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Heinrich Baer, Managing Director, UBS Wealth Management Europe & Emerging Markets

Heinrich Baer heads up the unit Affluent and International Markets, which serves wealthy clients in countries around the globe. He has been with UBS for 40 years. He started his career as a client advisor for Swiss clients and later moved to the Middle East, where he became Head of the Dubai office. After serving clients for many years and gaining in-depth market knowledge, he returned to Switzerland to assume leadership of the Wealth Management business in the Middle East, and took up his current post in 2013.

Heinrich is an alumnus of both IMD Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, USA, as well as Swiss Federal banking qualifications.


Mark Andersen, Senior investment advisor, UBS WM CIO

Mark Andersen is a managing director and senior investment advisor in the UBS Chief Investment Office. He presents the UBS House View to clients and helps them to find the investment solution that fits their needs. Mark joined UBS in 2006, and has focused throughout his career on asset allocation and investment strategy. In 2009, he was appointed head of the Investment Strategy Research team, and assumed leadership of the Asset Allocation team in the Chief Investment Office in 2011. During 2014, Mark was based in Hong Kong, where he set up the APAC Asset Allocation team, and took responsibility for regional investment portfolios in 2015. Mark regularly appears in the financial media and meets UBS clients around the world.

Mark holds a master's degree in Applied Economics and Finance from the Copenhagen Business School.


Sophie de Lint, Artistic Director Zurich Opera

Sophie de Lint has been the Artistic Director of the Zurich Opera since the season 2012/13. In addition, she is the designated director of the Dutch National Opera and will take over this position in September 2018.

She was born in Rotterdam and attended high school in Geneva. She pursued violin studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève and completed a degree in Business Administration at the Webster University in Geneva. In addition to her professional activities, she attended the Executive Master in Arts Administration program for four years at the University of Zürich.

Her wide-ranging career includes numerous artistic and administrative responsibilities for various opera houses and artist agencies. From 1994 to 2001 Sophie de Lint worked at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as personal assistant to the General Manager, Renée Auphan. Subsequently she gained extensive experience as an assistant director at various opera houses and festivals such as the Bayreuther Festspiele, New National Theatre Tokyo and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. From 2002 to 2006 she served as Artist Manager at Laurent Delage Artists Management in Vienna, where she specialized in the discovery and development of young opera singers, conductors and directors. From 2006 to 2009 she worked as Artist Manager for Artists Management Zürich before focusing on her new position at the Zurich Opera between 2010 and 2012.

Sophie de Lint is a frequent jury member of international competitions such as the Queen Sonja International Music Competition (chairing the jury), the Internationaler Gesangswettbewerb Neue Stimmen, the Concours Régine Crespin, the Francisco Viñas Competition, the Competizione dell’Opera, the Singing Competition of Toulouse , the Galina Vishnevskaya Singing Competition, the Ernst Haefliger Singing Competition and the Cesti Competition.


Ulrike Erbslöh, Managing Director of the Fondation Beyeler, Basel

Ulrike Erbslöh has been Managing Director of the Fondation Beyeler since 2015. Originally from Cologne in Germany, she started her career as a PR consultant in the entertainment industry, where she worked with Warner Music Germany, VIVA TV, RTL and Deutsche Phonoakademie. She switched from entertainment to the arts in 1997 and has held managerial and advisory positions in the cultural sector for the past 20 years, including the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Baltan Laboratories and the Designhaus in Eindhoven (Netherlands). Prior to her appointment as Managing Director of the Fondation Beyeler, from 2006 to 2014 she was Managing and Deputy Director of the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. She takes a keen interest in the dialogue between experimental and established culture, and continues to provide advice to young art initiatives in the areas of strategic development, management and fundraising. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dutch Foundation for Art and Performance "If I can't dance" and the Art Museums of Switzerland (AMOS).

Ulrike Erbslöh holds an MBA from the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany.


Peter Ivankay, UBS Wealth Management Innovation Lab

Peter Ivankay manages innovation projects within the Wealth Management division of UBS. His projects are focused on the fields of digital identity, blockchain, and artificial intelligence, in which he has specific expertise. Peter also spearheads educational initiatives on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies within the organization. Prior to joining UBS, Peter was involved in research on distributed ledger technologies and was a speaker at the official Hyperledger meet-up in Zurich. Before that, he worked in the corporate finance advisory departments of Deloitte and the KBC Group.

Peter Ivankay holds a master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and studied Digital Business at the IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.


Veronica Lange, Global Head of Innovation, UBS Chief Technology Office

Veronica Lange is responsible for managing UBS’s innovation projects and internal and external innovation activities. These include the UBS Future of Finance challenge, the UBS blockchain research program at the London innovation lab at Level39, and an artificial intelligence research program in Zurich. Internal initiatives include global hackathons, ideas competitions, educational programs, and the UBS "Women in Tech" agenda. Prior to joining UBS, Veronica spent eight years with Barclays and Barclaycard as Retail and Business Banking Head of Customer Experience Internet, Head of e-Channels in Western Europe/International Cards markets, and Chair of the Barclays eBusiness Council. Before that she worked for Olympus, and as an international business consultant.

Veronica Lange has a doctorate in Economics from the University of Kiel, Germany, in the area of Technology and Innovation Management. She also completed studies in Business Administration at the Universities of Göttingen and Kiel. Veronica is a board member of the Mobey Forum.


David Bosshart, CEO, GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute

David Bosshart is CEO of the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economic and Social Studies, an independent European think tank based near Zurich that specializes in trend research, retail, economic and social issues. He is the author of numerous international publications, and is a highly sought-after speaker worldwide. His work focuses on the future of consumption, societal transformation, digitization (human-machine), management, culture, globalization and political philosophy. He has been involved in communications and marketing consulting, as well as retailing and scientific research.

From 1991 to 1996 he headed the Department of Consumer Research and Social Change at the GDI, after which he led strategic development and was Director of the Cultural and Social Section of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives. He became CEO of the GDI in 1999. David holds a doctorate from the University of Zurich in Philosophy and Political Theory.


Lucy Buck, Founder and CEO, Child's i Foundation

Lucy is a UBS Global Visionary. Find out more here. Lucy Buck set up Child’s i Foundation in 2008, and now leads a 90-strong team in Uganda that works in partnership with the Ugandan Government at national and district level to develop family-based care, domestic adoption and social work training, so that children can grow up in families, not orphanages. In recognition of her work, Lucy was awarded the Vodafone ‘World of Difference’ award in 2010, and the Clarins/YOU magazine ‘Women of the Year’ award in 2012.

Lucy’s decision to found Child’s i Foundation was the result of a career break spent volunteering in a Ugandan orphanage, where she witnessed the profoundly damaging effects of institutional care. Prior to this, Lucy worked for MTV, Endemol and other UK TV companies, producing successful prime time shows including ‘Big Brother’, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ and ‘Love Island’. Lucy has a degree in Sociology and Politics from Reading University, England.


Thomas Hug, Founder and Director of artgenève and artmonte-carlo

Thomas Hug is the director and founder of two international art fairs for contemporary art, modern art, and design. In 2011 he founded artgenève and in 2015 artmonte-carlo. He started his career in Berlin as a co-founder and co-director of Musikverlag Saier & Hug a publishing house dedicated to music, specialized in the publication of original manuscripts and periodicals from the early 19th century. During this time he also co-founded and co-directed a contemporary art gallery, the COMA Berlin GmbH – Center for Opinions in Music and Art. In 2010 the COMA Berlin's program was taken over by WK Archipel Collection, an establishment of a private collection of contemporary art.

Thomas holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Geneva and a master of arts in musicology from the Humboldt University in Berlin.


Susie Wolff, Former racing driver and founder of Dare To Be Different

Susie Wolff began her professional racing career in the Formula Renault UK Championship, where she notched three podiums and was twice nominated for British Young Driver of the Year Award.

After a brief spell in Formula 3, she made her name with Mercedes-Benz in DTM, the German Touring Car Championship, between 2006 and 2012. It was in this year that Susie moved into F1, being signed by Williams. Susie entered as a development driver for the team, holding the position for two seasons before being promoted to a test driver for the 2015 season.

At the 2014 British Grand Prix Susie made history by becoming the first woman to take part in a Formula One race weekend in 22 years.

In 2016 Susie launched her own initiative called Dare To Be Different in collaboration with the UK Motorsport Governing Body, the Motor Sports Association. The initiative aims to drive female talent within a male-dominated industry.