RFS: Shenzhen meets Paradeplatz

China is taking the lead – both in tech and finance.

In terms of innovation and adoption, China has leapfrogged most global financial centers. As western financial services institutions continue to innovate incrementally, China’s technology leaders have already revolutionized many aspects of financial services, increasing the speed, sophistication and scale of the innovation cycle. But the Chinese dominance in financial services is driven – not by incumbent banks – but by leading domestic technology companies. These firms use “platform effects” to capture data and use it to personalize the customer experience, leverage operational efficiencies, and to provide new services, such as lending, insurance, investment and wealth management. The result tends to be better and more comprehensive customer experiences than traditional financial services players can offer.

The upcoming event Shenzhen meets Paradeplatz seeks to offer valuable insights into China’s unique, dynamic and rapidly evolving financial services ecosystem. It examines the drivers behind the explosive acceleration of the innovation cycle for Chinese financial services, and assesses the implications for Swiss and European operators. The event also explores avenues of collaboration and invites a better mutual understanding of the cultural norms



Eunice Zehnder-Lai RFS event

Eunice Zehnder-Lai

Eunice is a dual Swiss and Hong Kong citizen who gained broad executive experience in Greater China, Switzerland and the United States. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Geberit Group and DKSH Group, all listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Until November 2018, she was CEO of Institut für Persönlichkeitsorientiertes Management AG, an advisory firm in Switzerland specialised on customer centricity. Eunice Zehnder-Lai has 20 years of experience in the financial industry, having worked for LGT Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, covering asset and portfolio management, private wealth and corporate finance.

Yamin Gröninger RFS event

Yamin Gröninger

Yamin is a partner at EY Switzerland and leads the Markets & Business Development unit.
Yamin has more than 12 years of international experience in Strategy Consulting (McKinsey & Company), Restructuring (Bertelsmann Group), Due Diligence, as well as financial audits of large multinational companies (EY). She has worked and lived in Switzerland, Turkey, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, China and Singapore.

Jian Shi Cortes RFS event

Jian Shi Cortesi

Prior to joining GAM Group in May 2010, she worked in research and portfolio management of Asian equities for a regional wealth management firm in the United States. She started her career as an assistant editor at Dow Jones in Beijing. Jian Shi Cortesi holds a Bachelor degree in International Business from Beijing Foreign Studies University in China and an MBA from the University of Tennessee in the United States.

Sally J. Yan RFS event

Sally J. Yan

Sally is the Executive Board Member of Drivetide Capital AG, a Fintech company using big data and artificial intelligence for Europe-China precision business match-making and equity investment. She graduated with an M.Sc. from ETH Zurich and holds an MBA from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Prior experience includes working at the headquarter of Fortune 500 as in-house consulting, in charge of the sustainable development strategy for whole group companies, and especially Asia Pacific Region. For over 15 years, Sally is highly experienced in supporting strategic collaboration between Europe and China, with a special focus on companies’ successful market entry and cross-cultural leadership.

Diego Gilardoni RFS event

Diego Gilardoni

Diego Gilardoni, a former journalist turned business consultant, is an international adviser and speaker specialised in global business and cross-cultural management and communication. An expert on China, where he has worked as a consultant for European companies, he is the author of “Decoding China. Cross-cultural strategies for successful business with the Chinese”. He is associate partner of Itim International, one of the leading cross-cultural management consulting firms helping companies navigate the unchartered waters of globalization. He has given a TED Talk on the centrality of cultural intelligence for global business in the 21st century.

Michael Yeung RFS event

Michael Yeung

Michael is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of BlockContinent, a Shenzhen-based Blockchain company.
BlockContinent is a technology company that specializes in the research and development, and innovation of blockchain technology.
Prior to founding BlockContinent, Michael worked at CICC Hong Kong and BBCA. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua Unversity in Beijing and a Master’s degree from Imperial College in London.

Fredrik Åtting RFS event

Fredrik Åtting

He joined EQT Partners in 1996 and was part of the initial EQT team. Fredrik worked at the Hong Kong office from 2006 to 2013. He led EQT’s Asia operations between 2009 and 2012 and he led EQT Mid Market DACH & Benelux between 2016 and 2018.

Fredrik holds a Master of Science degree from the Stockholm School of Economics.

More speakers will be announced soon.

Event detail

May 08–09, 2019