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Evaluating the launch of a first Social Impact Bond in Switzerland

Investments are the key driving forces for the progress of our society. A new trend is being developed with impact investments, ensuring the societal value creation of the financial capital invested. Within this context, this paper introduces and critically characterizes a new product called Social Impact Bond (SIB). Reviewing the mechanism in the first part, the research raises the question about further practical implementation and benefits of this financial mechanism in the centre of continental Europe, specifically in Switzerland. This feasibility study raises the questions if (1) an interest for such mechanism exists in Geneva and (2) if a launch in 2015 could be taken into consideration. Examining the question in depth with a SIB expert, a local... »

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Robin Kleiner

Robin Kleiner currently works at Executive Insight, a Management Consulting firm supporting pharmaceutical companies to launch and commercialize their product. Previously, he had some short experiences in divers sectors, at HPO AG, a management consulting firm focused on topics of organizational design, process innovation and cultural change management, at Vermilion Partners in Munich, a Chinese financial advisory firm specialised in cross-border transactions between Europe and China, or at the Global Fund in Geneva, an international organisation fighting against AIDS, Malaria & Tuberculosis. He spent his summer 2012 in Singapore for the Impact Hub Singapore. During his studies, he co-led the oikos Model WTO for three years, a prestigious student event in the world of trade polices. Curious, sportive and excited by discovering new cultures and divers ways of thinking, Robin was involved with projects in various fields as journalism (Pro Jounro, Beijing), development (HSG, Bandung) or law (Moot court in international law, The Hagen). He graduated with a Master in Business Management from the University of St. Gallen. During his studies, he spent one semester at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin (Colombia) with a specialization in corporate finance. He is fluent in French, English, German and Spanish. Robin was awarded the oikos St. Gallen Sustainability Thesis Award 2015.