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Dr. Eelco Fiole, CFA, FIoD
Zurich & Singapore
fiole@alpha-gp.com
+41 76 522 8140, +65 8820 7815‬
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Eelco Fiole
@Eelco_Fiole

Summary

Eelco is a non-linear T-shaped investment polymath and accomplished and trusted, regulator-approved professional fiduciary. Versatile and hands-on, up-to-date lateral thinking, resilient and enabling, globally networked, bridging the big picture and the detail. Strong analytical, synthesis and communication, motivation and negotiation skills, building cross-functional relationships on all levels, across cultures. With 25 years in the industry, of which almost a decade in fiduciary CFO- and COO-roles, strategizing and executing, clients and peers value his integrity, presence, hands-on experience, initiative, creativity, judgment and methodological team approach to solve issues, allowing for ambiguity. Eelco is a regular guest speaker on governance, ethics and risk in banking, investments and fintech.

Testimonial

CEO Credit Suisse Asset Management UK, London: “Eelco was a very knowledgeable and highly competent COO when I worked with him. He is very hard working and gets results

Key Experience

Managing a USD 7 bn-burning hedge fund platform, the Lehman-, Madoff- and Parmalat-events, a pan-African project with a Lagos-listed bank, controlling exponential asset growth in investment management, reorganizing for enhanced compliance, the UBS/SBC-merger, ABN AMRO-training.

Career

  • Professional Director, 2015-, main focus: risk governance – currently involved with social impact private equity, tokenisation, blockchain-based payments, fintech, family office; prev. mandates in private debt, trade finance, blockchain, quant, hedge funds, em. markets, insurance-linked, struct. products, China eq., Africa real est.
  • Almost a decade as C-level in wealth- and investment management, and blockchain a.o. COO at Credit Suisse Alternative Investments, with teams in Zurich, London, New York, and Pune with risk-based veto rights (AuM USD 17 bn), CFO at the Tezos Foundation in Zug (equity USD 600 mn (crypto and fiat)), Group-CFO at partner-owned alternatives provider Millennium Global Investments (backed by RIT Capital and APEX) in Geneva and London (AuM USD 15 bn), CFO at UHNWI-manager Centrum Bank, (AuM USD 10 bn), now part of VP Bank, Vaduz and CFO of the UBS Corporate Center in Zurich (incl. Group Treasury, -Participations and -Real Estate) during and after the UBS/SBC-merger.
  • 5 years as consultant and project leader, incl. at PwC Zurich with focus on small and large international investment organizations (incl. on the ground in China, MENA, Africa). 6 years as corporate and institutional banker and financial analyst at ABN AMRO Amsterdam/Maastricht and UBS Basel.

Education

  • PhD Economics (Governance, with honours, Basel), M Blockchain Technologies (Barcelona, exp. 2021), MSt Social Innovation (Cambridge, exp. 2021), MAS Applied Ethics (Zurich), M Positive Leadership (Madrid), M Laws (London), MSc & BSc Business Administration, BEng Mechanical Engineering (all Rotterdam), exchanged with Princeton.
  • CFA, FIoD (CDir), CAIA, FRM, SCR, CIFD, IFQ, CDDA, ACIArb, CMA, CPM, CL6σBB, executive education at Chicago, Harvard, INSEAD, Stanford, Wharton.

Extracurricular

  • Languages: English, Dutch, (Swiss) German, with a base in French, Mandarin and Spanish.
  • Chair Annual Conference Advisory Group, CFA Institute, Instructor Risk Management, Euromoney, London, Adjunct Professor Finance Ethics Universities of Lausanne and Neuchatel, Jury Member Ethics & Trust in Finance Global Prize, Geneva, Director Governance, Cambridge University Social Impact & Sustainability Society, Cambridge, Volunteer Institute of Directors, London. Volunteer Thinktank YourPublicValue, Berlin. Previously a.o. Instructor Investment Governance, Swiss Finance Institute, Program Director APAC, CIFD Institute, Member Exam Council CAIA Association. Editor, Governing Complex Investments, Wiley, 2021 (exp.). Nominated Distinguished Alumni Award 2018, RSM Erasmus University. Enjoys literature, seasonal sports and family, 20 years of substantial private exposure to China, visited 100+ countries.
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Dr. Giuseppe Ballocchi, CFA
Geneva & Bologna
ballocchi@alpha-gp.com
+41 79 820 9975, +39 334 247 6615
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Giuseppe Ballocchi

Summary

Giuseppe has over 20-years’ experience in investment management, multi-asset risk management with derivatives and quantitative finance. CxO-level clients, incl. leading pension and institutional funds and UHNWI-managers, vouch for his holistic and respectful approach, combining cutting-edge research with a pragmatic understanding of the implementation context, including culture, governance and operational aspects

Testimonial

Hedge Fund manager, Luxembourg: “… engaging, asks relevant questions and exhibits great expertise in his field. His involvement has clearly benefited the board, the fund and our investors

Key Experience

Designing and managing currency/asset allocation overlays for leading pension funds and global family offices, setting up the risk management framework as CRO for trading at the largest Swiss private asset manager and successfully managing risk through the 2007 -2008 crisis; leading Board reflection on risk appetite and company culture

Career

  • Professional Director, Advisor and Consultant, 2015- (currently active in/with boards overlooking currency, microfinance, private wealth)
  • 9 years as C-level in risk management as CRO Trading and Treasury at Bank Pictet Geneva overseeing global operations with large OTC derivative exposure and annual trading volume of around USD 1 trn, with risk-based veto rights
  • 11 years of which 4 years at C-level in overlay management (AuM USD 10+ bn), in global fixed income management (AuM USD 3 bn), Asian Development Bank, Manila, and in quant/CTA strategies with pioneer quant/high frequency firm Olsen/OANDA, Zurich
  • Consulting and director appointments, incl. 4 years in the FX Advisory Committee for a leading microfinance fund 
  • 6 years in High Energy Physics research at CERN Geneva (incl. 2 as Head of Online Systems for a major experiment)

Education

  • PhD High Energy Physics (Rochester/ Fermi National Laboratory), M Business Administration (Open University), MSc and BSc Physics (Bologna, summa cum laude)
  • CFA, executive board training at IMD

Extracurricular

  • Languages: English, Italian, French, German (C1 level), Japanese (elementary) 
  • Adjunct Professor in Finance, Member of Steering Committee (MSc Finance), HEC Lausanne. Lecturer in Executive Education Programs (e.g. Swiss Finance Institute), FRM preparation. Member, IFRS Advisory Council, London. Volunteer, CFA Institute, United States: 6 years as Member of the Board of Governors, incl. 2 as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee; former President, CFA Switzerland

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