Falko Paetzold holds a PhD degree with magna cum laude distinction from University of Zurich and an MBA degree with Dean’s List and Sustainability Leadership distinctions from University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland. He was a research affiliate and lecturer at ETH Zurich, Fellow at Harvard University, and Post-Doc at MIT Sloan. His publications include academic work in journals such as Organization & Environment, practitioner reports including with World Economic Forum and the Swiss Ministry of the Environment, and teaching work such as a Harvard Business School Teaching Case with Prof. Julie Battilana.
Falko Paetzold also leads the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP) at University of Zurich, 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 (IRI) at Harvard University.
In the past, Falko Paetzold developed sustainable investing fund structures and led M&A projects 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 in several cities to drive sustainability ahead within their firms. Falko Paetzold holds advisory board roles at the Swiss Association of Asset Managers, the fintech start-up YOVA AG, and the community GreenBuzz Zurich.
Areas of Research
- Social Finance
- Impact Investing
- Decision Making Processes of High Net Worth Individuals