Our team includes dedicated professionals, the Singularity Think Tank, a global alliance of renowned innovation experts, an acclaimed Board of Directors and a network of trusted partners. Founded in Switzerland, we have been innovating innovation investing since 2017.
Our expertise encompasses investment strategy, asset management, stock analysis, research, entrepreneurship and more. We bring a range of different skill sets to the table - what we have in common is a thirst for knowledge and for understanding the cutting-edge technologies that shape the world in which we live in. Meet the curious minds behind The Singularity Group.
Former MakerDAO Ambassador for Switzerland, a systems auditor for the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA), a founding member of MAMA, Multichain Asset Managers Association, and the former Head of Risk Engineering for the Melon (now Enzyme) ProtocolRead more
Co-Founder of Carnot Capital
Andres Gujan is the co-founder of Carnot Capital, an asset management company specialized in the energy transition and the circular economy. Carnot Capital is seen as a pioneer in impact investing in the listed equity space since it launched the Carnot Efficient Energy fund in 2007. Andres is focused on technologies in the field of renewable energies, smart buildings, power storage, future mobility and industry 4.0.
Previously, Andres was an analyst for engineering, real estate, and electricity companies at Valartis Bank. He was responsible for the investment portfolio of Valartis Bank, worked as a consultant for institutional clients, and was involved in the issuing of derivative investment products. Prior to that, he held leading positions in financial analysis at Bank Vontobel and at Kepler Equities, where he was a responsible analyst for the first share placement of BKW FMB Energy. He started his career at UBS.
Andres is a graduate of the University of St. Gallen (lic.rer.publ.HSG) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Aleksandra W. Gadzala Tirziu, PhD
Aleksandra is a geopolitical expert
She is a globally recognized corporate advisor, best-selling author, and university professor focused on emerging risks, geopolitics, and disruptive technologies. Aleksandra is Senior Nonresident Fellow with the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C., lecturer in international relations at the University of Zurich and the University of St. Gallen (HSG), author of the book "Africa and China", and founder of Magpie Advisory, a geopolitical risk and global foresight research and advisory firm.
Her work has been featured in major media outlets including CNN Money Switzerland, Axios, Monocle24 Radio, The National Interest, and Democracy: A Journal of Ideas - as well as in sessions in the European Parliament, the World Economic Forum, and in testimony before the United States Senate.
Aleksandra worked as Geopolitical Specialist and Member of Senior Staff at Zurich Insurance, and served as a Senior Analyst with responsAbility Investment AG, where she oversaw debt and equity investments in the African region and the renewable energy and financial technology sectors. She has held additional advisory and research roles with Controls Risks, Stanford University, and the University of Oxford. Aleksandra earned her PhD and M.Phil from the University of Oxford and her BA. from Northwestern University.
Head of Investment Management at Base 58 Capital
He is a former fund manager at Julius Baer and GAM Investment Management, focusing on emerging and frontier market equities. In 2013, Tommaso discovered Bitcoin and has been an advocate since. He developed a passion for decentralized systems that eventually led him to move full-time into the space during 2016.
Over the last 10 years, the crypto asset space has progressed phenomenally fast, and he believes that in the next 10 years, decentralized systems can have the same impact on money, finance and the next generation of digital applications that the internet had on communication and the sharing of information.
Tommaso holds a degree in International Business Studies from the European Business School, London.
Head of Blockchain and Decentralized Finance at i.AM Innovation Lab
John is the Head of Blockchain and Decentralized Finance at i.AM Innovation Lab. He is the MakerDAO Ambassador for Switzerland, a systems auditor for the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA), a founding member of MAMA, Multichain Asset Managers Association, and the former Head of Risk Engineering for the Melon (now Enzyme) Protocol.
He worked for over 10 years in the investment management industry with liquid alternatives at LGT Capital Partners, and before that, as an analyst at Man Investments. Previously, John was a software engineer developing distributed, high- availability enterprise systems for pension funds and companies such as SUN Microsystems, PIMCO, State Street, Allianz, and Lufthansa Systems. He studied economics, statistics, and languages, and holds MA and BA degrees in economics from Miami University.
John continues to be active at the intersection of blockchain and asset management, contributing, consulting, and auditing the code and smart contracts that help make open, decentralized finance a reality.
Innovation Consultant and Business Strategist
Sebastian Guenther is an innovation consultant and business strategist at Accenture, who leads the Innovation & Design Unit in Switzerland and heads Accenture Ventures in the DACH region. His more than 10 years expertise is in identifying, developing and implementing new business models, products and services, and technologies, with particular focus on big data. In his role at Accenture, he has helped clients to establish multiple digital businesses and led them to success.
Sebastian also has broad knowledge and is engaged in the European fintech and startup ecosystems and emerging financial services landscape, i.e. as one of the co-founders of the Swiss FinTech Award program. He is a strong proponent of open innovation, collaboration, and creativity as a source of value creation. Previously, Sebastian was Strategic Product Manager at IBM where he developed 360Â° go-to-market strategies for their hardware and software business and supporting the business pipeline for analytics solutions.
He holds a BA in Business Informatics from Duale Hochschule Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg and the Open University London.
Juergen Eck, PhD
Entrepreneur, Biotechnology Pioneer, and Inventor
Juergen Eck is an entrepreneur, biotechnology pioneer, and inventor holding over 50 patents and patent applications. He is co-founder and former CEO of BRAIN AG, a leading European industrial biotech company specializing in enzymes, performance microorganisms, and bioactive natural compounds for food, feed, cosmetics and industrial applications.
Juergen holds many notable board memberships, including with BIO Deutschland (Association of the Biotechnology Industry Germany), DECHEMA (Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology e.V.), and as a member of the Board of Trustees of MPI (Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology). In 2009 to 2018 he was appointed to the Senate Commission of the German Research Foundation and the European SusChem Core Group. He was awarded â€˜German Entrepreneur of the Yearâ€™ in 2017.
For over 30 years Juergen has worked as an inventor and technology innovator. Having co-founded BRAIN AG in 1993, he initially established and served as Head of Research & Development, laying the foundation for the success of the company's proprietary technology platform for enzyme discovery, microbial producer strain optimization, and BioActive natural compound discovery and development. JÃ¼rgen was appointed Chief Technology Officer in 2000 and CEO in 2015, enabling further growth of the BRAIN Group including expanded pipelines of novel biological, enzyme-based, and performance microorganisms products; various spin-offs and acquisitions, and a successful IPO of BRAIN AG at the Frankfurt stock exchange in 2016.
Juergen actively represents industrial biotechnology innovations around the world. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry with focus on molecular biology and biotechnology from Darmstadt Technical University in Germany.
Founder and Managing Partner
David is the Founder and Managing Partner of Network Society Ventures, an early stage global investment firm focused on innovative startups.
He is an investor, entrepreneur, author, blogger, keynote speaker and thought leader of the global technology landscape. An early adopter of blockchain technologies and an active Bitcoin investor, David led the adoption of Bitcoin and blockchain in start-ups and is an advisor and investor in numerous blockchain companies and funds.
David is the Founder and a Trustee of Network Society Research (a global think tank), the Founder and Chairman of Network Society Lab (a Venture Development firm focusing on innovative startups), a Faculty Member of and Advisor to the Singularity University (CA, USA), and an Adjunct Professor at LUISS Business School in Rome (Italy).
He is also a mentor for the Thiel Fellowship, a Scientific Advisory Board Member for the Lifeboat Foundation, a Founder of the Open Government Data working group, an Advisor to the Institute of Ethics and Emergent Technologies and numerous startups in Europe and North America as well as an Advisor to Humanity+, an organization dedicated to promoting understanding and participation in the field of innovations that benefit the human condition.
David is the author of two books: ï¿½Something Newï¿½ and ï¿½Network Societyï¿½.
Felix Reiff, PhD
Felix Reiff is an innovation-driven executive in the life sciences sector and the FMCG industry. He is President of the Board of Directors of Bayer (Schweiz) AG, President of the Board of Directors of Bayer CropScience AG, and CEO of Bayer Consumer Care AG.
Felix is responsible for Bayerâ€™s international hub in Switzerland, known for its innovation management and its leading global role in the companyâ€™s steady growth. In 2016 and 2017, Felix joined the Bayer Digital Council for the Consumer Health Division, where he successfully launched Bayerâ€™s Digital Hub as a core knowledge center and drove implementation of the companyâ€™s digital IT agenda. Between 2018 and 2019, he served as Country President of Bayer in Switzerland and Head of the Swiss Country Leadership Team. In this role, he was responsible for the platform functions and spearheading external representations with the government, industry associations, and the media.
Felix joined Bayer in 2005 as Head of Global Marketing of the Bayer Consumer Health Division. In 2006, he became Head of the Global Category Business Units and led the expansion of Bayerâ€™s global Consumer Health brands. Prior to joining Bayer, Felix was CMO of Rocheâ€™s Consumer Health Division. Before that he held various senior marketing and commercial roles at Kraft Jacobs Suchard (today Mondelez) across Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, and Germany.
Felix holds a Masters and PhD in Law from the University of Zurich, and has completed coursework at Harvard Business School and London Business School.
Global Innovation Director
André Hugentobler is the Global Innovation Director for Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, and Elastomers (CASE) at Trinseo, responsible for developing and implementing the division’s innovation strategy worldwide. He brings to the table over sixteen years of experience in commercial and technological-facing roles with expertise in advanced materials.
André began his career with the Dow Chemical Company working across the EMEA and DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) regions, as well as Australia and New Zealand. In 2010 he became Market Development Manager for Asia Pacific with the Dow Chemical spin-off Styron, later rebranded Trinseo. He subsequently went on to assume Global Commercial Manager and Global Technical and Business Development Leader roles, with focus on commercial applications of advanced materials including glass fiber, adhesives and sealants, and functional nonwovens. His own product expertise is in water-based polymers, nanomaterials, and synthetic rubber.
André holds a Masters of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Lars Jaeger, Phd
Swiss-German Entrepreneur, Scientist, Writer, Financial Theorist, Alternative Investment Manager
Lars Jaeger is a Swiss-German entrepreneur, scientist, writer, financial theorist, alternative investment manager. He is the author of numerous books on subjects of science and technology as well on hedge funds and a frequent speaker at industry conferences.
His writing focuses on two areas: finance and science. In his scientific writing Larsâ€™ focus is on the history of science, the interplay of science and spiritual traditions, how science shaped and continues to shape our modern society, quantum technologies, and how the ongoing technological revolution unfolds itself. He writes a bi-weekly blog on scilogs.de and larsjaeger.ch. In finance, he has been an influential voice in the hedge fund industry fostering developments towards more transparency, liquidity, and cost efficiency.
Lars is currently Head of Alternative Risk Premia at GAM. Before that he was the founder and CEO of Alternative Beta Partners in Zug, Switzerland, that targets the extraction of alternative beta as a cost-efficient way of accessing hedge return sources.
He studied physics and philosophy at the University of Bonn in Germany and Ecole Polytechnique, in Paris and holds a doctorate degree in theoretical physics from the Max- Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden. Lars has taught at several universities over the years (European Business School, Goethe-UniversitÃ¤t Frankfurt, ETH Zurich, Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, etc.)
For more information on Lars, see www.larsjaeger.ch .
Prof. Simone Schurle, PhD
Assistant Professor at ETHZ, Member of Global Future Council at WEF, Co-founder of MagnebotiX.
Simone SchÃ¼rle is Assistant Professor for Responsive Biomedical Systems at ETH Zurich and is researching in the field of biomedical micro-and nanoengineering.
During her studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with specialization in micro/nanosystems, she researched at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, about automated drug infusion and control, and at the University of Kyoto, Japan, in the field of carbon nanotube based nanosensors.
She then joined the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) where she focused on magnetic manipulation techniques for biomedical applications. She was awarded with the ETH medal for her doctoral thesis and with fellowships from the SNSF, DAAD and the Society in Science for her postdoctoral studies at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was researching as postdoctoral fellow from 2014-2017.
She is serving as Global Future Council on the Future of Human Enhancement for the World Economic Forum. She is also co-founder of MagnebotiX, a young spin-off from ETHZ.
Head of Consulting
Alexander is Head of Consulting at CID, a technology firm and innovator focused on Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics and Knowledge Management.
In his almost 20 years with CID, Alexander has developed proprietary technological solutions for web crawling, natural language processing, trend detection, and semantic graphs to support efficient information exploration, signals detection, and insights generation to benefit clients in the automotive, insurance, financial services, healthcare, and professional services industries. His background combines technological expertise with business-oriented approaches to Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics.
In 2008, he co-founded CIDâ€™s consulting practice embedded into the enterprise software solutions company to support global enterprises establish innovative, AI-driven business models, provide next generation customer experience, and unlock data potential to better leverage market insight, increase risk awareness, and identify business opportunities.
Naveen Shamsudhin, PhD
Naveen Shamsudhin is Co-Founder of The Origin AG, developing transformative technologies that empower individual self-reflection and creativity.
He is a Lecturer in Robotics at ETH Zurich, affiliated with the Multi-Scale Robotics Lab. In addition, he is a historian of technology and is well-versed with the techno- cultural history and development of robotics and automation. He is a public speaker on intersectional topics of technology and society.
He holds a Ph.D and M.Sc from ETH Zurich, Switzerland and a B.Tech from National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli, India. Heâ€™s the recipient of the Prix OMEGA Scientifique and the Schweizer Bundes-Exzellenz-Stipendium for his doctoral research and graduate studies respectively.
He is a community builder and is engaged in various trans-disciplinary collectives and projects at the intersection of the sciences, technology, art, culture, society.
He is currently based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Founder and Managing Partner
Laurenz Apiarius is Founder and Managing Partner of Blockwall, the first regulatory and legally compliant German crypto asset fund on investments in Distributed Ledger/Blockchain technologies offering Institutional Investors, Family Offices and the UHNW community access to this asset class.
In this function, he also advises the OECD as an industry expert on policy making for crypto assets and blockchain technology.
Laurenz is also non-executive director in two family businesses in high-performance polymer production and a manufacturing of rheological testing devices and is both an active and passive investor in various PE and VC investments.
He is a graduate of EBS University in Germany, University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, and University of St. Andrews in Scotland where he is a member of the EO.
For more information about Blockwall, please see www.blockwall.capital .
Agnes Petit, PhD
CEO of Mobbot , Phd Material Science, Cosmochemistry
Agnes is Founder and CEO of Mobbot a startup offering 3D concrete printing solutions.
Before this endeavor, she was Director of Business Development & Innovation and member of the Management team of a precast and construction sector company. There, she founded and led a 3D concrete printing project for two years. She follows the 3D printing advances since 2011. Agnes started her industrial career as a consultant for the Product Innovation and Commercial services of Holcim Group Support Ltd, where she supported the Innovation and Product Portfolio strategy worldwide.
Previously she worked as a scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich and the Natural History Museum of London where she worked on the formation of the solar system and planets.
Agnes holds a PhD in Sciences with focus on Cosmochemistry and space science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich and a master in Geology Engineering with focus on mining from the University of Lausanne.
Agnes has always been interested in new technologies and startup world. Now she wants to bridge her two passions which are 3D printing and Space Science.
She spends her free time with her two kids and husband and has a private pilote Licence and flies on single-engine land aircrafts.
Collin Lee is an executive at the General Dynamics Corporation focused on the development and provisioning of space based capabilities for the Aerospace & Defense and Intelligence sectors.
Previously, he was a senior national security advisor to the Members of the US House of Representatives managing a $36bn aerospace and defense portfolio for Congress overseeing operations and making investment recommendations in advanced and emerging technologies such as satellite systems and artificial intelligence.
Collin also worked at the White House on the National Security Council developing policy and resourcing strategies for the President's most sensitive economic, foreign policy and intelligence issues. He served as an intelligence officer and ultimately as Chief of Staff for the Director of National Intelligence managing the budget and all personel.
Collin began his career as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen Hamilton helping the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community streamline operations.
He holds a Master's in Business from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science from James Madison Univsersity. He sits on the JMU Board of Directors for the Political Science Department.
Collin is based in New York, NY and Washington, DC.
Dr. Ralf C. Schläpfer
Ralf is CEO of TUBIS Group AG, member of different boards and President of Schluein. As former Big 4 Managing Partner and Strategic / Digital Growth Specialist he is expert in guiding the delivery of complex business transformations for global expanding companies to drive growth.
Key strengths include: leveraging deep expertise in advising global organisations on business transformations and end-to-end M&A transactions to increase revenue; identifying and delivering opportunities for cross-functional digital growth including IoT, AI and DSN to futureproof the business; utilising extensive entrepreneurial experience of both growing and establishing new businesses to open additional paths to growth; and nurturing collaborative stakeholder relationships up to board level to clearly communicate the business vision and win buy-in to the change agenda. He published extensively on IoT and is a regular speaker on the topic.
Ralf holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Ph.D. in Law from University Zurich, a Swiss Bar Exam and is Member of the Zurich Bar Association. He lives with his wife and two children in the Swiss mountains.
Daniel is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of practical managing director level banking experience at Credit Suisse and UBS covering various disciplines in Investment Banking and Corporate Center (trading, sales, product-, project-, programme- and general management/strategic advisory) both out of Zurich and London HQs. He is also a Board Member of Global Blockchain Council.
In 2015, he co-founded nexussquared, Switzerlandâ€™s first dedicated blockchain business and start-up platform which runs regular events targeting corporate executives, blockchain start-ups and students interested in the opportunities that come with blockchain technology.
In 2016, he also founded Procivis AG, an â€˜e-governement-as-a-serviceâ€™ start-up leveraging smart phone and blockchain technology to deliver citizen centric services based on government-approved digital identities.
Born in Switzerland and raised in Palo Alto, CA, Lukas co-founded Red or Blue Labs and is a recognized expert in Augmented and Virtual Reality. At Red or Blue Labs, the company and team push boundaries for uses of Virtual and Augmented Reality and its combined use with Rapid Prototyping, Internet of Things, 3D Printing and other new integrated technologies. Red or Blue Labs seeks practical applications for all their platforms and technologies, and has for example developed advanced virtual reality applications intended to dramatically improve the quality of life for the elderly.
Previously, Lukas was involved with Dacuda, a Swiss-based computer vision startup that the team sold to MagicLeap. The experience of building the company and transacting value fueled a passion to do it all again.
Lukas is a well-known moderator at conferences and large events in Switzerland and abroad and is an outspoken advocat for entrepreneurship, technology and the transformative effects thereof.
Lukas holds a degree in Finance from the University of Zurich.
NASDAQ Global Indexes
Nasdaq Global Information Services (GIS) is composed of Market Data and Indexes businesses, which leverage reliable, scalable technology and robust distribution channels to provide comprehensive benchmarks and market data solutions across all asset classes worldwide. Nasdaq has been creating innovative, market-leading, transparent indexes for more than 40 years, and have 300 ETPs with more than $160 billion in assets under management (AUM) tracking our indexes. Additionally, they are one of the largest providers of Smart Beta indexes based on AUM. The world renowned brands include the Nasdaq-100 Index, Nasdaq Global Equity, Dorsey, Wright & Associates, Nasdaq AlphaDEX, and Nasdaq Dividend Achievers. For more information, visit the website www.business.nasdaq.com/indexes.
FACTSET is our exclusive data provider to determine revenue exposure to the Singularity Sectors.
FactSets’ RBICS database allows to screen for revenue exposure to a large number of granularly-defined Singularity Sectors. FactSet employs about 8,000 people around the world.
GAM is one of the worldâ€™s leading independent, pure-play asset managers. Next to this core business, GAM Private Labelling is our private labelling solutions provider.
The company employs around 1,000 people in 12 countries.
CID provides next-generation Artificial Intelligence solutions for Financial Services. CIDâ€™s Neuro Computing technology combines quantitative and qualitative data analytics, including natural language processing, semantic analysis, and machine learning to create dynamic, real-time knowledge graphs. CID is privately held and headquartered in Germany.
C8 Technologies provides direct access to active and passive, tradable indices developed by leading investment professionals and in house. Institutional and professional investors can get the performance of any institutional-grade investment style by directly trading the underlying assets, at lower cost, with their own broker. Our patented process is unique in the financial markets, bringing many advantages to the asset owner including holding onto their own capital, full transparency on the underlying holdings and full control of trading, which allows for customisation at will. By using C8, an asset owner can increase capital efficiency and avoid ongoing costs of operational due diligence.
DR. Hengster Loesch & Kollegen
Dr. Hengster Loesch & Kollegen are our partners for Sales and Distribution in Germany and Austria.
Focused on clients needs, they work together with carefully and in close collaboration with selected asset managers with first-class real assets and liquid alternatives. The unique business model is centered around long-term partnerships based on trust. The company's number one goal is to achieve LONG-TERM RETURNS for all players.