Delegations from thirty members of the International Network of Financial Centers for Sustainability will gather in Geneva in October. On this occasion, Switzerland is pleased to organize a sustainable finance week that will culminate in the Building Bridges Summit on October 10.  This marquee event will gather diverse players that make up our unique ecosystem and financial centre.

The aim of this event is to maximize our collective impact by building bridges between Swiss experts from finance and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The programme is updated regularly.

08:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:10

CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN: Patrick Odier – Senior Managing Partner, Lombard Odier Group

09:10 - 09:25
Are you a bridge builder?

Our potential is immense. We are here to gain traction

Fabio Sofia – President, Sustainable Finance Geneva
Sandrine Salerno
Mayor of Geneva

09:25 - 09:40
Why Switzerland should take the lead in sustainable finance

Political insights on the Swiss sustainable finance ecosystem and the opportunity to lead the path to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Ueli Maurer President of the Swiss Confederation

09:40 - 10:50
Conversation with key players #1
Building Bridges

Common understanding on the potential of the Swiss and Geneva ecosystem to connect investment to impact

KEYNOTES: Amina J. Mohammed – Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations (tbc) / Sergio P. Ermotti – CEO, UBS Group AG
PANELISTS: Daniela Stoffel – State Secretary / Thomas Vellacott – CEO, WWF Switzerland / Philipp Rickenbacher – CEO, Julius Baer
MODERATOR: Katherine Brown – Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing, World Economic Forum (WEF)

10:50 - 11:20
Coffee & Networking
11:20 - 11:45
Conversation with key players #2
Circular economy

Investing in the transition towards a more regenerative, inclusive and distributive economy

DISCUSSANTS: Jean-Marc Duvoisin – CEO, Nespresso 
LEAD DISCUSSANT: Andrea Brown, Head of Impact, Quadia

11:45 - 12:00
Inspiring view

Peter Bakker – President & CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

12:00 - 12:25
Conversation with key players #3
Digitalisation, a game changer for sustainable finance?

Digital technologies can be creatively combined into entirely new sustainable digital finance products to accelerate sustainable investing

DISCUSSANTS: Simon Zadek, Principal, UNDP / Philipp Aeby – CEO, RepRisk
LEAD DISCUSSANT: Bertrand Gacon – Co-Founder & CEO, Impaakt

12:25 - 12:40
Adapting the framework to a changing world

Yves Mirabaud – President, Geneva Financial Centre
Pierre Maudet State Councillor, Geneva

12:40 - 14:00
Lunch & Networking
14:00 - 14:20
It's time for sustainable finance

Sabine Doebeli – Director, Swiss Sustainable Finance

14:20 - 15:10
Meet the experts #1
What are the highest standard in ESG integration? Can Switzerland lead the path?

The dynamism and expertise of the Asset Management industry to showcase and discuss the benefits, limitations and future of ESG integration

KEYNOTE: Manuel Leuthold  President of the Board, Swiss Federal Social Security Funds
PANELISTS: Claudia Bolli – Head of Responsible Investing, Swiss-Re / Natasha Braginsky Mounier – ESG Investment Director, Capital Group / Jan Poser Chief Strategist & Head of Sustainability, Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd
MODERATOR: Fiona Frick – CEO, Unigestion SA

15:10 - 15:30
Conversation with the audience

(tba) / Nadia Isler – Director, SDG Lab

15:30 - 16:00
Coffee & Networking
16:00 - 16:15
Latest insights from research on sustainable finance

Philipp Krugger – Associate Professor, Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI)

16:15 - 16:55
Meet the experts #2
Engagement for a stronger and measurable impact?

The central role of institutional investors: how to make engagement the norm rather than the exception? What can we learn from swiss experience, what is next?

PANELISTS: Andreas von Planta Member of the Board of Directors, Novartis International AG / Monika Beck – Member of the Management Board, DEG  / Stefan Bichsel, CEO and Chief of the Asset Management & Trading Division, BCV
MODERATOR: Roland Dominicé – CEO, Symbiotics SA

16:55 - 17:25
UN SG Roadmap for financing the 2030 agenda & Next steps

Tatiana Valovaya – Director-General, UN Geneva Office (tbc)
Laurent Ramsey
– Partner and CEO, Pictet Asset Management 

17:25 - 17:30

CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN: Patrick Odier – Senior Managing Partner, Lombard Odier Group

Bridge Builders
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Organized jointly by Sustainable Finance Geneva, Swiss Sustainable Finance and the Geneva Financial Center, this landmark event is the result of a successful collaboration between the financial community and representatives of International Geneva, federal, cantonal and municipal authorities.

Venue & Contact

The bridge builders will be reunited at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices (BFM), symbolically located on a bridge linking the left bank – the headquarters of finance – and the right bank – the international Geneva.


BFM Geneva

Place des Volontaires 2
1204 Geneva


Located in the heart of the city, the BFM is easily accessible by public transport.

30min from Geneva Cointrin International Airport

10min from Geneva Cornavin Station

From Cornavin tram station take the 14 or 15 to “Stand” stop then 3min by walk

Parking du Seujet or Parking Hôtel des Finances 2min by walk