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Zurich and Singapore, 28 April 2022. Today, the Swiss Secretariat for International Finance (SIF) and Elevandi announced the programme and speaker line-up for the inaugural Point Zero Forum, taking place on 21-23 June in Zurich, Switzerland. Point Zero Forum will serve as the starting point for engaging investors and policymakers with innovators to advance the future of financial services (FOFS).

The Forum is an exclusive invite-only, in-person gathering of select global leaders, founders, and investors with the purpose of:

  • Developing new ideas to advance the FOFS – decentralised finance and Web 3.0, embedded finance, and sustainable finance
  • Driving investment activity by bringing together leading founders with VCs, private banking clients, family offices, and PE houses
  • Dissecting regulatory considerations related to each FOFS development by bringing together public and private sector leaders

The Forum will be two days of in-depth plenary sessions, deep-dive private roundtables and workshops, and exclusive sessions between founders and investors focusing on two significant new market opportunities built on Web 3.0 architecture. The Forum will be graced by Heng Swee Keat (Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies) and Ueli Maurer (Switzerland’s Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Finance).

  1. The Crypto Market Opportunity: US$2.5 trillion market cap[1]: Sessions will explore the progress made by firms in building digital asset infrastructure, operating trusted digital exchanges, and unlocking the internet of value; embedding financial services in customer interactions across sectors such as gaming and social networks.
    1. There will be spotlight discussions on:
      1. Cyber risk
      2. Financial crime
      3. Regulatory compliance
  2. The Sustainable Finance Opportunity: $35 trillion invested[2]: Sessions will explore the challenges and the progress of market solutions to address the infrastructure and service needs of enabling ESG compliance and boosting green financing.
    1. There will be spotlight discussions on:
      1. Accessing credible and verified data from the real economy
      2. Building trusted infrastructure and regulatory compliance for data disclosure
      3. Impact
  3. ESG, Crypto, and Public Sector Speakers Include : Urban Angehrn (CEO of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA); Sam Bankman-Fried (Founder & CEO, FTX); Stephen Bird (CEO, abrdn); Agustín Carstens (General Manager, Bank for international Settlements BIS); Umar Farooq (CEO, Onyx by JP Morgan); Douglas Feagin (Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships and Investments, Ant Group); Ralph Hamers (Group CEO, UBS); Thomas Jordan (Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank SNB); Eric Lim, (Chief Sustainability Officer, UOB); Kris Marszalek (CEO, Crypto.com); David Marcus (Former Head of Novi and Messenger at Meta, Co-creator of Diem);Ravi Menon (Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)); Hiromichi Mizuno (Special Envoy of U.N. Secretary-General on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments); Roman Regelman (CEO, Asset Servicing and Head of Digital, BNY Mellon); Philipp Rickenbacher (Chief Executive Officer, Julius Baer); Julian Sawyer (CEO, Bitstamp); Julian Teicke (Founder & CEO, wefox); Jason Thompson (CEO, Partior); Dmitry Tokarev (Founder, Copper.co); Robby Yeung (CEO, Animoca Brands); Ben Zhou (Co-founder & CEO, Bybit).

Deep-dive private roundtables include:

  1. ‘CBDCs and DeFi

Hosted by: Bank for International Settlements Innovation Hub

  1. ‘Stablecoins: Risks, Potential, and Regulation’ 

Hosted by: Monetary Authority of Singapore

  1. ‘The Future of Green Financing’

Hosted by: Milken Institute

  1. ‘Swiss Climate Scores – Introducing Best Practice Transparency on the Paris-alignment of Investments’

Hosted by: State Secretariat for International Finance

  1. ‘Open Finance’

Hosted by: State Secretariat for International Finance

  1. ‘Growth Stage FinTechs’ 

Hosted by: Monetary Authority of Singapore and Economic Development Board

Speakers include:

Heng Swee Keat, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies

Ueli Maurer, Switzerland’s Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Finance

Urban Angehrn, Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA;

Teana Baker-Taylor, Chief Policy Officer, Chamber of Digital Commerce;

Rahul Banerjee, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Bondevalue;

Sam Bankman-Fried, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, FTX;

Jo Ann Barefoot, Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder, Alliance for Innovative Regulation;

Raphael Bianchi, Senior Partner, Synpulse Management Consulting;

Stephen Bird, Chief Executive Officer, abrdn;

Nicolas Bruegger, Senior Policy Advisor at State Secretariat for International Finance;

Oliver Bussmann, CEO & Founder of Bussmann Advisory, Former Group CIO of UBS and SAP

Agustín Carstens, General Manager, Bank for International Settlements;

Ericson Chan, Group Chief Information and Digital Officer, Zurich Insurance Company;

Chen Leiming, Senior Vice President for International Public Policy and Government Affairs, Ant Group;

Choo Oi-Yee, Chief Executive Officer, ADDX;

Laura Deal Lacey, Executive Director, Milken Institute;

Jos Dijsselhof, Chief Executive Officer, SIX;

Umar Farooq, Chief Executive Officer, Onyx by JPMorgan;

Douglas Lehman Feagin, Senior Vice President for Global Strategic Partnerships and Investments, Ant Group;

Ralph A.J.G. Hamers, Group Chief Executive Officer, UBS Group AG;

Joanne Hannaford, Chief Technology & Operations Officer and Executive Board Member, Credit Suisse

Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President & Chief Executive Officer, Women’s World Banking;

Professor Thomas J. Jordan, Chairman of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank;

Stefan Klestil, General Partner & Head of FinTech, SpeedInvest;

Eric Lim, Chief Sustainability Officer, United Overseas Bank Limited;

David Marcus, Former Head of Novi and Messenger at Meta, Co-creator of Diem;

Kris Marszalek, Chief Executive Officer, Crypto.com;

Dr Darian McBain, Chief Sustainability Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore;

Andrew McCormack, Centre Head, BIS Innovation Hub Singapore;

Ravi Menon, Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore;

Hiromichi Mizuno, Special Envoy of U.N. Secretary-General on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments;

Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore;

Professor Pinar Ozcan, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Oxford University;

Diana Paredes, Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder, Suade;

Dr Gabriela Maria Payer, Vice-Chairwoman, Sygnum;

Roman Regelman, CEO of Asset Servicing and Head of Digital, BNY Mellon; 

Philipp Rickenbacher, Chief Executive Officer, Bank Julius Baer;

David E Rutter, Chief Executive Officer, R3;

Dr Iwa Salami, Reader (Associate Professor) in Law, University of East London;

Julian Sawyer, Chief Executive Officer, Bitstamp;

Manisha Tank, TV Anchor & Correspondent;

Julian Teicke, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, wefox;

Jason Craig Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Partior Pte. Ltd.;

Dmitry Tokarev, Chief Executive Officer, Copper.co;

Robby Yeung, Chief Executive Officer, Animoca Brands; 

Anson Zeall, Co-founder & Partner, V2A2;

Ben Zhou, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Bybit Fintech Limited

  1. The full agenda can be found here.

Fringe Activities: Brand-New Investor Day and Innovation Open Houses

On the first day of the Forum (21 June), investors are invited to a closed-door session hosted by SIF and MAS. The session will serve as a precedent for the Forum, where investors will be able to gain a perspective on the global market trends and business opportunities that are shaping the FinTech scene, and how these topics will be addressed on the agenda during the main stage.

Also happening on 21 June are open houses hosted by BIS Innovation Hub, Crypto Valley Labs, ETH Zurich, F10, University of Zurich, and ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Registrations for these events are now open on the website.

Point Zero Forum is an invitation-only forum for investors, influencers, thinkers, and decision-makers from government and regulators, financial institutions, technology companies, crypto and blockchain networks, and academia. The Forum is organised in cooperation with the BIS Innovation Hub, MAS, and SNB, and supported by Knowledge Partners including Bussmann Advisory, Ecosystm, Finance.Swiss, Milken Institute, Open Wealth Association, and Switzerland Global Enterprise. To request an invite, visit www.pointzeroforum.com


[1] Crypto market cap is once again above $2 trillion, Fortune.com, March 3, 2022

[2] There’s $35 Trillion Invested in Sustainability, but $25 Trillion of That Isn’t Doing Much, Bloomberg, August 18, 2021

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