Expert jury

The expert jury consists of independent and experienced experts from Switzerland. It combines both practical and theoretical knowledge. The jury is headed by Prof. Dr. Marc Oliver Rieger of the University of Trier.

Prof. Dr. Marc Oliver Rieger (Vorsitz), Lehrstuhlinhaber für Bank- und Finanzwirtschaft, Universität Trier

Prof. Dr. Marc Oliver Rieger, 42, holds the chair of banking and finance at Trier University. He is also chairman of the Swiss Derivatives Award jury.

Before his involvement in Trier, Prof. Dr. Rieger worked in research at Zurich University for several years after he had gained his PhD at the MaxPlanckInstitute for Mathematics in Leipzig and worked as a research scholar at Carnegie Mellon University for two years.

Prof. Dr. Rieger grew up in Constance. In his research, he is primarily interested in financial derivatives, behavioral finance and cultural differences in investor behavior. In the «Handelsblatt» ranking, Prof. Dr. Rieger holds a top position as one of the most research-oriented professors in the field of finance. The second edition of his book «Optionen, Derivate und Strukturierte Produkte – ein Praxisbuch» was issued by NZZ-Verlag in 2016.

Dr. Heinz Kubli, Principal, Opus Capital Asset Management GmbH

Dr. Heinz R. Kubli studied and gained his PhD at Zurich University. In 2003, he founded the expert asset management company Fundabilis GmbH which specializes in the construction, implementation and management of structured products, funds, investment companies and notes. Current investment topics focus on renewable energy and US Senior Life Settlements.

He teaches Alternative Investments, Behavioral Finance, Credit Management, Structured Finance and Structured Products at the University of Applied Sciences Zurich (HWZ).

During his career spanning more than 20 years, Dr. Heinz R. Kubli has held positions at Swiss Bank Corporation (Schweizerischer Bankverein), UBS and Hypovereinsbank. During all this time, he has always been operating in the field of Structured Products and Risk Management Products. He is known as a reputed expert in this field.

André Buck, Global Head Sales, SIX

Since April 1st, 2018, André Buck has been Global Head Sales with responsibility for the sale of services and products in the Exchange and Post Trading area as well as for the acquisition of exchange participants across all trading product classes at SIX. He joined SIX in August 2009 as Head Sales & Marketing of the Structured Products Exchange (formerly Scoach).

After 14 years of trading experience in equities, convertible bonds and derivatives at UBS in Zurich and London, André Buck moved to Zürcher Kantonalbank in 2000, where he led the development of the sales and trading team for structured products. André Buck has been Chairman of the Structured Products Commission since autumn 2016 and a member of the Swiss Derivative Awards jury since 2017.

Since autumn 2018 he has been a member of the board of a Fintech company in Hong Kong. He graduated various training programmes, most recently the Intern Bank Management Programme of the Swiss Finance Institute SFI in autumn 2014 and the Executive Development Programme at SIX in 2015/6. He is married and has two grown-up children.

Nicolas Peter, Head of Investments, Member of the Executive Board, Aquila AG

Nicolas Peter is Head of Investments and a member of the Executive Board at Aquila AG. In his function, he manages mandates of institutional and professional investors and is responsible with his team for the development of financial market publications for the Aquila Group as well as for the product and stock selection.

He started his career in Investment Advisory at Coutts & Co. AG in Geneva and Zurich, where he advised international private and institutional discretionary and advisory clients.

Between 2011 and 2016, he led various teams within the portfolio management unit and was Head of Discretionary Portfolio Service before joining Aquila AG in 2016.

Katya Wisniewski, sustainable finance expert on topics such as carbon footprint and sustainable finance

Katya Wisniewski is a sustainable finance expert with over a decade of experience in portfolio management, equity derivatives sales, and a lead civil society campaigner on topics such as carbon footprint and sustainable finance. She created and led the sustainable finance campaign at Greenpeace Switzerland, where her focus was on Swiss investment banks and re/insurers as well as Multilateral Development Banks. She monitored and researched bank's financing operations and engaged with global investors, banks, re/insurers, regulators, and credit agencies on issues like corporate responsibility and sustainability, banks’ internal policies violations and financial climate--related risks. On the international scene, she coordinated insurance campaign at Greenpeace, which has led to exits from coal and tar sands by some of the biggest re/insurers in Europe.

Prior to 2015, Katya has worked at a number of global banks in different roles including equity trading, equity derivatives sales, and portfolio management and has passed all three levels of the CFA Program. She is a co-founder of Womens’ March Zurich and is a strong advocate for equality.

Prof. Dr. Martin Wallmeier, Lehrstuhl für Finanzmanagement und Rechnungswesen, Universität Fribourg (Research Award)

Prof. Dr. Martin Wallmeier holds the chair of finance and accounting at the University of Fribourg. He is member of the jury of the Derivative Research Award.

After his studies at the University of Münster, he obtained his Ph.D. in 1997 with a dissertation on stock return anomalies and his habilitation in 2002 with research on information implied in option prices, both from the University of Augsburg. He was engaged as visiting scholar at the University of Dayton/Ohio and at Université Laval, Québec. Martin Wallmeier teaches finance on all levels (BA, MA, doctorate) at the University of Fribourg as well as in Executive MBA programs. He is co-editor of the Swiss Journal of Business Research and Practice and, among other positions, member of the accounting committee in the Verein für Socialpolitik. In his research, he is primarily interested in empirical asset pricing, asset management and firm valuation.

Serge Nussbaumer, Editor in chief, Derivative Partners AG

Serge Nussbaumer has been editor-in-chief of payoff magazine since September 2018. In 1994 he joined the former Schweizerische Kreditanstalt and held various positions before he moved to product management at the St. Galler Kantonalbank in 2005. After four years he took over the buy-side of Structured Products at St. Galler Kantonalbank. Additionally, he was managing director and instructor at the Swiss Derivative Institute (SDI) between 2011 and 2014. In 2010 he successfully completed MAS Bank Management at the Institute for Financial Services IFZ in Zug. Before returning to the Structured Products sector, he worked at MoneyPark until August 2018, where he was head of partner sales and helped to develop the business.