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20th SECA Conference

DateWednesday, 3 July 2024
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Time8.45am – 6pm


SIX ConventionPoint, Zurich

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The 20th SECA Conference - Value Creation through Innovation
Wednesday, 3 July 2024.

The SECA Conference is one of the largest conferences in Switzerland bringing together the private equity, venture capital and corporate finance industry.

After 30 years of hard work, private equity has finally caught on big time across Europe, becoming a major force in the innovation and corporate world. It is now a well-established industry that affects all segments, sectors, geographies, governments, and investment decisions. We can even boast that venture capital and private equity in Europe are rivaling the US in terms of performance. 



Morning Session - 09.15-12.00
Manifestations of Value Creation

Moving away from the past and into the future inevitably involves risks, challenges, creativity, and hard work. Problem solving through innovation has been the calling of today’s educated class, and the result is value creation beyond what was expected. Both at the micro (CEO) level and at the macro (industry) level, leaders and entrepreneurs strive to set new standards, achieve new highs, and create value through their time and talent. How have the following leaders created value through innovation and problem solving to address today’s global challenges?

  • Cameron Joyce, Head of Research Insights, Preqin
  • Patrick Förg, Head of Origination, SIX - Aspects of a Swiss versus a U.S. Stock Exchange Listing
  • Dr. Uli Grabenwarter, Director-Equity Investments, EIF
  • Rida Baalbaki, CEO, Blu EV
  • Jitesh Shetty, CEO, CREDIBL ESG
  • Stefan Pierer, CEO, Pierer Mobility
  • Peter Kraus, Head of Small Cap Equities, Berenberg
  • Nabil Amasha, CEO, People and Places


Lunch Keynote - 13.00-14.30


Keynote – A European Fusion Solution

  • Francesco Sciortino, CEO/Founder, Proxima Fusion

Roundtable – Fusion and Climate Impact: Panel Discussion

  • Sehila Gonzalez, Global Director, Fusion at CATF
  • Valerie Jamieson, Manager, The Fusion Cluster
  • Phil Larochelle, Partner, Breakthrough Energy Ventures
  • Melanie Windridge, CEO/Founder, Fusion Energy Insights


Parallel sessions in the afternoon - 15.00-16.00

Impact Investing – Value Creation
Impulse speeches and exchanges about trends, challenges & investment opportunities in impact investing.

  • Dr. Uli Grabenwarter, Director-Equity Investments, EIF
  • Nicolas Muller, Managing Director, Blue Earth Capital
  • Dr. Andreas Rickert, CEO, Phineo, Co-CEO Nixdorf Kapital

Emerged/Emerging Markets – Value Creation
Gone are the days when the industrialized west provided solutions for humanity. In fact, one could postulate the opposite. How are these leaders using innovation to create value and tackle pressing global problems?

  • Ivan Kovacevic, CEO/Founder, CodeTribe, Serbia 
  • Manish Marwaha, CEO/Founder, Byufuel, Singapore/India
  • James Ross, CEO, BixBio
  • Lucas Pinoli, Co-Founder, Block Aero Technologies


Parallel sessions in the afternoon - 16.30-17.30

Healthcare – Value Creation
Science and technology keep pushing the boundaries of healthcare beyond our imagination just two decades ago. How is innovation also creating value alongside better health out-comes?

  • Richard Fritsche, ex-CEO, Zimmer & Ypsomed
  • Guido Kamaan, MD and EVP, Capgemini 
  • Chandra P. Leo, HBM Partners AG, Zug
  • Daniela Marino, CEO, Cutiss


Real Estate – Value Creation
In times of higher interest rates and challenged rental yields, value creation strategies become more important across real estate sectors and regions; Discussion and case studies.

  • Frank RoccoGrande, Co-Managing Partner, Deutsche Finance International
  • Juerg Syz, Founder and Partner, Asia Green Real Estate
  • Theo Soeters, Head of Fund Management, Edmond de Rothschild


17.30 – 20.00: Apero & After-Conference Networking at SIX



Non Member

  • Conference Fee: CHF 350 (thanks to our sponsors!)
  • Pension Funds and Family Offices: for free (places limited)

SECA Member

  • SECA Full Member: 3 participants for free
  • SECA Associate Member: 2 participants for free
  • SECA Individual Member: 1 participant for free
    (personal membership required)
  • SECA Young Member: 1 participant for free
    (personal membership required)




Call for Sponsors: As an NPO Organization we would be very happy of support. If you would like to be part of the conference as a sponsor, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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