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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  • Winning the Disruption Game - How to become a game-changer in innovation and digitalisation

    Jens-Uwe Meyer, "one of the leading experts for innovation in Germany" (FAZ), book author, managing director at Innolytics GmbH
    The digitalization of the economy has only just begun. And it‘s gonna turn everything you know upside down. It will radically change your job and your life. In a way you can hardly imagine today. Is that supposed to scare you? No. Because your digital future is not only being made in Silicon Vall...

    China's long-term planning: China in the year 2049

    Prof. Dr. iur. Dr. phil. Harro von Senger, Lawyer & Professor of Sinology
    Australia’s former prime Minister Kevin Rudd said recently: “Western leaders and analysts have often projected onto China an image of their preferred imaginings, rather than one reflecting the actual statements of China’s own leaders.” In my contribution, I do not project ...

    Showtime - Auf den Bühnen des Lebens

    Christian Lindemann, International Cirque du Soleil Showstar, Lecturer in Performance
    Der Cirque du Soleil®-Star Christian Lindemann lässt hinter die Kulissen blicken und liefert Übersetzungsarbeit zwischen den Weltbühnen und Ihren alltäglichen Bühnen des Lebens. Eins ist immer gleich – jeder Tag ist ein Auftritt! Er gibt seinen Erfahrungsschatz weiter, um jedem Selbstvertrauen un...

  • Vorsicht vor zufriedenen Kunden: Mit dem Fan-Prinzip Unternehmenserfolg messen, steuern und planen

    Leif Steinbrinker, Managing Partner at 2HMforum. For best relationships.
    - Vorsicht vor zufriedenen Kunden: Weniger ist mehr!
    - Ein Blick ins Gehirn: Warum Kunden wirklich kaufen
    - Ihre sichere Bank: Der Fan-Kunde
    - Das Fan-Prinzip: Ein ganzheitliches Steuerungssystem.
    - Die Sparformel: Fokussierung und Orchestrierung.
    - Der &bdq...

    China's Belt & Road Initiative: A new geopolitical era

    Florin Boetschi, Vice President at DWS Group
    More than 70 countries. 62% of the world’s population. One third of global GDP. This is the Belt & Road Initiative, the largest infrastructure development in history, spearheaded by the Chinese government to promote trade, economic integration and stability across Asia, Europe and Africa. China e...

  • Digitalisation of Swiss Management Accounting

    Imke Keimer, Lecturer at the Institute for Financial Services Zug, IFZ at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences
    The Swiss corporate landscape is undergoing fundamental transformation by technological progress and continuous digitalisation. More and more data and data processing capacity is becoming available and as a result, the opportunities from analysing data are growing exponentially. This session deal...

    Exponential growth - Empowering global networks

    Harald Schirmer, Project Lead Office 365 - New Work Style at Continental
    Based on our latest global migration project, we take a look into the powerful methods for communication, collaboration, learning and change in the VUCA world. - rocking complexity by shared empowerment - reducing resistance by respecting individual needs - at scale - roles for dynamics - bu...

  • What do businesses have to learn from the Cambridge Analytica scandal?

    Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Data Protection Expert, Co-Founder at PersonalData.IO
    Starting in early 2016, before Brexit or Trump, I stumbled onto a strange company. My curiosity piqued, I started digging more and more, and this eventually led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal many will know. What are the consequences now? You might think not much, but in practice this event h...

    Basics and applications of the blockchain

    Benjamin Talin, Digital Transformation Expert, Author, Founder and CEO at MoreThanDigital
    What does this ominous technology "Blockchain" actually mean? Why is it already an issue for so many industries? Why is there such a big hype? What does this have to do with Bitcoin, Ethereum & Co.? Is it just a digital currency? This industry session is intended to shed light on the basic funct...

  • Artificial Intelligence Today and Tomorrow

    Nicole Büttner-Thiel, Partner and Venture Lead at Merantix LABS
    Artificial intelligence, spearheaded by recent breakthroughs in deep neural networks, has already found numerous applications across industries. In this talk, I will give a brief overview over the current capabilities of artificial intelligence made possible by advances in machine learning. Using...

  • Working Capital Management

    Bruno Edelmann, Chief Financial Officer at Tornos Management Holding AG
    - Who is responsible for WCM in your company/group? - What significance does WCM have in your company/group? - What have you already undertaken/what are you going to undertake in order to optimise the WC? - Where do you see potential for improvement to optimise the WC in your company/group? -...

    Hockey Stick Effekt in der Strategieplanung: Lösungsansätze für CFOs

    Christian Busch, Executive Vice President of Finance at Bruker BioSpin Group
    In vielen Firmen ist der Hockey Stick Effekt bei Umsatz/Gewinn ein wiederkehrender Effekt, um eine attraktive Wachstumsrate über dem Planungshorizont zu zeigen und somit den Strategieplan bzw. die Investitionen genehmigt zu bekommen. Oft verschieben sich diese Kurven im Folgejahr nicht überrasche...

  • The limits of digitalisation

    Marc Schwarz, Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Thurgauer Kantonalbank
    • Could you already gain experiences with aspects of digitalisation – especially:
          • robotics,
          • deep learning or
          • natural language processing?
    • What are your considerati...

    More than a year into GDPR - And now?

    Mario Maurer, Head of Finance & Support, Sika Informationssysteme AG
    - GDPR: Useful or necessary and costly evil?
    - Significance (chances/risks) of GDPR for Switzerland.
    - Commercial impact for Swiss companies.
    - Implementation approaches and best practices.
    - Looking ahead (eDirective, revision of Swiss privacy law, etc.)

  • Politics - Should a CFO/Finance care?

    Frank Heffter, Head of Group Controlling at OC Oerlikon Corporation AG
    Operating international businesses is more and more being influenced by decisions outside of the core market environment. Not only customers, competitors and suppliers are key forces to worry about, also governments and authorities need to be looked after. What role should a CFO or head of fina...

    Leverage your CFO power in the digital age

    Harald Schirmer, Project Lead Office 365- New Work Style at Continental
    Let’s find out what you need to make a real difference in this unpredictable (business) world: 
    - together with your people.
    - Building your internal and external network.
    - Leveraging the power of diversity.
    - CFO as role model for mindshift „set...

  • There is no digital strategy

    Benjamin Talin, Founder and CEO of MoreThanDigital
    Lots of companies try to create and implement their digital transformation efforts into a separate digital strategy. But the reality is that this was never a successful method and it will never be one. When we look at a whole system transformation of a company, then we need to focus on creating a...

    Agility - method, culture or just fashion

    Daniel Rüegg, Director Finance & Operations at Lekkerland (Schweiz) AG
    - Definition and interpretation of agility are (not) universal.
    - In finance departments, long-term planning and agility are (not) mutually exclusive.
    - Laws and regulations prevent agile leadership and decision-making in teams (not).
    - The role of CFO - from old ways of th...

  • Digital Transformation of the Finance Function - The journey towards "Continuous Accounting" and "Real-time Reporting"

    Roger Balmer, Managing Partner at 1 Finance Partners GmbH Martin Buser, Managing Partner at 1 Finance Partners GmbH
    The digital transformation has reached the finance function of every company. However, it is not done by replacing paper with spreadsheets or .pdf-files. It requires a fundamental shift considering ERP Cloud systems, process automation and organisational change. We outline the latest research on ...

    We hack: A live demonstration from an ethical hacker

    Philipp Lüttmann, Head Cyber Security, Partner at BDO Switzerland AG Dimitrios Tsioumas, Cyber Security Consultant, Partner at BDO Switzerland AG
    Most c-level think their system or handheld is secure and a hacker can't access it. We can prove you wrong. Ethical hackers are security experts who simulate hacker attacks on corporate and government systems to test whether a particular configuration can withstand the attack. Are you ready for a...

  • Blockchain - Enwicklung, Potenziale und Risiken für den CFO

    Simon Frei, Managing Partner at FS Partners AG Dani Fricker, Co-Founder Crypto Advisory Group/Gordon.Now Technologies AG
    Die Präsentation beinhaltet Erläuterungen zum aktuellen Stand der Blockchain Evolution und behandelt zwei aktuelle Anwendungsbeispiele der Blockchain Technologie im Bereich Trade Finance. Bei der Auftragsabwicklung stellen wir in diesem Workshop konkrete Lösungsansätze vor, wie durch Automatisier...

  • The Body Language of Leadership

    Laura Penn, Ph.D., Author, TEDx Speaker, Founding Director of The Public Speaking School
    Do you speak body language? Can you decipher the meaning of a shoulder shrug, two hands clasped tightly together, or your colleague’s foot pointing towards you? Filled with fascinating insights and familiar business and leadership-related scenarios, this hands-on workshop will reveal the s...

    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 small talk.
    - Outfit is communication.
    - Your personal outfit.

    What can managers learn from Mozart and Picasso? Stress fields of creativity.

    Dr. (phil.) Sven Spiegelberg
    “The solutions of yesterday are not the solutions of tomorrow”.
    Creativity is also required in professional decisions. Where creativity lacks, there remains an immense unused spiritual potential. One who always does what he already can, will always remain what he alre...

  • Speaker Testimonial

    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...

    Speaker Testimonial

    Bryan Barrow, Principal Consultant, Nova Consulting
    I had the pleasure of speaking at Richmond Events’ Risk and Security Forum in Zurich and was mightily impressed, both with the professionalism of the Richmond Events team and the event itself.
    Richmond did a fantastic job of putting together a programme t...

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