Prof. Dr. Giorgio Behr (born 1948) is an entrepreneur in the industrial sector. After ten years with KPMG, he joined the industrial group Hesta (Zellweger Luwa – Schiesser). In 1984, he started his own consulting company Behr Deflandre & Snozzi BDS. In 1991, he took control of a small industrial company and has since then built up what is now the Behr Bircher Cellpack BBC Group (with sales of approximately CHF 300 Mio. and 1200 employees).
Giorgio Behr has been a Professor at the University of St. Gall Business School for 16 years and is now Honorary Professor as well as Chairman of the Institute for Accounting Controlling and Audit ACA. He has represented Switzerland for many years in various international organisations as a well-known accounting expert. Both a lawyer and a Swiss CPA, he has acted as chairperson of the Accounting Standard Setting Body Swiss GAAP FER and of the Group of Experts in Reporting of the Swiss Stock Exchange SWX for many years. Furthermore, he has served on the board and as chairperson of the Swiss Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the German Industrial Group ZF AG, one of the world’s leading automotive industry suppliers (> 20 CHF billion in sales and > 80000 employees, 2013) and he is a member of the Hilti Trust and the Board of Directors of Hilti AG.
Giorgio Behr is the chairman of the chamber of commerce IVS Schaffhausen und member of the ececutive committee of the Zurich chamber of commerce.
Harry Büsser CFA: In the course of my graduate studies at the University of St. Gallen, I’ve discovered my passion for journalism. First I wrote for a small local paper, then for the Swiss insurance specialist paper „Schweizer Versicherung“ and economics weekly „Handelszeitung“. After Uni, I took the role of a business consultant at the TV station ProSieben. Thereafter, I joined UBS as a relationship manager for investment clients, but got a qualification as a web publisher on the side.
In 2001 I returned to journalism at the internet portal Moneycab. Two years later, I switched to CASH, the then largest economics paper in Switzerland. In parallel, I worked on my CFA Charter and got hired away by Swiss public TV for the news program. At Swiss TV, I developed a daily markets program and acted as reporter and economics commentator. After 3 years of current journalism on TV, I changed to BILANZ in 2009, which ist he leading economics magazine in Switzerland, where I am currently heading the Finance editorial team.
Stephen Cooper Mr Cooper became a member of the IASB in 2007 having previously served on a number of IASB advisory groups, including the working group related to the development of IFRS 2 share based payments and the joint international group advising the IASB and FASB on financial statement presentation. He was also a member of the IASB’s investor advisory group from its inception, now called the capital markets advisory committee.
Prior to joining the IASB Mr Cooper was a Managing Director in the equities division of UBS Investment Bank. He joined UBS in 1997 as an analyst specialising in equity valuation and accounting for which he was voted the #1 analyst in Europe for several years. Subsequently he was also appointed as a member of the UBS research global investment recommendations committee and the investment committee of the UBS UK pension fund.
Mr Cooper has also had other investment banking related roles including corporate finance advisory at Schroders, now part of Citigroup, and financial analysis education and training.
Mr Cooper qualified as an accountant in 1983 and has a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.
Christian Dreyer CFA is CEO of CFA Switzerland. His prior professional responsibilities include development of JP Morgan's Investor Services business in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, advising pan-European IORPs through his own consultancy firm, CFO at an IT security outsourcer where he reformed the business model, Head of investment research at Basler Kantonalbank, and assistant to the CEO of Baloise Bank SoBa, which was restructured and transformed from a state bank into a private enterprise.
Chris has a keen interest in the applied epistemology of markets. He served CFA Switzerland in several volunteer capacities from 2000 until 2010. He also volunteered for a number of CFA Institute committees and was Chair of IASB's CMAC and member of the Strategic Advisory Council for the IASB's XBRL activities. He is founding President of XBRL CH, the Swiss XBRL jurisdiction.
Chris holds a Master's Degree in political economy from the University of St. Gallen HSG in Switzerland and a Master of Laws degree from Edinburgh University (UK) as well as the CFA designation. He is Swiss citizen and lives near Basle, Switzerland. His twitter handle is @CFA_CH.
Prof. Dr. Jörg-Markus Hitz holds the chair for financial reporting and auditing at Georg-August-University Goettingen, Germany, since 2009. He has held prior positions as a lecturer and post-doctoral researcher at the chair for financial reporting and auditing at Cologne University, Germany, where he completed his Ph.D. thesis in 2005 and his post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) in 2009. From 2008-2009, Prof. Hitz was funded by the EU’s Marie Curie Research Training Network “INTACCT”, in which he participated as experienced researcher. He has held visiting positions at the University of Tilburg, Netherlands. Prof. Hitz acts as ad-hoc referee for various international accounting journals (e.g. Accounting Horizons, Abacus, European Accounting Review), and has been a member of the Scientific Committee for the European Accounting Associations’s Annual Meeting from 2011-2013. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in accounting, corporate governance, and financial statement analysis, and has taught executive education courses for firms such as Siemens.
Dr Thierry Kenel, Swiss citizen, holds a doctorate in Economics, a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a postgraduate degree in Management of Technology. As a Member of the Extended Group Management Board since 2009 and of the Executive Group Management Board since 10.02.2012, he is responsible for Corporate Finance, Reporting and Investor Relations of Swatch Group. Mr Kenel has been with the Swatch Group since 2003, first as Group Controller in the business segment Electronic Systems and subsequently as head of Finance, IT and Administration at Montres Breguet SA. Prior to joining the Swatch Group, Mr Kenel was a lecturer and researcher in the field of economics at the University of Lausanne; earlier, he was a member of the Board of Directors and the management of the Flumroc-Spoerry group of companies. Mr Kenel represents the Swatch Group in the Board of the Convention Patronale and in the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH, where he presides over the Economic Commission. Mr Kenel continues to be a private lecturer of Finance and Financial Reporting at the University of Lausanne (HEC) as well as at the Swiss Institute of Certified Accountants and Tax Consultants. He is also a member of the Liaison Committee University-Industry at the University of Lausanne (HEC).
Oliver Köster is a Director in Deloitte’s Audit & Advisory practice. With his focus on financial reporting advisory services, he performed numerous IFRS/US GAAP/Swiss GAAP FER conversion projects of varying sizes and complexity levels. Also he advises on transaction structuring from a financial reporting perspective and on mergers and acquisitions (PPA and post-merger integration issues).
Another key aspect of his ongoing professional life is implementing new accounting standards and supporting clients with complex financial reporting issues, like implementing the new IFRS 15 or enhancing and developing client’s financial reporting system and processes.
Oliver is member of Deloitte Switzerland IFRS Technical Desk leadership and has published several articles dealing with IFRS/US GAAP accounting and financial reporting issues. He lectures at the University of Applied Science in Worms and the University of Zurich.
Dr. Lukas Müller (1982) holds a PhD in management from the University of St. Gallen and wrote his doctoral thesis about the concept of risk-sharing according to IFRS (IAS 19). He is a pension accounting consultant at Swisscanto Pensions Ltd in Zurich and a senior research assistant at the University of St. Gallen.
Dr. Vincent Papa CFA works for the CFA Institute’s policy arm - Standards and Financial Market Integrity. He is a Director focusing on Financial Reporting Policy. Based in the London Office, his responsibilities include representing investor interests regarding financial reporting proposals put forward by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). He drafts comment letters on key financial reporting improvements and conducts research on financial reporting disclosures that can improve transparency for investors. In addition, he serves on the Financial Stability Board Enhanced Disclosure Task Force, IASB Standards Advisory Council and the Capital Markets Advisory Committee (CMAC), and European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) user panel committees.
Prior to joining CFA Institute in October 2007, Vincent worked as an investment analyst with Observatory Capital in London applying research analysis in the security selection of European and Emerging Markets high yield fixed-income securities. He has also worked at Accenture and KPMG in Johannesburg, South Africa in management consultancy and auditing roles. Vincent holds a PhD in Finance and Accounting from Cranfield University- School of Management, Masters in Finance from the London Business School, MBA from Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, and BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nairobi.
Frank Schneider is a Swiss Certified Public Accountant and holds an Executive MBA of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Since 2007 Frank has been the first CEO of the Federal Audit Oversight Authority (FAOA) of Switzerland. Before that Frank was the head of the accounting enforcement division of the Swiss Exchange Regulation. Between 1991 and 2001 he was in various positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Zurich and New York. Frank also holds a diploma as IFRS accountant.
Jérôme Vial, UK Chartered Accountant and Qualified financial analyst (CIIA), he is Head Sales of Talentia Corporate Performance Management for Switzerland. He has 20 years experience in Reporting and Corporate Finance, he was Capital Markets expert at EY and former Head of Financial reporting of the Listing department of the SIX Swiss Exchange. He is member of the European Financial Reporting Advisory
Group User Panel in Brussels and prepares a PhD on Goodwill at the University of St. Gallen.