European Chapter Meeting (Nov. 2016)

November 17-18, 2016

Olten, Switzerland

european-regional-meeting-1The European Chapter held their 2016 annual meeting in Olten, Switzerland, hosted by Alternative Bank Schweiz. With 22 participants, ten out of eleven members of the European Chapter were present as well as representatives of two supporting partners and some guests (a list of participants is enclosed).

The Agenda comprised a well-focused range of topics with high relevance for all members. In the evening of the first day, ABS invited for a joint ABS-SFI Public Event. The Swiss Finance Institute (SFI) is one of the leading education and research organizations on banking in Switzerland. It has recently published a White Paper taking a critical look at sustainable finance in Switzerland. One of the lead researchers, Prof. Annette Krauss from the Institute for Banking at the University of Zurich presented her results. These then were discussed by representatives of the key policy making bodies and industry associations as well as the attendees.


About Host Member, Alternative Bank Schweiz


Meeting Participants



1. Martin Rohner, CEO of Alternative Bank Schweiz
2. Ugo Biggeri, President of Banca Populare Etica
3. Cyrille Langendorff, Director of International Affairs of Crédit Coopérativ
4. Kjell Fredrik Lovold, CEO of Cultura Sparebank
5. Bjarne Hjertholm, CCO of Cultura Sparebank
6. Annika Lauren, CEO of Ekobanken
7. Kristoffer Luethi, Ekobanken
8. Max Ruhri, CEO of Freie Gemeinschaftsbank
9. Thomas Jorberg, CEO of GLS Bank
10. Zsolt Fay, CEO of MagNet Bank
11. Lars Pehrson, CEO of Merkur Andelskasse
12. Asbjorn Andersen, CFO of Merkur Andelskasse
13. Pierre Aeby, CFO of Triodos Bank
14. Jan Ernst Boers, Member of the Supervisory Board of Triodos Bank


1. Patrick Crawford, CEO of Charity Bank
2. Dr. Linda van Goor, advisor
3. Marcello Palazzi, Founder & Board Member of B Lab Europe
4. Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit
5. Sanika Hufeland, Institute for Social Banking (ISB)
1. Dr. Marcos Eguiguren, Executive Director
2. Dr. Christoph von Carlowitz, European Regional Representative
3. Sofia Ortega, Knowledge Management and Services to Members