Assistant professor

Falko Paetzold

Research focus

  • Finance
  • Social Finance
  • Sustainability

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Falko Paetzold is Assistant Professor in Social Finance at EBS University (Oestrich-Winkel). Falko founded the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP) at University of Zurich, a spin-off from the Next Gen Impact Investing program that Falko co-initiated at the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University.

Falko was a fellow at the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University, a postdoctoral researcher at the Sustainability Initiative of MIT Sloan, Sustainability Analyst and M&A Consultant at Bank Vontobel, and partner at the sustainable investing consultancy Contrast Capital. Falko founded GreenBuzz, an international network of sustainability intrapreneurs.


  • HEEB, F., KÖLBEL, J. F., PAETZOLD, F., ZEISBERGER, S. (in press). Do Investors Care About Impact? Review of Financial Studies.
  • CARROUX, S. L., BUSCH, T., PAETZOLD, F. (2022). Unlocking the black box of private impact investors. Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, 14 (1), 149-168. doi:10.1108/QRFM-04-2020-0071.
  • PAETZOLD, F., BUSCH, T., UTZ, S., KELLERS, A. (2022). Between impact and returns: Private investors and the sustainable development goals. Business Strategy and the Environment, 31 (7), 3182-3197. doi:10.1002/bse.3070.
  • KÖLBEL, J. F., HEEB, F., PAETZOLD, F., BUSCH, T. (2020). Can Sustainable Investing Save the World? Reviewing the Mechanisms of Investor Impact. Organization and Environment, 33 (4), 554-574. doi:10.1177/1086026620919202.
  • PAETZOLD, F., BUSCH, T. (2014). Unleashing the Powerful Few: : Sustainable Investing Behaviour of Wealthy Private Investors. Organization and Environment, 27 (4), 347-367. doi:10.1177/1086026614555991.

  • BUSCH, T., BRUCE-CLARK, P., DERWALL, J., ECCLES, R., HEBB, T., HOEPNER, A., ... WEBER, O. (2021). Impact investments: a call for (re)orientation. SN Business & Economics, 1 (33). doi:10.1007/s43546-020-00033-6.
  • RISI, D., PAETZOLD, F., KELLERS, A. (2021). Wealthy Private Investors and Socially Responsible Investing: The Influence of Reference Groups. Sustainability, 13 (22), pp. 12931.
  • PAETZOLD, F., BUSCH, T., CHESNEY, M. (2015). More than money: exploring the role of investment advisors for sustainable investing. Annals in Social Responsibility, 1 (1), 195-223. doi:10.1108/ASR-12-2014-0002.

  • SULZBACH, V., KREUTZER, K., PAETZOLD, F. (2022). Accelerator or Obstacle: Organizational Responses to the Adoption of the Operating Principles for Impact Investing. European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) - Annual Meeting.

  • PAETZOLD, F. (2022). Wie können wir mit geballtem Kapitaleinsatz wirklich etwas bewirken? Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF).

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