Social Entrepreneurship Impact & Finance (seif) supports and promotes individuals or teams seeking to apply innovative business ideas to respond to current social and/or environmental problems, otherwise known as “social enterprises”. We do so by offering companies programs, consulting, training and general support according to their needs and stage of development.

To contribute to the professionalism of the social entrepreneurship community and build up the capacity of the social enterprises, seif also act as a bridge between stakeholders by connecting actors from the financial sector, corporate world, universities, foundations and others to create the highest social impact possible.


Prof. Mariana Christen Jakob

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Mariana has a background in social sciences from University of Zurich (UZH), an MBA from University of St. Gallen (HSG) and is currently enrolled at the Impact Investing Executive Education at Oxford University.

Dr. Olalla Linares Segade

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Olalla manages the corporate programs and seif’s impact measurement activities, as well as the Impact Investment Readiness Program. She enjoys working with people looking to do things differently.

Lilia Dimova

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Lilia is responsible for the online communications at seif. She is fascinated by creative storytelling as well as original and sustainable business ideas.

Viola Zoller

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Viola manages and supports various projects, such as the Impact Investing Congress 2017, the Impact Investors Circle and the Community program. Viola entered the social business world through the Summerpreneurship program at the Impact Hub Zurich and is since then fascinated by the way entrepreneurs develop, fund and implement solutions to social or environmental challenges.

Advisory Board

Dr. Monika Binkert

Monika Binkert successfully founded in 2010 her own consulting company for SMEs with a focus on strategic management, change processes and leadership. She also acts as interim manager advising businesses from a variety of sectors. Dr Binkert has a PhD in Law and an Executive MBA, as well as extensive practical experience in working at managerial level with private companies and public institutions. She is currently working with an online marketing firm operating in Switzerland and Germany.

Hansjörg Utz

Hansjörg Utz has studied law in Zurich and finished his studies with a doctorate in Basel. After several years as a lawyer in 1983 he moved into journalism where he started as a freelance to become chief reporter at the “Tages-Anzeiger”. In 1989 he moved to the Swiss television where during eight years he moderated the „Kassensturz” show and was later in charge of the news magazine “10vor10”. In 2013 he founded Media Check GmbH. Hansjörg Utz currently works as a media coach, consultant and journalist.

Jürg Kronenberg

Jürg Kronenberg lives and works in Zurich. He has worked for almost 40 years at UBS in various management positions, most recently as Head of Corporate Clients, Zurich region as Relationship Manager for Large Corporates in the Zurich region. He also acts as Chief Executive of the Commercial Association of Zurich and Switzerland, Society for Business Cycle Research at ETH Zurich and is a member of the Association Bahnhofstrasse Zurich.

Otto Bitterli

Otto Bitterli holds a Masters in Political Science and has worked for more than 25 years in the Swiss insurance industry in various executive positions. As former CEO of Sanitas health insurance, he took on various responsibilities at the Swiss Insurance Association (umbrella organisation representing the private insurance industry in Switzerland) and curafutura, the association of innovative health insurers. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sanitas Group.

Peter Zollinger

Peter Zollinger is responsible for assessing the value added of Globalance Bank’s investments on the economy, society and environment (impact). He supports the selection of suitable investments and develops and leads the Globalance Portfolio Footprint for its clients.


Walter Lüthi

Walter Lüthi has many years of experience as CEO, Director and Advisory Board Member of companies such as ADIA, Interim AG, Intersport PSC Holding AG, Mühlenbach Holding AG, Hans Mathis Holding AG, Büro Schoch Werkhaus AG, Artum AG, and Betty Bossi AG. He is also a Board member of various industry associations and founded and built up three companies. Since 1999 he is the owner of the investment company Success Factory AG. He has a fundamental technical and a postgraduate in business education.