Speaker | Germany Forum

Ida Beerhalter
Member of the Advisory Board
Nixdorf Kapital

Ida Beerhalter co-heads IOME, a private investment partnership of women principals from the Gulf region with its head office in Riyadh, KSA. Additionally, Mrs. Beerhalter also serves as Ambassador, Member of the Board, Trustee, Committee Member, Advisor, and Expert to various for-profit and not-for-profit organizations around the globe — amongst others: United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica, Auma Obama Foundation Sauti Kuu, Kenya & Germany, USA, Green Rubber Group, Malaysia, Green Sands Equity, USA, Professors Without Boarders, UK, Jim Button Foundation, Germany, First Light Trust, UK, Aescuvest, Europe- specialized in a wide range of issues including, social business, entrepreneurship, impact investment, education, leadership, economic development, mental health, gender inclusiveness, women & minority empowerment, investments in emerging and growth markets, and wealth management, financial literary, family governance and succession planning. As Investor she also manages also her own investment portfolio. Mrs. Beerhalter was awarded with the TIAW World of Difference Award in 2015.

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.

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.

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.

Anna-Lena Budde
Deputy Managing Director
Norddeutsche Kirchliche Versorgungskasse (NKVK)

 

Anna-Lena Budde, deputy managing director at the Norddeutsche Kirchliche Versorgungskasse (NKVK).
 
Anna-Lena has been the deputy managing director of the NKVK since January 2020. She leads the department Finance and Accounting. Before she took over this position, she worked as the assistant managing director and was responsible for capital investments an insurance mathematics. Before her Master of Business Administration she trained as a bank clerk at the Deutsche Bank in Hanover. She gained first experiences working in retail and customer services for investments. After her time at Deutsche Bank she joined the founding team of an independent private financial
consultant agency for their new company location in Hanover.
 
Her current tasks encompass risk assessment of capital investments for her clients, strategic asset allocation as well as the integration of sustainability issues. She also controls, supervises and monitors internal projects, and cost incurrence and development.

Christian Chrobok, CIIA, CCrA
Head of Capital Markets
Volkswohl Bund Gruppe

Christian Chrobok has been in charge of investments at Volkswohl Bund since 2016 and is also responsible for risk management in this function.

Previously, Mr. Chrobok was Head of the Credit Team and Senior Portfolio Manager at Gothaer Versicherung. He was also Client Portfolio Manager at Fidelity and Senior Portfolio Manager at Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank.

Degree in Business Administration, Taxes and Finance from the University of Applied Sciences Mainz; Certified Credit Analyst as well as Certified International Investment Analyst.

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.

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 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“

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.

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.

Steffen Fuchs
Investment Strategist Liquid Assets
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 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.

Michael Gnaier, CEFA
Managing Director
MG Research & Consulting Services

Michael Gnaier is Managing Director and owner of MG Research & Consulting Services in Frankfurt. He is primarily focused on Alternative Investments, covering both Private and Public Markets. Prior to establishing his own business, 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.

Guido Helfberend
Investment Manager
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
Educate Global

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

Sabine Kaiser
Founder
SK Advisory

After management consulting at McKinsey&Co. Sabine turned to the VC industry which has been at the core of her activities for the last 20+ years. She has been an early-stage VC in Life Science, a global VC fund of funds investor on behalf of a single-family office and a venture builder, including currently for RWTH Aachen university.
For the Ashoka subsidiary FASE she has been mobilizing investors for social start-ups and supports both FASE and CH-based seif in “for impact” roles. As SKadvisory, she consults across the VC universe, from start-ups to institutional investors, incl. as Special Advisor on Sustainability with Blue Future Partners, a VC Fund of Funds focused on emerging managers. With Masters Degrees both in Biomedical Science and Public Policy and as an IHK-certified business mediator Sabine contributes an interdisciplinary perspective supported by a broad network in deep tech as well as the financial industry.

Matthias Keckl
Managing Partner
Fraunhofer Technologie Transfer Fonds GmbH

Matthias Keckl worked at the tech transfer office of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft from 2004 to 2012. In 2013 he became head of the new unit ‘Fraunhofer Venture Lab’ that was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Research. In addition to identifying entrepreneurial teams in early stages, the core of the Venture Lab was the accelerator ‘FDays®’ that was developed with renowned start-up centers. Since December 2018 Matthias is a managing partner at the Fraunhofer Tech Transfer Fund (FTTF), an independent Venture Capital fund with a volume of € 60 million. The FTTF invests in start-ups using Fraunhofer technologies and is funded by the European Investment Fund (EIF) and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Matthias was involved as an expert in various innovation initiatives, such as the innovation fund of Helmholtz research organisation. He is also a guest lecturer for entrepreneurship in the Executive MBA at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

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. 

Prof. Dr. Christian Klein
Professor of Sustainable Finance
Universität Kassel

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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 AG &
Verka VK Kirchliche Vorsorge VVaG

– 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 Subsea Solutions Centre
Fraunhofer Institute


Dr. Steffen Knodt is the Head of the Sustainable Subsea Solutions 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.

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.

Dr. Klaus Kunz
Head of Sustainability & Business Stewardship
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.

Dr. Fabian Lander
Head of Front Office Finance and Treasury
Vonovia

Dr. Fabian Lander has over 15 years of experience in the financial and banking industry. Fabian is an expert in real estate, corporate, and sustainable finance. At Vonovia Fabian is heading the Front Office at the Finance and Treasury division. In that function he is responsible for all liquidity and funding needs of Vonovia group. 

Before Fabian joined Vonovia he headed the corporate finance and sustainability department of VW Immobilien for 7 years. He issued the first green bond of a German real estate company for which VW Immobilien received the immobilienmanager award in financing in 2019.  Prior to that he worked almost 10 years at Eurohypo AG in different roles and positions.

He is a frequent speaker at conferences and contributed to numerous publications in German and International media by interview or own submission.

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.

Wiebke Merbeth
Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability
BayernInvest

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

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.

Dr. Timo Möller
Partner
McKinsey & Company Inc.

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 GmbH

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.

Roger Naylor
Portfolio Manager
Evli Bank

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).

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 GmbH

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 eG

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.

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

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

Michael Schmidt
Deputy Head
UNIDO

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.

 

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 GmbH

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.

Markus W. Voigt
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Aream GmbH

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.

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.

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