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Frankfurt Summit on Network Analysis

Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Network Analysis in Financial Services


Our technological world is growing ever more rapidly and the connections are becoming ever more complex. People, machines, devices and algorithms are networked in a gigantic ecosystem ("Complexity Economics").

It will be critical for banks and asset managers to analyse and use the relevant data. Currently, many analyses are based on linear and isolated views: customers, companies and markets are considered as single data points. Thus the most decisive complex, adaptive dynamics and exponential effects remain hidden in the data. Examples are the spread of shocks / risks, networked fraud ring patterns and hidden dependencies. The purpose of this summit is to better understand graph analysis as a financial technology and to systematically use its potential. It shows practical applications in how to save costs, generate sales, reduce risks, meet regulatory requirements, improve service quality, align business models in a more agile way and find new alpha.

Web giants like Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook have already shown to the world that connecting the data points is essential to extract monetisable information. They use graph and network analysis on a grand scale, but this insight has not yet been systematically implemented in the financial industry. This is all the more surprising given the pressure currently being felt by the industry: interest rates are low, markets are complex, regulatory pressure increases, and all of this is preceded by the greatest transformation in the history of digitization in finance. Graph analysis is a modern technology to analyse customers, markets, portfolios and products more deeply, react in real-time and make decisions.

During the preparation of the summit, we were able to find a large number of experts and companies in the Rhein / Main area who have already had extensive experience with graph analysis in financial applications (the graph above shows a number of the possible graph-based applications in the financial sector). We have met those people who are true pioneers having succeeded in using this technology to create new financial applications and to add value with interconnected data analysis. It is those experts and pioneers who get the summit’s stage.

Currently there is no comparable medium for the industry to exchange. This summit is an important building block in further developing this financial technology. During summit preparations, we were able to find an enormous response, but also a great need to catch up on this issue.

Graph analysis is gaining popularity all over the world. Many larger companies have already used such tools or are experimenting with prototypes. Graph analysis is probably one of the most effective differentiators of organizations whose operations and decisions depend heavily on data, which is definitely the case in the financial industry. Due to the decades-long use of graph analysis in the natural and social sciences as well as in the non-financial industries, the underlying technology is already fully developed. There are systems that can store huge amounts of graph data and process them in real time. In addition to this, there are intelligent visualization and graph navigation techniques to simplify access to the complex interrelationships. Also the machine intelligence in connection with graph analyzes has developed rapidly. It finds patterns and structures in the data and directs intelligent decisions.

It is now up to the decision makers how they use this powerful cross-sectional financial technology. This summit offers the ideal entry point.

Target Audience

Decision makers in banks, asset management companies and insurance companies in the following areas: investment management, risk management, portfolio management, wealth management, robo advisory, digitalisation, treasury, ALM, trading, sales, marketing, corporate strategy, business development, Org/ IT, compliance, audit, regulation, analytics, big data, business intelligence, innovation, data warehousing, R&D, etc.

Furthermore investors, fintech community shapers, data engineers, data scientists, developers, IT architects, data base experts, VCs, accelerators, incubators, researchers, etc.


Thursday, 26 October 2017

The event takes place from 9.30 to 17.30.

9:30 Welcome

Prof. Dr Volker Brühl, Center for Financial Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt
Andreas Metzen, Uhlenbruch, Bad Soden am Taunus

10:00 Network Analysis – Foundations and Applications

Social, organizational and ultimately "meta network analysis". Where do we come from and where are we heading? What's the role of network analysis as well as visualization in transactions, finance and investment. How does network analysis relate to BigData, Ecosystem Intelligence and e.g. Artificial Intelligence?

Moderator: Dr Thomas Funke, TechQuartier, Frankfurt am Main

Prof. Dr Volker Brühl, Center for Financial Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt
Dr Jochen Papenbrock, Firamis, Oberursel
Dr Murat Ünal, SONEAN GmbH and Funds@Work AG, Kronberg im Taunus

10:45 What kind of services and technologies are currently offered and how do they help in identifying opportunities and risks for organizations?

  • Network analysis aims to connect data in a new way and provides organizations unique perspectives
  • While some players provide the technological basis to store and visualize data, others offer analytical tools to look at data from a different view
  • Again others offer dynamic and unique intelligence based on network analysis covering the whole ecosystem in which companies operate
  • The panel will provide insights into the diverse business models and show how network analysis can add value to corporate decision makers, investors, and financial services companies alike

Moderator: Dr Murat Ünal, SONEAN GmbH and Funds@Work AG, Kronberg im Taunus

Alessandro Comai, Miniera, Barcelona
Jeppe Hansgaard, Innovisor, Copenhagen
Tilo Walter, kantwert GmbH, Hofheim am Taunus

11:30 Networking break and refreshments

12:00 Risk Management in the Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Context - Introduction into graph databases and their real life applications

  • Masses of structured and unstructured data is available which can be used to manage risks in banks and insurance companies
  • Typical RiskTech and RegTech applications would be Fraud Detection, Management of Risk Concentrations, Early Warning, Stress Testing, Scenario Analysis, AML, KYC, and Compliance
  • A key in risk analysis is looking at the connections in big data. This network information reveals hidden trends, patterns and risk in the data. Huge graph data bases and visualisation engines help to process that network data masses
  • Agile and digital business models evolve from network analysis

Moderator: Dr Oliver Maspfuhl, Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt am Main

Giuseppe Francavilla, Cambridge Intelligence, Cambridge
Alastair Houston, NVIDIA, London
Darko Krizic, PRODYNA AG, Eschborn
Dr Peter Sarlin, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki & Almax Analytics, London

12:45 Lunch sponsored by MEGWARE and NVIDIA

14:00 Correlation Networks and related Machine Learning as new toolkit in Asset & Wealth Management

  • More then 20 years ago the first pioneers explored Graph Theory and Machine Learning for portfolio construction, asset allocation and market risk management
  • Hundreds of researchers and practitioners are active in this field today and their approaches are currently propagated into the industry worldwide. Correlation Networks are becoming a new trend
  • The panel includes some of the most prominent practitioners and experts in this field. The practical utilisation of correlation networks will be discussed as well as resulting digital asset management and robo advisory models

Moderator: Dr Jochen Papenbrock, Firamis, Oberursel
Co-Moderator: Stefan Roßbach, TME, Frankfurt am Main

Dr Eduard Baitinger, FERI Trust GmbH, Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe
Thomas Raffinot,
Silex IP, Paris
Prof. Dr Peter Schwendner,
Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur

14:45 Keynote Speech: Network Analysis in Frontier Markets

The 10 fastest-growing economies in the world today fall under the Emerging Markets banner. Once one strips out China and India, the remaining eight fastest-growers are actually Frontier Markets. The economic and demographic reasons why we see that trend of fast growth likely to continue:

  • Low median population age.
  • Increasing urbanization.
  • Low but growing per-capita income.

In order to be successful in these high-risk, high-reward ecosystems, investors and businesses need to deftly manage personalities and political risk.
This presentation will demonstrate how some of the same network analysis techniques used by most elite counterterrorism forces in the world can be leveraged to successfully address these risks and challenges.

Dan Evans, Network Science Center, United States Military Academy, West Point and Storm King Analytics, Cornwall on Hudson, New York

15:30 Networking break and refreshments

16:00 Boost the Corporate Banking and Wealth Management by using network information

Frank Ferro, Trivadis, Glattbrugg

16:10 Measuring Credit and Systemic Risks and the role of p2p platforms/innovations in credit scoring analytics

Moderator: Prof. Paolo Giudici, University of Pavia

Dr Tim Thabe, creditshelf, Frankfurt am Main

16:45 Closing remarks

Prof. Dr Volker Brühl, Center for Financial Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt
Andreas Metzen, Uhlenbruch, Bad Soden am Taunus

17:00 Get together


Delegates from these companies have already signed up
As of 25 October 2017

Accelerator Frankfurt GmbH
Allianz Global Investors GmbH
Allianz Investment Management SE
Arché Finanz GmbH
Bank-Verlag GmbH
BearingPoint GmbH
Beckmann Peer Boards GmbH
Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht
Cambridge Intelligence
Capacilon GmbH u. Co. KG
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
CDU Niederrad
Center for Financial Studies
Citigroup Global Markets Deutschland GmbH
Commerzbank AG
Consileon Frankfurt GmbH
coparion GmbH & Co. KG
Copenhagen Business School
Cranfield School of Management
creditshelf GmbH
d-fine GmbH
Daimler AG
Deka Investment GmbH
Deutsche Asset Management Investment GmbH
Deutsche Bank AG
Deutsche Börse AG
Deutsche Bundesbank
DPS Engineering GmbH
DWS Holding & Service GmbH
DZ Bank AG
eliqos GmbH
European Central Bank
FERI Trust GmbH
Financial Times
Firamis UG
Franklin Templeton Investment Management Limited
Funds@Work AG
GET Capital AG
Hanken School of Economics
Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale
Hochschule Darmstadt
Innoplexus AG
kantwert GmbH
KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH
LINEAR Investments Limited
Lucht Probst Associates GmbH
Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company
Miniera SL
mkh assets GmbH
Network Science Center, United States Military Academy
Network Value Analytics
Othoz GmbH
portfolio Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH WPG
Quantopian Inc
RegTech Association
RMC Risk-Management-Consulting GmbH
Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie. AG & Co. KGaA
Silex IP
SRH Hochschule Heidelberg
Storm King Analytics
Structr GmbH
SynoFin Risikomanagement Service AG
Talanx Asset Management GmbH
TNP Deutschland GmbH
Trivadis GmbH
Union Investment Institutional GmbH
University of Pavia
Verband der Sparda-Banken e.V.
WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences


The Center for Financial Studies conducts independent and internationally oriented research in important areas of Finance. It serves as a forum for dialogue between academia, policy-making institutions and the financial industry. It offers a platform for top-level fundamental research as well as applied research relevant for the financial sector in Europe.

Contact: Prof. Dr Volker Brühl, Phone: +49 69 798 30050,

FIRAMISFinancial Risk and Asset Management with Intelligent Systems is a B2B FinTech company founded 2012 near Frankfurt, Germany. It utilises Data Science and AI for the following solution types: InvestTech, WealthTech, RiskTech and RegTech.

Contact: Dr Jochen Papenbrock, Phone: +49 6171 999 59 66,

Strategic Partners

Funds@Work is a research based strategy consultant dedicated to the investment industry. For 15+ years we have been assisting international clients in their market entry as well as expansion projects across Europe, the Gulf, and Asia-Pacific. Among our customers are mainly asset management companies, portfolio managers, stock exchanges, and other relevant entities of the asset management industry´s value chain.
As part of our unique investor intelligence we have systematically been screening over 15,000 asset owners (covering over 70 trillion AUM) in the last 15 years on a daily basis. Hereby we use social network analysis (SNA) and visualization, in order to gain deep insights into their needs, motives and relationships, giving us a 360 degree perspective of the networks in which they are embedded. We use this knowledge about our clients´ customers to develop targeted strategies and carry them out in a holistic manner, building on solid data and methodologies rather than ”gut feeling“. We have won 2 dozens of international awards for our research which is the basis for our successful consulting practice and are known internationally to have pioneered the systematic application of social network analysis (SNA) and visualization (already in 2007/2008) to create more transparency in the global asset management industry.

Contact: Dr Murat Ünal, Phone: +49 6173 702 76 52,

SONEAN was incubated by its sister entity Funds@Work AG in 2013. SONEAN is an intelligence firm, operating internationally, and serving boards of major companies, institutional investors, and large scale lenders across the world. It was designated as „innovative young company“ in 2015 by the German Ministry for Economics and Energy and became part of Germany`s Excellence in Big Data campaign rolled out globally in 2016. SONEAN runs the largest private social network analytic capability in Europe and possibly beyond with its core team of employees, its SNA Lab (, and its academic initiative SNA at Work, connecting data in an unparalleled manner.
SONEAN`s ecosystem intelligence service helps its clients to go beyond financial, and non-financial data (such as ESG data), and bring the unique social network analytical perspective into their decision making process, thus giving them back the locus of control and enable them to take better decisions based on “actionable intelligence”. Hereby its team dynamically and systematically monitors for its clients the entire ecosystems in which they are embedded, across the world, connecting data intelligently into actionable intelligence to be used across the whole organization.
SONEAN’s customized daily or weekly Ecosystem Intelligence reports and alerts are communicated in a single preferred language (despite its global scope which covers 100+ markets, and all continents), helping to create a consistent high standard of intelligence gathering across the organization. Its clients profit from one platform, one standard, independent and complementary intelligence, reduced complexity and are enable to spot opportunities and threats in a profound new way.

Contact: Dr Murat Ünal, Phone: +49 6173 70 27 65 5,



MEGWARE’s road to success covers more than a quarter of a century of technological history. What began on February 1, 1990 with the production of computers in the garage of one of the company’s founders has grown into a pan-European company for high performance computing and IT solutions. Today, MEGWARE is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of high performance computing and IT technology. As a full-service provider, we operate in the fields of consulting, development, sales and service, and have realized over 1000 HPC projects on behalf of companies, universities and research institutions.

Contact: Tobias Pfennig,

NVIDIA’s invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics, and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots, and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world. In 2006, the creation of our CUDA programming model and Tesla GPU platform opened up the parallel-processing capabilities of the GPU to general-purpose computing. A powerful new approach to computing was born. Today, GPU computing is the most pervasive, accessible, energy-efficient path forward for HPC and data centers. It powers the fastest supercomputers in the U.S. and Europe as well as regular breakthroughs in vital areas of scientific research.

Contact: Tobias Pfennig,


Accelerator Frankfurt GmbH offers an international program focused on getting startups investment ready and business development. The four-month program offers startups mentoring by successful serial entrepreneurs, coaching, office space and professional services. We accept web entrepreneurs past the idea stage and the potential to scale internationally. The program focuses on B2B startups mainly from FinTech, RegTech, InsureTech, Cybersecurity and Blockchain.

Contact: Ram Shoham,

The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is "the biggest business support network worldwide in the area of innovation and internationalisation", according to the European Commission. It covers 60+ countries including EU-28 with over 600 regional support organisations.
EEN Hessen provides a large variety of support ranging from matchmakings on international fairs, international company missions and finding international partners for Hessian companies to innovation- and growth-oriented activities such as a CEN-TS-16555-compatible FitnessCheck Innovation and individual support for ScaleUp companies.

Contact: Olaf Jüptner,

The FERI Cognitive Finance Institute is a private commercial research initiative of FERI. Its aim is a steady acquisition of knowledge of the economy, capital markets and assets protection. With its activity it pursues clear goals and bases itself on the latest scientific and interdisciplinary research. In doing so, the FERI Cognitive Finance Institute employs a proprietary research method based on an interlinked analysis of six central areas of knowledge: Money, Economy, Nature, Politics, Society and Technology. The purpose is to identify new trends early, anticipate and form them into a comprehensive perspective of the world "Big Picture". This "Big Picture" serves a better understanding of future trends in global economy, financial systems and capital markets.

Contact: Katja Liese,

Frankfurt Main Finance is the financial center initiative for Frankfurt am Main, the leading financial centre in Germany and the euro zone. The initiative has more than 40 members including the State of Hesse, the cities of Frankfurt and Eschborn, and dozens of prominent actors in the finance sector.
Through their membership and engagement, they all demonstrate their close relationship to Frankfurt and desire to position Frankfurt amongst the top national and international Financial Centres. Frankfurt Main Finance leverages the influence of its members to advocate for the Financial Centre Frankfurt and provide high-caliber dialogue platforms.

Contact: Jochen Biedermann,

kantwert provides the BusinessGraph: the first European company-decision-maker network. Based on mainly publicly available data the BusinessGraph provides information about more than four million companies and more than four million persons connected by 115 million relations. Some major German companies use the BusinessGraph for getting warm introductions to new customers, to fulfill compliance requirements or to detect potential fraudulent structures within their customer base.
Kantwert was founded in 2014 and employs 30 employees.

Contact: Tilo Walter,

Frankfurt-based TechQuartier serves as a focal access point to the startup and FinTech community in the largest financial center in continental Europe. We are an international community, bringing together the greatest minds and talents from industry and academia. With our unique network of corporate and technology partners, service providers, investors, academic institutions and government officials, we offer an ideal environment for ambitious entrepreneurs to trade ideas and scale their businesses. With several floors of modern workspace, including private offices, meeting rooms and event space, TechQuartier is the best place to start and grow your business. We invite startups from Frankfurt Rhine-Main and international companies to set up their office in Europe’s financial headquarter. Our numerous events and programs offer an exciting platform for trading ideas and experimenting with future technology and business models. We are here to stay. We invest in our talent because we believe this is the only way to stay ahead. By creating new programs and platforms to foster entrepreneurial spirit and skills, we expose students and young professionals to innovation. We all have one mission: to promote the regional startup ecosystem and foster innovation locally, nationally and globally.

Contact: Dr Thomas Funke,

TME AG – located in Frankfurt/Main – offers Consulting, Development and Investments for financial services and is specialized in Digital Banking, Risk & Regulatory as well as Transformation Management. The team is active along the entire value chain – starting from the conception, proceeding via the transformation and ending at the implementation – dedicated especially to digital business models and their regulatory requirements. Amongst the clients are banks and insurances but also fintechs and companies from the digital sector.

Contact: Stefan Roßbach,


Dr Eduard Baitinger
Dr Eduard Baitinger

Eduard is Head of Asset Allocation at FERI Trust GmbH. There he works in a close cooperation with the Chief Investment Officer on the investment strategy for FERI clients and heads various asset allocation research projects. Eduard joined FERI 2013 as a Senior Quantitative Analyst and became Head of Asset Allocation in 2015. He publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of Risk, Journal of Investment Strategies and journal of Financial Markets and Portfolio Management.
Prior to joining FERI, Eduard was a research assistant at the University of Bremen and a financial analyst at Tiger Asset Management GmbH. After studying in Bremen and New York, Eduard graduated 2010 from the University of Bremen with a diploma in economic studies. In 2014, he earned a Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Bremen. His Ph.D. thesis and his current academic work focus on quantitative asset management topics. 

Prof. Dr Volker Brühl
Prof. Dr Volker Brühl

Volker Brühl is Managing Director of the Center for Financial Studies since 2013. Furthermore, he is Professor for Banking and Finance at the University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management. He has many years of experience as a Top Manager in Banking: He was Partner at McKinsey & Company in Frankfurt, Divisional Board Member of WestLB in Düsseldorf and Managing Director at Dresdner Kleinwort in Frankfurt. From 1997 to 2000, Brühl was Associate Partner at Roland Berger in Munich, and between 1993 and 1996 he worked for the Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and London. Brühl earned his doctoral degree with distinction from the University of Gießen.

Alessandro Comai
Alessandro Comai

Alessandro Comai holds a Ph.D. (ESADEl), MBA and BSc (Honor) in Engineering. He was an associate professor at the University of Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and a visiting professor at Tampere University of Technology (Tampere, Finland) were he researched and taught competitive intelligence (CI). He is now the CEO of MINIERA a Competitive Intelligence firm which developed several technological tool as Mira Intelligence and Mira Analytics. This last one uses advanced and interactive network graph visualization to bring data into actionable insights. He has written several articles and papers and he is currently researching in Competitive Technology Intelligence, Open Innovation and digital marketing.

Dan Evans
Dan Evans

Dan Evans is a Senior Researcher at the Network Science Center at West Point and the founder of Storm King Analytics, a firm applying innovative network-based approaches to challenging real-world problems. His recent work has focused on economic development and market intelligence on the continent of Africa. Dan served in the United States Army for over twenty years as an Infantry Officer, an Operations Research Analyst, and as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He is a combat veteran and graduate of the prestigious US Army Ranger School. Dan is a 1987 graduate of West Point and completed his Masters of Business Administration at the College of William and Mary.

Frank Ferro
Frank Ferro

Frank Ferro (born 1967, computer scientist) has been active in the national and international consulting field for over 25 years. Since 1998, he has mainly been responsible for projects in the banking industry (including the migration project of the SCHUFA application, global knowledge management platform for a global reinsurer). Since 2009 Mr. Ferro has worked as a program manager for Trivadis Financial Services and supports large banks in the implementation of regulatory requirements. The customers appreciate Mr. Ferro's understanding of banking-related connections in addition to his well-founded IT knowledge. This combination is e.g. in the subjects KYC, NCA and Anti Financial Crime of great importance. Data and, above all, the relationships between data play an important role. The visualization of customer data as well as transaction data thus ensures more efficiency in these areas.

Giuseppe Francavilla
Giuseppe Francavilla

Giuseppe Francavilla started developing solutions to support Financial Crimes investigations while managing the IT Dept of the Guardia di Finanza. He then had 12 years experience at i2 (now IBM) as Channel Manager for the Analyst Notebook and other visual analysis products, widely used by law enforcement and intelligence analysts globally. After five years in BAE Systems Applied Intelligence focusing on anti fraud and compliance solutions, at the end of 2015 joined Cambridge Intelligence, which is now a key supplier of network visualisation technology to over a hundred and seventy organisations.

Dr Thomas Funke
Dr Thomas Funke

Entrepreneurship has fascinated Thomas since he set up a course at university in 2008 that allowed students to start their own businesses. He is especially motivated by seeing how starting a business can release new forces in young people that lead to a completely strengthened self-efficacy. Thomas Funke is particularly fascinated by training and educating young entrepreneurs. Furthermore, he loves measuring and decoding the different entrepreneurship ecosystems. He just recently published a book on entrepreneurship ecosystems with FAZ Buchverlag with the title: „Beyond Silicon Valley: Examples of Successful Entrepreneurship Ecosystems“. He also serves as academic contributor for the renown Global Startup Ecosystem Report by Silicon Valley based company Compass, which just recently published the top 20 startup ecosystems ranking.

Prof. Paolo Giudici
Prof. Paolo Giudici

Master's degree in Economics from Bocconi University (1989), Master's degree in Statistics from the University of Minnesota (1990), PhD in Statistics from the University of Trento (1993). Post-doc researcher in computational statistics at the University of Bristol (1997-1998) and at Cambridge University (1999-2000).
Full Professor of Statistics and Data Science at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Pavia, where he has supervised about 150 Master's students and 12 Phd students. Most of them currently work in the financial industry, in IT consulting companies or as academic researchers.
Director of the University of Pavia Data Science laboratory (formerly Data Mining laboratory) which, since 2001, carries out research and consulting projects, for leading institutions such as the European Union, the Italian Ministry of Research, Cariplo Foundation, the Italian Banking Association, Intesa San Paolo, Unicredit, BancoBPM, UBI, MPS, Banca Popolare di Sondrio, Credito Valtellinese, Accenture, KPMG, Mediaset, SAS Institute, Sky.
Indipendent member of the board of directors of the Credito Valtellinese banking group; Research fellow at the Bank for International Settlements; Advisory Board member for the Blockchain Based Account Bank; Honorary member and President of the scientific committee of the Association of the Italian Financial Industry Risk Managers.
Researcher author of about 200 scientific publications, among which a book on “Applied data mining” and 31 papers in A-level journals, with 3003 total citations and an h-index of 24 (see Google Scholar for the details). The corresponding research profile is that of a data scientist, focused on statistical modelling, especially in Bayesian analysis, Computational statistics, Graphical network models; and on machine learning applications, especially in Customer scoring, Operations quality and Credit risk measurement.

Jeppe Hansgaard
Jeppe Hansgaard

Jeppe Hansgaard is the CEO of Innovisor. He holds a master of business administration degree from Henley Business School and a certificate in strategic decision and risk management from Stanford School of Professional Development.

Alastair Houston
Alastair Houston

Alastair has been the Financial Services Business Development manager at Nvidia since 2009, and has overseen the adoption of GPU technology to accelerate Risk Analytics computation in many European Banks. More recently, he is leading Nvidia efforts to position this same technology for deep learning and graph analytic applications to EMEA Banks and Insurance companies. 

Darko Krizic
Darko Krizic

Darko Krizic is a founding member of PRODYNA and serves as Chief Technology Officer. It is the bridge from software development to high-availability critical applications to strategic management consulting. He studied general computer science at the FH Frankfurt. In his spare time, he hopes for good weather, to relax as a private pilot during a sightseeing tour, or to take part in the mountain biking.

Dr Oliver Maspfuhl
Dr Oliver Maspfuhl

Oliver recieved his Ph.D. in mathematical physics from the University of Paris VI and held a research position at the ETH Lausanne before joining Commerzbank in 2005. Since then, he has worked on methodological and operational projects, including illiquid market and credit risk, dynamic credit portfolio modelling, credit risk stress testing and early warning indicator methodology. He is currently responsible for the methodological aspects of Commerzbank's Big Data Analytics project. Main interests include information extraction and data integration, data mining, statistical learning and, in particular, network data modelling and analysis, as well as non-linear dependency models and dynamic optimal control for risk management.

Andreas Metzen
Andreas Metzen

Andreas Metzen studied macroeconomics at the University of Cologne and the Stockholm School of Economics. After having graduated with distinction in 2008, he worked until December 2013 for Oppenheim Kapitalanlagegesellschaft as a senior analyst in the fields of risk analysis and performance measurement. Since January 2014, Andreas Metzen is managing director of Uhlenbruch GmbH.

Dr Jochen Papenbrock
Dr Jochen Papenbrock

Dr. Jochen Papenbrock has more than 10 years of experience in management and technology consulting in the financial industry. He is an expert in quantitative modeling, Data Science and AI. He has invented, developed and operationalised several FinTech solutions. He is CEO/Founder of Firamis and earned his doctorate and degree in business engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Thomas Raffinot
Thomas Raffinot

Thomas Raffinot is Head of Quantitative Macro-Strategy at Silex IP and a lecturer at the University Paris Dauphine. He has more than 15 years of experience in the asset management industry, both as a strategist and economist. He focuses on tactical and strategic asset allocation to translate macroeconomic and policy factors into tailored investment strategies. He writes extensively on monetary policy, asset allocation issues, investment opportunities and risks.

Stefan Roßbach
Stefan Roßbach

Stefan Roßbach is the co-founder and member of the board of directors of TME AG, as well as the chairman of TME Institute. Before co-founded TME AG, the experienced banker demonstrated his expertise by working for international consultancy firms, where he inter alia built up the advisory business for Retail Banking of IMG St. Gallen in Germany. With his experience of over 20 years in the financial services industry, he is an expert in Digital Banking with focuses on the development of innovative business models and solutions in the field of Direct Banking and Digital Wealth Management.

Dr Peter Sarlin
Dr Peter Sarlin

Peter is an Associate Professor of Economics at Hanken School of Economics (Helsinki, Finland), and Director of RiskLab Finland. He is an organizer of the Annual RiskLab/BoF/ESRB Systemic Risk Analytics Conference and Europe’s 1st Fintech MBA. He is also a research associate with the Systemic Risk Center at London School of Economics, IWH Halle Institute for Economic Research and the Systemic Risk Hub, as well as a board member of the IEEE Analytics and Risk Technical Committee and the IEEE Computational Finance and Economics Technical Committee. Moreover, he is an Associate Editor of Journal of Network Theory in Finance and Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance & Management. Peter completed his PhD(Econ) in 2013 at Turku Centre for Computer Science, and has also studied at London School of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics and Stockholm University. He has been a Financial Stability Expert and external consultant among others with the European Central Bank, Bank of Finland, Deutsche Bundesbank, De Nederlandsche Bank and Bank of Indonesia. He is a founder of Infolytika Ventures and Almax Analytics. Peter’s book Mapping Financial Stability was published by Springer in May 2014 and his current research interests include network analytics, machine learning, natural-language processing and visual analytics.

Prof. Dr Peter Schwendner
Prof. Dr Peter Schwendner

Peter Schwendner is a professor at the Institute for Wealth and Asset Management at ZHAW School of Management and Law, Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests are financial markets, asset management and network analytics. Peter received a PhD in Physics for his research at Max Planck Institute in Goettingen. He has 15 years’ work experience in the financial industry as a head of quantitative research at Sal. Oppenheim and as a partner at Fortinbras Asset Management, developing investment products for institutional clients.

Dr Tim Thabe
Dr Tim Thabe

Tim Thabe is Co-Founder and CEO of creditshelf, the marketplace for SME loans. creditshelf facilitates loans by bringing professional and experienced investors together with SME borrowers. Investors generate attractive returns whilst borrowers receive flexible and quick funding. creditshelf was founded in 2015 by a group of senior banking professionals. Since market launch the business is growing fast and was recognized with the 2016 Frankfurt founders award. At creditshelf Tim is in charge of operations, strategy and HR.
Tim has 15 years of experience in the banking industry on an international level. Before joining creditshelf he was with a leading global bank as COO of the international corporate and institutional clients business based in Zurich. Previously he worked as Credit Officer for a leading global investment bank in London.
Tim holds a Ph.D. in finance (University of Mannheim) as well as degrees as Diplom-Kaufmann from University of Mannheim, and EMBA from Kellogg-WHU, and he is a CFA Charterholder.

Dr Murat Uenal
Dr Murat Uenal

Murat founded SONEAN in 2013 with his team, building on its sister entity Funds@Work AG (F@W)`s experience in over 250 international projects in the wealth, and asset management industry with more than two dozens of international awards received for its consulting & unique intelligence. SONEAN was designated as „innovative young company“ in 2015 by the German Ministry for Economics and Energy and became part of Germany`s Excellence in Big Data campaign rolled out globally in 2016.

In April 2015 SONEAN launched a unique service called “Ecosystem Intelligence” and runs the largest private social network analytic capability in Europe and possibly beyond with its core team of employees, its SNA Lab (, and its academic initiative called SNA at Work, connecting data in an unparalleled manner. By going beyond financial and non-financial data, SONEAN brings the social network perspective into corporate, lendor, and investor related decision making, building on the fundament that F@W had established since 2002 with monitoring 70 trillion of invested capital, by over 17,000 institutional and semi-institutional investors across the world, and the networks in which they are embedded. SONEAN, compared to F@W, is no longer just focused on financial services but moves its capability to all sectors.

Murat graduated from the University of Adelaide/Australia with a B.Com degree. He holds an M.B.A degree from Kellogg/USA and WHU/Germany and its network programs at Tel Aviv Uni/Israel and Hong Kong Uni of Science and Technology/China SAR. Murat further has a LL.M. degree from the School of Law at Northwestern Uni in Chicago and a Doctorate in Business Administration from IE Business School in Madrid specializing in social network analysis (SNA).
He regularly lectures at leading universities globally focusing on the unique application of SNA.

Tilo Walter
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