SFG A COMMUNITY DEDICATED TO SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

Sustainable Finance Geneva is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable finance, comprising individual members and institutional partners. Together, they represent a one-of-a-kind ecosystem that embodies the diversity of Geneva and its determination to make sustainable finance the “new normal”.

Founded in 2008 by 15 passionate visionaries, SFG is the most influential organization of its kind in French-speaking Switzerland today, driving the debate on the future of finance.

SYNERGIES and COMMUNICATION

Our mission is to unite, promote and encourage synergies across this exceptional community, which has helped put Geneva on the map as one of the world’s top centres for sustainable finance.

WHAT WE OFFER
  • The Bridge, Geneva’s sustainable finance newsletter
  • Projects and market studies led by SFG or initiated in collaboration with our partners
  • The latest industry news via our website and social media
  • Events for members and regional players (seminars, training courses, etc.)
  • Networking and idea-sharing to encourage synergies
  • Committees of experts providing insights on market trends, legal issues, training, etc.
  • A coworking space
THE BRIDGE - NEWSLETTER

We named our newsletter “the Bridge” to highlight the many connections and synergies that exist between finance and impact. We aim to build bridges between Geneva’s left and right banks – its financial institutions and international organizations, in other words.

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HUMAN CAPITAL IS OUR MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE

Every movement needs champions. From our founders to the people who serve on our governing bodies or participate in our activities, SFG members and partners share their vision, knowledge, passion and expertise to shape a more environmentally and socially responsible financial industry.

SFG members hail from banks, financial institutions, consulting firms, NGOs, local and national government, multinationals, academia and law firms. Collectively, they volunteer over 400 hours of their time each year. We are deeply grateful to them for their contribution.

GOVERNANCE

Transparency is central to our governance. SFG’s bodies include the Executive Bureau, the Strategy and Surveillance Committee, the Management Team and various other commissions and project groups. A general meeting of the members is held once a year.

EXECUTIVE BUREAU / STRATEGY AND SURVEILLANCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Fabio Sofia

SFG / President, Executive Office, S&S Committee
Asteria / Managing Director

Fabio Sofia has dedicated his career to sustainable investing. He co-created Symbiotics in 2005 which has become a world-leader in microfinance investment, going on to join WeCan Group, a fintech specializing in digital financing solutions and blockchain. Since 2020, Fabio joined Asteria Investment Managers, a start-up aimed at providing impact investing solutions across all asset classes.

Fabio has been a member of SFG since 2012, serving variously as Treasurer then Vice-President, and since 2016 as President.

Fabio holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute for International Studies (IHEID).

Areas of expertise: digital finance, microfinance, impact investing

Fabio Sofia

President

Dominique Habegger

SFG / Vice-President, Executive Office, S&S Committee
DE PURY PICTET TURRETTINI / Chief Sustainability Officer

Dominique Habegger began his career in sustainable finance while finishing his Master’s degree in Finance at the University of St Gallen (HSG), joining Sustainable Asset Management (RobeccoSAM) in Zurich. He carried out the first research on what would later become the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

In 1998, he joined Lombard Odier, where he built a team of analysts in charge of developing the bank’s pioneering ESG rating methodology, which was then incorporated into its existing financial rating system. In 1999, Lombard Odier became the first bank in Switzerland and Europe to offer institutional clients “Sustainable Growth at Reasonable Price” asset management strategies focused on ESG.

This experience persuaded Dominique of the need for new digital tool to aggregate quality ESG data. The white paper he wrote on this topic led to him to co-found ASSET4 (LSEG / Refinitiv), where he headed up the research team. Shortly before sale of ASSET4 to Thomson Reuters, Dominique joined Ethos and drove the foundation’s development from 2008 to 2013.

At Pury Pictet Turrettini & Cie (PPT) since 2013, Dominique spearheaded efforts to integrate sustainability into the firm’s asset management strategies. He developed the “Buy & Care” strategy which was implemented within PPT’s Cadmos Funds and later across all main asset classes. He has been a Member of the Board of Swiss Sustainable Finance since 2019.

Areas of expertise: sustainable finance, impact, shareholder engagement, reconciling profitability with sustainability, institutional asset management.

Contact: habegger@ppt.ch

Dominique Habegger

Vice-President

Antoine Amiguet

SFG / Vice-President, Exectutive Office, S&S Committee
OBERSON ABELS / Partner

After working in law firms in Geneva and Zurich (2003 – 2016), Antoine Amiguet co-founded OBERSON ABELS SA in early 2016.

Antoine holds a law degree from the University of Lausanne (1997) and a bar exam (2000). He received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from New York University (2003). He is also admitted to the New York Bar (2005).

He practices banking and financial law with a strong interest in institutional management and sustainable finance

Areas of expertise: banking and finance, investment products and services, derivatives, capital markets and pension funds

Antoine Amiguet

Vice-President

Tim Radjy

SFG / Vice-President, Executive Office, S&S Committee
ALPHAMUNDI GROUP SA / Founder and Managing Partner

Tim Radjy is a Managing Partner of AlphaMundi Group SA, the Geneva-based impact investment fund manager he founded in 2008. He is also Chairman of the SocialAlpha Investment Fund (SAIF), Luxembourg, Treasurer of the AlphaMundi Foundation, Washington DC, and Chairman of the Investment Committee of AlphaJiri Fund, Mauritius.

AlphaMundi is a founding member of the GIIN network, TONIIC Europe, Swiss Sustainable Finance, a financial partner of SF, and a member of the Aspen Network, Gender Smart Investing and ColCapital.

Prior to that, Tim worked for UBS Wealth Management, where he helped create the bank’s first Philanthropy Services department advising UHNWI clients. He has spent time in Bolivia evaluating microfinance programs for the Swiss Development Agency, and has advised WWF International on major donor fundraising.

Tim holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Geneva and a Diploma in Private Banking from UBS. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Contact: tim.radjy@alphamundi.ch

Tim Radjy

Vice-President

David Hiler

SFG / Treasurer, Executive Office, S&S Committee
Former President of State Council

Living in Switzerland since the age of 4, David Hiler studied economic and social sciences (mention economic history) at the University of Geneva, where he would later teach.

He is one of the pioneers of the Geneva Green Party becoming secretary general in 2003. He was elected to the city council of the city of Geneva, and he was deputy to the cantonal parliament between 1993 and 2005. Elected to the cantonal government in 2005, he would preside over the department of finances.

Alongside his colleagues in government, he worked to reduce the public debt which had reached more than twelve billion Swiss Francs by the beginning of 2005. This objective was accomplished by modernising and rationalizing the cantonal administration by taking measures to increase efficiency and cut costs. He also reformed human resources and developed controls and oversight of management to foster good governance.

In 2009, David was elected to a second 4 year mandate, obtaining the most votes in the election. He chose to head the department of finances in order to continue pursuing reforms. Most notably he pushed an important fiscal reform in favor of families and the middle class, and he reformed the public pension system.

In 2012 David informed his party that he would step down as head of the party before the 2013 elections. His actions during his time at the head of the department of finances are unanimously supported by the political class.

David Hiller

Treasurer

Jean Laville

SFG / S&S Committee and Co-founder
CONSER INVEST / Partner in charge of the risk management and ESG integration

Jean Laville is a partner of Conser Invest, an independent certification and consulting firm focusing exclusively on sustainable finance. Since 2007, Conser has pioneered an innovative approach to rate and certify investment portfolios in terms of their sustainability.

Jean is also deputy director of Swiss Sustainable Finance where he focuses on training and education initiatives, including the development of e-learning tools.

He is the Co-Head of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in sustainable finance at HEG Geneva.

Jean has 30 years of experience in the financial industry, 20 of them in the area of sustainable and responsible investment (SRI). He continues to develop and manage quantitative tools designed to systematically screen the fund universe and assess the compliance of their underlying assets with ESG objectives. He served as Deputy Director of Ethos Foundation and Ethos Services from 2002 to 2012, and prior to that he worked as quantitative asset manager for Pictet & Cie in Geneva as of 1998.

Jean earned his Master’s degree in Economics and Political Economy from HEC Lausanne in 1980. He then enrolled in the doctoral programme at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.

Jean served as Vice-President of SFG from 2008 to 2014.

Areas of expertise: institutional asset management, quantitative asset management, ESG modeling and research, corporate governance, engaging companies in dialogue about on ESG

Contact: jean.laville@conser.ch

Jean Laville

Guillaume Bonnel

SFG / Executive Office, S&S Committee
Credit Suisse / Head of Sustainable and Impact Products

Guillaume Bonnel joined Credit Suisse in September 2019 to lead its Sustainable and Impact Products and Services team.

Prior to that, he spent his entire career in the sustainable and impact investing fields.

After several mandates in developing countries, he started and managed the first range of sustainable and impact products at BNP Paribas Wealth Management.

He then joined Médecins Sans Frontières in Cameroon for a one-year humanitarian mission to manage the finance and HR teams in charge of various health-related projects.

Following this, he worked briefly as a consultant for a microfinance investment manager before joining Lombard Odier in 2013 to set up their range of Impact Investing products. There, he designed and managed a development finance fund of funds and created a green bond fund, while also managing sustainable mandates.

Guillaume holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Management from the University of Paris-Dauphine and an MBA from Institut Mines-Télécom Business School. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish and speaks conversational Russian.

Areas of expertise: sustainability, impact investing, microfinance, development finance, green bonds

Contact: guillaume.bonnel@credit-suisse.com

Guillaume Bonnel

Rajna Gibson Brandon

SFG / S&S Committee
Professor of Finance at GFRI-University of Geneva/ Vice-Director
Director and Member of the Board of the GIWM Foundation.

Rajna Gibson Brandon has been Professor of Finance at the University of Geneva since September 2008 and Director and Board Member of the Foundation Geneva Institute for Wealth Management (GIWM) since 2016. In 2009, she created the Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI) of the University of Geneva, which she still co-directs. She is also Honorary Professor of Finance at the University of Lausanne.

From 2000 to 2008, she was Professor of Finance at the University of Zurich and Professor of Finance at the University of Lausanne from 1991 to 2000. She was previously Assistant Professor of Finance at the HEC Group, France and “Visiting Scholar” at New York University and at the John Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). She holds a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Geneva.

Rajna’s current research topics focus on financial asset valuation, risk management, sustainable finance, corporate governance and behavioural finance.

She has been a member of the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas Group, Paris since November 2018 and was a member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Re from June 2000 to April 2018; she was also a member of the Federal Banking Commission from 1997 to 2004.

Areas of expertise: research in sustainable finance, experimental finance, corporate governance, portfolio management

Rajna Gibson Brandon

Fiona Frick

SFG / S&S Committee
UNIGESTION SA / Group Chief Executive Officer

Fiona Frick is CEO of Unigestion and has more than 30 years’ experience in the asset management industry.

During more than a decade in this role she has developed a high profile in the international asset management industry and academic circles as a respected speaker on economics, financial markets and the rise of sustainable finance.

Fiona is a frequent commentator on financial markets for Bloomberg TV, CNBC and Sky News and is a regular speaker at events such as the Milken conference, the CFA Institute, Fund Forum, 100 Women in Finance, Bloomberg Invest, IPE and the Robin Hood Investors Conference. She also gives lectures at universities such as IMD Business School, Imperial College London and Oxford around the evolution of asset management and the impact of sustainability.

She serves on the boards of Swiss Sustainable Finance and Sustainable Finance Geneva and is also a member of the EMEA committee of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments. Fiona has been recognised by Financial News on numerous occasions as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in European Finance.

Fiona started her career as a fundamental analyst at Unigestion, covering traditional asset classes in the 1990s. During her early career, she worked as an investment manager responsible for high yield and convertible bond funds and in 1995, led the development of the company’s equity activities. As Head of the Equities team, she was responsible for the development of an innovative approach for managing equities based on the Minimum Variance anomaly which was then implemented into the firm’s investment solutions. Fiona was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company in January 2011.

Fiona holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (I.S.G.) in Paris and graduated Literature and Philosophy from the University of Dijon. She has also completed a number of executive education programmes at the IMD Business School in Lausanne

Areas of expertise: asset management

Contact: ffrick@unigestion.com

Fiona Frick

Camille Vial

SFG / S&S Committee
MIRABAUD GROUP / CEO

Managing Partner of Mirabaud SCA since 2012, Camille Vial has been Chairman of the Executive Committee of Mirabaud & Cie S.A. bank since 2019.

A graduate of a Masters in Mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Camille joined the Geneva private bank in 2001, the 7th generation of the founding family to do so. She held a broad variety of positions at the bank including human resources, investment strategy, and customer relations, before taking responsibility for portfolio management in 2009.

Camille’s diverse experience includes that of analyst at Tim Tacchi International and Lloyd George International leading her to the London subsidiary Mirabaud Securities, and finally to Mirabaud’s Geneva headquarters.

Passionate about a world she has known since her childhood, Camille promotes innovative, efficient and sustainable finance. She chairs the CSR committee of the Mirabaud Group.

Areas of expertise: private banking

 

Camille Vial

Cécile Debiolles

SFG / S&S Committee
GLOBAL FUND / Sustainability, Transition and Cofinancing Specialist

Cécile Debiolles is a sustainability specialist with the Global Fund, the world’s largest funder of programs to fight epidemic diseases (AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria). As such, the Global Fund works to leverage domestic resources for health and to better align funding bodies by coordinating the Sustainable Financing for Health Accelerator partnership, among others.

Cécile believes that business plays a central role in sustainable development, and she has acquired solid expertise in both sectors. After beginning her career in law, she transitioned to finance as a multi-asset investment analyst for JP Morgan in Geneva, where she also advised clients on sustainable investment and philanthropy.

Her experience in civil society organisations and international agencies ranges fom public-private partnerships (UN) to high-impact social entrepreneurship (Endeavor, Ashoka), development assistance (French Embassy in Colombia), and education for peace (CISV International).

Cécile trained as a lawyer in France (Paris 2 –Panthéon Assas) and Colombia (Universidad del Rosario) and holds an Master’s Degree in International Public Policy from UCL (University College London). She is qualified as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Cécile Desbiolles

Mark Halle

SFG / S&S Committee
FC4S / Senior Advisor

Mark Halle dedicated his whole career to environment and sustainable development. He began his career in the field of international negotiations, serving in the diplomatic secretariat of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

He then spent five years with the United Nations Environment Programme. From there he shifted to the NGO world, working four years for WWF-International and fourteen for IUCN, first in the Conservation Centre for Development where he became director and finally as Director of Policies and Partnerships. Subsequently, he left to found IISD-Europe. He led it until his retirement in 2016 and remained special Advisor.

Mark was then Executive Director of International Institute for Sustainable Development’s European organization. In the years before retirement in 2016, Mark focused principally on reform of the rules governing financial and capital markets. IISD did pioneering work on “greening” finance in China, leading to the establishment of the Green Finance Study Group under the G20 and to the establishment of the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, where he served as Senior Advisor for the four years of the Inquiry’s work. He is presently focused strongly on the international network of Financial Centres for Sustainability, whose Secretariat is now being established in Geneva.

Mark studied History at Tufts University (USA) and at Cambridge University. He is a Swiss, Italian and US citizen. Mark sits on six Boards, of which he chairs two.

Mark Halle

Marie-Laure Schaufelberger

SFG / S&S Committee
PICTET GROUP / Head of Stewardship

Marie-Laure Schaufelberger is Head of ESG and Sustainability at Pictet Group. She began her career at the bank in 2007 in the media relations and public affairs team.

In 2014, she moved to Pictet Asset Management’s Thematic Equities team as a Product Specialist, covering business development and customer service for several environmental and social impact strategies.

She is the Coordinator of the Pictet Group’s Sustainability & Stewardship Board, which is responsible for approving the bank’s responsible investment and sustainable development strategies.

Marie-Laure holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and is a CFA charterholder.

Contactmschaufelberger@pictet.com

Marie-Laure Schaufelberger

The Annual General Meeting is an opportunity to review SFG’s activities over the past year with our members, who then vote on the organization’s budget.

The Strategy and Surveillance Committee (S&SC) comprises a maximum of 15 members. It is tasked with defining SFG’s long-term strategic objectives and determining which initiatives we should prioritize to achieve our aims.
The Chair of the S&SC is chosen from among the committee members on a rotating basis and serves for two years.

Executive Bureau
The Executive Bureau supports the management team and is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Strategy and Surveillance Committee. It comprises five members in addition to the director of SFG and meets once a month.

The Management Team is responsible for the day-to-day operations of SFG, from organizing activities and events to managing communications and member relations.

SANDRINE SALERNO

Sandrine Salerno holds a master’s degree in public policy assessment from the University of Geneva and has 13 years of experience in government as a member of the Executive of the City of Geneva and the head of its Finance Department. She joined SFG as Executive Director in early 2021.

SFG’s vision to accelerate the transformation of the financial sector by setting ambitious environmental and social goals is perfectly in line with Sandrine’s vision for the future of Geneva, an international city and the second largest financial centre in Switzerland.

Sandrine is well known in Geneva for her commitment to the public good: she serves as a Member of the Board of Geneva Public Transport, as Vice-President of the Grand Théâtre de Genève Opera, and as President of the Puppet Theatre of Geneva.

Contact : s.salerno@sfgeneva.org

Sandrine Salerno

Executive Director

Claudia Gonçalves

Claudia Gonçalves is SFG office manager. She supports the Executive Director and the Strategic and Surveillance Committee with administrative, HR and accounting tasks.

She holds a Masters in International Economic History and a Bachelor in Social and Economic History from the University of Geneva.

Contact : c.goncalves@sfgeneva.org

Claudia Gonçalves

Executive Assistant

Kali Taylor

Sustainable Finance Geneva is proud to announce that it has hired a Project Manager to guide the delivery of the 2021 Building Bridges Week – Kali Taylor from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

Kali is known for wearing many hats in the Geneva sustainability community. In her role as a policy advisor at IISD, she has led the Geneva 2030 Ecosystem for the last four years and helped to create the SDG Lab at UN Geneva. During this time, the Lab has become a key player in facilitating collaboration and partnerships for the SDGs.

Kali was a founding member of the organizing committee of the first edition of the Building Bridges Week in 2019, where she worked with over 52 event partners to run 31 unique events.  Given her deep involvement in the initiative from day one, she is well-placed to take Building Bridges Week to the next level.

Prior to coming to Geneva, Kali co-founded and led a global youth NGO, Student Energy, that engages young people in the energy transition and climate progress.  She has also worked in the energy industry on climate strategy, environmental management, and new ventures.

Contact : k.taylor@sfgeneva.org

Kali Taylor

Project Manager Building Bridges

SFG An initiative ahead of its time

SFG was founded by a group of passionate visionaries who saw an opportunity to create impetus and foster synergies between like-minded professionals. “We came together to share our expertise and help build an international movement for sustainable finance,” explains SFG president Angela de Wolff.

Quote from the press release announcing the official launch of SFG on October 28th 2008.