Gabriela Maria Payer


Gabriela Maria Payer is the Founder of PAYERPARTNER and a member of the Board of VP Bank, Helvetia Group and Vice President of a regional Swiss hospital. Most of her career, she held global and strategic business development roles at UBS, including Founder of UBS e-banking and Global Head of Human Resources. She also worked for the Swiss Finance Institute, American Express and IBM. Gabriela Maria Payer holds a PhD from the University of Zurich and a Master in Languages and Business Economics.

Professional History

2012 – present


  • Creative Business Development, Consulting and Lecturing, St. Moritz

2012 – 2017

Swiss Finance Institute

  • Head of Education and Member of the Management Board, Zurich

1993 – 2012


  • Member of different executive and management boards and mandates as board member 
  • Founder and Global Head UBS Business University, Zurich
  • Global Head of Human Resources Wealth Management & Business Banking, Zurich
  • Founder and Head of UBS e-banking and e-solutions, Zurich
  • Head of Marketing and Distribution Channels, Zurich

1990 – 1998

American Express

  • Marketing Manager, Zurich / London / Frankfurt

1988 – 1990

Scheller Informatik Gruppe

  • Head of Communication, Brugg

1984 – 1989

IBM Schweiz

  • Working student, Zurich



University of Zurich, PhD (Dr.)


University of Zurich and University of Paris-Sorbonne, Master in Languages and Business Economics


  • Helvetia Group, Member of the Board
  • VP Bank, Member of the Board
  • SGO (Stiftung Gesundheitsversorgung Oberengadin), President of the Board of Directors
  • Swiss Leadership Forum, Member of the Advisory Board
  • University of Berne, Advisory Board for Advanced Studies in General Management for Directors of the Board
  • University of Lucerne, Advisory Board CEHRM (Center for Human Resource Management)