Our 1291 Family

Marc-André Sola

CHAIRMAN | MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD 1291 GROUP

Educational background: Master of Law, with 25 years of experience in financial services and international wealth and tax planning.
Professional stations: Founder of the 1291 Group and a number of other companies in different sectors.
Important values: I believe in family and long term relationships. I want to help my clients with all my experience and network. In all my undertakings I try to create a win-win situation for all parties involved.

Mauricio Saiz

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 1291 GROUP LATAM

Educational background: Business Administration Major - Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración, Bogota, Colombia / AMV Certified for Colombia financial markets / Certified stock broker in Panama
Professional stations: Partner - Aguaverde Family Office (Bogota) / Senior Associate - PKB Alasia SA (Panama, Bogota) / Liabilites Manager - Banco Corpbanca SA (Bogota) / Investment Advisor - Corredores Asociados SA (Bogota)
Important values: Family is my foremost priority. Transparency is essential to conduct successful, long-term business. Dedication and discipline are key to personal and professional success.

Ernst von Mecklenburg

CHAIRMAN 1291 GROUP LATAM | CHAIRMAN 1291 GROUP PRECIOUS METALS

Educational background: Insurance Specialist, graduated from Instituto Universitario de Seguros, Caracas / Lloyd Chartered Institute, Marine
Professional stations: Partner and Director of Waveca, Corredores de Seguros, Caracas / Regional Manager for Latin America of Zurich Insurance / Founding Partner of Strategic Alliances
Important values: I believe in family and friends. I believe in long term relationships with customers, serving them as a friend and in a holistic manner.

Christopher Albrecht

PARTNER 1291 GROUP ASIA

Educational background: Bachelor of Engineering, electronic and electrical engineering / 20 years Banking and Insurance industry experience, with 13 years in Asia
Professional stations: HSBC Insurance (Singapore) - Head of High Net Worth Distribution S.E.A. / Old Mutual (Singapore) - Head of High Net Worth Distribution S.E.A. and M.E. / Swiss Life (Singapore) - Head of Rep office Hong Kong
Important values: Always ask questions and never assume the answers. The better you know something, the more simply you can explain it. Never be afraid to challenge the status quo.

Adrian Lüthi

PARTNER 1291 GROUP SWITZERLAND / EUROPE / LATAM

Educational background: Master of Business Administration at the University of Zurich and Murcia (Spain) / 20 years' experience in the Finance industry, thereof 15 years international PPLI tax and wealth advisory / Post graduate studies at ETH Zurich.
Professional stations: Past: Successfully building up the PPLI business with one of the top-tier Insurance companies in Switzerland/Europe. Today: PPLI expert in the Latin American markets, Israel and Turkey / Broad working experience in New York and Spain over 2 years.
Important values: More than believing but living: Trust – Long-term partnerships begins with a trustful relation. Quality – Focused on best possible solutions to protect and maintain family wealth. Tailor-made – Every client is special and unique. Private – Understanding family needs as a dedicated father and husband.

Samy Reeb

PARTNER 1291 GROUP ASIA / SWITZERLAND

Educational background: Master in Laws of Taxation, Master in Business Administration, Certified Trust & Estate Planner.
Professional stations: Samy has been in the Wealth Structuring industry for the last 13 years. He began his career as a tax advisor in some of the world’s largest law firms and the "the big four" before joining Private Banking (JP Morgan, Credit Suisse) in their tax departments. Before joining 1291 Group, he worked for nearly six years at Julius Baer, as Executive Director (Wealth Planning department) in Zurich, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Important values: Loyalty is the quality that I value most. I am a problem solver who strives to find creative solutions to address my client’s needs and build the long term trust required in our business.

Christian Fornaro

PARTNER 1291 PRIVATE OFFICE

Educational background: Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA), Financial Analyst and Portfolio Manager (Advanced Federal Diploma). Obtained Commercial Pilot License, IFR rating (CPL/IR) and frozen Air Transport Pilot License (ATP).
Professional stations: Over 17 years of work experience in financial services, whereas past 11 years dedicated to Aviation & Yacht Finance (‘AYF’) covering primarily UHNWI clients. Prior to joining 1291 and during a 5 years assignment in Singapore, Christian was appointed Head Asia Pacific for Aviation & Yacht Finance at Credit Suisse. Prior to Singapore and a stopover in Switzerland, he was sent to Moscow to nurture team’s clients, B2B network and to acquire new customers. Before that, he covered Western and Eastern European markets for AYF from Switzerland (e.g. client acquisition, negotiations and deal structuring).
Important values: As passionate competition aerobatic pilot Christian strives for best results in all attitudes while enjoying what he is doing. The same goes for business whereas trust is one of his most important pillars.

Merve Aksoy

SENIOR FINANCIAL ACCOUNTANT

Educational background: Commercial apprenticeship EFZ and Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education in Business Administration
Professional stations: Over 5 year experience as an Accountant in an international company in different sectors. With the 1291 Group since 2018.
Important values: Surround yourself with good people. Do what makes you happy and be grateful for everything you have. Appreciate your life. You will attract positivity, happiness and joy.

Irene Dubiel

PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO CHAIRMAN

Educational background: Graduation in economics and business administration, Bachelor in Event Management
Professional stations: Over 10 year experience as Executive Assistant at Comlux Aviation and Eurasia Group. Knowledge in Trust Management. With 1291 Group since January 2018.
Important values: The future belongs to those who believe in their own dreams.

Silky Leung

ASSISTANT SALES & ADMIN

Educational background: Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) at the Macquarie University, Australia
Professional stations: Worked in Sales & Marketing field for 5 years. With HR & Administrative experience in Hong Kong listed company. With the 1291 Group since 2017.
Important values: Love the life you live and you will live a life of love.

Tony Nüscheler

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER | MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD 1291 GROUP

Educational background: Master in Commerce, Post Graduate Diploma in Organizational Development and Conflict Management
Professional stations: Member of the managing board of a Swiss Tour operator (10 years), Marketing & Sales Director of biggest Swiss contract caterer (5 years), CEO of Skandia Leben AG Switzerland (Life Insurance) (13 years)
Important values: True and open communication is the key to a sustainable and inspiring relationship. Besides communicating, my value priorities are my family and active sports (rowing, swimming, yoga).

Serge Hediger

CHAIRMAN 1291 GROUP ASIA | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 1291 GROUP SERVICES | MANAGING PARTNER 1291 GROUP SWITZERLAND / EUROPE

Educational background: Master of Laws (LL.M.) & Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Professional stations: Co-Founder and Managing Partner of various 1291 Group entities since 2014. From 2007 - 2014 CEO and Board Member of an Irish and Liechtenstein based international Life Insurance company with more than EUR 5 billion AuM. Various management positions with a listed Swiss Insurance Group from 1996 - 2007. Board member of the Liechtenstein Insurance Association from 2008 - 2015.
Important values: Cooperation. Even the most complex tasks can be made simpler when we focus on the solutions - together.

Oren Rose

MEMBER OF THE BOARD 1291 GROUP

Educational background: 20 years of experience in financial services, Fintech Author of four economic books
Professional stations: Established GNC Ltd, Liri Holdings, director of PFS Ltd, 1291Group
Important values: I believe in honesty and loyalty, which are the basis of any good and fruitful relationships. I value individual freedom. I strive to bring innovative and creative solutions for my clients

Raul Mondragon

PARTNER 1291 GROUP LATAM

Educational background: Law Degree, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City; Foreign Associate, International Lawyer Program, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York Office; Diploma on American Law, Universidad Iberoamericana – Georgetown University; CLE Program on Legal Ethics, NYC Bar Association, New York
Professional stations: Partner of 1291, Escrow Local Head at JP Morgan Mexico, Sales Director at Amicorp Group, VP Sales - Trust & Secuirities Services at Deutsche Bank
Important values: I believe in honor, tradition and given and chosen family. I consider it wise to learn from and lead by example. I am resilient and will always find a way to prevail.

Toshikazu Saito

PARTNER 1291 GROUP ASIA

Educational background: Keio University, Bachelor of Art in Economics: National Futures Association Series #3 (National Commodity Futures Registered Representative-1997) / National Association of Security Dealers Series #7 (General Securities Registered Representative-1994)
Professional stations: 40years of experience in financial services and International estate planning
Important values: Provide value added advice and guidance by analyzing client needs and resolving issues. Provide the broadest range and highest quality of products and services, which are easy for clients to understand and use. Develop and maintain long-term relationships by actively listening to client feedback in order to build trust and loyalty.

Frances Boon

PARTNER 1291 GROUP ASIA

Educational background: Bachelor of Social Science (Hons., Statistics) and Bachelor of Arts (Economic & Statictics) from National University of Singapore.
Professional stations: Prior to joining 1291 in June 2019, I was pioneer member of a leading PPLI carrier’s Singapore operation. I have over 25 years of experience building relationships with and addressing the needs of Asian high net worth clients. This includes working in the private banking and corporate banking divisions of major banks.
Important values: Often how we make another person feel is just as important as what we have done for the other person.

Oliver Dätwyler

PARTNER 1291 PRIVATE OFFICE

Educational background: Master of Laws (LLM)
Professional stations:After Law School at University of Zurich, first function at Compliance & Regulatory Specialist at Private Bank and later KPMG. 2007 diploma in Compliance Management (DAS) followed by several years as Legal Counsel at Credit Suisse focusing on OTC Derivatives, Securities Lending, REPO as well as Precious Metals Transfer to Relationship Manager for UHNWI Russia Desk at CS. 2013 to 2017 UBS at the UHNWI Russia and UK desk in Zurich. Responsible for market entry of a foreign controlled Bank in Switzerland.
Important values: Wonders are many and none is more wonderful than a human being.

Aleksandra Petrovic

JUNIOR ACCOUNTANT

Educational background: Commercial Apprenticeship EFZ Currently studying - Bachelor Degree in Business Law
Professional stations: Apprenticeship EFZ at Zürcher Kantonalbank.
Important values: There is no success without hard work and positivity.

Anne Lueth

BACKOFFICE MANAGER 1291 GROUP ASIA

Educational background: Qualified Paralegal (Germany), Diploma in International Trust Manager (STEP) = Member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP)
Professional stations: Over 15 years of industry experience working with high net worth individuals and renowned families specializing in cross-border issues and asset protection needs with a focus on multi-generation succession planning as well as the management of complex trust and corporate structures. Anne worked for global financial institutions including HSBC and international trust and corporate services providers in Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Important values: Integrity is the seed for achievement. It is the principle that never fails.

Daniel Koller, Dr. iur.

HEAD LEGAL & COMPLIANCE | MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD 1291 GROUP

Educational background: Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur.), 20 years of experience in the financial sector, different management positions in the past
Professional stations: Employments with several domestic and international insurers, currently member of the Executive Committee of 1291 Group
Important values: I envisage to create an added-value to the concrete situation. I believe in trust, partnership and loyalty. The only way to build a strong work ethic is getting your hands dirty.

Oliver Muggli

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 1291 PRIVATE OFFICE

Educational background: Lic. oec HSG in Finance and Controlling at the University of St.Gallen / LL.M. in International Taxation at University of Liechtenstein / Trust and Estate Practitioner TEP of the Society of Trust and Estate Practioners STEP
Professional stations: More than 12 years of experience in Equity Research, Investment Management and Private Banking for reputable banks in Switzerland and Hong Kong. More than 5 years of experience as Partner of a Multi Family Office with a comprehensive and independent approach.
Important values: My values guide me and shape my priorities and reactions. Optimism, friendship and the belief in others are some of my key values in my private life, while authentic commitment, dedication and effort guide my professional life.

Martino Leonardi

MANAGING PARTNER 1291 GROUP SWITZERLAND / EUROPE

Educational background: Financial Planner, Certificate of National and International Tax Law, over 20 years experience in wealth and tax planning at various banks and unit-linked life insurance companies
Professional stations: Member of the Executive Board Rheintal-Assets AG, Member of the Management Baloise Life Liechtenstein AG, Member of the Executive Board 1291 Group Switzerland / Europe
Important values: Love and family are the most important of all values in life. Honesty and respect is something for strong people. The best ideas reach me, when I imagine, I am my own client.

Roger Chi

PARTNER 1291 GROUP ASIA

Educational background: Wharton School of Business – MBA 2004 and UC Berkeley – Bachelor of Science 1997
Professional stations: Candareen Capital – Family office for Families in Asia and Middle East, Private office of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum – Senior Advisor, Brainrush Ventures - San Francisco Bay Area Venture Capital Firm.
Important values: Roger has been advising leading families in Asia and the Middle East on their private equity investments for the last 15 years. He brings a solid foundation of analytics coupled with strong leadership skills in a global context.

Michelle Sng

PARTNER 1291 GROUP ASIA

Educational background: Bachelor of Law (LLB), Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com), Member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP)
Professional stations: Qualified Australian lawyer serving handful of SEA families in private practice, Wealth and Estate Planning Manager in international trust companies
Important values: When given the choice being right or being kind, choose kind.

Paco Zayco

PARTNER 1291 GROUP ASIA

Educational background: Professional Financial Certificates from New York Institute of Finance and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an Entrepreneurial Management degree from the University of St. La Salle
Professional stations: Head of Singapore for a Hong Kong based Asset Manager Vice President at BB Securities Asia (Banco do Brasil) Relationship management roles in leading financial institutions including EFG & HSBC.
Important values: Integrity is key to successful and lasting client relationships. My family and client satisfaction are what drive me to be the best at what I do

Dragan Miljkovic

HEAD ADMINISTRATION 1291 GROUP SWITZERLAND / EUROPE

Educational background: 26 years of experience in insurance business
Professional stations: Chief Sales Officer at Uniqa Lebensversicherung AG Liechtenstein
Important values: Solution oriented mindset. Dedicated to my family and work life. There is always value in effort.

Anna Zannelli

PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO EXECUTIVE BOARD

Educational background: Commercial apprenticeship EFZ
Professional stations: 4 years of hotel business experience in 4* and 5* hotels. With the 1291 Group since 2016.
Important values: The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Galina Strub

ASSISTANT SALES & ADMIN

Educational background: Gakushuin University, Japan (Intercultural Communications & Japanese Language). University of Portsmouth, England (International Trade & English).
Professional stations: Great experiences of learning and working abroad.
Important values: My family is the most important thing in my life. I enjoy learning new things and can adapt quickly to changes. My values: commitment, flexibility, fairness and integrity.

Yannick Häni

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 1291 GROUP ASIA | PARTNER 1291 GROUP SWITZERLAND / EUROPE / PRIVATE OFFICE

Educational background: Master of Law in international taxation (LL.M.) and Bachelor of Business Law (B.LAW)
Professional stations: CEO of 1291Group Asia since 2016, Sales Partner of various 1291Group entities since 2014, Sales Manager for Northern Europe for Valorlife Life Insurance Company from 2012 to 2014
Important values: You have to learn the rule of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. - Albert Einstein

Bernd Diegelmann

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 1291 GROUP PRECIOUS METALS

Educational background: BSc in Organic Farming and Marketing
Professional stations: Worked at one of the biggest privately owned Precious Metals trading companies in Germany. Farm-management in Romania. Currently overseeing agricultural investments and development in Paraguay. Currently CEO of Liemeta AG, precious metals trading and storage.
Important values: If you don't ask, you don't get (Stevie Wonder). We aim above the mark to hit the mark (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

Alexander Mitev

PARTNER 1291 GROUP SWITZERLAND / EUROPE

Educational background: Master Degree in Finance and Economics, University of Zurich
Professional stations: Chief Representative Credit Suisse Group in Russia, Founder of different companies
Important values: Fairness. Pursuit of Excellence. Innovation. Partnership.

David Gregory

PARTNER 1291 GROUP EUROPE

Educational background: Over 30 years' experience working in the financial services, holding various technical and leadership roles for companies such as Axa, Canada Life and the Generali Group. Responsible for insurance solutions for high and ultra-high net worth clients including unique estate planning solutions. Responsible for training professional advisers. Obtained UK Diploma in financial planning 2007.
Professional stations: Head of Institutional Business for Canada Life. Head of UK & International business for Generali PanEurope. Partner 1291 Group.
Important values: I will always work tirelessly on behalf of my clients for the best possible outcome. I am passionate about protecting my client's wealth and planning for their family's future.

Alejandro Fernandez

PARTNER 1291 GROUP SWITZERLAND / EUROPE

Educational background: Asset management for 5.5 years (with strong contacts to the insurance business), Education Bachelor of business administration (BBA)
Professional stations: A number of other companies in different sectors with different people
Important values: Trust, security and reliability are my first commandments to my fellow human beings. Seeing how you can help or support a person fulfills me with joy, which I want to give back to my clients.

Jacque Peenz

PARTNER 1291 PRIVATE OFFICE

Educational background: Bachelors of Law (LLB) - University of Pretoria - 2012
Professional stations: Stations: Admitted practicing attorney in the High Court of South Africa since 2014. Wealth structuring specialist advising several family offices, advisers and private clients in the Middle East and Asia at Trident Trust (Dubai). Director of 1291 Group DMCC.
Important values: Life is the equivalent of a persons choices and the value of life is measured by relationships that you keep and the choices that you make.

Paolo Russo

DEPUTY HEAD LEGAL & COMPLIANCE 1291 GROUP SWITZERLAND / EUROPE

Educational background: Master of Law, with over 10 years of experience in financial services and insurance business
Professional stations: Having worked for international law-firms. Compliance Officer Irish branch (insurance company).
Important values: I believe in the power of giving back. I am driven by integrity and I have a passion for details. I always try to find a solution to any problem.

Petra Fuhrmann

PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO MANAGING PARTNER

Educational background: Commercial apprenticeship EFZ and 30 years of banking experience. Bachelor in Private Banking and Financial Planning. Fluent in several Languages.
Professional stations: 20 years in Private Banking Client Advisory for HNWI. With the 1291 Group since 2015.
Important values: The whole shall always be more than the sum of its parts (inspired by Aristotle).

Maria Barone

ASSISTANT SALES & ADMIN

Educational background: Commercial education - Trade Diploma, Several Language studies (Italian, English, French)
Professional stations: I am proud of my international job experience, CRS Responsibility Hewlett Packard and other IT-Companies, IT-Engineer MCI Worldcom
Important values: I am an open-minded person, always eager to learn. I like to help and I stay positive, even when the going gets tough. My most important values are my kids and my family.

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