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Mag. Alexandra Bolena
Consultant
Bolena Impact Investments

Alexandra Bolena has been supporting institutional investors on the subject of „alternative investments“ for over 20 years. In recent years, the focus has clearly been on sustainable offers. Knowledge transfer on ESG/SRI/Impact Investing, lobbying, finding the right investment opportunities, as well as advice on this topic on the one hand, and the search for and introducement of suitable investment solutions for institutional investors on the other hand are the offers of Bolena Impact-Investments. In addition, the company also manages several mandates of start-ups (focus on clean-tech and nutrition) with game changing potential, to introduce them to the international venture capital impact scene. In 2012, Alexandra Bolena’s book „Sustainable Investing for Dummies“ was published by Wiley Verlag.

Julia Bewerunge
Team Lead Financial Services
ClimatePartner

Julia Bewerunge is Manager Carbon & Finance at ClimatePartner in Munich where she establishes new approaches to sustainable financial products. She is an experienced sustainable investment project lead with a focus on climate, diversity and inclusion. Julia Bewerunge joint from ISS ESG where she led five markets as ESG Specialist, Associate Vice President. Within that role, she led the ISS research on the EU Taxonomy for the German Ministry of Environment, which was conducted in partnership with adelphi. Prior to working at ClimatePartner and ISS, Julia Bewerunge started her career as a journalist and researcher and continued as a consultant and member of the executive office at KPMG Germany, where she specialized in ESG, impact investments and diversity in Asset Management.

Mag. Cornelia Dankl
CSR, Communication and
Corporate Health Management
BONUS Gruppe

Cornelia Dankl, born in 1971 in Vorarlberg, has been working for the BONUS Group since 2004. She started as head of marketing. Apprenticeships, CSR and sustainability were soon added to her responsibilities. Since 2019, she has been a staff member of the Executive Board and is currently responsible for CSR, communication, safety, occupational health management and youth.

Before that, she was a marketing and sales manager in the textile industry and a marketing and human resources manager in retail. She is one of the women who shape and drive CSR and sustainability in Austria.

With the b2b platform CSR Circle, which she initiated, the most diverse fields of action are addressed across all sectors. As chairwoman of the HR Circle association, she also organises many interesting HR events.

In addition to her professional activities, she is also involved in the team of ZUKI – Future for Children, a social association that cares for street children in India.

David Czupryna
Senior Portfolio Manager
Candriam

Having worked for many years for traditional private equity and hedge funds in Munich and London, Susanne Bregy set up Rhodanus Capital in 2012 to focus on sustainable and impact investing. She worked with impact PE/VC funds and with traditional and impact investors in order bring impact investing into the mainstream.

 In 2021, she took over the position of Head of Impact Investing at PHINEO gAG. With regard to impact investing, PHINEO specializes in impact investing measurement for investors and asset manager and in impact investing advisory.

Susanne Bregy grew up in Switzerland, studied Philosophy and Business Administration in Munich, worked and lived in London and New York and is currently based in Frankfurt.

Angelika Delen
Head of Investment Consulting, SRI & Impact Solutions
Mercer Austria

Angelika Delen is responsible for investment consulting, sustainability & impact solutions for Mercer in Austria.  In this role, she works with institutional clients, participates in regular panel/roundtable discussions and is also part of various working groups on Green finance & Impact (international and national).

She is also hosting the working Group for Global Compact Network Austria for sustainable finance, and launching the Impact Award with Institutional Money. She is also a committee member of Austrian Standards “TC 22/sustainable finance” and CEN/ISO.

Angelika Delen has 14 years of asset management experience and joined Mercer in September 2018. Ms. Delen holds a Master’s degree in International Business Administration from the University of Vienna.

Adrien Dorleac
Investment Specialist
Mirova

Adrien DORLEAC – Investment Specialist. Adrien joined Mirova in August 2021. He started his career 2011 in Frankfurt at BNP Wealth Management on the Advisory Desk. He then took in charge 2014 the business development of Metzler AM for the French-speaking area before returning to France in 2017 to distribute discretionary portfolio management at Swiss Life. Adrien graduated with a MSc in Financial Markets from EDHEC Business School, France in 2011.

Mag. Reinhard Friesenbichler
Founder and Managing Director
rfu – Mag. Reinhard Friesenbichler Unternehmensberatung

Studied Business Administration at Graz University after being trained as a mechanical engineer. He completed his business studies by handing in his final paper with the topic of “Ethical Investment”. His first professional activities included work as an engineer, business journalist and Managing Director of a financial services provider.

Since 1997, he has had his own company rfu Business Consulting, Vienna, specialized in sustainable investment. Various teaching assignments and functions in Supervisory Boards, activities as an examiner and auditor as well as numerous publications.

Mag. Claudio Gligo
Head of Asset Management, CIO
BONUS Pensionskassen AG
BONUS Vorsorgekasse AG

Claudio Gligo joined the BONUS Group in November 2017 as CIO and is reponsible for the overall assets under Management of BONUS Pensionskassen AG and BONUS Vorsorgekasse AG compounding to EUR 3 bn. Prior to joinig BONUS Group Claudio was Board Member of Victoria-Volksbanken Pensionskassen AG und Vorsorgekasse AG. Other prior responsibilites include leading positions in the development of the institutional asset management business of the Volksbanken Group and Union Investment Austria. Claudio holds a Master degree from the University of Business Administration Vienna and is CFA Charterholder. His investment experience sums up to app. 25 years.

Cyril Gouiffès
Head of Social Impact Investments
European Investment Fund (EIF)

Prior to joining EIF, Cyril gained unique field experience working with microfinance institutions in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Cyril studied at Institut d’Études Politiques de Toulouse where he received a Masters in Development Economics with a focus on poverty alleviation and local development. At EIF, Cyril’s entire career has been dedicated to impact related activities in the area of social entrepreneurship and microfinance. In this context, he was responsible for the implementation of the JASMINE programme, an EU initiative aimed at boosting the institutional capacity of microfinance institutions in Europe and in the set-up of the EPPA programme, one of EIF’s early direct investment pilots in microfinance. Cyril moved from microfinance to impact investing in 2012 and raised the first impact dedicated fund-of-funds at EIF (Social Impact Accelerator) now fully invested with 19 funds in portfolio and EUR 220m committed. Since October 2019, he is heading the team in charge of social impact investing with the venture capital department of EIF.

Sandrine Henton
Chief Executive and Investment Director
Educate Global

Sandrine Henton has 15 years of experience in strategy consulting and investments, formerly with HSBC Bank. She is a member of the Emerging Market Private Equity Association and Convergence Blended Finance platform. Sandrine holds an MSc in International Business from Maastricht University, and graduated from the Impact Investing Programme at Said Business School.

Günther Herndlhofer, MSc, MBA 
Head of Investments
VBV Vorsorgekasse

 

Günther Herndlhofer has been the Head of Investments and authorised signatory of VBV –Vorsorgekasse AG since 2011. With an investment volume of currently more than euro 4.5 billion, VBV – Vorsorgekasse AG is the leading pension fund in Austria, whereby responsible investing is an essential component of the investment philosophy. ESG factors have been an integral part of every investment decision since the company was founded in 2002. Mr. Herndlhofer holds an MBA (Financial Management) and an MSc (Executive Management) and has many years of professional experience in portfolio management and occupational pensions. He has been considered an internationally recognised expert in the field of sustainable investment for years.

 

Mag. Thomas Kaiser, CFA
Asset Manager
IQAM Invest

IQAM Invest is a fund manufacturer with 30-plus years of market experience and more than 7 billion euros in assets under management. For over ten years IQAM Invest has been offering a great variety of factor-based portfolio strategies and specifically developed models for special funds. All our strategies are based on disciplined, quantitative concepts. Factor investing helps make investment decisions that are free of emotion. Institutional investors can rely on IQAM Invest’s 60-strong team at its offices in Frankfurt am Main, Salzburg and Vienna to take a targeted and individual approach to handling their unique mandates. We use the latest scientific insights and put them into practice in our asset and risk management strategies. This way, our customers benefit directly from our knowhow. Thomas Kaiser, CFA, works in Asset Management at IQAM Invest. He is a CFA® Charterholder and graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2010, where he specialised in monetary policy and finance. Thomas Kaiser started his career at IQAM Invest overseeing institutional tenders and developing tailor-made investment portfolios that are managed using a quantitative approach. He has been an asset manager at IQAM Invest since 2013 and is currently, the executive in charge of asset allocation and hedging strategies as well as of alternatives. He manages mutual funds and institutional mandates.

Steffen Klawitter
Direktor Investor Relations
Finance in Motion

Steffen Klawitter is the Head of Investor Relations at Finance in Motion, a leading global impact asset manager with EUR 2.3 billion in assets under advisory/management and offices in 17 countries. At Finance in Motion, he is responsible for fostering relationships with existing and prospective private sector investors. 

His career began in 1993 at Deutsche Bank, where he held several positions in the Private and Corporate Wealth Management Divisions. Before joining Finance in Motion in 2015, he managed Deutsche Bank’s Competence Center for Church Investors. In addition, since 2005 he served as the Wealth Management Division’s expert for Sustainable and Impact Investing. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Mannheim, Germany, and is a Certified Wealth Advisor through studies at the European Business School (EBS). In 2013 he built one of the first German Energy-Plus Houses (which produces more energy than it consumes) as part of a two-year governmental research project. 

Alfred Kober, CFA
Head of Equities
Security KAG

Alfred Kober is head of Equities and in his function responsible for developing and implementing investment strategies at Security Kapitalanlage AG, a member of the GRAWE Group. Prior to joining Security KAG, he held fund- and portfolio management positions at various national and international asset-management firms. His buy-side expertise extends over more than 25 years in total. Alfred is a CFA charterholder and an EFFAS certified ESG Analyst. He holds a BA degree in Business Studies with Economics and an Executive MBA from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Dr. Heidrun Kopp
Founder and Managing Director
Institut für nachhaltiges Finanzwesen

Heidrun Kopp is the Founder and Managing Director of the Institute of the Vienna based „ Sustainable Finance Institute (Inafina)“. Inafina (www.inafina.org) was established to connect society (private individuals and beyond) to financial institutions with an visible active ecological & social engagement and a clear vision towards sustainable finance. Part of the Insitute’s mission is to foster capacity building for sustainable finance activities via green financial literacy.

In 2016 Kopp published a textbook at the Springer Verlag to discuss the role and relevance of sustainability rating agencies titled „Nachhaltiges Finanzwesen: Rating statt Raten!“. The first „Sustainable Finance Summit Vienna 2020“ was organized as a forum for stakeholders interested in Sustainable Finance. Ms. Kopp also created and hosts the Podcast „Green Money Talks“.

She has long-time experience in Banking with focus on Central- and Eastern Europe. Apart from her academic education in Vienna she holds two master degrees successfully finished in Vienna, London and USA.

UD MMag. DDr. Hans Peter Ladreiter
Chairman oft the Board Security Kapitalanlage AG

Peter Ladreiter is Chairman of the Board and Chief Investment Officer of Security KAG, a member of the Grawe Banking Group. In his function, he bears the main responsibility for the investment of over EUR 7 billion in assets under management and the strategic positioning and further development of KAG. In addition, he is the fund manager of the second largest Austrian mutual fund „Value Investment Fonds Klassik“ with over EUR 1.2 billion in fund volume. Before joining Security KAG as a fund manager, he worked, among other things, as a scientist on international space missions for the Institute of Space Research for NASA/ESA. Peter Ladreiter holds a diploma and doctorate in geophysics (with distinction and habilitation) and one business administration (with distinction). 

1983-1990 Diplom- und Doktorratsstudium Geophysik (mit Auszeichnung)
1998: Habilitation aus Geophysik
1995-2002 Diplom- und Doktorratsstudium Betriebswirtschaft (mit Auszeichnung)

Berufserfahrung:
1988 – 1989 Observatoire de Paris-Meudon – Séction d´Astrophysique
1990 – 1998 Institut für Weltraumforschung – Wissenschaftler bei internationalen Raummissionen (NASA/ESA)

1998 – 1999 Magistrat Graz – Sozialamt als Betriebswirt
ab 1.9.1999 Mathematiker in der Capital Bank
ab 1.6.2001 Fondsmanager und Mathematiker in der Security KAG
ab 6.6.2005 Gesamtprokurist der Security KAG
ab 10.2.2006 gewerber. Geschäftsführer der Security Finanz -Software GmbH
ab 29.5. 2006 Mitglied des Vorstandes

Katja Lammert
Chief Administration Officer
MEAG

Katja Lammert is Chief Administration Officer at MEAG. She is responsible for Legal, Regulatory & Compliance, Operations and Digital Business Services. A fully qualified lawyer, Katja Lammert previously worked as a self-employed lawyer. From 2001 to 2019, she was employed at BayernInvest Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH in Munich, where she was responsible as a member of the management board and head syndicate from 2014. Prior to that, she worked as a lawyer at State Street GmbH in Munich from 2000 to 2001.

Britta Lindhorst
Managing Director – Head of European Investments
HQ Capital

Britta Lindhorst has been Managing Director of HQ Capital, based in Bad Homburg, since 2012. The HQ Capital Group is one of the leading independent investment managers for alternative capital investments and manages assets of more than US$ 8,3 billion. She is responsible for the European private equity business and the development and implementation of the European strategy for funds of funds and large institutional mandates. She is also responsible for the ESG and impact strategy for the global private equity business. She has more than 30 years of investment experience, the last 17 of which have been in private equity. Prior to HQ Capital, she was at Generali Group, where she was Managing Director re- sponsible for the investments and management of Generali’s €1.5 billion private equity portfolio. 

Prior to that, she was responsible for equity analysis at Sal. Oppenheim in Cologne. Ms. Lind- horst graduated from the University of Cologne with a master’s degree in economics (focused on banking and tax law).

Mag. Henriette Lininger
Head of Issuers and Market Data Sales
Wiener Börse

Henriette Lininger has headed the Issuers and Market Data Sales department at the Vienna Stock Exchange since 2005. She is responsible for supporting listed companies and introduces interested companies to the stock exchange. Among other things, she was responsible for the introduction of the new SME segment „direct market plus“. The market data hub was expanded to 10 exchanges under her leadership. She previously worked as an investor relations manager for several publicly traded companies and holds a master’s degree in business administration.

 

Hannes Manndorff
Managing Director – Equity
Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank

Hannes Manndorff heads the department of Equity at the Development Bank of Austria (OeEB), the Development Finance Institution of Austria. He is responsible for developing and overseeing a portfolio of private equity fund investments and direct investments. Before joining OeEB in 2017, Hannes worked for 17 years for Accion, a global financial inclusion impact investor. At Accion, he held various positions, including as Chief Regional Officer for East Asia and the Pacific, based in Singapore, Head of Global Business Development, CEO of a Microfinance Institution in India and European Representative. Before joining Accion, Hannes worked for the Austrian Development Cooperation, based in Vienna and in Mozambique. Hannes holds a PhD in Development Economics of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

 

Wiebke Merbeth
Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability
Bayern Invest

 

Wiebke Merbeth is Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability at BayernInvest Kapitalverwaltungs-
gesellschaft mbH. She is an expert in the implementation of sustainability approaches at investment and corporate level and is supporting BayernInvest’s alignment to become a 100% ESG manager. This involves communication with external and internal stakeholders as well as exchanges with umbrella organisations. Wiebke Merbeth is also a member of the German government’s Sustainable Finance Advisory Board.

Nelson Ribeirinho
SRI Fixed Income & Portfolio Manager
Mirova

Nelson Ribeirinho – SRI Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at Mirova. Nelson started his career in investment banking at Natixis as a Covered Bond / SSA Strategist before taking on the position of Lead Sell-Side Analyst – Banks/Financial Institutions. He later advised on Basel regulations for arbitrages, capital structure and rating optimisation within the same company. He joined Mirova in June 2019 where he has been occupying a dual role : SRI Fixed Income Portfolio Manager across several strategies and Senior Credit Analyst. Nelson graduated from ESDES Lyon, France in 2014.

Mag. Johannes Puhr, CIIA, CEFA
Managing Director and Board Member
fair-finance Vorsorgekasse

After starting a career in a regional bank, business administration studies in the field of corporate management, further specific training as CIIA and CEFA. Professional experience in the field of investment consulting for private clients and in the management of the proprietary portfolio of a bank. Subsequently change to the insurance industry and to the Winterthur Pension Fund Vienna for the development of a professional portfolio management. Authorized signatory and CIO at the joint subsidiary „BONUS“ of Zurich and Generali in the area of occupational (pension fund, provident fund and consulting company). From 2008 founding member and collaborator in the establishment of the Sinnova Group (formerly fair-finance). In the meantime independent management consultant and project manager in the area of mergers and acquisitions in a private bank. Since 2017, he founded and built up fair-finance Asset Management and is a member of the of the Management Board of fair-finance Vorsorgekasse.

Dr. Klaus Reisinger
Partner
iC consulenten Ziviltechniker

Klaus Reisinger is a passionate climate protector, which is why he also studied technical chemistry / process engineering and already devoted his dissertation to renewable energies.

From 2003 to 2015 he was managing director of ALLPLAN GmbH and during this time also founded the company ClimatePartner Austria, where he is still active at times. In 2018 he found his professional home as a partner of iC consulenten Ziviltechniker GesmbH. Klaus Reisinger is there responsible for building technology and is highly intrinsic motivated about planning climate-neutral properties.

Moreover, Klaus Reisinger is a visiting professor at Burgenland University since 2008 and teaches the topic „climate protection“ there and in autumn 2018 he was appointed to the board of IG Lebenszyklus Bau, where he is responsible for climate neutral real estate buildings.

Albert Reiter, CFA
Chief Executive Officer
investRFP.com und investESG.eu

Albert Reiter, CFA, MBA (UCT) is the founder and CEO of investRFP.com and investESG.eu. The investRFP.com platform is an online best practice implementation tool for professional investors supporting the selection process of asset managers, fund selection and due diligence. investESG.eu is an ESG-focused online media platform for asset owners providing investment decision-relevant thought leadership on ESG. 
 
Albert Reiter founded e-fundresearch.com in 2000 and is still the majority shareholder. Previously he worked in institutional banking at LGT and Invesco in Vienna, corporate business at Commerz Financial Products in Frankfurt, derivatives strategies at Southern Life in Cape Town and options market making at GiroCredit in Vienna. 
 
Albert Reiter graduated with a business administration degree in finance from University of Innsbruck and earned an MBA at Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Originally from Salzburg, he is an active member of CFA Society Austria and member of various professional organisations and initiatives.

Dr. Gunter Schall
Head of the Private Sector and Development Unit
Austrian Development Agency

Gunter Schall heads the Private Sector and Development Unit at the Austrian Development Agency, the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation. His responsibilities include various programs to mobilize the private sector for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as technical backstopping for private sector development. Previously, the PhD economist worked as an advisor for foreign trade, trade and development policy at the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and as a research assistant at the Institute for Social Policy at the University of Freiburg. 

Mag. Günther Schiendl, CEFA 
Member of the Executive Board
VBV-Pensionskasse and VBV Betriebliche Altersvorsorge

Mag. Günther Schiendl, CEFA, is member of the executive board of VBV betriebliche Altersvorsorge AG, and chief investment officer and member of the executive board of VBV Pensionskasse AG. 

He graduated from the University Innsbruck/Austria with a master degree in Economics and Business Administration, focusing on Finance and Investments. Post-graduate he added a CEFA (Certified European Financial Analyst) qualification. 

At VBV the leading Austrian multi-employer pension fund with 8+ bn€ AUM and more than 350.000 pension plan members, he oversees the investment business and the development and implementation of the sustainable finance strategy. 

Prior positions were head of investments at APK Pensionskasse, head of product development at the Austrian Derivatives Exchange ÖTOB, and head of domestic equity research at Bank Austria. 

He is Member of the EDHEC-Risk Advisory Board of EDHEC Business School, Nice and was Lecturer in Finance at the Vienna Business University and at the Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA) program in Vienna.

 

Mara Schneider
Senior Associate, SRI
Quoniam Asset Management

Mara Schneider joined Quoniam in November 2019 and SRI manager in the investment area. Before joining Quoniam Mara was an associate in the Sustainability Services department at KPMG in Düsseldorf. She has also worked in the sustainability teams of Deutsche Börse AG in Frankfurt, BASF SE in Ludwigshafen and Dachser SE in Copenhagen. Mara holds a Bachelor in General Management and Master in Management from EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, Oestrich-Winkel.

 

Martin Seitinger
Head of Fixed Income
Security KAG

Since 2019, Volker Weber has been a member of the board of NIXDORF Kapital AG as Chief Sustainability Officer. Activities as managing director and board member at various financial service providers and investment companies. Voluntary work as chairman of the board of the FNG – Forum Sustainable Money Investments e. V.. Volker Weber is responsible for the sustainability strategy in the company and the products. He has a degree in business administration and is the author of numerous studies and specialist publications in the field of sustainable investments.

Andrea Stürmer
CEO
Zürich Versicherungs-Aktiengesellschaft Zurich Austria

Andrea Stürmer has been Chief Executive Officer of Zurich Insurance Company since March 1, 2017. There she is responsible for corporate strategy, corporate communications and governance functions. She leads the company of 1,300 employees with a clear focus on embedding sustainability, digital transformation for customer experience and rejuvenating the corporate culture. 

Ms. Stürmer has been with Zurich Group since 2007, where she held various leadership positions in finance and reinsurance at Zurich Insurance Group’s headquarters in Switzerland and served as „Strategic Assistant to the Group CEO.“ From early 2014 to December 2016, she served as Chief Operating Officer for the SME division at Zurich’s Farmers subsidiary in California. Prior to joining Zurich Group, Andrea Stürmer worked in investment banking in London and for a global insurance company in Germany. Ms. Stürmer holds master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and the prestigious Harvard University.

Etienne Vincent
Head of Quant Strategy and Marketing
Ossiam

Etienne Vincent – Head of Quant Strategy & Marketing. Etienne Vincent joined Ossiam in April 2020. Prior to joining Ossiam, he worked for 16 years at BNP Paribas Asset Management as head of quantitative management, for 3 years as management auditor for BNP Paribas and for 5 years as Interest Rates Swaps trader in Tokyo, Singapore and Paris. Etienne graduated from engineering school “Ecole des
Mines”, Paris, France in 1996.

Volker Weber
Chairman of the Board
Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen (FNG)

Since 2019, Volker Weber has been a member of the board of NIXDORF Kapital AG as Chief Sustainability Officer. Activities as managing director and board member at various financial service providers and investment companies. Voluntary work as chairman of the board of the FNG – Forum Sustainable Money Investments e. V.. Volker Weber is responsible for the sustainability strategy in the company and the products. He has a degree in business administration and is the author of numerous studies and specialist publications in the field of sustainable investments.

Fabian Wolfbeißer 
Head of Asset Manangement
Österreichische Hagelversicherung VVaG

Fabian Wolfbeißer has been in the area of Asset Management at Österreichische Hagelversicherung VVaG since 2013 and was appointed Head of Asset Management in 2017. His area of responsibility include securities investment (in particular the selection of suitable funds and ETF products for the SAA), property management (support and development of existing properties as well as the acquisition of properties) and liquidity management. Before that, Wolfbeißer did well-founded internships in various departments of a major Austrian bank. After completing his bachelor’s degree in economics and social sciences at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, he specialized in the financial market for a master’s degree in & Financial Management and Controlling‘ at the FHWien University of Applied Sciences. In addition, Wolfbeißer has been a licensed real estate agent and manager since 2018 and is currently training to become a property developer. In 2020 he was awarded the title of & Certified ESG Analyze‘ by the EFFAS Institute.

 

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