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Circularity as the new normal - Future fitting Swiss businesses

PwC and WWF launched the latest report on "Circularity as the new normal - Future fitting Swiss businesses" on 19 January 2021.  Watch the recroding and learn more on how investing in the circular economy will transform the way we do business. The experts and authors of the report will analyse the status and special challenges of the circular economy for the finance, food, textile, pharmaceutical and watch and jewellery sectors. 

Agenda

  • Introduction by Andreas Staubli, CEO PwC Switzerland
  • Key takeaways of the report:
    • Thomas Vellacott, CEO WWF Switzerland
    • Dr. Guenther Dobrauz, Partner and Leader Legal, PwC Switzerland
  • Panel discussion:
    • Christophe Bourgoin, Partner and Leader Sustainability and Investor Reporting, PwC Switzerland
    • Dr. Nancy Bocken, Professor in Sustainable Business, Maastricht University
    • Niklas Nierhoff, Swiss Federal Office of the Environment
    • Dr. h.c.mult. Walter Stahel, Founder-Director of the Product-Life Institute in Geneva

Our PwC experts

Andreas Staubli was born in 1968. In 1993, Andreas graduated from the University of St. Gallen in Business Administration, Economics, Law and Social Sciences (HSG).

Subsequently, he began his career as an international tax counsel with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Zurich. In 1998, he qualified as a Swiss Certified Tax Expert. From 1999 to 2000, Andreas worked in the International Structuring Planning Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York. In 2000, Andreas became a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Switzerland. 

Andreas has over 25 years’ experience in domestic and international corporate structuring, financial services taxation, mergers and acquisition as well as post deal integration, IPOs, tax governance and worldwide compliance engagements. He advises Swiss and international companies and is the global client partner of several clients. 

Andreas led the Tax, Legal and HR Services practice of PwC Switzerland and was a member of the Management Board of PricewaterhouseCoopers Switzerland for eight years. Since 1 July 2018, Andreas acts as CEO for PwC Switzerland. 

Dr. Guenther Dobrauz is a Partner with PwC in Zurich, Leader of PwC Legal Switzerland, a member of PwC’s Global Legal Leadership Team directing the firm’s global legal practice comprising 4000+ lawyers in 90+ countries and both the firm’s Global Financial Services Legal Leader and Global LegalTech Leader.

He received his Masters and PhD degrees in law from Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria). Guenther also holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde Graduate School of Business (Glasgow, UK) and has participated in Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School Executive Education Programs.

Before joining PwC, Guenther held a similar position at another Big 4. Prior to this Guenther was Legal Counsel of an international hedge fund group for several years and has also served for a number of years as Managing Partner and Legal Counsel of a Swiss Venture Capital firm. Guenther has also practiced in court and with a leading business law firm. 

Today Guenther Dobrauz specializes in supporting the structuring, authorization and ongoing lifecycle management of financial intermediaries and their products. In addition he is focused on leading and supporting the implementation of large scale regulatory change and compliance alignment projects at Swiss and international financial institutions with particular focus on EU and Swiss regulations. Guenther is also the trusted advisor to several governments, international organisations and supervisory authorities. His passion is innovation linked to Exponential Technologies and working with the unfolding dynamics of LegalTech, RegTech, and DLT. He has also been working in the sustainability area since 2011.

Christophe Bourgoin is a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Switzerland, focusing on investor and stakeholders’ reporting.

Christophe graduated from the University of Lyon III (France) with a post master degree in Diagnostic of Enterprises in 1998. Subsequently, he began his career in public accounting in London, and joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in Geneva in 2001. Christophe qualified as a US Certified Public Accountant in 2002 before working in New York City from 2004 to 2007. When returning to Zurich in 2007, Christophe was one of the founders of the Capital Markets & Accounting Advisory Services team, which he now leads together with the broader Sustainability and Investor Reporting team at PricewaterhouseCoopers Switzerland, and he became a Partner in 2011.

Christophe has over 20 years’ experience in domestic and international capital market transactions (IPOs, etc.), mergers and acquisition as well as post deal integration, and focuses on financial and non-financial reporting matters to help companies create sustainable value for stakeholders. He advises Swiss and international companies and is the global client service partner of various clients.

Our guest speakers

Thomas Vellacott is CEO of WWF Switzerland, a position he has held since 2012. He holds degrees in Arabic and Islamic studies from Durham, in International Relations from Cambridge and in Business Administration from IMD. 

Before joining WWF, Thomas worked in private banking for Citibank and as consultant and engagement manager for McKinsey & Co. At WWF Switzerland, Thomas built up partnerships with the private sector and subsequently took on the role of Programme Director, responsible for national and international nature conservation. 

WWF Switzerland has 290,000 supporters and forms part of WWF's global network. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

Dr. Nancy Bocken is Professor in Sustainable Business at the Maastricht Sustainability Institute (MSI), which is part of Maastricht University. Nancy has coordinated various (inter)national research projects with a focus on business as the driver for sustainability transitions. Her research topics include sustainable business models, business experiments for sustainability, the circular economy, sufficiency and closing the 'idea-action' gap for sustainability through novel tools, methods and approaches. Nancy’s most recent research project is Circular X, an ambitious €1.5m, five-year research project funded by the ERC, which is about experimenting with circular business models in different country contexts. Nancy is also a Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She co-founded her own circular and sustainable business called HOMIE.

Niklas Nierhoff is a trained economist and has been working at the Federal Office for the Environment for four years. He manages, among other things, the development of circular economy and resource conservation measures. These will be proposed to the Federal Council at the end of 2022. The project builds upon the report “Federal measures for a resource-conserving, future-proof Switzerland (Green Economy)” published in June 2020.

Dr. h.c.mult. Walter R. Stahel is the founder-director of the Product-Life Institute (Geneva, 1983), the oldest consultancy in Europe devoted to developing sustainable strategies and policies. 

MA in architecture from ETH Zurich (1971). Visiting Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey; full member of the Club of Rome; member of the Coordination Group of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform of the European Parliament; member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Institute CRETUS, and Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. 

Promoting the opportunities of a circular industrial economy, and of a performance economy selling goods and molecules as a service. 

Honours: degrees of Doctor honoris causa, University of Surrey (2013) and l’Université de Montréal (2016). Mitchell Prize in Houston, TX (1982, ‘The Product-Life Factor’); first prize in the German Future's Society’s competition (1978, ‘unemployment, occupation and profession’). 

Contact us

Dr. Günther Dobrauz

Dr. Günther Dobrauz

Partner and Leader Legal, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 14 97

Christophe Bourgoin

Christophe Bourgoin

Partner, Investor Reporting and Sustainability Leader, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 25 37

Dr. Antonios  Koumbarakis

Dr. Antonios Koumbarakis

Sustainability & Strategic Regulatory Leader, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 45 23