Jean Laville

Business School Professor of Practice

Nationality: Swiss

Professional Career & Mini Bio

Professor Jean Laville, Swiss, teaches at the Master’s level at BSL. In 1980, Jean Laville graduated in economics, majoring in political economy, from the Higher Business School (HEC) in Lausanne. He then joined the doctoral program of HEI in Geneve dedicated to International Economics. Jean Laville has been also teaching assistant in the Department of Political Economics of the University of Geneva.

Professor Laville is currently deputy CEO of Swiss Sustainable Finance, the new Swiss association dedicated to the promotion of Sustainable Finance in Switzerland. Jean Laville is also a Partner at Conser Invest since 2012, an independent advisory and asset management firm dedicated to sustainable investment solutions for private and institutional clients. Conser Invest is also the co-organizer of the Geneva Forum for Sustainable Investment dedicated to the promotion of responsible products and services within investment community.
Jean Laville has been active in the financial sector for 25 years, including 15 in the field of Responsible Investment (SRI). He develops and runs quantitative tools enabling the systematic screening of the fund universe and the compliance of underlying holdings with ESG objectives. As Deputy Director he managed Ethos Foundation’s and Ethos Services’ from 2002 to 2012 and was in charge of responsible asset management, environmental & social research and dialogue with listed companies. Previously he held the position of Deputy CEO of the quantitative asset management team within Banque Pictet & Cie in Geneva, where he develops and implements the responsible investment strategy of the bank.

Professor Laville has coordinated several publications in the field of responsible investment (Swiss Carbon Disclosure Project) and corporate social responsibility (reporting, code of conduct, corruption). He has also published in 2014 a study with WWF and Implenia looking at new ways of financing high energy efficient buildings.

Professor Laville is very active in civil society. He is cofounder and member of the committee of the association Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG) dedicated to the promotion of sustainable finance. Jean Laville is in the steering committee of the Geneva Summit on Sustainable Finance, which is the biggest European academic event dedicated to gather academics and financial professionals on the theme sustainability and finance. He is also President of the association Nice Future in Lausanne. Nice Future is dedicated to promote all activities which can facilitate an ecological transition. Nice Future is the organizer of the G21, Swisstainability Forum which, since 2010, is a leading multi-approaches event dedicated to ecological transition.

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