Our Team

Reto P. Gadient

Founder, Head of Business Development. Reto is a former UBS executive with 20+ international experience in Financial Services. As co-organizer of Crypto Valley Forum Reto helps to position Zug and surroundings as global hub for blockchain and crypto finance. He holds an EMBA and MSc in Marketing of Lorange Institute of Business Zurich and a BA in Education. He is lecturer for blockchain at HWZ.

Alex Batlin

Chief Technology Strategist and Lecturer. Alex is global leader blockchain at BNY Mellon in the bank's EMEA innovation team in London. Pior to joining BNY Mellon, Alex headed UBS's FinTech Innovation Lab based in UK's Level 39 accelerator and worked at Nomura, JPMorgan and CSC. He has a degree in Computer Science from University of Bristol.

Dr. Mathias Bucher

Advisor and Lecturer. Mathias is Founder and CEO of Blockchain Innovation. He lectures Blockchain Technology and Investment Strategies at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Prior to that role, Mathias was Co-Founder of AllMountain Capital and Portfolio Manager for the Alternative Investment Company Horizon21. Mathias holds a PhD in finance from the University of Zurich, and a Master in Economics from HEC Lausanne and Universidad Carlos III Madrid.
Mathias started his career as a Consultant for the Strategy Consulting Firm McKinsey & Co.

Bernd Lapp

Advisor and Lecturer. Bernd is a Blockchain Evangelist and member of multiple blockchain advisory boards. He is Founder and CEO of Old School GmbH and Leader of Swarm City the world first truly decentralized ride-sharing service using the Ethereum platform. Before his consulting in the crypto space, he was responsible for defining and implementing the business model for the most successful mobile banking app in Germany.
Bernd started his professional career working for the National Football League (NFL) to establish a brand awareness program and help building a talent scouting system in Europe and was part of the coaching staffs for the German Junior and Senior National Team.

Vitus Ammann

Advisor and Lecturer. Vitus is Managing Partner at Ammann Consulting Zug. Prior to that role he was Chief Marketing Officer of Monetas AG, one of the pioneer companies in Crypto Valley Zug, Switzerland. Before he joined the crypto currency space, Vitus was responsible for strategic partnerships at Swisscard, a joint venture of Credit Suisse and American Express. Before his banking career he worked at Unilever in different operative and strategic roles in Marketing and Sales - in Switzerland, Hungary and Italy. Vitus holds a degree in Economics from Hochschule St. Gallen (lic.oec.HSG).

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Lucas Betschart

Advisor and Lecturer. Lucas is the founder of Blockchain Source, a Crypto Valley based consulting company focused on applying Blockchain technology in digital transformation processes. Being involved in Bitcoin since the early days, he has a deep understanding of decentralized systems, cryptography and the technologies available today. He initiated the Blockchain Meetup Zurich group, which connects and educates startups, corporates and enthusiasts and acts as President of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland.

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