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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  • The European Competitiveness Crisis

    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans-Werner Sinn, Former President of the Ifo Institute, Professor for Economics and Public Finance at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
    - Southern Europe does not suffer from a cyclical downswing, but from a competitive crisis.
    - Competitiveness was lost in the inflationary credit bubble the euro brought.
    - There are only four options: transfer union, deflation or disinflation in the south, ...

    Exponential change - opportunities and challenges in the next 7 years

    Gerd Leonhard, Futurist, Visionary Thinker and Author, The Futures Agency

    Gerd Leonhard, Futurist, Humanist, CEO of The Futures Agency and Author of "Technology vs Humanity' will lead into the second day by sharing his key future scenarios and delineating their disruptive challenges and opportunities. Exponential change is a result of techn...


    From classical to jamming!

    Richard De Hoop, passionate entertainer, entrepreneur, author and speaker

    The path from conducting and controlling to combining each other’s talents and discovering unlimited opportunities together in harmony.

     The financial industry i...


  • Digitalization - where we come from and where we are heading to

    Damir Bogdan, Digitalization & Innovation Lead, Activide AG

    Today, speed of change is as fast as it has never been before. At the same time, it has never been so slow as today. Where does digitalization come from? Where do we stand today and where are we heading to? What can companies learn from examples fr...


    Turbulent Times: Emerging Asia

    Karl Pilny, author and Asia expert, Founder & Managing Director of asia21 gmbh

    Which megatrends will shape our world between now and 2030 and how will they impact sectors such as automotive, food & drink, infrastructure, metals & mining, the energy industry, pharmaceuticals & medical devices? How will the world or...


    The Value of Artificial Intelligence in Finance – A critical look back and ahead

    Dr. Michael Baeriswyl, Head of Digital Enterprise Solutions and Executive Vice President at Swisscom Enterprise Customers

    There is hope among executives and investors that artificial intelligence will bring the next generation of offerings for clients. But what is possible today and what is still…hope. Dr. Michael Baeriswyl shows how the artificial intelligence...


  • How to Boost Innovation Speed with Startups

    Gregor Gimmy, Founder and Head of BMW Startup Garage
    • Why startups?
    • Stories from Apple, Google and BMW
    • Learnings: Corporate (and consultancies) misunderstanding of startups
    • Challenge: How to leverage that top VC-funded startup for my innovation value chain
    • Case study: BMW Startup ...

    How disruptive is the 4th industrial Revolution?

    Christian Frei, Pioneer in Digital Industrial Revolution, Coach + Talent Gardener and Former Microsoft Executive

    The 4th industrial revolution is changing every business, every industry. Cultural changes, new business models and new technologies are driving this new industrial revolution.


    Auf den Spuren eines IT- Forensikers

    Guido Rudolphi, Cyber Security Expert
    Alle Firmen reden von Computer-Sicherheit. Was aber geschieht, wenn eine Firma tatsächlich Opfer von Computerkriminellen wird? In dieser Session wird aufgezeigt, wie leicht heutige Systeme und vor allem User ausgetrickst werden können. Welche Tricks wenden Hacker an? Was könne...

  • Operational Risk Management of large scale projects on a global level

    Antonios Frangidis, Head of Contract & Risk Management EMEA at Landis+ Gyr
    A proactive management of operational risks throughout the total project life cycle on a global level is important for the success of each company. The topic of Operational Risk Management on projects shall cover activities and actions associated of risk management starting from the sales phase t...

  • How Cloud solutions impact business strategy?

    Laurent Spindler, Chief Financial Officer at HIAG Immobilien

    Cloud solutions are an essential part of the much-discussed ongoing process of the digitalisation. Companies of all sizes are faced with the questions whether cloud solutions are a viable solution and in what way they impact the business strategy?


    Change of Digitalization to F&A Employees and Corporate Culture

    Thomas Scherr, Chief Financial Officer / President Pension Fund at SAP (Schweiz) AG

    Historically Finance had at SAP two roles: Steward and Business Partner. However, due to the increased pace of change and innovation a new role has been emerged: the “Transformation Agent”. This role should challenge the “business...


    E-marketplaces, quo vadis?

    Pellegrino Greco, Chief Financial Officer at Jelmoli AG

    •        Is brick and mortar still needed in times where almost everything can be bought online?

    •      &nb...


  • Exponential technological change: you, your company...and Switzerland

    Gerd Leonhard, Futurist, Visionary Thinker and Author at The Futures Agency

    The world is changing at an exponential rate; science fiction is increasingly becoming science fact. Many of us are worried about the future, fearing technological unemployment and volatile markets driving by erratic political changes.  Gerd b...


    Artificial Intelligence and RPA in Finance – what are we doing about it? Some examples

    Gustavo Melgarejo, Regional Finance Director DNP Europe & Commercial Control Lead EMEA at DSM Nutritional Products
    - discuss current status of activities / initiatives your companies are performing with regards to Robotics, Predictive Analytics, AI
    - considerations you have taken into account when deciding about them
    - key achievements so far
    - who leads the design of the digitalization a...

    Leadership in the future: trust or control?

    Richard De Hoop, passionate entertainer, entrepreneur, author and speaker
    To stay ahead, how should I lead my team? More and more research and best practice is available on how to create an innovative environment.

    Whether it is holocracy, lean or agility, it all comes down to leadership. Are you going to inve...


  • Chatbots – use of artificial intelligence in tomorrow’s business management

    Marc Ziegler, Country Manager at Sage Schweiz AG

    Business accounting, until recently seen as largely mature, is undergoing a fundamental change. Bots, automated learning and artificial intelligence will revolutionise accounting practice and financial business management, as well as cutting transaction and compliance costs. Sage is developing new solutions in this field for the next generation of clients. Using the world’s first chatbots for accounting as an example, consultants are giving a fleeting, live insight into the impending, artificial intelligence-driven revolution.


    How Nearshoring made TALLY WEiJL Finance Service AGILE

    Peter Graschi, Chief Financial Officer at TALLY WEIJL TRADING AG

    TALLY WEiJL is a Fashion Retailer with more than 900 stores in 35 countries.

    In a VUCA environment, the CFO is constantly challenged. To focus on changing business demands TALLY WEiJL decided to nearshore thei...


    Be prepared, the next attack is sure to come

    Craig Fletcher, Chief Consulting Officer at ISPIN AG

    The threat landscape has changed - the defense side hasn’t. The attacks "KryptoLocker", "WannaCry" and "Petya" showed that classical security approaches are no longer sufficient. Companies are becoming victims. N...


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

    Dr. (Phil.) Sven Spiegelberg, well known artist of Switzerland

    “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 already is.

    First off, Sven Spiegelberg shapes the idea in the field of order and chaos. The creative knot will then be loosened by streams of music and with a brush and paint we will paint our own masterpiece. In trying to go through a difficult task (The Crisis) by generating self-critical solutions (The Chance), lies the true benefits of this creative and refreshing time out.


    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 pro...

    World and Taste of Coffee

    Desta Daniel Kebede, Founder & CEO at DESTA’s COFFEE
    The coffee culture is in shape all over the globe.
    Actually, coffee is more and more becoming like wine and has even more different aroma profiles.

    Did you know what is behind the "brown gold"? From its origin until the cup, you will get to know as well about the...

  • 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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