Speakers Austria Forum

Speakers Austria Forum

Helmut Berg

Dr. Helmut Berg
Director Marketing & Sales
Oikocredit International

Dr Helmut Berg, with Oikocredit for 14 years in various positions and since 2021 as Director Marketing & Sales. His background: media management, public relations, journalism. He studies philosophy, theology and film in Austria and England. He has published in the field of sustainable investments. Dissertation: “Vom Gelde, das dem Leben dient” published as a book. Peter Lang Verlag Frankfurt (2011). He was rewarded with the WER Prize (Economy, Ethics, Religion) of the Federation of Austrian Industries and IVA Ethics Prize.

Mag. Armand Colard
Founder & CEO
ESG Plus

Armand Colard originally studied Ecology and Environmental Economics in Vienna and has been working in the field of Sustainable Finance for the past 18 years. Prior to founding ESG Plus, a Vienna based social business specialized on ESG-, SDG- and impact measurement tools for the financial sector, Mr. Colard headed the Sustainable Finance team at WWF Austria from 2005 to 2015. In 2019 ESG Plus launched a platform for private investors called CLEANVEST, where everyone can align their invested money (funds and ETFs) with personal values according to 10 criteria such as climate change, biodiversity loss, child labour, weapons, gender equality etc. In Q4-2022 ESG Plus introduced the SaaS-tool “CLEANVEST PRO” to the public, which allows asset managers, family offices, financial planners and bank advisors access to detailed and individualized ESG-reports for more than 4.000 funds and ETFs.

Angelika Delen
Europe (ex UK) Strategic Research Director & Europe Impact Investment Leader
Mercer Austria

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Zuzana Fanning

Zuzana Fanning
Head of Treasury
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Zuzana is the Head of Treasury at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), based in Vienna, Austria. With over 24 years of experience in Treasury, Cash Management, Corporate Banking, Sales, Risk and Project Management, Zuzana has a passion for development and sustainable finance, as well innovation and development of people. 

Zuzana is also a valuable Team Member in UNIDO Innovative Finance Division, where she is responsible for co-ordinating partnerships among different stakeholders in support of sustainable and impact finance, such as international financial institutions, development banks, private and professional investors and UNIDO. In this role, she identifies investment opportunities, co-designs financial schemes and connects investors to UNIDO in view of developing projects with impact in the sustainable industrial development. 

Prior to her role at UNIDO, Zuzana has worked at ING Bank Netherlands and Belgium, as Head of Cash Management Sales Switzerland, USA and Nordic region and various other positions in risk management, credit analysis and relationship management. 

Zuzana is a Certified Payments and Cash Management Specialist with the Association of Corporate Treasurers and has Master’s Degree in International Business.

Johannes Feist

Johannes Feist
Mikro Kapital Management

Johannes Feist is a development finance expert, experienced with mergers & acquisitions and restructurings, and with commercial, governmental and not for profit business models. He has deep knowledge of the functions of DFIs, of MSME and rural financial services industries, and of investment fund regulations in Luxemburg, Germany and Mauritius. He obtained a PhD and Diploma (MSc) in International Economics (University of Munich). He started his career at the EU Commission and European Centre of International Security, then became Assistant Lecturer at University of Munich. From 1999 to 2020 he worked at KFW Development Bank covering different managerial and international roles, among them: Vice President for European Financial Institutions and Vice President for Corporate Strategy. In 2020 he founded his own company, JF Investment Advisory. He is member of Advisory Committee of DWM Displaced Communities Fund. In September 2022 he was appointed CEO of Mikro Kapital Management S.A.

Dr. Anton Fink

Dr. Anton Fink
Senior Advisor
Fink Consulting

Held various positions in banking and finance in Vienna, London and Frankfurt with Oesterreichische Kontrollbank, Deutsche Bank AG, Bank Gutmann AG and Dale Investment Advisors.Since 2020 Principal at Fink-Consulting, an independent advisory company. Member of various boards and foundations. Graduate of Universität Innsbruck (Law) and SAIS Johns Hopkins in Bologna and Washington DC.

Reinhard Friesenbichler

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

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

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

Manuela M. Froehlich
Head of New Business & Relationship Management | Co-Founder & Partner
ThomasLloyd GAM (Schweiz)

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.

Kai Goretzky

Dr. Kai Goretzky
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.

Uli Grabenwarter

Uli Grabenwarter
Deputy Director – Equity InvestmentsEuropean Investment Fund (EIF)

Uli Grabenwarter, is Deputy Director – Equity Investments at European Investment Fund (EIF). In this capacity he oversees EIF’s activities in Venture Capital, Impact Investing, and Technology Transfer, with EIF being Europe’s biggest Fund-of-Funds Investment platform in these markets. Previously he was responsible for EIF’s strategic development in the equity space and in this context has led the build-up of the Social Impact Accelerator, the first pan- European social impact investing fund-of-funds. From 2010 to 2012 he conducted a 20 months research project on impact investing in collaboration with IESE University of Navarra in Barcelona and the Family Office Circle Foundation based in Switzerland, analysing best- market-practices for impact investing in the private equity and venture capital space. He is a visiting Professor for Private Equity and Venture Capital at IESE University and is an angel investor in life sciences companies. Since 2018 he is a Trustees of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (www.GSGII.org) and serves on the Board of several asset management companies and family office structures. He regularly publishes articles and white papers on venture capital and impact investing. Uli is also member of several expert groups on impact investing and impact metrics across Europe. Uli holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance of the University of Graz.

Gernot Hauzenberger

Gernot Hauzenberger is working for the KEPLER FONDS KAG since 2019 and is a fixed income portfolio manager since 2019 with specialization on ESG investments and euro bonds. He is primarily responsible for the management of the KEPLER Ethik Mix Ausgewogen and several special funds. Furthermore, he is in the management team of the other KEPLER Ehik-funds and the KEPLER Europa Rentenfonds. In addition, he is also responsible for ESG in fixed income. He is a studied Mathematician (JKU Linz) with specialization on financial engineering. In 2021 he completed the course of studies “Geld & Ethik”. He has some years of lecture experience on sustainable investments and fixed income investments in general. He is regularly holding presentations at congresses, training courses and client events. 





Dr. Florian Hauer
ESG/Sustainability Officer

Dr. Florian Hauer has been responsible for ESG since 2020 and has managed equity funds (including KEPLER Ethik Aktienfonds, KEPLER Umwelt Aktienfonds, various special funds) at KEPLER-FONDS KAG since 2010. Before that, he worked as a research assistant at Johannes Kepler University Linz (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Cocca, Institute of Corporate Finance – Department of Asset Management) and since 2005 in the Securities Department at Hypo Oberösterreich. Florian Hauer studied economics at JKU Linz and at Cardiff Business School in the UK. In 2013, he completed the course of studies “Geld & Ethik“. He has many years of lecture experience on sustainable investments, among others as a guest lecturer at JKU Linz. He is also regularly quoted in the media on the topic of sustainable investments.

Reinhard Heiserer
Jugend Eine Welt – Don Bosco Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

Reinhard Heiserer is the CEO / director of Jugend Eine Welt – Don Bosco Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, an Austrian aid organization that is dedicated to helping improve the life prospects of children and young people living at the margins of society around the world, since 1997. Reinhard Heiserer was born on October 18, 1964 in Tyrol, Austria. After his apprenticeship and work experiences as an electrical engineer, Reinhard Heiserer went to Ecuador in 1991 as an employee of the Austrian Development Service (ÖED – today Horizon 3000), where he worked at a street children’s and vocational training center of the Salesians of Don Bosco. His work and experiences in Ecuador had laid the foundation, which later build up to Jugend Eine Welt and in 1997 the organisation was established. The idea was to give Don Bosco’s work greater recognition within Austria and to gain more support for Don Bosco projects worldwide. To this date, Jugend Eine Welt continues to pursue this goal. Under the motto “Education overcomes poverty”, the organisation supports aid projects, street children programs, and educational projects in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. In addition to his role as managing director and chairman of the board of Jugend Eine Welt, he is also a board member of the Jugend Eine Welt non-profit private foundation, board member of the association Volontariat Bewegt and a representative of FAIRTRADE. Mr. Heiserer is also member of the board at CRIC (https://cric-online.org/) in order to promote and create impact investments, be it through the support of microcredit institutions, or the work with cooperative organizations, which enable marginalised groups to help themselves through loans and collaborative lending structures.

Günther Herndlhofer
Head of Investment
VBV Vorsorgekasse

Günther Herndlhofer has been the Head of Investments and authorised signatory of VBV – Vorsorgekasse AG since 2011. With an investment volume of currently more than euro 5.5 billion, VBV – Vorsorgekasse AG is the leading pension fund in Austria, whereby responsible investing is an essential component of the investment philosophy. ESG factors have been an integral part of every investment decision since the company was founded in 2002. Mr. Herndlhofer holds an MBA (Financial Management) and an MSc (Executive Management) and has many years of professional experience in portfolio management and corporate pension schemes. He has been considered an internationally recognised expert in the field of sustainable investment for years.
MMag. Marita Hofer

MMag. (FH) Marita Hofer
Authorized Signatory and Member of the CSR-Team
Allianz Vorsorgekasse and Pensionskasse

Marita Hofer has been working for Austrian pension funds and severance payment funds since 1997, always focusing on new trends and improvements. She joined Allianz Vorsorgekasse as Head of ‘Legal’ in 2016 and is also responsible for the ‘Key Account Management’ team. Founding the dedicated CSR-team and being part of many CSR-projects since, she influences sustainable activities of both companies, Allianz Vorsorgekasse and Allianz Pensionskasse. Marita Hofer is committed to more transparency in sustainable finance, a focus on impact investment and to (re-)educating young generations to a sustainable lifestyle.
Mag. Thomas Kaiser

Mag. Thomas Kaiser, CFA
Asset Manager
IQAM Invest

Thomas Kaiser, CFA, works in Asset Management at IQAM Invest. He has been an asset manager at IQAM Invest since 2013 and is currently, the executive in charge of asset allocation and hedging strategies as well as of alternatives. He manages mutual funds and institutional mandates. He is a CFA® Charterholder and graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2010, where he specialised in monetary policy and finance. He started his career at IQAM Invest overseeing institutional tenders and developing tailor-made investment portfolios that are managed using a quantitative approach.

Dr. Rudolf Kinsky
Board Member
AVCO – Austrian Private Equity and Venture Capital

Rudolf Kinsky is Board Member at AVCO – Austrian Private Equity and Venture Capital Organisation. Furthermore, he represents DPE Deutsche Private Equity GmbH, a Munich based GP focused on mid-market transactions in German speaking Europe, as Senior Partner Austria, and is Advisory Board Member of APEX Ventures GmbH, a Vienna-based early stage Venture Capital fund. Rudolf looks back on an international career that spans over 40 years in private equity, investment banking and management consulting in the USA, UK, Germany, Austria and CEE. He worked at 3i Group, Charterhouse, Dresdner Bank, McKinsey & Co. and First Boston Corporation. 

Rudolf lives in Vienna, is married and has 5 children. He received a law degree from the University of Salzburg, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Dr. Heidrun Kopp

Dr. Heidrun Kopp
Founder and Director
Institut für nachhaltiges Finanzwesen

Heidrun Kopp studied in Vienna, London and at the renowned Harvard Business School. She has many years of experience in the finance and banking sector with a focus on integrating ESG & Sustainable Finance into the core business of (financial) companies. Kopp is a sought-after speaker and successful host of her own podcast format “Green Money Talks by Heidrun Kopp”. She is the founder and director of the Institute for Sustainable Finance (www.inafina.org) and is intensively involved with a start-up idea for a platform for sustainable financial products. Since 2021, she has also been responsible for the continuing education programmes on ESG & Sustainable Finance at FHWien of WKW.

Maximilian Kulhanek
Senior Portfolio Manager

Max Kulhanek is a senior portfolio manager with UNIQA Capital Markets GmbH, the insurer´s asset manager and part of the private equity team, responsible for managing the Group´s Private Equity portfolio. At its core, the portfolio is focused on buyout managers in developed economies with a history of sustainably responsible investment practices. Before the programme was launched, shorty before the COVID crisis set in, he was part of the Group´s Finance´s participations team and a.o. responsible for placing UNIQAs first Green Bonds. Before joining UNIQA in 2015, Max spent 10 years as an investment manager with Commenda Consulting, a boutique specialized on structuring and managing private equity portfolios of large Austrian institutional Investors, similarly focusing on US and EU based mid to large buyout managers. He holds a degree in business administration from the Viennese University of Economics and Business Administration.

Paul Lacroix

Paul Lacroix
Head of Structuring

Paul Lacroix is the Head of Structuring at Ossiam. He joined Ossiam in 2016. In the beginning of 2019, he joined the portfolio management & research team as a product specialist. He had previously held sales positions at Sanso IS (2015) and Ossiam (between 2016 and 2019). He has a finance master’s degree from Kedge Business School.

Natalie Leutgeb

Natalie Leutgeb
Sustainability Consultant Financial Services

As Sustainability Consultant at ClimatePartner, Natalie Leutgeb is specialized in supporting companies within the financial services industry to gain insights into the carbon emissions related to their business operations as well as their financed emissions and subsequently develop climate strategies to facilitate effective reduction measures. Prior to her role at ClimatePartner, Natalie Leutgeb was an Analyst for Sustainable Investments with an emphasis on sustainability research in the financial industry at ESG Plus, a Vienna-based social business specialized on ESG-, SDG- and impact measurement tools for the financial sector.

Mag. Isabella Mammerler
Chief Risk Officer
Zürich Versicherung

Isabella started her career more than 20 yeara ago in the insurance business, she worked for various insurance companies in Austria (Wüstenrot, Uniqa) and abroad (Allianz, Swiss Re). She started her career as a regulator within the FMA, working on Solvency II since its beginning in 2002. Currently she works for Zurich Austria, holding the position of the CRO.


Hannes Manndorff
Managing Director – Equity
Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank

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


Jakob Mayr

Jakob Mayr
Program Manager Sustainable Finance
WWF Austria

Jakob Mayr co-leads WWF Austria’s sustainable finance activities, working with a wide range of public and private stakeholders in the financial sector to support ambitious transition plans and financial and climate policy outcomes. Prior to joining WWF Austria, Jakob worked in risk management functions for banks in Vienna. He holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics from Vienna University of Economics and Business.


Mag. Friedrich Mostboeck

Mag. Friedrich Mostboeck, CEFA, CESGA
Head of Group Research, Erste Group Bank AG
President OVFA, Deputy Chairman EFFAS

Fritz Mostboeck is a graduate of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and holds the EFFAS CEFA® and CESGA® diplomas. He is responsible for macro/fixed income, credit and equity analysis in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Austria. In addition, his division is responsible for the investment strategy, which mainly provides the input for Erste Group’s asset allocation. Mr. Mostboeck has many years of experience in dealing with globally active institutional investors, especially those investing in Central and Eastern Europe. 

He is President of the OVFA (Austrian Association for Financial Analysis and Asset Management, www.ovfa.at) and Deputy Chairman of EFFAS (European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies, www.effas.com), the umbrella organization of all analyst associations with 18,000 members in Europe. He is a founding member of the “Austrian Working Group for Corporate Governance” (www.corporate- governance.at) and was also Chairman of the “EFFAS Commission on ESG” (Environmental, Social and Governance Issues) for many years, where he is still an active member. He is the author of numerous books and regularly publishes articles in financial publications and journals. He has written articles on capital markets in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as on corporate governance and corporate responsibility.

Dagmar Nixdorf
Vorsitzende des Aufsichtsrats und Gründerin

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.

Nick Parsons
Managing Director, Head of Research
ThomasLloyd Group

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).

Evelyne Pflugi

Evelyne Pflugi
CEO and Co-Founder
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. Prior to this, 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 Master’s degree in Engineering from ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology with concentrations in Food Science, Biochemistry and Biotechnology.

Mag. Johannes Puhr
Managing Director and CEO
fair-finance Asset Management

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

Dr. Klaus Reisinger

Dr. Klaus Reisinger
Managing Partner

Klaus Reisinger is a passionate climate protector, which is why he also studied technical chemistry / process engineering and already devoted his dissertation to renewable energies. From 2003 to 2015 he was managing director of ALLPLAN GmbH and during this time also founded the company ClimatePartner Austria. From 2018-2022 he was partner of iC consulenten Ziviltechniker GesmbH. Since the beginning of 2023 Klaus Reisinger decided to work for ClimatePartner exclusively, that enables him to protect our climate all day long. Moreover, Klaus Reisinger is a visiting professor at Burgenland University since 2008 and teaches the topic “climate protection” there and in 2018 he was appointed to the board of IG Lebenszyklus Bau, where he is responsible for climate neutral real estate buildings.

Kai Rintala

Kai Rintala
Managing Director
Taaleri Energia

Kai is the Managing Director of Taaleri Energia Funds Management and has over 21 years of experience in the infrastructure industry. Before joining Taaleri Energia in 2016, he worked for 10 years at KPMG, both in Helsinki and in London, advising public and private sector clients on infrastructure strategy and transactions across energy, transport and social infrastructure. Kai built and led KPMG’s infrastructure business at KPMG Finland with clients ranging from utilities and infrastructure funds to state ministries and construction companies. He has executed over 2 GW of wind transactions as well as transactions in hydro power, electricity distribution and decentralised heat services. 

Kai holds a PhD in Construction Economics from UCL and an MSc in Engineering and Industrial Management from Tampere University of Technology.

Anna-Liisa Rissanen
Portfolio Manager

Portfolio Manager (institutions) at Evli with more than 5 years’ international experience from the financial industry and a strong expertise in sustainability across listed equities and institutional clients. She has studied finance (M.Sc. Economics) both in Finland and Sweden. Anna-Liisa has proven track record of equity analysis and portfolio management with strong understanding of ESG related regulatory changes and reporting requirements for companies and asset managers. At Evli, Anna-Liisa has developed ESG reporting as a part of equity research and portfolio management and is developing more sustainable investment strategies for institutional clients. Anna-Liisa is also responsible of Finnish direct equity investments and a member of Evli’s climate working committee.

Bertrand Rocher
Head of Credit Research / Portfolio Manager

Bertrand joined Mirova in 2010 and brings more than 25 years of experience in the industry with him. He started his career in 1997 and has been both a buy side and a sell side credit analyst covering industrials for various banks in Madrid, Brussels and Paris. He is a lecturer in equity valuations at Science Po. He ranked second at the Euromoney 2018 survey for two categories: autos, general industries.

Stephen Ross

Stephen Ross
Head of Investor Relations
Taaleri Energia

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.

Jonne Sandström

Jonne Sandström
Portfolio Manager
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.


Dr. Gunter Schall
Head of Development Communications
Austrian Development Agency

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Guenther Schiendl

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

Mag. Günther SCHIENDL, CEFA, 55, is member of the executive board of VBV betriebliche Altersvorsorge AG, and chief investment officer and member of the executive board of VBV Pensionskasse AG. 

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

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

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

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


Mag. Karin Schlemaier

Mag. Karin Schlemaier
Board Member
Niederösterreichische Vorsorgekasse AG – NÖVK

Jürgen Schneider is the Director-General of the Directorate-General VI – Climate Action and Energy at the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology in Austria. He holds a phD in chemistry. Before joining the Ministry 2018, he was spokesman and member of the management board of the Environment Agency Austria. He lead the work on climate change and energy at the Environment Agency Austria for more than a decade. From 2002 to 2004 he worked at the World Health Organisation as a project manager in the field of environment and health. He is also co-editor of the first Austrian Assessment Report on Climate Change.

Dr. Jürgen Schneider

Dr. Jürgen Schneider
Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

Jürgen Schneider is the Director-General of the Directorate-General VI – Climate Action and Energy at the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology in Austria. He holds a phD in chemistry. Before joining the Ministry 2018, he was spokesman and member of the management board of the Environment Agency Austria. He lead the work on climate change and energy at the Environment Agency Austria for more than a decade. From 2002 to 2004 he worked at the World Health Organisation as a project manager in the field of environment and health. He is also co-editor of the first Austrian Assessment Report on Climate Change.

Dr. Ralf Seiz

Dr. Ralf Seiz

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.

Dusko Stjepanovic
Head of Green Banking
REEEP – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership

Mr. Stjepanovic is Head of Green Banking at REEEP, where he is responsible for impact investing and development of green financing instruments.

He leads the operations with financial institutions in global renewable energy markets, constructing investment and financing solutions in low and middle-income countries. He is a member of the global taskforce on Mobilizing Investment for Clean Energy in Emerging Economies at the World Economic Forum, which is comprised of expert groups and the world’s leading universities. He’s also advising several European Union ministries and government members in green financing solutions as well as some of the leading asset managers in the private sector.

Mr. Stjepanovic is a recognized expert in the global investment industry with more than 15 years of investment and risk management experience in banking, insurance and consulting.

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

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

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