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Our Team

Leading Experts in Blended, Innovative & Sustainable Finance

Meet our expert team

We are pleased to have leading experts in the field of blended finance from the private and public sector as well as academia in our team. A highly valuable asset is our extended network of advisors and researchers that provide mission-critical input for individual research and education projects.

Team Leads Initiative for Blended Finance

Bjoern Struewer – Initiative Lead

Bjoern Struewer is founder and CEO at Roots of Impact, an impact finance advisory firm working with public funders, philanthropists and impact investors globally to finance private sector innovations and enterprises with strong potential for positive impact. After 20 years of experience in the finance sector, including 12 years at Credit Suisse, he dedicated his work to designing and implementing effective solutions for financing social impact at scale.

Bjoern is Senior Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at University of Zurich and mentor at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Impact Investment for the Next Generation Program.

Falko Paetzold – Academic Lead

Dr. Falko Paetzold is the Initiator and Managing Director of the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at University of Zurich („CSP“). CSP is a spin-off from the Next Gen Impact Investing program that Falko co-initiated at the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University.

Before CSP, Falko was a fellow at Harvard, a postdoctoral researcher at MIT Sloan, Sustainability Analyst and M&A Consultant at Bank Vontobel, and partner at the sustainable investing consultancy Contrast Capital. Falkoalso  founded GreenBuzz, an international network of sustainability intrapreneurs.

Taeun Kwon – Research Lead

Taeun Kwon is the Head of Wealth Manager Programs at the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at University of Zurich, where she oversees industry research such as the Sustainable Investing Capabilities of Private Banks report. She is also in charge of diffusing that knowledge through executive education programs and workshops.

Before CSP, Taeun had launched her own ethical t-shirt brand during her undergraduate studies and afterwards, worked in strategy consulting at Boston Consulting Group, brand consulting at TBWA\ and impact consulting at Impact Square for 3.5 years.

Christina Moehrle – Education Lead

Christina Moehrle is Advisor at the Social Finance Academy, where she designs impact finance content and programs  for onsite and online education. After many years as a partner and investor relations manager in an international venture capital firm, the impact space became her passion and profession. Since 2011, she works as an advisor, education and communications expert in impact finance & social entrepreneurship and has (co-)authored 100+ sector articles and papers to date.

Christina also shares her finance and communications knowledge as a pro bono advisor and mentor with several social entrepreneurs and blockchain4impact actors.

Advisors Initiative for Blended Finance

Prof. Dr. Timo Busch

Hamburg University

Dr. David Wood

Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard Kennedy School

Karen E. Wilson

OECD

Dr. Peter Beez

Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation

Prof. Dr. Dirk Lehmkuhl

University of St. Gallen

Dr. Lars Stein

Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation

Mark Plant

Center for Global Development

Maya Ziswiler

UBS Optimus Foundation

Aakif Merchant

Convergence Blended Finance

Research Team Initiative for Blended Finance

Researchers from University of Zurich and partner institutions are nominated based on individual research projects.

Contact: info@IBF-UZH.ch