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9:30-10:00 Registration


Openings (10:00-10:15, Room 1)

Professor Dusan Sidjanski, Member of the Foundation Board (Fondation Latsis Internationale)
Bertrand Gacon, President (Sustainable Finance Geneva)


Morning Plenary Session (10:15-11:30, Room 1)

Chair: Philipp Krüger, Professor (University of Geneva & Swiss Finance Institute)

Paper 1: Giving Behavior of Millionaires (Download paper)
Speaker: Paul Smeets, Professor (University of Maastricht) (Download slides)
Discussant: Claudia Genier, Deputy Director (SwissFoundations) (Download slides)

Paper 2: Financing energy efficiency through publicly listed “YieldCo” vehicles (Download paper)
Speaker: Qendresa Rugova, Senior Consultant (Burg Capital) (Download slides)
Discussant: Dominique Candrian, Managing Partner (EIC Partners)


Morning Parallel Sessions (11:45-13:00)

Room 1
Chair: Bernd Balkenhol, Professor (University of Geneva)

Paper 1: Subsidies to key commodities driving forest loss: implications for private climate finance (Download paper)
Speaker: William McFarland, Program Manager and Researcher (Overseas Development Institute, Climate and Environment Programme) (Download slides)
Discussant: Mariana Hug Silva, Infrastructure and Sustainable Finance Specialist (IISD)

Paper 2: Ecological Limits, Technology and Stranded Coal Reserve Assets (Download paper)
Speaker: Elizabeth Cooperman, Professor (University of Colorado at Denver) (Download slides)
Discussant: Amandine Favier, Senior Advisor Sustainable Finance (WWF Switzerland) (Download slides)

Room 2
Chair: Olivier Scaillet, Professor (University of Geneva & Swiss Finance Institute)

Paper 1: Peer Effects of Corporate Social Responsibility (Download paper)
Speaker: Xintong Zhan, PhD candidate (Chinese University of Hong Kong) (Download slides)
Discussant: Dominique Biedermann, President (Ethos Foundation)

Paper 2: Do Banks Really Care? Social Norms in Bank Lending (Download paper)
Speakers: Judy Chalabi, PhD candidate (Maastricht University) and Nadja Günster, Professor (University of Münster)
Discussant: Martin Rohner, CEO (Banque Alternative Suisse)


Lunch and Poster Sessions (13:00-14:30)

Poster 1: Comparing sustainability: Accounting and reporting schemes as a tool for sustainable development Daniela Woschnack – PhD candidate (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)

Poster 2: Environmental policy performance bonds Abdeldjellil Bouzidi – Economist (Emena Advisory)

Poster 3: The Cost of Inaction Brian Gardner – Managing Editor (The Economist Intelligence Unit)

Poster 4: The Influence of Social Preferences on Bond Investor Flows Hans-Martin Henke – PhD candidate (Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt)



Afternoon Parallel Sessions (14:30-15:45)

Room 1
Chair: Bertrand Gacon, Head of Impact Investment and SRI (Lombard Odier) & President (Sustainable Finance Geneva)

Paper 1: Incentivizing Impact Investing (Download paper)
Speaker: Shaun William Davies, Professor (University of Colorado, Boulder) (Download slides)
Discussant: Guillaume Taylor, Managing Partner (Quadia)

Paper 2: Measuring and Aggregating Social Performance of Microfinance Investment Vehicles (Download paper)
Speaker: Julia Annette Meyer, Postdoctoral researcher (University of Zürich) (Download slides)
Discussant: Roland Dominicé, CEO (Symbiotics)

Room 2
Chair: Harald Hau, Professor (University of Geneva & Swiss Finance Institute)

Paper 1: Red versus Blue: Do Political Dimensions influence the Investment Preferences of State Pension Funds? (Download paper)
Speaker: Lisa Schopohl, PhD candidate (University of Reading) (Download slides)
Discussant: Sabine Döbeli, CEO (Swiss Sustainable Finance) (Download slides)

Paper 2: Crowdfunding Cleantech (Download paper)
Speaker: Gaël Leboeuf, PhD candidate (SKEMA BS – Université de Lille) (Download slides)
Discussant: Jonathan Normand, Director (Codethic) & Co-founder (Swiss Crowdfunding Association) (Download slides)


Coffee Break and Poster Sessions (15:45-16:15)


Afternoon Plenary Session (16:15-18:00, Room 1)

UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System
Moderator: Mark Halle, Executive Director (IISD Europe) & Senior Advisor (UNEP Inquiry) (Download slides)

Presentation of the Inquiry’s findings (Download inquiry)
Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary-General to the United Nations and Head of UNEP New York Office

Panel Discussion: Policy Innovation for Sustainable Finance
Caroline Anstey, Group Managing Director, Global Head UBS and Society (UBS Switzerland AG)
Jean-Daniel Gerber, President (Swiss Sustainable Finance)
Bruno Oberle, Professor (EPFL) & former Director (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment)
Jean-Charles Rochet, Professor (University of Zürich & Swiss Finance Institute)

Closing remarks
Eric Usher, Acting Head (UNEP Finance Initiative)


Coffee Break and Poster Sessions (18:00-18:30)


Speech by Yves Flückiger, Rector (University of Geneva) (18:30, Room 1)

SFG Innovation Prize
Awarded by Bertrand Gacon, President (Sustainable Finance Geneva)

Best Conference Paper Prize
Awarded by Rajna Gibson Brandon, Professor (University of Geneva & Swiss Finance Institute)


Keynote Speech by Tidjane Thiam, CEO (Credit Suisse) (18:45-19:30, Room 1)

Chair: Rajna Gibson Brandon, Professor (University of Geneva and Swiss Finance Institute)