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
    So you think the digitalization of the economy is over? No. It has 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 fut...

    China's Audacity in Business Innovations: Implications for Europe and CFOs

    Dr. Edward Tse, Founder and CEO at Gao Feng Advisory Company
    Over the last couple of decades,  not only has China gown its economy’s size and hugely improved the living standard of its people, it has also evolved from being  a copycat to an innovative nation.  The speed and the manner by which China went through this transformation wer...

    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 ...


  • 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 Orchestrieru...

    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...

  • Digitalisation of Swiss Management Accounting

    Imke Keimer, Lecturer at the Institute for Financial Services Zug, IFZ at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences



    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...

  • 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 ev...

  • 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 optimize the WC?
    • Where do you see potential ...

    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 den Planungshorizont zu zeigen und somit den Strategieplan bzw. die Investitionen genehmigt zu bekommen. Oft verschieben sich diese Kurven im Folgejahr nicht überrasc...

  • The limits of digitalisation

    Marc Schwarz, Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Thurgauer Kantonalbank
    • Could you already gain experiences with aspects of digitalisation - especially
    o robotics,
    o deep learning or
    o natural language proces...

    More than a year into GDPR - And now?

    Mario Maurer, Head of Finance & Support, Sika Informationssysteme AG
    - GDPR: Usefull 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 Sw...

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    Frank Heffter, Head of Group Controlling at OC Oerlikon Corporation AG

    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 „setting agile ...

  • 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...


    Daniel Rüegg, Director Finance & Operations at Lekkerland (Schweiz) AG

  • The programme is currently in progress ...

    All suppliers have the chance to submit a supplier presentation. Delegates will evaluate and choose those presentations of most interest and relevance to them. The highest-rated presentations will be included in the conference programme.


  • 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 work...

    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

    Formula V - Racing Unleashed

    Stefan Galicic, Chief Information Officer at Formula V Group
    Race the Monza Formula 1 circuit like Kimi Räikkönen! Experience the Formula V world class racing simulation: Based on technical competences derived from a know-how assimilated in more than 20 years of design and experimentation on Formula One tracks all over the world, combined with intense collaboration with the medical and scientific community, the Formula V simulators powered by EVOTEK embody the «Art of Simulation». Eyes, touch, ears, body movements will catapult you in a virtual racing environment of extra-ordinary reality. The excitement focus and sensations of the physical racing world, in the comfort and convenience of a local lounge. Formula V Racing is the only e-sport not based on consoles, but on real sports tools.

  • 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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