12 Fintech Leader Women to Follow in Switzerland in 2021by Fintechnews Switzerland April 26, 2021
Fintech News Switzerland has selected some fintech women leaders in the Swiss fintech sector.
These 12 women have gained the trust and respect of their peers through hard work, dedication and leadership. They are now driving changes in the traditional banking, financial services and insurance technology, leveraging technologies including big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain to enhance efficiencies, improve customer experiences, and cut costs.
Switzerland’s Leader: 12 Fintech Women in Fintech
Founder/CEO, 3rd-Eyes Analytics
Stephanie Feigt, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), is the founder and CEO of 3rd-Eyes Analytics, a Swiss wealthtech and insurtech company founded in 2015.
Prior to 3rd-Eyes Analytics, Feigt co-founded Contract Capital, a consultancy company in the areas of sustainable investing advising institutional clients, and worked for banks and financial institutions including RobecoSAM, Clariden Leu and Credit Suisse. She has over 25 years of wealth management and sustainable investing experience.
Yoko Spirig is the co-founder and CEO of Ledgy, an end-to-end equity management platform built for high-growth companies.
Prior to Ledgy, Spirig graduated in Physics from ETH Zürich, conducted research at CERN and the University of Oxford and was project lead of ETH Zürich’s first hyperloop team, swissloop.ch. She was named as one of the Digital Shapers 2020 by Bilanz magazine as well as in the 30 Under 30 list by Forbes magazine.
Co-Founder/CEO, Futurae Technologies
Sandra Tobler is the co-founder and CEO of Futurae Technologies, a cybersecurity startup providing user authentication technology. In her role at Futurae Technologies, she focuses on strategy and business development.
Tobler has years of experience working at firms including IBM and S-GE, and brings an extensive US and CH network.
Marie-Christin Kamann is the CEO of ServiceHunter, the operator of Quitt.ch, a platform that allows employers to legalize and manage their domestic helpers completely online, taking care of the registration, payroll accounting and insurance of cleaning ladies, nannies or care of the elderly.
Kamann has an extensive experience in digital business models and successful building and growing new businesses. Prior to ServiceHunter, she was the managing director of a startup with up to 40 employees and EUR 10 million+ in turn-over.
Mette Skjold Rotbøll
Co-Founder, Think Yellow
Mette Skjold Rotbøll is the co-founder at Think Yellow, a leading platform for investments with an impact towards a more gender-balanced world, and the founder of Vigil Thinking, a consulting firm.
Rotbøll also sits on the advisory board of numerous startups including Yova, a Swiss robo-advisor focusing on impact investing, and Genomic Expression, a woman-led biotech startup.
Before launching her own startup, she had worked in the Swiss financial sector since 1997.
Dr. Renu Ann Joseph
Founder/CEO, Luminant Analytics
Dr. Renu Ann Joseph is the founder and CEO of Luminant Analytics, an insurtech company that offers advanced analytics solutions for insurance companies.
She is a trained economist with work experience in the financial services industry and in public health, in both corporate and academic environments, and has worked on headline topics in casualty insurance data analytics, macroeconomic modeling, health policy analysis and tobacco control economics.
Executive Board Chairwoman/Co-Founder, Smart Valor
Olga Feldmeier is the executive board chairwoman and co-founder of Smart Valor, a digital asset exchange providing custody, trading and brokerage services.
Feldmeier has been involved in the Swiss crypto and blockchain scene since the very beginning, enabling the first Bitcoin license in Switzerland in 2015 and consequently helping write the history of the Crypto Valley. For her contribution to the blockchain industry, she was nominated twice for the Top 100 Digital Shapers list by Bilanz, and was named one of the Top 100 Women in Business by UBS.
Prior to founding Smart Valor, she was the commercial managing partner at Xapo, one of the first global bitcoin custodians, and held senior executive positions at several banks such as UBS and Barclays Capital. Prior to that she advised global banks on strategy during her five year stance at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Co-Founder/COO, Kore Technologies
Isabella Brom is the co-founder and COO of Kore Technologies, a company providing technology platforms and services. She’s also the CIO of Crowdliton, a blockchain-based real estate investment platform.
Brom is a solution architect and manager with an international background. She combines experience in IT architecture and business advisory in financial services, applied blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) in insurance and treasury, blockchain and database technologies.
Prior to Kore Technologies, she set up and operationally managed the consulting arm for DLT at EY Switzerland, and initiated and carried out digitization projects with Fortune 500 companies.
She’s also a lead lecturer at the HWZ University of Applied Science in Business Administration Zurich where she teaches the blockchain economy and distributed ledger technology (DLT), and is a guest lecturer at the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
Souleïma Baddi is the CEO of Komgo, a blockchain-based platform for the commodity trade ecosystem that has supported close to US$1 billion of financing channeled by network members. Komgo is backed by 15 of the world’s largest global banks, trading companies, and oil giants, and is adding new members at a rapid rate.
Before founding and joining Komgo as CEO, Baddi was deputy head of Societe Generale’s trade and commodity finance team based in Switzerland that she incorporated in 2010. She also led blockchain initiatives at the bank.
Olga Miler is the co-founder and CEO of SmartPurse, a female-focused financial advice platform. A global innovation expert specializing in women and finance, sustainability, and gender-smart investing, Miler has been broadly recognized for her transformational achievements to change the financial services industry for women and gender equality, and won numerous awards.
Her career covers leading roles in three blue-chip companies and over 15 years in leading roles in financial services. She’s developed innovation in over 15 countries, working for and with the likes of PwC, Nestle, ZIEL Consulting and UBS.
Johanna Kaelble is the co-founder and CEO of Avoodoo, a startup providing a cloud-based platform for exchanges, banks or asset managers who want to validate and backtest their index ideas quickly using historic data.
Prior to Avoodoo, Kaelble worked in various industries with a focus on data and business analysis in banking. She also held different leadership positions. In large change and transformation initiatives, she was often required to build a bridge between different parties.
Diana Biggs is the CEO of Valour, the issuer of exchange-traded products providing investors with exposure to innovation, such as digital assets. In additional to her role at Valour, Biggs is an associate fellow with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, where she guest lectures on digital assets and blockchain technology, and serves as head tutor for the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme.
Prior to joining Valour, Biggs served as global head of innovation for HSBS Private Banking, and head of digital innovation, UK and Europe, for HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management. She was also the CSO of venture-based social enterprise Soko, and served as Kiva’s first social impact-focused fellow.