Blended Finance: Leveraging Public and Private Capital for Social Good
The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a plan of action to address the most pressing issues of our times. Some estimate the funding to achieve these goals is USD 2.3 trillion – annually. This requires collaboration between the public sector, the private sector and civil society, including the strategic use of public development funding for the mobilization of private capital for social good in developing countries, known as Blended Finance.

Take a deeper dive into these issues with representatives of two key players in the sector who will share successes from developing blended finance vehicles in partnership with the financial sector and civil society organizations:

  • The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) aims to contribute to a world without poverty and in peace, for sustainable development. It fosters economic self-reliance and state autonomy, contributes to the improvement of production conditions, helps address environmental problems, and ensures better access to education and basic healthcare services.

  • UBS Optimus Foundation (UBS-OF) takes a leading role in driving impactful philanthropy that delivers breakthrough solutions to pressing social issues. UBS-OF issued the world's first Development Impact Bond in education in 2014 and continues to innovate to mobilize more mainstream investments.

Bring your questions and consider how you might play a role in this emerging field of blended finance by collaborating with SDC and UBS-OF. Share your views with colleagues and peers as you network over cocktails following the discussion.
12 March 2019
5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Event Begins
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Networking reception will follow.
UBS Conference Center - Grünenhof
Nüschelerstrasse 9
Zurich, 8001, Switzerland
Mara Harvey
UBS Wealth Management

Tatjana von Steiger
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)

Maya Ziswiler
UBS Optimus Foundation

Dr. Martina Gaus
UBS Optimus Foundation
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Mara Harvey
Managing Director, Head UHNW Germany, Austria and Italy, UBS Wealth Management

Mara is a senior leader in Wealth Management who is passionate about driving innovation. She brought to life a global change program to better serve female clients and is an advocate for SDG 5. Mara is driven by the belief that daily investment decisions are an untapped source of positive social change, and is committed to changing the face of the financial industry. Since joining the firm in 2000, she has served in wealth management, risk transformation and capital management, strategy and organisational design, among other areas. Mara holds a doctorate with highest honors in Political Economy from Fribourg University and a degree in Economic Policy and Econometrics. She is a published author and has two decades of experience in gender equality matters.

Tatjana von Steiger
Deputy Head, Global Cooperation Department, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)

Tatjana is focused on promoting globalisation conducive to development, especially cross-border themes and the challenges of climate change, food security, water management, health and migration. Earlier in her career, she was the head for Sustainable Development & Humanitarian Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations, which she joined in late 2012. Tatjana has a Master’s Degree in Russian and Slavic Literature and Journalism and is a trained mediator.

Maya Ziswiler
Head Social Finance, UBS Optimus Foundation

Maya is responsible for leveraging social finance solutions to mobilize private capital in new and more efficient ways. She spearheaded the foundation's work on the first Development Impact Bond in Education and has been supporting the potential of public private partnerships. Previously, she was the Foundation's Program Director for Education and Early Childhood Development. She joined UBS-OF from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria where she was responsible for managing partnerships with the private sector. Previously, Maya worked for UNICEF in Peru and Procter & Gamble's development and export markets. Maya holds degrees from McGill University and the University of Geneva.

Dr. Martina Gaus
Head of Optimus Philanthropy Services Switzerland, UBS Optimus Foundation

Martina is the head of Optimus Philanthropy Services for UBS in Switzerland and manages the client advisory and partnerships of the foundation in Switzerland. Earlier, she served as Director for Program Strategy and Performance, developing metrics for impact measurement across all areas. Martina brings 10 years of experience in strategy consulting at UBS Wealth Management internal consulting unit, Booz & Company and Executive Insight. She has an MBA from the University of St. Gallen HSG and a doctoral degree in Sociology.
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