Sprecher Germany Forum

Sprecher Germany Forum

Dr. Heiko Bailer
Head ESG Investment & Research
LBBW Asset Management

Dr. Heiko Bailer is considered a seasoned investment professional with over 20 years of practice in an investment style that combines ESG with regulation and diversified alpha. He has worked for large corporations, family offices and fintechs in Europe, Asia and the US, including Deutsche Bank, ABN AMRO and Credit Suisse. Most recently, he was Head of ESG Quantitative Investments at RepRisk in Switzerland, an ESG research firm. He is also active in academic research. He holds a PhD in Statistics and a degree in Financial Informatics from the University of Washington. 
 
At LBBW AM, Dr. Heiko Bailer has a wide range of tasks. This includes both the regulatory side of ESG and the active management of portfolios, further development and trend monitoring as well as product strategy.

Karin Barthelmes-Wehr
Managing Director
ICG Institut

Karin Barthelmes-Wehr is Managing Director of the „Institute for Corporate Governance in the German Real Estate Industry“ (ICG) – the think and do tank around sustainable value-oriented corporate governance in the industry, which she has been instrumental in shaping since its beginnings.
 
She is also Chair of the International Ethics Standards Coalition, which was initiated by the UN in 2014. Its goal is to establish a common code of ethics in the industry worldwide. To date, the coalition has been joined by nearly 150 real estate organizations and associations from 44 countries, as well as an equal number of companies, academic institutions, and government organizations.
 
In addition to various honorary positions, Ms. Barthelmes-Wehr is a member of the advisory board of the real estate faculty of the HAWK (Hildesheim/Holzminden University of Applied Sciences), a juror for the polis AWARD and a mentor for IWiL (Initiative Women into Leadership).
 
She holds a Master’s degree (suma cum laude) in English, Romance Studies and Political Science from the University of Münster and has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry. Before helping to establish the ICG, Ms. Barthelmes-Wehr worked in real estate conference management for EUROFORUM/Handelsblatt and in executive search at Heidrick & Struggles.
 
In 2020, the jury of „Immobilien Manager“ selected her as Top 1 „Real Estate Influencer, the category of „Real Estate Women with Strong Presence and High Reputation“.
 

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.

Antje Biber
Head of SDG Office
FERI

As a member of the Management Board and Head of SDG Office of FERI AG, Antje Biber is responsible for the SDG Sustainability strategy of the FERI Group. She actively works with various public institutions, has numerous public and educational assignments. She fully commits her work to the integration of the SDGs into the financial industry systems as well as the economy.

She joined FERI in 2005 and is the Chairwoman of the Board of FERI (Schweiz) AG. In Zurich, she is responsible for the entire Swiss business strategy and FERI unit, as well as the development and implementation of an international growth strategy including new innovative investment solutions.

The mathematics graduate (Heidelberg) has built up a global network of international institutions and major investors within her 20 years of experience in the financial industry, which are market leaders in the field of sustainability and impact-oriented investing.

Greig Blackie, CFA
Fund Manager
Triodos Investment Management

Greig Blackie is a Fund Manager of Triodos Groenfonds and the Triodos Emerging Market Renewable Energy Fund. He joined Triodos Investment Management in 2020. Prior to Triodos, Greig was an Investment Consultant at Mercer in London, providing strategic investment and risk management advice to large UK-based institutional investors. Greig has extensive experience in fixed income, structuring Liability Driven Investment portfolios and advising on direct infrastructure and real asset transactions. Greig also worked for Mercer’s Global Investments team, focused on developing and enhancing European-based institutional investor’s sustainable investment strategies and integrating ESG considerations throughout their portfolios. Greig holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification, the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and an honours degree in Accountancy with Finance (BAcc) from the University of Glasgow. He is also a Member of the CFA Institute.

Anton Bonnländer
Founder and Partner
RE’PUBLIC Sustainable Finance Consulting

Anton Bonnländer has been supporting banks and companies in strategic, sales and product-specific issues for many years. He specializes in the areas of sustainability / ESG and impact investing. In this context, he advises institutional investors on sustainable investment solutions and develops hybrid training concepts and workshop formats for banks, financial distributors and academies.

He is a partner and founding member of RE’PUBLIC SUSTAINABLE FINANCE CONSULTING and GENOVISION. Both companies aim to promote and support the sustainable transformation of the economy and society in Germany towards a better social and ecological future.

Markus Böhm
Founding Partner
Planet Ocean Fund

After his degree in finance and management, Markus worked for more than 15 years in different leadership positions in the fast moving consumer goods retail industry in Austria. Besides his agenda as a CFO, he led a successful e-commerce business in a midsized retailing company and built the first corporate VC in the fmcg industry in Austria. 

In 2016 he decided to refocus his professional carreer and graduated in biological oceanography. Throughout his studies he realized how massive the threats imposed through climate- and biodiversity crisis are, if mankind is not transitioning at speed and scale to a net zero economy. 

He dedicates his time now as founding partner of Planet Ocean Fund fully into the fight of climate- and biodiversity crisis. Planet Ocean Fund invests into early stage VCs focused on transition into plantbased nutrition, enabling technologies for renewable energy, carbon dioxide removal, circular economy and earth data generation. All with a focus on ocean based solutions, as there is no successful way to tackle climate issues without a healthy ocean.

Dr. Stephan Bredt
Hessisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Verkehr und Wohnen, Wiesbaden

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.

Susanne Bregy
Head of Impact Investing
Phineo

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.

Albert Brenninkmeijer
Managing Director Client Advisory & Solutions
Anthos Fund & Asset Management

Anthos Fund & Asset Management is a Dutch asset management firm that delivers values-based investment solutions and investment strategies to like- minded asset owners. 

Albert Brenninkmeijer is Managing Director at Anthos Fund & Asset Management, responsible for business development. He combines this with his role as Chairman of the Fashion for Good Foundation in Amsterdam (Stichting Fashion for Good). Albert joined Anthos Fund & Asset Management late 2019, following a career in the family enterprise since 1992. 

Albert brings 25 years of experience in the fashion retail and sustainability space. Prior to joining Anthos Fund & Asset Management, he held various commercial leadership roles at global fashion chain C&A, including in Switzerland, France, Brazil, and Mexico. In 2015 he became Chief Operating Officer, C&A Global Sourcing based in Hong Kong. He has also served on C&A’s Global Sustainability Board and on the board of C&A Foundation, now Laudes Foundation. Albert received an MA in Economics from The University of Edinburgh and an MBA from The University of Oxford.

Peter Brock
Managing Director
4L Capital

Peter is Managing Director of the impact multi family office 4L Capital AG (www.4l.capital) and Investment Director in the Single Family Office 4L Vision GmbH (www.4l.vision). He is co-founder of the Bundesinitiative Impact Investing, the federal German initiative for impact investing (Working group “Family Offices”) and Managing Director of The Impact Investing Magazin (www.impactinvestings.de). Peter co-founded and is Managing Partner of his own start-up, BeeWyzer GmbH (www.beewyzer.com), an online video learning provider for better wealth structuring. His expertise lies in advising entrepreneurial families in setting up a family office for holistic wealth structuring solutions, family governance and succession issues and M&A advisory assisting family investors in direct investments projects, as well as impact investing. Until 2018 Peter Brock was Executive Director and Leader Family Office Services in EMEIA/GSA at EY (Ernst & Young). Since over 25 years Peter works in Investment Banking / SME Corporate Finance transactions and in Private Banking initially at Deloitte and the WestLB-Group in London, then HSBC Trinkaus and Sal. Oppenheim.

Daniel Bruderer
Chief Risk Officer
Go4Balance

Daniel Bruderer is responsible for the strategic expansion of our cooperations with partners, as well as for international product and distribution development. 

For several years, he headed the business development of the boutique Global Thematic Investing – a unit of Vontobel Asset Management in Zurich that specialises in sustainable investments and themes. Even then, he was an expert in supporting private and institutional clients in the selection and implementation of sustainable investment strategies. 

Daniel Bruderer also worked at SAM Sustainable Asset Management. He was responsible for business development in Asia-Pacific, successfully expanding the client base in this region and managing the SAM Australia Ltd branch. Daniel Bruderer also held management positions at ABN Amro Asset Management and at Credit Suisse in Zurich and New York. 

Daniel Bruderer holds a degree in business administration and completed the postgraduate courses Executive Master in International Management (FH) and Executive Master of Business Administration (FH).

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.

Dr. Ingo Dahm
Founder and Managing Director
capacura

Dr. Ingo Dahm is a German engineer and digital pioneer of the first hour. He is considered the inventor of the mobile phone ticket and is a multiple award-winning founder, machine learning expert and world champion in robot football.

After a career focused on education and innovation in various Fortune500 companies, he founded Europe’s most innovative impact investor – capacura GmbH – with his business partners in 2018. The company focuses on early-stage, well-scaling, mostly tech startups in the health, education and environment sectors. Artificial intelligence methods and algorithms are used to identify the most promising impact companies and to fundamentally reduce the relatively expensive selection costs in the early phase.

At the same time, capacura Startup Investment is building companies as a franchise system and democratising the investment process. This makes impact investment accessible to many people and closes the structural financing gap – the „Valley of Death“ between business angels and the larger impact investment funds.

Jonathan Dean
Head of Impact Investing
AXA IM

Jonathan is the Portfolio Manager of AXA IM’s flagship Impact Fund I which focuses on the impact themes of Financial Inclusion, Access to Healthcare and Education. He is also responsible for our second Impact Investing Fund which launched in 2016. In addition, Jon has also been appointed to the investor advisory board of several large impact investing funds in the market.

Jonathan was instrumental in establishing and growing the impact investing expertise at AXA IM in 2013, assuming responsibility for sourcing; analysis; strategy due diligence and portfolio construction.

Previously at AXA IM, Jon was a Junior Portfolio Manager within the External Manager team in MACS; and before that a Treasury Controller for two years, where he specialised in FX and cash management. Jonathan initially joined AXA IM in 2009 as a Portfolio Controller for the Funds of Hedge Funds team, where he worked for a year. Prior to AXA IM, Jonathan worked within the Derivatives team at UBS.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Geography from Loughborough University. He also holds the Investment Management certification and is qualified in Six Sigma.

Anke Dembowski
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Fondsfrauen

Anke Dembowski is co-founder and managing director of Fondsfrauen GmbH, a network for women in the fund industry, which addresses gender issues in the asset management industry. In addition, she has 13 years experience as an editor for „Institutional Money“ and „Fund Professional“, and works as a writer and lecturer. She began her career in 1990, opening the first investment-fund-shop in Germany before working as a Distribution Manager for an asset manager and Independent Consultant for Investment Companies. She has worked for Lombard International S.A. in Luxembourg where she was a Marketing Manager for Germany and Austria. Anke is a published author.

Michael Denk
Managing Director
Quadoro Investment GmbH
Doric Immobilienmanagement GmbH

Michael Denk has more than 30 years’ experience in the fields of wealth management and real estate investments. Since 2014 he has been a managing shareholder of the Doric Group’s Alternative Investment Fund Manager Quadoro Investment. Michael is responsible for developing and managing investment strategies for AIFs, acquiring investors, and growing and diversifying real estate portfolios.

In addition, he chairs various investment committees for open-ended AIFs and is a shareholder of Quadoro GmbH, the real estate and renewable energy specialist of the Doric Group.

Prior to Quadoro Michael was Head of Business Development at Catella Real Estate where he was responsible for the successful set up and the Portfolio Management of the open ended public fund CATELLA MAX (the most successful Real Estate Fund in Germany) and the open ended special fund Sarasin Sustainable Real Estate Europe (the first real estate fund with a distinctive sustainability strategy).

Michael qualified as a banker before earning a degree in Business Economics (VWA). He is a European Financial Advisor® and a Certified Financial Planner®.

Michael Dittrich
Deputy Secretary General
Head of Finance and Administration
Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt

Studium der Rechtswissenschaften in Osnabrück und Göttingen, Hörfunk- und Fernsehjournalist für den NDR und andere ARD Anstalten seit 1991 bei der Deutschen Bundesstiftung Umwelt, seit 2001 als Abteilungsleiter Finanzen und Verwaltung, verantwortlich für die Vermögensanlage (3,0 Mrd. EUR assets under management), sowie für die Bereiche Verwaltung, Personal, IT und die Mittelverwendungsprüfung der Stiftung, seit 2019 auch stellv. Generalsekretär der DBU seit 2008 Lehrbeauftragter im Masterstudiengang „Management in Non Profit- Organisationen“ an der Hochschule Osnabrück, seit 20 Jahren Vorsitzender und Mitglied in zahlreichen internen und externen Anlageausschüssen und Beiräten in der Finanzbranche, Vortragstätigkeit und Publikationen zum Thema „Nachhaltige Kapitalanlagen“

Oliver Dreher, LL.M.
Partner and Head of the Debt Capital Markets Practice Group
Dentons Europe

Oliver Dreher, LL.M. (King’s College), is a partner in Dentons’ Frankfurt office and Head of the Debt Capital Markets (DCM) practice group in Germany. His main areas of expertise include corporate, bank and sovereign bonds, MTN-, CP- and structured issuance programmes, structured finance products, Schuldschein loans and registered bonds (Namensschuldverschreibungen), derivatives and advising on financial infrastructure, such as the clearing and settlement of financial instruments. Oliver is recognized as one of the leading bond / debt markets lawyers in leading standard directories for many years. Among other industry functions, he is a member of the LMA Working Group for Schuldschein Loans and a member of the equity and debt committee of the German Treasurers’ Association (Verband Deutscher Treasuerer, VDT).

Jessica Espinoza
Chief Executive Officer
2X Collaborative

Jessica Espinoza is Vice President Investments, Private Equity & Venture Capital at DEG (KfW Group) and the Chair of the 2X Challenge, a global initiative that has mobilized over $5 billion of gender lens investments since its launch at the G7 Summit in 2018. Jessica is a PhD candidate at University of Siegen, researching the transformative potential of gender lens investing. She has extensive experience sourcing, structuring and executing debt, mezzanine and equity deals in emerging markets. She serves on the board of Mega, a Mexican financial institution with an ambitious gender lens strategy. As a mentor for Endeavor, she supports high impact companies as they scale up. Prior to joining DEG, Jessica was a Member of the Management Board at ProCredit Bank Nicaragua and managed the Africa Regional Office of MicroFinance Transparency.

Douglas Farquhar
Client Portfolio Manager Green Bond
NN Investment Partners

Douglas Farquhar is Client Portfolio Manager for NN Investment Partners’ Green Bond strategy. Prior to joining the company in 2020, he was a Principal Consultant at DNV GL. He started his career in 1999 at Capgemini where he held positions as Investment Associate, Transition Manager and also Consultant. Douglas graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh with a bachelor’s de-gree in Civil Engineering.

Stefan Folmayer
Head of Corporate Finance
Deutsche Wohnen SE

Stefan Folmayer has more than 15 years experience in the fields of financing and investing. He joined Deutsche Wohnen SE in 2013 and currently holds the Position of Head of Corporate Finance and is responsible for all financing related topics as well as treasury activities. Prior to joining Deutsche Wohnen SE he worked in the investment bank division of Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt and London and was also providing investment adivsory services as an independent consultant to real estate investors.

Dr. Dennis Fritsch, PhD
Senior Project Coordinator Sustainable Blue Economy
UNEP Finance Initiative

Dr. Dennis Fritsch is Member of the Secretariat and Senior Coordinator of the United Nations’ Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative, part of UNEP FI, focused on bringing banks, insurers and investors together to develop guidance and tools to enable financial institutions to align their activities with a sustainable ocean economy. The initiative is the host of the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles; the gold-standard for investing in the ocean economy.  Previously, Dennis established the Research department at Responsible Investor, where he led several investor research projects, most recently ‘Investors & the Blue Economy’. He also worked as a consultant and expert jury member for the European Commission’s BlueInvest Fund and BLUE Marine Foundation. After graduating from the University of Tübingen (GER), Dennis worked in research at the University of Cambridge and was awarded a PhD from University College London.

Catherine Frideres
Senior Manager, BlueInvest
PwC Luxembourg

Catherine Frideres is Senior Manager for Industry and Public Sector Consulting at PwC Luxembourg. She is responsible for projects in trade and economic development, investment readiness, innovation ecosystem building and green and digital transformation. As part of PwC’s Accelerator, she develops strategies that enable innovative, fast growing companies to go global faster and smarter. Catherine is an operator of the BlueInvest Platform, an EU initiative to boost investment and innovation for a green blue economy. 

Dr. Sebastian Friese
Head of Group Strategy & Sustainability
Talanx

Sebastian Friese started his career in 1997 at Allianz, worked in the capital markets division of Hannover Re, bevor he moved to SCOR as Executive Assistant to the CEO focusing on strategic planning & controlling in 2002. 

In 2005, he joined Munich Re in its Group Development Department, where he worked as Project-Manager responsible for strategy development and Post- Merger Integration and subsequently from 2012 as Senior Manager Corporate Finance / M&A responsible for the execution of group-wide acquisitions and divestments as well as capital market transactions. In this role, he also served as a Member of the Board of Directors in several Munich Re group companies in UK and Bermuda. 

In 2013, Sebastian Friese joined Swiss Re in Zurich as the Head of Group Planning & Controlling where he led the group´s global financial planning und performance management activities until 2015, when he assumed the Role as Chief Financial Officer for Swiss Re’s largest reinsurance division Globals and became a member of the Globals Management- as well as Reinsurance Finance Executive-Team. 

In 2018, he became Head of Group Strategy at Talanx, leading the group´s strategy department and since 2021 also assumed responsibility for the group´s sustainability department. 

Sebastian Friese holds a Master’s degree in Economics as well as a PhD in Value Based Management and Game Theory from the Leibniz University Hannover.

Steffen Fuchs
Sustainability Officer
VPV Versicherungen

After a classical banking apprenticeship at Dresdner Bank in 1993 and a subsequent specialisation in securities investments, I was a securities advisor for high-end private clients. This was followed by a move into corporate banking with the task of advising the larger medium-sized companies on securities investments, but especially on foreign exchange and interest rate hedging and optimisation.

After 12 years, HSBC brought me in. Here I successfully built up and made profitable the new place for interest rates and foreign exchange at the Stuttgart location for the corporate client business.The move to HSBC’s German headquarters in Düsseldorf was inevitable. There, as COO in the Corporate Clients – Global Markets division, I improved the operational interfaces, restructured the adherence to and monitoring of compliance and supervisory requirements as well as parts of the reporting and successfully accompanied the strategic realignment of the division.

At VPV, I am the sustainability officer since 2022. Before I have been responsible for the liquid assets of around 6.5 billion euros (approx. 90% of the investments) since 2014. In 2018, I initiated, developed and implemented a management system based on ESG criteria, which is continuously being developed further.I am a co-founder of the cross-divisional VPV sustainability team. The topic of ESG and sustainability has thus gained further momentum and VPV is well positioned in this regard.

Chiara Gerlich
Program Manager
Jugend Eine Welt

At Jugend Eine Welt Chiara Gerlich is in charge of managing the ethical investment Programme, which was founded in 2009 and provides investors with the opportunity to support various different institutions in Ecuador. As an NGO in the field of international cooperation, Jugend Eine Welt is a pioneer in the area of impact investment, having successfully emitted three educational bonds (Don Bosco Bildungsanleihe) for a Salesian University in Ecuador. In addition, Jugend Eine Welt works with a leading social justice association and a prominent Microfinance Bank in Ecuador. Jugend Eine Welt is a catholic organisation working with the Don Bosco/Salesian network globally. Working directly with the partners in Ecuador, as well as investors in Europa is central to Chiara Gerlich’s work. Chiara Gerlich grew up in Austria and spent 11 years abroad for her studies and work experience in the field of international cooperation. Before returning to Austria, she spent three years in Ecuador working in the area of Fair Trade.

Michael Gnaier, CEFA
Senior Vice President – Business Development DACH
Apex Group

Michael Gnaier is a Senior Vice President responsible for business development in the DACH region at APEX Group Ltd. in Frankfurt, a financial service provider known especially for investments in private markets and real assets, ranking in top 5 globally. Before joining APEX Mr. Gnaier was a Managing Director and owner of his own business MG Research & Consulting Services in Frankfurt. He was primarily focused on Alternative Investments, covering both Private and Public Markets. Prior to that, Mr. Gnaier served as a Senior Business Development Manager for various renowned and leading European asset managers such as CM-CIC AM (Crédit Mutuel 11 group), Aviva Investors, Bank of Ireland AM, Crédit Agricole AM (today Amundi), Universal-Investment and DWS (Deutsche Bank group) in Frankfurt. Mr. Gnaier has a total of 32 years experience across the finance industry, thereof 23 years‘ experience in the most widely varying areas of asset management with a strong emphasis on investment fund solutions for institutional investors. Mr. Gnaier is a skilled banker, he did his apprenticeship at Raiffeisenbank Südstormarn eG, a co-operative bank in Northern Germany, and earned an advanced diploma in commercial banking as a Bankfachwirt from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, formerly Bankakademie Hamburg. He is also a CEFA holder from the DVFA Deutsche Vereinigung für Finanzanalyse und Asset Management GmbH, a member of the umbrella organization EFFAS European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies. Furthermore Mr. Gnaier is a Certified Investment Advisor of the Eurex stock exchange. He completed successfully both trader examinations at the Eurex and Frankfurt trading floor. Mr. Gnaier passed the certification exam according to article 313-7-3 of the French regulator AMF. 

Carl Gustavsson
Investment Professional & ESG Lead
SEB

Investment Professional, SEB Private Equity (Mar 20’ – now) Working in the investment team at SEB PE through our global and Nordic investment programs with experience of both primaries and direct investments at a global scale. Also plays the role of ESG lead on the investment team with responibility for driving the team’s sustainability agenda 

Analyst, Pareto Securities (Aug 19’ – Mar 20’) Part of the equity investment banking team on primarily capital markets transactions in the smaller size segment, with a focus on tech and healthcare 

Investment Banking, Carnegie Investment Bank (Feb 19’ – Aug 19’) Worked on multiple IPOs, private placements and M&A deals as part of the corporate finance team.

Guido Helfberend
Head of Investment
Evangelische Ruhegehaltskasse in Darmstadt

After completing his basic education in banking and studying economics, Mr. Helfberend completed a number of years in asset management at a major german bank and then worked as a fund manager in at an investment manager for alternative fund investments. For more than 8 years now, Mr. Helfberend has headed the capital investments department of the protestant pension fund ERK in Darmstadt. In addition to his extensive area of responsibility in connection with the liquid and illiquid capital investments of the pension fund, he continuously works on the further development of the sustainability strategy of ERK and is a member of the working group of church investors (AKI) and is also involved in engagement initiatives such as the specialist group for the further development of the sustainability involved in the financial sector.

Dr. Olivia Henke
Board Member
Stiftung Allianz für Entwicklung und Klima

Dr. Olivia Henke holds a degree in geography and did her doctorate in International Environmental Policy at the Free University of Berlin on the voluntary offset market in Germany and the poverty impacts of voluntary climate protection projects. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in the thematic fields of sustainable development, including as a consultant for sustainability management and in development education work. Since 2011, she has worked as managing director for the non-profit Klima-Kollekte – Kirchlicher Kompensationsfonds and in this capacity initially built up the CO2 compensation fund and subsequently expanded it, e.g. with shareholder houses in Austria and Switzerland.

Sandrine Henton
Chief Executive and Investment Director
EG Capital

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.

Markus Hill
Chief Executive Officer
fondsboutiquen.de & finanzplatz-frankfurt-main.de

Markus Hill has been an independent asset management consultant since mid-2005. His professional background includes companies such as SEB Bank (marketing/product management, investment banking) and Credit Suisse Asset Management (sales, asset management). His fields of activity include the support of mandates in marketing, sales and PR. As former Head of Sales mutual funds at an investment boutique (equities and bonds) and in external cooperation with a fund of funds manager, small to medium-sized asset management firms are the focus of his interest. In addition, he deals journalistically with the topics of fund boutiques (www.fondsboutiquen.de), the financial centre Frankfurt am Main (www.finanzplatz-frankfurt-main.de) and the use of mutual funds by institutional investors (fund selection).

Steffen Ingignoli
Head of Alternative Investments
Barmenia Versicherungen

Mr. Ingignoli has worked for Barmenia in various functions since 2003. Since 2012 he has been responsible for identifying, acquiring and monitoring investments and alternative investments. Acquisition and monitoring of investments and alternative investments. Since 01.01.2021, Mr. Ingignoli has been head of the Competence Center Alternative Investments. Since April 2021, he has also been Managing Director of Barmenia Next Stratgies GmbH responsible for the venture capital activities of the insurance group. He is a qualified insurance broker and holds a degree in economics with a focus on finance He is a qualified insurance broker and holds a degree in economics with a focus on finance. degree with a focus on finance.

Anton Jurina
Founder and CEO
Maison Hēroïne

I am an experienced entrepreneur and Business Angel in the fashion and Ecommerce sector. 

In 2016, along with an inspiring team and industry experts, I decided to take on my latest entrepreneurial journey and launched Maison Hēroïne, a Berlin-based -based based contemporary handbags & accessories brand with a timeless design approach. All our products are artisan-crafted and sweatshop-free, made in Italy. We aim to -crafted and sweatshop-free, made in Italy. We aim to crafted and sweatshop-free, made in Italy. We aim to -free, made in Italy. We aim to free, made in Italy. We aim to become the leading direct-to-consumer accessories brand dedicated to strong, -to-consumer accessories brand dedicated to strong, to-consumer accessories brand dedicated to strong, -consumer accessories brand dedicated to strong, consumer accessories brand dedicated to strong, inspiring and independent professionals. 

Engaging influencers have helped us to gain strong traction in sales and brand awareness. Vogue magazine has awarded our “Tilda” as It-Bag of the year -Bag of the year Bag of the year 2019. We are reaching customers direct-to-consumer as well as by partnering with -to-consumer as well as by partnering with to-consumer as well as by partnering with -consumer as well as by partnering with consumer as well as by partnering with inspiring wholesalers as Harvey Nichols, Stylebop or Forzieri. 

In my previous role as co-founder of armedangels.de, today a leading -founder of armedangels.de, today a leading founder of armedangels.de, today a leading contemporary eco fashion label in Europe, I was in charge of Sales, PR, HR and legal. My deliverables were to create significant brand awareness through various influencer endorsement, PR and brand collaborations without any significant budget as well as to building our wholesale network which is growing and thriving until today. 

I as well have committed to making Investments through my holding company Starsailor (e.g. aeyde.com, jungfeld.com, cherry.vc) and am very proud and happy to learn, share and engage.

Sana Kapadia
Head of Content
GenderSmart

Sana is Head of Content at GenderSmart, where she curates and develops programming for the global gender finance community. She leads the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Care Economy Working Groups. A gender-smart investing specialist and global changemaker, her career has spanned development finance, impact investing and equity research. She has grown a global social impact accelerator, co-founded a community of female investors, worked in mission venture capital, implemented effective blended finance solutions and provided capacity building and advisory support around impact ecosystem building and embedding gender lens frameworks in both developed and emerging markets.

Samuel Keil
Head of Portfolio Management
NEXT Generation Invest

Samuel Keil can look back on many years of experience in the area of servicing and managing institutional clients and their assets. Since 2020, Mr Keil has been responsible for portfolio management at NEXT Generation Invest AG, a fund company with a dedicated focus on impact investments in the real estate sector. In his role, he is responsible for both the conceptual and strategic orientation as well as the operational implementation of the topic. Previously, Mr Keil worked for one of the leading investment companies in the field of social infrastructure in Europe. In addition, Mr Keil gained experience at one of the largest banks in Germany as a consultant for digital and innovative solutions in the area of financing. Furthermore, Mr. Keil worked for an international investment bank in the field of structured products as well as in fund management at a multi-family office and an American investment company. Mr. Samuel Keil holds a Master of Science degree with a focus on Finance & Strategy from the Justus Liebig University. In addition, Mr Keil successfully completed a vocational training.

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. 

Thomas Klein
Managing Director
DEG Impact

Thomas Klein has more than 20 years of experience in the financial sector – both in established markets as well as in developed and emerging countries. Before co-founding DEG Impact, he was at DEG mainly responsible for private equity & mezzanine fund & co-investments in Asia and Afrika. In his function he also served as board member in portfolio companies as well as funds. Prior to DEG, he worked for CAM Private Equity and Deloitte in the area of transaction services / M&A. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Cologne.

Charlotte Klinnert
Member of the Board
Verka PK Kirchliche Pensionskasse &
Verka VK Kirchliche Vorsorge

– Since 03/2021 Member of the Board of Management of Verka PK Kirchliche Pensionskasse AG and Verka VK Kirchliche Vorsorge VVaG, both Berlin, responsible for: Investments, Accounting, Controlling, Taxes, Internal Audit as well as Information Technology and Organisation

– 2014 – 2021 Member of the Executive Board of Pensionskasse vom Deutschen Roten Kreuz VVaG, Bonn

– 2009 – 2014 Deputy Managing Director at the Supplementary Pension Fund of the City of Cologne

– 2003 – 2008 Auditing and consulting at Roland und Maus Treuhand GmbH

– 2001 – 2003 Authorised representative at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, certified stock exchange trader and DVFA securities analyst

– 1999 – 2001 Head of department Platow Börse / Platow Online at the publishing house Aktuelle Information – until 1999 Studies of business administration at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main – until 1993 Trained as a bank clerk at Dresdner Bank AG, Cologne

Dr. Steffen Knodt
Head of Sustainable Ocean Business Centre
Fraunhofer Institute

 

Dr. Steffen Knodt is the Head of the Sustainable Ocean Business Centre at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, Rostock where he takes care for the transfer to market of underwater technologies. In Rostock, Fraunhofer together with industry, university and other research institutes are building an ocean technology campus with a strong focus on sustainable ocean economy. Dr. Knodt worked over his career in various senior management roles in applied research and industry, recently as Director Digital Ventures with a focus on impact entrepreneurship, Dr. Knodt as well serves in various boards and as a mentor for startups. Currently, he serves in the German Committee for the UN Ocean Decade of Science for Sustainable Development, as well he serves a member of the board in the German Association for Marine Technology GMT.

Andreas Knörzer
Geschäftsführender Inhaber
Knörzer Consulting


Andreas Knörzer is Vice-Chairman at Vontobel Asset Management, member of the ESG Investment Governance Committee and Senior ESG Expert and Project Manager. Previously, he was Co-Head of Sustainable & Thematic and Head of Sustainable Investing Boutique and was with Vescore AG (founded in July 2015 within Raiffeisen Switzerland) Business Unit Head Asset Management and Deputy CEO. From 2013 to 2015, he was Head of Asset Management and a member of the Executive Board at Notenstein Privatbank AG, which also belongs to Raiffeisen. 

At Bank J. Safra Sarasin in Basel, he held various positions in financial analysis and asset management from 1989 to 2013, most recently as Head of Asset Management. During this time, as a pioneer in sustainable asset management, he established the sustainable product range and played a key role in positioning the bank as a market leader in this area.

Andreas Knörzer holds a federal diploma in business administration and a federal diploma in banking. His education was followed by several further training courses (Executive Program, Swiss Finance Institute, Senior Executive Program, Columbia University New York). 

He is a member of the strategy committee of EnergieSchweiz, a program of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, co-leader of the working group Wealth & Asset Management at the industry association Swiss Sustainable Finance and serves as a sustainability expert in various working groups of other associations and authorities. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board of Sustainable Real Estate AG, Zurich and is politically active at local and cantonal level.

Dr. Reiner Koblo
Principal Sector Economist Urban Development and Sustainable Mobility
KfW Entwicklungsbank

Reiner Koblo is Principal Sector Economist for Urban Development and Sustainable Mobility at KfW Development Bank, Frankfurt. He has more than 30 years working experience as transport planer and transport economist. Since about 15 years he is working in the field of development cooperation with KfW Development Bank. His regional focus was in South and South-East Asia but he also supported development cooperation projects in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. At KfW he acted for about 7 years as Project Manager in financing and implementation of roads, rail and urban public transport projects in Asia. For about 8 years he is Sector Economist responsible for the implementation of development policy objectives in mobility development cooperation projects, updating of methodologies and advisory support for urban sustainable mobility policies of the Development Bank within in the mobility policy sector division of the Development Bank.

Dr. Hans Wilhelm Korfmacher
CEO
Versorgungswerk der Wirtschaftsprüfer und der vereidigten Buchprüfer im Lande Nordrhein-Westfalen (WPV)

Dr Hans Wilhelm Korfmacher has been Managing Director of WPV, a self- administered pension scheme for auditors and certified accountants, since its foundation in 1993 – initially as sole Managing Director and, since October 2019, as CEO. The doctor of law is a self-employed lawyer and honorary chairman of the board of the Frankfurt Club of Finance e.V.

Jan Köpper
Head of Impact Transparency & Sustaianbility
GLS Bank

Jan Köpper is heading the department on impact transparncy & sustainability at GLS Bank Germany. In his role Jan is responsible for the conceptualization, coordination and implementation of societal impact measurement and management, the analysis and translation of sustainability risks, the sustainability assessments in corporate loan transactions as well as the integration of sustainability related processes in internal sustainability and bank management in the GLS Group. Following posts at the business network CSR Europe in Brussels and the sustainability rating agency imug/VE in Hanover he joined GLS Bank in April 2018 to start is current position. Jan Köpper is founding director of the Peer School for Sustainable Development e.V. and chairman of Cluster e.V.. He has published numerous articles and media contributions. He also looks after the memberships of the GLS in the Forum for Sustainable Investments (FNG), B.A.U.M. e.V. and the United Nations Principles for Responsible Banking (UNPRB).

Mag. Uli Krämer
Chief Investment Officer
KEPLER-FONDS

Uli Krämer is Chief Investment Officer of KEPLER-FONDS KAG, the fourth-biggest investment company in Austria. KEPLER gained attention by winning various awards for overall performance and quality (eg. Scope Awards – Best Asset Manager Overall – Austria, Germany) as well as for various investment strategies in the last few years. 

Before being appointed CIO in 2014, Uli has been head of Portfolio Management Fixed Income for 15 years. In this time he was involved in the development of the KEPLER Dynamic Asset Allocation (KDAA) model that is the basis for the tactical allocation of multi-asset strategies. Due to his interest and profound knowledge in Sustainable Finance, Uli was one of the main persons who initiated the introduction of the first sustainable mutual fund – making KEPLER a pioneer in ESG investing in Austria. He was and partly is still managing KEPLER Ethik Rentenfonds and various strategies of institutional investors. 

In addition to his tasks as a portfolio manager and CIO, Uli is taking on various lecturing and training activities within the company as well as in university classes or external events. He holds a degree in Economics of Johannes-Kepler-University in Linz/Austria.

Dr. Klaus Kunz
Head of ESG External Engagement and Performance Reporting
Bayer

Dr. Klaus Kunz holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry and a degree in economics. He joined Bayer in 2001 and has gained 18 years of experience directing business strategic topics in R&D at a global level, taking leadership roles in research, R&D project management, and regulatory and public / governmental affairs, including issues management and stakeholder engagement. Since 2018 he is leading Sustainability & Business Stewardship in Bayer Crop Science. Klaus is passionate about driving innovation and change, cross-cultural collaboration, politics and history, also holding a lectureship for chemistry at the University of Aachen.  He is married with three children.

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.

Ann-Grit Lehmann
Head of Finance Investments
Stiftung EVZ

As Head of Finance, Ann-Grit Lehmann has been responsible for managing the in- vestments of the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) since 2018. 

She has been working for the Foundation EVZ since December 2002. Ann-Grit Lehmann was already significantly involved in the worldwide compensation pay-ments of EUR 4.4 billion to former Nazi forced labourers and other victims of Na-tional Socialism. After the completion of the compensation payments in 2007, she was initially responsible for the entire operational business in the area of capi-tal investments as well as the Bundestiftung’s own investments as a Consultant to the Head of Finance. As early as 2011, she implemented an engagement process whose focus was based on the history of the Foundation EVZ. The sustainability strategy has now been further developed. 

Previously, the trained bank clerk studied social management in Berlin with an emphasis on financing and worked in a corresponding position for five years, in- cluding at Bankgesellschaft Berlin. 

The assets of the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future amount to about EUR 590 million.

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).

Leanne Mair
Founder & Managing Director
Benefactum Consulting

Leanne Mair is the Managing Director and Founder of Benefactum Consulting, a management consultancy company specialising in helping financial services companies take action in their commitments to gender equality. 

Having worked in asset management for over 14 years for global brands such as BlueBay Asset Management and PIMCO, who respectively manage USD 68 billion and USD 2.1 trillion (as of 31.12.2022). She understands the DNA of the industry with regards to gender equality, leadership and culture. With her experience and insights, Leanne has delivered keynotes to the likes of HSBC Asset Management on Women & Intersectionality and has been quoted in Ignites Europe (an FT company) as a gender equality in financial services expert. 

She believes that now more than ever is the time where the financial services industry should no longer have the moniker of being male-dominated and that is overdue that women can thrive in this industry and not just a select few. Along with this, the industry can be equitable without sacrificing its profitability. She also believes that there is an incredible power at the intersection of race and gender which has been largely overlooked and by including it, the financial services industry could be a world leader in setting the standard for gender equality.

Dimitri Mavridis
Senior Research Associate
Preqin

Dimitri Mavridis joined Preqin, the leading providers of intelligence across all alternative asset classes, in 2022. He is a senior research associate in the newly created DACH region research team and is based in Frankfurt. Prior to this, Dimitri was the managing director of a family-owned project development and real estate firm based in Germany. 

Dimitri holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a focus on organisational structures from the Philipps-University in Marburg and a master’s degree in politics focusing on European relations and governance from the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.

Florian Meister
Senior Advisor
Finance in Motion

Florian Meister is Senior Advisor at Finance in Motion, one of the world’s leading impact investing advisors with well over EUR 2,8 billion assets under management and offices in 16 countries. Florian was Managing Director at Finance in Motion from 2009 until 2021, he managed investor acquisition, equity investments and strategy and planning. 

He started his career in M&A at Wasserstein Perella in New York in 1989 before working at several investment banks in Germany, among others in the context of private equity consulting. In 2005, he advised on the inception of the European Fund for Southeast Europe and later became CFO to the Fund Advisor before his selection as Finance in Motion’s first Managing Director when the company was founded in 2009. Florian holds an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College, Philadelphia. He also runs an ecological mountain farm in South Tyrol that makes cheese.

Dr. Martina Mettgenberg-Lemière
International Expert in Impact Investing

Dr. Martina Mettgenberg-Lemière is an international expert in impact investing. Over the last 15 years, she contributed to praxis in the human capital and impact investing sectors in Asia (India and Singapore) and Europe. Her last two positions included leading the ESG and impact management at GLS Treuhand and building as well as leading the insights section at AVPN in Singapore. Prior to this she worked at INSEAD, the Human Capital Leadership Institute and Evalueserve.
She holds a BA (Hons) in Comparative Religions and Anthropology from the University of Manchester, MSc in Anthropology from the University of Manchester and a PhD in Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester.

Henning Mettler
Chief Financial Officer
Concordia Versicherungen

Mr. Henning Mettler, born in 1960, has been the Chief Financial Officer of Concordia Insurance Group in Hanover since October 2002 and is responsible for investments and accounting as well as facility management. He was also responsible for the polish subsidiaries (until 2018). After completing his bank training and business administration studies in 1984, Mr. Mettler gained his first experience in cash and foreign currency management, as well as international portfolio management at Allianz-Versicherungs-AG in Munich. 

In May 1987, he joined Hannover-Rückversicherungs-AG, where he managed the capital market division; his responsibilities included international portfolio management, asset liability management and capital investment support for foreign subsidiaries. After an intra-group transfer in 1999 to HDI Asset-Management GmbH (now Ampega Asset Management GmbH), Mr. Mettler was jointly responsible for building up the company as managing director. 

He is a member of the supervisory board of an austrian pension fund, a member of the supervisory board of a foundation and on the advisory board of a private equity company. Mr. Mettler also has many years of experience in the field of sustainable investments.

Dr. Timo Möller
Partner
McKinsey & Company

Timo Möller is a partner in the Cologne office and Head of the McKinsey Center of Future Mobility (MCFM) with focus on the strategic and operational questions around the disruptive trends (i.e., connectivity, autonomous driving, electrification, shared mobility). He has led several research projects, e.g., „Automotive Revolution 2030“, „Monetizing Car Data“ and co-created several assets, e.g., the “Mobility Market Model”. Timo is serving clients across a broad range of industries to transform their current mobility business or to enter the space. In addition, he has experience in operations (procurement/ product development). Timo holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from RWTH Aachen and a Diploma in Industrial Engineering from Technical University Darmstadt.

Andreas Mucke
Managing Director
Circular Economy Accelerator

Andreas Mucke studied safety engineering at the University of Wuppertal and is a graduate engineer in technical environmental protection. Since December 2020, he has been managing director of the Circular Economy Accelerator of the Circular Valley Foundation. Previously, he was Lord Mayor of the City of Wuppertal from October 2015 to October 2020. From June 2011 until his election in 2015, he was Managing Director of the Wuppertaler Quartierentwicklungsgesellschaft (Wuppertal Neighbourhood Development Company) and from 2000 to 2011, he was Sales Manager Energy and Water for private and commercial customers at the Wuppertaler Stadtwerke.

Dr. Christian Müller
CEO Germany
EIT InnoEnergy

Christian Müller is the CEO of EIT InnoEnergy in Germany and member of the Executive Board of the European holding, KIC InnoEnergy SE. Prior to joining Europe’s innovation engine for sustainable energy, he dedicated almost 25 years to technology development at global corporations, such as Hoechst, ABB and Siemens AG. In leading management positions he supported the expansion and commercialization of technologies, market positioning as well as business development. Christian Müller is driven by making an impact and enabling sustainable energy innovations to reduce energy costs, increase system performance and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. 

Christian Müller holds a PhD in technical thermodynamics and studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and University of California, Berkley.

Alex Murray
Vice President Research Insights
Preqin

Alex Murray is a built environment economist specialising in private financing of public infrastructure. Starting his career in KPMG, Corporate Finance, his research of operational infrastructure lead to his PhD in whole life cost and value. As a researcher and lecturer at UCL’s Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, he produced the analysis for a 2013 government commission on supply chains finance in construction, published with the 2013 UK Government construction strategy. He was later a Senior Analyst at the Infrastructure and Projects Authority. Alex joined Preqin as Vice President in September 2020, where he specialises in coverage of unlisted infrastructure.

Gudrun Nagel
Head of Business Development Germany responsAbility Investment AG

Gudrun Nagel is Head of Business Development Germany for responsAbility Investment in Zürich. She joined responsAbility Investment in 2020 and is responsible for distribution for institutional clients and investment consultants in her role as relationship manager as well as the strategic expansion in Germany through new opportunities for responsibility as a leading impact asset manager. 

Prior to responsability Investment Gudrun Nagel covered corporates and pension funds as investment consultant with FERI. In former roles with Aberdeen and Lazard Asset Management she focuses on Emerging Markets and successfully expanded the business with investment consultants and institutional clients in Germany and later as Head of Switzerland. 

Gudrun Nagel brings more than two decades of experience in global financial markets as Investment Consultant and Relationship Manager and held Senior Leadership roles in Frankfurt and Zürich.

Roger Naylor
Portfolio Manager
Evli Fund Management

Over 17-years’ experience in global forestry investment and asset management. Created access to forestry investment for institutional investors, family offices and high-net-worth individuals, analysing forestry investment vehicles at a global scale. Able to leverage a global network of forestry fund managers, owners and service providers to create a pipeline of opportunities. Experienced in portfolio management to deliver asset level and fund performance. Proven investment track record having led the detailed evaluation of prospective forestry funds targeting over USD 3.7 billion of commitments, with over USD 725 million subsequently invested by clients. Investment Committee experience combining technical forestry skills, market knowledge and investment analysis.

 Dr. Andreas Nilsson
Managing Director and Head of Impact
Golding Capital Partners

Dr. Andreas Nilsson is Managing Director and Head of Impact at Golding Capital Partners and responsible for impact investments. He joined the Golding team in May 2021. Prior joining Golding, Mr Nilsson was Managing Partner of Sonanz, an Impact-focused fund-of-funds which he founded in 2015. Before that, he worked as a private equity investor at EQT and UBS. Mr Nilsson holds a PhD in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics and spent two years as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Business School. The topic of his doctoral dissertation was “The Financing of Nonprofits and Social Enterprises”. Mr Nilsson earned his MSc from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Frieder Olfe
Head of Business Development
imug | rating

Frieder Olfe is Head of Business Development at imug | rating, Germany’s leading agency for customized ESG research. His responsibilities focus on marketing, sales and advising new clients, especially from the investor & financial intermediary sectors. Previously, he worked in management consultancies, non-profits and universities on the topics of CSR, marketing and digitalization. Frieder Olfe holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Business Management and is an event manager (IHK).

Nils Ossenbrink
Managing Partner
Twelve Capital

Nils Ossenbrink joined Twelve Capital in September 2020. Prior to joining the firm, Nils was the Global Head – Advisory Solutions and Product Management at EFG Bank AG. From 2000 to 2013 Nils worked for Bank Sarasin & Cie AG in Basel and Zürich. Initially as Management Support of the Private Banking division, in 2002 he joined the management board of the Investment Fund division as the Head of Products and Services. From 2005 to 2013 Nils was the Global Head of Products and also the COO of the Asset Management & Products division and acted as the Chairman of the Group’s Fund companies. From 2013 to 2016 Nils was the CEO of Bank J. Safra Sarasin (Deutschland) AG primarily focusing on restructuring and managing various complex projects. Nils began his career in 1995 as a Management Consultant with ZEB in Münster, a consultancy specialising in the financial industry and was also responsible for establishing and managing ZEB’s Zürich office in 1997. Nils holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Münster majoring in Finance, Capital Markets and Bank Management.

Bela Paproth
Senior Associate – ESG Client Coverage
MSCI ESG Research

In my role as ESG Sales Specialist I am responsible for growing our market presence of ESG Research Products in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. Core client segments are Asset Managers, Asset Owners, Banks and more and more also Consultants. Previously to joining MSCI, I worked in the Impact Asset Management space focusing on Private Equity and Private Debt in the Microfinance, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy space in the Palestinian Territories, Jordan and larger MENA Region. I hold a MSc in Sustainable Finance and a BSc in International Business – Finance from Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Stephanie Petrick
Senior Advisor Impact Investing
Phineo

Stephanie Petrick is seasoned impact investing expert and Senior Advisor Impact Investing at Phineo. She has more than 15 years of experience advising private investors, family offices, investment funds, foundations and international corporations in Europe and the US and led Phineo´s impact investing division until 2020. 

Previously, Stephanie Petrick worked for the German impact investing pioneer Impact in Motion, for Ashoka Germany and was Principal at L.E.K. Consulting, an international strategy consultancy. She is a graduate of the European School of Business in Reutlingen (D) and the Reims Management School (F) and holds a degree in Foundation Management from the European Business School in Oestrich- Winkel (D).

Dr. Oliver Pfeil
Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer
EB-Sustainable Investment Management

Dr. Oliver Pfeil joined EB – Sustainable Investment Management GmbH as Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer in December 2019. He has been named Speaker of the Board in February 2021. Oliver oversees a team of 25 portfolio managers in equities, fixed income, multi asset, private debt and renewable energy. After finishing his studies with a doctorate in Finance from the University of St. Gallen, he began his professional career at Deutsche Bank group. As a portfolio manager for DWS, Oliver was responsible for US and global high dividend equity portfolios. Later, he became a Senior Product Strategist for DWS’s ETF business (Xtrackers). During this time, he worked with leading index providers to launch innovative Smart Beta concepts. In his most recent role at DWS, Oliver advised external distribution partners as Head of Investment Advisory Multi Asset Model Portfolios. He is married and has two children.

Tommy Piemonte
Head of Sustainable Investment Research
Bank für Kirche und Caritas

Tommy Piemonte is Head of Sustainable Investment Research at Bank für Kirche und Caritas eG, a catholic church Bank based in Paderborn. He is mainly responsible for the further development, operational implementation and monitoring of the bank’s ethically-sustainable investment strategy. He is also responsible for the associated engagement activities, i.e. the active exertion of influence on companies, states or other investment objects with regard to their sustainability efforts. In this context, he is also the Bank’s representative and a founding member of the European engagement network of institutional investors Shareholders for Change. Above all, his expertise helps the Bank’s institutional clients, such as charitable foundations and church and charitable institutions, to develop and implement an individual, ethically-sustainable investment strategy. 

Prior to joining the Bank für Kirche und Caritas, Tommy Piemonte was Head of the sustainability rating agency at imug in Hanover, research and sales network partner of VigeoEiris. Mr. Piemonte studied economics in Nürtingen (Germany) and Rome (Italy). The graduate economist supplemented his experience in sustainability research with many years of experience in the financial market, including as a securities specialist at Deutsche Bank. With this combination of experiences, Mr. Piemonte also regularly lectures at universities and has written numerous publications on sustainable investment.

Philipp Plate
Head of Risk and IT BayernInvest / Chief Risk Officer at BayernInvest Luxembourg
BayernInvest

Philipp Plate is responsible for Risk and IT at BayernInvest in Munich and has been Managing Director of the subsidiary BayernInvest Luxembourg S.A. since 2021. With his team, the mathematics graduate is consistently driving forward the digitalisation and modernisation of IT and reporting. He is convinced that, alongside the energy transition, the agricultural transition will be the next big driver. After all, only regenerative agriculture can preserve biodiversity, curb climate change and meet the responsibility of food security.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rams
Co-Founder / Chief Operating Officer and
Chief Financial Officer
Africa GreenTec

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rams (born 1969) is Co-Founder, COO & CFO at Africa GreenTec AG. He is Professor of Innovation Management/Entrepreneurship at Provadis University in Frankfurt (Main), serial entrepreneur, investor and start-up coach. 

He holds a doctorate and teaches in the field of economics and completed a degree in communications engineering.

 

Xavier Sarras
Founding Partner
4P Capital

Xavier Sarras, one of Europe’s leading Experience Economy experts, is on a mission to increase the quality of experiences in life. Entrepreneurially trained by founding companies since the age of 17, he has a unique background of close to 30 years in scaling and exiting digitally driven marketing agencies and 10 years of angel investing into, thereby shaping the experiences of global FMCG, fashion and consumer service brands as well as disruptive tech-startups across a multitude of industries. As founder and Managing Partner of the Impact Venture Capital firm, 4P Capital, he is dedicating his professional life to maximizing the positive social and environmental impact of highly scalable, purposeful startup companies building innovative business models in the Circular Economy.

 

Safar Sarif
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Impactive Values

Safar Sarif is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Impactive Values, a family office which focuses on Transformative Direct Impact Investments in SMEs. 

After stations at Deutsche Bank, Siemens and BMW, he turned to conducting long-term private equity and venture capital investments for a German entrepreneurial family. 

Next to his attention on acquiring and transforming SMEs, he is a strategic advisor to several startups and SMEs (e.g. in succession situations). As an executive, he supported fast- growing companies ad-interim. 

Safar is a Fulbright alumnus and has studied Business and International Relations in the US, Canada and Germany.

 

Jochen Schenk
CEO
Real I.S.

Jochen Schenk has been in the banking/financing and real estate business for more than 30 years. He is the CEO of Real I.S., a renowned fund and asset manager for real estate and tangible assets. Jochen Schenk has been and is a member of various investment committees and supervisory bodies of international investment companies. As deputy chairman of the board of trustees of the REMI- Real Estate Management Institute at EBS University, he is committed to promoting knowledge and young talent. As Vice President of the ZIA, the top association of the real estate industry, he is a member of the ESG Council of the ZIA and has taken over the seat of the ZIA in the practical advisory board of the „CCR – Frankfurt Competence Center for German and Global Regulation“.

 

Julia Schiffer
Partner
Mercer Alternatives

Julia Schiffer is a Portfolio Manager at Mercer Alternatives based in Zurich. Ms. Schiffer joined SCM Strategic Capital Management AG in 2010, which was acquired by Mercer in 2015. She has been in the financial services industry since 2008. 

Ms. Schiffer is responsible for Infrastructure and sustainable investments and is a member of the Mercer Infrastructure Rating Review Committee. She is also a member of the Sustainable Opportunities Investment Committee of Mercer Alternatives. 

She began her career with Partners Group AG Schweiz. Julia Schiffer holds a Diplom (Univ.) degree in business administration from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and studied at the University of Cádiz, Spain. She is a CFA & CAIA Charterholder.

 

Michael Schmidt
Deputy Head
UNIDO ITPO Germany

Michael Schmidt joined the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) Germany in 2017. As senior expert at UNIDO ITPO Germany, he is promoting investments and technology cooperation between German companies and partners in developing countries in the following sectors: Industry / Manufacturing, Energy and Energy Efficiency, Agriculture and Food-Processing, Environment Technologies (Water, Waste Water, Recycling), Infrastructure Development and the Health Sector. Michael Schmidt has 20 years+ experience in international business, investment management and trade & development, with focus on Eastern Europe, China and African markets. Prior to UNIDO, Michael Schmidt worked one of the largest Chinese real estate developer and operator of industrial parks (CFLD), had his own consultancy business and worked as advisor to Governments in Eastern Europe on trade and investment and bilateral economic co-operation with Germany. He also served for five year as managing director at German Chambers Abroad (AHK) in Eastern Europe (Serbia, Macedonia and Albania). Michael Schmidt is a trained economist with Bachelor and Master Degrees from the Universities of York and Warwick (both UK) and additional diplomas from the State University of Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation) and the Kiel Institute for World Economics (Germany).

Maren Schmitz
Head of FS Management Consulting Banking, Asset Management & Real Estate
KPMG

Maren Schmitz is a partner at KPMG and Head of FS Management Consulting Banking, Asset Management und Real Estate. Her focus is on the future topics of asset management, from technological challenges to the implementation of the sustainability agenda as well as regulatory and compliance topics. Prior to joining KPMG in 2008, she worked as a portfolio manager for several asset managers and banks with a strong focus on the assessment and valuation of financial instruments.

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.

 

Claus Schultze
Senior Policy Officer
European Commission & Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
(DG Mare)

Uwe Schober is head of Private Equity and responsible for the SANAD Fund, an private debt and private equity impact Fund for the MENA region, advised by the Impact Asset Manager Finance in Motion. Before joining Finance in Motion, he spent more than twelve years in investment banking in various positions with Warburg, UBS and Morgan Stanley working in M&A and helping to raise capital (equity, debt and hybrids) for a variety of companies in various industries. Uwe holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the VWA Stuttgart, an MBA from London Business School and an MA in Documentary Photography from LCC (London).

Antonis Schwarz
Founder
Goodmove Initiatives

 

Antonis Schwarz is an impact investor, philanthropist and impact investing consultant of Greek-German descent. Through his experience in the Venture Capital and Family Office space, he has extensive knowledge of the European Impact Investing landscape. In 2013, Antonis co-founded Vouliwatch, a Greek parliamentary monitoring organization that aims to increase political accountability and transparency. A strong believer in the power of activism, in 2016 he founded the Guerrilla Foundation, based in Berlin, which supports progressive social movements and activists working towards bringing about major systemic change across Europe. Antonis is also a Co-founder of the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zurich. He currently works part-time as an impact investing consultant for PHINEO.

Tobias Schwind
Managing Partner
FTTF – Fraunhofer Technologie-Transfer Fonds

Tobias Schwind is co-founder and managing partner of Fraunhofer Technologie Transfer Fonds GmbH (FTTF). 

FTTF is Germany’s first EIF-funded technology transfer fund and invests in start- ups that use Fraunhofer technology. Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest organization for applied research with 29,000 researchers and an annual budget of 2.8 billion euros. 

Previously Tobias was co-founder and CEO of Industrial Solar. A start-up in the environment of the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), for projects to generate solar process heat for industry. In 2019, Industrial Solar was listed on the Spotlight stockmarket and is now traded on NASDAQ First North under Clean Industry Solutions Holding AB. During this time, Tobias received various national and international awards. 

Tobias was previously TechTransfer Manager at Fraunhofer and responsible for several spin-offs in the field of renewable energies. 

Tobias studied economics in Germany and holds an MBA from ESCP-Europe/Paris.

Hanna Skelly
Managing Director
Arbaro Advisors

Hanna Skelly is responsible for sourcing, structuring, and executing investment opportunities as well as monitoring and disposing of portfolio companies as a Managing Director at Arbaro Advisors. She has more than 20 years of experience in forestry sector in emerging markets. Prior to Arbaro, she led Finnfund’s (Finnish development finance institution) investment team specialised in forestry, environment and renewable energy with a portfolio of about EUR 170 million including plantation forests and processing industries in both Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa (equity, debt and mezzanine). Her previous experience also includes senior positions in commercial banking specializing in limited recourse financing as well as management consulting in the forest industry.

Prof. Dr. Dirk Söhnholz
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Soehnholz ESG

Prof. Dr. Dirk Soehnholz (1963) is the founder and CEO of Soehnholz ESG GmbH, book author, honorary professor of asset management at Leipzig University and a blogger on Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) and Robo-Advisor topics (www.prof-soehnholz.com). Previously he worked for The Boston Consulting Group, Feri Alternative Asset, Feri Institutional Advisors and Veritas Investment.

Related Websites:
www.soehnholzesg.com
www.prof-soehnholz.com

Ingo Speich
Head of Sustainability and Corporate Governance
Deka Investment

Ingo Speich was appointed Head of the Sustainability and Corporate Governance department at Deka Investment in April 2019. He is responsible for all sustainability services for our asset man-agement products, including engagement, AGM voting, implementation of sustainability in portfo-lio management as well as cooperation with various research providers and sustainability initia-tives. 

Ingo is a member of the Advisory Board „Sustainable Finance“ of the Federal Government and of the „Corporate Governance Commission“ of the DVFA. He is also a member of ESMA’s Consulta-tive Working Group on Financial Intermediaries, of the BVI’s „Corporate Governance Working Group“ and the Schmalenbach- Gesellschaft’s „Corporate Governance Reporting“ Working Group. He lectures at the EBS Business School/Finance Academy on the subject of „Sustainable Investments“ and is an active participant in several networks to develop and strengthen corporate governance in companies. 

Prior to joining Deka, Ingo was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Union Investment from 2004, most recently as Head of the ESG Capital Markets & Stewardship team. After an apprenticeship at Dresdner Bank, Ingo studied business administration at the University of Trier and Boston Universi-ty, graduating with a Master degree. Ingo is a CFA Charterholder and completed the Executive MBA Program at the European Business School Oestrich-Winkel and Durham University.

Jussi Tanninen
Head of Private Debt and Real Estate
Mandatum Asset Management

Mr. Tanninen is the Head of Private Debt and Real Estate and leads the team of portfolio managers doing the manager selection in private debt, real estate and private equity. He is a member of Mandatum Asset Management’s Leveraged Loan strategies’ investment committee. Previous responsibilities include being the CFO in private equity owned company where he was responsible for negotiation of the financing package for the LBO and add-on acquisitions (including a bank and two second lien loan providers). He has also been the main portfolio manager in Real Estate Private Equity fund where he was responsible also for the financing package for the Fund’s portfolio. Additionally, he has worked in M&A and in other roles in asset management industry with combined tenure of 19 years. Education: Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration) at Helsinki School of Economics.

Elmar Thyen
Head of Corporate Communications
WSW Wuppertaler Stadtwerke

Elmar Thyen studied journalism and spatial planning at the Technical University of Dortmund. He worked as a journalist throughout Germany and in Japan for daily newspapers, WDR, NDR and other ARD stations. Before joining the energy industry, he was editor-in-chief of the NRW local radio station. He has been working in the energy industry since 2009. As Head of Corporate Communications and Energy Policy at Trianel, he was responsible for all public affairs issues in addition to communications. As project manager for pumped storage power plants, he was active for Trianel in Thuringia and NRW. In 2017, Thyen started to work at WSW Wuppertaler Stadtwerke. As a strategist in corporate development, he works on decarbonisation and sustainability strategies. At European level, Thyen heads the Energy Task Force of SGI Europe, the Association of European Public Enterprises, in Brussels. Thyen is also an executive board member and treasurer of Klimadiskurs NRW.

Markus W. Voigt
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Aream

Markus W. Voigt founded aream in 2005 and has more than 25 years’ experience in structuring alternative investment funds, transaction management and financing. Before founding the aream Group Markus W. Voigt was CEO and co- founder of Ideenkapital AG – an Asset-Manager for alternative investments that is majority-owned by the Ergo insurance group.

Richard Wagner
Managing director
AGEROS

Mr. Richard Wagner is the founder and managing director of AGEROS GmbH. AGEROS GmbH is an investment and consulting company that supports foundations and charitable institutions. From 1993 to the beginning of 2020, he was most recently the head of department and managing director of Versicherungskammer Bayern. During this time, he was responsible for an investment volume of up to EUR 53 billion and managed the development of Tecta Invest, the group’s licensed asset management company. 

Since 2008 he has been involved in dioceses and foundations as a member of the investment committee and advisor on strategic issues as well as strategic and tactical questions of capital investment. 

Mr. Wagner is a trained bank clerk and has completed a degree in business administration with a focus on “accounting/controlling”.

David Walker
Partner & Chair of IC – UB Forest Industry Green Growth Fund I LP
United Bankers

Bachelor of Commerce and Administration with Honours, Finance 
Victoria University of Wellington, NZ 
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) 

Global working experience, with strong network of business relationships in Asia-Pacific, Europe, North and South America. Based in Asia for the last 25 years, and now returning to Europe. 

Mr Walker has advised private equity, private company owners and listed companies associated with the forest products industry on acquisitions and divestitures, major industrial investments and strategy. 

As an advisor he focuses on being an independent voice in the board room, with opinions backed by thorough analysis and deep industry knowledge. 

Currently Managing Partner in his own advisory firm, having previously worked in senior roles in Macquarie Capital and Poyry Consulting (now AFRY), including CEO Consulting, CEO Asia-Pacific and Chairman of Poyry Capital, the investment banking business. Mr Walker is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Pictet Timber Fund, focused on listed company investments, and sits on public and private company boards in Finland and Singapore.

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.

Kai Wiegler
Sector Economist Marine Biodiversity and Sustainable Fisheries
KfW Development Bank

Kai Wiegler has an academic background as economist and geologist. He has been working for the German governmental development cooperation around the topics of sustainable fisheries, aquaculture and coastal zone management since 2005. This involved project-planning, implementation support and review missions in more than 40 development and newly industrializing countries. Kai helped in designing the „Blue Action Fund“ and is the sector economist for marine biodiversity and sustainable fisheries of KfW Development Bank for over a year now. In 2020 alone, KfW committed more than EUR 264 million on behalf of the German Federal Government to protect marine biodiversity and promote sustainable fisheries & aquaculture around the world. Out of these funds, EUR 28 million had been provided to help protect and sustainably manage 14 conservation areas spanning around 7,200 square kilometres.

Christian K. Winkler
Managing Director – Capital Market
asc impact

– Former Partner at btov Partners AG and former Vice President at Credit Suisse AG

– Double degree in Economics and Finance

– Successful and unsuccessful founder in the tech space

– Speaks DE, ENG, Dutch & French

Sebastian Winters
Managing Partner
HQ Trust

Sebastian Winters has been working for the multi-family office HQ Trust as a client advisor in Düsseldorf since 2016. As Managing Partner, he is responsible for the holistic advice and support of church institutions and foundations. One focus of Sebastian Winters‘ work is the professional structuring and efficient management of complex assets.

Patrick Wirth
Vice President Ecosystem Mobility
Baloise

Patrick Wirth has been responsible for Baloise’s mobility ecosystem activities since mid-2018. After founding of an independent unit, he has been Vice President Ecosystem Mobility since April 2020 and in this role is responsible for all Baloise activities in the area of mobility that go beyond the core insurance business. Previously, he launched the Startup Investment Fund for Baloise in 2017 and has made over 20 investments to date. 

He studied business administration with a specialisation in insurance management and holds a second degree in industrial engineering. After starting his career in the Controlling and Accounting department of Mannheimer Versicherung, he joined the Family Office of Mr. Hopp (a founder of SAP) as Head of Controlling. He joined Baloise in 2011, initially in the Pricing department, and took over as Head of Accident and Health Insurance for Baloise Switzerland in 2015.

Gordian Wüst
Program Manager Sustainable Finance & Impact Investing
BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt

Gordian Wüst is a program manager at the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, where he is primarily responsible for projects in the field of impact investing and sustainable finance. In addition to selecting new impact investments and controlling the existing ones, he oversees the implementation of comprehensive and ambitious ESG standards throughout the entire endowment. He also drives forward issues such as the measurement of environmental and social impact, both in the context of the Foundation’s own investments and in the context of its programmatic activities. He also oversaw the production of the BMW Foundation’s first comprehensive impact investing report. Before joining the BMW Foundation, he gained experience at KPMG in consulting for non-profit and public sector clients.

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