Foresight Scenarios for the Future of Finance

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 From 17:00 to 18:30 (CET) Centre International de Conférences Genève - Room E
Climate & Energy Fintech Innovative Finance

Join us for an interactive workshop to support participants in developing their own foresight scenarios about the future of finance!

At the forefront of the future of finance, we understand the importance of integrating diverse practices to drive innovation and positive change. By combining the principles of Heart Intelligence with Design Thinking, we empower you and your teams to connect with your emotions, empathize with others, and unlock deeper insights. 

This integration allows participants of the workshop to go beyond conventional approaches and tap into their innate creativity and compassion. By infusing Heart Intelligence into Design Thinking, we foster the development of more meaningful, social, and environmentally conscious solutions. 

Through this holistic approach, we believe in harnessing the power of emotions and empathy to shape the future of finance, where financial decisions are not only driven by numbers but also by a deep understanding of human needs and aspirations.

We will coach each team to define a future vision and to define their roles towards the vision they have co-created themselves using foresight scenario techniques. Each individual will leave the workshop with a clearer perspective on how they can take steps today toward a solution space that they can identify with.


Leyla Salvadé

Heart Intelligence Educator + Therapist

Leyla Salvadé is a leading heart intelligence expert and heartfulness therapist at the world’s most exclusive clinic for UHNI based in Zurich, Switzerland. Leyla is the founder and CEO of Standing Light™, a positive impact company shifting our world from a mind-based mentality to a heart-empowered reality through educational products and services, and events. She’s the creator of The Standing Light Method™, the world’s first official heart workout, which consciously re-connects an individual with the electromagnetic field of their heart for optimal well-being and self-regulation.

Enrique Alvarado Hablutzel

Social and Environmental Impact Entrepreneur and Investor - Chi Impact Capital

Passionate about social & environmental impact entrepreneurship & investments, Enrique is Managing Partner at Chi Impact Capital; previously, he was at Bamboo Capital Partners as Networks Development Partner, with a primary focus on supporting the Tech4Impact fund’s long-term strategy in Emerging Markets. Enrique also worked as Strategy and Business Development Manager at Impact Hub Geneva and Lausanne. His primary focus was the financial development of Accelerate2030 – a multi-stakeholder program co-initiated by Impact Hub Geneva and UNDP in 2016, aiming to identify ventures with tested and scale-ready solutions in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). His strong interest in entrepreneurship also led him to work at SeedStars – a Swiss-based group with the mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Mary Jean Bürer

Expert in Sustainable Development and Energy - Innosuisse

Ms. Bürer has worked for 25 years in the field of energy, climate change and sustainable development. She holds a doctorate in economics from the University of St. Gallen (HSG). Mary Jean taught Design Thinking to more than 35 master's students at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and worked as a project manager for 5 years in the energy sector. Four years previously, she was a scientific collaborator at EPFL, where she worked on business model innovation in the green economy. Before working on the energy transition, she worked for three United Nations agencies on climate policy (UNEP and UNCTAD) and climate science (IPCC).

Benedicte Deryckere

Ambassador Solar Impulse Foundation

Bénédicte is an ardent advocate for the much-needed transition to a new emerging economic system, which would allow future generations to live healthy, prosperous, and peaceful lives within planetary boundaries. Bénédicte is an ambassador for the Solar Impulse Foundation, where she holds an expert role in responsible production and consumption and the circular economy. She is also involved with InnoSuisse and MassChallenge, a startup accelerator. Bénédicte is a former IBM executive and Global Oracle Practice Operations lead, she then oversaw large-scale and complex business process engineering initiatives across global value chains and within corporate finance departments for multiple multinational corporations

Dr. Christin ter Braak-Forstinger

CEO - Chi Impact Capital

Dr. Christin ter Braak-Forstinger, LL.M. is the founder and CEO of Chi Impact Capital. Christin is passionate about pro-actively making the shift towards a regenerative and deep impact economy a reality. Christin has a long-standing experience and track record in the financial services sector & private equity, impact investing and sustainable investing; She completed her Doctoral Thesis at Harvard Law School (summa cum laude), her Master Studies at Duke Law School and studied Law and Business Administration before in Austria; Christin is a regular author, key-note speaker, juror and long-time university lecturer in impact investing.

Victoria Smaniotto-Piatti

Managing Director at Solar Impulse Foundation - Solar Impulse Foundation

Victoria Smaniotto, with a decade of cleantech expertise, serves as the Managing Director at Solar Impulse Foundation. She embarked on her cleantech journey in 2012 and honed her knowledge within the Quebec cleantech cluster, Ecotech Québec, from 2014 to 2020. In 2021, she earned the Clean50 Emerging Leader Award for her remarkable contributions to Canada's Clean Economy. Currently based in Lausanne, Switzerland, she spearheads the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions at the Solar Impulse Foundation, uniting over 4,000 members to accelerate the adoption of profitable environmental solutions.

Risto Väyrynen

Founder - The Impact Office

Risto Väyrynen founded The Impact Office, a group of Single Family Office principals channeling private capital towards the SDGs. A seasoned entrepreneur, he's initiated multiple start-ups, held prominent C-suite and board roles, and served as a Managing Partner at a Geneva-based investment management company. Formerly leading the World Economic Forum's Family Business Community he's now an Ambassador for the Family Business Network, championing Family Business Sustainability. An alumnus of the EDHEC Business School, Väyrynen holds an MBA focused on Family Business.

Katherine Foster

Executive Director - GDFA Green Digital Finance Alliance

Katherine Foster is the Executive Director of the Green Digital Finance Alliance (GDFA) and serves on several international boards and committees including the EU EIT-Food, the UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub, and the European Securities Market Authority. A former Canadian diplomat specializing in climate and human security, Katherine has been spearheading impact innovation for 30 years in leadership roles with the EU Climate-KIC and GDFA including as Sherpa to the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing, as an advisor to the World Bank and to several award-winning technology for impact start-ups.

Dominik Breitinger

Head, Strategic Projects and Partnerships - Enterprise for Society Center (E4S)

Passionate about Organizational Strategy, Sustainability and Business Ethics - applied & research.