Finance in Motion

Be informed. Get involved. Make a difference.

About the conference

– your opportunity to grow and enable change – 

The oikos Conference gives students the possibility to learn more about the increasing sustainable opportunities within the financial sector, build up their own network with corporates and participants  and get an insight into the newest ideas and research in the field.


University St. Gallen – Makers Space

 Registration required

Johanna Köb

Zurich Insurance

Johanna Köb is the Head of Responsible Investment at Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. She studied at the University of St. Gallen where she did her Bachelors and Master’s degree in International Affairs.

She is working at Zurich since 2013, first as a Responsible Investment Analyst and since 2017 as the Head of the department. There she managed to implement Zurich’s responsible investment strategy with a portfolio of over USD 5 bn assets.

In her Keynote Johanna is going to present you what Impact investing is and how it differs to other responsible investment concepts. She will show you how impact is measured and what kind of Impact Asset Classes are existing illustrated with lots of examples from practice.

Philipp Müller


Philipp is Head of Investment Solutions at BlueOrchard Finance. Philipp holds an MBA from ETH Zurich as well as a Masters degree in Law from University of Zurich.

Prior to joining Blue Orchard, he was Senior Vice President of Investment Solutions at Partners Group, where he assumed global responsibility for the formation of funds and other investment vehicles. Since 2018 he is engaged at Blue Orchard heading the Investment Solutions team responsible for the portfolio management and asset allocation of all BlueOrchard managed funds and mandates.

Shailee Pradhan


Shailee Pradhan is Senior Development Economist at Swiss Re, one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance and insurance. Among many other subjects, Pradhan is specialized in risk management, sustainability and insurance.

Therefore, she is ideally suited to talk about the challenges of sustainable underwriting and sustainable risk management. oikos St. Gallen is proud to see that a former PhD Fellow of oikos international participates in our conference and we are eager to learn more about the changes the reinsurance industry undergoes.

Oliver Karius


Oliver Karius is the CEO of LGT Venture Philanthropy. LGT Venture Philanthropy supports the growth
of innovative social organizations by providing them with a tailored combination of growth capital,
access to business skills, management know-how and strategic advice. Karius has over 18 years of
experience in finance, sustainability and impact investing. We look forward to learn more about the
challenges he has faced as CEO of LGT Venture Philanthropy and what changes are to expect in the
fields of Venture Philanthropy, impact investing and social investments.

Jan Amrit Poser

Bank J. Safra Sarasin

Jan Amrit Poser, Chief Strategist and Head Sustainability of J. Safra Sarasin, says their main goal is to include sustainability in every step in the investment process.

After his bachelor in St. Gallen, he studied in Freiburg (DE) and did his PhD at the ifo Institute for Economics Research in Munich. He has worked in the Russia Division of the International Monetary Fund in Washington and in the Country Risk Department of one of Switzerland’s large banks being responsible for Russia and
Eastern Europe before he joined the Bank J. Safra Sarasin in 2001 where he is now responsible for the sustainable investment process. We are keen to learn what he tells about the topic: “What’s really inside the Green Box? The true state of the art of
sustainable ESG asset management”

Eric Nowak

Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano

Eric Nowak is Professor of Finance at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano Switzerland. He is the founder and director of the Master of Science in FinTech there and his research areas include corporate governance, family firms and private equity.

Together with Amrit Poser he will talk about the “Green Box” – the true state of the art of sustainable ESG asset management. We are excited to
learn more about this topic and hear about what changes and challenges Professor Nowak expects to take place in the future of sustainable ESG asset management.

James Purcell


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Guenther Dobrauz


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Michael Spalding

Ethos Foundation

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Closing Event:
Panel Discussion 

University of St. Gallen –  Room 01-014

No Registration Required

Andre Hoffmann

André Hoffmann is the Vice Chairman of the board of Roche Holding since 2006, a family business and one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in Switzerland. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in BA from the University of St. Gallen and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Beside Roche André Hoffmann holds executive positions in two other companies and in multiple philan-thropic foundations and charities which focus on a variety of topics. He holds passion for the natural world and he is committed for companies to become more sustainable. For this he recently received the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award, which honors remarkable efforts in
environmental and nature protection.

Thomas Vellacott

Thomas Vellacott is the CEO of WWF Switzerland since 2012. He studied Arabic and Islamic Studies in
Durham (GB) and Cairo, International Affairs in Cambridge (GB) and Business Administration at IMD in Lausanne.

Thomas Vellacott has experience in the financial sector where he worked in private banking at Citibank and as a consultant and project manager at McKinsey & Co. He has been with the WWF Switzerland since 2001. As a Member of the Executive Board, he was responsible for the conception
and implementation of WWF Switzerland’s national and international environmental pro-tection work until he became Deputy Managing Director in 2007.

Manuel Ammann

In addition to his ordinary professor-ship for finance at the University of St. Gallen, Manuel Ammann is director of the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance. He leads the Banking and Finance Master, is Dean of the School of Finance and is a member of the executive committees of several university institutes.

With his research areas of derivative instruments, asset management, financial markets and risk management, his experience as a visiting professor at New York University and the University of California at Berkeley and his work as a consultant and as a member of
several boards of directors, he contributes an academic and practical perspective to our panel.

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Day 2

Our Supporters

Thank you! 

Michel, Pascale, Luc, Alexandra, Valentin,
Ann-Kathrin, Christoph

Our Team

Project Heads

Pascale and Michel

Sponsoring And Finance

Luc and Christoph

Organization and Logistics

Ann-Kathrin and Valentin



an oikos Project

The oikos Conference is one of many sustainability projects of the organisation oikos. 

oikos St. Gallen is a leading student organisation for sustainability in business and economics at the University of St. Gallen

We empower leaders to drive change towards sustainability worldwide. With an existence of more than 30 years, we are the founding chapter of an international network under the guidance of oikos international.

This network consists of 50 chapters sprad across four continents.