Reto Ringger
Founder & CEO, Globalance Bank

Reto Ringger is an entrepreneur who is active at the junction between the financial markets and sustainability. In 2011, he founded Globalance Bank, which he leads as its CEO. Globalance Bank is an owner-run Swiss Private bank with a future-oriented business model. The bank specialises in sustainable investments. Previously, Reto founded the SAM Group in 1995, which he successfully sold in 2008. Under his leadership, SAM became one of the world’s leading providers of sustainable investments. SAM launched the world’s first sustainability investment fund in 1997. Later, in cooperation with Dow Jones, SAM launched the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the world’s first equity index for sustainable investments. In 2000, the world’s first water fund was launched and in 2001 SAM launched the first private equity fund in the clean-tech sector.

Previously, he held various positions in investment banking at various financial institutions such as UBS, Nikko Bank and Swiss Re. Reto has received various awards for his entrepreneurial activities: among others, the Cash Award for the “Rising Star”, the Cleantech Pioneer Award in recognition of his having successfully established the world’s first globally diversified clean-tech private equity fund, as well as the Global Green Award from Green Cross International for having launched the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Globalance bank was awarded from World Economic Forum (WEF) 2015 for the innovation of Globalance Footprint as a Global Growth Company.

In July 2019 the International University in Geneva (IUG) has awarded Reto an honorary doctorate for his achievements and numerous innovations in the field of sustainable investments.