Nicholas Niggli is Deputy Secretary General, Republic and State of Geneva. His mission is to strengthen Geneva’s ecosystem and to strategically position it to benefit from the opportunities of the digital age but also the emergence of sustainable development economics. Reinforcing Geneva as a premier global hub for internet, cybersecurity and AI governance as well as for sustainable finance are two of his main areas of responsibility. He is also Chairman of the Greater Geneva Bern Area (GGBa) Committee, which oversees Western Switzerland’s investment promotion agency governance. Since 2012, Nicholas is also lecturing on leadership, policy-making and complex negotiation dynamics at the Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies. From 2017 to 2018, Nicholas was Director General, Economic Development, Research and Innovation at the Republic and State of Geneva. From 2013 to 2017, Nicholas headed the diplomatic team representing the Swiss economic, trade, finance, science and business interests in the UK. He was also Chairman of the Association of Economic Representatives in London (AERL), an association of 250+ economic & finance diplomats. From 2002 to 2013, he covered the WTO Doha Round, TISA & Accessions as a Swiss negotiator. He was Vice-Chairman of the Task-Force for the organization of two WTO Ministerial Conferences. In 2011, he was part of the Swiss team successfully mediating between Russia & Georgia. As WTO GPA Chairman from 2007 to 2012, he concluded a decade-long negotiation to improve internationally agreed disciplines for this key sector of the world economy & expand coverage valued at $100bn/year in 2011. He also concluded a diplomatic mediation between China & Chinese Taipei in 2008. As WTO Pension Plan Management Board Chairman from 2007 to 2013, he negotiated a major administrative reform including the increase of retirement age for WTO staff. Nicholas holds 1st Class Honours Masters Degrees in Economic History & International Relations from the University of Geneva, the University of Aberdeen and the Graduate Institute of International Relations and Development.

Giuseppe Ugazzio, Geneva Finance Research Institute 

Giuseppe Ugazio is the Edmond de Rothschild Assistant Professor in Behavioral Philanthropy.He holds two Doctorates in Philosophy and in Neuroeconomics from the University of Zurich. He is a behavioral scientist studying the neuro-psychological mechanisms that drive complex human social behaviors. Using interdisciplinary experimental methods he probes the affective, cognitive, and behavioral control mechanisms that underly social decision-making. In particular, his research focuses on understanding how these decision mechanisms compete and interact to drive choices related to sacred moral values, honesty, and norm-compliance.The Behavioral Philanthropy chair will use insights from behavioral sciences to characterize philanthropic behavior in order to make philanthropy more efficient and appealing with the ultimate aim to improve the wellbeing of individuals and society.

Founder and CEO, Global Citizen capital

Collective Action is the way forward for the United Nations and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be realized. As Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Capital, Better Together Foundation and KIDsforSDGs, Kenneth seeks to empower the next generation of leaders towards achieving collective action through a hybrid for-profit and non-profit circular model. Furthermore, Kenneth is personally vested in advancing diversity, inclusion and social justice, and this is evident in his work across community building, impact investment and holistic mentorship.

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Florence ANGLES, Capco Geneva

Managing Principal in charge of Finance, Risk and Compliance including ESG for Capco Geneva. 20 years experience in risk management in the banking industry and big 4 in Switzerland, Belgium and France recognized in Switzerland (Swiss Risk Association) and also internationally (Directors and Chief Risk Officers Group: Exemplar Award 2019). Statistician, econometrician, MBA in finance and finishing an International Executive Doctorate in Business Administration in Paris in partnership with Georgetown University focusing on ESG and digitization in Switzerland. Board member of a MedTech in Lausanne and mentor of a fintech in Zurich. Involvement in several NGOs in Europe and US. Non-professional marathon runner and mother of 21 years old daughter.


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