Key Panel Speakers (in alphabetical order):

Mr. Urban Angehrn has been Group Chief Investment Officer at Zurich Insurance Group AG since July 1, 2015. Mr. Angehrn served as Head of Alternative Investments at Zurich Financial Services AG and Zurich Insurance Group Ltd from March 1, 2012 to July 1, 2015. He served as Head of Investment Strategy Implementation at Zurich Financial Services AG from April 2010 to March 1, 2012. Mr. Angehrn joined Zurich in 2007 as Regional Investment Manager for Europe where he led a team of Regional Investment Managers, local Chief Investment Officers and Analysts. Prior to joining Zurich, Mr. Angehrn held a variety of capital market roles in the insurance and investment banking industries. He served as Head of Allocation & Strategy in Asset Management at the Winterthur Group. He advised Swiss institutional clients on the application of derivatives. His career in derivatives marketing and fixed income sales includes over 10 years spent at Credit Suisse First Boston and JP Morgan. Mr. Angehrn holds a PhD in Mathematics from Harvard University and a Master of Science in Theoretical Physics from ETH Zurich.


Stefano Battiston is SNF Professor at the Department of Banking and Finance of the University of Zurich. His work applies the complex networks approach both to the empirical analysis of large economic networks and the modelling of their dynamics. Since several years, his main interests have been financial contagion, default cascades, and propagation of financial distress, where he combines the insights from the statistical mechanics of networks with the analysis of economic incentives.

He has been involved in many international projects, including FOC (Forecasting Financial Crises) the first European project aimed at anticipating structural instabilities in the global financial networks. He is now the coordinator of the FET project SIMPOL that investigates policy modeling in finance and climate finance.

From 2015 he also coordinates the FET project DOLFINS that investigates how to better channel finance towards sustainable economy in a networked economy. Within the Financial Stability Program directed by the Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and funded by the Institute of New Economic Thinking, Stefano Battiston coordinates the Working Group on Financial Networks.


Mafalda Duarte is the Manager for the $8.3 billion Climate Investment Funds (CIF) which is providing 72 developing and middle-income countries with urgently needed risk and patient capital as well as technical expertise to manage the challenges of climate change and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Founded in 2008, the CIF has been leading efforts to empower transformations in the energy, climate resilience, transport and forestry sectors. The CIF funding has leveraged more than $55 billion from other sources.

In her present role, Ms. Duarte leads the development and implementation of business development strategies and policies to achieve the objectives of the CIF.

A Portuguese national, Ms. Duarte worked in international development for over 15 years, with a special focus on Africa and Asia. Her career has included roles such as managing the US$ 1 billion portfolio of the African Development Bank (AfDB) with the CIF, leading the issuance of the AfDB’s first Green Bonds, leading the global climate task force of the Multilateral Development Banks, and leading US$ 1 billion development policy loans of the World Bank.

Ms. Duarte holds a Masters in Economic Policy Management from Columbia University (U.S.); a Masters in International Development Studies / Development Economics from the University of Bradford (UK) and a Bachelors degree in International Relations from the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.


Graeme Maxton is the Secretary General of the Club of Rome, a global network of renowned independent thinkers dedicated to addressing the challenges facing humanity. The Club is perhaps best known for the best-selling book, The Limits to Growth. A trenchant critic of modern economic thinking, he is the co-author of Reinventing Prosperity, Managing economic growth to reduce unemployment, inequality and climate change, (2016). The German edition, Ein Prozent ist genug: Mit wenig Wachstum soziale Ungleichheit, Arbeitslosigkeit und Klimawandel bekämpfen was the No1 best-selling economics book on in the weeks after its launch. Graeme is also the sole author of The End of Progress: How modern economics has failed us (2011), which was nominated for the FT’s Best Book about Business Award and has been translated into Chinese, Czech, Romanian and German. It was a top-20 Spiegel best-seller. As well as contributing articles to a wide range of international newspapers, journals and magazines, he is also the co-author of Time for a Model Change, Cambridge University Press’ Feature Book of the Year 2004, and Driving Over a Cliff (1995), which was also nominated for the FT’s Best Book about Business Award. Until 2007, he was a Regional Director with the Economist Group in Hong Kong. He previously worked for strategy consultants Booz.Allen & Hamilton, in banking with Citigroup and American Express, and was a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School in London from 1988 to 2002.


Christopher Steane is a managing director at ING Wholesale Banking, based in Amsterdam. He is the global head of lending. Mr. Steane graduated with first-class degrees in Mathematics and Law from Cambridge University and joined Barings in 1978. He began in the credit department, analyzing corporate credit and assisting in the bank’s leasing business. His experience at Barings included debt capital markets, corporate finance advisory, and responsibility for establishing a joint venture in interest rate and currency derivatives. Following the purchase of Barings, Mr. Steane acted as head of UK lending until 1997. He then became both head of UK corporate banking and head of acquisition finance. In 2001 he took responsibility for acquisition finance Europe. In 2005 he became global head of structured finance. He was appointed to his current position in 2010, and is now responsible for real estate finance, structured finance, and corporate and financial institution (FI) lending. He has served as a trustee of the Baring Foundation, a grant-giving charity, and a member of the Alco of Christ’s Hospital, a 450-year-old educational charity, and a trustee of The Baring Archive.


Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute.  A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (US president’s) Council of Economic Advisers. In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. He has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 2001 and received that university’s highest academic rank (university professor) in 2003. Based on academic citations, Stiglitz is the 4th most influential economist in the world today, and in 2011 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on asymmetric information, Stiglitz’s work focuses on income distribution, asset risk management, corporate governance, and international trade. He is the author of numerous books, and several bestsellers. His most recent titles are The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe, Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity and The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them.


Speakers of the Conference (in alphabetical order):

Filippo Addarii is Founding Partner and CEO. He has 15 years experience in designing, fundraising for and managing European multi-stakeholder projects for socio-economic development through innovative approaches and civic engagement in the EU and worldwide. His projects have been funded by the European Commission, British Foreign Office, UN Fund for Democracy, private foundations and corporations. He is currently a member of the European CommissionÕs Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship. HeÕs also senior advisor on impact investment strategy of Fondazione San Patrignano (Italy) one leading on the development of a new generation of social impact finance instruments working with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Banca Sella and Banca Esperia. Filippo Addarii holds a Master of Research in Urban Studies and Affairs from UCL and a MA in Non-Profit Management from Universita degli Studi di Urbino. He has successfully completed executive courses at Harvard Kennedy School (Civil Society Leadership Management), at INSEAD (Social Enterprise) and at CASS Business School (Centre for Charity Effectiveness, London, UK).


Iñaki Aldasoro is an economist at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). His work focuses on banking, systemic risk in networks, macroeconomics and financial stability. Prior to joining the BIS in 2016, he worked at the European Systemic Risk Board Secretariat. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Goethe University Frankfurt.



Stefan Avdjiev is a Senior Economist and Deputy Head of International Banking and Financial Statistics. He joined the BIS in September 2009 upon completion of his PhD in Economics. Prior to assuming his current position, he worked as an Economist in the Financial Institutions unit and Financial Markets group of the BIS Monetary and Economic Department. He has conducted research in macroeconomics, asset pricing and international finance. His current research is primarily focused on issues related to international capital flows and financial stability.


Alexander Barkawi is founder and director of the Council on Economic Policies (CEP). Prior to his decision to build up CEP, he was the managing director of SAM Indexes and thus responsible for developing the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) into a key reference point for sustainability investing. In that capacity, he drove worldwide marketing, sales and licensing as well as media and public relations for the DJSI family and other indexes compiled by SAM for more than nine years. Before joining SAM, Alex took the lead in internationalizing the activities of oikos – an organization that promotes sustainability in teaching and research of economics and management worldwide. Originally started as an initiative in St. Gallen, Switzerland, oikos today comprises more than 40 chapters on four continents. Alex continues to be engaged in the organization as president of the board of trustees of the oikos foundation.

Alex is a graduate in economics (M.A.) of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he also wrote his PhD thesis on “Social Change in Egypt in the 1990s”. He grew up in Germany and Egypt and today lives in Zurich, Switzerland.


Paolo Barucca is a Theoretical Physicist specialising in Statistical Physics of disordered and complex systems. He has been working on Network Theory and Mathematical Finance with Prof. Battiston at UZH. He is currently researching systemic risk in financial networks trying to provide informative, reliable and network-adjusted estimators for quantifying risk.



Nick Beglinger is a Swiss economist (LSE). In 2008 he co-founded and currently runs the Cleantech21 foundation (C21). His professional focus area is sustainable development at the crossroads of finance, innovation, and regulation. He addresses competitiveness issues in the light of economic (industrial, urban and rural) development compatible with the Paris Agreement on climate change, and in particular carbon pricing. Between 2009 and 2016, Nick acted as president of Switzerland’s first green business association, swisscleantech, and thereby influenced the country’s climate, energy, and mobility policy. At COP22 in Marrakesh, Nick initiated the Climate Ledger Initiative (CLI), bringing distributed ledger technology (DLT, aka ‘blockchain’) to UNFCCC. Nick has initiated the first DLT/energy lighthouse project by the Swiss Ministry of Energy, and the first five DLT/climate use cases financed by the EU’s Climate-KIC. At COP23, C21 organised Hack4Climate, the first ever hackathon linked to a climate conference (with the support of the UNFCCC secretariat and as partner of the World Bank’s Connect4Climate initiative). Based on the success of the hackathon, and its growing community of DLT and AI developers, C21 started the Hack4Climate innovation program in 2018.

Nick serves on the board of the IOTA Foundation, the Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation, and is part of WWF’s Leaders for Nature. He started his career with McKinsey in Hamburg, and then setup the first software JV in Saigon. He worked in China, Vietnam, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi for Maxmakers – where he headed a 3-year engagement with the Government of Abu Dhabi in the first development period of the Masdar Project – before returning to Zurich to set up C21. Nick bikes and urban-farms, plays the piano and soccer with friends, jogs, swims, and occasionally gets to kitesurf.


Steffen Bjarne is a postdoctoral researcher with the Energy Politics Group since August 2016. His research, which is published in journals like European Journal of Operational Research, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, centers on energy policy with a focus on renewables and storage. Current projects address the role of investors, banks, and financial instruments in the deployment of renewables, as well as the interaction between innovation and regulation for electricity storage. He also contributed to practitioner-oriented policy reports, and is part of the EU Horizon 2020 project INNOPATHS and the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research.

Before joining ETH Zurich, Bjarne worked as Principal in the Boston Consulting Group’s energy and infrastructure practices and was project manager for the Strategic Infrastructure Initiative at the World Economic Forum. He studied economics at University of Mannheim and the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a PhD in energy economics from University of Duisburg-Essen (chair Prof. Weber).

Besides work, Bjarne likes spending time in the Alps, running along rivers or lakes, and is interested in travelling and cultures.


Olga Briukhova is a PhD Student at the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich and Swiss Finance Institute. Olga’s expertise lies in the field of financial regulation, complex financial networks and financial stability. Her current research is focused on systemic risk implications of recent regulatory reform that requires clearing of certain classes of OTC derivatives through central clearing counterparties. Olga holds MSc in Economics from the University of Bonn, Germany.


Barbara Buchner is Executive Director of the widely renowned Climate Finance program at Climate Policy Initiative. Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change, Barbara advises leaders on climate, energy, and land use investments around the world. Barbara is the lead author on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance, which has set the benchmark for climate finance tracking, and Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 billion goal – a joint report with the OECD that played a seminal role in the lead up to the Paris Agreement. She directs the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance and (the Lab) and its sister programs in Brazil and India. The Lab’s public-private approach solicits, shapes, and tests cutting edge climate finance instruments that resolve financing barriers hindering alternative energy, adaptation, and land use projects. Instruments from the Lab have mobilized nearly a billion US dollars for sustainable development in developing countries in just three years. In addition, Barbara built and directed the San Giorgio Group, which brings together key financial institutions actively engaged in green, low-emissions finance in collaboration with the World Bank Group, CLP (China Light & Power), and the OECD. Barbara regularly speaks at high-profile events as an expert in climate policy and climate finance, and has presented at Climate Week, at the Climate Finance Ministerial, World Future Energy Summit, as part of the GCF Private Sector Facility, at COP side-events, and at the BNEF Future of Energy Summit, among many others. Barbara was promoted from Director to Senior Director in 2013 and Executive Director in 2016. Previously Barbara served as a Senior Energy and Environment Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) and as a Senior Researcher at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) where she was involved in a number of activities related to FEEM’s Climate Change Policy and Modelling Unit in the field of environmental economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Graz and was a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Originally from Austria, Barbara is based out of San Francisco.


Guido Caldarelli is full Professor in Theoretical Physics at IMT, head of Commessa “Complexity in Natural Science” at Institute of Complex Systems (CNR).

Caldarelli received his Ph.D. from SISSA, after which he was a postdoc in the Department of Physics and School of Biology, University of Manchester. He then worked at the Theory of Condensed Matter Group, University of Cambridge, where he worked with Robin Ball and stayed in Wolfson College. He returned to Italy as a lecturer at National Institute for Condensed Matter (INFM) and later as Primo Ricercatore in the Institute of Complex Systems of the National Research Council of Italy. In this period he was also the coordinator of the Networks subproject, part of the Complexity Project, for the Fermi Centre. He also spent some terms at University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and in 2006 he has been visiting professor at École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

Presently he is Full Professor of Physics at IMT Lucca, and a LIMS Fellow. From 2015 he is the Vice-President of the Complex Systems Society . From 2016 he is in the board of the SNP Division of European Physical Society


Marc Chesney holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Geneva and obtained his Habilitation from the Sorbonne University.
 He is currently Director of the Department of Banking and Finance (DBF) of the University of Zurich, Full Professor, Chair of Quantitative Finance, Academic Head of the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth. He is also a member of Finance Watch and Kontrapunkt.
 He was previously Research Fellow at the “Zentrum für Religion Wirtschaft und Politik” (Collegium Helveticum) and Professor and Associate Dean at HEC Paris from 1993 to 2000. 
He has published in different journals such as: Mathematical Finance, Finance and Stochastics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Applied Mathematical Finance, Review of Derivatives Research, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Journal of Environmental Science and Policy.


Giulio Cimini is Assistant Professor at IMT Lucca. He got the PhD in theoretical and interdisciplinary physics at University of Fribourg. His main expertise includes statistical physics, network theory and data analysis, and his work focuses mainly on quantitative analysis and modeling of complex economical and financial systems.


Luisa De Amicis is COO  of Plus Value. Luisa has more than 10 years of experience in which she has led more than 40 multi-stakeholder international and cross-sectoral European projects. She leads on the organisation’s consultancy activities and has an outstanding fundraising track-record with the European Union (more than 10 Directorate Generals), UK Government (FCO, DFID, Cabinet Office), corporates and foundations.

She holds an MSc in Economics and Management of Public Administration and International Institutions from Bocconi University, Milan (Italy), where she discussed a thesis about Foreign Direct Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has successfully completed executive courses at INSEAD (Social Entrepreneurship Programme- ISEP, Fontainebleau, France) and at CASS Business School (Centre for Charity Effectiveness, London, UK).


Giovanni Dosi is Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute of Economics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa; Co-Director of the task forces “Industrial Policy” and “Intellectual Property Rights”, IPD – Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University; Continental European Editor of Industrial and Corporate Change. Included in “ISI Highly Cited Researchers”.

His major research areas – where he is author and editor of several works – include economics of innovation and technological change, industrial organization and industrial dynamics, theory of the firm and corporate governance, evolutionary theory, economic growth and development.

A selection of his works has been published in two volumes: Innovation, Organization and Economic Dynamics. Selected Essays, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2000; and Economic Organization, Industrial Dynamics and Development: Selected Essays, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2012.


Stanislas Dupré initiated the 2° Investing Initiative and now serves as Global Director. Previously Stanislas Dupré was Executive Director of Utopies (CSR consultancy) after a career as CSR consultant and R&D manager. Stanislas has been working on 2° investing topics since 2007 when he developed the first assessment methodology for ’financed emissions’ of banks and diversified portfolios (for Caisse d’Epargne/Natixis, the ADEME, WWF and Friends of the Earth). In 2010, he wrote a book about the role of financial institutions in financing the energy transition. Stanislas is also Non-Executive Director of a green private equity fund (NEF-CEM), lecturer at Paris-Dauphine University and member of the expert committees of the NYSE-Euronext Low-Carbon Index and Novethic.


Alexander El Alaoui works as analyst in the portfolio management team of Salm-Salm & Partner, a family-owned investment boutique specialized in convertible bonds. At Salm-Salm, he is responsible for developing sustainable investment strategies, with a focus on institutional clients. In 2016, he helped setting up Germany’s first global equity fund aligned with the Paris climate agreement. Before joining Salm-Salm, he worked as policy advisor for two development organisations. In that capacity, he was running an investment criteria committee overseeing a SRI fund with assets of €700m+, with a focus on the SDGs. In 2015, he helped filing of the world’s first climate-related lawsuits against a leading utility company. Alexander graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master’s degree and from Potsdam University and UCLA with a degree in economics and public administration.


Amandine Favier is Senior Advisor Sustainable Finance for WWF Switzerland. She works on projects to improve the environmental performance of financial institutions and the integration of sustainability within investment decisions. Before joining WWF in 2012, she worked several years for the financial industry in Geneva and Zürich. In her last role at Deutsche Bank Switzerland, she advised Ultra High Net Worth Clients on FX and Commodity structure and option strategies. After her studies, she gathered experienced in international policy and advocacy in Paris and Brussels focusing on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. Amandine is also a lecturer in Sustainable Finance and responsible investment at the university of Zürich and St.Gallen University.

Amandine holds a master in business administration and economics from the Copenhagen Business School and a master in Management from EM-LYON business school. She wrote her master thesis on the link between strategic corporate reactions and environmental regulations.


Veronica Garcia, Bitlumens  CEO/Founder: Veronica Garcia has been an investment consultant at Credit Suisse and UBS. After finishing her graduate studies at the ETH in Zurich she joined IBM Research Lab in Zurich. She had worked as a consultant for the World Bank, IADB and Castalia. Her research focused on renewable technologies and quantifying the investment needed to reach the country targets for renewable power generation. Her current research focuses on the propagation of carbon mitigation strategies using IoT and the blockchain.


Daniele Giachini is a research fellow at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa. Daniele obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the same institution under Prof. Giulio Bottazzi with a dissertation on Evolutionary Finance and visited the department of Banking and Finance of the University of Zurich under the supervision of Prof. Thorsten Hens.  His research activity follows two lines. The first one studies market selection and long-run asset pricing in financial market models where agents use behavioral rules. The second analyses the relationship between finance and growth adopting an agent-based approach that allows to capture the most relevant features of innovation.


Dr. Gaël Giraud is a French economist, specialized in general equilibrium theory, game theory, finance and energy issues. He is Chief Economist at the Agence Française de Développement, affiliated with University of Paris 1-Sorbonne Economic Center (CES) and associated researcher at Paris School of Economics (PSE). He is also member of the Scientific Committee of the “Laboratoire d’Excellence” devoted to financial regulation (LabEx ReFi) and member of the Steering Committee on the Energy Shift within the French government. A former fellow of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, of ENSAE (Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique) and of CORE (Center of Operations Research, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), he earned his Ph.D. at the Laboratoire d’Econométrie de l’Ecole Polytechnique in 1998. In 2009, he was nominated as Best French young economist by Le Monde/Le Cercle des économistes.

Between 1999 and 2004, he worked as a quantitative consultant in various French investment banks.

He published 4 books, the last one being: Illusion financière, Les Editions de l’Atelier, 2012.


Mattia Guerini is post-Doctoral researcher at the department of competition and innovation of the Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Économiques (OFCE) – SciencesPo (France) and research fellow at the Institute of Economics of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy). Mattia holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy) and he has also been a visiting researcher at the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance (CeNDEF) at University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). His research focuses on macroeconomics, industrial dynamics and agent-based computational economics, which he studies from both the theoretical and empirical perspectives. His research has been published on top field academic journals such as the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Economic Modelling and Macroeconomic Dynamics.


Armin Haas is a senior researcher at the IASS, and leads the research process Integrated Risk Governance of the Global Climate Forum (GCF). At IASS his research focus concerns financial markets and their role for sustaining the economy, the society, and the environment. This includes the stability of the financial system itself, i.e. its resilience towards exogenous shocks and endogenous dynamics, and its potential for financing the real investments needed for the sustainability transition. At GCF, his current research focuses on innovative approaches for the management of large-scale uncertainties. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Before joining IASS, he worked as senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and headed the research group Bayesian Risk Management.


Klaus Hasselmann is a co-founder and vice-chairman of the Global Climate Forum and leads GCF’s Socio-economic modelling research process.

Hasselmann is a physicist who has published extensively in the fields of oceanography, meteorology, climate and, in recent years, in socio-economic models of climate change. He is the founding director emeritus of the Max Planck Institute of Meteorology (MPIM) in Hamburg, and the former scientific director of the German Climate Computing Centre. The MPIM was created in 1975 to conduct climate research. It developed rapidly into an internationally leading institute in climate research, contributing significantly to the scientific assessments reports of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Hasselmann’s recent interest in socio-economic modelling of climate change is motivated by the need to develop new system-dynamic, actor-based models in support of climate policy.


Dr. Roland Hengerer is the sustainability expert for the energy sector at RobecoSAM AG, an asset manager with exclusive focus on sustainability investing. He is also responsible for the methodology behind the standard-setting Dow Jones Sustainability Index for this sector. Roland Hengerer studied atomic and semiconductor physics in Germany and the US and wrote his PhD thesis at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (on a novel technology platform for solar cells and Li-ion batteries). Before joining RobecoSAM he worked in the solar industry for the German solar pioneer Solon AG and the world’s largest PV manufacturer Trina Solar. He also received an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, advised start-up companies in the energy and carbon trading sectors, and worked as a consultant for Accenture in France.


Renat Heuberger is the CEO of South Pole Group, a company co-founded by Heuberger in 2006. He is a social entrepreneur in the field of sustainability, climate change and renewable energies, in which he has been engaged in since 1999.
After working for development organization Swisscontact in Indonesia, Heuberger co-founded the World Student Community on Sustainable Development, and the platform for interdisciplinary projects Seed Sustainability. In 2002, he founded the Swiss Myclimate foundation following a climate initiative for passengers to compensate greenhouse emissions of flights at the annual meeting of the Alliance for Global Sustainability in Costa Rica. The first climate project was to replace the diesel power generator with solar energy of a university in Costa Rica. Heuberger acted as Myclimate CEO until 2006.
Heuberger has been a climate policy advocate and supported the UNFCCC process since 2002, where he regularly chairs and presented the official Side-Events such as “Sustainable CDM – Best Practice” at CoP 11/MoP 1 of the UNFCCC in Montreal and “What has carbon trade taught us about ecological markets?” at CoP 16/MoP 6 of the UNFCCC Cancun Summit. Heuberger presented his Shifting Fortunes insight at the 2013 WEF in Davos.
As a founding partner and CEO of South Pole Group, he coordinated the set-up of South Pole Group’s global presence, winning the company the title of Best Project Developer by Environmental Finance magazine between 2011-2015, and enabling the first-ever issuance of Gold Standard certificates, the first issuance of Social Carbon offset certificates in Southeast Asia and, with his colleague Christian Dannecker, the first Voluntary Carbon Standard forestry project in South America. Heuberger has also initiated with colleague Maximilian Horster the first climate credit card in Switzerland and the first carbon screener application on the Bloomberg Terminal that allows investors and asset managers to calculate the carbon footprint of every investable company around the world. Heuberger has been central in helping South Pole Group grow into a thriving organisation of over 150+ employees that has expanded beyond emission reduction project development, wholesale and retail: the company’s extended expertise now focuses around the key business lines of carbon credit solutions, renewable energy, sustainability advisory and green finance. South Pole Group has over time become one of the major global advisors for climate-related policies, sustainable supply chains and climate impact assessment for investments.
Heuberger is currently a board member of Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change, a board member of Climate Friendly Pty Ltd, of Vietnamese climate and energy company VNEEC, of Perenia Pty Ltd, and of Respect Climate in Sweden. He also acts in the advisory board of the Hub Zurich a platform for social entrepreneurship and MyNewEnergy, a company launching the first-ever platform to compare power products in Switzerland.
Supporting a global network of connected communities, Heuberger is considered an authority on climate change, carbon markets and sustainable development and is regularly interviewed in the media.
He was elected Swiss Social Entrepreneur 2011 by the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation, along with Christoph Sutter and received the sustainability award 2013 by the Cantonal Bank of Zurich ZKB. In 2014, Heuberger was elected as Member of the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change of the World Economic Forum.


Max Horster is Managing Director and Head of ISS-Ethix Climate Solutions, a unit of Institutional Shareholder Services that enables investors, agencies and governments to understand, measure, and act upon the implications of climate change on investments. In 2010 and while with Zurich-based South Pole Group, Max Horster developed the leading methodology to gauge and assess climate impacts on investment portfolios. Under his stewardship, the group established the worldÕs largest database of company-level climate change data and pioneered the development of leading, standardized investment carbon screening tools, resulting in the screening for climate change implications of more than US$ 2 trillion of assets under management. Max Horster currently leads two EU funded investment-related greenhouse gas accounting projects, is working in several industry organizations dealing with financial greenhouse gas accounting, and advises governments on the matter.Prior to joining the South Pole Group, Max Horster worked in equity and fixed income research capacities as well as in business development with Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles, Toronto, Tokyo, Geneva and London. Prior to that, Max Horster was an academic researcher and worked with a Member of the European Parliament. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge.


Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter is Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Vice-President of the Board at Forma Futura. Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter has over 30 years’ experience in finance and risk management, a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen (lic. oec. HSG), as well as a Swiss Banking School diploma. As a member of the executive board she was responsible for Trading and Sales at Bank Julius Bär & Co. until 2005. Prior to that, she was President of the Swiss Stock Exchange (SWX Group). In the mid-1990s, she was responsible for the development and commissioning of the Electronic Stock Exchange in Switzerland (EBS).

Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter is President of the Board of Directors of the Berner Kantonalbank AG (BEKB). 

In addition to her professional activities, Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter is also committed to sustainability as co-founder of the charitable waterkiosk foundation, whose projects enable access to clean drinking water in underdeveloped countries.


Carlo C. Jaeger is a sustainability scientist with a background in economics, sociology and human ecology. He is working on global systems, in particular on the role of financial markets in addressing – or exacerbating – the problem of climate change. He is co-founder and chairman of the Global Climate Forum, Professor at Potsdam University, Germany, Visiting Professor at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University (ASU), and the Beijing Normal University (BNU), China, where he has been appointed as an outstanding foreign expert to the Chinese government. Jaeger’s current research is focused on problems of global coordination, especially in view of sustainable development. Until March 2012 Carlo C. Jaeger was Head of the Research Domain Transdisciplinary Concepts and Methods at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He was Professor at the University of Darmstadt and Head of the Human Ecology Department at the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology. He is a member of the Scientific and Technical Council of the International Risk Governance Council, and has served on the boards of various scientific organizations. He holds degrees in economics (Ph.D., Frankfurt University, Germany), sociology (diploma, University of Berne, Switzerland), and human ecology (habilitation ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and has worked extensively on the interactions between technological progress and environmental problems, in particular the role of information technologies in urban development. He is author or co-author of over 50 scientific papers and author or editor of over a dozen scientific books.


Hannah Kitcher is part of the team at The Young Foundation involved in designing and delivering a pilot campaign for the Dolfins Project looking at new and more impactful ways to engage the public in the discussion about the role of finance in our society. Hannah, having worked previously in the research team, has expertise in research design and delivery and co-wrote the year-long ESRC funded, mixed methods piece of research looking at high cost credit in Wales, exploring its prevalence, reasons customers turn to high cost forms of credit and the potential alternatives. Hannah now works to raise the profile of the work of The Young Foundation as an organisation, as well as the individual projects and programmes they run in their communications team.


Christoffer Kok is a Deputy Head of the Directorate General Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability at the European Central Bank where he has been since 2002. During his tenure at the bank he has been working on issues related to monetary policy and more recently on financial stability issues. Prior to joining the ECB Kok was an Economist in Denmarks Nationalbank. His research interests include monetary economics, stress testing, the impact of financial regulation on macroeconomic fluctuations, and financial contagion in agent-based network models. He holds degrees in Economics from Aarhus University and UniversitŽ Paris I Sorbonne-Panthon and a degree in Finance from the Copenhagen Business School.


Maria Lamas is Managing Director at Julius Bär. Maria has over 30 years experience in the Financial Industry, covering Investment Banking, Asset Management and Private Banking. She was a Managing Director and the Global Head of Financial Products and Investment Advisory at Credit Suisse, and a Member of the Global Executive Council. She left the traditional Financial Industry and joined responsAbility, an asset manager specialised in Development Investments, convinced that Sustainable Finance would be the key factor in maintaining the competitive edge of the Swiss Banking Industry. In 2016 she joined Bank Julius Bär as a Managing Director and Head of Investment Consulting and Acquisition.


Francesco Lamperti is research fellow at the Institute of Economics, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa) and junior researcher at FEEM (Milan). His research interests are mainly focused on macroeconomics, agent based and integrated assessment modelling, climate change economics and technological change. He has a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Economics from Bocconi University (Milan) and, in 2016, he obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa). In his doctoral thesis, titled “Climate Change and Macroeconomic Dynamics: a Complex System Perspective” he has developed DSK, a global-scale agent based integrated assessment model, under the supervision of prof. A. Roventini and prof. G. Dosi. He took part to the research activities of different European projects, including DOLFINS, IMPRESSIONS and ISIGrowth. He published his research in a variety of international scientific journals and is currently co-editing a book on “Complexity and climate change: an evolutionary political economic perspective”.


Antoine Mandel is Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and research fellow at the Paris School of Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from University Panthéon-Sorbonne and has held a post-doctoral position at the Potsdam Institute for Climate impact research. His work focuses on the development of mathematical and computational models of economic and financial dynamics, using methods from game-theory, mathematical economics and agent-based modelling. His work has been applied among others to the assessment of green growth prospects in Europe, the analysis of carbon markets, the impact of financial instability on economic activity. He has participated in a number of transdisciplinary research projects. Currently he is a team-leader in the FP7 projects SIMPOL where he develops network-based models for climate finance and IMPRESSIONS where he contributes to the assessment of the impacts of high-end scenario. He also has recently received a grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking to investigate analytical aspects of real-financial linkages in systems of heterogeneous interacting agents.


José Manuel Marqués Sevillano is Head of the International Financial Markets Division at Bank of Spain (Banco de España). In this position, he focuses on international trends on financial securities (primary and secondary markets), credit markets analysis (US and UK), and financial regulation developments (US and UK). Prior to this, he held a number of different positions within the bank since joining in 1996, and has experience at the Bank of England after having been on secondment in 2011. Marqués has written a number of articles on financial markets, regulations and financial stability, macro finance and asset pricing, the real state sector, and fiscal public policy, and regularly contributes to the economic bulletin of the Bank of Spain. Marqués has a BA in Economics and Business from University of Zaragoza, and an MSc from University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.


Dr Maximilian Martin is Lombard Odier’s Global Head of Philanthropy and recently led the ICRC’s “Program for Humanitarian Impact Investment” transaction on the side of the co-sponsor Lombard Odier. He is also the founder of Impact Economy, and a visiting lecturer at the University of St. Gallen. In 2003, Dr Martin created Europe’s first university course on social entrepreneurship. From 2004-2009, he created and led the philanthropic services and impact investing offering for a UBS, including creating its philanthropy forum and the Visionaris social entrepreneurship awards. In 2011, he founded the impact investment advisory firm Impact Economy. In 2013, the UK Cabinet Office invited him to write the Primer on impact investing “Status of the Social Impact Investing Market” for the G8 policy makers’ conference, which considered the potential and development options for this new branch of the financial industry for the first time. In 2014, he created the Apparel Innovation Consortium (AIC). The AIC helps to bring financing and world-class manufacturing principles to bear on the world’s #2 polluting industry, where millions of women toil in their first formal sector jobs. Published by Springer in 2016, his book “Building the Impact Economy: Our Future, Yea or Nay” develops a comprehensive framework for creating sustainable new business approaches. Research for Part III includes a nine-month global search for clean energy game changers in 2014–2015, which considered over 9,000 start-ups and projects.

Dr Martin holds an MA in anthropology from Indiana University, a MPA from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in (economic) anthropology from the University of Hamburg; employers and lecturing appointments have included McKinsey & Company, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, UBS, Harvard University, the University of Geneva, and the University of St. Gallen. He has also served as Founding Faculty in Residence at Ashoka U, training senior faculty in Asia and the Americas on social entrepreneurship, and serves on the advisory board of the Emmy Award winning series on climate change “Years of Living Dangerously,” executive produced by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Mireille J. Martini is Research and Advocacy Officer, Financial systems for sustainability at Finance Watch.

At Finance Watch, we believe that finance must change if it is to finance change. Our economies need to become sustainable, i.e. respectful of planetary boundaries as well as more stable, long-term oriented and benefiting the public interest. Mireille’s role at Finance Watch is to reinforce our expertise and advocacy in supporting the development of financial systems for sustainability.

Mireille gained her climate finance expertise working with leading experts in the field, notably for COP 21 (she was a reporter of the Canfin-Grandjean Commission on Mobilising Climate Finance and associated to the Stern-Stiglitz Commission on Carbon Pricing). She also has a long experience as an investment banker in both private equity and infrastructure financing having worked for Banque Paribas in Paris, EBRD in London and the French national development bank Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. She holds an MBA in International Finance from the French Business School ESSEC.


Irene Monasterolo is an Assistant Professor of Climate Economics and Finance at the Institute for Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business and a visiting research fellow at Boston University, USA. Irene holds a Ph.D. in Agri-food Economics and Statistics from the University of Bologna. Irene has extensive experience in developing policy-relevant academic research on how to finance the low-carbon transition and the Sustainable Development Goals via green fiscal, monetary policies and green bonds. Her research focuses on empirical analysis of financial exposure to climate risks as well as on Stock-Flows Consistent models of macro-financial and distributive effects of climate-aligned policies.

Her research has been published on top-tier academic journals, such as Nature Climate Change, Climatic Change and Ecological Economics.

Irene has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, the European Investment Bank and UNISDR on climate policies and sustainable finance.


Mauro Napoletano is Senior Economist at OFCE-Sciences Po, and research fellow at the “Knowledge Technology and Organization Centre” of SKEMA Business School, in Sophia- Antipolis (France).  He is also external member of the Institute of Economics of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in Italy. He received his PhD. in Economics in 2006 from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy) and the Habilitiation Degree in economics (HDR) from Sciences Po Paris (France) in 2015. His research interests include agent-based computational economics applied to analysis of macroeconomic policies and of financial markets, the analysis of financial and economic networks, and industrial dynamics. He has published several articles in international peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Games and Economic Behavior, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Ecological Economics. He is Sciences Po team leader for the H2020 projects DOLFINS, and ISIGrowth and associate editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Personal homepage:


Richard Olsen, founder and CEO of Lykke

Richard is a pioneer in high frequency finance with extensive entrepreneurial experience and well known for his academic work. He was a co-founder of OANDA, a currency information company and market maker in foreign exchange. Under Richard’s stewardship as CEO of OANDA the company was a shooting star that launched the first fully automated FX trading platform offering second-by-second interest rate payments and netted 37 Mio of profits in 2007. Already at OANDA, he conceived the first trading platform with second-by-second interest payments. He is visiting professor at the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents at the University of Essex. His ambition is to transform financial markets into a seamless system without the inefficiencies that we today take for granted.


Tuomas Antero Peltonen is Deputy Head of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) Secretariat, based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His main tasks include management of the ESRB Secretariat, systemic risk analysis and its presentation to the ESRB General Board as well as interaction with ESRB members and stakeholders. Prior to the ESRB, Tuomas worked with the European Central Bank (ECB) since 2004, where he held various positions at the Directorate General Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability, Directorate General Market Operations, and Directorate General International and European Relations. Before joining the ECB, Tuomas worked at the Bank of Finland in the Market Operations Department. Tuomas’ research interests include macroprudential policy and systemic risk analysis. Tuomas has published several academic articles related to systemic risk, banking, financial stability, financial markets and emerging economies in academic journals like Journal of Banking & Finance, Journal of Financial Stability, and IMF Economic Review. Moreover, Tuomas has organised several international conferences and workshops related to financial stability and macroprudential policy. Tuomas received a PhD (Econ) degree from the European University Institute (EUI), Italy in 2005, and BSc and MSc (Econ) degrees from University of Turku, Finland in 1998 and 1999, respectively.


Chiara Perillo is a PhD student at the Department of Banking and Finance of University of Zurich and the recipient of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship within the BigDataFinance Program. Chiara holds a MSc in Economics from the University of Cagliari, where she studied the migration of speculative bubbles across different markets. Her research focuses on systemic risk in financial networks, coordination of macroprudential and monetary policy and macro-finance models of linkages between the real and financial sectors. In particular, she explores the macro-financial implications of unconventional policies (such as Quantitative Easing) in her PhD thesis.

Chiara has recently taken part in a panel discussion on the new conditions for monetary and fiscal policy with Nobel laureates Edward Prescott, Peter Diamond and Christopher Sims at the 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences.


 Prof. Dr. Boris Podobnik is a professor of economics at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management, a research fellow at the Centre for Polymer Studies at Boston University, and a professor of finance at the University of Rijeka. He is also the Vice Dean for research at ZSEM. He holds a PhD in physics from the University of Zagreb and was a post-doc at Boston University in 1999. He teaches Econometrics at University of Zagreb, Advanced Econometrics at ZSEM, and Operational Research at the University of Rijeka. He collaborated or still collaborates with Boston University, Harvard University, National University of Singapore, University of Halle, Tokyo University of Information Sciences, University at Lecce, and East China University of Science and technology.

Dr. Podobnik has more than 60 scientific publications in different fields of science, ranging from nuclear physics, high energy physics, physiology, statistical physics, econometrics, and finance. His publication list includes Nature Physics, Physical review Letters, Scientific Reports, Quantitative Finance, and five papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The papers were cited more than 2000 times according to Web of Science. His H-factor is currently 25. He was the main researcher for the Croatian project Long-term correlations in complex systems (2007-2012) and a bilateral Croatian-Slovenian project on heartbeat data (2008). He gave invited talks in Warsaw (2004), Turin (2006), Lisbon (2007), Tokyo (2009), Shanghai (2011), Ljubljana (2012) and Zurich (2012) to mention a few.


Lilit Popoyan is a research fellow at the Institute of Economics, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy). Her research is mainly focused on a nexus between financial regulations, financial stability and macroeconomic dynamics in agent-based modeling framework.  Lilit holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy). She got her Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from Univesity of Pisa (Italy) and both Bachelor (in Economics) and Master’s (in Banking)  from Yerevan State University (Yerevan, Armenia).  Her previous work experience includes policy-relevant research in Central Bank of Armenia and financial analyses in ACBA Credit Agricole Bank. A part of her current research activity is in straight collaboration with central banks. Her research has contributed to such  European research projects as  DOLFINS, ISIGrowth and was published in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.


Giulia Porino coordinates the activities of Finance Watch with its Members and with a broader group of civil society stakeholders, while expanding the outreach of Finance Watch. This is a key role in Finance Watch as the broad and diverse involvement of civil society in the debate about financial reform is crucial to achieve a change in the balance between private and public interests as the only way to make the financial system benefit the entire community. In parallel to her current role at Finance Watch, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies at Sapienza University of Rome.
Previously to join Finance Watch, she developed field experience as microfinance practitioner in Italy and as a researcher on environmental risk management in microfinance in Central America. Her doctoral project aims to show the benefits from a greater diversity in the representation of interests within the financial sector in a gender perspective by looking at the dysfunctions of its governance structure and behaviours and stressing the urgent need for a public interest driven agenda to re-shift the financial sector towards the generation of positive and long-term sustainable social externalities. She is also the coordinator of the Working Group on Gender Economics and Social Sciences in the context of the Young Scholars Initiative of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.


Martin Rohner is CEO of Alternative Bank Schweiz ( Today’s debate around sustainable and green finance is driven by the quest for new business opportunities rather than by a true and honest reflection about the real needs of society and the environment. As a consequence, most Banks’ approach to sustainability is incoherent, and sustainable finance remains in the niche. Banks need to become aware about their impact on the real world and take responsibility for their actions. This will ultimately lead to a refocusing of their activities from the financial economy to the real “bricks and mortar” economy.


Alan Roncoroni is a PhD student at the Department of Banking and Finance of University of Zurich. He got his MSc in Physics at the University of Fribourg, working on an interdisciplinary project between statistical physics and theoretical economics. For his PhD project, Alan is focusing on the relation between the structure of the financial system and systemic risk. In this respect, he is working in collaboration with the ECB to complement the theoretical results with an empirical study.


Andrea Roventini is associate professor at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa (Italy) and research fellow at OFCE, Sciences Po (France). He holds a PhD in Economics and Management from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. His main research interests include complex system analysis, agent-based computational economics, business cycles, economic growth and the study of the effects of monetary, fiscal, technology and climate-change policies. He is currently involved in the projects IMPRESSIONS, DOLFINS, and ISIGrowth financed by the European Commission (FP7 and Horizon 2020). His works have been published in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic Modeling, Ecological Economics, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Environmental Modeling and Software, Macroeconomic Dynamics. He is advisory editor of the Journal of Evolutionary Economics.


Silvia Ruprecht-Martignoli has been working with FOEN for more than 10 years. Currently, she leads the work on climate and financial markets within FOEN, the Swiss federal environmental authority. The climate division is in charge of developing climate policy strategies and reduction targets for Switzerland as well as elaborating and submitting CO2-legislation to the government and parliament. The first Swiss study on ‘Carbon Risks for the Swiss Financial Centre’ was released in October 2015, in 2017 a climate alignment test for all Swiss Pension Funds and insurances was offered and a report was published. Silvia also manages the Confederation’s Technology Fund, which offers loan guarantees to Swiss companies innovating in climate friendly technologies. She represents Switzerland as Chair in the Working Party on Climate, Investment and Development at the OECD. Silvia is a graduate in economics, ecology and business administration.


Fabio Saracco is Assistant Professor at IMT Lucca. He got the PhD in theoretical physics and string theory at University of Milano Bicocca. His expertise include analytical null models for complex networks, with direct applications for economic and financial systems, dynamical evolving network models, and non-linear algorithms on networks.


Monica Scatasta is Deputy Economic Adviser at Water & Waste Management Division, European Investment Bank (EIB). She is a specialist with over 15 year experience in the fields of water resources management, water and sanitation, and flood protection. She joined the EIB in 2003 and manages a portfolio of policy advisory activities and over 60 projects in Europe, its Eastern and Southern Neighbours and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a member of the EIB Climate Working group, the EIB Adaptation Task force and AGWA. Prior to joining the EIB, she worked as a water resources management expert at the World Bank and as an economic modeller at the International Food Policy Research Institute, both in Washington, D.C. She also spent one year in Brazil working as part of the team of experts that supported the Ministry of Environment and National Water Agency in the creation of one of the management system of the Paraíba do Sul river basin. In 2007-09 (on secondment from EIB) she was the OECD Water Programme Coordinator and oversaw the production of the flagship reports on water pricing, financing, private sector participation and water use in agriculture. The Programme’s main output: “Managing Water for All: An OECD Perspective on Pricing and Financing” was launched at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul in March 2009. She is coordinating the work on Sustainable Cost Recovery for the 6th World Water Forum- Marseille 2012.

Monica holds advanced degrees in finance, economics and environmental engineering from the University of Bologna, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the Johns Hopkins University Department of Environmental Engineering.


Steffen Schuldenzucker is a PhD student in the Computation and Economics Research Group at the Department of Informatics at the University of Zurich. His research is centered around systemic risk in financial networks with a focus on OTC derivatives like credit default swaps. Steffen holds a BSc and MSc in Mathematics from the University of Bonn, Germany.



Katharina Serafimova graduated from environmental natural sciences at ETH Zürich in 2004. After obtaining her degree, she entered the corporate world and worked in consulting as Head of Renewable Resources and as Head of Corporate Sustainability of a Swiss Private Bank (Ernst Basler + Partner). To learn and develop her passion of moderating events and processes for change, she has graduated with a Master of Advanced Studies in Business Communication in 2010. In 2010 Katharina Serafimova decided to “change side” and work for an NGO to bring sustainability into the finance sector. She has worked with many financial institutions in different national and international projects on the role of financial institutions regarding climate change and commodities and how to upscale financial flows for conservation. After a few years she has started to focus her work on influencing the rules of the game of the financial system. Since 2014 she has been working on an international project to change international financial market regulation by including environmental considerations. Until today Katharina Serafimova is lecturing at the Institute of Banking and Finance at University of Zurich. In 2017 she has co-founded Wirgeschichten


Borut Sluban is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Banking and Finance, at the University of Zurich. His background is in Mathematics and he holds a PhD in Computer Science. His current work is in the area of knowledge extraction from heterogeneous data sources and social media analysis for modeling and visualizing stakeholder preference, and for fostering the policy co-creation process between policy makers, major stakeholders and citizens.


Heiko Specking is founder of specking+partners ltd., serving individuals, intermediaries, foundations and corporations internationally in respect of their responsible engagements. Heiko has 25 years’ experience of ethical investment, philanthropy advice and corporate social responsibility at Credit Suisse and others. He recently co-founded the Mindful Finance Academy in Bordeaux-Zurich. He also lectures on this topic at the University of St. Gallen and the Swiss Finance Institute. He is on the board of the Light for the World Association in Switzerland supporting eye health services and the inclusion of disadvantaged people in developing countries. He argues that aiming for an optimal return rather than the maximisation of profits will shift the way we understand and further develop business.


Gesine Steudle is a senior researcher at the Global Climate Forum (GCF) in Berlin. She works mainly in the development of mathematical models to understand the transition dynamics between economic equilibria, as for example a possible transition between a brown and a green growth path. Different approaches are taken into account, agent-based modelling as well as macro-perspectives like Ramsey-type intertemporal optimizations. Gesine holds a PhD from the Humboldt University Berlin in the field of experimental quantum optics. Before she joined GCF she was working at a private consulting company in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energies.


Veronika Stolbova is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Banking and Finance of the University of Zurich and holds a PhD in theoretical physics. Her expertise lies in the empirical and theoretical analysis of climate variability, climate risks and treatment of big data applications. Her current research focuses on the application of network theory to interactions among institutions and the impacts of climate change on the financial system and market players. This work applies a climate stress test framework to analysis of the impact of climate change on the financial system. She is also contributing to the H2020 program ISIGrowth, related to social and economic dynamics and policy implications, and the Carbon Bubble project, aimed at estimating climate-related risks for the euro area economy.


Tiziano Squartini is Assistant Professor at IMT Lucca. He got the PhD in theoretical physics at University of Siena. His expertise include statistics and statistical mechanics, and he works on developing information-theoretical methods for the analysis of complex networks, with application to financial and economic systems.


Claudio J. Tessone is Assistant Professor for Network Science at the University of Zurich (Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technologies), where he also serves as co-director of the University Priority Programme on Social Networks. Prior to his current appointment, he was senior researcher at the Chair of Systems Design of the Department of Management, Economics and Technology at ETH Zurich, where was granted the Habilitation on “Complex socio-economic systems”. Further, he is founding member UZH Blockchain Centre. His research focus lays on modelling and analysis of complex socio-economic, and socio-technical systems with more than 60 papers in diverse areas. With respect to blockchain and cryptocurrencies he has studied the dynamics of exchange markets, the dynamics of cryptocurrencies economies (centralisation), the hidden incentive schemes placed in the design of these systems, scalability of blockchain-based consensus approaches.


Patrick Uelfeti is the deputy CIO of PUBLICA, the pension fund of the Swiss Government. His responsibilities include portfolio management, the selection and monitoring of external managers, and the development and implementation of the investment strategy.
Prior to joining PUBLICA Asset Management in 2010, Patrick held various senior positions in research at Clariden Leu, a Swiss private bank. He started his career as an economist for the US Embassy in Bern, Switzerland.
Patrick has completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Geneva and holds a Master of Science in Economics from HEC Lausanne and a Master of Advanced Studies in Environmental Technology and Management from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). He is a CFA charterholder, a lecturer at FHNW and president of the Swiss Association for Responsible Investments, SARI.


David Uzsoki works as a sustainable finance and infrastructure specialist at the International Institute for Sustainable Development, a not for profit think-tank based in Geneva, Switzerland. David is responsible for designing financial solutions to attract private investment into projects offering environmental and social return. His work includes developing an impact measurement methodology, demonstrate the financial materiality of climate related risks using financial modelling, conduct bankability assessments, addressing the dichotomy between infrastructure and biodiversity conservation, propose green finance instruments for soil remediation projects. Previously, David has worked as a client advisor at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Geneva, Switzerland, providing advisory, execution and custody services to fund managers and family offices. He holds a MSc. in International Finance degree from SKEMA Business School in France.


Fabio Vanni is a  Ph.D. Physicist  currently research fellow of the Institute of Economics at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa (Italy). His research is related to complex systems and collective phenomena. He has focusing his research on the role of heterogeneity and time in the onset of emergent properties in complex networks, in particular, in financial and economics systems trying to embed network formation structures in agent based modelling.


Rachel Whittaker is a Sustainable Investing (SI) Strategist in the Chief Investment Office Wealth Management. She joined UBS in June 2017 from RobecoSAM, a specialist SI asset manager in Zurich, where she was a senior sustainability analyst and her responsibilities included leading the research supporting a gender equality impact equity strategy. She started her career in 2000 as a sell-side equity research analyst at Merrill Lynch and subsequently Morgan Stanley in London, before joining the Responsible Investment team of Mercer Investment Consulting in 2007 to build up the manager research capability for ethical and environmental themed public and private equity funds.

Rachel studied Anthropology and Management Studies as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, and earned her MSc in Corporate Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey in the UK. She is a CFA charterholder, and also sits on the Analyst Advisory Committee of the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association (UK SIF).


Hamza Zeytinoglu MD, senior consultant on informatics, social networks and healthcare services delivery. Currently he is providing systems design and coordination services to EU projects SIMPOL (completed), DOLFINS and Open Maker on crowdsourcing and user engagement around values/ trust driven collaborative action. As senior advisor to Computer Engineering Dept. of  Bogaziçi University, together with partners in UZH and IMT he’s leading the efforts for the design and implementation of a project on data harvesting, semantics, psychosocial profiling and AI assisted movements facilitation.



The SIMPOL Project is currently funded by the H2020 European grant DOLFINS (no. 640772) in the Global Systems Science area of the Future Emerging Technologies program.