Switzerland and China have set their net-zero targets for 2050 and 2060 respectively. With pressing sustainability challenges and rising complexity globally, the development of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and ratings have accelerated, and they are going to reshape the finance industry fundamentally.
Partnering with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Chengdu, we are delighted to bring this special edition of Café des Sciences to Chengdu. We have invited Prof. Jingmei Zhao, Executive Dean of the School of Finance at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, to elaborate green finance strategies with their pros and cons, and in particular, how could sustainable finance come into being and help explore the whole process; and Mr. Shan Jiang, Senior Researcher at the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability of University Zurich, Founder of SUSFINTEQ, to present their innovative system on the monitoring, analyzing and disclosing ESG record of Chinese listed companies along the Yangtze River, by applying geographic information and natural language processing technologies, as well as how to gain the real-time insights on corporate strategy, risk mitigation and portfolio optimization.
Join us to explore the topic of ESG and gain insights into the global and local ecosystem of sustainable finance from the perspectives of both national policies and the private sector.
PROGRAM * Time in China
The event will be livestreaming via Zoom from 19:00-20:10.
18:30 – 19:00 Registration
19:00 – 19:05 Welcome Remarks
Dr. Felix Moesner – Science Consul & CEO, Swissnex in China, Science Consulate of Switzerland
19:05 – 19:10 Welcome Remarks
Conny Camenzind – Consul General of Switzerland in Chengdu
19:10 – 19:50 Presentations
Prof. Jingmei Zhao – Executive Dean of the School of Finance at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
Shan Jiang – Senior Researcher at the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability of University Zurich, Founder of SUSFINTEQ
19:50 – 20:10 Discussion and Q&A
20:10 – 21:00 Networking Reception
Prof. Jingmei ZhaoExecutive Dean of the School of Finance at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
Prof. Jingmei Zhao joined the School of Finance, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, in 2003 and was appointed Executive Dean of the School of Finance in 2016. She served as Primary Secretary of the Chinese Embassy in France from 2012 to 2016. She was a lecturer at Benedictine University and a Humboldt Research Fellow. She has conducted her Post-Doctoral research at the University of Mannheim, specializing in international economics, monetary policy, asset pricing and behavioral finance.
Shan JiangSenior Researcher at the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability of University Zurich, Founder of SUSFINTEQ
Shan Jiang is a Humboldt Fellow, specializing in Climate Change, Corporate Sustainability Strategy of Multinationals as well as ESG investment and Fintech application on Sustainable Finance. He is also senior researcher on sustainable finance and Fintech at the CCRS (Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability) at the University of Zurich. Guided by Philipp Aerni, Shan Jiang is responsible for the establishment of the Swiss China Research Center for Sustainable Finance and Business from 2020. Together with his fintech mentor Marc Lussy, he has launched the “Two Lake Forum” on Fintech and Wealth management between Zurich and Hangzhou in 2019. His interdisciplinary background has led him to found SUSFINTEQ, a Swiss Fintech Startup, with seed investment by F10, the Swiss leading fintech incubation and acceleration program. SUSFINTEQ applies AI technologies to sustainable investment and develops web and mobile-based tools for institutional and private investors.
About Swiss China Research Center for Sustainable Finance and Business
The Swiss China Research Center for Sustainable Finance and Business by CCRS and SWUFE FIC (the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics Fintech Innovation Lab) aims to bridge China and Switzerland in the research, training, and stakeholder engagement in terms of the cooperative scope: sustainable finance, digitalization, ESG investment, and corporate sustainability, contributing SDGs, One Belt One Road initiative and Swiss international cooperation.
Thanks to our venue partner: Jiaozi Fintech DreamWorks
Café des Sciences
Café des Sciences is an event series at Swissnex in China initiated in 2019, offering a platform for Swiss spotlight scientists, start-ups, artists and designers to present their projects and connect with the local community. The lectures offer a casual setting in which speakers can present their work and engage with the attendees during a Q&A period. Audiences are welcomed to enjoy the networking reception with Swiss flavor after the talk. Starting in 2021, the lectures are scheduled to take place on the third Thursday of every other month at Swissnex in China or our partner spaces.