Frédéric Berney is a Senior Advisor for Blueorchard and impact investor and risk professional.
He was the CRO of BlueOrchard for 5 years and is currently the chairman of the flagship Fund BOMF. He was the CRO of Harcourt (Hedge Fund boutique) during 10 years and headed risk functions within investment banking at Credit Suisse and Sanwa in London. Frederic is a dedicated advocate of impact investing and best practice in corporate governance for investment funds. He founded an independent director platform in 2014 (CD Global Advisors) and is a certified CIFD. He focuses on the development of impact investing and blended finance solutions and is a partner with RiskAlternatives. Frédéric holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master in Banking and Finance from HEC Lausanne, Switzerland and speaks French, English, German and Italian. He has been the coordinator of the Swiss Sustainable Finance working group Impact investing since 2015.
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.
Jean Laville has been active in the financial sector for 25 years, including 15 in the field of Responsible Investment. At SSF he is responsible for liaising with the members in the Romandie and communication activities in this area. Furthermore, he drives the workstream on capacity building and education.
Jean Laville is also a partner at Conser Invest since 2012, an independent advisory and asset management firm dedicated to sustainable investment solutions for private and institutional clients.