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 (Chair), Chairman of Banking and Finance, University of 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.

Ülkü Cibik, Counsel, MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep AG

Ülkü Cibik is Counsel at MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep AG, a leading law firm in Switzerland. Her practice focuses on banking and financial markets law as well as corporate and commercial law.

Ülkü Cibik has particular expertise in the field of structured products and derivatives and advises domestic and foreign issuers on the issuance, listing, regulation and distribution of structured products. She also advises clients on financings through syndicated and bilateral loans as well as regulatory matters and regularly works on projects related to cryptocurrencies/DLT/blockchain.

Since November 2018, Ülkü Cibik has been mandated by SSPA to support the «Legal & Regulation» business unit.


Sébastien Neukom, Head Structured Products Sales, SIX Swiss Exchange

Sébastien Neukom is Head Structured Products Sales at the Swiss Stock Exchange. He joined SIX in June 2016. Sébastien Neukom is responsible for the acquisition of new participants and product issuers in the structured products area and for the further development of the trading platforms for listed and unlisted structured products.

Prior to that, he worked for Bank Vontobel in Singapore, Zurich and Frankfurt for about eight years as Senior Advisor Financial Products. During his appointment in Singapore he was responsible for business and client development for the Asian Pacific region.

In Zurich, he managed and acquired banks, family offices and external asset managers. Prior to that, the bilingual derivatives specialist worked as a proprietary trader at the Berner Kantonalbank. Sébastien Neukom is a member of the "Retail" working group of the Swiss Structured Products Association (SSPA).

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.

Abdel Hamidouche, Head of Structured Products, Banque Mirabaud

Abdel Hamidouche, 42, started his career 18 years ago in the derivatives and structured products. He alternated between sell side, where he advised banks and external asset managers, and buy side positions with banks such Deutsche Bank or Lombard Odier.

He joined Banque Mirabaud in 2017 to set up the structured product desk for the wealth management unit for the whole Group.

He holds a Master degree in Finance from Audencia Management School in France.

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 payoff, Avaloq Evolution AG

Serge Nussbaumer has been editor-in-chief of payoff magazine since September 2018. Since 2023, he has also been the owner of payoff Media AG as publisher. He joined the former Schweizerische Kreditanstalt in 1994 as a career changer and held various positions before joining the product management team at St. Galler Kantonalbank in 2005. In 2009, he took over the buy-side of structured products at St. Galler Kantonalbank. Between 2011 and 2014, he was also managing director and trainer at the Swiss Derivative Institute (SDI). In 2010, he successfully completed the MAS Bank Management at the Institute of Financial Services IFZ in Zug. Before returning to the structured products industry, he worked at MoneyPark until August 2018, where he helped to build it up as Head of Partner Sales.