Prof. Dr. Markus Schmid
Markus Schmid is a Professor of Finance at the University of St.Gallen, Managing Director of the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance, and Vice Dean of the School of Finance. Prior positions held include Associate Professor of Finance and Corporate Governance at the University of Mannheim and Visiting Professor of Finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His research interests are mainly in the areas empirical corporate finance, corporate governance, and household finance. His research has been published in the leading academic journals, such as the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, and Management Science. Markus is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Financial Markets and Portfolio Management and Co-Organizer of the Annual Conference of the Swiss Society of Financial Market Research. He is a faculty member of the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI), a Research Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), and a member of several advisory boards.
Dr. Eugenio Carnemolla
Dr. Eugenio Carnemolla joined Vontobel Asset Management as a Quantitative Analyst in March 2020. As a member of the Equity Factor Investing Research team, he focuses on the development and testing of systematic investment strategies with a particular emphasis on ESG investing. Prior to joining Vontobel, Eugenio Carnemolla worked as researcher under the supervision of Prof. Amit Goyal at the University of Lausanne from 2013 until 2019. His research has focused on stock return predictability and climate change risks in finance. Eugenio Carnemolla has presented his papers at several academic and practitioners’ conferences. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Catania, a M.Sc. in Finance from Bocconi University, and a PhD in Finance from the Swiss Finance Institute and the University of Lausanne.
Sasha Cisar is the Head of SDG Evangelists and Research at radicant AG. radicant aims to build the next-generation sustainable finance platform to support the UN SGDs. Before joining radicant, Sasha was the Sustainability Manager of the Bank J. Safra Sarasin and responsible for the Bank’s sustainability reporting and sustainability initiatives. Furthermore, he was a Senior Sustainability Analyst Real Estate at the Bank J. Safra Sarasin and held a mandate in the investment committee of the J. Safra Sarasin Investment Foundation – investment group Sustainable Real Estate Switzerland. Prior to joining Bank J. Safra Sarasin in 2018, Sasha was a scientific assistant at ETH Zürich from 2013 to 2018 and is currently doctoral candidate in the field of sustainable construction. He actively participated in working groups on sustainable real estate (KGAST and AMAS, SSRES) and was part of the Expert Advisory Group for the sector development for financial institutions of the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). Sasha is a sustainability expert with more than 13 years of industry and research experience. He holds a BSc and MSc in architecture.
Sergio Dias is the Head of Key Account Management and a Member of the Global Leadership Team at RepRisk. He joined RepRisk in 2020 and is responsible for managing the team of key account managers in order to deliver high-quality services to clients globally. He and his team establish long-term relationships with key clients and develop mutual growth opportunities. Prior to joining RepRisk, Sergio worked as a Strategy & Origination Manager at Swiss Re, where he led several global growth initiatives and implemented market strategies around the world. Previously, he worked as a Client Manager and Business Originator at Rothschild Private Banking and Credit Suisse, working mainly with high-profile clients. Sergio holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, and a professional football coaching certification – the UEFA A license.
Ruben joined ZKB in June 2020 as Deputy Head of Swisscanto Invest's ESG Strategy and Business Development, spearheading the asset manager's commitments to the Paris Climate targets. Prior positions held include Head of Quantitative Research & Licensing at RobecoSAM and Global Head of Index Concepts at the index provider Stoxx, among others. Ruben holds a Bachelor in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin and a Master in Financial Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Prof. Dr. Julian Kölbel
Julian Kölbel is assistant professor of sustainable finance at the University of St. Gallen, School of Finance and Center for Financial Services Innovation. He is also a research affiliate at MIT Sloan, where he is a co-founder of the Aggregate Confusion Project, and faculty member of the Swiss Finance Institute. His research covers the real-world impact of sustainable investing, analysis of environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics, and investor preferences for sustainability. Julian has studied at ETH Zurich and the University of Oxford. Next to his academic work, he serves on the investment committee of the Swiss pension fund Abendrot.
Dr. Oliver Marchand
Oliver Marchandis Managing Director and Global Head of ESG Research and Models at MSCI Inc., a worldwide provider of support tools and services for investment needs. Before joining MSCI, Oliver Marchand was Head of IT at Fisch Asset Management and founded Carbon Delta, a financial technology B2B service evaluating the ecological footprint and possible environmental impacts of companies. Carbon Delta received multiple awards including Europe’s Best Climate Venture 2016 award and the European Fintech Award 2017 for Risk, Intelligence and Security. When Carbon Delta was acquired by MSCI Inc. in October 2019, Oliver Marchand was appointed to his current position at MSCI. Oliver Marchand holds a PhD in Computer Science and Meteorology from ETH Zürich.
Matthias Narr is Head Engagement International at Ethos in Geneva, Switzerland. He is responsible for the management of the EEP International dialogue programme and Ethos’ international engagement activities. Matthias Narr joined Ethos as a Senior Engagement Specialist in 2017. He is member of the PRI’s Stewardship Advisory Committee. Before joining Ethos, Matthias Narr worked as an Engagement Specialist in Robeco’s Active Ownership department in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Previously, Matthias Narr had been a manager in SAM’s Sustainability Services team in Zurich, Switzerland. Matthias Narr studied Political Science, Economic History, and International Law at the University of Zurich and the University of Paris X and holds a master’s degree.
Prof. Dr. Martin Nerlinger
Martin Nerlinger is an Assistant Professor of Finance focusing on Sustainable and Climate Finance at the University of St. Gallen and a Swiss Finance Institute faculty member. He teaches a master’s level course on climate finance and sustainable finance courses in executive education. He supervises students in international Sustainable Investing Challenges and research seminars and theses. Prof. Nerlinger has won several prizes for his research and published several academic papers in Sustainable and Climate Finance. He is engaged in the application of his research results for practitioners. He has successfully conducted publicly and industry third-party-funded projects in Carbon Risk Management, Sustainable Finance, Sustainable Value Creation, and Portfolio Management.
Dr. Moritz Reisser
Moritz Reisser is the co-head of research at Inrate. He studied geoscience and earth system sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the University of Zurich and holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Zurich. After completion of his studies, he worked for an auditing firm in the area of forensics and process consultation, with focus on specialized studies and expert opinions, and later switched to the thematic area of sustainability services within the company. He joined Inrate in 2021.
Antonia is a Sustainable Investing Strategist in the UBS Chief Investment Office. She specializes on impact investing, while also working with the broader sustainable investing team on constructing sustainable portfolios and defining sustainable frameworks and approaches. Prior to UBS, Antonia worked for the European Commission on development cooperation, led fundraising efforts for an entrepreneurship education foundation, and co-founded a startup in energy efficiency. She spends most of her spare time following startup endeavors across the world, getting into heated discussions about football and Formula 1, and braving the Swiss hiking trails. Antonia holds an MBA from INSEAD in Singapore and France. She also has a dual Bachelors degree in Financial Services from the American University of Moscow (Russia) and the University of Westminster (UK), and a Masters in Communications from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium).