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.
CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN: Patrick Odier – Senior Managing Partner, Lombard Odier Group
Our potential is immense. We are here to gain traction
Fabio Sofia – President, Sustainable Finance Geneva
Sandrine Salerno – Mayor of Geneva
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
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)
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
Peter Bakker – President & CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
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
Yves Mirabaud – President, Geneva Financial Centre
Pierre Maudet – State Councillor, Geneva
Sabine Doebeli – Director, Swiss Sustainable Finance
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
(tba) / Nadia Isler – Director, SDG Lab
Philipp Krugger – Associate Professor, Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI)
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
Tatiana Valovaya – Director-General, UN Geneva Office (tbc)
Laurent Ramsey – Partner and CEO, Pictet Asset Management
CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN: Patrick Odier – Senior Managing Partner, Lombard Odier Group
Patrick Odier has been a Managing Partner of the Lombard Odier Group since 1986 and a Senior Managing Partner since 1 July 2008. He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank Lombard Odier & Co Ltd since 1 January 2014.
Patrick Odier holds an economics degree from the University of Geneva and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.
He joined the Lombard Odier Group in 1982 and completed his training in Zurich, New York and Montreal before becoming a Managing Partner. He has devoted most of his career to the strategic management of the Group and the development of business relationships with both private and institutional clients as well as external management companies.
Patrick Odier was Chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association from 2009 to 2016.
He is a member of the Board Group of economiesuisse (Swiss Business Federation).
He chairs Fondation Lombard Odier and the Dr Henri Dubois-Ferrière Dinu Lipatti Foundation. He is also a board member of the Louis-Jeantet Foundation and the Brocher Foundation in addition to many other Swiss and international philanthropic organisations and academic institutions.
Fabio Sofia has more than 15 years of experience in sustainable finance, particularly investments related to sustainable development goals. He played a pioneer role in the field of microfinance joining Symbiotics at inception where he first developed the Latin America market (10 countries) which grew to 300 million US Dollars by 2009 and spurred the company to open its first regional office in Mexico City. In 2012, he headed up the pipeline & brokerage unit, managing several large advisory mandates as well as Symbiotics’ first bond transactions. Following this, he headed the business development unit, where he set up the company’s first sales activities and developed and acquired several new mandates. He largely contributed to the success of the firm thanks to the implementation of several key-partnerships which made possible for Symbiotics to exceed USD 2 billions under management until the end of 2017, for an exhibition in more than 70 countries.
Prior to joining Symbiotics, he worked for the Human Rights Policy section of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and for Lombard Odier & Cie, a Swiss private bank.
He is now associate director at Wecan Group, a fintech company specializing in digital financing solutions and blockchain.
Fabio Sofia joined Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG) in 2012, first as treasurer, than as Vice-president. He is President since 2016.
He holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute (IHEID) in Geneva.
President of the Swiss Confederation for 2019, Head of the Federal Department of Finance FDF
|Time period||Occupational activities|
|1994 – 2008||Manager of the Zurich Farmers‘ Association|
|1974 – 1994||Manager of a farmers‘ cooperative|
|Time period||Political activities|
|5 December 2018||Elected President of the Swiss Confederation for 2019|
|6 December 2017||Elected Vice President of the Federal Council for 2018|
|Since 1January 2016||Head of the Federal Department of Finance FDF|
|5 December 2012||Elected President of the Swiss Confederation for 2013|
|14 December 2011||Elected Vice President of the Federal Council for 2012|
|2009-2015||Head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS|
|10 December 2008||Elected Federal Councillor|
|1996-2008||Chairman of the Swiss People’s Party|
|1983-1991||Cantonal Parliament of Zurich|
|1978-1986||Communal Council of Hinwil|
Sergio P. Ermotti has been Group Chief Executive Officer of UBS Group AG since November 2014, having held the same position at UBS AG since November 2011 and on an interim basis between September and November 2011. Mr. Ermotti became a member of the GEB in April 2011 and was Chairman and CEO of UBS Group Europe, Middle East and Africa from April to November 2011. From 2007 to 2010, he was Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer at UniCredit, Milan, and was responsible for the strategic business areas of Corporate and Investment Banking, and Private Banking. He joined UniCredit in 2005 as Head of Markets & Investment Banking Division. His career began at Merrill Lynch in 1987, where he held various positions within equity derivatives and capital markets until 2003. In his last two years there, he served as co-Head of Global Equity Markets and as a member of the Executive Management Committee for Global Markets & Investment Banking. Mr. Ermotti is a Swiss-certified banking expert and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at Oxford University
Daniela Stoffel (born in 1968) took up her role as State Secretary for International Finance at the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) on 1 March 2019.
In 1998, Daniela Stoffel entered the diplomatic service of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In 2005, she took over as Head of Public Relations and Culture at the Swiss Embassy in Washington D.C. and in August 2009 she moved to the Swiss Embassy in Berlin as Head of Economic and Financial Affairs. There she was appointed Deputy Head of Mission in 2012. In 2015, Daniela Stoffel assumed a staff function in the General Secretariat of the OECD in Paris.
From 2015, Daniela Stoffel was on detachment to SIF with the title of Ambassador, latterly as Head of Political Staff. From 2016, she was also the Diplomatic Advisor to the Head of the Federal Department of Finance (FDF). In these functions, Daniela Stoffel was involved in safeguarding and dealing with current financial policy issues and challenges and in the corresponding international negotiations and contacts.
Daniela Stoffel graduated from the University of Zurich in 1992 with a degree in Philosophy, Economics and German Linguistics. Accompanying her work as a University Assistant at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Zurich, she wrote her thesis in 1996. She is a citizen of Winterthur, in the canton of Zurich, and is the mother of an adult daughter.
Thomas Vellacott is the Managing Director of WWF Switzerland, a position he has held since 2012. He has a degree in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Durham and a degree in International Relations from Cambridge University. He obtained his MBA from IMD in Lausanne. Before joining WWF, Thomas Vellacott worked at Citibank and McKinsey & Co.
Since 1 September 2019, Philipp Rickenbacher has been CEO of Julius Baer Group Ltd. and Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd.
Philipp Rickenbacher joined Julius Baer in 2004 and subsequently held various senior leadership roles, including the responsibility for the Structured Products area. In 2016, he was appointed to the Bank’s Executive Board and became Head Advisory Solutions. From January until the end of August 2019, he was Head Intermediaries & Global Custody and Member of the Bank’s Executive Board.
Before joining Julius Baer, he was employed with McKinsey & Company in Zurich and London from 1997 to 2004, amongst others as Associate Principal.
Philipp Rickenbacher holds a Master of Science in Biotechnology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Swiss Finance Institute and of the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School. He is father of two children.
Andrea Brown has spent more than fifteen years working in sustainability, having led initiatives on circular economy, plastics, greenhouse gas emissions and social impact with some of the world’s largest companies and most disruptive innovators.
She currently works for one of Switzerland’s pioneer impact finance company – Quadia, where she helps accelerate the circular and regenerative economy by overseeing the impact strategy of over 180 million USD in equity and debt investments.
Prior to joining Quadia, she spent 10 years at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a CEO-led business coalition of more than 200 companies. There, she most recently led the Circular Economy program.
Simon Zadek is senior advisor to Achim Steiner, the head of the United Nations Development Programme, and is principal of Project Catalyst, a UNDP platform advancing large-scale, system-level initiatives to realise the SDGs. Simon has specific responsibility for the UN Secretary-General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs which Mr. Steiner co-chairs with Maria Ramos, a veteran of the commercial banking industry who recently (February 2019) retired as CEO of Absa Group Ltd. Simon has served as senior advisor on sustainable finance to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, and as co-director of UN Environment’s Inquiry into Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System. For the G20, first under China’s presidency and then for Germany and Argentina, Simon led the Green/Sustainable Finance Study Group secretariat, and before that represented UN Environment as the co-chair of China’s Green Finance Task Force alongside the People’s Bank of China. Simon is widely published and has held many academic positions, including at Tshinghua School of Economics and Management, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Singapore Management University, and the University of Southern Africa. He has advised many companies on their approach to sustainable development and has founded and led a number of think tanks and partnerships, including AccountAbility and the Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance.
Bertrand Gacon began his professional career in the financial sector and worked successively in Asia, Paris and Geneva with the BNP Paribas group. In 2006, Bertrand created the Responsible Investment offer of the French bank and developed a complete range of SRI and Impact Investing solutions for its private clients worldwide.
In 2011, he joined Lombard Odier in Geneva and became head of the Impact Office, a team that developed innovative investment solutions in the field of development finance and climate obligations. He also initiated and led the B Corp certification obtained by Lombard Odier.
In 2018, Bertrand co-founded the social enterprise « Impaakt », which uses collective intelligence to analyze and measure the impact that large companies have on the planet and society. The platform (www.impaakt.com) allows all citizens to both contribute and benefit from this universal knowledge database built around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In addition to his role as CEO at Impaakt, Bertrand is Program Director at IHEID, where he developed a Certificate of Advanced Studies on « SDG Investing ». He is also leading the « SwiSOX » project at Sustainable Finance Geneva, an initiative whose objective is to create in Geneva the « Nasdaq for social enterprises ».
Bertrand is a graduate of Skema Business School.
After graduating from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Yves Mirabaud spent five years in various banking institutions in Geneva, Zurich, Boston and New York before joining the bank in 1993. A Managing Partner since 1996, he was alo Member of the Executive Committee between 2000 and 2011. He became Senior Managing Partner in 2012.
Since January 2014, following a change in the legal structure of the Mirabaud Group, Yves Mirabaud is Senior Managing Partner of Mirabaud SCA and Chairman of the Board of Mirabaud & Cie SA.
Since April 2015, he is Chairman of the Association of Swiss Private Banks and since 2016 of the Geneva Financial Center. He is also member of the Board of Swiss Bankers Association.
Sabine Döbeli is the CEO of Swiss Sustainable Finance, an association that was founded in 2014 with the objective of promoting sustainability in Swiss finance. Previously, she was Head of Corporate Sustainability Management at Vontobel. At Zürcher Kantonalbank she built up the sustainability research unit within the financial analysis department and was involved in the launch of various sustainable investment products. Sabine holds a Masters in Environmental Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and a post-graduate degree in business administration from the University of Basel.
Natasha Braginsky Mounier is a global ESG investment director at Capital Group. She has 25 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 16 years. Earlier in her career at Capital, she was an equity investment analyst with research responsibility in EMEA equities, as well as sector coverage of Nordic telecoms and European family investment firms. Prior to joining Capital, she was a corporate finance associate in New York at J.P. Morgan and the Blackstone Group and a portfolio manager at Credit Agricole Asset Management in Paris. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Natasha is based in London.
Born in Bonn, Germany. Attended high school in Bonn and Geneva. After studying economics in St. Gall, Switzerland, and Freiburg, Germany, he moved to the ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich. After completing his PhD in 1998, he joined the Russia Division of the International Monetary Fund in Washington. Returning to Switzerland in 1999 he worked in the Country Risk Department of one of Switzerland’s large banks, where he was responsible for Russia and Eastern Europe. Jan Amrit Poser joined Bank Sarasin in 2001 and served the Bank which is now known as Bank J. Safra Sarasin in many different functions; first as a foreign exchange strategist, then as its Chief Economist, Head of Research and Head of Asset Management. Since 2013 Jan Amrit Poser is responsible for the sustainable investment process and the claim of Sustainability of Bank J. Safra Sarasin. Jan Poser is a renowned commentator of sustainability, economic and financial market developments in the media.
Fiona Frick has been the Group CEO of Unigestion since 2011. She started her career at the company in 1990 as a fundamental analyst, covering traditional asset classes, before becoming an investment manager for bond funds. In 1995, she led the creation of the Unigestion’s equity activities and developed an investment process based on the Minimum Variance anomaly. Fiona holds an MBA from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Paris and a degree in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Dijon. She is a regular speaker at conferences and serves on the Board of Sustainable Finance Geneva. On several occasions, Fiona has been included on Financial News’ annual list of 100 most influential Women in the European financial services industry.
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.
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.
Place des Volontaires 2
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