The current board of the Swiss Marketplace Lending Association consist of five members, representing various stakeholders of marketplace lending in Switzerland (platforms, investors, academic institutions). The board is elected annually at the general meeting of the members. The last election took place in April 2023.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Dietrich
Head of Institute, Institut für Finanzdienstleistungen Zug IFZ, Hochschule Luzern – Wirtschaft, President SMLA
Andreas Dietrich is professor at the Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Andreas has been working for the institute since 2008 and is the head of the institute since 2017. He studied economics at the University of St. Gallen, where he also received his doctorate. Andreas advises two fintech associations and is a member of the board of directors of the Luzerner Kantonalbank.
Parnter Lendity, Vice President SMLA
Rafael Karamanian is a founding partner at Lendity where he leads business development and strategic partnerships. Before Lendity, Rafael was the business developer at Credit Suisse responsible, among other things, to develop the lending activities. Before that, he held different positions at Credit Suisse in the investment banking and private banking divisions. Rafael holds a MBA degree from Babson College and HEC with concentration in entrepreneurship and finance.
Founder & CEO Lend and splendit, Board Member SMLA
Florian Kübler has been a successful member of the investment banking and wealth management community, for the past 15 years. He worked as the head of corporate bonds trading for UBS Investment Bank in Zürich and London as well as country desk head for Wealth Management with UBS in Zürich. In between he worked as the sales leader for structured products at ZKB. To no surprise, he understands the needs of investors like no other. Florian has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Zürich.
Head Digital Platforms and Marketplaces
Matteo Bernardoni, responsible for credit platforms at UBS Switzerland, has been working for the universal bank since 2008. With strong roots in the lending business, he and his team developed the mortgage platform for investment properties UBS Atrium (now key4) in 2016 and launched the mortgage platform for owner-occupied housing key4 by UBS in 2020. Matteo holds a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen with specialisations in Corporate Banking and Credit Risk Management.
Dr. Stefan Pomberger
Head cosmofunding, Board Member SMLA
Stefan Pomberger has over 12 years of experience at Vontobel, and currently acting as the co-founder and Head of cosmofunding. In the course of his career, Stefan spent two years in portfolio management, served in investment banking for almost a decade as a financial engineer, and developed products and programming, as well as front-office pricing and risk management engines as the Head of Quant Group Fixed Income. He helped with the LIBOR transition to SARON and its related products as part of the Swiss National Bank’s working group. Stefan holds doctoral, master and bachelor degrees in economics and technical mathematics from the Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria.
General Counsel, Board Member SMLA
Stephan Boos is General Counsel at CG24 Group AG and has been with the company since 2018. After and during his law studies at the University of Zurich and subsequent internships at a medium-sized Zurich law firm and the City of Zurich, he worked for a major Swiss bank, FIFA, a Big 4 company and a family office.