Richard is a pioneer in high frequency finance with extensive entrepreneurial experience and well known for his academic work. He was a co-founder of OANDA, a currency information company and market maker in foreign exchange. Under Richard’s stewardship as CEO of OANDA the company was a shooting star that launched the first fully automated FX trading platform offering second-by-second interest rate payments and netted 37 Mio of profits in 2007. Already at OANDA, he conceived the first trading platform with second-by-second interest payments. He is visiting professor at the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents at the University of Essex. His ambition is to transform financial markets into a seamless system without the inefficiencies that we today take for granted.
He is a citizen of Switzerland and the European Union, and he speaks German, English, French, and Italian.
A resident of Basel, Switzerland, he has a lifelong love of learning. For several years, his professional interests have included cryptocurrencies and equity. In his spare time, he enjoys sports such as running, hiking, and tennis. He is also a passionate musician and multi-instrumentalist.
He loves traveling, reading books, and sometimes cooking.