Swiss Finance Council

Speakers

Jakub Boratyński, Head of Unit 'Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Policy', European Commission in Brussels (Directorate-General Communication Networks, Content and Technology)

 

Among others involved in the negotiations of the recently adopted Network and Information Security (NIS) directive, the implementation of the EU cyber-security strategy's actions on resilience, industrial measures and Research and Innovation under H2020, and cooperation with the EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). He also directly contributed to the production of the new EU Cybersecurity Strategy.

Previously Head of Unit 'Organised Crime and Relations with EMCDDA' at the European Commission (Directorate-General Home Affairs), which has the lead responsibility for the fight against cybercrime, corruption, sexual abuse of children and confiscation of criminal assets. In relation to cybercrime, involved in negotiation and drafting of two directives (on cyber-attacks and sexual exploitation of children), establishment of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and drafting of the EU Cyber Security Strategy. Previously worked on EU relations with Russia (Directorate-General External Relations).

Before joining the European Commission, a Director at the Stefan Batory Foundation in Warsaw and Policy Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Warsaw (international relations, law).

Marc Branson, CEO, FINMA

 

Mark Branson (1968) studied Mathematics and Management Studies (M.A.) at Trinity College, Cambridge. He also obtained a master’s degree in Operational Research (M.Sc.) from the University of Lancaster. Mark Branson is a British citizen.

After his successful graduation in England, Mark Branson started his professional career at Coopers & Lybrand Management Consultancy Services. Three years later, he moved to Credit Suisse in London where, two years after joining the bank, he led a customer support department. In 1997, Mark Branson took a further step in his professional career by joining the former SBC Warburg. Shortly afterwards, he was transferred to the head office in Zurich, where he assumed responsibility for the Business and Logistics Strategy unit of the Corporate Center’s Strategic Analysis group. He was subsequently ap-pointed Head of Investor Relations. In 2001, he was promoted to the post of group-wide Head of Communications, with management responsibility for all aspects of communication and branding. Mark Branson held this post for five years, before being made CEO of UBS Securities Japan Ltd in 2006 as part of a targeted rotation of roles. During his time there, Mark Branson was responsible for investment banking, securities activities, asset management and wealth management in Japan. In February 2008, Mark Branson was then appointed CFO of the Wealth Management and Swiss Bank business division in Zurich where he was in charge of finance, risk control, compliance, strategy development and treasury management.

Mark Branson took up the post of Head of Banks division at FINMA in Bern on 1 January 2010 and was appointed Deputy CEO on 1 February 2013. He has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of FINMA as of 1 April 2014.Mark Branson took up the post of Head of Banks division at FINMA in Bern on 1 January 2010 and was appointed Deputy CEO on 1 February 2013. He has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of FINMA in 2014.

Martin Clements, Adviser to the Chairman and CEO of Credit Suisse Group AG

 

Martin Clements had a long career in the British Government, retiring in 2016 as Director General for Technology and Transformation at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  His brief included the management of cyber risk and he now has a portfolio of non-executive and advisory responsibilities in the field of technology and associated risks, including in particular the insider threat.  Martin is a senior fellow at the Alan Turing Institute (the United Kingdom’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence) as well as an adviser to the Chairman and CEO of Credit Suisse Group AG.

Lukas Gähwiler, Chairman of the Board of Directors, UBS Switzerland AG

 

Lukas Gähwiler was appointed Chairman UBS Switzerland in September 2016. Prior to that, he was a member of the Group Executive Board of UBS Group AG and served as President UBS Switzerland for more than six years. In this role, he was responsible for all businesses – Personal Banking, Wealth Management, Corporate and Institutional Clients, Investment Banking and Asset Management – in UBS's home market. Prior to this, he worked in various senior front office positions at Credit Suisse in Switzerland and North America for twenty years, seven of which as Chief Risk Officer for Corporate and Private Banking. Mr. Gähwiler earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Applied Sciences in St. Gallen. Furthermore, he completed an MBA program in Corporate Finance at the International Bankers School in New York as well as the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Dominique Laboureix, Director of Resolution Planning and Decisions, SRB

 

Mr Dominique Laboureix as Member of the Board is more particularly in charge of resolution planning and preparations of decisions about banking groups coming from 6 Member States of the Banking Union and 3 GSIBs. He is involved in several policy issues and chairs the Resolution Committee of the European Banking Authority.

Before 2015, he was Deputy Director General in charge of the Directorate of Resolution within the ACPR (Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de résolution, France) and was notably responsible for the French banking institutions’ resolution planning. He has also been involved in several international committees, in particular with the Financial Stability Board and the European Banking Authority. From 2011 to 2013, he was Director of the Finance and Management Control Directorate within the French Central Bank. Previously, between 2007 and 2011, he had been Director of the Research and Policy Directorate of the ACPR, benefiting from over 10 years’ experience of banking supervision with the Off-Site Directorate of the prudential authority. Mr Laboureix is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and has a master in commercial law from Paris II University.

Michel Liès, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Zurich Insurance Group

 

Michel Liès has 40 years’ experience in global insurance and reinsurance, life insurance, and property and casualty insurance. He has held a number of positions in the industry, including Group CEO of Swiss Re. He began his career at the reinsurer in 1978, working first in the life market in Latin America before moving to Europe in 1983, where he held a number of senior positions within Swiss Re’s life businesses. In 1994 he moved into Swiss Re’s non-life sector, with responsibility for southern Europe and Latin America. From 1998 he served as Swiss Re’s Head of Latin America Division until 2000, when he was appointed Head of the Europe Division of its Property & Casualty Business Group. In 2005 he became Swiss Re’s Head Client Markets with responsibility for client relationships worldwide, and was also appointed as a member of the reinsurer’s Group Executive Committee. From 2011 to 2012 Mr. Liès served as Swiss Re’s Chairman of Global Partnerships, which works with governments, international development bodies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to mitigate and address global risks and increase resilience. He was appointed Swiss Re’s Group CEO in February 2012 and served in that role until his retirement from Swiss Re in 2016. He became Chairman of the Board of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd in April 2018.

Mr. Liès is a member of the board of the Institute of International Finance (IIF), advisory board member of the Beirat Zukunft Finanzplatz, trustees board member of Avenir Suisse and of The Swiss Institute of International Studies. He is also a member of the European Financial Services Round Table.

Mr. Liès holds a master’s degree in mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH).

Thomas Pohl, Managing Director, Head Governmental Affairs International, UBS and Secretary to the SFC Board

 

Professional History:

Since 2006 UBS AG, Zurich

2015 - Head Governmental Affairs International

2010 – 2015 Head Executive & International Affairs

2006 – 2010 Senior Advisor, International Regulatory Developments

2001 – 2005 Dresdner Bank Lateinamerika, Hamburg 2004 – 2005 Head Economic Research

2001 – 2004 Economist

1999 – 2001 Dresdner Bank AG Economics Trainee program

Frankfurt / Hamburg / Buenos Aires / Miami

Thomas holds a degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Hamburg.

Robert Priester - Chief European Representative and Regulatory Counsel, IIF

Robert Priester joined the Institute of International Finance (IIF) in September 2017 as Chief European Representative and Regulatory Counsel in the newly opened Brussels IIF office.

Before joining the IIF, Robert was Deputy Chief Executive of the European Banking Federation, having joined the EBF in 2005 as Head of Legal Department before becoming Executive Director of the Wholesale and Regulatory Policy Department in 2007 and finally Deputy Chief Executive in October 2013. Robert has been a member of the ECB’s Bond Market Contact Group (2013) and a member of EBA’s Banking Stakeholder Group (2014-2016). Robert holds a degree in International and European Law from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Before joining the EBF in 2005, Robert held various positions at the European Fund and Asset Management Association for five years and at Insurance Europe for six years. He started his lobby career in Brussels at the European Savings Banks Group in 1991. Robert is a Dutch national.

Urs Rohner, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Credit Suisse Group AG

 

Urs Rohner is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Group AG and chairs the Governance and Nominations Committee. Before his appointment to Chairman, Urs Rohner was full-time Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Group AG. Prior to that, he was a member of the Executive Board, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Group General Counsel. Mr. Rohner is a member of the Board of Directors of GlaxoSmithKline plc. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Swiss Bankers Association as well as a member of the Boards of the Institute of International Finance and other industry groups in financial services. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Rohner served as Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG. This followed a career in private practice at major law firms in Switzerland and the USA.

Giuseppe Siani, Deputy Director General of Microprudential Supervision IV, ECB

 

Giuseppe Siani has been Deputy Director General of Microprudential Supervision IV since the SSM was set up.  In this role, he has been responsible for a wide range of topics related to horizontal and specialised supervision, including risk assessments, supervisory methodologies, on-site inspections and supervisory priorities. He has also represented the SSM in many EU and international fora (for example FSB and BCBS).

 

Before joining the European Central Bank, he has held various roles of increasing responsibilities both as a supervisor and policymaker at the Bank of Italy, including the Head of supervisory teams and Head of International Regulation.

He had also worked at the European Commission from 2005 to 2009 where he had contributed to the development of the international financial reform. Over the years, he had also worked in different capacities in several FSB and BCBS projects and had chaired BCBS’ working groups on a wide range of topics (for example on regulatory capital and on the prudential treatment of banks’ credit exposures, including to CCPs)

After graduating in economics and finance, Giuseppe began his career in the reinsurance sector where he had mainly worked in the finite-risk business and on natural events related products. 

Sir Rob Wainwright, Partner, Deloitte Netherlands

 

  • June 2018: Joined Deloitte as senior partner in cyber financial crime and other areas of risk

  • 2009-2018: Executive Director of Europol

  • 2000-2009: Senior positions in national law enforcement agencies, UK

  • 1989-2000: Intelligence Officer, MI5

Axel A. Weber, Chairman of the Board of Directors, UBS Group AG

 

Axel A. Weber has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of UBS since 2012. He is Chairman of the BoD of both UBS AG and UBS Group AG. He is chairman of the Institute of International Finance, a board member of the Swiss Bankers Association and the International Monetary Conference, and a member of the Group of Thirty as well as the Trilateral Commission, among others.

Mr. Weber was president of the German Bundesbank between 2004 and 2011, during which time he also served as a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements, German governor of the International Monetary Fund and as a member of the G7 and G20 Ministers and Governors.

He was a member of the steering committees of the European Systemic Risk Board in 2011 and the Financial Stability Board from 2010 to 2011.

Mr. Weber's academic career includes professorships at the Universities of Cologne, Frankfurt / Main, Bonn and Chicago. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Siegen, where he also received his habilitation. He graduated with a master’s degree in economics at the University of Konstanz and holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Duisburg-Essen and Konstanz.

David Wright, Chairman, EUROFI

 

After graduating from Worcester College, Oxford in 1974 in politics, economics and philosophy (PPE) David has worked for nearly 34 years in the European Commission from 1977- 2011. He held a variety of posts including at the beginning of his career responsibility for oil and gas data in the Statistical Office, Luxembourg (1977-1981) during the second oil crisis; energy policy coordination and modelling in the Directorate General for Energy, Brussels (1982-1987); and then industrial trade policy negotiations during the Uruguay multilateral trade round (1987-1989). From 1989-1992 he was a member of President Delors' "Think Tank" called the "Cellule de Prospectives" where he worked on industrial policy and wrote the first Commission document on sustainable development. In this period he co-authored a book with Professor Alexis Jacquemin on the post-1992 EU political and economic agenda called "Shaping factors, shaping actors".

From 1993-1994 he was a member of Sir Leon Brittans' Cabinet and worked on various aspects of trade and industrial policy, including completion of the Uruguay Round in 1994. In 1995 he became an Adviser to President Jacques Santer in his Cabinet – covering competitiveness, industrial and telecom policies, political relations with the UK and Ireland, financial services, risk capital and various other trade and foreign policy briefs. From March 2000 – October 2010 he was first Director, then Deputy Director-General for securities and financial markets, then for all financial services policy in DG Internal Market and Services. He helped design and drive forward the Financial Services Action Plans to integrate the EU's capital and financial services markets. He was the rapporteur for both the Lamfalussy (2000/1) and De LaRosière Committees (2008/9), chaired the Securities and Banking Committees and represented the Commission in the Financial Services Committee and in various FSB/G20 fora. He also played a leading role in the EU-US financial markets dialogue in this period. He was the EU Visiting Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford until July 2011 and was a Member of the European Commission's Task force on Greece until the end of January 2012. David Wright’s appointment as Secretary General of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) commenced on 15 March 2012. David Wright left IOSCO in March 2016 and is now the Chairman of EUROFI, Paris and a partner of Flint-Global, London and a public interest Director of the Bombay Stock Exchange, India.