DZ BANK Sustainability Day

29 September 2022

DZ BANK AG, Frankfurt

Time to network in person again! Make a note of our DZ BANK Sustainability Day 2022 on 29 September 2022 in Frankfurt am Main. Exchange views with other sustainable finance experts live on site about current trends and drivers in the sustainable capital market. 

We are just a little more than halfway into the year, but 2022 has already shown us that established certainties have to be reassessed. Rarely before has the term “turning point” been used as often as this year in international politics. The same applies to the global sustainability agenda and consequently, also to discussions about ESG. The past has taught us one thing for sure: Negative external shocks widen the sustainability financing gap. This makes it even more imperative to mobilize private capital and allocate it via capital markets into sustainable projects with positive impact. In this context, it is more important than ever to discuss the role of the sustainable finance market in addressing the pressing social and environmental challenges. 

Max Schrems

Data Protection Lawyer, Founder and chairman of noyb

Max Schrems, born 1987 in Salzburg, studied law in Vienna. He was exchange Student in Santa Clara University where he was confronted with Facebook's practices and started legal action against the company. In 2016 EU-US data transfer agreement "Safe Harbor" was invalidated by Court of Justice, as well as "Privacy Shield" in 2020 due to legal actions by Max Schrems. In 2017 he founded the privacy NGO noyb - European Center for Digital Rights which is committed to enforcing data protection laws, especially the GDPR.


(preliminary agenda)

Moderator: Manuel Adamini, Expert in climate finance

09:15 - 09:30
Opening Remarks


09:30 - 10:30
Panel Discussion: Transformation of the Mobility Sector
  • Claudia Hügel, Senior Director Group Strategy & ESG, Deutsche Lufthansa AG
  • Daniel Sailer, Head of Sustainable Investment Office, Metzler Asset Management
  • Robert Schneider, Senior Vice President Investor Relations, Deutsche Post DHL Group
  • Andreas Kusche, Capital Market Communication & Investor Relations ESG, Mercedes-Benz Group AG
  • Further participants to be confirmed

10:30 - 10:45
Update Sustainable Bond Market

Marcus Pratsch, Head of Sustainable Bonds & Finance, DZ BANK

10:45 - 11:15
Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:15
Panel Discussion: How can the financial sector help to address current and future social challenges
  • Ralf Berninger, Head of Investor Relations & Sustainability, Société de Financement Local (SFIL)
  • Uwe Jurkschat, Head of Funding & Investor Relations, Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB)
  • Further participants to be confirmed
12:15 - 12:45
Speech: Looking beyond the EU-horizon - Taxonomy-developments outside of Europe

Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

12:45 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:30
Keynote Speech

Max Schrems, Data Protection Lawyer, Founder and chairman of noyb

14:30 - 15:00
Speech: Sustainable housing finance: Foundation for a green and affordable future

Luca Bertalot, Secretary General, European Mortgage Federation -European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC)

15:00 - 16:00
Panel Discussion: Impact is key - best reporting practices from the Sustainable Bond market
  • Felix Grote, Head of Long-term Funding Operations, Council of Europe Development Bank
  • TBD, Région Île-de-France
  • Esther Finnbogadóttir, Head of Funding and Debt Management, Government of Iceland – Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs
  • Colleen E. Keenan, Senior Operations Officer (Capital Markets and Investments, Treasury), World Bank
  • TBD, Swedish Export Credit Corporation (SEK)
  • Further participants to be confirmed
16:00 - 16:30
Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:30
Panel Discussion: How stock exchanges can successfully shape and develop the Sustainable Bond market
  • Sylvester Andersen, New Business Development European Markets, NASDAQ
  • Elena Chimonides, Senior Fixed Income Product Specialist, London Stock Exchange
  • Laetitia Hamon, Head of Sustainable Finance, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
  • Carsten Hiller, Head of Sales Continental Europe – FIC Derivatives & Repo Sales l Eurex Repo GmbH, Deutsche Börse Group
  • Mag. Silvia Stenitzer, Senior Manager Debt Listings, Vienna Stock Exchange
17:30 - 17:45
Closing Remarks


17:45 - 20:00


Manuel Adamini
Conference Moderator

As an expert in climate finance, Manuel combines deep insight into climate-related (investment) risks and opportunities with a good overview of global and European politics. He is a frequent speaker and moderator and has contributed to numerous international and Dutch publications. Having an economics and investment management background.

Manuel works as senior responsible investment strategist at an asset management company. Before that, we worked at a London-based not-for-profit organisation, recognised as a global climate finance thought leader. Earlier in his career, he oversaw a Dutch asset manager’s responsible investment activities. He also served as an (alternate) member on the prestigious Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s (EITI) International Board, working against corruption in the oil, gas & mining sectors. Manuel started his career with bank-assurance company Fortis, where he initiated a global climate strategy.

Sylvester Andersen
New Business Development European Markets, NASDAQ

Sylvester joined Nasdaq in Copenhagen in 2006, where he helped developing Nasdaq`s platform in Scandinavia as well as across Europe. Before joining Nasdaq, he was active for international companies such as Novo Nordisk, Bayer and the Royal Danish Embassy in Mexico.

Ralf Berninger
Head of Investor Relations & Sustainability, SFIL

Ralf Berninger is Head of Investor Relations & Sustainability at SFIL.

He holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Bonn, and started his career as a fixed-income syndicate manager at WestLB. He subsequently held positions as senior Debt Capital Market originator at DZ BANK, Calyon (now Credit Agricole CIB), and as Head of Origination at Dexia Group before joining SFIL in 2013. He is a CFA charter holder.

Luca Bertalot
Secretary General of the European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC)

Luca Bertalot is Secretary General of the European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC), representing the interests of EU mortgage lenders and the covered bond community. In his capacity as EMF-ECBC Secretary General, Luca is also Consortium Coordinator for the Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) Initiative. In addition, Luca is a member of the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Investment (SEI) Forum’s Advisory Group and the Advisory Board of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice’s Economics Department.

Luca joined the EMF-ECBC in 2006, becoming Head of the ECBC in 2007 and was appointed Secretary General in 2014. Prior to this, he worked as a financial analyst in Italy and Australia. Luca holds a degree in Economics and Financial Markets from the University of Rome, Tor Vergata. He also studied at the University of Mannheim, Germany, and at the Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania, in the United States.

Elena Chimonides
Senior Fixed Income Product Specialist, London Stock Exchange

Elena is a Senior Fixed Income Product Specialist in LSE’s Primary Markets team, with a specific focus on product innovation and development across LSE’s fixed income markets. Since joining the Exchange in July 2016, Elena has worked on a number of initiatives such as the launch of the International Securities Market in 2017 and more recently the expansion of LSE’s green bond segment into the Sustainable Bond Market. Elena has previous experience of debt capital markets origination, an area she worked in for 5 years, and has extensive experience helping companies raise financing through the capital markets in a variety of currencies and structures.

Laetitia Hamon
Head of Sustainable Finance at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Laetitia Hamon has been Head of Sustainable Finance at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) since July 2020. She is responsible for the exchange’s sustainable finance strategy and related projects, and leads the expert team at LuxSE’s UN-awarded platform for sustainable finance, the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX).


As a pioneer in sustainable finance, Laetitia started her career as an ESG analyst for an extra-financial rating agency in 2008. Passionate about the topic, Laetitia decided to dedicate her career to sustainable finance and has built in-depth expertise on the matter for the past 14 years. After gaining experience from the investment fund industry through different positions at Thomson Reuters and ALFI – the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, she spent 8 years managing and then leading the Sustainable Finance audit and advisory practice at KPMG in Luxembourg. 


Laetitia was part of the World Federation of Exchange (WFE) Women Leaders for 2022, which aims to shine the postlight on some of the talended and gifted women in the capital markets’ industry globally.


Laetitia has a Master’s degree in International Management from the Institut Supérieur Européen de Gestion (ISEG) and a Master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires, Paris XII. 

Carsten Hiller
Head of Fixed Income Derivatives, FX and Repo Sales for Continental Europe at Eurex

Carsten Hiller is Head of Fixed Income Derivatives, FX and Repo Sales for Continental Europe at Eurex. In this role, he is responsible for repo, OTC and listed derivatives for both, trading and clearing, with focus on the further development and growth of Eurex’s fixed income & FX products.

Furthermore Carsten has a leading role within the Eurex Repo Partnership Program and played an active role in the launch of the Eurex ESG related repo products. 

Since January 2022, he has been a member and Vice-Chair of the newly created ICMA Repo & Sustainability Taskforce.

Before taking on his current role in 2018, Carsten had different senior roles in sales and trading at HSBC, Clearstream and Dresdner Bank/Dresdner Kleinwort, with more than 20 years experience in the Securities Financing / Repo industry.

Carsten holds a Master’s degree in Business & Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance.

Claudia Hügel
Senior Director Group Strategy & ESG, Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Claudia Hügel has been responsible for group-wide sustainability / ESG reporting and rating at Lufthansa Group for 4 years, so she deals currently with the legal requirements such as the non-financial declaration and currently the CSRD and EU taxonomy but also with the strategic aspects of ESG. Therefore Claudia Hügel is the interface in particular towards investor relations and the rating agencies as well as other functional interfaces such as corporate finance, risk management but also corporate governance, procurement and human ressources. Claudia Hügel has been working at Lufthansa in various management positions since 2001. She was responsible for the global sales strategy and sales steering at headquarters, moved for 5 years to Singapore for the operational implementation of the sales strategy in parts of Asia including Oceania. After returning from Asia, Claudia Hügel was responsible for establishing lean management as an approach to agile working processes and the set up of a group-wide process academy. After studying business administration in Munich, Ms. Hügel worked as a project manager at Roland Berger, Global Consultancy.

Uwe Jurkschat
Head of Funding & Investor Relations, Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB)

As Head of Funding & Investor Relations in the Treasury division, Uwe Jurkschat is responsible for the refinancing activities of Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB). Mr Jurkschat has more than 20 years of banking experience and has worked in various roles at Dresdner Bank and Landesbank Berlin in the capital markets business. At DKB's Treasury, Mr Jurkschat has played a key role in the development of the Green and Social Bond programmes since 2015 and has supported all of the bank's sustainable capital market transactions. DKB is an innovator in the sustainable bond segment and this year issued the first FIG Green Bond that complies with the current drafts of the EU GBS and the EU Taxonomy. Mr Jurkschat represents DKB in various national and international committees, including the ICMA Green and Social Bond Principles, whose further development DKB actively helps to shape and support.

Colleen Keenan
Senior Financial Officer, Capital Markets and Investments, World Bank Treasury

Colleen Keenan is a senior financial officer in the Investor Relations and Sustainable Finance team at the World Bank Treasury. She is responsible for outreach on the issuance programs of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association. She led the development of IBRD’s Sustainable Development Bond framework and inaugural impact report covering all bond issuance. She works with the socially responsible and impact investing community and other market stakeholders to promote sustainable capital markets and represents the World Bank on the executive committee of the Green, Social, and Sustainability Bond Principles.  

Before joining the World Bank, Colleen worked in microfinance and at international organizations focused on poverty alleviation and advocacy. She also worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management in New York, where she focused on client services and marketing for institutional international equity and global asset allocation products. She holds an M.A. in Economics and International Development from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Sean Kidney
CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

Sean Kidney is CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO, working to mobilize global capital for climate action. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China; market development programs in Brazil, Mexico, ASEAN and Africa; and market tracking services for the green bonds industry. He is a member of the European Commission's Platform on Sustainable Finance, and was a member of its predecessors, the 2017 EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He is also a member of green finance committees in China, India, Mexico and Kazakhstan. Sean is also a Professor in Practice at SOAS University of London.

Andreas Kusche
Andreas Kusche, Capital Market Communication & Investor Relations ESG, Mercedes-Benz Group AG

Andreas Kusche is Investor Relations Manager and ESG expert at the Mercedes-Benz Group AG. Here he is responsible for capital market communications concerning the ESG factors. He has a degree in engineering management. Andreas Kusche joined the Mercedes-Benz Group AG in 2006 and has worked in his current position since 2019.

Friedrich Luithlen

Friedrich (“Fritz“) Luithlen is Head of Debt Capital Markets Origination and Syndication at DZ BANK. Before taking up his current role in late 2017, Fritz ran the private placement business of the bank, and acted as Head of Covered Bond Origination, promoting the Bank’s covered bond franchise with issuers across the globe.

In addition to his day-to-day markets activities, Fritz is also at the helm of a number of DZ Bank’s digitalisation projects that aim to streamline and indeed transform internal as well as client-facing processes in the primary debt market business.

Marcus Pratsch
Head of Sustainable Bonds & Finance, DZ BANK

Marcus Pratsch has more than 17 years of experience in sustainable finance and is currently working as head of Sustainable Bonds & Finance at DZ BANK AG in Germany. In this role, he worked on numerous successful Sustainable Bond transactions for global issuers. Marcus is also a member of the Advisory Council of the OMFIF Sustainable Policy Institute (OMFIF SPI). He joined the finance industry in 1996 and has worked for several banks in Germany and abroad. He joined DZ BANK in 2006 and developed the bank's sustainable investment research strategy as Head of Sustainable Investment Research. In 2011, he introduced DZ BANK's EESG rating - the bank's own integrated SRI rating and analysis methodology that goes beyond the classical ESG approach by integrating the economic dimension of sustainability. Furthermore, Marcus has successfully advanced the integration of sustainability criteria into the valuation process of various asset classes enabling the bank to extend its portfolio of sustainable products and services around the globe.

Daniel Sailer
Head of Sustainable Investment Office, Metzler Asset Management

Daniel Sailer, CESGA, joined Metzler Asset Management in 2019 and heads the Sustainable Investment Office. Mr. Sailer develops, coordinates and ensures the implementation and execution of Metzler Asset Management's holistic ESG strategy. Prior to joining Metzler, he spent nine years at MSCI Inc. in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. From 2014 to 2019, he was responsible for expanding ESG research in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and CEE - most recently in a leadership position. From 2004 to 2010, he worked for Landesbank Baden-Württemberg while studying part-time at the State University Baden-Wuerttemberg Mosbach and the Open University of London. Mr. Sailer holds a master’s degree (German Diplom-Betriebswirt [BA]) and a Bachelor of Arts in business administration.

Robert Schneider
Senior Vice President Investor Relations, Deutsche Post DHL Group

Robert Schneider joined Deutsche Post DHL Group in 2011.

He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Namur, and started his career at Banque Générale du Luxembourg.




Platz der Republik
60325 Frankfurt am Main

Please use the entrance north via Erlenstraße.

Public parking garage: „Westend“ in Savignystrasse


Should you require any further assistance please contact us:

Marcus Pratsch

Head of Sustainable Bonds & Finance

phone: +49 69 7447-1582


Samira Schindler

Event Management

phone: +49 69 7447-6010