Team

Core team

RFS Robert

Robert Ruttmann

Founder and CEO

Robert Ruttmann is the founder and CEO of the research consortium Redesigning Financial Services and serves as the Head of Customer Insight on Financial Services at Institute for Customer Insight, University of St. Gallen. Previously, Robert spent over 10 years in the financial services industry, working in Global Research at Credit Suisse, and 4 years in the Investment Office at Julius Baer, running a team of cross-asset strategists.

Robert has two master’s degrees from the University of St.Gallen, one in Banking and Finance, and one in International Affairs and Governance. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2002 in Economics from Bates College, US.

RFS Zani

Zani Sharifi

Deputy Head

Zani is a Project Manager at Redesigning Financial Services. Prior to joining RFS, Zani has worked in consulting focusing on the financial services industry, particularly digital transformation and change management projects.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Zurich, a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Management at the University of St. Gallen, researching the impact of artificial intelligence on the financial services industry.

In his free time, Zani pursues his passion for martial arts and likes to travel through Asia.

Dominique

Dominique-Cristian Baumann

Project Manager

Dominique is a project manager at Redesigning Financial Services (RFS) with its main focus on asset management and financial markets. Before joining RFS, Dominique has worked for various banks and 4 years in the Deal Advisory, Valuation / Financial Modelling team of KPMG Zurich.

Dominique holds two master’s degrees. One in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen and one in International Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (São Paulo, Brazil). Since 2018, Dominique is a CFA chartholder and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Finance at the University of St. Gallen.

Marco

Marco Vario

Project Manager

Marco Vario has been Project Manager at Redesigning Financial Services since March 2018. Prior to joining RFS, Marco spent 4 years in the financial industry, working in Asset Management at UBS and Credit Suisse.

Marco is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Management at the University of St. Gallen and holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Finance from the University of Lausanne. Aside from work, Marco enjoys doing CrossFit and travelling.

Anya

Anya Bosshard

Project Assistant

Anya is a project assistant at Redesigning Financial Services.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Bern and is currently a Master student in a two-year double degree program at the University of Zurich. In her one-year LL.M. at Maastricht University she specialized in Criminal Law. Within her last year at University of Zurich she is now focussing on International Corporate Law, Human Rights Law and Sports Law.

In her free time, she is very passionate about lifting weights in the CrossFit Box or enjoying alpine air during backcountry snowboarding.

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Kerstin

Project Assistant

Kerstin is an associate at Redesigning Financial Services.
She is a trained specialist in childcare and is now half a year away from completing her vocational baccalaureate before beginning her studies in Media & Art at the ZHDK in the summer of 2018.

In her spare time she enjoys reading novels and fantasy stories, taking photographs and working creatively for the Töss Theatre Association.

Strategic Steering Committee

Christine Schmid

Carl Verbrugge

Felix Wenger 

Thomas Merz

Yamin Groninger

Christian Mesenholl 

Patrick Hunger

Alfonso Gomez

Martin Jufer

Kristine Braden 

Olaf Töpfer

Prof. Dr. Ernst Mohr

Javier Rubio

Carsten Luther

Prof. Dr. Simon Evenett

Prof. Dr. Karl Frauendorfer