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 Matt

Matthias Thomann

Head of Business Development

Matthias is Head of Business Development at Redesigning Financial Services as well as responsible for Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining RFS, Matthias has worked in sales and the media industry. He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the University of St. Gallen as well as a Master’s degree from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).

Furthermore, Matthias is the Founder and Managing Partner of Matto-Group.

RFS Zani

Zani Sharifi

Project Manager

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

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Zurich and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance at the University of St. Gallen.

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