As Vivier Group’s president and CEO, Luigi Wewege is responsible for overseeing the continued growth of the financial group’s companies, which includes Vivier Capital, Vivier Ventures, Vivier Investments, Vivier & Co, Vivier Developments, and the forthcoming Vivier Growth Fund. In his role as president and CEO, Mr. Wewege has been instrumental in the group’s ongoing global expansion, as the financial group of companies already provides representation in South America, Africa, Oceania, Asia, and Europe.
Mr. Wewege, also serves as Non-executive Chairman of Nikau Global and as a Partner/Director of Palmetto Global Ventures, recently authored a book focused on the impact of technological advancement as it relates to global finance. The book, “The Digital Banking Revolution,” offers a unique insight into the world of digital banking and showcases Mr. Wewege’s unique expertise in this particular area of the finance industry.
This international financial expert was educated at the MIB-School of Management and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Luigi an undergraduate at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Mr. Wewege majored in management, finance, and international business, graduating cum laude before going on to attend the MIB-School of Management in Trieste, Italy. It was at the MIB-School of Management that Mr. Wewege secured his MBA in international business, essentially laying the foundation for a professional career leading a multinational financial group of companies.
Do you know what steez is? If so, how do you express your steez?
It is something I have heard often while working on my undergraduate degree, but I’m quite certain I haven’t heard it used during any of the intervening years. As for expressing my steez, I’m quite proud of the fact that I have been able to so deftly manage a broad range of diverse professional responsibilities throughout the course of my career.
When you were younger what was your dream occupation?
I often dreamed of becoming an Olympic swimmer or professional golfer, but I can also recall an early interest in running a company as well.
Who/What inspired you to get into your current field?
My family has always been a source of positive encouragement, but I am reasonably certain they would have supported any endeavor I expressed some level of interest in pursuing
What is one current trend that excites you?
What excites me is how the industry is evolving so rapidly, and over the past several years’ financial service innovations have contributed to a complete new way in which consumers can bank, threatening the status quo of traditional banks and redefining a banking model which has been in place for generations.
These technological advancements have facilitated the rapid emergence of digital banking firms which has led to established high street banks being forced to reduce the amount of regional bank branches they have, as well as to increase their pace of digital adoption; due to being unable to stop mass client attrition to these agile start-ups and niche players.
What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?
Although there is much that I have been fortunate to achieve throughout my professional career, I am most proud of what I have accomplished as Director and Trustee of Doing Good Fellows. The pioneering organization uses technology to facilitate an ecosystem where accomplished professionals use their skills and networks to help solve the challenges of non-profits in need.
What do you think of social media? Has it made an impact on your professional career?
I have always been an avid supporter of social media and the advantages of using it, thus why I often use it for personal and professional purposes such as Facenook and LinkedIn.
If you were ever to start again, would you do anything differently?
I would have brought our services to market faster, and the delay was due to myself and the team spending a good part of the first-year obsessing over every detail in order to be perfect to launch.
What do you see for the future?
Ongoing and emerging trends will create new opportunities for Vivier Group, and I look forward to taking full advantage of these innovations as they continue to develop and go to market.
What’s one piece of advice you can tell our readers?
To always seek input from others so as to aide you in reaching the best possible decision for your business/start-up. This is due to entrepreneurship for the most part being about taking calculated risks and you will always create better strategies if more facts and information go into the decision-making process.