Gian Reto À Porta
Co-Founder & CEO
Gian is the co-founder and CEO of Contovista. He leads Contovista with the vision to improve and simplify the banking experience for retail customers. Before founding Contovista he worked as a management consultant for the banking industry. Gian supported dozens of banks in various topics ranging from exchanging IT platforms to the outsourcing of business processes. Gian holds a Master’s degree of Computer Science from the University of Zurich. He published and co-authored papers on banking technology and user experience.
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer (CPO)
Nicolas is the co-founder and CPO of Contovista. He is the architect of the Contovista products. Nicolas taught himself to program when he was 11 years old. As a teenager he attended the Olympiad in Informatics for his homeland Argentina as well as for Switzerland. Before founding Contovista, he worked for an investment bank and later as a consultant. He was responsible for the development, migration and implementation of several banking applications. Nicolas holds a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Zurich.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
With several years of experience in the IT industry, Raoul joined Contovista to support the further development and growth of the company. He started programming in 1985 and has since worked for retail firms, banks and insurance companies in data analysis and system architecture. He was part of the initial team at Leonteq as “Head Application Development”, where he introduced a microservice architecture used across all of the bank’s applications. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Zurich.
Chief Sales Officer (CSO)
Dominik is passionate about helping clients to reap the business value of digital technologies and data analytics. He has more than ten years of international experience in consulting roles driving digital initiatives with significant operational savings and revenue generation. Most recently, he has led strategy consulting in Europe for a leading digital customer experience platform provider. Dominik holds a Master’s degree in business innovations from the University of St.Gallen (HSG) with a focus on design thinking.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Olivier strives for operational excellence, ensures that we deliver value in an efficient way and cares about the way we foster our innovation culture. Prior to Contovista, he worked as a developer, consultant and led international project teams for the Swiss IT service provider ELCA for more than 10 years. Olivier holds an engineering diploma in Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences HES-SO and a management degree from the ETH Zurich (MAS MTEC).
Head of Analytics & AI
Kevin’s passion is modelling and understanding data using state of the art AI models and following the topic’s latest research. Together with his ability to bridge the gap between technology and business he regularly translates new scientific advances in AI into real-world business value for our clients. In his free time Kevin enjoys doing sports and working on his personal AI projects such as facial recognition or language modelling. Kevin holds a M.Sc. in Quantitative Finance from ETH Zurich.
Head of Development
Remo has over a decade of experience in creating software to solve challenging problems. Always keeping the customers’ needs in mind he’s dedicated to finding simple solutions. Before Contovista, he was working on large CRM systems for various clients in the insurance and finance industry. Remo holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW.
Head of Finance
Oliver acts as the financial conscience of Contovista. After finishing his banking training and economic studies in Germany, he managed the IPO for a start up in Germany. After further Finance positions in the tourism sector and completing an MAS in Corporate Finance, he has spent the last 12 years in the Swiss financial industry, most recently as a head of Corporate Development and M&A.
Head International Business Development & Partnerships
Gerrit is an international FinTech expert with corporate and entrepreneurial experience, dedicated to helping customers discover new business opportunities. Prior to Contovista he led an online payment provider, managed bank partners and mobile payment projects at a telecommunications provider, and worked 10 years in banking. He enjoys applying insights from the tech startup world to the financial services industry. Gerrit holds a BBA from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and an MBA from IMD International in Lausanne.
Senior Software Engineer
Mrudula is a software developer with a lot of experience developing applications for web and mobile using different front-end technologies. She has done her bachelors in computer science at the KLC University in India. She likes to solve problems and believes that most of them have a simple solution. She is passionate about coding and trying out new technologies as well as finding simple yet scalable solutions.
Senior Software Engineer
Mikel has been fascinated by technology and programming from a young age on so he decided to study Telecommunications Engineering. During college, his passion for Frontend Development grew and he started to experiment and work with the newest technologies. Mikel believes that improving development processes enhances the final product and he has a special interest in Continuous Development and Continuous Integration.
Cyril decided to teach himself Programming after Googling "the most valuable skill of the 21st Century". After a long self-taught journey, he now develops web apps with a focus on the Front End. Having put a lot of effort, planning and discipline into further self-education, he now knows everything about how to use several web technologies in the right context.
Senior Sales Executive
With over 10 years of international experience, in the fields of IT, Banking, Security and Payments, Julien has gained a significant amount of expertise in complex sales processes, consulting, testing, and project management. He is trilingual and likes solving customers' pain points in French, German and in English. His favourite part of his job is seeing the ideas flow through the creative teamwork not only with management but also within the project teams.
Senior Product Owner
Irina’s expertise lies in building solutions that are truly customer-centric and business-robust. She has been doing that with excellence across financial, e-commerce, consumer and healthcare industries for over six years, working with both corporations and startups, in roles ranging from product management to business development, consulting and analytics. Solving problems on both strategic and user levels, making an impact at scale and setting agile teams for success is what makes her tick. She is curious about technology, leadership and mindfulness, and is a passionate snowboarder and sailor. Irina holds a BSc in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and an MBA from IMD Business School.
Senior Product Manager
Lior’s sweet spot lies in the interaction between tech, ux and business domains. He is passionate about developing innovative products based on users’ needs. He has more than ten years of broad startup experience in: product management, team leadership, agile software development management, hardware development, business development, strategic consulting and technical product marketing. He worked in various sectors, such as: web-tech/IT, blockchain, physics, semiconductors, and currently working on innovative digital banking experiences. Lior holds an MBA in Hi-tech management & innovation, and a Bachelor in Physics, both from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Data Calibration Specialist
Etienne works as one of our data calibration specialists at Contovista. Following his studies at Wirtschaftsgymnasium and subsequent studies in Business at the University of Zürich, Etienne now works at Contovista. As a part-time employee, Etienne is able to perfectly combine a valuable work experience with his studies at UZH.
Manuel’s goal is to be in the minds of users but staying out of their path, helping them to achieve their goals through a product that is simple to use, elegant and fast. As part of our product team, Manuel is responsible for building the right products for the right customers. He has 15 years of experience in digital design and before Contovista he worked for creative digital agencies with significant clients in various sectors, including motorsports, finance, fashion, web/IT and services. In his free time he loves to shoot films.
Mihai puts high value on continuous self-improvement and growth as a software developer. He believes in the importance of mastering the art of clean and scalable code. Before joining Contovista, he has worked on outsourced projects for several well-known German and Swiss organisations. Mihai holds an Engineering Degree in Computer Science from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.
Senior Software Engineer
Cédric has more than six years of experience in developing large web applications. As an enthusiastic developer he has strong interest in open-source software and functional programming. Before he was part of Contovista he worked for a consulting company developing softwares that were able to evaluate environmental performances of products and processes. Cédric holds a MSc. in Environmental Sciences from EPFL Lausanne.
Data Calibration Specialist
Kai works as one of our data calibration specialists at Contovista. He studies Business Administration at the FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts. His part-time job at Contovista gives him the opportunity to gain valuable work experience next to his studies.
Administration and Office Manager
Louisa works part-time as our Administration and Office Manager and is responsible for recruiting. Prior to joining Contovista she worked for a professional services firm providing financial and commercial advice on large transactions. Louisa is an chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and holds an MA in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in Humanities and Classical Studies from The Open University.
For the past 20 years Gerret has dedicated himself to the implementation of marketing strategies for companies and products both B2B and B2C. In 2014 he took on the Marketing leadership for a Swiss Fintech and was immediately drawn to this area in the technology sector. Prior to this, he mainly worked in international Marketing for firms within the CE, Mobile and ICT sectors. He now has the objective of further establishing the brand of Contovista and smoothing the way for banks in to a digital future.
Senior Project Manager
After completing his Computer Science studies, with focus on Software Engineering and Information Systems, at TU Munich, Luc worked for three years as a technical project leader and software developer in Helsinki. At Contovista he draws on this accumulated experience from international projects to refine our technical project delivery. His day-to-day tasks include launching Contovista products with new customers, supporting existing customers, and developing and validating new functionalities.
As our User Experience Designer, Florian is responsible for ensuring that we have an intuitive user interface and a unique design. He believes that user-centric methods pave the way for successful products. Prior to joining Contovista, Florian was a Co-Founder and Designer for an agency creating digital solutions within the Insurance and Finance sectors. Florian has a MAS in Human Computer Interaction Design.
Niklaus has one great passion – programming. He completed his education as an Application Developer and has since then worked on different parts of the Software Stack. In his free time he likes to work on open source projects and just in time compilers. Before joining Contovista he was the lead developer for an online lending platform.
Łukasz is one of our Software Developers. Before joining Contovista he was engineering custom applications for various branches. His biggest drive is finding a technology that will allow him to implement simple and flexible solution. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Wrocław, Poland.
Dr. Thomas Dübendorfer
Thomas has more than 15 years of experience with electronic payment systems and information security. He was a member of the team that launched the first secure Internet based credit card portal for merchants in Switzerland. He has done security analyses of e-banking systems and electronic payment systems. He holds a Master’s degree of Computer Science from ETH Zürich with distinction and has done a PhD on Internet security. He has worked for seven years at Google as software engineer and tech lead for security and privacy projects and has founded several startups.
Myke is the founder and former CEO of Doodle, the leading online scheduling service with more than 25 million monthly users. Before founding Doodle, he worked as an engineer, consultant, and lecturer in various organizations in Switzerland, the US, Bhutan and the Philippines. He is also active as an investor and advisor for several start-ups.
Fabio is advisor and former CTO of Contovista. He was responsible for the smooth running of Contovista's systems. Prior to joining Contovista, Fabio worked as a researcher, engineer, consultant and entrepreneur in biomedical research, finance and the web. He developed a passion for technology at an early age. Fabio holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering.
After graduating from ETH Zurich with a MSc in Computer Science, Luzius founded secure cloud storage Wuala with a colleague. Two years after being founded, Wuala got acquired by LaCie, which is now part of Seagate. Currently, Luzius is pursuing a Master’s degree in economics at University of Zurich and teaching object oriented programming at FHNW in Brugg.
Dr. Oliver Staffelbach
Oliver is mainly active in the fields of IT and intellectual property law, with a focus on licensing, internet and software law. He advises, among others, banks, industrial enterprises as well as internet and entertainment companies. Oliver Staffelbach has extensive experience in contract negotiations and is regularly consulted in connection with merger & acquisition transactions. He wrote his doctoral thesis on computer law and completed his LL.M. program with an emphasis on intellectual property law and IT law.
Christoph has a wealth of experience in the financial sector and software industry, having spent over 14 years at Finnova AG (between 2005 and 2015 as a member of the executive board and responsible for the customer care business unit), the leading provider of core banking software in Switzerland. Previously, he worked as a management consultant at Solution Providers AG. Since the 1st of July 2015 Christoph is member of the executive team of the IMTF group and Director/CEO of IMTF digitrans AG and he supports banks and insurances in their digital transformation.
Guido has more than 10 years of experience in the payment card industry. He was a Member of the Executive Team of Swisscard AECS AG, a joint Venture of American Express and Credit Suisse where he was responsible for the companies 1-Million Cardholder sized VISA, MasterCard and American Express branded Consumer Card Business. Today he is Country Manager for MasterCard in Switzerland. Prior, he was lecturing Marketing at the Center for Marketing Management at Zurich University of Applied Science, was a Senior Associate with McKinsey & Company and an executive in a financial communications and investor relations consultancy. Guido holds a Master of Science in Biology, with honors, of Zurich University, Switzerland.
Michael is the COO of the Wyss Translational Center Zurich, which aims at fostering the translation and transfer of promising scientific projects into successful businesses. Prior to joining the Wyss Zurich, Michael was CFO and co-founder of GlycoVaxyn, a Swiss biotech start-up (sold to GSK), as well as a co-founder of a couple of Silicon Valley software start-ups. Prior to this, Michael spent 10 years at Swiss bank Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch, both in Switzerland and North America, ultimately running the bank’s Canadian operations. Michael holds Masters’ degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the University of Zurich.
Roland has been the Chief Marketing Officer of the Aduno Group since 2010. Prior to this role, he worked for the Viseca Card Services SA since their inception and was part of the development of the company, where he acted in several positions, among others, as Chief Executive Officer. Furthermore Roland has been appointed as a Non-Executive director of the Aduno Finance AG, is member of several boards of industry associations and national committees and also represents Switzerland on the european Payment board.
Hanspeter has been working in the information technology and telecom industry for more than 38 years, focusing on IT solutions for large companies. He brings a lot of experience in sales, marketing, management and coaching. In recent years, he has supported many customer companies on their way into their digital transformation. Since his retirement (01.04.2016) he supports start-up companies and coaches CEOs, management personalities and employees in the field of ITC solution sales.
Erich has been serving as CTO at Ergon Informatik AG since 2006. His contacts as consultant, coach and sparring partner allow him frequent insight into software solutions with various technologies for clients in diverse industries. Next to nerdy tech topics his heart beats for the continuous improvement of all processes, tools and structures related to software development and its role in the enterprise. Erich holds a diploma of Computer Science and a PhD from the Institute of Computer Systems at ETH Zürich.
Flurin Müller is an Angel Investor and Head of Product at the smart building platform Locatee, which uses big data analytics to enable smart and occupant-oriented office buildings. Prior to joining Locatee, Flurin co-founded the recruiting startup BuddyBroker, which he sold to the German business network XING in mid-2016. He holds a BSc in Business Information Technology from The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.