On June 29, we have discussed the opportunities of improving Treasury and Finance functions with AI at our event “How AI is disrupting Finance functions”. 

Increased inflation, macroeconomic and geopolitical events, and the aftermath of the pandemic have led to increased market volatility with a substantial impact on the financials and the Finance function of organizations. At the same time, artificial intelligence (AI) is on the rise, enabling organizations to build self-sustainable solutions and make faster decisions based on quality data.

AI and its self-learning algorithms can help CFOs and Finance SMEs improve their forecasting and become more agile in adapting the latest (financial) trends, new forecasting models and advanced analytics. 



Dr. Marc Schwarz, Head of Treasury and Deputy CFO/CRO, Thurgauer Kantonalbank

Marc studied economics at the University of Basel and worked as a research assistant and lecturer at the Institute for Bank Management and Controlling.  After completing his doctorate, Marc worked for a management consultancy between 2002 and 2006.  He then moved to Raiffeisen Switzerland as the CRO’s Chief of Staff and Head of Market Risk Control. From 2011, he has been building the Treasury division at Thurgauer Kantonalbank and has also been Deputy CFO & CRO since 2015.

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Thomas Birrer, Professor for Corporate Finance IFZ

Thomas K. Birrer is a professor for corporate finance at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He studied economics at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and completed his doctorate at the University of Basel. In his dissertation he examined the management of currency risks in Swiss companies. He is an active researcher in the field of corporate finance with a focus on corporate treasury management, funding and decentralized finance. He heads several programs such as the CAS Swiss Certified Treasurer (SCT®). 

Christian Schaefle, CEO Prospero AG 

Christian Schaefle is the founder and CEO of Prospero AG. He has over 25 years of experience in consulting and software development in the areas of management information systems, business intelligence and predictive analytics across various industries such as banking, public administration or retail. His company specializes in machine intelligence, building solutions for the detection of opportunities and risks in business processes based on predictive modeling. Christian holds a Master’s degree in controlling and finance from the University of St. Gallen.

Norman Stütz, Managing Director at Credit Suisse / Lecturer at Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences

Norman Stürtz studied Business Administration at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. He started his career with JPMorgan in Frankfurt and London and later continued in consulting with BearingPoint and Capgemini. He has been with Credit Suisse in Zurich since 2007 in a variety of roles such as Chief of Staff for IT, Divisional Chief Data Officer and currently - a Managing Director. Norman has founded a CDO network in Zurich, the Chief Data Officer Roundtable, and is a sought-after conference speaker across Europe. 



Stephan Lohnert, Head of CFO Agenda

Yogesh Arora, Head of Data & Analytics

Dr. Philipp Baumgartner, Head of Data & Analytics