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.
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.
Head Sales & Partnerships CreditGate24, Board Member SMLA
Paul Baumgartner is a partner at CreditGate24. He leads the sales and strategic partnership department since 2016. He began his career at UBS, followed by several years in the advertising and marketing industry in Switzerland. Before CreditGate24 Paul worked as a COO and CEO at different enterprises and has multiple years of international management experience. Paul holds an MBA with concentration on entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.
Founder swisspeers, Board Member SMLA
Alwin Meyer is a member of the executive board of swisspeers. He led a business unit in a global software company that is specialized in the development and implementation of standard software for financial risk management in financial institutions. Prior to that, Alwin gained experience in risk management consulting, product management and sales. Alwin studied banking at the University of St. Gallen.
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.
Co-Founder and CEO, Board Member SMLA
Ghassen Benhadjsalah is co-founder and CEO of Acredius. As an entrepreneur, engineer and actuary, he was responsible for building the Acredius crowdlending platform from concept and financial planning to the full portal. Before, when he was head of risk at Swissbilling SA in Lausanne, Ghassen experienced building and successfully implementing a real-time credit scoring system that realized more than 50% loss reduction and decreased significantly fraud impact. He left the company after it achieved a rewarding exit.
Ghassen holds a Master Degree in Actuarial Sciences from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and another Master of Science in Statistics and Data Science from the Engineering School of Statistics, Tunisia.