Workshop Livestream

Foundations’ Assets Management: Performance & Benchmarking

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 From 15:00 to 16:00 (CET) Centre International de Conférences Genève - Room A
Asset Owners

The assets of foundations in Switzerland represent CHF 140 billion. Nowadays, an active commitment to responsible investment becomes a principle of good governance. This session is an opportunity to discuss with stakeholders from the philanthropic, academic and financial world the way to strike the right balance between financial performance and mission alignment.


Cyril Berner

Managing Consultant - PPC Metrics

Cyril Berner is the Managing Consultant at PPC Metrics since 2009. Mr. Berner previously worked in the global custody and quantitative asset management services of Lombard Odier. He holds certificates in International Business, Quantitative Asset Management, and International Investment and Analysis.

Rajna Gibson Brandon

Founder and Professor - Geneva Finance Research Institute

Rajna Gibson Brandon is Professor of Finance at the University of Geneva since September 2008 and Deputy Director of the Geneva Finance Research Institute. She was the founder and the Director of the Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI) at the University of Geneva between 2009 and 2016, and is the Chairwomen and Managing Director of the Geneva Institute of Wealth Management (GIWM) since 2016. From 2007 until 2015, she was Head of Research at the Swiss Finance Institute. She was the Director of the National Centre of Competence in Research Finrisk from 2001 to 2009. She was previously Professor of Finance at the University of Zurich, at the University of Lausanne and she was Assistant – Professor in Finance at HEC, Paris and a visiting scholar at the University of California at Los Angeles and at New York University.
She was also Member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Re from June 2000 to April 2018 and is since November 2018, a Member of the Board of Directors of Group BNP, France and since May 2022, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss National Bank (SNB). She is also a Member of the Surveillance Board of Sustainable Finance Geneva, a Member of the Academic Advisory Board of RepRisk and has been a Member of the Swiss Federal Banking Commission (currently FINMA) from 1997 to 2004.

Vincent Kaufmann

Chief Executive Officer - Fondation Ethos

Mr. Kaufmann is a Swiss Certified Expert for Accounting and Controlling and holds a Master’s degree in Business Economics from the University of Geneva (2004).

Tony Berrada moderator,

Professor - Geneva Finance Research Institute

Tony Berrada is a Professor of Finance at the University of Geneva (Geneva Finance Research Institute and Swiss Finance Institute). He holds a PhD in finance from the University of Lausanne and was an assistant professor of finance at HEC Montréal and HEC Lausanne prior to joining the University of Geneva. Dr. Berrada also was a senior visiting fellow at the School of Banking and Finance, Australian School of Business at UNSW. His research interests are in asset pricing, and in particular the role of learning in models with incomplete information.

Guillaume Taylor

CEO - Hanaku AG

Guillaume Taylor CEO at Hanaku AG. Guillaume has a long experience in investing, 6 years in corporate finance with Intel Corporation Ltd, 15 years in wealth management, of which 7 years as a private portfolio manager with Darier Hentsch & Co (now Lombard Odier) and 8 years as a partner with de Pury Pictet Turrettini & Co, and 13 years in private equity and venture capital impact investing with Quadia SA. He also has extensive experience in working with Foundation Capital.