Isak Ahlbom

Dr. Meinhard Kneller

Dr. Yuliya Plyakha Ferenc

Dr. Michel Dacorogna

Corina Grünenfelder

Isak Ahlbom Julius Bär
Dr. Meinhard Kneller Julius Bär
Dr. Yuliya Plyakha Ferenc MSCI
Dr. Michel Dacorogna Prime Re Solutions
Corina Grünenfelder EY Switzerland
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ESG-related risks are becoming crucial along the financial institutions to meet regulatory expectations and client demands. In a dynamic regulatory environment, accuracy in the models that categorize and flag ESG risks and quality of input data used in these models are essential. In this panel discussion, we bring various experts who will share their experience in ESG methodologies and answer your questions.

Panel Discussion

Isak Ahlbom is the Head of ESG Methodology & Products at Julius Bär, responsible for developing the banks’ proprietary ESG scoring approach and product management around sustainability. Prior to this role he spent many years as a portfolio manager and product developer at other Swiss financial institutions. Isak Ahlbom holds an ESG certification from the CFA Institute.

Dr. Meinhard Kneller is the Head of Data Science & Analytics team at Julius Bär. He is responsible to build new data driven capabilities for Julius Baer to make advice tailored, scalable for an improved client experience. Meinhard received his Ph. D. in Theoretical Physics from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn

Dr. Yuliya Plyakha Ferenc is senior ESG portfolio-manager and equity solutions researcher at MSCI. She previously served as an academic researcher at the Luxembourg School of Finance and Goethe University. Yuliya has published research on portfolio construction, smart beta and asset pricing, and serves as a lecturer at EBS University. She holds a doctorate in finance from Goethe University, a master’s degree in financial mathematics from the TU Kaiserslautern and a master’s in mathematics from Kyiv University.

Dr. Michel Dacorogna is partner at Prime Re Solutions, a company advising financial institutions on actuarial and eco-nomic matters. He is the former scientific advisor to the chairman of SCOR. In 2009, he received from Risk Magazine the price of Insurance Risk Manager of the year. He received his Habilitation, Ph. D. and M. Sc. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Geneva in Switzerland and did a post-doc at the University of California in Berkeley.

Corina Grünenfelder is the Head of Sustainable Finance Consulting at EY Switzerland. She is advising financial services clients on ESG and sustainability from strategy, regulation to reporting. She is co-chairing the sustainability and climate risk working group of the Swiss Association of Actuaries. Corina holds an MSc. in Mathematics from EPF Lausanne and is a fully qualified actuary SAA

moderated by Evren Baydar and Falk Scheffler.


17:45 Doors open – name tag collection
18:15 Introduction (Anton Seidel)
18:20 Moderation with Panel Discussion (Evren, Baydar, Falk Scheffler, Speakers)
19:10 Q&A (all)
19:30 Networking drinks (all)
20:30 End

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  • ESG Methods and Data Challenges
     2. November 2023
     18:00 - 20:30


Volkshaus, Gelber Saal, Stauffacherstrasse 60, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland

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