Finance in Motion

Be informed. Get involved. Make a difference.

26 & 27 November 2019

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 – Maker Space

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Hermann Stern


Dr. Hermann J. Stern is owner CEO of Obermatt, a Swiss financial research firm focused on indexing company per-formance. Stern wrote his  dissertation on the application of discourse ethics in organizations and worked in financial roles at HP Compaq, Swisscom and UPAQ before Obermatt was founded 18 years ago. He lectures in St. Gallen and Basel goes back to studying as he is enrolled in the INSEAD Social Enterpreneurship Programme (ISEP).

We are really excited to hear Stern talk about “Why we shouldn’t buy financial products with our retirement savings”, a particular touching topic for everyone regarding the uncertain future of provision for one’s old age.

Michael Spalding

Ethos Foundation

Michel Spalding is the Head of Client Relations at Ethos, a Swiss Foundation for Sustainable Development composed of 226 Swiss pension funds and public utility establishments. He holds a degree for Business Economics of the University of Applied Sciences in Business Admini-stration Zurich (HWV) and holds the title Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA) of the Association of Certified International Investment Analysts. After that, he worked for several companies including Swiss Re, Crédit Suisse and Lombard Odier before joining Ethos in 2010.

Thanks to his vast experience, he is now a member of Ethos Services’ management. He will launch the oikos conference 2019 very well with a speech about how pension funds will shape a sustainable future.

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 manage-ment”

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 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 manage-ment. We are excited to learn more about this topic and to hear about what changes and challenges Professor Nowak expects to take place in the future of sustainable ESG asset management.

James Purcell


James Purcell is the Global Head of Sustainable and Impact  Investing of UBS Wealth Management CIO. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts, Modern History, from the University of Oxford and recently a Master of Business Administration from the university of Chicago Booth School of Business.

He has been working at various positions and in different locations at UBS for 10 years, for example in London, Hong Kong and Zürich.

Due to the responsibility that he has gained through his job and the knowledge that he has acquired during his journey at UBS, he will have a very interesting point of view regarding the relationship between banks and sustain-ability. We are very excited to hear his opinion about the responsibility of banks in the age of climate change.

Guenther Dobrauz


Günther Dobrauz is the PwC Switzerland legal services leader. Besides his profession as a lawyer he is also an author, entrepreneur and innovator specialized in structuring, authorization and ongoing life-cycle management of financial intermediaries and their products.

He holds Bachelor in Business Administration from the Uni-versity of Strathclyde, as well as a Master degree and a PhD in Law from the Johannes Kepler Universität Linz and was previously Senior Manager RCL at Deloitte. He has also developed a strong interest for Tech- and Innovation, deve-loping competences in Legal-Tech, RegTech, but also in the fascinating area of Blockchain.

It is in this latter domain that he will share his opinion with us during our conference. We are looking forward to hearing his speech connecting sustain-ability to the complex Block-chain environment.

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 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 took 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.

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, sustain-ability 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.

Closing Event:
Panel Discussion 

University of St. Gallen –  Room 01-014

No Registration Required

Andre Hoffmann

André Hoffmann is Vice Chairman of the board of Roche Holding since 2006. Roche Holding is familiy-owned 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.

Besides his activities at 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 is  passionate about nature and is committed for companies to become more sustainable. Due to that, 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 gathered experience in the financial sector working at various sites for Citibank and as a consultant and project manager at McKinsey & Co. In 2001, he joined WWF Switzerland. As a Member of the Executive Board, he was responsible for the conception and implementation of WWF Switzerland’s national and international environ-mental protection work until he became Deputy Managing Director in 2007.

Andreas Knörzer

Andreas Knörzer is Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Vontobel ESG Investment Governance Committee. Previously, he was Co-Head Sustainable & Thematic and Head of the Sustainable Investing Boutique. Before 2016, he was Head of Asset Management and Deputy CEO at Vescore AG. From 2013 to 2015, he was Head Asset Management and Member of the Executive Committee at Notenstein Privatbank AG.

Andreas Knörzer joined Bank J. Safra Sarasin, Basel, in 1989, where he held various positions at the end as Head Asset Management. At Bank J. Safra Sarasin, Andreas founded and pioniered the banks sustainable product offering and was influencial in building the banks positioning as a market leader for sustainable investments.

He is a member of the strategy group of EnergieSchweiz, a federal energy program, CO-Head of the working group Wealth & Asset management of Swiss Sustainable Finance (and industry association) and was until 2018 many years a member of the Board of Directors of ÖBU, a network for sustainable economy.

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.

His research areas focus on derivative instruments, asset management, financial markets and risk management. Moreover he has experience as a visiting professor at New York University and the University of California at Berkeley.Having worked as consultant and being a member of several boards of directors, he contributes an academic and practical perspective to our panel.

Sabine Döbeli 


Sabine Döbeli takes the role of CEO of Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) since 2014. After her studies of Environmental Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) and the Bachelor degree of Business Administration of the University of Basel, she became Head of Sustain-ability Research at the Zürcher Kantonalbank, building up this unit and leading many sustainable investment projects.

Thenceforth, she was Head of Corporate Sustainability Management at Vontobel, before she enhanced and supported the Swiss Su-stainable Finance project, eventually becoming the CEO of the association. Considering her strong knowledge in the field of sustainability in the financial sector, she is
the perfect match to be the moderator of our panel discussion.

Day 1

26 November 2019

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Day 2

27 November 2019

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Room 23-001

Hans Christoph Binswanger Award Ceremony

Award lecture by Dr. Simon Mugier, Basel (in German):
«Wirtschaftswachstum und soziale Frage bei Hans Christoph Binswanger»

The Hans Christoph Binswanger (1928-2018) prize has been created in memory of one of the most important unorthodox economist of the twentieth century. His works cover environmental and resource economics, monetary theoriy, the history of economic thought, and the role of agriculture in today’s economy. In patricular, he clarified the relationship between  economics and ecology and highlighted the role of money in the economic process. Binswanger was convinced that the modern monetary economy is subject to both a growth imperative as well as a permanent incentive to grow. The economy is forced to grow not because people constantly want to consume more but because firms in the aggregate can only realize profits if GDB increases over time.

The prize honors studies in areas that go beyond mainstream  economics and in which Binswanger has made significant contributions. The prize is awarded to young scientists and postgraduates who do not yet have a full professorship. The originality and social relevance of the contributions are particularly emphasized in the evaulation process. 

Hans Christoph Binswanger was a Professor of Economics at the  University of St. Gallen where he created the Institute for Economy and the Environment together with Prof. Dr. Thomas Dyllick. During many decades he actively supported oikos as a member of their Advisory Board. 

Dr. Simon Mugier studied Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Basel and Political Science at the University of Freiburg/Br. He was a doctoral student and collaborator at the Sociological Seminar of the University of Basel where he finished his dissertation in 2018 on  „Economic Growth and the Social Question. A sociological inquiry into Binswanger’s economic theory.“ He is managing Director of KunstRaumRhein, a cultural and artistic center in Basel, and teaches Sociology, Philosophy and Qualitative Methods at Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

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