The team

and our network

Who are we?






The Geneva Macro Labs are a grassroots movement that started as a civil citizen initiative.

We imagined what could be achieved without institutional silos in Geneva and when "rive gauche" and "rive droite" come together.

We are an independent Swiss association volunteering as we believe everyone is needed to reach the ambitious 2030 agenda.

The team

Dr Ekkehard Ernst

President

Renate Günther

Vice President

Adriano D. Gianinazzi

Legal Director,

Chief Data Protection Officer

Julia Ovcinnikov

Head of Treasury

Dr Daniel Samaan

Head of Research

Robert Zapfel

Entrepreneur in Residence

Jörn Erbguth

Head of Technology Insights

Paul Wang

Head of Governance Insights

Dr Marianne Schoerling

Head of Stakeholder Engagement


Our speakers

Davos 2020

Lunch Event, 22.01.2020 WEF


Jörn Erbguth, University of Geneva

Jörn Erbguth is a consultant on blockchain, smart contracts and data protection (GDPR).

He's a lecturer at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and the University of Geneva.

Jörn discussed the environmental projects' value and how far they can provide sustainable solutions for green investment in order to address climate change.


Leonardo Barrionuevo, EBCF

Leonardo is the Founder & President at GROUP EBCF, AMACOIN & AMABANK (Sustainability Inside).

He introduced how digital assets can finance environmental assets, services and products designed to fight climate change, poverty and deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Michael Fishbach, Great Whale Conservancy

Michael is Founder at the Great Whale Conservancy. For the past 23 years Michael has been actively involved in field research and conservation work on Blue and other Great Whales.

He talked about his passion in connecting the scientific and conservation communities and forging actions that minimize human impacts which are detrimental to the world's Great Whales.

Dr. Ralph Chami, IMF

Dr. Ralph Chami is Assistant Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Ralph helped us better understand nature's solution to climate change. He talked about whales who are vital to curb climate change and calculated that a single great whale values more than $2 million. Should they become an international public good?

Emilie Raffo, b4H

Emilie Raffo, is a Crypto-Finance Consultant, Public Speaker and a core contributor of blockchain for Humanity: https://b4h.world

She's also an ambassador of the #Stablecoin.Foundation and officer of the #CryptoValleyAssociation for Western Switzerland. Emilie moderated the event.

Geneva Blockchain Congress

20.01.2020


Jörn Erbguth, University of Geneva

Jörn Erbguth is a consultant on blockchain, smart contracts and data protection (GDPR).

He's a lecturer at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and the University of Geneva.

Jörn asked if we want that single intermediaries, like Google, hold all our information and concluded that the technology of decentralizedIDs matters. It fosters selfgovernance of our data.


Maike Gericke, Scrypt.Media

Maike Gericke is the co-founder of Scrypt.Media, a DLT consultancy and innovation studio.

She discussed last mile solutions for financial inclusion with limited phone access.


Jessica Camus, Diginex

Jessica is Head of Partnerships and Impact at Diginex.

Her topic: How to abolish modern slavery thanks to Blockchain technology.


Kamales Lardi, Lardi&Partner Consulting

Kamales is Digital Transformation Leader, Business Futurist and Founder and President of Diversity In Blockchain Switzerland.

She spoke about how Blockchain technology can help to ensure transparent supply chains in the palm oil business.


Leonardo Gammar, Agora

Leonardo Gammar is CEO at Agora.

Leo discussed how to strenghten voters' rights
and democracy with Blockchain.


Dr. Ekkehard Ernst, ILO

Dr. Ekkehard Ernst is the President of Geneva Macro Labs & Future of work and AI specialist at ILO.

He moderated the congress track on E-voting and E-identity.


Paul Wang, Mt Pelerin

Paul is the Executive Advisor to the CEO @High-Tech Bridge. Advisory Board Member @Mt-Pelerin and Head of Corporate Governance at the Geneva Macro Labs.

Paul moderated the congress track about Blockchain technology to support humanitarian and social applications.

ImpactLab

14.03.2019

Gianfranco Moi
Deputy General Director,
Economic Development, Research & Innovation, State of Geneva

Blanca Zutta

Learning technology and Social media specialist World Trade Organization (WTO)

Paul Wang

CEO, Advisory Board Member @ High-Tech Bridge. Advisory Board Member, Cybersecurity @ Mt-Pelerin. Member of the Management Committee at ICON-ONG

Inmaculada García Sáez

Blockchain and digital transformation leader
COO Officer, Axa Investment Managers

Jörn Erbguth

Consultant on Blockchain & GDPR, Lecturer at University of Geneva and Geneva School of Diplomacy 

Alessandro Sanos 

CAIA Head of Chapter, Geneva; Market Development Manager, Commodities, Refinitiv. Alessandro moderated the conference.

Blockchain 4 Impact

UN Geneva, 26.-27.09.2019


Pierre Maudet, State Councillor of the Republic and Canton of Geneva

The State Councillor of the Republic and Canton of Geneva Pierre Maudet opened the conference at Palais des Nations. He spoke about how Blockchain and sustainable development can go well together. Pierre Maudet emphasized the potential of Blockchain technology, stating that it can allow for increasing efficiency and transparency, both needed to accelerate sustainable development.






Bertrand Perez

Managing Director & COO at Libra Association. He spoke about the future of cryptocurrencies and e-payment systems.


Dr. Ralph Chami, IMF

Assistant Director at International monetary Fund (IMF).

He talked about how Blockchain can change the way how money is sent home from abroad.


Emanuelle Ganne, WTO

Emmanuelle is an international trade expert and a Senior Analyst in the Economic Research Department at WTO. She discussed how far Blockchain can revolutionize International Trade.

Thomas Nägele, Nägele Attorneys at Law

Thomas Nägele is Attorney at Law and Managing Partner at NÄGELE Rechtsanwälte GmbH. Thomas was part of the working group that drafted Liechtenstein's blockchain law. He helped us understand what laws are needed for the Token Economy to not hinder innovation with regulation, but rather, to provide solutions.

Alessandro Sanos, Refinitiv

Alessandro is heading Refinitiv's Commodities business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. At our conference he highlighted Blockchain essentials: What everyone needs to know about blockchain as the technology is still surrounded by a layer of mystery.

Emilie Raffo, b4H

Emilie Raffo, is a Crypto-Finance Consultant & Public Speaker, core contributor of blockchain for Humanity: https://b4h.world
She's also anambassador of the #Stablecoin.Foundation and officer of the #CryptoValleyAssociation for Western Switzerland. Emilie moderated the session on technical applications and challenges of Blockchain and spoke about Blockchain and financial inclusion.


Jörn Erbguth, University of Geneva

Jörn Erbguth is a consultant on blockchain, smart contracts and data protection (GDPR). He's a lecturer at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and the University of Geneva. He discussed privacy aspects of Blockchain.


Blanca Zutta, ITSA

Blanca Zutta is Associate Founding Member of ITSA, the International Token Standardization Association and E-Learning technology and Social media specialist at WTO. She helped us understand how to standardize tokens.


Robert Zapfel, iov42

Robert is the Co-founder of iov42 who creates the Internet of Value by adapting and pioneering ideas from Blockchain. He highlighted technical developments of the Blockchain and provided a how-to-guide.


Inma García Sáez, Scrypt.Media


Inma Garcia supports Scrypt.media and other boutique consultancies leveraging emerging technologies to tackle global challenges. She's also a UN volunteer and will spoke about Blockchain technology's potential to create disruptive and sustainable business models


Dr. Petru Dumitri, UN JIU

Dr. Petru Dumitriu is Inspector of the UN System Joint Inspection Unit (JIU). Petru co-hosted our conference.


Dr. Thomas Moser, SNB

Dr. Moser is an Alternate Member of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank. His topic was: What are the challenges of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies for central banks and monetary policy?


Gianfranco Moi, State of Geneva

Gianfranco is the Deputy General Director of the Directorate of Economic Development, Research and Innovation at the State of Geneva. His topic: the legal and regulatory aspects for governments using Blockchain.


Guido Buehler, SEBA Bank

Guido Buehler is CEO at SEBA Bank. He talked about how SEBA is building a licenced and supervised Swiss bank combining the new financial world of digital assets with traditional banking - in a secure and vertically integrated setup.


Maike Gericke, Scrypt.Media

Maike Gericke is the co-founder of Scrypt.Media, a DLT consultancy and innovation studio. Her topic: last mile solutions for financial inclusion with limited phone access.


Derek Queisser de Stockalper, Qanalytics, LLC

Derek Queisser de Stockalper is Founder and Director at Qanalytics, LLC. He spoke about how ESG currencies can protect the environment and help build communities.


Pierandrea Quarta, Start-up in Stealth Mode

Pierandrea Quarta is Founder and CEO at Start-up in Stealth Mode. He talked about how Blockchain can help fight plastic waste


Laurent Favre, A. Favre & Fils


Laurent Favre is Founder at A. Favre & Fils. He spoke about how to strengthen human rights along the supply chain: SwissGold.


Derek Queisser de Stockalper, Qanalytics, LLC

Derek Queisser de Stockalper is Founder and Director at Qanalytics, LLC. He discussed how ESG currencies can protect the environment and help build communities.


Jessica Camus, Diginex

Jessica is Head of Partnerships and Impact at Diginex. Her topic: How to abolish modern slavery thanks to Blockchain technology.


Curt Hopkins, koinrewards.io

Curt Hopkins is Chief Executive Officer at Koin Rewards. He showed a strategy how to incentivise people to consume in a sustainable way using token.


Leonardo Gammar, Agora

Leonardo Gammar is CEO at Agora. Leo lead a World Café about how to strenghten voters' rights and democracy with Blockchain.

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