Founded by 4 students in 2018, we have grown as former scholarship holders are bringing their own ideas and skills to our team. Our current expertise covers a wide range of topic from the natural sciences to computer science and the financial sector.


The board is responsible for the scholarship program, events and day-to-day activities of Club Alpbach Zurich.

Michael Weinold, President

Michael is currently working in the data analytics department of a major Swiss financial institution. Before that he was with the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom as a visiting researcher. His background is in physics and technology management, having earned a degree in physics from ETH Zürich in Switzerland. He completed his undergraduate studies at Vienna University of Technology, Austria. Originally from Innsbruck, Austria, he has spent considerable time abroad, most recently in the United Kingdom, Singapore and Belgium.

Jakob Weissteiner, Vice-President

Jakob is a Ph.D. student in the Computation and Economics Research Group at the University of Zurich. His research deals with the application of machine learning methods in market design. Born in Upper Austria, he received his B.Sc. (2015) and M.Sc. (2018) in Financial and Actuarial Mathematics from the Technical University of Vienna. Furthermore, he holds another Master’s degree (M.Sc. WU (2018)) in Quantitative Finance from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Hanna Wutte, Vice-President

Hanna currently pursues a doctorate in Mathematics as part of the Insurance Mathematics and Stochastic Finance group at ETH Zürich. Born and raised in Klagenfurt, Austria, Hanna completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Financial and Actuarial Mathematics at Vienna University of Technology, Austria. Moreover, she holds another Master’s degree in Quantitative Finance from Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Mark Ballandies, Treasurer

Mark is a research assistant and PhD student at the professorship of Computational Social Science at ETH Zurich. His thesis is concerned with multi-dimensional incentive systems for information sharing, where he combines the fields of semantic networks, recommender systems and ethical data sharing. He is an alumnus of the Foundation of German Business, president of the NGO educationmatters e.V. and consultant for novel technologies.

Lisa Oberzaucher, Corporate Relations Manager

Lisa is a strategy consultant in Bain & Company’s Zurich office. Born and raised in Graz, Austria, she completed her Master’s degree in International Affairs & Governance at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and her CEMS Master’s in International Management (CEMS MIM) at HSG and Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in 2019. Furthermore, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Mannheim. 

Supporting Members

Our supporting members help us connect to a wider audience and help us stay ahead of current technological trends.

Aladar Tepelea, Consultant

Aladar Tepelea is supporting investors, corporations and startups as a co-entrepreneur, management consultant, board advisor and investor in various tech startups being a co-founder at the Swiss Crypto Accelerator, Venture Catalyst at Evitive and employee experience partner for well-being consulting at Beastmotion. Beforehand he helped raise the $25 million ICO of Proxeus as interim CFO as well as a Series B equity fundraising round of a MedTech company backed by members of the Siemens family. Prior to that he was part of the Country Management team for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Eastern Europe at BlackRock. In his role as Business Manager he worked on corporate development focusing on topics around M&A, corporate strategy, Venture Capital and FinTech innovation as well as strategic partnerships and expansion, located in Zurich. Before BlackRock, Aladar has been with Novartis where he worked in Corporate Finance, being the strategic assistant of the Animal Health global division CFO in Basel. Aladar studied Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.