Innovator Highlight: Professor Dr. Andreas Dietrich.
When our team of meetinvest relationship managers first set out to promote the platform to our select group of first users during the soft launch, we knew how much was at stake. Would we be able to promote the unique stock-screening tool in an understandable way? Would people appreciate the social media part of the platform? In short, was the world ready for meetinvest?
I was especially happy when a message from Professor Doctor Andreas Dietrich popped up in my inbox during the soft launch period. Andreas Dietrich is a professor of Banking and Finance and the Head of the Competence Centre for Financial Services Management at the Institute of Financial Services Zug (IFZ) of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. If that wasn’t already reason enough to invite him to test the platform, so is Professor Dietrich’s second vocation as founder and main contributor to the IFZ Retail Banking Blog, which covers news and trends from the Swiss retail banking market.
Was the world ready for meetinvest?
I first discovered the blog after coming to Switzerland in 2013 when I was looking for some unbiased opinions about the online banking and account management services offered by Swiss banks and thought that it provides fantastic insights into the digitisation undertakings of Switzerland’s biggest banking institutions. Through his numerous research projects and connections to top Swiss banking institutions, Professor Dietrich’s blog also provides a first look into new products and resources offered by the industry, as well as reviews of the available online banking resources for customers, including mobile payments, online banking platforms, mobile banking websites, and banking apps. As a reader of the blog and Professor Dietrich’s unbiased verdicts, you will easily stay at the forefront of technical online innovations from the standpoint of customer interaction.
In addition to being one of the first meetinvest users, Professor Dietrich has also been the first in Switzerland to write about meetinvest. Check out the post here (in German); meetinvest: Erste Social Media Plattform für die (Schweizer) Finanzwelt.
Andreas Dietrich studied at the University of St. Gallen HSG where he also obtained his doctorate. While working on his doctorate, he was a Research Associate at the University of St. Gallen and spent a research year at DePaul University in Chicago with the financial support of the Swiss National Science Foundation. He has been with the IFZ since 2008.
This is the first instalment of our multi-part series introducing and highlighting innovators on meetinvest. Here we will help you get to know some of the interesting and innovative meetinvest users from around the world and what they bring to the platform. Enjoy!