Mara is a senior leader committed to SDG 5 and to changing the face of the financial industry. She is driven by the belief that daily investment decisions are an untapped source of social change, and that private capital can be a force for good. Mara successfully founded, brought to life and implemented an award-winning global program to better serve female clients and make gender equality investable.
Head UHNW Germany, Austria, Italy
She has 18 years experience in finance and heads UHNW Germany, Austria, Italy as well as UK and Northern Europe in booking center CH, leading an international team of 100+ people. She is quadrilingual and has held various positions in wealth management, spanning risk & capital management, strategy & organizational design, human resources, business development, sales management, client development and advisory.
Mara holds a doctorate with highest honors in Political Economy from Fribourg University and a degree in economic policy & econometrics. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and is a published author with over two decades of experience in gender equality matters.
Mara is a board member of UBS Optimus Foundation, Germany, striving to improve health, education and protection for the world's most vulnerable children.
Mara has published 2 books in 2018.:
“A Smart Way To Start” is the first of four books on financial confidence for kids addressing earning and equal pay, saving, spending and sustainability: www.smartwaytostart.com
“Women and Risk” explores ways to overcome the barriers to women’s access to capital, as final frontier to economic gender equality.
Simona Scarpaleggia is the CEO of IKEA Switzerland where she oversees strategy and operations of the retail business including nine stores, e-commerce and distributions with a total yearly turnover of EUR 1 billion.
CEO of IKEA Switzerland
Before joining IKEA Switzerland, she has held various positions in IKEA Italy and other multinational companies as senior executive or HR Director.
She is a passionate campaigner for all issues surrounding women’s empowerment. In 2009, she co-founded «Valore D» in Italy and later «Advance - Women in Swiss Business» in Switzerland. Both organization have a mission to boost gender diversity and to increase the share of mixed-gender management teams for the benefit of our economies.
Since January 2016, Scarpaleggia is co-chairing the UN High Level Panel on Women ́s Economic Empowerment. She holds a degree in political science and an MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management. Simona Scarpaleggia is an Italian citizen, is married and has three children.
Ana Maria Montero is a multilingual, multi-platform broadcast journalist with 15-plus years in front of the camera.
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News Anchor at CNN Money Switzerland
She grew up professionally at CNN – from intern to anchor desk – hosting her own daily show out of Los Angeles as well as
conducting live coverage from numerous high-profile events across the globe. The pursuit of her own personal story brought this native American to Zurich, where she has spent the last few years discovering Switzerland.