The Mentors

The accelerator program involves a number of leading experts in start-up development, technical areas, as well as supporting fields like marketing. The benefits of multiple mentors will help the participants to find new opportunities, improve their business models and create innovative customer solutions. The program participants will get to know our organizational environment and our business network.

The combination of personal instructions from different experts and a detailed knowledge about the banking sector will help startups to improve their business performance.
To offer the participants of Elevator Lab the best possible environment, we are continuously expanding our network of mentors.

  • Andreas Brandstetter

    — UNIQA Insurance Group
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    Position:

    CEO UNIQA Insurance Group

    Expertise:

    • Leadership
    • Insurance / InsurTech
    • CEE Markets
    • Bancassurance
    • Business Development
    • Brand Management
    • Strategy / M&A
  • Mentor Valerie Brunner

    Valerie Brunner

    — Raiffeisen Centrobank
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    Position:

    Chief Risk Officer & Chief Financial Officer

    Expertise:

    • Capital Markets Compliance (Mifid, Market Abuse)
    • AML & KYC solutions
    • Artificial Intelligence (Robo Advisory)
    • Trading, Transaction processing (Securities)
  • Susanne Chishti

    — FINTECH Circle
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    Position:

    CEO & Founder of FINTECH Circle – leading global fintech community of 75,000 members

    Expertise:

    • Fintech investments
    • WealthTECH
    • InsurTECH
    • RegTECH
  • Mentor Slavoljub Dordevic

    Slavoljub Dordevic

    — Raiffeisen Bank International AG
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    Position:

    Head of International Consumer & Small Business Banking

    Expertise:

    • Retail & SME Banking
  • Mentor Joseph Eberle

     Joseph Eberle

    — Raiffeisen Bank International AG
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    Position:

    Head of Corporate Customers

    Expertise:

    • Corporate Banking
    • Investment Banking
    • Relationship Management
    • Export Finance
    • Capital Markets
    • Structured Finance
  • Mentor Robert Fritz

    Robert Fritz

    — Raiffeisen Bank International AG
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    Position:

    Head of Group IT & Group CIO

    Expertise:

    • Business Intelligence
    • Data Warehouse
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Transaction processing
    • E-Business
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Big data
    • Agile delivery
  • Andreas Gschwenter

    — Raiffeisen Bank International AG
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    Position:

    Chief Operating Officer

    Expertise:

    • Change Management
  • Nicolaus Hagleitner

    — Raiffeisen Bank International AG
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    Position:

    Head of Capital Markets

    Expertise:

    • Sales and Trading of Fixed Income and Currencies
    • Electronic Trading Platforms
    • Algorithmic Trading
    • Customer Relationship Management
    • Big Data Analytics
    • Straight-Through-Processing and Workflow Automation
  • Mentor Klemens Haller

    Klemens Haller

    — Raiffeisen Bank International AG
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    Position:

    Head of Group Corporate Business Strategy and Steering

    Expertise:

    • Strategy Development
    • Sales Management
    • Business Steering
    • Project Management
    • Corporate and Retail Banking
  • Mentor Susanne Höllinger

    Susanne Höllinger

    — Kathrein Privatbank
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    Position:

    Chief Executive Officer

    Expertise:

    • Strategic and operational bank management
    • Private banking
    • Communication strategy
    • Market knowledge
    • Leadership
    • Risk management
  • Mentor Patricia Kasandziev

    Patricia Kasandziev

    — RLB Niederösterreich-Wien
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    Position:

    Head of Digital Banking & Transformation

    Expertise:

    • Digital Innovation and Transformation
    • Product Development and Portfolio Management
    • Process Optimization and Project Management
    • Direct Sales, Call Center and Alternative Sales Channels
  • Mentor Markus Kirchmair

    Markus Kirchmair

    — Raiffeisen Bank International AG
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    Position:

    Head of International Retail Strategy & Products

    Expertise:

    • Mass and Primary Banking
    • Customer Experience
    • Customer Relationship Management
    • Product Management Lending
    • Cards
    • Payments & Account Services
    • Digital Banking and Branch Transformation
    • Sales and Channel Management
    • Operational Excellence
    • Retail Efficiency
  • Mentor Stefan Klestil

    Stefan Klestil

    — Speedinvest
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    Position:

    Partner Speedinvest

    Expertise:

    • Venture Capital Investment
    • Business Development
  • Mentor Harald Kreuzmair

    Harald Kreuzmair

    — Raiffeisen Bank International AG
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    Position:

    Head of Institutional Clients

    Expertise:

    • Securities Services
    • Fund Services
    • Fund Brokerage to Wholesale and Retail
    • Blockchain in Securities, Payments and Trade Finance
    • Market Infrastructure
  • Mentor Harald Kröger

    Harald Kröger

    — Raiffeisen Bank International AG
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    Position:

    Head of Financial Institutions, Country and Portfolio Risk Management

    Expertise:

    • Banking Products
    • Risk Management
    • Regulation
    • Project Management
    • Costs, Efficiency and Processes
  • Mentor Christoph Lehner

    Christoph Lehner

    — Raiffeisen Bank International AG
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    Position:

    Head of Group Compliance

    Expertise:

    • Anti-Money Laundering
    • Financial Sanctions Compliance
    • Anti-Bribery and Corruption
    • Fraud Prevenation
    • Capital Markets Compliance (MiFID, Market Abuse)
    • FATCA
    • CRS
    • QI
    • Payment Transaction Monitoring
    • Know Your Cusotmer (KYC) Process
  • Mentor Michal Liday

    Michal Liday

    — Tatra Banka
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    Position:

    Chief Executive Officer

    Expertise:

    • Biometrics
    • Instant card issuance
    • Mobile payment
    • Banking
  • Mentor Hannes Mösenbacher

     Hannes Mösenbacher

    — Raiffeisen Bank International AG
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    Position:

    Chief Risk Officer

    Expertise:

    • Big Data Analytics
    • RegTech
    • Risk Management
  • Petri Rahja

    — OP Financial Group
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    Position:

    Chief Architect of Technology

    Expertise:

    • Start-up
    • Business Strategy
    • Product Management
    • Technology (with Mobile focus)
  • Mentor Andrey Popov

    Andrey Popov

    — Raiffeisenbank Russia
    Further Information

    Position:

    Board Member, IT Directorate

    Expertise:

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Big Data & Advanced Analytics
    • Agile Delivery and Organization
    • Change Management and Transformation
    • Corporate and Retail banking
    • Liquidity and Risk Management
  • Mentor Markus Stanek

    Markus Stanek

    — Raiffeisen Bank International AG
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    Position:

    Head of Group Efficiency Management

    Expertise:

    • Process Management
    • Process Automation
    • Operations
    • Insurance
    • Cards
    • ATMs
    • Purchase to Pay
  • Mentor Fabian Stenzel

    Fabian Stenzel

    — Raiffeisen Bank International AG
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    Position:

    Head of International Premium & Private Banking

    Expertise:

    • Premium Banking (mass affluent)
    • Private Banking
    • Asset Management
    • Investment product distribution
    • Bancassurance
    • Balancesheet management in retail
  • Mentor Andrey Stepanenko

    Andrey Stepanenko

    — Raiffeisenbank Russia
    Further Information

    Position:

    Board Member, Retail Private Individuals and SME

    Expertise:

    • Retail Banking
    • SME
    • Risk Management
  • Mentor Igor Vida

    Igor Vida

    — Raiffeisen Bank Czech Republic
    Further Information

    Position:

    Chief Executive Officer

    Expertise:

    • Strategy/Strategic planning
    • Merger&Acquisition
    • Retail Banking
    • Treasury and Investment Banking
    • Foreign Exchange
    • Money Market
    • Dealing
    • Regulatory/AML/Credit Risk