Sustainable Leaders Conference



Achieving sustainable goals will require effective and innovative leadership and management of organizations in all sectors to integrate these development goals into strategic plans and operational activities in service. Effective leadership translates into prudent policy formulation and implementation, as well as good service delivery, to meet the needs and aspirations of the citizenry.


Sustainable Leaders Conference 2020 aims at bringing the best minds together for sustainability where 25 leaders from top companies come together to share their experiences, practices, and know-how on their strategies to be sustainable leaders. It is an opportunity for you to cross the boundaries of knowledge, share top-level expertise from those who have been successful, and learn from their experiences, to help shape the future of sustainability in your organizations. Participate in our panel discussions on:


1. Sustainable Leaders

2. Impact Investing and Measurement

3. Best Practice and Case Studies

4. Circular Economy




Dr. Marc-André Schauwecker President, SAMBA
Mr. Lukas Ninck Communications Trainer, Marcel Juen Kommunikation

Opening Speech

Mr. Benjamin Teufel Leader EY Carbon, EY Switzerland
Prof. Judith Walls Chair Sustainability Management, HSG

Panel 1: Sustainable Leaders

Prof. Judith Walls Chair Sustainability Management, HSG
Dr. Klaus Moosmayer Chief Ethics, Risk & Compliance, Novartis
Ms. Karin Oertli COO P&C and UBS Region Switzerland
Mr. Stefan Steger Country Chairman CH, Korn Ferry
Mr. Marc Langenbrinck CEO, Mercedes
Mr. Peter Giger Chief Risk Officer, Zurich Insurance

Panel 2: Impact (Investing and Measurement)

Dr. Marc-André Schauwecker President, SAMBA
Ms. Henriette Wendt COO, Microsoft Switzerland
Dr. Janine Händel CEO, Roger Federer Foundation
Mr. Giovanni Leonardo CIO, Schroders & Co Bank
Ms. Mirjam Staub-Bisang CEO CH, BlackRock
Mr. Reto Schnarwiler Head Sustainability, SwissRe

Panel 3: Best Practice and Case Studies

Mr. Stephan Geiger ESG Lead Financial Services, EY Switzerland
Ms. Aziyadé Poltier-Mutal Head Perception Change Project, United Nations
Ms. Luisa Delgado Supervisory Board Director INGKA Holding, IKEA Group
Mr. Dominik Marbet Head Sustainability, Baloise
Mr. Marc Syz Managing Partner, SYZ Group
Mr. Markus Studhalter Chief Audit Executive, Barry Callebaut
Dr. Manuel Rybach Head Public Affairs, Credit Suisse

Panel 4: Circular Economy

Dr. Mark Veser Head Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY Switzerland
Mr. Marco Dirren CFO, Implenia
Mr. Michael Schumacher CEO, Saint-Gobain
Mr. Nick Traber CEO CH, Holcim
Mr. Thomas Vellacott CEO, WWF
Ms. Christine Crosby Group Sustainability Director, Hero Group

Main Sponsors

Supported By

  • eTrain

  • Swiss American Chamber of Commerce

  • Marcel Juen Kommunikation

  • St. Gallen - Institute for Economy and Environment

    Welcome to Sustainable Leaders Conference 2020. We will be going live at 13:00 CEST, 2 Dec 2020 from Zurich. Please keep in touch with us throughout the day by using the ask questions to the host/moderator. Our technical team is there to help you through any technical problems or questions. Please use the technical assistance chatbox for your queries. 


    A couple of pieces of information that will help you make the most out of this platform:


  • Will I have to fill up my details also on the eTrain platform?

    eTrain will automatically import all filled in data from the SAMBA website. However, you can update your profile by clicking the “Profile Settings” button on the User Profile Menu.

  • Where can I register for the event?

    You can register for the Sustainable Leaders Conference at https://www.swissmbas.com/event/details/sustainable-leaders-conference

    If you are a SAMBA Member or already have a SAMBA account, login to your SAMBA account and book the event. If you are a guest, please click on “Register as Guest”. 

    Once you have registered on the SAMBA website, check your mail to get a link to the event page. You have to create an account on the eTrain platform. Please use a proper email address as this will be used to send important messages from eTrain and other participants. On the day of the event, you can simply click this link to go to the event page and click on the “Join Conference” button.


  • What data can other users view?

    Other users will see your name, current position and company name. They will also be able to see your interests and goals for networking.

  • Networking

  • How can I network with other participants?

    Click on the “Participants” button. You can scroll through all participants to see who is there. Click on  to view their profile.  Send them a mail or check their LinkedIn profiles if they have enabled this option. 


    If you are on the “Join Conference page”, you can check the participant profile and also set up a meeting with other participants.


    1. If you want to setup a meeting with another participant, Click on 

    2. Click on the preferred date and time on the calendar

    3. Enter details and send a meeting request

    4. An email will be sent to the participant and s/he can accept or reject or propose a different meeting time.

    5. Once they have responded, you will get an email with confirmation and a meeting link.

    6. Click on the link for audio/ video call.

  • How do I know that someone has asked for a meeting with me?

    1. You will get an email from eTrain in the same email you have entered on the eTrain platform. Make sure to provide a valid email address that you use.

    2. You can check in “My profile” under “Appointment Request”


    💡 Make sure that you fill your profile details, profile picture and networking questions in detail to make your profile more interesting.

  • How can I make the LinkedIn button appear in my profile?

    Go to “My Profile”, Profile setting and under general settings menu, you can enter your LinkedIn link. Make sure to save the changes.

  • Agendas

  • How can I check my agendas?

    You can check the agenda of the event by clicking the “Agendas” button. Click on specific topics of your interest  to add to your calendar. A reminder will be sent to you for the chosen topics if you have synced your calendar on eTrain. You can select to see the agenda of the whole event or just choose “My Agendas” to see only those events that you have selected.

  • Custom Calendar Function

  • How can I sync my calendar on eTrain?

    If you have skipped the sync calendar step during profile building, see below:

    1. Go to “My Profile”, click “Calendar Settings”

    2. Choose the calendar of your choice to sync.


    💡 Make sure you sync all calendars you use for eTrain to optimally project your real availability. This will help you plan meetings better.

  • What will the data from my calendar be used for?

    eTrain guarantees that the details from your calendar will only be used to project your “availability”. The calendar function only looks for free unallotted time so that other users can see when you are available for a meeting to propose a meeting time.

  • What information will be shown to other users on my calendar?

    Other users will only be able to see “unavailable” when they check your calendar if you have other meetings or events. They won’t be able to see what is written in your calendar.

  • Why is my calendar empty?

    You need to sync your calendar on eTrain for it to display events in your calendar. Please check your “Calendar Settings” and sync it again to ensure that it is properly synced.

  • Asking questions to the host

  • How can I ask questions to the moderator?

    Click on the “Ask question to the moderator” widget on the bottom left. Select the host/moderator of your choice and enter your questions. Make sure you check that the question goes to the right moderator of the respective panels.

  • How do I know about who is the moderator for which panel?

    Click on the “Panels” tab inside the “Overview” menu.  You can check details of all panels and their respective panelists and moderators.

  • Will my question be seen by all participants?

    No, your question will only be sent privately to the moderator that you have chosen. S/he can see your profile.

  • Chats

    3D Environment


Please login to your eTrain account to view the list of participants.


  • 13:00 - 13:10, 2 Dec 2020

    Dr. Marc-André Schauwecker, SAMBA President

  • 13:10 - 13:30, 2 Dec 2020
    Opening Speech

    Mr. Benjamin Teufel, Leader EYCarbon, EY Switzerland

    Prof. J. Walls, Chair Sustainability Management, HSG

  • 13:30 - 14:30, 2 Dec 2020
    Panel 1: Sustainable Leaders

    Moderator: Prof. J. Walls, Chair Sustainability Management, HSG

    Novartis, Chief Ethics, Risk & Compliance, Dr. K. Mossmayer

    UBSCOO P&C and UBS Region Switzerland, Ms. Karin Oertli

    Korn Ferry, Country Chairman CH, Mr. Stefan Steger

    Mercedes, CEO, Mr. Marc Langenbrinck

    Zurich Insurance, Chief Risk Officer, Mr. Peter Giger

  • 14:30 - 14:50, 2 Dec 2020


  • 14:50 - 15:50, 2 Dec 2020
    Panel 2: Impact (Investing and Measurement)

    Moderator: Dr. Marc-André Schauwecker, President, SAMBA

    Microsoft Switzerland, COO, Ms. Henriette Wendt

    Roger Federer Foundation, CEO, Dr. Janine Händel 

    Schroders & Co Bank, CIO, Mr. Giovanni Leonardo

    BlackRock, CEO CH, Ms. Mirjam Staub-Bisang

    SwissRe, Head Sustainability, Mr. Reto Schnarwiler

  • 15:50 - 16:10, 2 Dec 2020


  • 16:10 - 17:10, 2 Dec 2020
    Panel 3: Best Practice and Case Studies

    Moderator: Mr. Stephan Geiger, ESG Lead Financial Services, EY Switzerland

    United Nations, Head Perception Change Project, Ms. Aziyadé Poltier-Mutal

    IKEA Group, Supervisory Board INGKA Holding, Ms. Luisa Delgado

    Baloise, Head Sustainability, Mr. Dominik Marbet

    SYZ Group, Managing Partner, Mr. Marc Syz

    Barry Callebaut, Chief Audit Executive, Mr. Markus Studhalter

    Credit Suisse, Head Public Affairs, Dr. Manuel Rybach

  • 17:10 - 17:30, 2 Dec 2020


  • 17:30 - 18:30, 2 Dec 2020
    Panel 4: Circular Economy

    Moderator: Dr. Mark Veser, Head Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY Switzerland

    Implenia, CFO, Mr. Marco Dirren

    Saint-Gobain, CEO, Mr. Michael Schumacher

    Holcim, CEO CH, Mr. Nick Traber

    WWF, CEO, Mr. Thomas Vellacott

    Hero Group, Group Sustainability Director, Ms. Christine Crosby

  • 18:30 - 18:45, 2 Dec 2020
    Closing Speech


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  • Organizer: SAMBA
  • Start Date: 2 Dec 2020 12:45
  • End Date: 2 Dec 2020 18:45
  • Location: Virtual
  • Phone: + 41765792272
  • Email: info@swissmbas.com


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