The Crypto Valley Association presents:

Worlds of ExChange

Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, digital assets – new technologies are bringing new possibilities and new challenges. The Crypto Valley Association is happy to bring together some of the major names working on these issues - in Switzerland and from around the world - in a special event focused on the exploring the topic of "exchange."

Join us!

We welcome you to join us on 29 January in Zurich at the SIX ConventionPoint for a half-day event with insightful speakers and even more insightful discussion.


Tuesday, 29 January 2019


13:00 – 18:30


SIX ConventionPoint, Zurich


Tickets for the World of ExChange event are divided into two pools – for CVA Members (100 tickets) and Non-Members (100 tickets). This is the maximum amount of places possible; no more will be issued – so get your ticket fast!

Non-member tickets

150 CHF

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Member tickets

75 CHF

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13:00 Doors open

13:30  Welcome by the CVA

13:35  Keynote – Thomas Zeeb (Head Securities & Exchanges, SIX)

13:55  Keynote – Richard Olsen (Founder, Lykke)

14:25  Keynote – Will Harborne (Director of Operations, Ethfinex)

14:55  Coffee Break

15:30  Keynote – To be announced

16:00 Keynote – To be announced

16:30 Panel Discussion (All)

17:30 Closing

17:30 – 18:30 Apero Riche


Thomas Zeeb

Thomas Zeeb took up his role as Head Securities & Exchanges on 1 April 2018. He has been Division CEO Securities Services since 2008 and has also been responsible for Swiss Exchange since February 2018. He joined SIX in 2008 after having worked for Clearstream Banking in London and Luxembourg. As Executive Director of Client Relations, he was a member of the company’s Executive Management and a member of the Board of Directors of Clearstream Banking Frankfurt. Placed in charge of sales, relationship management and client services, Thomas Zeeb was responsible for the development of the European and US businesses. A Canadian national, he previously held positions in companies such as the Bank of New York in London, Sim & Fed SpA in Florence and Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt. Over the course of his career, Thomas Zeeb has gained a wealth of experience in the post-trading sector.

Richard Olsen

Richard is a pioneer in high frequency finance with extensive entrepreneurial experience and well known for his academic work. He was a co-founder of OANDA, a currency information company and market maker in foreign exchange. Under Richard’s stewardship as CEO of OANDA the company was a shooting star that launched the first fully automated FX trading platform offering second-by-second interest rate payments and netted 37 Mio of profits in 2007. Already at OANDA, he conceived the first trading platform with second-by-second interest payments. He is visiting professor at the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents at the University of Essex.

His ambition is to transform financial markets into a seamless system without the inefficiencies that we today take for granted. The Lykke platform led by Richard Olsen enables people from around the world to trade currencies and cryptocurrencies safely and securely, without incurring fees. Users simply download a free wallet app for iOS and Android and complete an identity verification process. The company is helping to revolutionize finance by championing the use of digital tokens that can represent any type of asset. Lykke is also leveraging its exchange technology to build enterprise-scale solutions for large financial institutions.

Will Harborne

Director of Operations at Ethfinex, and creator of the Nectar token. Will spun Ethfinex out of Bitfinex, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, with the mission to give customers full control over every aspect of their trading, using blockchain based trading tools and customer governance. Ethfinex has launched the first exchange where customers have the option of both decentralised and centralised trading. Will holds a Masters of Engineering from University of Cambridge.

Brian Taylor

Brian is the CEO of BTA Consulting Limited (BTA) the most successful central markets consultancy group. Brian founded BTA in 1991 and since then BTA has advised more than 110 exchanges, CCP/CSD, regulatory, intermediary and IT clients in over 60 markets. He is ranked as the second highest Market Infrastructure consultant in the world, in Patrick Young’s “The World’s Most Influential People in Market Structure”. Brian is also ranked 13 in terms of market technology and 309 overall out of 1,000 persons.

His experience includes: advising the Ministry of Finance/EBRD and EU on the first Capital Markets Development Strategy across all asset classes for Poland following FTSE Russell Developed Market Status upgrade; Chief Finance and Technology Officer of PLUS Markets (2007-8) and SME MTF; advising the Warsaw Stock Exchange Group on its next 5-year strategy including some extremely innovative market solutions across all asset classes including commodities

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