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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
SFG / President, Executive Office, S&S Committee
Asteria / Managing Director
Fabio 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
SFG / Vice-President, Executive Office, S&S Committee
DE PURY PICTET TURRETTINI / Responsible of the Institutional management
In 1996, while obtaining a master in finance from the University of St. Gallen, Dominique Habegger started his career as the first employee of Sustainable Asset Management (RobeccoSAM).
Throughout his career, he has always strived to demonstrate that it is possible to reconcile responsibility with profitability. In 1998, Lombard Odier hires him to set up a methodology to manage “extra-financial” risks. With the help of a dedicated team of specialists, this strategy was adopted by prominent institutional investors. Drawing on his experience, Dominique Habegger wrote in 2003 the white paper for ASSET4 (Thomson Reuters) before successfully setting up the company within the co-founding team. By contributing to expand Ethos’ business activities between 2008 and 2013, he had the chance to better understand the constraints of pension funds.
Today, Dominique Habegger is head of institutional asset management and responsible for the Cadmos Funds at de Pury Pictet Turrettini. He rejoined Melchior de Muralt, his colleague from Lombard Odier and pioneer of sustainable finance.
Areas of expertise: sustainable finance, making sustainability profitable, institutional asset management.
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 Amiguet 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
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 he 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 Hiler 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.
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 since 2012, an independent advisory and asset management firm dedicated to sustainable investment solutions for private and institutional clients since 2007.
Jean Laville has been active in the financial sector since 25 years, including 15 in the field of Responsible Investment (SRI). He develops and runs quantitative tools enabling the systematic screening of the fund universe and the compliance of underlying holdings with ESG objectives. As Deputy Director he has been managing Ethos Foundation’s and Ethos Services’ from 2002 to 2012. Previously he held the position of quantitative asset manager with Banque Pictet & Cie in Geneva, since 1998.
In 1980, Jean Laville graduated in economics, majoring in political economy, from the Higher Business School (HEC) in Lausanne. He then followed the doctorate program from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Jean was SFG’s Vice-President from 2008 to 2014.
Areas of expertise: institutional asset management, quantitative approach to asset management, ESG modelisation & research, corporate governance, engagement, dialogue within companies on ESG
SFG / Executive Office, S&S Committee
Credit Suisse / Head of Sustainable and Impact Products
Since September 2019, Guillaume Bonnel has been working at Credit Suisse Zurich as Head of Sustainable and Impact Products.
After a few missions in developing countries, Guillaume joined BNP Paribas in 2006 to create and develop their range of sustainable investment financial products. He then moved to Cameroon with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), to lead the Finance and Human Resource teams of several health related projects. After this humanitarian mission, he performed a few due diligences of microfinance institutions in Ghana, before joining Lombard Odier in 2013.
Guillaume headed the Impact Investing approach of Lombard Odier. He used to manage a development finance fund, co-manage the Impact mandates and he was part of the investment committee of a fund focusing on green and social bonds.
Guillaume holds a master’s degree in Economics and Management from the University Paris-Dauphine and a Post Graduate Degree in Management from Mines-Telecom Business School in France. He speaks French, English, Spanish and he has notions of Russian.
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
SFG / S&S Committee
UNIGESTION SA / CEO
Fiona Frick has been the Managing Director of Unigestion since 2011. She started her career with the company in 1990 as a fundamental analyst covering traditional asset classes and then as an investment manager for bond funds. In 1995, she led the creation of the company’s equity division and developed an innovative investment process based on the Minimum Variance anomaly.
Fiona holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Paris and a diploma in literature and philosophy from the University of Dijon.
She speaks regularly at industry events and often shares her take on the global economic outlook and financial markets on Bloomberg TV, CNBC and Sky News.
She sits on the boards of directors of Swiss Sustainable Finance and Sustainable Finance Geneva and is a member of the EMEA committee of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments. Fiona has been recognized by Financial News on several occasions as one of the 100 most influential women in European finance.
Areas of expertise: asset management
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 Vial 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 Vial’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 Vial promotes innovative, efficient and sustainable finance. She chairs the CSR committee of the Mirabaud Group.
Areas of expertise: private banking
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.
SFG / S&S Committee
GLOBAL FUND / Advisory and audit officer
As an advisory and audit officer at the Global Fund, the world’s largest financier of anti-AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria programs, Cécile Debiolles assesses a wide range of thematic ranging from strategic governance to grant implementation and performance reviews.
Convinced of the role of business in development, she has built a solid experience across both sectors. Starting her career in corporate law firms, she subsequently worked as a multi-asset class investment analyst for JP Morgan in Geneva, where she also acted as a representative for Sustainable Investments and Philanthropy.
In the public and civil society spaces, her background encompasses public-private partnerships (United Nations), high-impact/social entrepreneurship (Endeavor, Ashoka), international economic cooperation (French Embassy to Colombia) and peace education (CISV International).
Following her graduate studies at Paris 2 – Panthéon Assas (France) and Rosario (Colombia) Law schools, and qualification as a lawyer in both countries, Cécile completed a Master’s in Internal Public Policy from UCL (London) in 2014. Her ongoing interest in sustainable finance led her to write her master’s thesis on the “role of development finance institutions in impact investing”.
SFG / S&S Committee
PICTET GROUP / Head of Stewardship
Marie-Laure Schaufelberger is Head of Stewardship for the Pictet Group. She began her career at Pictet in 2007 within 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 client-servicing for several environmental and social impact strategies. She coordinates the Pictet Group’s Sustainability Board and sits on the Board of Pictet’s Philanthropic Foundation.
She holds a Masters in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and is a CFA charterholder.
SFG / S&S Committee
ALPHAMUNDI GROUP / Founder and Managing Partner
Tim is the Founder of and Managing Partner of AlphaMundi Group since 2008, and based in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also Chairman of AlphaMundi’s SocialAlpha Investment Fund (SAIF) in Luxembourg, the Treasurer of AlphaMundi Foundation in Washington DC, and Chairman of the Investment Committee of the AlphaJiri Fund in Mauritius.
AlphaMundi is a founding member of the GIIN Network, TONIIC Europe, Swiss Sustainable Finance, a financial partner of SFG, and a member of the Aspen Network, Gender Smart Investing, and ColCapital associations.
Tim previously worked at UBS Wealth Management where he became a founding member of UBS Philanthropy Services for UHNWI clients. He also spent time in Bolivia, assessing microfinance programs on behalf of the Swiss Development Agency, and with WWF International as an advisor on major donors.
Tim holds a Degree in Political Science from the University of Geneva and a Private Banking Diploma from UBS, and is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
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.
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.
John is the Executive Director of Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG). He joined SFG from R20 Regions of Climate Action where he was Chief Investment Officer.
John has spent 18 years in sustainable finance and impact investment, and almost 10 years prior to this in the management fast-track of FT-100 listed multi-national De La Rue. John’s experience brings a deep understanding of the drivers of financial as well as impact (environmental and social) value, gained from working to create sustainable value at the intersection between government, private business, investment and civil society. He has developed deep knowledge of the private-markets fund industry (PE, venture capital and infrastructure), of Impact Investing, the international Development industry, philanthropy and NGOs.
John holds a Finance and entrepreneurship MBA, a BA and MA (Hons) from the University of Cambridge, and has diplomas from the Climate Leadership Programme at the University of Cambridge and the Fintech Programme at the University of Oxford. Born in Geneva, he is a Swiss and British national, has lived and worked in seven countries, and speaks fluent English, French and Italian.
Claudia Gonçalves is SFG office manager. She supports the SFG Director and the Strategic and Surveillance Committee with administrative, HR and accounting tasks while also managing our co-working space.
She holds a Masters in International Economic History and a Bachelor in Social and Economic History from the University of Geneva.
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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.