Thursday 16: Science and society panel session (1)

Thank you to everyone who attended the Launch of the UZH Center of Competence for Sustainable Finance! The presentation slides are now available on this webpage.

Venue: KOL-G-201 AULA

Time: 14:00 - 14:45

Launch of the UZH Center of Competence for Sustainable Finance.

This session represents the official launch of the new Center  of  Competence  for  Sustainable  Finance  of  the  University  of  Zurich  (CCSF). The new Center will offer a coordination platform of all the activities on Sustainable Finance, both in research and education, across the different faculties, leveraging on excellence and interdisciplinarity.


Why a new Center for Sustainable Finance at UZH? What is the added value of interdisciplinary research for achieving sustainability?

The panelists offer their insights from the perspective of financial law, quantitative finance, corporate finance and natural sciences.


Introduction: Marc Chesney (UZH)
Speakers: Kern Alexander (UZH), Annette Krauss (UZH), Markus Leippold (UZH), Michael Schaepman (UZH), Alexander Wagner (UZH). Moderated by Stefano Battiston (UZH)


The  Center  of  Competence  for  Sustainable  Finance  of  the  University  of  Zurich  (CCSF)  is  a  leading  player  in  the  field  of  sustainable  finance.  The  canton  of  Zurich  is  known  as  an  international  finance  hub  and  as  a  pioneer  for  innovations  in  sustainable  finance.  The  Center  of  Competence  for  Sustainable  Finance  (CCSF)  brings these regional specialties together and leverages them through the research and  teaching  excellence  of  the  University  of  Zurich.  The  CCSF  is  located  in  the  Faculty   of   Business,   Economics,   and   Informatics   of   the   University,   enabling   world-class interdisciplinary research. The CCSF consolidates critical streams of academic research and teaching in order to inform  the  conversation  on  sustainable  development  and  growth.

The  activities  of  CCSF address three gaps: i) Consolidate scientific knowledge on sustainable finance, including reproducible metrics to account for sustainability and relevant risk, as well as the mechanisms behind individual and collective financial and economic behavior in relation to sustainability. ii) Extend scientific interdisciplinarity: the sustainability transition requires tapping into interconnected challenges going beyond the scope of a single scientific discipline. iii) Enrich the offer on education. To make sustainability count  in  decision-making,  current  and  future  leaders  need  to  be  educated  on  the  nuances and approaches of the field.





Kern Alexander (UZH) Webpage

Kern Alexander holds the Professorial Chair in Law and Finance and is Professor of Banking Regulation at the University of Zurich. Professor Alexander is an internationally recognised expert who has authored books and articles on international financial regulation and European Union and British banking and securities regulation. His report, Stability and Sustainability in Banking Reform: Are Environmental Risks Missing in Basel III (Cambridge, 2014) read more was the first study of the interrelationship between banking regulation, environmental sustainability and climate change. He is the Founder of the Research Network for Sustainable Finance,


Annette Krauss (UZH) Webpage

Annette Krauss is the Director for Teaching and Member of the Management Board of the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth, Department of Banking and Finance, University of Zurich (CSP). She is responsible for developing the for-credit consecutive and executive teaching on sustainable finance at the Department, in particular in the Master program. Her research interests include sustainable banking, sustainable and impact investing, microfinance, financial inclusion, and social entrepreneurship. Before returning to academia in 2007, Annette worked nine years as a microfinance specialist in development agencies in Germany and at the United Nations. She was mainly engaged with partners in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Back in academia, Annette founded the Center for Microfinance at the University of Zurich in 2009, that bacame a founding partner of the CSP in 2017.


Markus Leippold (UZH) Webpage 

Markus Leippold is Professor at the University of Zurich, where holds the Chair in Financial Engineering and is part of the Board of Directors. Currently he is a visiting researcher in Google Zurich. He has been Associate Professor in Finance at Imperial College, Visiting Professor at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Member of the Risk Management Group at Zurich Cantonal Bank. He has published in several Journals such as Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Review of Finance, Annals of Statistics, and Journal of Banking and Finance. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Financial Econometrics and of the Journal of Banking and Finance.


Michael Schaepman (UZH) Webpage

Michael Schaepman is Professor of remote sensing at the Department of Geography (Remote Sensing Laboratories) at the University of Zurich since 2009. His research priorities include Earth observation, remote sensing, and spectroscopy to measure biodiversity from space. Michael Schaepman was appointed Vice Dean and then Dean of the Faculty of Science in 2014 and 2016, respectively. As Vice President for Veterinary Medicine and Science, he has been responsible, among other things, for the Research, Innovation and Academic Career Development division since August 2017. He studied geography, experimental physics, and informatics at the University of Zurich and earned his doctoral degree at the Department of Geography of UZH in 1998. Following postdoctoral work at the University of Arizona in Tucson, USA, he returned to the UZH Department of Geography in 2000 to head up a research group. In 2003, Michael Schaepman was appointed professor of geographic information science at the Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University (Netherlands), where as of 2005, he was academic head of the Center for Geoinformation. 


Alexander Wagner (UZH) Webpage

Alexander Wagner is a Swiss Finance Institute Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Zurich. He obtained his PhD in Political Economy from Harvard University and studied economics and law in his hometown Linz, Austria. Alexander is Research Associate at European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) and Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). His research focuses on corporate governance, behavioral finance, communication, experimental economics, and political economy. He served as an independent counsel for PwC, and he has experience as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Swipra.