Executive Education

Executive education is a core lever for the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth to enable private wealth owners, their staff, and investment and banking professionals to deploy very large amounts of capital in sustainable finance.

The Center offers for-credit (ECTS) and not-for-credit programs:

For-credit programs

The goal of our for-credit programs is to enable participants to acquire a sound theoretical foundation and practical knowledge in Sustainable Finance.

The for-credit courses are designed for investment professionals who need systematic knowledge on the state of the sustainable finance field. They target professionals dealing with product development, investment analysis, asset and portfolio allocation, as well as client and investment services – all related in particular to working with wealth owners but also equally relevant for institutional investments, retail banking, corporate banking services, and corporate finance departments.

The for-credit-courses are equally open for individuals coming from related professional activities or academic backgrounds in finance, banking, environmental and social issues, law, and international development.

To date, more than 250 professionals have taken our courses, forming a powerful network and a vibrant contribution in sustainable finance expertise in the Swiss financial market place and beyond.

Course offering:

  • For-credit executive education courses can be taken as stand-alone courses or as part of our Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Sustainable Finance executive degree program in Banking and Finance
  • More information is available at CAS Sustainable Finance (English) or CAS Sustainable Finance (German).
  • Additionally, for-credit executive courses can be taken as electives within the University of Zurich’s larger executive degree programs in Banking and Finance, the DAS Finance and the MAS Finance.

As stand-alone courses, the for-credit courses are open to everyone interested in the respective topic. Courses can be attended without being a registered full-time or student or executive student at the University of Zurich, and allow participants to earn university credits. To obtain course credits according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), course participants submit case studies, homework assignments or take-home exams.


Collaborations and Partnerships

  • To ensure relevance, state-of the art content, academic soundness, and applicability, our for-credit courses are offered in collaboration with trusted partners from the practice of sustainable finance, and are taught by experienced teams of researchers, teachers, and industry professionals.
  • More information is available here and with the Center’s For-Credit Teaching and Executive Education team of Dr. Annette Krauss at cmf@uzh.ch.


Not-for-credit programs

Our not-for-credit executive education programs are highly focused on specific high-impact groups and cover their key areas of concern.

This includes the “Next Gen Impact Investing” program from which the CSP is a spin-off. The program is now run in collaboration with the Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI), a research program at the Hauser Center for Civil Society at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Initiated in 2015, the half-year program is run annually, with cohorts of 30 sustainable-finance interested young members of wealthy families, which are brought together for two three-day sessions at Harvard University and at University of Zurich.

To-date, the program trained 90 young wealth owners and affected the deployment of approximately USD 1 bn. towards sustainable finance.

The Center also actively supports the Family Leaders with Purpose program, which is focused on USD250 MM+ families interested in private market direct impact investments, and which is run by the MIT Sloan School of Management in different locations.

In addition to our work directly with wealth owners, and based on the above experiences and deep exchange with wealthy families, the Center develops a number of programs that are targeted specifically for those segments of investment professionals that are most important for wealth owners to implement their interests in sustainability:

  • CEOs/CIOs of Family Offices
  • Private Bankers

Further, in order to provide hands-on sustainable finance experiences for wealth owners, the CSP also organizes investment excursions in Africa, Latin America and Asia. See the video summarizing the 2017 excursion in Rwanda here and visit our Youtube Channel.

For more information about these programs, please contact Dr. Falko Paetzold directly.