Speaker Swiss Forum

Speaker Swiss Forum

Sarita Bartlett
Managing Director Environmental, Social, Governance and Impact
Obviam

Sarita is the Managing Director Environment, Social, Governance, Impact (ESGI) at Obviam, an Investment Manager whose largest client is the Swiss DFI, SIFEM. She is a highly skilled Sustainable Investment professional and is viewed as a pioneer in this field by her peers. Leveraging her investment background, in-depth knowledge of ESGI themes and internationally accepted frameworks, as well as her experience in multi-cultural contexts and expansive global network, Sarita is uniquely qualified to capitalize on the intersectionalities among Finance, ESG risk management and Impact in investment decision-making and portfolio management. Her more recent work has focused on the intricate intersectionalities in the context of private sector development where returns, risks, and impacts, particularly to vulnerable people and the environment, can be large. On behalf of SIFEM, Sarita has been an active participant diverse forums, including in European Development Finance Institution (EDFI), the 2X Collaborative, and the GIIN. Prior to working at Obviam, she was an Investment Manager (ESG) at Norfund, Head of Sustainability Services at KPMG, Managing Director at IN2SRI, and Head of the SRI Department at Storebrand.

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.

Jeroen Bos
Global Head of Sustainable Investing
Credit Suisse Asset Management

Jeroen Bos is the Global Head of Sustainable Investing at Credit Suisse Asset Management. Jeroen joined Credit Suisse in January 2022 from NN Investment Partners where he was the Head of Equities & Responsible Investing and part of the Management Team Investments. Prior to that, he worked as a Director at UBS in New York and a Vice President at JPMorgan in London. He started his career at MeesPierson in Amsterdam in 1999 where he was a Senior Equity Analyst. 

In addition to his role at Credit Suisse, Jeroen sits on the Investment Committee of the Rail & Public Transport Pension fund in the Netherlands, is a board Member of the Work with Nature Foundation, sits on the Advisory Board of SPO Pension Education and is a member of CFA Institute’s Global ESG Working Group. In the ’13-‘21 period Jeroen was also a board member of CFA Society VBA Netherlands. 

Jeroen holds a degree in Economics from the Free University of Amsterdam (VU). In addition, Jeroen is a CFA charterholder and holds the CAIA, CMA, CFA ESG and Certified Pension Executive (CPE) certifications. Lastly, Jeroen completed INSEAD’s International’s Directors Program and Harvard’s Investment Management Program.

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.

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.

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.

Daniel Bruderer
Head of Business Development
Globalance Bank

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).

Gerrit-Jan Brunink
Principal Investment Manager Energy & Climate – Emerging Markets
Triodos Investment Management

Gerrit-Jan Brunink joined Triodos in 2007 and started Triodos’ activities in utility scale renewable energy projects in Emerging Markets in 2013, building on Triodos’ long-term presence (since the late eighties) in the renewable energy sector in Europe. 

He currently leads a dedicated investment team that focuses on financing the Energy Transition in Emerging Markets, with a focus on utility scale- and C&I projects, off-grid solutions and green credit lines. 

Prior, Gerrit-Jan was a Senior Investment Manager Equity, investing in medium to large scale renewable energy generation projects in Western Europe. He has also been involved in Triodos’ investment activities in small scale renewable energy transactions in Emerging Markets and served as a board member and investment committee member of investee companies with a renewable energy focus. 

Before joining Triodos, Gerrit-Jan worked for the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) as a Senior Investment Officer in Africa and Asia and acted as Fund Manager for its “Least Developed Countries Infrastructure Fund”. Gerrit-Jan started his career at ABN-AMRO Bank, where he managed a portfolio of the bank’s Global Clients. 

He is educated as an Economist with a specialization in marketing (Michigan State) at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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®.

Stefan Den Doelder
Partner
Stafford Capital Partners

Stefan den Doelder is a Partner in Stafford´s Private Equity team and responsible for relationship management, sourcing, due diligence and fund raising. He is the lead for Stafford´s Global Sustainable Impact strategy, with a focus on investing in global sustainability and impact-focused private equity funds and co-investments. 

Stefan has fifteen years of experience in private equity investing and more than twenty years of experience in sustainability investing. Prior to joining Stafford, he worked at Robeco Private Equity in a similar role. He also founded 3P Capital Advisors, an investment advisory boutique focused on sustainability themes, and several other consulting firms specialized in sustainable business and investments. 

Stefan holds a Master’s degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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.

Andrea Fix
Senior ESG Consultant
MSCI ESG Research

As an experienced ESG Consultant at MSCI ESG Research, Andrea supports the rapidly growing ESG & Climate client base in the German-speaking region as well as the Netherlands, South Africa and Middle East. In her role, she conveys ESG & Climate insights to MSCI ESG’s largest AM & AO clients across the region and assist them in the development of ESG & Climate strategies and products with a special focus on MSCI’s insurance and fixed income clients. 

Prior to her role at MSCI, Andrea headed the Munich based ESG Consultant Team at ISS ESG (previously oekom research AG) servicing the continental European market. Andrea brings 8 years of experience in the ESG business in general as well as all her experience working with institutional investors mainly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 

Additionally, Andrea is a qualified bank clerk (“Bankkauffrau”) and holds a Master’s degree in Economics (MSc.) from the University of Cologne. 

She also heads the Frankfurt chapter of MSCI’s Women Leadership Forum.

Manuela Froehlich
Head of New Business & Relationship Management | Co-Founder & Partner
ThomasLloyd Group & Fondsfrauen

Manuela M. Froehlich is Managing Director, Head of New Business & Relationship Management for ThomasLloyd Global Asset Management (Schweiz) AG. 

She is also co-founder and partner of Fondsfrauen, the largest German speaking career network for women in the financial industry. 

She joined ThomasLloyd in 2020 and is responsible for managing wholesale and institutional client relationships. She is also responsible for business development including sourcing new opportunities and strategic partnerships to accelerate the firm’s rapid growth as a leading impact asset manager. 

Manuela is a seasoned executive in the international financial industry for more than three decades and held senior leadership roles in London, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Luxembourg, before moving to Zurich.

Dr. Kai Goretzky
Partner
Dentons Europe

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.

William Greene
Managing Partner
Stafford Capital Partners

William is Managing Partner for Stafford’s Infrastructure business and is involved in investment sourcing, due diligence, negotiation and research for investments in infrastructure. 

He has 20 years of industry experience and has held senior management roles with Macquarie, Etrion, Swiss Re, and the Asian Development Bank, where his responsibilities included sourcing, due diligence, and financing projects in the infrastructure and renewables sectors. 

William has a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and a Diplôme d’Ingénieur in Civil Engineering from The National Superior School of Hydraulics of Grenoble, France.

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.

Enrique Alvarado Hablutzel
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Chi Impact Capital

An enthusiast of Technology, Innovation, and Leadership Enrique is an Impact investor, focusing on developing social and environmental businesses in Europe and Latin America. 

He is currently a Partner at Bamboo Capital Partners and sits on the board of 5 impact start-ups in Europe and has multiple investments in the field of Real State for Impact, cero waste, and circular economy businesses. With more than 15 years of experience in developing start-ups in technology and social and environmental impact, he is also part of the Impact Hub network in Switzerland and supported the early development of the Accelerate2030 program supporting more than 100 companies worldwide. He also worked on the early development of Seedstars – a Swiss-based group with the mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship and was part of the Investment team at Virgin Group. 

Every year he is invited as a speaker or guest expert  to develop impact investing courses at the IMD in Lausanne, the Graduate Institute, and the University of Zurich. He has presented a TedX on Democratizing impact investing using technology and is collaborating with different groups in Switzerland to move the needle in business-oriented to impact. Enrique holds a double Master’s Degree in Strategy and technology from the University of Lausanne and the EPFL.

Rainer Häggblom
Partner & IC Member – UB Forest Industry Green Growth Fund I LP
United Bankers

•M.Sc. (Econ.) from Helsinki School of Economics and M.Sc. (For.) from Helsinki University. 

•Supervised major M&A, post-merger integration and organizational and strategic development assignments in the forest products and energy industries globally. 

•Mr. Häggblom holds several board positions in stock-listed and non-listed companies globally 

Mr Häggblom has supervised major merger-, acquisition- and divestiture-related assignments carried out in forest products industry and energy. He has supervised major post-merger strategic and organizational development assignments of the merged companies and advisored several strategic development assignments in North America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America. 

Mr Häggblom’s specialties are as follows: international strategies and project development of the forest-based industry, corporate and sector strategic development, mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring. Establishment and management of forest funds and investments.As well as turnaround management at board level for distressed companies.

Petra Hakamo
Head of Sustainability
Evli Fund Management

Petra Hakamo is Head of Sustainability at Evli Plc, a leading Nordic fund management company rated by SFR as Finland’s best in responsible investment expertise. As Head of Sustainability Petra leads Evli’s Responsible Investing unit, in charge of developing group sustainability and responsible investing practices across all asset classes. Over the past 10 years Petra has gathered strong expertise in finance and sustainability across large corps, institutional clients as well as growth equity. Prior to joining Evli she worked several years at Nordic banks SEB and OP. 

Petra is a strong advocat for responsible investing and active in the Nordic investment community as Vice-Chairman of the Finnish Venture Capital Association’s ESG-working group and Member of the Pan-European VentureESG working group. Petra holds a Double Master’s Degree in Sustainability and Business from London School of Economics and Aalto University, as well as a Double Bachelor’s in Business and Political Science from Stockholm University. She is also SASB FSA-certified.

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.

Janine Hofer-Wittwer, CFA
Senior Product Manager
SIX Financial Information

Janine Hofer-Wittwer has been with SIX since 2014. She is responsible for creating SIX Financial Information’s ESG and sustainability proposition and by doing so contributing to a more sustainable and diverse economy, which are topics very close to her heart. Her role entails analyzing market trends 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.

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. 

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.

 Johanna Köb
Head of Responsible Investment
Zurich Insurance Company

Johanna Köb is Head of Responsible Investment at Zurich Insurance Group. In this role, she oversees the implementation of Zurich’s responsible investment strategy for the Group’s approximately USD 200 billion portfolio of group assets. Ms. Köb joined Zurich in 2013 as Responsible Investment Analyst, following the adaptation of the 2012 responsible investment strategy. Johanna is a member of Zurich Group’s Sustainability Leaders Council and serves in multiple advisory boards and working groups of responsible investment industry initiatives, with a focus on impact investment and climate change.

Prior to joining Zurich, Johanna worked for RobecoSAM, where she was part of the Sustainability Operations team. In this role, she supported companies throughout the annual corporate sustainability assessment, and served as an analyst for the financial services and support services sectors for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Johanna holds a master’s degree in international affairs and governance from the University of St. Gallen, as well as a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

With her focus on sustainable investments, impact investing and climate action she’s a frequent public speaker and also represented in various industry associations on these topics.

Dr. Ingo Marten
Managing Partner
Stafford Capital Partners

Ingo serves on Stafford’s Executive Management Board and is the Managing Partner of Stafford‘s global real assets business with more than USD 4 billion assets under management in infrastructure, timberland, and agriculture & food. Operating out of Zurich, Ingo has over twenty years of principal investment experience in direct, fund, and secondary transactions. In addition, Ingo bolsters Stafford’s global sustainable impact investment team given his sector expertise in green-growth private equity and low-carbon infrastructure transactions as well as his work on multiple Sustainability Committees and Advisory Boards since the early 2000s. 

Ingo joined Stafford from Macquarie where he was responsible for the launch and management of the infrastructure secondary fund activities as well as the European aspects of Macquarie’s sustainable capital investment activities. Both activities were successfully transferred to Stafford in 2014. Prior to joining Macquarie, Ingo was a Director in Alternative Investments at Swiss Re. Prior to Swiss Re, Ingo worked in Corporate & Strategy Development at UBS. 

Ingo holds a PhD (magna cum laude) in Business Administration from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).

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. Agnes Neher
Head Responsible Investment
Baloise Group

I am Head of Responsible Investment at Baloise Group. In my role, I am in charge of the Responsible Investing strategy. Previously, I was an ESG Analyst and Corporate Sustainability Manager at the private bank J. Safra Sarasin. I completed my PhD with the title “ESG Risks and Responsible Investment in Financial Markets” at the German University of Hohenheim. During my PhD, I was a visiting scholar at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. I received my Diploma in Economics from the German University of Tübingen. In addition, I earned an MSc in Philosophy of Social Sciences at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

I am a guest lecturer at the Duale Hochschule in Karlsruhe, where I teach “Sustainable Finance”.

 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.

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.

Nick Parsons
Head of Research & ESG Policy
ThomasLloyd Group

Nick joined ThomasLloyd in 2018 and is responsible for the firms’ responsible investment strategy and ESG policy framework. Nick is the Chair of the ESG Stewardship committee which now also oversees implementation of the core SFDR reporting requirements. In addition to this, he is also responsible for macroeconomic research which informs our ‘top down’ country selection in our investment process and the FX and currency research which informs our Treasury management. Prior to joining ThomasLloyd, Nick was the Head of Research, UK & Europe at National Australia Bank, one of Australia’s largest banks. 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 industry conferences and events and a frequent contributor to TV and financial media. 

Nick holds a degree in Economics & European Studies from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragements of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

Evelyne Pflugi
CEO and Co-Founder
The Singularity Group

Evelyne Pflugi is CEO and Co-Founder of The Singularity Group. Before co-founding The Singularity Group in 2017 she was the Portfolio Manager of the Energy Fund and active manager of various mandates in natural resources at GAM Investment Management in Zurich. Before, Evelyne worked as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst at Capital Research Global Investors in London. She began her career at The Capital Group in Los Angeles, California. Evelyne holds a Masters degree in Engineering from ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology with concentrations in Food Science, Biochemistry and Biotechnology.

Nicole Pieterse
Head of Human Resources EMEA
Swiss Re

Nicole has been Head HR EMEA since 1 January 2021. Before that she was the Global Head of HR Corporate Solutions since 1 January 2017, during which time she has supported a significant transformation of the business. Under her leadership, the CorSo HR function has partnered with the business to redesign and prepare the organisation for the future, to build stronger leadership and connect people with Swiss Re’s purpose ‘making the world more resilient’. 

Prior to that, Nicole was HR Partner for Asset Management and Group Underwriting having joined Swiss Re in March 2015. Before joining Swiss Re, Nicole worked for Credit Suisse for four years as an HR Cluster Head covering nine locations in the EMEA region for the Investment and Private Bank. Prior to that she worked at Fortis (later ABN Amro). 

Nicole has lived and worked in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Belgium and currently in Switzerland. Nicole is a member of the Swiss Re HR Executive Team and the EMEA Reinsurance Management Team.

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.

Marco Scheurer
Managing Director
Sustainable Real Estate

Marco Scheurer has more than 35 years of experience in advising and supporting institutional clients. As project manager of numerous product developments and launches in various asset classes, he has focused for the last 13 years on the area of collective real estate assets in the form of Swiss investment foundations, Swiss real estate funds (FCP and SICAV) and also foreign real estate funds such as the special fund AIF under German law. Since 2009, he and his team have been developing their own sustainable concepts for collective real estate assets and in 2019 this expertise was outsourced to Sustainable Real Estate AG from Vontobel Asset Management AG through an MbO together with the existing sustainable real estate funds, processes, employees and clients. As Managing Director and co-owner, he and his team advise on the implementation of sustainable real estate funds with a volume of over CHF 1 billion. He has held a federal diploma as a banking expert since 1994 and completed the Executive Program of the Swiss Banking School in 2005. From 1996 to 2013 he held various positions at Bank Sarasin & Co. Ltd in the Institutional Clients division, and in recent years he was Head Inst. Clients for Switzerland. From 2013 to 2016, he was later responsible for the development and expansion of the institutional and sustainable real estate business at Bank Notenstein. From 2016, when the bank was acquired by the Vontobel Group, he was responsible only for sustainable real estate funds.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Fabio Sofia
President
Sustainable Finance Geneva

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 President 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.

Dr. Katharina Sommerrock
Head of Investor Relations
Lightrock

Dr. Katharina Sommerrock is Head of Investor Relations at Lightrock, a global private equity platform investing for financial, social and environmental returns since 2007. Before her role at Lightrock, Katharina held several positions at LGT Group, the international private banking and asset management group, contributing to the areas of sustainable investing, impact investing and venture philanthropy: she joined LGT Venture Philanthropy as Head of Client Relations in 2013. Subsequently, she also coordinated internal and external communication, advisory, trainings and representation on LGT Group’s activities in sustainability, sustainable investing, social impact, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Before joining LGT, she was a project leader at the international strategy consulting firm Bain & Company, where she focused on financial services and private equity. In 2009, she received a PhD for her award-winning dissertation on “Social entrepreneurship business models”. She holds a Master in International Business Administration from the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Germany.

 Francesca Tornaghi
SVP Global Industry Lead Financial Services & Consulting
The Adecco Group

Francesca Tornaghi is SVP, Global Industry lead Financial Services & Consulting at the Adecco Group. Previously, Francesca held various positions within the Adecco Group, developing expertise in the Tech and Financial Services sector. This includes Vice President Global Business Development & Growth (Switzerland), Vice President Global strategic Accounts and Member of the Adecco North America Executive Committee (San Francisco, California), Chief of Staff to the Adecco Group CEO (Switzerland). Her early career includes Sales, Marketing & Events roles in the Financial Services industry. Francesca Studied International Labour Law at Università degli study di Milano (Italy) and is a certified business coach. Outside of her role within the Adecco Group, Francesca is a Member of the Board of Directors of Blend Plants, the worldwide market leader in technologies for the production of concrete.

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.

Daniel Wiener
Founder and President
Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation

Daniel Wiener is founder and president of the Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation (www.gib-foundation.org). He is a co-founder and member of the Board of Trustees of the UNEP Collaborating Centre BASE. This has been supporting the financing of sustainable energy solutions in developing and emerging countries (www.energy-base.org ) since 2002. The economist and cultural manager was a co-founder and later a member of the Board of Trustees, now Senior Advisor, of the Gold Standard Foundation for Climate Protection (www.goldstandard.org). After many years in business, he now works as an independent consultant for sustainable development in Basel (d.wiener@bluewin.ch).

Christian K. Winkler
Managing Director – Capital Markets & Fundraising
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

Patrick Wirth
Vice Chair
Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen (FNG)

Patrick Wirth blickt auf eine 20-jährige Karriere im Bereich der nachhaltigen Finanzen zurück und ist seit sieben Jahren stellvertretender Vorsitzender des FNG – Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen. Er setzt sich engagiert für die Integration von ESG in Asset Management Prozesse ein, um Unternehmensveränderungen und bessere Investitionen zu erreichen. Bei swissQuant ist er derzeit für verschiedene ESG-Entwicklungen und -Themen verantwortlich, darunter Strategien, Analysen und Reporting, um die Ausrichtung und Verankerung von ESG in den Lösungen von swissQuant für das Private Banking und Wealth Management Segment voranzutreiben. Vor seiner Tätigkeit bei swissQuant war Patrick als Senior Sustainability Specialist bei Swiss Life im Bereich Reporting und Kommunikation auf Gruppenebene tätig. Davor war er als Managing Director bei Sustainalytics für die Geschäftsentwicklung in den deutschsprachigen Märkten verantwortlich, mit Fokus auf Engagement Dialog Strategien. Patrick hat einen Master-Abschluss in Umweltingenieurwesen von der ETH Zürich.

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