Panel Livestream

Creating Framework Conditions for Sustainable Investment

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 From 17:00 to 18:30 (CET) Centre International de Conférences Genève - Room B
Other Transparency & Accountability

While European legislation has demonstrated that regulation can encourage sustainable practices and reduce greenwashing, it has also led to a decrease in innovation. This panel will identify ways to create framework conditions that foster innovation, and look into where we need regulation and where incentives would work more effectively.


Mirjam Staub-Bisang

Chief Executive Officer - BlackRock Switzerland

Mirjam Staub-Bisang is Chief Executive Officer of BlackRock Switzerland and a member of the EMEA Executive Committee as well as a Senior Advisor to BlackRock Sustainable Investing. Prior to BlackRock, Dr. Staub-Bisang led an investment management firm focusing on sustainable investing based in Zurich. She also served as a non-executive director on the boards of public and private companies and as chair the investment committees of several asset owners such as pension funds and endowments. Prior to these roles she held senior positions in asset management and private equity investing at Commerzbank and Swiss Life and worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in London and Zurich. Today, Dr. Staub-Bisang serves on the board of the global shoe retailer Bata as a non-executive director. She holds a PhD in Law from the University of Zurich and an MBA from INSEAD.

Gill Lofts

Financial Services Sustainable Finance Leader - EY

Gill Lofts is the EY Global Sustainable Finance Leader. She is responsible for the development and delivery of sustainable finance services across strategy, products and services, risk and regulation, and reporting data to help clients create business value from sustainability and accelerate their transition to a low carbon future. Ms. Lofts is passionate about making progress on the sustainable finance agenda and has been part of the Embankment Project for Inclusive Capitalism for the past five years. She sits on the IIF Sustainability Finance Working Group and leads the Sustainable Finance knowledge partnership with the European Banking Federation. She has over 25 years’ experience in the wealth and asset management sector, both as a professional advisor and as an industry practitioner. She previously led the EY Wealth & Asset Management business in the UK. Ms. Lofts has been involved in the UK government’s Investment Management Strategy since 2013 and sits on the Investment Association Advisory Board.

Dr. Dawid Bastiat-Jarosz

Fellow, Centre for Finance and Development, Geneva Graduate Institute - co-founder, SWISOX

Dawid Bastiat-Jarosz is a Fellow at the Centre for Finance and Development and the Director of Sustainable Finance Education Programs, both at the Geneva Graduate Institute. He co-founded Swisox, a pioneering initiative aimed at creating sustainable segments in financial markets and democratizing access to such assets. As an EU affairs specialist, Mr. Bastiat-Jarosz partners with energy companies to guide them through the transition to a sustainable enterprise and has been nominated to serve as a member of the European Commission's Platform on Sustainable Finance. With a rich background spanning a decade, Dr. Bastiat-Jarosz has worked in managerial and executive roles in the fields of development finance and regional development for public, private, and non-governmental organizations.

Christoph Baumann

Envoy of the State Secretary for Sustainable Finance - State Secretariat for International Finance

Mr. Baumann holds an LLM in international law from the University of London, a master's degree in economics from the University of Zurich, and is a CFA charterholder.

Melissa Perez

Head of Sales and Business Development - Carbon4 Finance

Melissa Perez joined Carbon4 Finance in 2021 as Head of Sales and Business Development. She has a solid background in the financial industry, having worked for renowned banks such as Bank of France, Credit Mutuel Arkea, Société Générale, Morgan Stanley, and BNP Paribas. In her last role in BNPP, she was in charge of developing the sustainability loan offer in the Emerging Markets. Aside from her professional life, she is a board member of The Shifters, an association gathering more than 12,000 volunteers in Europe that support the Shift Project, a think tank whose mission is to decarbonize the economy. As Head of the Project Department, she creates and coordinates an infrastructure to support hundreds of projects from volunteers.

Gerbrich Wagenaar

ESG Methodology & Product Manager - Julius Baer

In her current role, Gerbrich Wagenaar is responsible for developing and implementing ESG methodologies, frameworks, and tools for Julius Baer's investment products and services. She also provides guidance and support to the business units and stakeholders on ESG-related topics, such as ESG risk management and sustainable finance regulation (SFDR, the EU Taxonomy, MiFID II etc.).