Trust Square Lecture Series - Blockchain in Financial Services Quo Vadis?

Trust Square is proud to launch together with our academic partners the Trust Square Lecture Series and connect practitioners with cutting edge research in the fields of decentralization, cryptoeconomics, mechanism design, IoT and many more.

Each month we invite a research to present his/her findings at Trust Square during an in-depth presentation.

We are proud to present in May Dr. Thomas Puschmann of University of Zurich

Induced by the accelerating pace of the development of new technologies like blockchain, an entirely new parallel "financial system" based on cryptocurrencies, ICOs etc. has evolved complementary to the existing system over the last few years. Both, the FinTech start-ups as well as the large TechFin companies invest heavily in expanding this new system whereas the incumbents try to find novel ways how to integrate it into the existing banking system.  But as of today, both systems remain parallel worlds, that only have bottleneck integration points like exchanges. This lecture is centered around the status quo and potential scenarios for the future. 
About Dr. Thomas Puschmann
Thomas Puschmann is founder and director of the Swiss Fintech Innovation Lab, an initiative focused on research, education and innovation transfer for the financial services industry. In addition to this role, Thomas holds several additional positions in both, commercial and governmental organizations. For example, he is member of the Swiss Innovation Council Innosuisse, member of the Blockchain Taskforce of the Swiss Federal Council, executive director of Swiss Fintech Innovations, and chairman of the Swiss Association for Standardization for Distributed Ledger Technologies (the Swiss representation of ISO).  Complementary to these positions, Thomas serves as a senior advisor for many strategic national and international initiatives, for strategic digitization projects in companies and is an advisory board member of various institutions in the fintech field. Before his current positions, he was heading a large international financial services research program on digital banking and fintech at the Universities of St. Gallen and Leipzig and was a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to his work in research, Thomas spent more than four years in consulting where he was a member of the board at ESPRiT Consulting and The Information Management Group (IMG).



  • 18:00 Doors open
  • 18:30 Presentation
  • 19:30 Apéro

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