Sprecher:innen Swiss Forum
Sprecher:innen Swiss Forum
CFO / COO
Peter Aukamp is the CFO / COO of OceanSafe AG, a Swiss textile technology company for circular, biodegradable and toxin-free textiles.
OceanSafe solves the textile industry’s environmental issues by helping brands and retailers develop and manufacture fully circular textile products. Its solution is based on a proprietary new synthetic textile fiber which combines the positive attributes of both cotton and polyester with a significantly improved environmental footprint. Together with its platform for textile components, OceanSafe technology allows for substitution of 80% of global textile market applications and will establish the new global standard for textiles.
Prior to joining OceanSafe, Peter spent 15 years at Deutsche Bank. He built experience in strategy and operational management roles in the areas of investment banking, corporate finance, energy, sustainability, and sovereign wealth funds.
Peter studied in Switzerland, Argentina, Japan, and the UK. He holds a Master in Accounting and Finance from the University of St. Gallen.
Chief Investment Officer
Director – Responsible Investment
Zurich Insurance Group
Danielle Brassel is Director – Responsible Investment at Zurich Insurance Group, where she is responsible for setting, implementing and monitoring the responsible investment strategy for Zurich’s global investment portfolio. From her 16-year career in the financial industry, Danielle brings a variety of experiences to the sector. Before joining Zurich’s Responsible Investment team, Danielle was working for responsAbility, a Zurich-based impact investing asset manager with a focus on micro-finance, where she was responsible for developing a measurement and reporting framework for the company’s social impact.
Danielle started her responsible investment journey at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), where she was providing debt and equity financing for the agribusiness sector according to the bank’s development finance mission. An expertise, she later brought to HSBC and a Swiss-based family office. She started her career as an M&A analyst for Credit Suisse in London.
Danielle is a Swiss citizen and holds a master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen.
Head of Impact Investing
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.
Managing Director Client Advisory & Solutions
Anthos Fund & Asset Management
Albert is responsible for business development at Anthos Fund & Asset Management. He combines this with his role as Chairman of the Fashion for Good Foundation in Amsterdam (Stichting Fashion for Good). He brings 25 years of experience in the fashion retail and sustainability space. Prior to joining Anthos, Albert 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.
Investor Relations DACH
Triodos Investment Management
Kärim Chatti has over twenty years of experience in the financial industry. In his last position before joining Triodos Investment Management, he worked as Market Head Germany at ResponsAbility Investments AG (Zurich). Prior to that role he worked at UBS Bank AG, Donner & Reuschel Privatbank AG, HSH Nordbank AG and Bertelsmann Foundation. His professional experience covers the sectors of finance, wealth management, impact investing as well as philanthropy. Kärim holds a master’s degree in political science from Bonn University.
Triodos Investment Management
Tim Crijns is first point of contact for Triodos Microfinance Fund and Triodos Fair Share Fund. Tim has been working with Triodos IM since 2016 in the Fund Management team and as Investment Officer Africa.
Tim started at Triodos Bank in 2014 as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors of Triodos Bank, Supervisory Board and the Foundation for the Administration of Triodos Bank Shares (SAAT). Before joining Triodos, Tim worked two years in Tanzania, setting up a vocational training project for the international development charity VSO, in partnership with British Gas (BG) Tanzania. He has working experience as a lawyer with Clifford Chance (mainly capital markets) and ING Bank (financial markets).
Tim holds a Master of Law from the Radboud University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and a Master of Business Administration (Strategic Management) from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (The Netherlands).
Co-Founder & Managing Director
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.
Thomas van Ditzhuyzen
Thomas is active in the financial industry for over 35 years. Lately he retired from his management position at Mobiliar Asset Management and now focusses on private projects and as ambassador for an Impact Asset Manager and a Swiss PE Manager for DACH mid-market buyouts. Thomas from his education is a lawyer but after his studies mainly worked in the asset management field with banks and asset managers in different management positions. Lately he became a partner at a Zurich based specialised asst management and financial service boutique, which consults clients in legal, risk and compliance topics.
Dr. Günther Dobrauz-Saldapenna
VC Investor, Lawyer, Disruption Disciple, Circularity Economy Believer, Exponential Technologies Enthusiast and Author.
Guenther holds a Master’s and PhD degree in law from Johannes Kepler University (Austria), an MBA from the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and has completed Executive Education programs at Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, IMD and Singularity University.
He is both a Partner at a Swiss BigFour company where he leads Legal Services for Switzerland and a co-founder of exelixis capital AG (where he does not hold any executive function).
Passionately invested in tomorrow since many years he firmly believes that the future must be circular and decentralized for true longevity!
Managing Partner & Owner
Désirée Dosch is managing partner of the consulting firm Alvicus AG and member of the board of directors of the stock exchange listed company Xlife Sciences. With her company Alvicus AG she advises corporates on segment & growth strategies with a focus on female customers, the next generation, and tomorrow’s leaders. Furthermore, she is an investor in various start-ups in the DACH region and accompanies and advises them on growth and market entry. Prior to her self- employment, she held various management positions in the insurance and finance industry. Désirée completed her MBA with a focus on corporate strategy in Australia and South Korea.
Finance in Motion
Christoph Freytag is a Managing Director at Finance in Motion, one of the world’s leading impact asset managers with around EUR 3.2 billion in assets under advisory/management. Christoph manages Investor Relations and core business support areas such as the Finance, Fund Operations, Legal, Compliance, and IT. He spent over 20 years championing inclusive banking and development finance in emerging markets. Christoph has led institution building operations in Russia, Bulgaria, and Serbia; served as Managing Director of IPC; and became the first Managing Director of ProCredit Bank Germany in 2012. He joined the team of Managing Directors at Finance in Motion in 2018. Christoph is certified banker and graduated (M.A.) in economics from the Frankfurt University.
Co-Founder and CEO
ID Genève Watches
Nicolas Freudiger, co-founder and CEO of ID Genève Watches. After graduating from the EHL Hospitality Business School in 2015 and a short corporate career, Nicolas decided to pursue his dream and create a new identity in the world of watchmaking, entirely based on sustainable development and the integration of 100% recycled stainless steel.
Vera Geis started her career in the banking industry working for KfW IPEX-Bank in Frankfurt as a Risk Analyst for rail transport. After several years in Risk Management, Vera switched to the Coverage side and became Client Associate for large corporates in Southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland at the Swedish bank SEB in Munich. One of Vera’s working fields at SEB was advisory on Sustainable Finance. After ten years in the banking world, Vera decided to follow her passion for sustainability and joined ClimatePartner as a Sustainability Consultant in 2022. In this role, Vera advises the finance sector (banks, insurances, and asset management companies) on how to become climate neutral. Handling ESG data is one part of her daily business.
Dr. Kai Goretzky
Partner and Head of Europe Insurance Regulatory
Dr. Kai Goretzky is a partner in Dentons’ Frankfurt office and part of the European Insurance Hub. He has focused on European insurance supervisory law, the IDD and insurance contract law, as well as the specific compliance issues of the insurance industry. He advises international insurers and intermediaries on entering the German insurance market as well as small and medium-sized insurers under Solvency II. Another focus of his practice is the digitization of the insurance industry. In addition, he advises banks and funds on the investment requirements of insurers and has experience in insurance-related M&A transactions.
Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen (FNG)
Since 2022 the Executive Director of FNG (Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen e. V., German SIF), a founding member of Eurosif and one of the largest SIFs in Europe. I do have a deep understanding of what it means to run a not-for-profit organization in terms of management, finances and strategy with strong skills in management of project teams, personnel responsibility and agile working. In my previous positions as project and investment manager in the field of sustainable investments (ESG, impact) within the last 15 years, I have been able to demonstrate my strategic and forward- looking thinking on operational level as well as in committees and boards making decisions. Working for banks, start-ups and non-profit organizations, the development of business models and the critical questioning of existing processes in order to optimize them have always played a central role.
Partner & Chief Investment Officer
Charlie is an investor and entrepreneur focused on emerging markets and responsible for the global seed stage venture capital fund, Seedstars International Ventures.
In early 2014, Charlie joined the founding team of Seedstars to help grow the company into the leading emerging market venture enabler that it is today. Since 2019 Charlie has led the investment activities of the group and now concluded over 90 investments in 35 countries.
Prior to Seedstars, Charlie spent 4 years with BlueOrchard Finance, a leading impact investment manager, where he invested in financial institutions across Asia, MENA and Africa.
Charlie studied at the University of Leeds, UK with a year at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and holds a Master of Engineering First Class Honours degree. Transitioning into finance following an MBA at the Collège des Ingénieurs, Paris, he later became a CFA charter holder.
Head of Sustainable Investing
LGT Bank (Switzerland)
Christopher Greenwald joined LGT Bank (Switzerland) Ltd. in January 2022 as Head of Sustainable Investing. Prior to that, he was Head of Sustainable Investing Research & Specialists at UBS Asset Management for 5 years. Previously he worked at RobecoSAM as Head of Sustainability Investing Research. He has also served as Head of ESG Content Strategy at ThomsonReuters and Director of Data Content at ASSET4. His academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University, an MBA from HEC Lausanne, and the FAME Certificate from the Swiss Finance Institute. Christopher has also taught in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.
Head of Sustainable Finance Unit
Strategic Services Division
Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA
Stefan Gross is a Senior Public Policy Specialist and has been FINMA’s leading expert on sustainable finance and climate risks for several years. As head of FINMA’s Sustainable Finance Unit, he develops and coordinates FINMA’s activities in the area of sustainable finance, particularly with regard to climate risks and combating greenwashing. He also represents FINMA in various national and international working groups, such as the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) and the IOSCO Sustainable Finance Taskforce (STF). Among other things, he is coordinating work on integrating climate-related risks into FINMA’s supervisory practice for banks and insurers and has led the pilot project on measuring transition risks at big banks (co-lead with the Swiss National Bank). Previously, he worked for the Parliamentary Services, where he investigated the Swiss authorities‘ management of the global financial crisis in the service of the Control Committees. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva.
Félix is mainly involved in strategy consulting projects on behalf of European and global asset managers, aiming at defining revenue growth strategies and adapting to macro trends (e.g. sustainability). He is also responsible for driving Indefi’s growth in the DACH region.
In the last years, Félix supported several European asset managers in their strategic reflections, including on how to bring alternative investments to retail markets. He is a regular keynote speaker on this topic.
Prior to joining Indefi, Félix worked as market and counterparty credit risk consultant at Cognizant Consulting in Paris.
Félix graduated from Ludwig Maximilian University in Germany and Emlyon Business School in France. He is fluent in English, French, German and Swedish.
Climate Change Specialist Consultant
Chair & Founder
The System Change Foundation
Janine Hofer-Wittwer, CFA
Head of ESG Data and RegRisk Services
SIX Financial Information
Janine Hofer-Wittwer has been with SIX since 2014. Upon the move of SIX Financial Information into ESG and sustainability several years ago, she has been responsible for creating that proposition and by doing so contributing to more sustainability in finance and economy, which is a topic very close to her heart. Her role entails analyzing market trends, defining a strategy and leading the creation of innovative services for the wealth, asset and risk management industry. Prior to that she has been driving the development of risk and analytics services.
Before joining SIX, Janine Hofer-Wittwer worked at UBS in Private Banking and at the Investment Bank both in Switzerland and abroad. After UBS she joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London where she was a Risk Manager for several years. Janine Hofer-Wittwer has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Berne and is a CFA charter holder. She also holds a Certificate in ESG Investing from the CFA Institute.
Andreas Knörzer ist geschäftsführender Inhaber von Knörzer Consulting und berät Finanzdienstleister mit Schwerpunkt Nachhaltigkeit. Von 2016 bis 2021 war er in veschiedensten Senior-Positionen, zuletzt als Vice Chairman, bei Vontobel Asset Management immer mit Nachhaltigkeitsbezug tätig. Von Ende 2013 bis 2015 gehörte er der Geschäftsleitung der zu Raiffeisen Schweiz gehörenden Notenstein Privatbank AG an. Bei der Bank J. Safra Sarasin in Basel hatte er von 1989 bis 2013 in diversen Führungsfunktionen als Pionier der nachhaltigen Vermögensverwaltung das nachhaltige Produkteangebot aufgebaut und die Positionierung der Bank als Marktführer in diesem Bereich wesentlich mitgestaltet.
Andreas Knörzer ist eidg. dipl. Betriebsökonom und eidg. dipl. Bankfachmann.
Er ist Mitglied des Strategieausschuss von EnergieSchweiz, einem Programm des Bundesamt für Energie, Co-Leiter der Arbeitsgruppe Wealth & Asset Management beim Branchenverband Swiss Sustainable Finance und fungiert als Nachhaltigkeits-Experte und Berater in verschiedenen Arbeitsgruppen von weiteren Verbänden. Zudem ist er Vorsitzender des Verwaltungsrat der Sustainable Real Estate AG und Mitglied des Verwaltungsrates von Twelve Capital AG und politisch auf lokaler Ebene engagiert. Andreas verfügt über mehr als 30 Jahre Erfahrung im Bereich der nachhaltigen Vermögensverwaltung.
Dr. Antonios Koumbarakis
Head Sustainability & Strategic Regulatory
Antonios Koumbarakis is driving the Sustainability & Strategic Regulatory team within PwC Switzerland. In this context, he advises financial institutions, corporates, regulatory authorities, central banks and governments in Switzerland, Europe, Asia and Middle East in the area of sustainability, net-zero, circular economy and regulatory initiatives. He is leading several ESG transformation projects on an operational and strategic level and is representative of PwC in several associations and working groups.
Executive Director, Social Lead, Sustainable and Impact Investing
UBS Asset Management
Karianne joined UBS Asset Management in 2018, originally based in London and more recently in Zurich. She is currently leading on investment research and active ownership activities that link to social themes. Before joining UBS, Karianne was a Global Sustainable Investment Manager at Univest, Unilever’s internal pension investment team. She advised Unilever’s largest pension plans on sustainable investment policies and implementation. Previously, Karianne worked as a Risk Management Analyst at P-Solve Asset Management (now River & Mercantile). Karianne holds a Masters in Investment Management from Cass Business School in London, a BSc in Business Administration from Rotterdam University, the Investment Management Certificate (IMC), and a Naturopathic Nutrition Certificate from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London.
Dr. Diego Liechti
Chief Investment Officer
Diego is CIO at Nest Sammelstiftung, a Swiss pension fund that is a pioneer in sustainable investing. He also sits in various boards and investment committees. In addition, he is a lecturer at the AZEK and at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences. Previously, he was an associate lecturer for Risk Management at the University of Bern, a senior investment consultant and head of research at PPCmetrics, a researcher at the University of Berne, at Columbia Business School in New York, and at INSEAD Business School in France. Diego has a PhD in finance from the University of Berne as well as a master’s degree in corporate finance and asset pricing.
Head of Energy, Materials and
Infrastructure Programs, Energy Transition Intelligence and Regional Action
World Economic Forum
Espen Mehlum has 22 years of experience in the energy sector. From 2000-2004, he was advisor in the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and from 2004-2006, he served as Norway’s Energy Advisor to the International Energy Agency (IEA). From 2006 to today he has held several positions at the World Economic Forum. 2006-2010 lead the energy utility industry community and projects. 2010-2016 Head of Knowledge Management of Energy Industries. From 2016-2021 Espen was Head of Knowledge Management for Shaping the Future of Energy, Materials and Infrastructure Platform. From 2021 Espen Mehlum leads World Economic Forum energy programs and initiatives in the areas of clean energy investing, energy&industry transition intelligence, and regional action. Education: Master of Science degree in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow.
Co-Founder & CEO
Olga is a global innovation and finance expert, specializing in financial education, sustainability, and gender-smart investing. She has been broadly recognized for her transformational achievements to change the financial services industry for women and gender equality with features in the global press such as Sky News, BBC News, CNBC, the Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Guardian, Newsweek and won numerous awards including FemBizSwiss 2021 Communication, ‘Inspirational Woman of the Year 2019’ by CityWealth Magazine, a place on the Senior Leaders in Fintech Powerlist by Innovate Finance UK and the Top 100 Women in Switzerland list by Women in Business. Following her career at UBS she has co-founded her own start-up – SmartPurse (https://smartpurse.me) –a fintech venture revolutionizing financial planning and education. With her blogs and money columns in Watson News, Olga reached already over 1.200,000 readers in Switzerland. She also serves as board member at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Olga has two children and lives in Zürich and London.
Head Asset Management and Sustainable Finance
Member of Senior Management
Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)
Hans-Ruedi Mosberger started his professional career as a pension actuary and investment consultant with The Wyatt Company (WillisTowersWatson) and Frank Russell in Switzerland and the US. In 1999, he joined UBS and held various management positions at UBS Asset Management. Mosberger, who is a certified Swiss pension actuary, was most recently Head Sales Management, with global responsibility for the establishment and implementation of sales management processes across all regions, channels and customer segments. He has a proven track record in the asset management business and is well-acquainted with the various aspects of financial market regulation and Sustainable Finance.
Hans-Ruedi Mosberger is a member of the Swiss negotiating delegation at the Climate Change Conference COP and on the advisory board for the Federal Council’s Sustainable Development Strategy.
Hans-Ruedi Mosberger has been Head Asset Management and Sustainable Finance of SBA since November 2017.
Associate – Infrastructure Investments
Leonard joined Mercer Alternatives in Zürich in March 2020. He is an Associate in the infrastructure team, covering research of primary funds and co-investments in Europe, with a focus on sustainability.
Before transferring to Mercer in Zürich, Leonard Niesel worked in the Edinburgh office helping pension funds and university endowments develop their investment strategies. He also assisted Universities with divesting the fossil-fuel holdings in their portfolios. Leonard has prior experience in banking and pharmaceuticals.
Leonard holds a Master of Arts in Economics and Business Management from the University of Glasgow. He is also a CFA Charterholder and has also obtained the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.
Founder & Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board
Born and raised in the German city of Paderborn. She originates from a family of entrepreneurs who are consistently committed to supporting society and environment, gained many years of experience in succession and turnaround management in Germany responding to the needs of investors. Founded NIXDORF Kapital AG to gather peers with focus on impact investing and mindful market transformation.
Kay is co-founder and managing partner at Convero AG, a Swiss-based Private Capital Advisory firm. Before founding Convero AG in 2020, Kay led the Private Equity and Debt secondaries investment practice at Mercer Private Markets in Zurich. Prior to that, he was part of the PE Secondaries team at Unigestion in Geneva and also managed the Private Equity portfolios for German institutional clients. Kay is an electrical engineer, holds a Master in Finance from EDHEC business school, France, and is a CFA charter holder.
Dr. Lukas von Orelli
Lukas von Orelli holds a doctorate in law and a degree in economics. He gained his first professional experience in asset management at a small private bank in Basel. After that, further professional stages led him to a court of law and to the bar, where he was admitted to the bar. After setting up a foundation to support young entrepreneurs, Lukas von Orelli became Managing Director of the VELUX STIFTUNG in Zurich, a medium-sized international foundation in 2004. He continues to engage in various foundation and association committees. In particular, since 2010 on the board of SwissFoundations, where he has held the presidency since 2016. Lukas von Orelli is one of the pioneers in the Swiss foundation sector in the implementation of sustainability and impact investing approaches. With SwissFoundations, he has been advocating for years for greater financial literacy among foundations and the inclusion of assets in foundation impact.
Managing Partner and Head of Distribution & Products
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.
Co-Founder and CBO
Karl is a tech founder and a serial entrepreneur. He has built and run exceptional teams across the world. Previously partner at PwC, where he was a part of the leadership team in charge of PwC’s Legal services with 3500 lawyers in 90 countries across the globe.
Emmanuel Parmentier is a managing partner at Indefi, based in Paris. He built and leads the ESG and sustainability advisory practice for financial investors worldwide. Emmanuel joined Indefi in 2007 and has more than 15 years of experience providing strategic advice to asset managers.
He is a thought leader in sustainable investing, publishing articles and speaking frequently at industry events.
Emmanuel is a graduate of Ecole Centrale Paris in engineering and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales).
Managing Director, Head of Research
Nick joined the ThomasLloyd Group in 2018. He serves as Managing Director, Head of Research. His scope of responsibility includes the macroeconomic research which underpins our ‘top down’ country selection in the ThomasLloyd Investment Process (TIP), the FX and currency research which informs our Treasury Management. Previously within the firm Nick also defined the policies which set out our approach to Responsible Investment. He now focuses on Thought Leadership in Asia’s energy transition. During a 35-year career in investment banking, Nick held various senior leadership roles in Global Markets Research. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as Head of Research, UK & Europe at National Australia Bank. He also worked as Head of Markets Research at Commerzbank and Global Head of Currency Research at Banque Paribas. Nick is a regular speaker at conferences and events and a frequent contributor to TV and financial media. He holds a degree in Economics & European Studies from the University of Sussex and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragements of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).
I joined Baloise in summer 2017. As a Senior Economist at Baloise I am responsible for the group’s macroeconomic house view and drawing implications for its investment strategy from it. Prior to Baloise I have worked as an economist in Zurich, Delhi and London in both the public and private sector. I hold a M.A. in Economics from the University of St. Gallen as well as a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Lewis & Clark College.
SVP Sustainability & ESG
The Adecco Group
Karin Reiter is SVP Sustainability & ESG at the Adecco Group. A member of the Group’s senior leadership team, she is responsible for building the Group’s capacity to understand, manage and respond to risks, opportunities, and impacts from an ESG perspective, across the full value chain.
From 2009 until 2016, Karin served as Group Corporate Responsibility Manager at Zurich Insurance Group and Managing Director of its charitable Zurich Foundation; prior to this she held different legal and compliance positions within Zurich’s international business. Before joining the Adecco Group in 2018, she worked as independent consultant particularly in the areas of sustainability risk management and strategic philanthropy.
Karin is a First Mover Fellow at The Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, an advisory board member of GreenBuzz, and a member of Global Women Leaders. She holds a Master of Law from the University of Zurich and a certificate of advanced studies in corporate responsibility from the University of Geneva.
Head of Investor Relations
Stephen is the Head of Investor Relations at Taaleri Energia and has over 25 years of experience in the investments industry and 14 years of experience in private equity fundraising and investor relations. Stephen has worked with and raised money for Buyout, Growth, Real Estate, Credit, Venture Capital and Infrastructure private equity teams and funds.
Stephen holds an MA (Hons.) in Economics, Management Studies and Mathematics & Statistics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Aktia Asset Management
Jonne Sandström: Jonne Sandström (M.Sc. Econ.) is a Portfolio Manager at Aktia, where he manages Aktia Short Term Corporate bond fund, UI-Aktia Sustainable Corporate bond fund and co-manages Aktia Corporate bond fund. Jonne joined Aktia in 2000 as a risk analyst and became a portfolio manager in 2005. After that he has been a member of Aktia’s corporate bond team managing portfolios ranging from government and covered bonds to hybrids and crossover.
Zürcher Kantonalbank Asset Management
Christian Sarwa has over 18 years of investment experience in private companies, primarily in the technology and the sustainability field.
He leads the new global private equity fund of Zürcher Kantonalbank, focusing on decarbonization technologies and services – Swisscanto (CH) Private Equity World Carbon Solutions I.
The Fund invests in venture and growth stage companies in the energy, food & agriculture, industry, transportation & logistics, and building & smart cities sector. Prior to joining Zürcher Kantonalbank, Christian co-lead the resource efficiency strategy of RobecoSAM in Zurich and lead venture and growth investments at Ventizz Capital Partners in Zurich and NBGI Ventures in London.
He spent several years in strategy consulting at Roland Berger, working for their engineered products, automotive and med-tech industry practice on international strategy, M&A, and restructuring projects.
Christian earned his MBA from the London Business School and holds a Master in Materials Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zurich.
Dr. Ralf Seiz
lecturer University of St. Gallen (HSG)
Dr. Ralf Seiz ist CEO und Inhaber von Finreon. Zudem ist er Lehrbeauftragter an der Universität St.Gallen (HSG) und Mitglied mehrerer Verwaltungs- und Stiftungsräte. Dr. Seiz war Assistant Professor an der Universität St.Gallen (HSG), Gründer und Geschäftsführer einer Beratungsfirma, sowie davor Business Analyst im Bereich Financial Services. Bevor er in Ökonomie promovierte (Dr. oec. HSG), schloss er sein Studium der Physik an der ETH Zürich ab (Dipl. Phys. ETH) und arbeitete unter anderem am CERN in Genf. Dr. Ralf Seiz hat eine langjährige und ausgewiesene Erfahrung im Bereich Asset Management, Pension Finance und Mathematical Finance. Die Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) zählte ihn mehrfach zu den einflussreichsten Schweizer Ökonomen. Dr. Ralf Seiz is CEO and owner of Finreon. He is also a lecturer at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) and a member of several boards of directors and foundations. Dr. Seiz was Assistant Professor at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), founder and CEO of a consulting firm, and before that Business Analyst in the Financial Services sector. Before obtaining his doctorate in economics (Dr. oec. HSG), he completed his studies in physics at the ETH Zurich (Dipl. Phys. ETH) and worked, among others, at CERN in Geneva. Dr. Ralf Seiz has many years of proven experience in asset management, pension finance and mathematical finance. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) ranked him several times among the most influential Swiss economists.
Chief Investment Officer
Sushant is the Chief Investment Officer of Fondation Botnar. He holds a Masters in Finance and Controlling from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Sushant’s experience is based on 30+ years of private and institutional asset management. He is a specialist for international multi-asset class portfolios. In a previous key role, Sushant headed Asset Management within Group Treasury of Novartis in Basel. Apart from managing the corporate liquidity, hedging the currency risk on the group balance sheet, his team also managed the assets of the Swiss pension funds of Novartis. Sushant joined Fondation Botnar in January 2018. Besides being responsible for managing the endowment of the foundation with applying responsible investing principles, he is developing Fondation Botnar’s Venture Philanthropy portfolio of purpose-related start-up investing. While with the foundation, he has further enriched his know how and experience with sustainable and impact investing.
Sustainable Finance Geneva
Zebra Impact Ventures
I have dedicated most of my career to a finance, which intends to contribute to positive impact. I co-created Symbiotics in 2005, which has become a world-leader in microfinance investments in emerging markets, going on to join WeCan Group, a fintech specializing in digital financing solutions and blockchain. I then joined Asteria Investment Managers, an asset manager aimed at providing impact investing solutions across all asset classes.
I am now heading to a new company advising and managing impact investments with a focus on sustainable food systems for 3 reasons; a transition to healthy and sustainable diets is urgently needed, farming must become regenerative, and lastly we need to reduce the ecological footprint of agriculture and fisheries, and boost nature’s ecosystems’ services that are essential to continue to produce our food.
In parallel, I am also Board Member of Sustainable Finance Geneva, an association promoting sustainable finance. I have there co-designed and promoted the Building Bridges brand, which aims at promoting the Geneva and Swiss ecosystem, and building bridges between experts to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 agenda.
I hold a master’s degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute for International Studies (IHEID) and a certificate of quantitative portfolio management from University of Geneva. I am also lecturer at IHEID for the SDG finance course.
Regional Director DACH
Andri Stocker is Clarity AI’s Regional Director in the DACH region with more than 7 years of experience in the sustainability space. Prior to joining Clarity AI he successfully led a VC-backed service & consulting business, working with various international brands on developing and implementing corporate sustainability strategies. With his prior roles at Adtelligence (WEC Technology Pioneer), Deutsche Bank and Julius Bär he combines a deep technological understanding with profound knowledge of the financial industry. Andri holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Christin ter Braak-Forstinger
CEO & Co-Founder Chi Impact Capital
Chi Impact Capital
Dr. Christin ter Braak-Forstiner, LL.M. is the co-founder and CEO of Chi Impact Capital in Zurich an independent Impact Fund Advisor advising a Luxembourg based impact fund.
Christin is passionate about pro-actively making the shift towards a regenerative and deep impact economy a reality. Christin has a long-standing experience and a 15 year+ track record in the financial services sector, private equity, the impact investing field, sustainable investing, strategic philanthropy advisory and the collaboration with international organizations and public stakeholders.
Christin completed her Doctoral Thesis at Harvard Law School (summa cum laude) and her Master Studies at Duke Law School; She has published numerous peer reviewed articles and papers in the field of sustainable investing and impact investing, authored and co-authored several books the latest of which is “Conscious Investing”; Christin is a lecturer at various universities on impact investing; Privately, Christin is the co-founder and president of award winning NGO Braveaurora, active in North Ghana since 2009.
Dr. Jürg Tobler
Chief Investment Officer
Pensionskasse Stadt Zürich
Dr. Jürg Tobler is Head of Investments at the Pension Fund City of Zurich since 2011. He joined the investment department in 2006. Before this, he was with Cantonal Bank of Zurich as Head of Fixed Income Research and in the Asset Management. Jürg Tobler is member of the „Kommission für Anlagefragen“ of ASIP.
Founder and President
Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation
Daniel Wiener is the Founder and President of the Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation (GIB), which has been promoting sustainable and resilient infrastructure finance since 2009. GIB is the issuer of the globally recognized, independent SuRe ® Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure www.gib-foundation.org. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Chief Financial Officer of the Swiss logistics infrastructure company Cargo Sous Terrain AG (CST) www.cst.ch. Daniel was the co- founder and – until the spring of 2020 – the long-term Chairman of ecos, the leading Basel/Switzerland-based international consulting firm for sustainable development. Since 1987, ecos has supported businesses, public institutions, associations, NGOs, municipalities, and national governments in designing and implementing sustainable development strategies, financial solutions, innovations, and projects www.ecos.ch. Daniel is a Swiss national, born in 1953 in Bern. He is an economist, who holds a post-graduate degree in Art’s Management from the University of Basel. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian K. Winkler
Managing Partner & Founder
Christian Winkler is co-founder and Managing Partner at asc impact, an independent owner-led firm primarily managing sustainable investments in agriculture and forestry. Our investment approach is that the management team will actively manage all projects and aims to ensure sustainable value creation operationally. Before joining asc, Christian worked for some 12 years in venture capital, Partner at btov Partners, and in banking at Credit Suisse. Christian holds double master’s degree in business and economics from the Universities of Maastricht, Rotterdam, and CEMS. In 2022 the asc impact forestry fund celebrated a successful first closing with a subscription volume of € 26.1 million. The fund invests under strict ESG criteria in a diversified portfolio of up to 20 sustainable forestry projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. All projects are actively managed by the asc impact management team, combining decades of agriculture and forestry experience with dedicated expertise in venture capital, start-up, and legal.
Co-Founder & Board Member
Susanne Wittig, Co-Founder and Board Member of Brainforest, a Venture Studio for Forest and Climate; Member of the Board of Directors of Gebana AG, an organic food company; Founder and Managing Partner of Impact Relation GmbH, a consultancy for integrated business & impact strategy with mandates including the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) or öbu – Swiss Council for Sustainable Development. In 2010, she co- founded the Swiss Chapter of Ashoka – the worldwide largest network of social entrepreneurs, where she is still a member of the Foundation Board. Prior, she co-founded a medical device company. She started her professional career at Henkel KgaA, where she held various marketing and management positions. Susanne holds a Master of Business Administration (University of Cologne), studied at HEC Paris, grew up in Germany, Egypt and the USA and is mother of twin-boys.
Tobias Wolf, CFA
Wealth Leader & Head Investments
Tobias Wolf is Wealth Leader and Head of Investments at Mercer Switzerland. His responsibilities in managing Mercer’s investment business include advising institutional clients on the development and implementation of their investment strategy, further developing the firm’s investment offering, establishing and managing strategic partnerships, as well as developing and implementing strategic initiatives.
He has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Mercer, he was a strategy consultant for leading international financial institutions and a strategist and business developer in the wealth management of a major Swiss bank.
Mr. Wolf holds an MSc. in Finance from London Business School and a BSc. in International Business from Northeastern University in Boston and ESB Reutlingen. He is also a CFA charterholder and holds a diploma in Pension Fund Management.