferry
Mr. Bracken Darrell CEO, Logitech

Closing Ceremony

Host/Moderator
Dr. Marc-André Schauwecker President, SAMBA
Mr. Cristian Manganiello Partner for Risk and Compliance Management Services, PwC Switzerland

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Agendas



  • 09:00 - 09:15, 28 May 2021
    Opening Ceremony (Dr. Marc-André Schauwecker, Mr. Martin Naville, Mr. Cristian Manganiello)

    Dr. Marc-André Schauwecker, President, SAMBA

    Mr. Martin Naville, CEO, AMCHAM

    Mr. Cristian Manganiello, Partner for Risk and Compliance Management Services, PwC Switzerland

  • 09:15 - 10:15, 28 May 2021
    Panel 1: Digital Leadership - transform, energize, grow (Tanya Koenig)

    Saint-Gobain, Group CFO, Sreedhar Natarajan

    BAT, CIO & CDO, Marina Bellini

    Swisscom Directories, CEO, Stefano Santinelli

    Salt, CEO, Pascal Grieder

    Axpo Holding AG, COO, Henriette Wendt

  • 10:15 - 10:35, 28 May 2021
    Session: Playing the piano using only your mind

    Dr. Christian Blakely, Head of AI and Real-Time Analytics, PwC Switzerland

  • 10:35 - 11:05, 28 May 2021
    Workshop I (Salt, Comparis, Cardano, Sygnum)

    Workshop 1

     

    Title: Road to 5G

     

    Speaker: Mr. Pascal Grieder, CEO, SALT

     

    Short Description:  There is a lot of hype around 5G on both sides of the isle. This short introduction to 5G is intended to get some facts straight and separate myth from reality. It will put 5G into context of the overall mobile evolution and outline some of the opportunities it unlocks, as well as some of the challenges we are facing in the rollout of this new technology.

     

    Workshop 2

     

    Title: Personalization at scale – building THE Swiss consumer empowerment platform

     

    Speaker: Mr. Steven Neubauer, CEO & Mr. Markus Barmettler, Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Comparis

     

    Short Description: At Comparis, we strive to help Swiss consumers to take better decisions and simplify their lives. To achieve this, we are building a deep and comprehensive understanding of our users and their needs. This understanding combined with the capability to personalize user interactions in all channels and across all our products will allow us to increase the relevance of our offerings for our users and to make them more convenient to use. In the workshop we will share our approach and an overview of the technological platform we are building.

     

    Workshop 3

     

    Title: Cardano - The future financial and social operating system

     

    Speaker: Mr. Frederik Gregaard, CEO, Cardano

     

    Short Description: Cardano is an open platform that seeks to provide economic identity to the billions who lack it by providing decentralized applications to manage identity, value and governance. In this workshop we will look deeper in the WHY and explore the WHAT. 

     

    Workshop 4

     

    Title: Tokenization of Assets: First experience under the new “DLT Law”

     

    Speaker: Mr. Gino Wirthensohn, Head Legal, Compliance & RegTech, Sygnum

     

    Short Description: The updated provisions of the Code of Obligations entered into force on 1st February 2021 serve as a robust legal basis for native security tokens. This workshop will give you an overview of the legal aspects and considerations regarding the new ledger-based security.

     

  • 11:05 - 11:15, 28 May 2021
    Break

    -

  • 11:15 - 12:15, 28 May 2021
    Panel 2: Fintech & Blockchain - trustworthy technology (Dr. Marc-André Schauwecker)

    Crypto Finance, Board, Marc P. Bernegger

    Modum and Trust Square, Co-Founder, Marc Degen

    Cardano Foundation, CEO, Frederik Gregaard 

    Blockchain Valley Ventures, GP, Dr. Heinrich Zetlmayer

    Sygnum Bank, Head Legal, Compliance & RegTech, Gino Wirthensohn 

  • 12:15 - 13:15, 28 May 2021
    Lunch Break

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  • 13:15 - 13:30, 28 May 2021
    Keynote Speech by CEO, PwC Switzerland

    Mr. Andreas Staubli

  • 13:30 - 14:30, 28 May 2021
    Panel 3: The success factors of leading in digital times (Christina Kuenzle)

        Industrie- und Finanzkontor Ets., Executive Chairman, H.S.H. Prince Michael of Liechtenstein

        Interdiscount/Microspot, CEO, Pierre Wenger

        Zühlke, CEO, Nicolas Durville

        Comparis, CEO, Steven Neubauer

        Vienna Insurance Group, CFO, Liane Hirner 

        Kuehne + Nagel International AG, CIO, Martin Kolbe 

     

  • 14:30 - 14:45, 28 May 2021
    Break

    -

  • 14:45 - 15:15, 28 May 2021
    Workshop II (PwC, SGE, Ringier)

    Workshop 5

     

    Title: Digital Ethics: Orientation, Values and Attitudes for a Digital World

     

    Speaker: Mr. Ralf Hofstetter, Leader Trust & Transparency Solutions, PwC Switzerland & Ms. Daniela Hanauer, Partner of the Risk Consulting practice with a professional focus on governance, risk and compliance for both national and international clients, PwC Germany

     

    Short Description: Digitization is taking a major role in decision making processes. Until 2024 almost 70% of all tasks covered by managers will be automated. At the same time trust & ethics in technology are becoming one of the main issues - requested by internal (e.g. employees) and external stakeholders (e.g. customers, investors) and as well amplified by the regulators. Companies are needed to respond to new areas like digital wellbeing and privacy challenges. Therefore, digital ethics needs to be addressed today.

     

    Workshop 6

     

    Title: Rethink your International Value Chain in Digital Times

     

    Speaker: Ms. Martina Gmuer, Head of Export Promotion at Switzerland Global Enterprise

     

    Short Description: The Covid 19 pandemic has tested the resilience of global trade and confronted most industries with numerous challenges. Furthermore, macroeconomic uncertainties, changing customer needs, and promising new technologies force companies to rethink their international value chain. We have identified three fields of action to keep ahead of global competition. In this session we will explore these fields and share customers and S-GE’s own experiences on how to successfully rethink international value chains. 

     

    Workshop 7

     

    Title: Transformation of a Publishing house and the role of Tech & Data

     

    Speaker: Dr. Kilian Kämpfen, Chief Technology & Data Officer (CTDO), Ringier Group

     

    Short Description: "The family business Ringier has been going through strong transformations in the last 15 years from being a traditional print publisher house towards becoming a tech driven international Media and Marketplace player. We look at this transformation from a Tech & Data oriented perspective."

     

  • 15:15 - 15:30, 28 May 2021
    Break

    -

  • 15:30 - 16:30, 28 May 2021
    Panel 4: Robotics & AI - the next tech disruption (Dr. Julien Weissenberg)

    ABB, Country Managing Director, Robert Itschner

     

    ETH Zurich, SNSF Professor, Dr. Olga Fink

     

    ANYbotics, Axpo, Board, Dr. Hanspeter Fässler

     

    digitalswitzerland, Managing Director, Nicolas Bürer

    Microsoft Switzerland, National Technology Officer, Dr. Marc Holitscher

  • 16:30 - 16:45, 28 May 2021
    Sujeet Desai, Music Performance (Break)

    Sujeet Desai, Ambassador for Down Syndrome International - Self Advocate, Musician and Motivational Speaker 

  • 16:45 - 17:45, 28 May 2021
    Panel 5: Employability - how to future-proof your career (Roland Bernhard)

    Zurich International, CEO, Peter Huber

     

    Ringier AG, CFO, Dr. Annabella Bassler

     

    Egon Zehnder, Consultant, Dr. Nina Ranke

     

    Accenture UK, Partner, Oluchi Ikechi

     

    Nokia, Country Manager Switzerland, Werner Koss

     

    Korn Ferry, Country Chairman of Austria and Switzerland, Stefan Steger

     

    Logitech, CEO, Bracken Darrell

  • 17:45 - 18:15, 28 May 2021
    Closing Ceremony (Dr. Marc-André Schauwecker, Mr. Cristian Manganiello)

    Dr. Marc-André Schauwecker, President, SAMBA

    Mr. Cristian Manganiello, Partner for Risk and Compliance Management Services, PwC Switzerland

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  • Organizer: SAMBA
  • Start Date: 28 May 2021 09:00
  • End Date: 28 May 2021 19:00
  • Location: Virtual
  • Phone: + 41782167575
  • Email: [email protected]

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