Women in Finance Series
The goal of Women in Finance Series is to provide expertise on what it takes to succeed in the current financial industry:
- career advice for finance professionals.
- experience of diversity in the financial industry.
- insight on specialist financial expertise.
We aim to do so monthly with addresses and discussions with senior women in finance industry.
Laura Prina Cerai, CFA is leading the Series.
The first speaker of the Series, on 3 December 2020 is Nannette Hechler-Fayd’herbe, Chief Investment Officer of International Wealth Management and Global Head of Economics & Research at Credit Suisse.
Register here for the upcoming events.
Nannette Hechler-Fayd’herbe, Chief Investment Officer of International Wealth Management and Global Head of Economics & Research at Credit Suisse. Webinar on 3 December 2020.
Dr. Anja Hochberg
Dr. Anja Hochberg has been Head of Multi Asset Solutions for Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank since 1 January 2020. Webinar on 21 January 2021.
Jian Shi Cortesi, CFA
Ms. Shi Cortesi is an investment director and fund manager of Asia Equities at GAM Investment Management. Webinar on 18 February 2021.
Eftychia (La) Fischer, CFA
Eftychia (La) Fischer, CFA, non-executive director of Union Bancaire Privée in Geneva, of Vaudoise Assurances and Banque Cantonale Vaudoise in Lausanne, and of Sherpa Asset Management in Zurich. Webinar on 18 March 2021.
Sinikka Demaré, CFA
Sinikka Demaré, CFA, is the Independent and Strategic Advisor (Bootstrap Europe). Sinikka Demaré served as a Venture Partner at Nextech Invest Ltd - a life science fund specialising in Oncology and sits on the board of BlueOrchard Finance and Schroder Adveq, the private equity specialist. Webinar on 15 April 2021.
Maria Teresa Zappia
Maria Teresa Zappia, Chief Impact & Blended Finance Officer, Deputy CEO BlueOrchard Finance Ltd. Webinar on 20 May 2021.
Florence Schnydrig Moser
Florence has been working in the financial industry for over 20 years. Currently she holds the position of Head Private Banking at Zürcher Kantonalbank. Florence has exceptional knowledge in product management, credit cards and payment industry, investment services, private banking, market & sales management, wealth planning and structured products. Sie also has an extensive international experience, previously based in Zurich, Melbourne, Sydney, and Hongkong. It is an honor for the Women in Finance series to host passionate leader, innovator and game changer in one person - Florence Schnydrig Moser. Webinar on 17 June.
Fiona Kendrick, former Chairman and CEO of Nestlé UK&I, is Chair of PWC Public Interest Body and is Deputy Chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships Board. Fiona is an advisor for Newton Europe and for Innovate UK, and sits on the Productivity Leadership Council for the Government. Webinar on 15 July.
Scilla Huang Sun
Scilla Huang Sun joined Swiss Re Asset Management, SAA & Markets as Head Equities in April 2019. Before joining Swiss Re she was managing equity portfolios for almost 20 years and received several Lipper Awards for achieving strong investment performance. She spent over 10 years with GAM Investments, previously Julius Baer Asset Management, as Head Equities and lead portfolio manager of the GAM Luxury Brands Equity Fund. Prior to GAM Scilla worked at Clariden Leu (now Credit Suisse) as Head Equities and lead portfolio manager. Earlier in her career she worked as a financial analyst and portfolio manager for Bank Julius Baer responsible for Asian equities. Scilla started her career at JP Morgan in Zurich and New York. Besides speaking five languages, Scilla holds a PhD in Banking and Finance and graduated summa cum laude with a Masters in Economics from the University of Zurich. Webinar, September 2021
Nicole Pauli, CFA
Nicole Pauli, CFA, has been working in the financial industry for over 20 years, both in executive and non-executive positions. As an independent, non-executive director at Valiant Holding AG she currently chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and holds two additional non-executive seats at SMEs in the financial industry. During her long tenure at Credit Suisse, she held senior management positions both in Wealth and Asset Management. Webinar, November 2021
Head Strategy, Member of Executive Board, Additiv. Christine is passionate about future business models. Over 20 years experience in investments and markets, strategic planning and executive leadership. Regular board member, speaker and university lecturer. MSc in Economics, CFA. Webinar, December 2021.
Dr. Dagmar Maria Kamber Borens
Dr. Dagmar Kamber Borens is Senior Vice president and Country Head Switzerland of State Street International Bank. She spent more than 17 years at UBS AG, where she held a number of senior management positions in Zurich, London and Singapore, including group chief financial officer for Asia Pacific. She was also the chief operating officer and member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Universal Bank at Credit Suisse AG, where she was responsible for the Divisional Strategy, IT and Operations, Digitalization, Data Protection, Banking Products, and Marketing and Sponsoring. Most recently, Dagmar was the designated Chief Executive Officer and Country Head of Quintet Private Bank Switzerland AG. Dagmar is a qualified lawyer and holds a doctoral degree in law (Dr. iur.) from the University of Basel, where she also earned her law degree. Webinar, January 2022.
Linnea Lieberherr is Head of Junior Talent Recruiting Switzerland at UBS. She joined UBS 8 years ago and held various positions within HR, all of them related to Talent & Recruiting. Linnea started her career at PwC in Stockholm, where she also studied Human Resources at the University of Stockholm. She is originally Swedish, but also speaks English and German fluently. Before Linnea became a HR professional in Financial Services, she was a semi-professional floorball player, winning the champion titles in 3 different countries, as well as the European title and a two times World Cup titles, playing for the Swedish National Team. In Switzerland, she continued dedicate herself to the sport as a referee and nowadays playing for fun. She is currently reading the memoir of Mark Messier “No one wins alone” – and this is something she’s truly incorporating in her leadership style and life in general – the importance of great team-work. Webinar, March 2022
Lauren is a managing director in Client Solutions and Capital Markets within Goldman Sachs Asset Management, serving as global co-head of the Liquidity Solutions Client Business. She helps to lead the EMEA Women’s Network and is a member of the Goldman Sachs Asset Management International Management Committee. Lauren serves as a trustee for the Goldman Sachs UK Pension Scheme. Previously, Lauren was head of the International Liquidity Solutions Client Business and prior to that, she was head of Asia Pacific Ex-Japan Liquidity Solutions sales for three years, based in Singapore. Earlier in her career, Lauren held various sales support roles within Liquidity Solutions. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 as an analyst based in Chicago and was named managing director in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, she worked at JP Morgan Chase as a credit specialist. Lauren earned a BA in Sociology from University of Colorado, Boulder in 2002 and an MBA from DePaul University in 2009.
Member of the Board of Directors Baloise Group, member of the audit committee Member of the Board of Directors Valiant, chair of the nomination and compensation committee Member of the Board of Directors APG SGA, member of the audit committee Maya Bundt is a senior leader and experienced board member with a passion for cyber, innovation, and people. After almost 20 years with the global reinsurer Swiss Re she is leaving her operational role in summer 2022 to focus on her Board portfolio. Maya has had a variety of roles within Swiss Re's IT, Strategy and Reinsurance units. Over the last years she was responsible to develop the cyber insurance strategy and successfully built the Cyber and Digital Solutions function and team; she also chaired the Swiss Re Cyber Council. Before joining Swiss Re in 2003, Maya was with The Boston Consulting Group where she spent 3 years as a strategy consultant serving a variety of industries. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the ETH Zurich. Maya supports a number of national and international initiatives around the digital economy and cyber risks and has published several articles on the topic. She engages with the community as a member of WEF's Global Future Council for Cybersecurity, and as partner for Governance of Digital Risks at the International Center for Corporate Governance. Twitter: @MayaBundt LinkedIn: @Maya Bundt
Seraina Macia, CFA
Seraina is a CEO and Co-Founder of Joyn Insurance. She is a board member of several organisations. Among others, she has been a member of the Board of Directors at Credit Suisse since 2015.
Maria Micu is heading the global finance activities of the Group Investment Management division of Zurich Insurance Group. Her international career is spanning two decades of capital markets experience in various senior finance and P&L leadership roles in Europe and US. She is an international executive with expertise in financial services industry in banking, investment management and insurance companies in Europe and US and started her career as a certified accountant and auditor.
Mariateresa Vacalli is member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Post and Burckhardt Compression Ltd. listed on the Zurich Stock Exchange. In 1998 she graduated from ETH Zurich with a Master Degree in Industrial and Production Engineering and completed various executive management trainings, including INSEAD Fontainebleau and IMD Lausanne. From 2019 to 2022 she was the CEO of Bank Cler and previously, from 2018, Chief Digital Officer at the parent company, the Basel Cantonal Bank. Between 2016 and 2018 she was CEO of Moneyhouse AG, the business information platform belonging to the NZZ media group. Previously, Mariateresa Vacalli held various management positions at two telecommunications companies (Sunrise and UPC) for about fourteen years.
Katrin Koch joined Vontobel in late 2019 and is a member of Vontobel’s Senior Leadership Team. She heads Corporate Development and oversees corporate strategy and business planning, Mergers & Acquisitions and transformational change. She is a member of the Board at Zürcher Banking Association (ZBV) and serves on the Board of Directors of TwentyFour Asset Management. Prior to joining Vontobel, she built a long-standing career at UBS Group AG, leading the Group’s CEO Chief of Staff functions as well as managing the Business Area Global Corporate Services responsible for UBS’ real estate and office infrastructure globally. She was a member of the Corporate Center’s Executive Committee, Risk Committee and Group Operating Committee. Katrin started her career in financial services with a formal apprenticeship in banking in Germany and further developed her education with Bachelor studies in Business Administration. She was awarded a scholarship for a post-graduate program at South-Bank University in London. In addition to her financial services industry knowledge her skill set comprises corporate governance, strategy, leading and implementing change, project management as well as real estate and corporate services. Katrin attended the Oxford Management & Leadership Programme at Said Business School in Oxford in 2019. She holds the European Business Certificate of Southbank University London and a Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration from Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft Pforzheim, Germany. Katrin is a mother of two teenagers and lives with her family in Horgen, Switzerland. She is a supporter and member of the Swiss Regional Board of Room to Read, an impactful global charity aiming at a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality.
Esther Peiner is Managing Director, Co-Head Europe, Private Infrastructure at Partners Group. She is a member of the Private Infrastructure and Global Investment Committee. Esther is also a member of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the sponsor of its Women's Network. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the firm's portfolio companies Climeworks, at North, Greenlink, QNTM and CapeOmega. She has 20 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Partners Group, she worked at Macquarie Group. She holds a master's degree in finance and marketing from Maastricht University, Netherlands.
Mirjam is Country Head of BlackRock Switzerland and a member of the EMEA Executive Committee as well as a Senior Advisor to BlackRock Sustainable Investing. Prior to BlackRock, Mirjam led an investment management firm focusing on sustainable investing based inZurich. Mirjam 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 she serves on the board of the global shoe retailer Bata as a non-executive director. Mirjam holds a PhD in Law from the University of Zurich and an MBA from INSEAD. She authored the standard work ‘Sustainable Investing for Institutional Investors: Risks, Regulations, Strategies’ and co-authored the second edition of ‘Infrastructure as an Asset Class’. In 2009 she was elected a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Women in Finance Speaker April 2023
Jacqueline Ruedin Rüsch
Jacqueline is a seasoned entrepreneur and an influential leader with over 20 years of experience. She started her career in the banking sector and founded her first company in 2011. Soon after she started investing in venture capital and became an experienced investor in seed and early stage venture investing. She recently launched a fund that targets gender balance teams. She strongly believes that more diversity and inclusion are not only good for society but also a very rewarding investment case. As a passionate public speaker she captivates audiences with her empathic style, engaging with participants on the topic. She serves on several boards as a member or as the chairperson. She believes that giving back and caring is the only way to move things forward. Women in Finance Speaker September 2023
Anna leads the Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice for Switzerland and coleads M&A strategy and portfolio for the Life Sciences Practice around the world. She is a globally recognized merger management and carve-out advisor specializing in advising boards and management teams in designing, planning, and executing complex, cross-border integrations, separations, and alliances. She also helps her clients develop M&A blueprint and build M&A capabilities. Anna has close to twenty years of M&A experience, advising clients in buying and selling across the entire M&A value chain. She has supported more than 110 M&A deals, ranging from $200 million to $50 billion. While her industry focus is on life sciences, she has worked across multiple industries, ranging from consumer and industrials to technology. Anna also has extensive consulting, corporate, and private-equity experience. She regularly lectures on M&A topics at business schools across Europe and has authored numerous studies. In addition to her work with M&A, she is also passionate about diversity and has served in multiple roles and boards to further diversity and inclusion. Women in Finance Speaker November 2023
Christina has over 25 years of experience in asset management and institutional investment. Currently, she heads the Strategy & Business Development team at Helvetia Asset Management. Her career began in 1994 as a Portfolio Manager in Paris, followed by leadership roles at AGF and AXA Investment Managers, before shaping the investment strategy as CIO at Profond Pension Fund. Before joining Helvetia Asset Management, Christina was a partner at INDEFI in Zurich, responsible for business development in the DACH region. She holds degrees from HEC Paris and the University of Münster. Christina is a recognized speaker and lecturer, advocating for diversity and communicating in three languages. Women in Finance Speaker December 2023