How we work

  • The needs of our population are the starting point for our solutions. We aim to inspire users with our solutions.
  • We are creative in developing our solutions and agile in implementing them.
  • Working with our clients, we are pragmatic and solution oriented.
  • We are bold in developing new ideas and we question the status quo.

Our history

Inspired by the successful model of a digital society in Estonia, Procivis was founded in Zurich in 2016 with the aim of combining the success factors of the Estonian model with state-of-the-art technology and the unique democratic values of Switzerland.

Turning inspiration into action, we commissioned a study to evaluate the differences between the successful model of "e-Estonia" and the digitalisation of the public sector in Switzerland. “e-Estonia” was built on the foundations of its electronic identity, and this key finding formed the starting point for Procivis.

On this basis, we started work on our core product "eID+". Since the start, our technology has been guided by two key precepts: Firstly, access to public services will in future primarily be provided via mobile phone, which is why we have consistently pursued a "mobile first" approach from the outset. And secondly, we regard data security and sovereignty as the decisive factor for broad acceptance among the population. Thus, we are guided by the core principles of blockchain technology: decentralised data storage, self-sovereignty over personal data and the application of the highest possible security standards.

With our approach, we were soon joined by our first customers, who shared our vision of building a digital society that inspires. In 2018, together with the Canton of Schaffhausen, we implemented Switzerland’s first cantonal digital identity. This solution has been successfully in use ever since and is constantly being expanded with new functions. Today, we serve customers from the public sector throughout Switzerland with our products and services. In 2020, for example, the City of Zug introduced "eZug", a smart city platform based on our technology.

Procivis has been majority-owned by Orell Füssli since 2021. This means that Procivis can draw on Orell Füssli's many years of experience in the field of security technology and the production of identity documents in the development of its innovative solutions.


Désirée Heutschi
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Andreas Freitag
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Sven Stucki
Chief Technology Officer
Patrick Graber
Head of Operations
Arthur Weisgerber
Head of Sales
Kai Wagner
Head of Products & Partners
Jasmin Brakmic
Head of Development
Daniel Link
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Daniel Link is CEO of the Orell Füssli Group based in Zürich. Before joining Orell Füssli, he was holding CEO positions for about 10 years in technology companies in the machinery and electronics industry. His main focus was on business transformation, innovation and business development in Asia. He also has experience in the field of M&A and strategy development acquired during his time in the corporate development department of Rieter, a Swiss stock listed company in the textile machinery industry. From 1994 to 2007 he was working in the semiconductor industry in several R&D and product management functions. Daniel holds a MSc degree in Microtechnology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and an Executive MBA degree from the University of St.Gallen.
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Désirée Heutschi
Member of the Board of Directors
Désirée Heutschi is Head of Corporate Development / M&A at Orell Füssli Group based in Zurich. Before joining Orell Füssli in 2020, Désirée was CEO of Swiss Startup Factory, an innovation consulting and venture building company in Zurich. Previously to this, she held various management positions at Microsoft Switzerland with a focus on digital transformation in various customer segments. From 2000 to 2004, she worked for Genesys in San Francisco in the area of business development and strategy. Désirée holds an Executive Master of Business Law from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and a Master in International Relations from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Internationales (HEIP) in Paris.
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Christian Pirkner
Member of the Board of Directors
Christian Pirkner is a serial entrepreneur, expert for mobile payment technologies, start-up coach and investor. His latest endeavor is building up a European mobile payment system. Christian serves as Executive Chairman of Bluecode and is Chairman of the European Mobile Payment Systems Association (EMPSA). He gained extensive business experience as company founder and CEO in the Silicon Valley with a strong focus on product management, strategy and business development in the area of digital media technologies. Christian holds a Dr. in Finance from the New York University (NYU) and University of St. Gallen (HSG).
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Daniel Gasteiger
Member of the Board of Directors
Daniel Gasteiger has worked in financial services for more than 20 years. Starting as an FX trader at Credit Suisse, he later joined UBS to work with hedge funds and third-party banks promoting UBS’ business-to-business API solutions and Prime Brokerage services. In his last role at UBS, he served as the Managing Director to the office of the Chairman of the Board. His fascination for Blockchain technology led to the decision to become an entrepreneur in 2015, since then he co-founded various start-ups in the Swiss blockchain ecosystem and leads Procivis since 2016 as co-founder, CEO and Chairman.
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Reto Janser
Member of the Board of Directors
Reto Janser is CFO of the Orell Füssli Group based in Zürich. Before joining Orell Füssli in 2021, Reto was CFO of the SUHNER Group, a manufacturer of industrial special tools and components. Previously to this, he held various CFO and management positions in the IT consulting and financial services industry. Next to expertise in finance, he also has experience in M&A transactions, business transformation and project management. Reto holds a Master degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).
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We bring together experts in product innovation, technology development and business development with a common vision: to transform the digital world of identity solutions.

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