Franz Knecht, Managing Partner and Founder, Basel (Switzerland)

lic. iur., University of Basel (1980), law firm and court practicum (1981-82), courses in accounting, marketing and communication, banking and economy, Lead Auditor ISO 14001 for environmental management system certification.

Areas of Competency

Sustainability of Finance Sector, Environmental/Social/Governance (ESG) and Economics, ISO and in-house Management Systems, ESG-Strategy Development and Risk Management, Communication, Reporting, Rating, Socially Responsible Investing, Climate Change, Water, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.


FNG, Chamber of Commerce Switzerland - Sweden (in Stockholm), Workgroups of UNEP FI (UN Environmental Program’s Financial Initiative) and VFU (Verein für Umweltmanagement & Nachhaltigkeit in Finanzinstituten).

Professional Development

Since 1999: international independent consultant for financial, manufacturing and service sector clients, international organizations like UNEP FI, World Bank, and development agencies, non-executive board member of SRI Rating Company, member of several technical advisory boards on SRI

1991-99: Head of Corporate Environmental Management/Sustainable Banking Solutions at Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS), Liaison Delegate to UNEP FI and WBCSD

1986-91: VP at Product Development, Marketing Support, PR, and Head Corporate Sponsoring at SBC

1982-86: VP, Head of Retail-industries and Legal Advisor at SME-Business Organisation (Gewerbeverband Basel-Stadt)

Markus Althausen, Partner, Miami (USA)

MSc (Univerisity of Economics, Vienna)

Areas of Competency

Renewable Energy, Waste-to-Energy, Climate Change, Carbon Strategy and Management, Clean Tech, Emerging Markets

Professional Development

Markus Althausen is a successful entrepreneur in the field of renewable energy and climate change with over 15 years experience in executive management positions. Markus is a co-founder of ClimeCo corporation the leading producer of GHG Emission Reductions in the US market. Today Markus is President of CLimeCo International corp., a leading technology company for biogas projects in Latin America.

A former investment banker (RIAG-UBS) and management consultant (Denkstatt, KPMG Consulting) Markus joined biogas project developer AgCert International in 2005 as GM Europe and later became AgCert's VP Field Operations, managing over 600 biogas plants and 100 employees across Latin America.

Egon E. Knecht, Associate Partner, Basel (Switzerland)

lic. rer. pol, University of Basel

Areas of Competency

Corporate Identity, Product Branding and Placement, Market Research, Marketing Strategy and Tools Implementation, MARCOM and PR Organisation, Board and Management Coaching, Strategy Development and Implementation for Sustainable Investment Solutions, Sustainable Investment Advisory and Portfolio Construction.

Professional Development

Since 2009: Independent consultant for strategic marketing of financial institutions and sustainable investment advisory

2002-09: Head of Marketing, Private Banking, Bank Vontobel (Zurich)

1998-01: Head of Marketing, Private Banking Swiss Clients, UBS (Zurich)

1996-98: Head of Marketing Communication, UBS

1988-96: Head of Marketing and Head of Corporate Communication BWW

Sebastian Reich, Associate Partner, Duesseldorf (Germany)


Areas of Competency

Integration of ESG aspects into strategy, business processes and reporting

Professional Development

Dr. Sebastian Reich is advising German and international enterprises and organisations since 1993 on the effective and efficient integration of the relevant ESG aspects into their business models, value chains and organisations in the frame of asset management, corporate development, M&A activities and real estate transactions.

As a natural scientist with a business education, prior to his self-employment he had been a management member of the international engineering and environmental consulting companies URS and ARCADIS, responsible for transaction services, sustainability services, business development & innovation as well as for the real estate sector.


Dr. Reich is co-author of the Sustainability Codex of the German Real Estate Industry, Chairman of the Real Estate Committee of the German Sustainable Building Council as well as an active member of the Desertec Foundation.

Christian deLoes, Associate Partner, Stockholm (Sweden)

BSc (Business Administration), Certified Project Management Professional (PMP from Project Management Institute), Six Sigma Green Belt certification

Areas of Competency

Change Management, Project/Programme-Management, Sales and Sales Management, Information and Communication Technology

Professional Development

Chrisitan de Loes is a successful entrepreneur and founder of Prosensit, a Swedish company focused on change management. Christian de Loës has more than 20 years international experience in business development, sales, sales management and programme/project management as a manager, project manager, director, senior advisor and change leader as well as instructor/trainer.

Kajetan H. Hetzer, Associate Partner, Amsterdam (Niederlande)

MSc (Environmental Sciences), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Areas of Competency

Environmental/Social/Governance (ESG) and Economics, Natural Resources Management, especially Water, Clean tech, Business Development, Financial Structuring and Engagement of public and private stakeholders.

Professional Development

Kajetan Hetzer worked for more than 10 years in the financial sector as an analyst on Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) aspects of investments in diverse sectors. He gained special experiences within the Dutch SNS REAAL Bank-Insurance Group, when Kajetan initiated and managed an Impact Investment Fund, the SNS REAAL Water Fund (2006) for the water and sanitation sector in developing countries. From 2011 Kajetan built ample experiences as a consultant for various international organizations (e.g. World Economic Forum, IFC, 2030 WRG, UNDP, UNEP-FI), NGOs and development agencies. He joined WASTE in 2014 as a business and finance advisor. Since April 2015 Kajetan is Executive Director of the Social Equity Fund .

Tareq Emairah, Associate Partner for Scientific Research and Applied Sustainability Studies, Malmö (Sweden)

Ph.D., Lund University, IIIEE

Areas of Competency

Sustainable development in Emerging Markets, corporate sustainability and responsibility, SRI evaluation methods, ESG reporting

Professional Development

Tareq Emtairah teaches at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden, where he conducts research and teaching in the field of corporate sustainability and responsibility (CSR).
Previous work includes comparative studies of the social and institutional context for CSR in developed and emerging markets, where he studied the CSR activities of over 100 leading Arab companies.
Numerous assignments in the MENA region with governments, NGOs and private sector companies on CSR initiatives and strategies.
Several publications in professional journals, UNEP reports and in the World Guide to CSR (2010).

Lutz-Guenther Scheidt, Associate Partner Corporate Sustainability Practice in the Hightech Sector

PhD in Computer Science (Technical University Dresden, Germany)

Sony-certified Six Sigma Champion

Areas of Competency

Lutz has a background that includes leading R&D, market & industry analysis functions while identifying and leveraging emerging technology to develop products and services that deliver outstanding results. With more than 25 years of experience, he is well-versed in European Union directives, including WEEE, RoHS, IPP, EUP, and REACH. His key strengths include ECO Design, Program Management, Technology/Innovation Management, Strategic Planning, Research & Development, Operational and Organizational Management, Product Evaluation and Recycling Technology.

Lutz holds a PhD in Engineering in Computer Science from the Technical University Dresden, Germany and also a Sony-certified Six Sigma Champion.

He is a Board Member of E5 European Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Member of the UN Project StEP and was named to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Order of Outstanding Contributors to Sustainable Development in March 2004.

Daniel Knecht, Associate Partner, Legal & Governance, Basel (Switzerland)

LLM, South Africa (2016)

Attorney at Law (Switzerland, 2011)

MLaw (University of Basel, 2009)

Areas of Competency

Law and corporate governance

Professional Development

Attorney at Law, Swiss Legal (Basel,2016)

Internship at law firm in Basel

Tutorial assistant at University of Basel

Margie Schmidli, Administration and Project Support, Basel (Switzerland)

Margie Schmidli has an education as a management administrator and was working in the banking sector for many years, also as an allround client advisor in wholesale banking. Since its foundation she has supported CONNEXIS in the area of administration and project assistance. Her wide experience in report writing and publishing and her multi-language skills together with her ability to bring in the non-specialist view are an asset to the organization.