Team

Core Team

Team

Nico

Nicolas Cepeda
Co-Founder & COO
Nicolas is the co-founder and COO 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.

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.
Fabio

Fabio Bernasconi
CTO
Fabio joined Contovista with the responsibility to make its systems run smoothly. Before Contovista, Fabio worked as a researcher, an engineer, a consultant and an entrepreneur in industries ranging from biomedical research to finance and the web. He has developed a passion for technology when he was very young. Fabio holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering.
Julia

Julia Bochanneck
Design & UX
Julia is the creative mind, with passion for her work and an eye for detail. In the advertising business she works for the big brands. Her customers include Emmi, Gerber, Sunrise and BMW. At Contovista she is responsible for design and user experience.
jennifer

Jennifer Duchetta
Quality & Testing
Jennifer started with Contovista as a trainee and works part time now. She studies business information systems at the University of Zurich. She discovered her passion for the tech-world a few years ago and is learning new pieces every day. At Contovista Jennifer is responsible for test- and quality management.
remo

Remo Koch
Senior Software Engineer
Remo is an enthusiastic software engineer with over 8 years of experience in the areas of software engineering and architecture. Prior to Contovista, Remo was a software developer and technical lead with focus on modernisation of legacy applications across several different industries. Remo has a major interest in new technologies and is always on the lookout for the latest tech the world has to offer.
sam

Samuel von Baussern
Software Engineer
Samuel developed an early passion for mathematics and computer science on his route to machine learning and data mining. Throughout his studies he worked as a freelancer as well as in several projects. Prior to Contovista he was responsible for various web applications across several different industries.
cedric

Cédric Roussel
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.
kevin

Kevin Smith
Senior Data Scientist
Kevin is Contovista’s Data Scientist with a passion for analysing and understanding data using mathematical models. After starting out at a tier 1 bank in Credit Risk Methodology he switched to Quantitative Business Insights, where he focussed on Machine Learning and Data Mining by utilising his skills and experience in mathematics and quantitative modelling. Kevin holds a M.Sc. in Quantitative Finance from the ETH Zurich and is a board member of the Zurich Quantitative Finance Alumni Club.
fabia

Fabia Bachmann
Senior Product Specialist
Fabia helps to ensure that our products grow in line with our clients’ needs. Already during her studies she coupled her passion for banking with software development. Fabia worked in the banking software industry supporting banks in risk management as well as in the financial planning team of a large company. Her experience and finance background also make her the go-to person for financial questions within Contovista. Fabia holds a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Zurich.
mikel

Mikel Corcuera
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.

Mrudula Chunduri
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.

Niklaus Zbinden
Software Engineer
Niklaus has one great passion – programming. He completed his education as 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.

Remo Arpagaus
Senior Software Engineer
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.

Gerrit Sindermann
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.

Olivier Brin
Senior Project Manager
Olivier is responsible for the delivery of our services. His understanding of both technology and business requirements helps our customers to get things done. Prior to Contovista Olivier worked as a software architect, consultant and project lead for integration projects with a focus on enterprise content management. 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).

Louisa Troitzsch
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.

Michael Hauser
Quality Manager
Michael is one of our data calibration specialist. After completing his apprenticeship at a bank in Switzerland and successfully starting his career in the banking industry, Michael is currently studying International Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur. Working part time enables him to contribute his experience in financial services to Contovista, and at the same time to combine his job perfectly with his studies.

Advisors

Investors & Advisors

Thomas

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 Näf
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.

Luzius Meisser
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 now is 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 Erb
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 Müller
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. He today 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 Stucky
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 Zwyssig
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 Quadri
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 Oswald
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.