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Hans Geiger, Member of the Advisory Board
Dr. oec. publ., Prof. emeritus University of Zurich, Switzerland
After having finished his studies in Economic Science at the University of Zurich, Hans Geiger continued with a doctoral study which he finished in 1969 with a doctoral thesis on the economic use of computers. A research project for Credit Suisse Zurich in 1970 was the beginning of a partnership which should last until 1996. Within this time Hans Geiger was head of accounting, international credit business (responsibility for Europe and Africa). For ten years he was member of the executive board of Credit Suisse in areas such as foreign exchange, precious metal, bank relations and also the logistic management and chief information officer. In 1997 Hans Geiger was promoted as Ordinarius at the University of Zurich (Swiss Banking Institute). In the same year he became chairman of board of directors of Telekurs Holding (until 2000). Professor Geiger has published articles on a wide variety of subjects. He was a vice-chairman of the board of directors of Bank Vontobel from 1998 - 2004. His main areas of research and teaching are payment systems/clearing/settlement, credit business, operational risk management, banking regulation. He is a member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee and of SUERF (Société Universitaire Européenne de Recherches Financières), as well as member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Financial Transformation. He was member of the board of trustees of the Swiss Banking School (until end of 2005). In 2002 he became a member of the governmental commission on integrated financial supervision in Switzerland (until February 2005). Hans Geiger retired from the University in August 2008.


David Bennett, Member of the Advisory Board
Deputy Chairman and Co-Founder of Europe Analytica, Brussels


William K. Black, Member of the Advisory Board
Associate Professor of Economics and Law, University of Missouri, Kansas City
teaches Economics and Law at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC). He is a white-collar criminologist. He directed the Institute for Fraud Prevention. His regulatory career is profiled in Professor Riccucci's book Unsung Heroes. George Akerlof called his book, The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One (University of Texas Press 2005, 2014), "a classic." Paul Volcker wrote: One of those lessons really sticks out: one brave man with a conscience could stand up for us all. Black helped the World Bank develop anti-corruption initiatives and testified to Congress five times about the financial crisis. He is also the "Distinguished Scholar for Financial Regulation" at the University of Minnesota's Law School and a Professor at IAEN in Quito, Ecuador.


Leong Sze Hian, Member of the Advisory Board
Chairman Institute of Administrative Management, Singapore
an alumnus of Harvard University, was the Past President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. He has authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media. He has been host of a money radio show, a daily newspaper column, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for Malaysiakini, executive producer of the movie Ilo Ilo (26 international awards). He has served as Honorary Consul of Jamaica and founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Brunei and Indonesia. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors and 13 professional qualifications.


Sani Kudus, Member of the Advisory Board
Special Consultant to Asia, Singapore


Daniel Mitchell, Member of the Advisory Board
Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, Washington
is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in fiscal policy, particularly tax reform, international tax competition, and the economic burden of government spending. He also serves on the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review. Dan's work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Villanova Law Review, Public Choice, Emory Law Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Offshore Investment, Playboy, and Investor's Business Daily. He has appeared on all the major TV networks, and has given speeches in almost 40 states and more than 30 countries. Dan earned a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.


Georges Ugeux, Member of the Advisory Board
Former EVP of International & Research for NYSE, New York
former Executive Vice President at the NYSE, is Chairman and CEO of Galileo Global Advisors, a New-York based boutique advisory investment bank specialising in cross border advisory services, Mergers and Acquisitions and capital raising with a strong focus on emerging markets. A lawyer and economist by training, Georges Ugeux has focused his entire 40 year career on the global dimensions of business, government and finance. He has a deep understanding of the international dimension of negotiations, networks and partnerships. He teaches European Banking and Finance at Columbian Law School. He is a frequent public speaker and educator on global issues (at the College of Europe in Bruges and Harvard Law School). Georges holds a Doctorate in Law and is Licentiate in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain. He chairs, and sits on, Boards of numerous transatlantic organizations.


Jacques Potdevin, Member of the Advisory Board
Former President, Federation of European Accountants (FEE), Brussels


Gilles-Guy de Salins
Member of Executive Committee of CIFA, of the Consultative Committee of FECIF,
President of ANCDGP (France), President of Association DES-Clermont.

Gilles-Guy de Salins was in the 80’s a personal banker in France with Barclays, then a Capital Markets’ Manager in London, successively with New Japan Securities, Midland Montagu and Swiss Bank Corporation. He joined in Paris a high net worth advisory firm, La Financière du Galion, in the early 90’s, before founding his multi-family office, Sélection GGS Conseils, in 2004.
Concurrently he trains IFAs through the Centre de Formation des Professionnels du Patrimoine he founded, and, amongst other, teaches law students at F.A.CO. in Paris.He has an Economics degree and a post-graduate diploma in wealth management. He is a French citizen.


Associé Gérant de CHARLET CHAUVET & Associés (CC&A) depuis 2004.
Société de Gestion de Patrimoine globale dont la particularité est le travail de conseil majoritairement rémunéré par des honoraires, d R17;avoir formé avec CC&A UK (cédée en 2008) l R17;une des rares entreprises à avoir disposé d R17;agréments d R17;exercice à la fois en France et en Grande-Bretagne.
Président de l R17;Association Nationale des Conseils Financiers (ANACOFI) depuis 2004.
Principale association de représentation des professionnels dits « indépendants » de la sphère financière et patrimoniale. Elle représente 5000 entreprises et 40 000 emplois.
Président de l R17;ANACOFI-CIF depuis 2004.
Principale association « co-régulateur » des Conseils en Investissements Financiers (CIF) avec 44% des professionnels agréés sous sa responsabilité.Elle est la structure placée entre l R17;Autorité des Marchés Financiers et l R17;ANACOFI à la suite de la Loi de Sécurité Financière de Septembre 2003, ayant pour mission d R17;agréer et de réguler pour partie les professionnels dont l R17;activité est au moins en partie le Conseil Financier.
Président de la Fédération Européenne des Conseils et Intermédiaires Financiers (FECIF) depuis le 23 avril 2014 (administrateur depuis 2008).
Elle est l R17;organe de représentation européen des Conseils Financiers et des équivalents Conseils en gestion de Patrimoine au niveau Européen.
Membre du Comité Exécutif (administrateur) de la Convention of Independent Financial Advisors (CIFA) depuis 2008.
Organisation Non Gouvernementale reconnue par l R17;ONU.Il s R17;agit du think tank internationale de nos professions. Elle est consultée par diverses organisations internationales comme l R17;ECOSOC ou l R17;OCDE.Elle a notamment rédigé pour l R17;ONU la Charte des droits de l R17;Investisseur.
Administrateur (depuis mars 2013) de l R17;ORIAS.
Association teneuse du Registre Unique des Intermédiaires en Assurance, Banque et Finance.
Membre du Comité Consultatif du Secteur Financier depuis le 18 juin 2014
Membre : Du Conseil Confédéral de la CGPME, de PME Finance, d R17;Etienne MARCEL.


Vincent J. Derudder,
Vincent J. Derudder (66) is a lawyer by training with a considerable experience in financial services. He is the Honorary Chairman of "Fédération Européenne des Conseils et Intermédiaires Financiers" ( - pan European trade body of the European financial services/insurance intermediaries - 230,000 members) and the Chair of the Consultative Committee. He was one of the founders in 1999 of the federation he has been leading for 15 years as Secretary General first, and then Chairman of the Board. Vincent is a member of the European Commission Expert Group on automatic exchange of financial account information. He is also the Chairman of the Nucleus Group of companies, a privately owned Luxembourg-based insurance holdings group. He is the Co-author of several books and regular contributor to trade magazines - member of the editorial committee of "Revue Luxembourgeoise de Bancassurfinance" and of the editorial board of "Trusting".


Franco Rossi
Franco has extensive experience in the private banking and wealth advisory industry. He held senior positions in various Swiss banks before he co-founded and became managing partner at Rise Invest AG a Zurich based wealth advisory and private equity firm. Over the course of his time at Rise Invest Franco focused on wealth management services to high net worth individuals and specialized in setting up compliant wealth preservation and wealth protection structures, in addition he also arranged private equity transactions and successfully organized financing for high tech companies, most notably he was the leading force behind Euroseek’s IPO the largest European internet search engine in the late nineties. In 2002 Franco founded a finance industry centered social media and business development internet platform. Concurrently to his involvement with Franco is also managing partner at Prévis AG, a Swiss based boutique firm that offers a wide range of specialized wealth management and private equity solutions. Franco is fluent in Italian, German, English and Spanish. He studied at ITST Venice, Italy and he holds a BBA of the University of Southern California (Magna Cum Laude).


Marta Gellova,
Marta Gellova, born 1969, read law at Charles University in Prague.
Since 2013 Marta has been working as an independent consultant for public and private companies and institutions in areas of Financing, Insurance, European Funds and general Economic advice. She is also involved in international acquisitions of financial institutions.
On-going and previous appointments:
Chairwoman of EFPA CZ (European Financial Planning Association)
and a Member of the BoD EFPA EUROPE
Member of BoD of Association of Financial Intermediaries and Financial Advisors of Czech Republic (AFIZ)
Member of Consultative Committee FECIF
Chairwoman of the Supervisory and Audit Committee of the Czechoslovak Foreign Institute.
In 2010 a member of Advisory Board of Specialists for the Minister of Finance and Minister of Labor of the Czech Republic and a member of Pension Sub-committee of the government`s National Economic Council (NERV).
2000 - 2004 Chair of the BoD and GM of IP Bank, Czech Republic