The Swiss Secretariat for International Finance and Elevandi, a company set up by the Monetary Authority of Singapore to advance fintech in the digital economy, kick off the inaugural Point Zero Forum in Zurich today, June 21, until Thursday, June 23. The invite-only, in-depth engagement forum that brings together founders, investors and policymakers will focus on two new significant market opportunities built on Web3 architecture: tokenization and sustainable finance.
The forum will begin with a closed-door investor summit with opening remarks by Alvin Tan, Singaporean Minister of Trade and Industry; Minister of Culture, Community and Youth and Minister of State board member. This will be followed by an investor roundtable on the future of the token economy and sustainable finance. Participants can also attend various innovation tours scheduled throughout the day to uncover the latest developments in Web3, embedded finance and sustainable finance. These tours were curated by research centers, incubators and accelerators in Zug and Zurich.
The next two days of the forum will focus on extensive discussions around Web3.
Wednesday, June 22 will feature a spotlight on the future of financial services. Four special sessions in the leadership series will concern:
Driving fintech through three double helixes — Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, Heng Swee Keat
The future of financial services: the policymaker’s perspective — International Settlements general manager Agustín Carstens, Monetary Authority of Singapore managing director Ravi Menon and Swiss National Bank governing board chairman Thomas Jordan
The future of financial services boardroom talk — Ant Group senior vice president for global strategic partnerships and investments Douglas Lehman Feagin, Zurich Insurance Company group chief information and digital officer Ericson Chan, Fnality International chairwoman Olga Zoutendijk and UBS Group AG CEO Ralph Hamers
Where fintech meets impact: tokenization and sustainable finance — Swiss Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer, who will close the day’s activities
Six plenary sessions focusing on tokenization market opportunities will cover key topics, from the current and future economy of crypto to the building blocks for the token economy and what is next for stablecoins. Leading experts from the public and private sector will share their insights on crypto regulations, digital assets, decentralized finance and central bank digital currencies in a series of closed-door roundtables.
Seven plenary sessions focusing on sustainable finance opportunities will cover key topics on the forum’s third day, such as market opportunities and accessing credible data in the environmental, social and governance market, and a boardroom talk on innovating finance for conservation. At the closed-door roundtables, participants from the public and private sectors will come together for a dialogue on shared responsibility regarding the future of green financing as well as the role of public-private digital partnership when unlocking data in the environmental, social and governance market.
The forum’s fireside chats will be joined by international founders and influencers, including:
Benjamin Cistecky — director of investments at Temasek
Henric Suuronen — founding partner at Play Ventures
Feng-Yuan Liu — vice president of business development at Aicadium
Jeff Schumacher — founder and CEO of NAX Group
Julian Teicke — founder and CEO of Wefox
Ladi Delano — co-founder and co-CEO of Moove Africa
Marco Bizzozero — head of international and member of the ExCo at iCapital
Matthias Knecht — co-founder and co-CEO of Billie
Neil Davidson — executive chairman of Coda Payments
Sam Rhee — chairman and chief investment officer of Endowus
Sebastien Borget — co-founder and chief operating officer of The Sandbox
The third day will close with fielded questions on digital assets with Lightspark co-founder and CEO David Marcus and Fireblocks co-founder and CEO Michael Shaulov.
The forum’s full agenda can be found on the site.
Throughout the two days, participants will also receive exclusive access to sessions such as roundtables, thinktanks, curated business meetings and a networking party designed to provide opportunities for a meeting of minds between speakers and delegates.