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Introduction to Sustainable Finance

This course provides you with the fundamentals of sustainable finance from an investor's perspective.

This Course is For:

Private Wealth

Private wealth managers and advisors- especially those covering NextGen clients

Family Offices

Family office CIOs     and investment teams as well as Principals who want to learn more.

Finance Professionals

Financial professionals interested to pivot their careers.


Those who want to understand the basics of sustainable finance from an investor's perspective.

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HKD 650


This course provides you with a framework and a language by which to engage in discussions on sustainable finance with clients, colleagues and industry stakeholders. By the end of the course, you will also be able to map investment products by their sustainable investing approach and understand how these investments fit in a portfolio context.


This course is divided into 3 Topic areas:

Topic 1: Sustainable Investing Definitions and Approaches

Topic 2: Sustainable Investing Approaches Deep Dive

Topic 3: Investment Trends


There will be a quiz to complete after the course video.

Mode of Learning

On-demand  video


60 minutes

Your Instructors

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Falko Paetzold is Assistant Professor in Social Finance at EBS University and the Initiator and Director of the first university unit focused on the intersection of sustainability and private wealth, the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP) at University of Zurich. The Center is a spin-off from the Impact Investing for the Next Generation program for owners of private wealth that he co-initiated when he was a Fellow at the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University. 

Falko was a sustainability analyst at Bank Vontobel AG in Zurich, and advised banks and family offices as a partner with the Contrast Capital consultancy. He founded the network GreenBuzz that enables intra-preneurs to drive sustainability in their firms.

Falko holds a PhD from University of Zurich and an MBA from University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland. During and after his PhD he was a researcher at ETH Zurich, Fellow at Harvard University, and Post-Doc at MIT Sloan.

Falko holds advisory board roles at the Swiss Association of Wealth Managers, the fintech start-up INYOVA AG, the foundation for music schools Zurich, the asset manager ACATIS Fair Value, and the sustainability-intrapreneur community GreenBuzz Zurich.

Dr. Falko Paetzold

Katy Yung

Katy is Managing Partner at HK-based Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFi), advising and supporting family offices and investors on their sustainable and impact journeys. 

Katy has served as Director of Investment at RS Group, a HK-based impact investor since 2010. She led the family office’s transition from a traditional investment portfolio to one that is 100% sustainably invested. In this role, she was actively involved in designing impact and climate change strategies and implementation across asset classes (utilizing both investment and philanthropic capital).  Katy remains as consultant to RS Group.

Katy is formerly an investment banker at J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited and a member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. She graduated from Duke University in North Carolina with a BA in Economics and a minor on Comparative Area Studies.

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It is wonderful to see Sustainable Finance initiative (SFi) partnering with Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP), University of Zurich, in providing sustainable investing education to finance professionals. The combination of scientific knowledge and family office/private wealth experience would create an interesting lens to sustainable investing discourse and also a critical one given growing wealth in Asia. The introduction session is a good start and I am looking forward to see the next topics.

Pritya Widiarta

Sustainable Finance Professional

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