Who is GFG?
Gian-Carlo Collenberg, Founder and CEO
Mr. Gian-Carlo Collenberg, born in 1978 and raised in Binningen, attended the gymnasium in Basel. His first working experience was as a trader, and later as CEO, of commodity companies. Since 2013 he has been focusing on internet-related business models, and started spezializing in practical applications of the blockchain technology and in crypto currencies. Gian-Carlo’s fascination for digital payment systems is based on his interest in global networks, and in how emerging markets can be integrated into the international markets for goods and financial services in a better and more transparent way.
Ramon Simon, Founder and CFO
Mr. Ramon Simon, born in 1978 and growing up in the Canton of Basel, studied Engineering and Management at the University of Lugano in Switzerland, and studied Ressource Management at the University of Applied Sciences of Zurich. In addition, the business engineer participated in various education courses in the areas of Technology and Economics. Ramon worked as a technical manager, as an educator and as an expert for several large automotive companies and in the insurance business, including six years at the Swiss insurance company Helvetia. His interest in the blockchain technology is grounded in his desire to develop faster, more transparent and safer payment systems. By creating a blockchain-based crypto currency, he wants to offer an alternative currency with inflation protection to traders, consumers and investors.
Raja Yogarajah, Founder and CTO
Gnana Yogarajah, Founder and CDO, IT project manager
Mr. Gnana Yogarajah, born in 1986, attended schools in Bättwil and Reinach and studied Information Technology, majoring in iCompetence (software design and management), at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW. He developed and programmed iOS apps already during his studies, and later also while working for various information technology companies as a web developer, software developer, databank expert and project manager. He developed a smart contract solution on the open-source blockchain Multichain, based on Bitcoin and Bitcoincore for title registration. Like Raja, Gnana is an expert in several programming languages, frameworks and databanks, and emphasizes the user friendliness of his applications. He has been CDO of the Gira Financial Group AG since 2016.
The team of eight motivated employees in Switzerland and approx. 20 employees in India is responsible for the continuous implementation and development of Gira Financial Group’s platforms. All team members have extensive experience in the practical implementation of innovative projects which are based on the blockchain technology.
Gira Financial Group AG (GFG) has a top-class advisory board to provide the firm with valuable support in developing, expanding and implementing the group’s business strategy.
Sabina R. Korfmann-Bodenmann studied at the Philosophy Faculty of Zurich University, from which she holds a doctorate degree. After a successful banking career, in 2001 she set up Korfmann Corporate Communications Consulting AG (KCCC),
a communications company exclusively specialised in financial institutions. Today, KCCC serves leading international firms in the financial sector. Dr Korfmann is a member of several boards of directors and trustees. She has written several books; her latest, Living Heritage – Centuries in Business, was published in 2017.
Daniel Rytz studied Process Engineering at ETH Zurich and earned a doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering. He looks back on an international career as a process and marketing manager that has included senior positions at Sulzer Chemtech and Krebs Swiss AG in addition to having been CEO of process technology specialists Polymetrix. He brings great technical expertise and a vast understanding of processes, process optimisation and organisational procedures to GFG’s Advisory Board, coupled with many years of experience setting up, expanding and managing SMEs.
George Schmidt studied Business Economics at the University of St Gallen and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. A successful entrepreneur, the former CEO of Systor and current Head of Financial Services at Accenture has an excellent grasp on the IT and process management landscapes in the Swiss financial sector. Schmidt is a renowned expert in financial technology specialised in digital transformation. He is founder of the Swiss FinTech Awards and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Accenture Services AG.