Zurich & Online | 29.09.2021

The Global Sustainable Digital Finance Forum is an international and interdisciplinary conference focusing on novel approaches in sustainability driven by financial technology (FinTech) and insurance technology (InsurTech). The conference is the result of a white paper on "Sustainable Digital Finance".

The Global Sustainable Digital Finance Forum focuses on research and innovations that addresses challenges in the field of banking and finance, insurance, IT, business management, law, regulation, society and many others. The examples range from using artificial intelligence to analyse sustainability data along value chains for improving risk management to central bank digital currencies which enable financial inclusion. Together we will explore how organizations and people can leverage FinTech and InsurTech to develop a more sustainable world. By considering myriad disciplines and research fields, the conference participants from academia, business, non-profit, and government share concepts how sustainability can lead to innovative solutions that address today's challenges.

The Global Sustainable Digital Finance Forum takes place on Sept. 29th in Zurich and online and is supported by Innosuisse as a Networking Event Series on "Sustainable Digital Finance". The Forum also has formed an exclusive partnership with the Impact Finance Forum, a practitioners' conference which takes place on Sept. 28th and the World Bank Group which both support the Global Sustainable Digital Finance Forum.

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16:15 – 17:00

Panel Discussion:

Sustainable Digital Finance​

(moderated by Tanya König, finance.swiss)

Pasha Bakhtiar

Reyl & Cie

Nick Gogerty

Carbon Finance Labs

Thomas Puschmann

University of Zurich

Stefan Flückiger

State Secretariat for International Finance

17:00 – 17:45

Winners of the Innovation Award

17:45 – 18:00

Closing, Drinks & Dinner

13:30 – 13:45

Opening Speech

Thomas Puschmann

University of Zurich


​​13:45 - 14:30

Dealing with the ESG Rating Agencies Noise

Roberto Rigobon



14:30 - 15:15

The Politics and Ideology of Setting Standards for Sustainability Reporting

Robert G. Eccles

University of Oxford

15:15 – 15:45


15:45 – 16:15

The Impact Revolution

Sir Ronald Cohen

The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment


Innovation Award

 The Global Sustainable Digital Finance Forum calls for innovative approaches in the following categories:

  • Start-ups: we encourage start-ups in this emerging field that have sustainability, digital and finance as part of their business model.

  • Incumbents: financial institutions, insurers and other firms that provide solutions in this field are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants shall submit their proposals to fintech@bf.uzh.ch until September 17th. The proposals are evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Innovation degree: to what extent does the approach provide a novel solution?

  • Value Creation: to what extent is the solution / business model scalable?

  • Project Setup: how is the solution setup and what's the team behind it?

Program Committee

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Larry Leifer,

Stanford University


Thomas Puschmann,

University of Zurich