Past SSF Events 2018

Date Event
16 January Inspiring investment partnerships to achieve global goals

16 January 2018, Zurich - Inspiring investment partnerships to achieve global goals

At SSF's first international conference in Zurich on 16 January, some 240 participants from 12 countries seized the opportunity to inform themselves about innovative partnerships for development investments. Please view the full event program for detailed information on the event. Also visit the event website for speaker profiles.

 After the welcome notes of Jean-Daniel Gerber, President, Swiss Sustainable Finance and Ambassador Raymund Furrer, Head of the Economic Cooperation and Development Division, SECO, keynote speaker Karin Finkelston, Vice President Partnerships, Communications, and Outreach at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), presented concrete examples illustrating how private investment can improve livelihood while delivering attractive returns. (View IFC video on partnerships in Burkina Faso and Karin Finkelston's full keynote).

Following the keynote were two expert panel discussions. In the first panel, Challenging the public sector - What role do Development Finance Institutions play in mobilising private capital, Claudia Arce (Director of South Asia, KfW), Orlando Ferreira (Chief Strategy Officer, IDB Invest), Ivo Germann (Head of Operations of Economic Development Cooperation Directorate, SECO) and Nick O’Donohoe (CEO, CDC Group) discussed with the moderator Maria Teresa Zappia (Chief Investment Officer, BlueOrchard) the role of development finance institutions in mobilising private capital. (View the full panel discussion)

The second panel, moderated by Sabine Döbeli (CEO, SSF), brought in the views of the private sector with Ivo Menzinger (Head of Global Partnerships, Swiss Re), Christophe Nuttall (Executive Director, R20 Regions of Climate Action), François Perrot (Head of Affordable Housing & 14Trees Ltd, LafargeHolcim) and Manuel Rybach (Global Head of Public Affairs and Policy, Credit Suisse) reviewing their efforts with respect to partnerships and investments towards development. (View the full panel discussion)


To prepare participants for the afternoon, Wiebke Bartz-Zuccala, Policy Analyst and Haje Schütte, Head Financing Sustainable Development Division from the OECD set the stage by introducing their research and perspectives on partnership models in blended finance. (Video of the full presentation)

Download OECD presentation

During the afternoon breakout sessions, six examples of targeted partnerships for investments for development illustrated the opportunities resulting from such cooperations. De-risking through development banks, government technical assistance, local industry knowledge of companies, and financing of advisory programs by foundations or other partners help create investment tools contributing to achieve the SDGs while generating attractive returns. All breakout session presentations and summaries can be downloaded below.

To close the day, Ulrich Frei (Executive President, FUNDES Internacional) animated the audience with the history of how FUNDES evolved from a purely philanthropic entity to a self-sufficient, profitable and mission driven endeavor, providing solutions to micro and small enterprises in Latin America. He went on to elaborate on the extensive and structured partnership evaluations that were utilized during the company's transition phase. The key learnings he presented were perfect take-away messages for the conference delegates to end the day. (View the full keynote speech)

Download FUNDES presentation


Download the summaries of all breakout sessions

Breakout Session Presentations
Breakout A: Private Equity investments in context of SDG’s and impact investments
Breakout B: Using fixed income to support the growth of SMEs Presentation Symbiotics, UBS, SECO
Breakout C: Engaging listed multinationals - how to increase positive impact Presentation de Pury Pictet Turrettini, KOIS Invest, BHP - Brugger and Partners
Breakout D: Promoting access to climate insurance Presentation BlueOrchard and CelsiusPro
Breakout E: Emerging Market green bonds to finance the low carbon economy in developing countries Presentation Amundi and IFC
Breakout F: Investments into technical solutions to fight poverty

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