Women in Sustainable Finance (WISF) is a global network launched with the goal to transform the financial industry internationally to a more sustainable one, and inspire and empower women who are working towards the same goal.
We first came to the idea while chatting at the University of Zurich, being part of an executive education program on sustainable investing. All of us were complaining about how the financial industry is really a men’s world. Yet, we were three women. We realized when it comes to sustainable finance, there are many women, and bringing those two worlds together could change things. Already among us, there was a spirit of collaboration, trust, and understanding, instead of competition and aggression. We wanted to share this with others and decided to create this network.
We want to educate women who are interested in sustainable finance, empower women to push for an inclusive financial industry, and inspire women who are already transforming the industry to do so together. We want to create synergy by networking and attracting other women to join our example. This network is for people who act on their conviction and believe in achieving greatness by doing it together.
Edith Aldewereld, joined Sonnenberg Wealth Management AG in Zurich as a Partner in July 2015.
Her latest project, Moving Money to Meaning, is her passion. It reflects her personal values, mission and purpose with her working experience. The Core of Moving Money to Meaning are the opportunities to invest in Sustainable and Impact Investments. It is Edith’s mission to make the financial industry and Private Clients aware that wealth can be created whilst achieving a positive impact on society at the same time.
Prior to Sonnenberg, Edith worked as an Investment Advisor Private Banking at the ING Bank in The Netherlands, served in various positions in Asset Management and Private Banking at ABN AMRO Bank (Switzerland) and later at Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA in Zurich.
Edith studied Commercial Economics at the School of Business Administration and Economics in Venlo and has earned a degree as Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA) at the VU university in Amsterdam.
She is fluent in Dutch, German and English and also speaks French and Italian.
Marta Ra is responsible is for clients at Globalance Bank. While she is advising her clients as a Relationship Manager, she is also in charge for the strategic topic of “Women”.
Prior to joining Globalance, Marta resided with a FinTech Start up based in London, in the role of the country head for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In her role she was responsible for the expansion activities of Opportunity Network, as well as for the Relationship Management with Financial Institutions.
Prior to Opportunity Network, Marta was with JPMorgan, where she was accountable for the largest Swiss Pension Fund. Amongst others, Marta was employed with Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley while working in London, Moscow and Zurich, always in client facing roles.
Marta holds a degree (diploma) in economics from the University of Witten Herdecke, Germany and a PhD from the University of St. Gallen (Dr. HSG).
Taeun is the Head of Wealth Management Programs at the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP), University of Zurich, where she oversees industry research on topics such as sustainable investing in wealth management and blended finance, and is in charge of diffusing that knowledge through executive education programs and workshops.
Before CSP, Taeun had launched her own ethical t-shirt brand during her bachelor studies, and afterwards worked in strategy consulting (BCG), brand consulting (TBWA\), and impact consulting (Impact Square) for several years.
Taeun holds a degree in strategy and international management from the University of St. Gallen (M.A. HSG).
Taeun is an avid swimmer and a terrible amateur guitar player and singer.