Programme

An inspiring programme awaits you, which will provide food for thought and trigger impulses for action. In the morning, there are three thematic streams that allow you to delve deeper into one of the three focus topics: Mobility & Energy, Alpine Environment and Biodiversity, Sustainable Corporate Management. The programme will take place in parallel. In the afternoon, you can look forward to a concentrated load of insights, findings and best practice on the main stage of the Kursaal.

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08.15 am

Guest Arrival & Networking Coffee

09.00 am

Welcome & opening – Three focus topics in parallel

Block 1

Mobility & Energy

Room

Arena

Moderation

Stephan Klapproth

How mobility will change in the future

Classification

Later Release

Room

Arena

Moderation

Stephan Klapproth

German

How mobility will change in the future

Classification

Executive Perspectives on Climate & Sustainability

Presentation

Daniel Kägi (Boston Consulting Group), Sabine Loetscher (Quantis, a BCG Company)

Room

Arena

Moderation

Stephan Klapproth

German

Executive Perspectives on Climate & Sustainability

Presentation

Speakers

Daniel Kägi

Daniel Kägi

Managing Director & Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Sabine Loetscher

Sabine Loetscher

Sustainability Strategist, Quantis a BCG Company

Focus Topics

Daniel Kägi

Managing Director & Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Daniel Kaegi, Managing Director & Senior Partner at Boston Consulting Group has deep expertise in all areas of operations and has been driving this practice area for many years. He also leads the firm's climate and sustainability activities in Switzerland. Daniel is co-author of the BCG report "Climate Target 2030: How Switzerland can halve its domestic greenhouse gas emissions". He holds a Master's degree in Industrial Management and Production from ETH Zurich and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from EPFL Lausanne.

Focus Topics

Sabine Loetscher

Sustainability Strategist, Quantis a BCG Company

Sabine leads the sustainability strategist work on fashion, sporting goods and luxury sectors at Quantis, a leading environmental sustainability consultancy which has been acquired by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 2022. For over 15 years, Sabine worked in sustainability for multinational enterprises, consultancy and leading NGOs in Europe, Africa and Asia. She contributed to innovative and bold solutions on climate, biodiversity, water, circularity and human rights. Being a sparring partner to C-level executives and board members, she co-designed sustainability solutions closely with M&A, business strategy, procurement, operations, finance, marketing and innovation.

Decarbonisation of the supply chain in automotive production

Keynote

Later Release

Room

Arena

Moderation

Stephan Klapproth

German

Decarbonisation of the supply chain in automotive production

Keynote

Alpine Environment and Biodiversity

Room

Szenario 2

Moderation

Kathrin Hönegger

Noticeable change in the Alpine Environment

Keynote

Evelyne Binsack

Room

Szenario 2

Moderation

Kathrin Hönegger

German

Noticeable change in the Alpine Environment

Keynote

Speakers

Evelyne Binsack

Evelyne Binsack

Mountain guide

Focus Topics

Evelyne Binsack

Mountain guide

Evelyne Binsack is a qualified mountain guide, helicopter pilot, extreme mountaineer, bestselling author and passionate adventurer. She was one of the first women in Europe to become certified mountain guide. She was the first Swiss woman to reach Mount Everest single-handedly (2001), crossed 16 countries by bike, on foot and on skis and sledges to reach the South Pole in 484 days (2007) and also reached the North Pole under her own steam (2017). She uses her combination of tried and tested experience in extreme sports as well as expertise in psychology and neurology to support people in increasing their mental strength and to help them transfer this ability into their business life.

Study: Perception of the Alpine Environment

Presentation

Michael Hermann (Sotomo)

Room

Szenario 2

Moderation

Kathrin Hönegger

German

Study: Perception of the Alpine Environment

Presentation

But which needs does the Alpine population have and what does the rest of the Swiss population associate with the Alps? The Sotomo research institute was commissioned to conduct a study on the importance of the Alpine region and the existing conflict of objectives between the creation of value through future-oriented energy and infrastructure buildings and the appreciation of the Alpine region. This study is intended to contribute to a better understanding of the needs of the Alpine population as a minority that is not always heard. It also highlights areas of tension and commonalities between the Alpine and non-Alpine perspectives.

Speakers

Dr. Michael Hermann

Dr. Michael Hermann

CEO, Sotomo

Focus Topics

Dr. Michael Hermann

CEO, Sotomo

Dr Michael Hermann is an opinion researcher, political scientist and managing director of Sotomo. He teaches at the Institute of Geography at the University of Zurich.

Energy strategy, cultural heritage and nature conservation: a balancing act in the Alpine Environment

Paneldiscussion

Margarita Aleksieva (BKW), Boris Previšić (Institute Cultures of the Alps), Raimund Rodewald (Stiftung Landschaftsschutz Schweiz)

Room

Szenario 2

Moderation

Kathrin Hönegger

German

Energy strategy, cultural heritage and nature conservation: a balancing act in the Alpine Environment

Paneldiscussion

Should the Alpine region be developed for the promotion of renewable energy through solar and wind facilities, as well as additional reservoirs? To what extent should this habitat be used for tourism? And what does the Swiss population think about the use of our identity and cultural heritage? Join the discussion with the panel participants.

Speakers

Margarita Aleksieva

Margarita Aleksieva

Head of Business Unit Wind and Solar, BKW

Prof. Dr. Boris Previšić

Prof. Dr. Boris Previšić

Director, Institute Cultures of the Alps

Dr. Raimund Rodewald

Dr. Raimund Rodewald

Managing Director, Stiftung Landschaftsschutz Schweiz

Focus Topics

Margarita Aleksieva

Head of Business Unit Wind and Solar, BKW

Margarita joined BKW in 2020 and is responsible for the renewable energy business of the BKW Group. Margarita has about 20 years of energy and infrastructure sector experience. Before joining BKW, she was in the executive team and headed the portfolio management of the global infrastructure fund at IST Investment Foundation. Prior to joining IST, Margarita was Head of Asset Management of the renewable energy business of Alpiq. She has served as board member in various companies across Europe and North America. Margarita holds an MBA and has a dual degree in Business Administration and Political Science.

Focus Topics

Prof. Dr. Boris Previšić

Director, Institute Cultures of the Alps

Boris Previšić is the founding director of the Uri Institute Cultures of the Alps in Altdorf and Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Lucerne. He coordinates and leads numerous research and dialogue projects on planetary boundaries such as biodiversity and climate, energy production, tourism, agriculture and forestry. His most recent publication "Time collaps. Acting in the face of the planetary" (2023) examines from a transdisciplinary systemic-cultural-scientific perspective how we can create an urgently needed positive anthropocene to ensure the survival of current life forms.

Focus Topics

Dr. Raimund Rodewald

Managing Director, Stiftung Landschaftsschutz Schweiz

Raimund Rodewald (born in Schaffhausen in 1959) holds a doctorate in biology and has been Managing Director of the Swiss Foundation for Landscape Conservation (SL) in Bern since 1992. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Law at the University of Basel. Thanks to his expert work in numerous commissions and working groups, his extensive experience in conflict resolution processes and his lively publication activity, Raimund Rodewald has made landscape conservation a widely recognised topic in Switzerland. He is a guest lecturer in landscape aesthetics at the ETH Zurich.

Sustainable Corporate Governance

Room

Arena

Moderation

Carolin Roth

Study: on the Sustainability Gap in Swiss Companies

Presentation and Interview

Louisa Hugenschmidt (BAK Economics), Julia Schweizer (die Mobiliar)

Room

Arena

Moderation

Carolin Roth

German

Study: on the Sustainability Gap in Swiss Companies

Presentation and Interview

BAK Economics conducted a study commissioned by Mobiliar involving Swiss companies to highlight the need for action on all ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) topics. The "Sustainability Gap" indicates how far the economy is from a state in which sustainability aspects are fully considered in operational decisions, directives, guidelines, and strategic considerations.

Speakers

Dr. Julia Schweizer

Dr. Julia Schweizer

Head Controlling, Legal & Natural Risks Non-Life, die Mobiliar

Louisa Hugenschmidt

Louisa Hugenschmidt

COO, BAK Economics

Focus Topics

Dr. Julia Schweizer

Head Controlling, Legal & Natural Risks Non-Life, die Mobiliar

Julia Schweizer has a doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Bern. She is an SAV actuary and has been working in the insurance industry for almost 20 years. Today she heads the Business Administration, Legal & Natural Risks department at Mobiliar and acts as a link to the Mobiliar Lab for Natural Risks at the University of Bern. She is thus responsible for the transfer of knowledge from research to practice in the field of climate impacts and natural risks. Her area of responsibility also includes Mobiliar's commitment to the prevention of natural hazards and support for sponge city projects.

Focus Topics

Louisa Hugenschmidt

COO, BAK Economics

Louisa Hugenschmidt is COO and head of the data and modelling team at BAK-Economics, with a lot of enthusiasm for data-driven analysis and economical issues. A focus on various aspects of sustainability, from social justice and redistribution to the consequences of climate change, has been part of her academic training: She studied Economics (B.Sc.) and Political Science (B.A.) in Munich and Economics and Politics (M.Sc.) in Freiburg im Breisgau. She wrote her thesis on climate aid payments and is now responsible for the implementation and development of sustainability studies at BAK-Economomics.

Regulatory Environment in Sustainability

Classification

Markus Reubi (Bund)

Room

Arena

Moderation

Carolin Roth

German

Regulatory Environment in Sustainability

Classification

Markus Reubi, Federal Council Delegate for the 2030 Agenda, explains the regulatory environment in the area of sustainability and shows what contribution the federal government is making to support companies in dealing with change.

Speakers

Markus Reubi

Markus Reubi

Delegate of the Federal Council for the 2030 Agenda , Bund

Focus Topics

Markus Reubi

Delegate of the Federal Council for the 2030 Agenda , Bund

Markus Reubi studied law at the University of St. Gallen HSG and holds an Executive MBA from McGill University and HEC in Montreal. After holding various positions in the private sector, including in management consultancy, he joined the Swiss diplomatic service in 2003. From 2008 to 2012, he served as Science and Technology Counsellor in China, from 2014 to 2018 he was responsible for the development of the Swiss Business Hub (trade and investment promotion) in Canada and from 2018 to 2022 as Deputy Head of Mission in Japan for diplomatic tasks. In between, he held various positions at the FDFA Head Office. In June 2022, he was appointed by the Federal Council as the Federal Council Delegate for the Agenda 2030. At the same time, he took up the position of Deputy Head of the Prosperity and Sustainability Division at the FDFA State Secretariat.

Action instead of reporting - an SME perspective

Keynote

Beat Brechbühl (Kellerhals Carrard)

Room

Arena

Moderation

Carolin Roth

German

Action instead of reporting - an SME perspective

Keynote

Swiss SMEs practice sustainability every day: thinking in terms of generations rather than quarters in corporate management. Socially committed to employees and anchored in civil society. Resource-efficient, if only because of margin pressure. Personal, trust-based, and cooperative. Why is this so little recognized by the public? Why are SMEs praised as the backbone of the Swiss economy in Sunday speeches, but treated neglectfully in (sustainability) regulation? And how can this be remedied? A few thought-provoking ideas and provocative theses from practice.

Speakers

Dr. Beat Brechbühl

Dr. Beat Brechbühl

Chairman, Kellerhals Carrard

Focus Topics

Dr. Beat Brechbühl

Chairman, Kellerhals Carrard

Beat Brechbühl is a co-founder, managing partner, and chairman of Kellerhals Carrard, one of Switzerland's leading business law firms with over 300 professionals across six locations. It is the only law firm organized as a cooperative holding with a purpose that includes promoting sustainable entrepreneurship and civic engagement. Among other things, it operates a dedicated sustainability and ESG desk. Brechbühl advises companies on governance and sustainability issues. He chairs AVAG Umwelt AG and the Volkswirtschaftliche Gesellschaft des Kantons Bern (VWG), and is a member of the boards of Mobiliar Genossenschaft, OM Pharma, and Swiss Automotive Group. Over 20 years ago, he co-founded the Swiss Venture Club (SVC). In 2021, he was awarded the Economic Prize by the Bern Chamber of Commerce. Since 2008, he has been a lecturer in entrepreneurship at the University of Bern.

Sustainability as a natural part of the corporate strategy

Interview & Plenary discussion

Michael Keller (UBS Schweiz AG), Jenny Zwahlen (UBS Schweiz AG)

Room

Arena

Moderation

Carolin Roth

German

Sustainability as a natural part of the corporate strategy

Interview & Plenary discussion

Plenary discussion: Becoming more sustainable as a company - what support is needed from whom? Michael Keller and Jenny Zwahlen invite you to a plenary discussion to shed light on the importance of sustainable corporate governance - an essential aspect of ESG. The focus will be on future viability, corporate resilience, growth potential and the role of banks in the sustainability transformation. We will also discuss what specific support companies need in their sustainability transformation.

Speakers

Michael Keller

Michael Keller

Managing Director, Relationship Manager Multinationals, Corporate & Institutional Clients, UBS Schweiz AG

Jenny Zwahlen

Jenny Zwahlen

Employee Engagement & Sustainability Initiatives, Corporate & Institutional Clients, UBS Schweiz AG

Focus Topics

Michael Keller

Managing Director, Relationship Manager Multinationals, Corporate & Institutional Clients, UBS Schweiz AG

Michael Keller is Relationship Manager Multinationals in the Corporate Clients division. During his first 8 years at UBS, Michael worked in Corporate Finance in Zurich as well as London. In 2009, he moved to Multinationals, where he successfully developed/expanded the business activities in the Swiss utilities sector, among others. In addition, he supports corporate clients with his industry expertise in the implementation of strategic transactions in the regions. After his banking education in Germany, Michael Keller graduated from the Swiss Banking School as a federal banking expert and completed an executive program at Harvard Business School in 2013.

Focus Topics

Jenny Zwahlen

Employee Engagement & Sustainability Initiatives, Corporate & Institutional Clients, UBS Schweiz AG

In her more than 15 years at UBS, Jenny Zwahlen has held various roles on the client front as well as strategic positions in business management. For the past four years, she has been responsible for employee engagement and sustainability initiatives in the Corporate & Institutional Clients (CIC) division and is committed to positive change. Through the CAS in Sustainable Finance from the University of Zurich, she has deepened her knowledge of sustainability in order to support clients in their sustainability transformation. With her passion for people and the art of communication, she is the linchpin for effective employee engagement.

10.15 am

Break 45'

11.00 am

Three focus topics in parallel - continued

Block 2

Mobility & Energy

Room

Aare

Moderation

Stephan Klapproth

Is nuclear power the solution to achieving the 2050 climate targets and meeting energy needs?

Munk Debat

Irene Aegerter (Stiftung für eine sichere Stromversorgung), Thierry Burkart (Member of the Council of States), Jürg Grossen (Member of the National Council), Roger Nordmann (Member of the National Council)

Room

Aare

Moderation

Stephan Klapproth

German

Is nuclear power the solution to achieving the 2050 climate targets and meeting energy needs?

Munk Debat

Speakers

Thierry Burkart

Thierry Burkart

Ständerat (AG) and Member of the Council of States, FDP.Die Liberalen

Jürg Grossen

Jürg Grossen

Member of the National Council and President, Grünliberale Partei Schweiz

Dr. Irene Aegerter

Dr. Irene Aegerter

President, Stiftung für eine sichere Stromversorgung

Roger Nordmann

Roger Nordmann

National Council, Social Democratic Party

Focus Topics

Thierry Burkart

Ständerat (AG) and Member of the Council of States, FDP.Die Liberalen

Thierry Burkart grew up in Obersiggenthal/AG. He studied law in St. Gallen and Lausanne and was admitted to the bar in 2010. He sits on the boards of directors of various national and international companies in the sectors of construction, property and IT. Thierry Burkart was a member of the Grand Council of the Canton of Aargau from 2001 to 2015, which he chaired in 2014. From 2010 to 2013, he was President of the FDP Aargau (the liberals). Burkart was elected to the National Council in 2015. He was elected in 2019 and re-elected to the Council of States in 2023. He has been President of the FDP Switzerland since October 2021.

Focus Topics

Jürg Grossen

Member of the National Council and President, Grünliberale Partei Schweiz

Jürg Grossen is Co-Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors of elektroplan Buchs & Grossen AG, ElektroLink AG and Smart Energy Link AG in Frutigen. Jürg Grossen has been a member of the National Council since 2011 and President of the Swiss Green Liberal Party (glp) since 2017. He is also President of the Swiss Solar Energy Association (Swissolar) and the Swiss eMobility Association (Swiss eMobility).

Focus Topics

Dr. Irene Aegerter

President, Stiftung für eine sichere Stromversorgung

Irene Aegerter holds a PhD in physics. In addition to her position as a communications officer for technical projects at Gebr. Sulzer Winterthur, she founded the association 'Women for Energy' (ffe) in 1982, which was dedicated to dialogue with women about energy supply, including nuclear power. In 1992, she founded Women in Nuclear International. From 1989 to 2000, she served as Deputy Director of the Association of Swiss Electricity Companies (VSE) and was a member of the Energy Commission of the Swiss Academies of Technical Sciences (SATW) until 2006. From 2004 to 2014, she was its Vice President and advocated for fact-based technical information. From 2001 to 2007, she was a member of the Federal Commission for the Safety of Nuclear Installations (KSA). Since 2018, she has been the President of the Foundation for a Secure Electricity Supply.

Focus Topics

Roger Nordmann

National Council, Social Democratic Party

Roger Nordmann, born in 1973, has been an SP National Councillor since 2004 and was the President of the Social Democratic Party in the Federal Assembly from 2015 to 2023. He is a member of the Parliamentary Committee for the Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy (UREK). He was the committee's spokesman for the CO2 law, the 2050 energy strategy and the recently accepted law for electricity (Mantelerlass). From 2010 to 2021, he was President of the Swiss Solar Association. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the energy supplier Groupe E SA since 2020 and Chairman of the engineering company Planair SA since 2021. Roger Nordmann is the author of several books: "Climate protection and energy security - How Switzerland can achieve a rapid and just transition", "Sun for climate protection - A solar plan for Switzerland", "Nuclear and oil-free into the future".

Future Energy

Keynote

Ambrogio Fasoli (EPFL/ EUROfusion)

Room

Aare

Moderation

Stephan Klapproth

English

Future Energy

Keynote

Can the increasing energy demand be met with renewable energies, and what role might other forms of energy play in the future?

Speakers

Prof. Dr. Ambrogio Fasoli

Prof. Dr. Ambrogio Fasoli

Professor EPFL, CEO EUROfusion

Focus Topics

Prof. Dr. Ambrogio Fasoli

Professor EPFL, CEO EUROfusion

Professor Ambrogio Fasoli is the Programme Manager (CEO) the European Consortium for Fusion Energy, EUROfusion, the Director of the Swiss Plasma Center at EPFL, and the Delegate to the Provost of EPFL. Ambrogio Fasoli, an honorary member of the American Physical Society, studied at the University of Milan and obtained his Ph.D. at EPFL, then, after conducting experiments on the European JET tokamak in the United Kingdom, became a professor at MIT, in the US, where he worked from 1997 to 2001, before being appointed at EPFL. From 2014 through 2020 he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Nuclear Fusion journal, of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Alpine Environment and Biodiversity

Room

Szenario 2

Moderation

Kathrin Hönegger

Biodiversity and environmental DNA

Keynote

Kristy Deiner (ETH Zurich/ SimplexDNA)

Room

Szenario 2

Moderation

Kathrin Hönegger

English

Biodiversity and environmental DNA

Keynote

What is biodiversity, why is it important and how can we measure it?

Speakers

Prof. Dr. Kristy Deiner

Prof. Dr. Kristy Deiner

Professor/ CEO, ETH Zurich/ SimplexDNA

Focus Topics

Prof. Dr. Kristy Deiner

Professor/ CEO, ETH Zurich/ SimplexDNA

Kristy Deiner describes herself as both fascinated and humbled by biodiversity. She works as both a scientist and entrepreneur on figuring out how it is generated and why it's important to maintain it. She has delivered new genetic technology as a Professor of Environmental DNA at ETH Zurich and developed ways to advance global biodiversity conservation and monitoring by heading up an ETH spin-off SimplexDNA she co-founded at the intersection of nature tech and finance.

Nature-based solutions for finance

Keynote

Simon Zadek (NatureFinance)

Room

Szenario 2

Moderation

Kathrin Hönegger

English

Nature-based solutions for finance

Keynote

What are nature-based solutions for finance?

Speakers

Dr. Simon Zadek

Dr. Simon Zadek

Co-CEO, NatureFinance

Focus Topics

Dr. Simon Zadek

Co-CEO, NatureFinance

Simon is the Co-CEO of NatureFinance and Senior Advisor to the Task Force on Nature Related Financial Disclosure. He was Head of the UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals, Senior Advisor on Finance and Co-Director of UNEP’s Finance Inquiry. He co-chaired China’s Green Finance Task Force and led the Green Finance Study Group secretariat under the Chinese, German and Argentinian G20 Presidencies. Previously, Simon has served as Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum and the Global Green Growth Institute. He was founder and CEO of AccountAbility and Development Director of the New Economics Foundation. He has been a lecturer and professor at various management and business schools around the world, written and published extensively, including the award-winning book, The Civil Corporation.

RETHINKING Biodiversity: From Nature-Based Solutions to Sustainable Finance

Paneldiscussion

Kristy Deiner (ETH Zürich) Simon Zadek (NatureFinance) Judson Berkey (UBS)

Room

Szenario 2

Moderation

Kathrin Hönegger

English

RETHINKING Biodiversity: From Nature-Based Solutions to Sustainable Finance

Paneldiscussion

Our global economy relies entirely on natural systems, which are increasingly at risk worldwide.

Nature-based solutions are essential for protecting ecosystems, benefiting people, combating climate change, and preserving biodiversity. These solutions provide critical services such as carbon storage, ensuring food and water supplies, and buffering against the impacts of a warming world, thus paving the way for a nature-positive future.

Innovations in market and governance practices are necessary to effectively scale these nature-based solutions. Aligning global financial flows with equitable nature-positive outcomes is crucial for achieving sustainable development.

The UBS whitepaper “Bloom or bust” highlights the significant role financial institutions play in supporting these initiatives. It emphasizes that aligning financial flows with nature-positive outcomes is vital for fostering a resilient and thriving global economy. Ongoing efforts are focused on developing and implementing innovations that accelerate this alignment, ensuring a sustainable future for all.

Speakers

Prof. Dr. Kristy Deiner

Prof. Dr. Kristy Deiner

Professor/ CEO, ETH Zurich/ SimplexDNA

Dr. Simon Zadek

Dr. Simon Zadek

Co-CEO, NatureFinance

Judson Berkey

Judson Berkey

Managing Director, Chief Sustainability Office, UBS

Focus Topics

Prof. Dr. Kristy Deiner

Professor/ CEO, ETH Zurich/ SimplexDNA

Kristy Deiner describes herself as both fascinated and humbled by biodiversity. She works as both a scientist and entrepreneur on figuring out how it is generated and why it's important to maintain it. She has delivered new genetic technology as a Professor of Environmental DNA at ETH Zurich and developed ways to advance global biodiversity conservation and monitoring by heading up an ETH spin-off SimplexDNA she co-founded at the intersection of nature tech and finance.

Focus Topics

Dr. Simon Zadek

Co-CEO, NatureFinance

Simon is the Co-CEO of NatureFinance and Senior Advisor to the Task Force on Nature Related Financial Disclosure. He was Head of the UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals, Senior Advisor on Finance and Co-Director of UNEP’s Finance Inquiry. He co-chaired China’s Green Finance Task Force and led the Green Finance Study Group secretariat under the Chinese, German and Argentinian G20 Presidencies. Previously, Simon has served as Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum and the Global Green Growth Institute. He was founder and CEO of AccountAbility and Development Director of the New Economics Foundation. He has been a lecturer and professor at various management and business schools around the world, written and published extensively, including the award-winning book, The Civil Corporation.

Focus Topics

Judson Berkey

Managing Director, Chief Sustainability Office, UBS

Judson Berkey is a Managing Director in the Chief Sustainability Office at UBS based in Zurich where he has worked since 2003 on global risk, regulatory and compliance topics. He currently focuses on sustainable finance policy and regulation including engagement with policymakers and standard setters. He also leads coordination of UBS' activities on nature related issues. He graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia and is on the board of ECOFACT. He currently chairs the Institute of International Finance Sustainable Finance Working Group and is a member of the Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures and Capitals Coalition Advisory Board.

Sustainable Corporate Governance

Room

Arena

Moderation

Carolin Roth

Data-driven solutions for greater efficiency and CO2 reduction - practical experience

Case Study

Gina Obrecht (Swisscom), Res Witschi (Swisscom)

Room

Arena

Moderation

Carolin Roth

German

Data-driven solutions for greater efficiency and CO2 reduction - practical experience

Case Study

Advancing digitalisation is shaping the sustainability landscape and enabling transformative change by opening up innovative ways to achieve sustainable goals. For example, choosing the right sustainability software creates the basis for gaining precise insights into environmental impacts and developing targeted measures to reduce CO2 emissions. The use of data and modern technologies makes it possible to maximise energy efficiency, minimise resource consumption and effectively accelerate the path to net zero. Using the example of energy supplier Primeo Energie, Swisscom demonstrates how the intelligent use of digital technologies can not only lead to operational efficiency but also contribute to sustainability and how exactly data can be used for this purpose.

Speakers

Gina Obrecht

Gina Obrecht

Data Driven Sustainability, Business Development, Swisscom

Res Witschi

Res Witschi

Responsible for sustainable digitalisation, Swisscom

Focus Topics

Gina Obrecht

Data Driven Sustainability, Business Development, Swisscom

For about three years now, Gina Obrecht has been driving data-driven sustainability initiatives for Swisscom's business customers. Her focus is on building a portfolio that includes ESG and CO2 management software solutions, consulting services, as well as innovative digital solutions for sustainable mobility, buildings, and supply chains. Her commitment helps support companies in achieving their sustainability goals while simultaneously developing innovative solutions for a more eco-friendly economy.

Focus Topics

Res Witschi

Responsible for sustainable digitalisation, Swisscom

Res Witschi is responsible for sustainable digitalisation at Swisscom. He is an environmental scientist with additional training in entrepreneurship and a member of the Board of Directors. He supports Swisscom's sustainability team in the digitalisation of the path to net-zero and is helping to develop a business area that supports companies and municipalities in this area. He also plans investments in sustainable start-ups and represents Swisscom on the boards of individual start-ups.

Living sustainability at Google Switzerland

Interview

Christine Antlanger-Winter (Google Switzerland)

Room

Arena

Moderation

Carolin Roth

Deutsch

Living sustainability at Google Switzerland

Interview

Speakers

Christine Antlanger-Winter

Christine Antlanger-Winter

Country Director, Google Switzerland

Focus Topics

Christine Antlanger-Winter

Country Director, Google Switzerland

Christine Antlanger-Winter is Country Director, Google Switzerland and Regional Director Switzerland and Austria. Previously, she was Country Director of Google Austria since December 2018 and interim Country Director of Google Switzerland since November 2022. Before that, she was CEO of the Vienna-based media agency Mindshare. She holds a degree in software engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg. In Zurich, more than 5,000 Googlers from around 85 nations work on services such as Google Maps, Search and YouTube, and help develop applications for artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

12.00 pm

Lunch 90’

01.30 pm

Welcome & Opening

Carolin Roth

Main Stage Plenary

How can we do justice to the interests of future generations?

Keynote

Werner Sobek (Werner Sobek AG)

German

How can we do justice to the interests of future generations?

Keynote

Speakers

Prof. Dr. Dr. E.h. Dr. h.c. Werner Sobek

Prof. Dr. Dr. E.h. Dr. h.c. Werner Sobek

Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Werner Sobek AG

Main Stage

Prof. Dr. Dr. E.h. Dr. h.c. Werner Sobek

Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Werner Sobek AG

Architect and civil engineer. Professor at the University of Stuttgart, succeeding Frei Otto and Jörg Schlaich. From 2008 to 2014, also a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, succeeding Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Visiting professor at Harvard, Graz, Singapore, Hamburg. Recipient of numerous prestigious awards both domestically and internationally for his scientific and professional achievements. Founder of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) and the globally active planning office Werner Sobek AG. Co-founder of several non-profit foundations and associations. The magazine CICERO lists Werner Sobek as the only architect and engineer among the 500 most influential intellectuals in the German-speaking world. ©René Müller

How to decouple sales from emissions (as a manufacturing company)

Keynote

Antje von Dewitz (VAUDE)

German

How to decouple sales from emissions (as a manufacturing company)

Keynote

How do you create a business model that is sustainable and economically successful? Antje von Dewitz, CEO of VAUDE, will talk about how VAUDE became a pioneer for sustainable and fairly produced outdoor products. What are the possibilities, opportunities and challenges that arise for a company through a responsible approach?

Entrepreneurial Discussion – Various Approaches to Sustainability

Paneldiscussion

Sarah Model (Model AG), Andreas Christen (Lantal Textiles AG), Urs Wullschleger (Wilhelm Schmidlin AG)

German

Entrepreneurial Discussion – Various Approaches to Sustainability

Paneldiscussion

Speakers

Sarah Model

Sarah Model

COO Model AG

Andreas Christen

Andreas Christen

COO, Board Member, Innovator

Urs Wullschleger

Urs Wullschleger

Managing Director, Wilhelm Schmidlin AG

Main Stage

Sarah Model

COO Model AG

Sarah Model studied art history and business administration at the University of Zurich and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2017. She joined the family business immediately afterwards and took over the plant management of a production facility for corrugated cardboard packaging in Thüringen (DE) in 2018. From 2021 to 2023, she completed a part-time MBA at the University of St.Gallen. In January 2024, she took over the management of Model AG and has been responsible for the Swiss production facilities of the internationally active Model Group ever since.

Main Stage

Andreas Christen

COO, Board Member, Innovator

Andreas Christen is an ETH engineer and has worked in the textile industry for 19 years, covering the entire value chain from development to procurement and production. Since 2013, he has been COO of Lantal Textiles AG, a Swiss SME with various locations worldwide, specializing in aircraft, train and bus interiors. He is committed to Switzerland as a place to think and work and sees the future in sustainable developments. For one such sustainable innovation under his leadership, Digital Deep Dyeing Technology, Lantal received the Swiss Technology Award 2023. Christen financed his studies as a construction worker, journalist and trainer, is co-founder of an architecture firm and is involved in various boards of directors, such as the Switzerland Innovation Park Ost, the board of Swiss Textiles and as a lecturer.

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Urs Wullschleger

Managing Director, Wilhelm Schmidlin AG

Together with his brother, Urs Wullschleger is the owner and managing director of Wilhelm Schmidlin AG. As the only Swiss manufacturer of enamelled steel bathtubs, shower trays, washbasins and urinals, the company is explicitly committed to sustainable production with the "swiss made" label. The company employs a good 100 people. After graduating from ETH Zurich with a degree in industrial and production engineering, he worked in various positions at ESEC SA and then at Nuance Group AG. He has been the third generation to manage Wilhelm Schmidlin AG since 2007. Based on the KAIZEN philosophy, the site in Oberarth has been transformed from a traditional factory into a dynamic just-in-time production facility over the past 17 years. He is also a board member of two mountain railway companies, an industrial company and a start-up that manufactures customised skis.

03.00 pm

Pause 30’

Hauptbühne Plenum

Carbon neutrality through financing climate project - indulgence or part of the solution?

Paneldiscussion

Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter (Forma Futura), Bastien Girod (Member of the National Counsil), Simon Michel (Ypsomed)

German

Carbon neutrality through financing climate project - indulgence or part of the solution?

Paneldiscussion

Speakers

Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter

Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter

Founding Partner, Forma Futura

Dr. Bastien Girod

Dr. Bastien Girod

Member of the National Counsil, GRÜNE Schweiz

Simon Michel

Simon Michel

CEO, Ypsomed

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Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter

Founding Partner, Forma Futura

Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter has been a founding partner and CEO of Forma Futura Invest AG, an independent asset management company for private and institutional clients focussing on investments that are financially sound and promote a sustainable quality of life, since 2006. She has been Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Berner Kantonalbank AG (BEKB) since May 2015. She has over 30 years of experience in finance and risk management, including as Chairwoman of the Swiss Stock Exchange and as a member of the Executive Board at Bank Julius Baer & Co. Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter is also a co-founder of the waterkiosk foundation, whose projects provide access to clean drinking water in emerging countries.

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Dr. Bastien Girod

Member of the National Counsil, GRÜNE Schweiz

Bastien Girod is a National Councillor and member of the GRÜNE Schweiz. He studied at ETH Zurich and holds a PhD in environmental sciences. He also holds an Executive MBA from the University of Zurich and is President of the Swiss Association of Waste Treatment Facility Operators. Following his resignation from South Pole, he is now a partner at an international consultancy firm, specialising in climate protection and sustainability services.

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Simon Michel

CEO, Ypsomed

Simon Michel has been CEO of Ypsomed since 2014. From 2006 to 2014, he held various positions in marketing and sales at the medical technology company. Prior to that, he worked for the telecoms company Orange from 2003 to 2006. He studied economics at the University of St. Gallen, with specialisation in media and communication management. Simon Michel is on the Board Committee of economiesuisse, the Bernese Trade and Industry Association, the Chamber of Commerce of Solothurn and Swiss Medtech, the umbrella organisation for Swiss medical technology. In March 2017, he was elected to the Cantonal Council of the Canton of Solothurn for the FDP (the liberals) and to the National Council in October 2023. He is a member of the Foreign Policy Committee.

Subdue the Earth

Keynote

Philipp Blom (Historian, philosopher and author)

German

Subdue the Earth

Keynote

Speakers

Dr. Philipp Blom

Dr. Philipp Blom

Historian, philosopher and author

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Dr. Philipp Blom

Historian, philosopher and author

Dr. Philipp Blom is the author of several bestsellers. Born in Germany, he studied in Vienna and Oxford and holds a doctorate in history. After London and Paris, he has lived in Vienna since 2007 and works as an author, journalist and presenter for the program «Punkt Eins» on Ö1. He also makes films such as the multi-award-winning documentary series "Der taumelnde Kontinent" and curates exhibitions. Against the backdrop of current upheavals such as global warming and digitalization, his book "Was auf dem Spiel steht" (2017; tr: What's at stake) also focuses increasingly on current and future issues.

Creating wealth worth having (EN)

Keynote

James Cameron (independent advisor, advocate and social entrepreneur)

Creating wealth worth having (EN)

Keynote

05.00 pm

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