The name Pythiania is a portmanteau made of Pythia and the Shwahili word nia (intention - purpose - mind). Pythia was the high priest of the Apollo temple in Delphi, also known as the oracle of Delphi. The world of compliance and surveillance is full of false positives and ambiguous regulation, so many of us would welcome a true oracle navigating regulatory risk. At the heart of an oracle is the process of communication, an exchange between sender and recipient. By mastering communication, gathering insight and having an integrous ’nia’ we shape the future. The people below work on a future that we believe is a better place to be.


Carl-Frederik Scharffenorth Carl-Frederik Scharffenorth Carl-Frederik Scharffenorth

Carl-Frederik Scharffenorth

CEO of Pythiania AG

Carl-Frederik (aka Calle) is the CEO and founder of Pythiania AG. He holds a MSc in economics from the University of Bonn, the Certificate in Quantitative Finance (CQF) and is a certified exchange trader. He has more than two decades of professional experience in capital market regulation and trade surveillance. He has a deep technical understanding and if time allows coding makes him still happy. Before Pythiania he ran his own consultancy, which proved to him that by just consulting others the core inefficiencies of our current regulatory and technical setup won’t be overcome. Before that he was Vice President Trading Surveillance at Deutsche Boerse. In his role at Deutsche Boerse he was active and also led the Intermarket Surveillance Group (ISG). The experience of international cooperation and collaboration within the ISG is to him a founding principle for Pythiania. Colleagues describe him as a strategic, inspirational, driven and eccentric thinker who is well aware of the bias in human behavior and the importance of accounting for it in doing business.

Michael Zollweg Michael Zollweg

Michael Zollweg

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Michael Zollweg is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Pythiania AG. Michael is a trained banker, certified exchange trader and lawyer. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in capital market regulation, compliance and trade surveillance. He served as compliance officer for international banks and brokers for 8 years and headed the Trading Surveillance Office of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the derivatives exchange Eurex for more than 20 years.

Dr. Christian Häcker Dr. Christian Häcker Dr. Christian Häcker

Dr. Christian Häcker

Member of the Supervisory Board

Christian is on the Supervisory Board of Pythiania AG. Besides that Christian is founder of AM Catalyst the first company builder for 3D printing and advanced AM applications. He is also COO of Additive Scale – Advanced Sustainable Eyewear Manufacturing. Before that he was Head of Technology and Operations AM at Oerlikon. Christian also acted as consultant for various international market leaders establishing their engineering, their business and market launch strategies. He also spent nearly 10 years as a management and technology consultant at TCW in Munich as a Head of Practice for Operations and Post-Merger Integration. Christian has a degree in mechanical engineering and business administration degree from the University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt as well as a PhD in business administration from the Technical University of Munich. Prior to his formal studies, he spent 5 years in software development.

Dr. Sebastian Sierra Barra Dr. Sebastian Sierra Barra

Dr. Sebastian Sierra Barra

Member of the Supervisory Board

Sebastian is on the Supervisory Board of Pythiania AG. Besides that Sebastian is Professor of Organizational Development at the Evangelische Hochschule Berlin. He also holds a seat on the Board of Xinnovations Berlin. He studied social sciences in Frankfurt am Main and did his PhD in media and cultural anthropology on the topic of 'digital practices'. He has been a research assistant, PhD representative, worked part-time as a pianist, diamond salesman, been active in political and anti-racist networks, and as an independent consultant. Today, the focus of his work includes the co-evolution of bio-socio-technical systems, digitalization, democracy and technology, migration, transnationalization and urbanization. Thinking in disciplines is becoming increasingly difficult for him.

Maureen Jensen Maureen Jensen Maureen Jensen

Maureen Jensen

Member of the Advisory Board

Maureen is a corporate director, holds the ICD.D board designation and P.Geo designation for professional geoscience and has a Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa). She has over 40 years of business and executive experience in the Canadian Capital Markets and public company executive management. She has led regulatory surveillance, compliance and enforcement teams in the equity markets for over 20 years at the Exchange, SRO and Securities Commission levels. She is currently serving on two public boards and serves on two NFP boards.

Marcelo Deschamps d'Alvarenga Marcelo Deschamps d'Alvarenga

Marcelo Deschamps d'Alvarenga

Member of the Advisory Board

Marcelo is founding partner at MD8 Consulting. He is an expert with over 25 years of experience in securities markets and banking regulation and market supervision with 18-year experience as a regulator at Banco Central do Brasil and B3 Market Supervision-BSM. Marcelo was a former Member of the Board of Self-Regulation at AMBIMA - Brazilian Association of Financial and Capital Market Entities. Marcelo is also Member of the Board of Directors of Gavea Angels, the oldest angel investment group in Brazil, responsible for Fintechs and RegTechs and member of the Training Committee of the Institute of Corporate Governance in Panama. Marcelo is Military Engineer from IME - Instituto Militar de Engenharia with MBA in Finance from COPPEAD/UFRJ and IBMEC-RJ. He has specialization in Corporate Governance, Derivatives and Securities Regulation, Enforcement and Market Oversight Regulation at the US SEC, CFTC and European Central Bank. Certified in Fintech and Artificial Intelligence from CFTE - Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship – London, Digital Economy at Latin America and Caribean from IADB, Compliance Management in Money Laundering Risk Prevention Systems from UNESCPA and Corporate Governance from IBGC- Institute of Corporate Governance of Brazil.

Andras Szell Andras Szell Andras Szell

Andras Szell

Member of the Advisory Board

Andras currently is a principal at ION Group, specializing in risk management and pricing analytics. He has over 15 years of experience in risk management and has developed numerous financial tools for asset optimization and exotic products at ION Group and previously at Allegro and MSCI. Recently, he has been focusing on client consultation and specialist software development. He started his financial career as a quant at Morgan Stanley. Prior to that, Andras worked in academia, primarily researching galaxy and black hole dynamics. He still is a keen astronomer and an enthusiastic university lecturer in physics, especially in relativity theory. Andras is an ex- water polo player, and plays in a local senior club. He has three children and spends most of his free time with his family.