Keynote Speaker

Nick Hughes OBE

Co-founder of M-KOPA and “father” of M-PESA

Nick Hughes has been at the forefront of mobile commerce activities in emerging markets for over a decade, pioneering digital fintech solutions that solve real problems. He is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer at M-KOPA, currently providing pay-as-you-go clean energy and finance services to over 650,000 customers in East Africa.

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Speakers

Jawad Addoum

Cornell University

Jawad M. Addoum is an assistant professor of finance and Robert R. Dyson Sesquicentennial Fellow in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business.

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Vaska Atta-Darkua

University of Cambridge

Vaska is a doctoral student at the Finance Group at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. She does research on responsible investing topics such as ethical exclusions and impact investing.

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Daniel Brodback

University of Münster

Daniel Brodback is a Ph.D. student at the University of Muenster (Germany). His research focuses on understanding socially responsible investment decisions, in particular regarding psychological motivations and willingness-to-pay for social responsibility.

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Marco Ceccarelli

University of Zurich

Marco Ceccarelli is a Ph.D. candidate in Finance at the Swiss Finance Institute, University of Zurich. He holds an MA in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen. Before joining the University of Zurich, Marco worked as an M&A advisor in Munich, Germany.

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Caroline Flammer

Boston University

Caroline Flammer is an associate professor of strategy and innovation at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Her research interests are in competitive strategy at the intersection of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, impact investing, and innovation.

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Guido Fürer

Swiss RE

Guido Fürer has over 20 years’ experience in international financial markets. He began his career at Swiss Bank Corporation/O’Connor & Associates, and from 1990-1996 he had various senior roles in securities trading and capital markets in Chicago, New York, London and Zürich. Guido Fürer joined Swiss Re in 1997 as Managing Director at Swiss Re…

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Kathrin de Greiff

University of Zurich, Swiss Finance Institute

Kathrin de Greiff is a PhD Candidate in Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Finance Institute. She holds a M.Sc. equivalent degree in mathematical economics from TU Dortmund University, Germany.

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Mark Halle

International Institute for Sustainable Development

Mark grew up in Geneva, took is first degree from Tufts University in the US and a post-graduate degree in history from the University of Cambridge.  Following two years with the Diplomatic Secretariat of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe he has devoted his entire career to environment and sustainable development, beginning with…

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Mikael Homanen

Cass Business School, London

Mikael Homanen is a PhD Candidate in Finance at Cass Business School in London. His research focuses on the intersection of externalities and financial markets with a further focus on banking and investor Environmental, Social & Governance policies.

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Nicolas Jamet

RAM Active Investments

Nicolas Jamet, Senior Quantitative Analyst, works with the equity Portfolio Managers to develop systematic investment strategies. The models are based on a broad range of information, including company fundamentals, analyst estimates and market data. He is also Member of the Social Responsible Investment Committee.

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Oğuzhan Karakaş

Cambridge University

Oğuzhan Karakaş is a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the Cambridge Judge Business School, a Fellow of the Centre for Endowment Asset Management of CJBS, the Cambridge  Endowment for Research in Finance of CJBS, and the J M Keynes Fellowship in Financial Economics.

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Basma Majerbi

University of Victoria

Basma Majerbi is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Gustavson School of Business, and a Fellow at the Center for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI), University of Victoria, Canada.

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Carolina Minio-Paluello

Lombard Odier Investment Management

Carolina Minio-Paluello is Lombard Odier Investment Management’s Head of Solutions as well as a Limited Partner of the Lombard Odier Group. Prior to joining Lombard Odier in 2013, Carolina was managing director for quantitative investment strategies at Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

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Matthias Narr

Ethos

Matthias Narr is a Senior Engagement Manager at Ethos in Geneva responsible for coordinating Ethos’ Swiss and international engagement programs. Before joining Ethos in March 2017, Matthias worked as an Engagement Specialist in Robeco’s Governance and Active Ownership department in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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Nora Pankratz

Maastricht University

Nora Pankratz is a 4th-year Ph.D. candidate at the Finance Department at Maastricht University, a Ph.D. fellow at the European Centre for Sustainable Finance (ECCE), and prior visiting Ph.D. scholar at Toulouse School of Economics and Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

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Fabio Sofia

Sustainable Finance Geneva

Fabio has played a pioneering role in the field of microfinance as the executive director of Symbiotics, a Swiss-based impact investment firm.

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Tom Steffen

Postdoctoral researcher in Sustainable Assets, Geneva Finance Research Institute

Tom is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Geneva, Geneva Finance Research Institute. He graduated from the joint Ph.D. programme between the University of Edinburgh and Macquarie University in Sydney.

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Nicole Streuli-Fürst

RepRisk

Nicole Streuli-Fürst is the Executive Vice President Operations and Research at RepRisk. Nicole directs the global analyst team in four Operations and Research Hubs worldwide, and continuously improves the quality standards in research. She also heads RepRisk’s Operations Technology department, focused on leveraging cutting-edge machine learning technologies to improve operations’ processes.

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Steven Tebbe

CDP Europe

Steven Tebbe is the Managing Director of CDP Europe, the regional hub of a global non-profit helping investors, companies and cities assess their environmental impact and take urgent action to build a truly sustainable economy.

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Nike Trost

UK Financial Conduct Authority

Nike Trost is a Senior Manager in the Financial Conduct Authority’s Markets Policy department.

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Chi-Yang Tsou

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Chi-Yang Tsou is a research fellow at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Before joining HKUST, he was a PhD student in finance at the University of Hong Kong.

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Michael Viehs

Hermes Investment Management

Michael Viehs is with Hermes Investment Management in London. He is responsible for the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) information in the investment strategies of all public market equity and credit funds. He is also leading the ESG research activities, proving the value-add from incorporating ESG information in investment decision.

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Xintong Zhan

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Xintong Zhan, Ph.D., CFA, is currently an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong also providing consulting services to start-up fintech companies and boutique equity advisory.

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