Kate is currently Global Head of Sustainability at Edmond de Rothschild Group, which is active in Asset Management, Private Equity and Private Banking, and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. She was previously Corporate Responsibility Director and Sustainability Strategies Director at STMicroelectronics from 2004 to 2013. Kate represented STMicroelectronics on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition from 2007 to 2013, with responsibility for External Affairs and then in the position of Vice Chair. From May 2016 she represents Edmond de Rothschild Group on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Global Compact Swiss Network. She also teaches periodically on Sustainability and Sustainable Investment at ESSEC Business School in Paris and University of Geneva.
Frédéric is currently CRO of BlueOrchard a pioneer in impact investing management in Switzerland. He was previously CRO/managing partner of Harcourt from 2003 to 2012, where he became a Managing Director following the acquisition by Vontobel in 2009. Before, Frédéric worked as Head of Risk Measurement at Sanwa International Plc (UFC-Mitsui) in London and held senior risk management positions at Credit Suisse. Frédéric is currently partner at Risk Alternatives, a specialized advisory firm based in Zurich and also founder of CD Global Advisors, an independent Director platform promoting best practice in corporate governance among Funds and asset management companies. He serves as an independent Director in various boards of Fund and Asset management companies.
After having completed her studies in international relations at IHEID Geneva, Ulla worked six years in Private Banking. While working in Private Banking she pursued the MAS program in Finance at the University of Zurich. During these studies she focused on socially responsible investments (SRI) in general and more specifically on microfinance. After completing the master of advanced studies in Finance she deepened her knowledge in the field of SRI during a yearlong assistantship at the Center for Microfinance, Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich. Since 2014 she works at Nest, first as SRI specialist in the investment team and since 2018 as Head Investment Operations & Responsible Investing. Nest is a pioneer in ethical and ecological investing among pension companies in Switzerland.
Marie-Laure Schaufelberger is Head of Stewardship for the Pictet Group. She began her career at Pictet in 2007 within the media relations and public affairs team. In 2014 she moved to Pictet Asset Management’s Thematic Equities team as a Product Specialist, covering business development and client-servicing for several environmental and social impact strategies. She coordinates the Pictet Group’s Sustainability Board, and sits on the Board of its Philanthropic Foundation. Marie-Laure holds a Masters in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and is a CFA charterholder.
Andreas Knörzer is Vice Chairman Vontobel Asset Management: Previously he served as Head Business of the Sustainable & Thematic Investing Boutique. Before joining Vontobel in 2016, Andreas was Deputy CEO of Vescore AG, the institutional asset manager of the Raiffeisen Group in Switzerland. From 2013 to early 2015, he was Head of Asset Management and Member of the Executive Committee at Notenstein Privatbank AG, which was also part of Raiffeisen.
Andreas started his career at Bank J. Safra Sarasin, Basel, in 1989, where he served in various positions, including executive functions from 2000 onward. He established and built-up a sustainable product pipeline in the early 90ties and was instrumental in positioning the bank as a leading European supplier of sustainable investment solutions. He is a sustainable investment pioneer, publishes and speaks regularly about sustainability and ESG related topics. Andreas holds a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Applied Science Berne and is a Federally Certified Banking Specialist.