Prof. Dr. Falko Paetzold


Angestellt, Founder & Managing Director, Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth, University of Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland


Internationale Erfahrung
Sustainable Investing
Corporate Social Responsibility
Private Banking
Private Wealth Management
Impact Investing
Family Offices


Professional experience for Falko Paetzold

  • Current 2 years and 5 months, since Aug 2020

    Assistant Professor in Social Finance

    EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht
  • Current 5 years and 11 months, since Feb 2017

    Founder & Managing Director

    Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth, University of Zurich

  • Current 8 years and 4 months, since Sep 2014

    Co-Founder & Program Co-Lead

    Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard Kennedy School

    Co-lead of the "Impact Investing for the Next Generation" training and research program for private wealth owners on the topic of impact investing

  • Current 12 years and 10 months, since Mar 2010


    GreenBuzz Global; GreenBuzz Zurich

    Network of over 7,500 sustainability professionals, with 6 chapters in Europe and ongoing global rollout

  • 1 year and 5 months, Feb 2016 - Jun 2017

    Post doc

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Impact investing in the context of private wealth owners and family offices

  • 2 years and 2 months, Jan 2015 - Feb 2017


    Contrast Capital

    Sustainable investing / impact investing policy and strategy development and implementation mandates for family offices and private banks

  • 3 years and 1 month, Jan 2013 - Jan 2016

    Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Affiliate

    ETH Zürich

    Research on sustainable investing decision making of wealthy private banking clients and their advisors. Set-up of the new Negotiation and Conflict Mgmt. chair and an Introduction to Negotiation course with former State Secretary for International Financial Matters at the Federal Department of Finance, Prof. Michael Ambühl. Set-up of an award-winning Sustainability Start-Up Seminar with Prof. Volker Hoffmann, Head of the Mgmt. and Technology Department, and Sustainability and Technology (SusTec) Chair.

  • 4 years and 1 month, Dec 2008 - Dec 2012

    Senior Sustainability Analyst; Inhouse Consultant

    Bank Vontobel AG

    Senior Sustainability Analyst: Leitung Buy-Side ESG Research (Equities, FI); TBLI "Best Asset Manager Investing in ESG" Award 2012; Leitung Voting & Engagement Strategie; Auftritte & Publikationen; Strategieentwicklung für Geschäftsleitung Inhouse Consultant - M&A, Strategy: Projektarbeit für die Gruppenleitung & Verwaltungsrat: M&A Marktscreening; Valuation von Akquisitionsopportunitäten; Umsetzung Divestments; Lead im Strategiereview der Vontobel Gruppe; Nachhaltigkeits-Positionierung der Gruppe

  • 4 months, Jun 2008 - Sep 2008

    MBA Projekt

    Arthur D. Little

    CO2 - Strategieentwicklung (Marktentwicklung, Konsumentenverhalten, Konkurrenzbetrachtung, etc.) für einen führenden Automobilkonzern

  • 4 months, Mar 2008 - Jun 2008

    Research Associate


    Unterstützte den AccountAbility CEO für ein Harvard Business Press Buch über 'Sustainability in Business'

  • 1 year, Jul 2006 - Jun 2007

    Project Coordinator

    Ministry of Health, Vancouver, Canada

    Projektmanagement, Prozessoptimierung

  • 11 months, Jun 2005 - Apr 2006

    CEO Assistent (China); Supply Chain Optimierung (Belgien)

    Robert Bosch GmbH

    Re-Design einer globalen Supply Chain; China und Belgien

Educational background for Falko Paetzold

  • 3 years and 8 months, Sep 2011 - Apr 2015

    Sustainable Investing

    Universität Zürich

    PhD (magna cum laude): Several peer-reviewed publications on cognition and barriers in the context of sustainable investing in private wealth management (HNWI/UHNWI).

  • 4 months, Mar 2008 - Jun 2008

    MBA exchange semester

    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • 1 year and 1 month, Sep 2007 - Sep 2008

    Universität St Gallen - HSG, Switzerland

  • 10 months, Aug 2004 - May 2005

    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Wilfrid-Laurier School of Business, Canada

    Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship

  • 3 years and 1 month, Sep 2002 - Sep 2005

    OTA-University, Germany


  • German

    First language

  • English


  • French


  • Dutch


  • Swedish



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