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.

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.


rafael Karamanian

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.

Jean-Pierre Pfenninger

CEO Hyposcout AG, Board Member SMLA

Jean-Pierre Pfenninger has been CEO of the peer-to-peer-platform Hyposcout AG since October 2016. Previously, he led a single family office for over six years. He is an economist and experienced senior manager with over 25 years of experience in the financial service industry mostly in trading, brokerage, private equity and asset management. He worked for Vontobel, EFG and over 12 years for Julius Baer in Zurich and New York.

Alwin Meyer

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.

Florian Kübler

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.