Founder of Actvide


Damir Bogdan, founder of Actvide, consults companies on digitalization and innovation. He is active in Switzerland as well as in Silicon Valley, mentoring FinTech start-ups and organizing strategy workshops for C-Level Executives.

Damir Bogdan

Through his consultancy work he builds bridges between European and US companies. Plug and Play - a major accelerator in Silicon Valley – have mandated him as an Ambassador for Europe as well as an Executive in Residence in Sunnyvale, CA. He is a well-booked keynote-speaker on Digitalization, disruption and startups.

Prior to this, Damir Bogdan was a long time CIO & Head of Operations of Raiffeisen, Switzerland’s third biggest banking group. In his role as Chairman of the CIO’s of the European cooperative banks he led several pan-European initiatives. In his earlier years, he also introduced offshoring from India to Swisscom, founded a near shore development company in southern Europe for Swiss banks.


Damir Bogdan is a Senior Advisor at the Institute of Information Management at the University of St. Gallen and member of the Advisory Board for Information Management for four universities as well as member of several IT committees. He is a co-lead of BlockchainX, an Initiative from ETH ZH and University of St. Gallen building cross-industry blockchain prototypes.



Damir Bogdan holds an Executive MBA of the State University of New York, a Swiss Federal Diploma for Information Management and a Certificate Essentials of Leadership of the London Business School and as well a Certificate in Disruptive Strategies with Clayton Christensen from Harvard Business School.

Board Member & Activities

  • Damir Bogdan is member of board at Advertima, a Swiss company which builds the world's first experience management system (EMS). Advertima combines machine learning, computer vision and big data.
  • Furthermore, he is member of board and Co-Leader of group, responsible for the Blockchain[X] platform, led by Swiss universities HSG St.Gallen (IWI) and ETH Zürich (COSS). The focus is initially on blockchain, and further widen as additional Web of Value (WOV) technologies and standards emerge.

Professional experience

  • Founder of Actvide AG
  • Contributor of FinTech Network
  • Ambassador Europe, Plug and Play, Silicon Valley
  • CIO & Head of Operations, Member of the Executive Board, Raiffeisen
  • Head of Architecture and IT-Strategy, Raiffeisen
  • Strategy & Business Development, Swisscom IT Services
  • Product Management, Head of Departements, AGI IT Services
  • Project Manager, Product Manager, St. Galler Kantonalbank
  • Akkreditiv Contract Management, ABB

Earlier Positions

In his earlier years he had several project und leadership positions within the St. Galler Kantonalbank, AGI IT Services AG und Swisscom. As a member of the strategy team he was responsible for the implementation of an offshoring strategy for Swisscom IT Services as well as for the corporate SAP-strategy. 

Introduction Video

By courtesy of Swiss IT Leadership Forum - The Video is in Swiss German.