Stefan Knaus joined BEI in October 2020 as a Junior Consultant. Previously, he completed his bachelor's degree in business administration at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences in St. Gallen and worked for nine years in various areas for a St. Gallen universal bank. Since his first day in banking, he has been fascinated by the entire financial industry and is excited about the opportunity to put the theoretical know-how he acquired during his studies into practice. Furthermore, he is active for the OpenBankingProject.ch and thus contributes to the further development and opening of the Swiss financial center in the context of Open Banking.

Cross-Company Data Exchange in a Cross-Industry Trust Network – Added Value for Customers, Companies and Partners! 

More extensive business cases such as opening a bank account or an account with a FinTech require several minutes of time each for a low-value-added customer experience – wouldn’t it be great if you could skip all the tedious steps relating to data collection during onboarding and start right away with the advisory service or the effective satisfaction of your core needs? These and other questions have been considered for a little more than half a year as part of a workshop series of the OpenBankingProject.ch (OBP) and discussed together with more than 30 companies from the Swiss financial industry. This article is intended to provide an overview of the background, initial delivery results as well as the current state of knowledge of the efforts within the OpenBankingProject.ch workshop series.

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Sustainable Finance: A Step Toward the Circular Economy

Sustainability is on everyone’s lips and now impacts all regions and sectors of the global economy. Increasingly, financial industry stakeholders, including customers, investors, suppliers and regulators, expect financial services providers to play an active role in financing the transition from a linear economy to a circular economy. ESG criteria are a tool for companies to become more sustainable and to comply with the regulatory efforts of policymakers and regulators.

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