Upcoming key events in, or involving, Switzerland

Date Event Location
15 October 2018 Fintech in Asia: From Micro-Lending to High Finance Zurich
 

Fintech is changing and redesigning financial markets – and nowhere more so than in Asia, where the lack of financial infrastructure provides a fertile ground for new innovations. Over 50 percent of the global Fintech funding is attracted by the Asia-Pacific. However, differences in financial inclusion are huge: The large stock exchange hubs in Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong need more sophisticated technical solutions than the unbanked rural populations from India to Indonesia.

How does the financial industry cope with this discrepancy? What are the future trends in the Asian Fintech sector? And what role do women play in the male-dominated financial industry? Melissa Guzy, Managing Partner of Hong Kong-based Arbor Ventures, will share her knowledge capital about the Asian Fintech scene.

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18 October 2018 Conscious FinTech #7: Sustainable FinTech - what is it about? Zurich
 

FinTechs are changing the way how banking and finance works today. They pressure traditional banks and offer smarter solutions for the customer. But besides customer experience and price – how innovative are innovators when it comes to responsibility, participation, transparency, fairness and trust? Are they able to bring change in the areas of the financial sector where mostly needed: its impact on society?

Partnered by Sustainable FinTech , Yova - Impact Investing and Impact Hub Zürich, Conscious FinTech Berlin is organising a meetup in Zurich to discuss the "sustainable fintech" ecosystem in a more international perspective.

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22-26 October 2018 2018 World Investment Forum Geneva
  This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Investment Forum by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Under the overall theme of Investing in Sustainable Development, this year’s Forum will address global challenges for international investment in the new era of globalization and industrialization. It will explore solution-driven initiatives and partnerships to advance prosperity for all. 

The 2018 World Investment Forum will consist of more than fifty events covering various dimensions of investment. The programme highlights include the Global Investment Game Changers Summit, two Global Leaders Investment Summits, ministerial roundtables, a week-long investment village, private sector-led sessions and networking opportunities. Several events will be co-hosted in partnership with other organizations, a list of which is available on the website.

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23 October 2018 UNDP Social Good Summit Geneva Geneva
 

The Social Good Summit Geneva is an initiative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Geneva office that brings together high-level decision makers to forge partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event works as an innovation springboard: 20 developing country entrepreneurs, sourced through well-known and established global accelerators, will pitch products and services in sectors such as access to health and education, financial inclusion, food production, climate change, and agritech. 

Credit Suisse will host the 2018 Social Good Summit Geneva on Oct 23, bringing impact investors and entrepreneurs together to scale up developing-country innovation for the SDGs.

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25 October 2018 Swiss International Finance Forum Zurich
 

With the theme “Towards a New Balance – Collaboration, Courage, Trust”, seasoned experts both from Switzerland and abroad will discuss the new reality in the finance sector at the NZZ Swiss International Finance Forum 2018. Experienced key players will explore possible future scenarios and share their personal assessment of the situation on the financial market.

SSF is a knowledge partner at this event and will be represented by CEO Sabine Döbeli during a panel discussion.

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30 October 2018  Forum romand ASA  Lausanne
 

Climat 2030: quo vadis?

The 2018 Swiss Insurance Association Forum will focus on two climate-related aspects: natural risks and hazards, and sustainable investment. Each of the themes will be addressed during a podium discussion, bringing together different speakers, as well as representatives from politics, the federal administration and the insurance industry.

Download the detailed programme here.

Register here (see page bottom)

31 October Private Wealth Management et Durabilité. Nouvelles directives MIFID: Quelles opportunités pour la Suisse ? Geneva
 

Sustainable investment is receiving unprecedented attention - in the media, among politicians and among institutional and private investors. Furthermore, the European Union is putting sustainable finance at the heart its initiatives regarding financial systems, with the new taxonomy and an integration into MIFID underway.

But how does this affect financial advisory professionals here in Switzerland? Do managers have the tools and access to the products and services necessary to meet the demands of these new developments? SSF will present the issues and legislative perspectives at stake and discuss them in a debate with experts. An insight into SSF's new interactive e-learning will also be given.

The event will be held in French and English.

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31 October  UN Sustainable Development Goals workshop and panel discussion Geneva
 

At two sessions in Geneva and Zurich, ICAEW, a professional body representing 150,000 chartered accountants across the globe, will focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals - and what they mean to the world of business, finance and accountancy.

The workshop and panel discussion, with representatives from business, finance, accountancy and law, will discuss the SDG's interconnectivity and implementation in practice, and the accountancy profession’s role in providing data necessary for measuring progress. Participants will also hear about the role new business models, new methods of financing, new sources of data and new KPIs that the SDGs need from business to succeed.

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1 November UN Sustainable Development Goals workshop and panel discussion Zurich
 

At two sessions in Geneva and Zurich, ICAEW, a professional body representing 150,000 chartered accountants across the globe, will focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals - and what they mean to the world of business, finance and accountancy.

The workshop and panel discussion, with representatives from business, finance, accountancy and law, will discuss the SDG's interconnectivity and implementation in practice, and the accountancy profession’s role in providing data necessary for measuring progress. Participants will also hear about the role new business models, new methods of financing, new sources of data and new KPIs that the SDGs need from business to succeed.

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6-8 November Climate Innovation Summit Dublin
 

The Climate Innovation Summit is an annual event organised by EIT Climate-KIC, connecting policy makers, businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors and academics to share best practice and create the opportunities to scale-up the solutions that accelerate climate action.

Coinciding with the 2018 Year of Sustainable Business in Ireland, the summit will set the scene for a high-level debate on sustainable finance. Throughout the three-day event we will be uncovering innovative solutions and partnerships that can drive sustainable finance and put Europe on track to deliver a 2ºC target and a climate-resilient future.

Registration here

7-8 November 2018 Impact Capitalism Summit Zug
 

Big Path Capital’s 11th Impact Capitalism Summit in Europe will take place from 7-8 November 2018 in collaboration with Partners Group. The event’s focus is on the benefit of Impact Investments on under-served communities in Emerging Markets and will explore how Institutional Investors can access investments in this space as fiduciaries.

Register here.

8-9 November 2018 International Conference on Blended Development Finance and the New Industrial Policy Geneva
 

The International Conference on Blended Development Finance and the New Industrial Policy, jointly organised by Center for Global Development, CDC Group and the Centre for Finance and Development at the Graduate Institute Geneva, is expected to launch needed research, generate productive debate, and foster long-term collaboration across the political and professional spectra.

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13 November Swiss Nobel laureate Jacques Dubochet: Reversing global warming Founex
 

Hear Nobel Laureate Jacques Dubochet, Chad Frischmann, Project Drawdown, Dr. François Vuille, EPFL and Swiss entrepreneurs & investors discuss "Science-Based Solutions to Global Warming". The talk, which will be in English, will be followed by presentations and discussion about the Drawdown solutions, which aim not just to slow down global warming, but to reverse it.

Free entry but registration required here.

14 November 2018

Vom Klimawandel bis hin zur Unternehmenskultur: ethische Herausforderungen für Unternehmen und Investoren

Du changement climatique à la culture d’entreprise : les enjeux éthiques pour les entreprises et les investisseurs

Bern
 

The association Ethos Académie and the Ethos Foundation are hosting an event on the topic of the ethical challenges for companies and investors when considering climate change issues. Prof. Dr. Thomas Stocker, climate researcher and former co-chairman of a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and other speakers will cover topics such as, the core elements of an ethical corporate culture, the ecological and economic necessity of climate protection and the influence of companies and investors.

This event will be held in German with simultaneous translation into French.

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16 November 2018 Forum cinfo Bern
 

Forum cinfo is a dynamic information and networking event for employers and job seekers working on urgent global issues in the area of humanitarian aid, poverty reduction and shared prosperity-building. The broad range of exhibitors and a programme packed with presentations and discussions attract many visitors, from junior and experienced IC professionals, to potential lateral entrants, students and graduates.

Register here.

20-21 November 218 Investing in the Circular Economy Virtual Summit
  The Impact Virtual Summit is a two day event taking place 100% online and can be accessed from anywhere around the world. This event will look into the different aspects of the Circular Economy that offer alternative lenses for business models and investments. There will be live chats, pitching sessions, learning labs and moderated panels.
22 November 2018 Sustainable Investments Day Zug
 

This year's Sustainable Investments Day will focus on institutional investors and their experiences with sustainable investments. During the event, IFZ will present the results of its current survey on sustainable investment funds in Swiss distribution. In addition, opportunities for investors to differentiate sustainable investments will be discussed.

In the second part of the programme, leading asset managers and sustainability-oriented institutional investors (e.g. Zurich Insurance Company; Nest Sammelstiftung; BVK) will present their experiences with sustainable investments, followed by a panel discussion.

The event will be held in German.

Register here.

30 November 2018 Accepting responsibility and investing sustainably Vaduz
 

The 5th international conference of the associations of foreign banks, organised by the Lichtensteinischer Bankenverband, will take place under the titel of "Accepting responsiblity and investing sustainably. More information on the event will follow.

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3 December 2018 PRI Climate Forum: Zurich Zurich
 

The PRI Climate Forum Zurich is part of a new global series of climate events which will focus on key climate topics and practical advice for investors in Switzerland.

This half-day free-to-attend event will feature the latest content from the PRI on topics including: climate scenario analysis, FSB Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), investing in a just transition, and Climate Action 100+.

Register here.

7 December 2018 Geneva Summit on Sustainable Finance Geneva
 

The Geneva Summit on Sustainable Finance, organised by the University of Geneva’s Geneva Finance Research Institute, Sustainable Finance Geneva and the Swiss Finance Institute, is a one-day summit aimed at bringing together finance practitioners, university researchers and policy makers in order to intensify the debate on the role of sustainable development in finance.

Under the theme of "Emerging Trends in Sustainable Finance", the 4th edition of the summit will provide a platform to explore key emerging issues in sustainable finance.

Register here.

20-22 January 2019 International Conference for Christian Investors and Development Agencies Geneva
 

Churches and church-related institutions with their pension funds and capital invest billions of dollars worldwide. How can these investments become more consistent with the Christian values and have positive impact on development? And how can Christian development agencies with their expertise and partners match the needs of Christian investors?

Under the title of "FaithInvest: Building Bridges", this conference aims at increasing trust between Christian (institutional) investors and Christian development agencies, share experiences of cooperation and develop strategies for future joint projects. It is part of the 2nd Faith-based Entrepreneur Conference.

Download the full programme here. 

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