Olivier Karius

Oliver Karius is a partner at LGT Venture Philanthropy Foundation. Prior to joining LGT Venture Philanthropy, Olivier was Head of Research at Forma Futura Invest AG, an independent Swiss-based investment management company focusing on investing to contribute to a sustainable quality of life. He is also Managing Director and co-founder of VantagePoint Global which is dedicated to building the capacity for sustainable investing and development in emerging markets. From 2001 to 2004, Olivier served as Manager of Research Services and Senior Sustainability Analyst at SAM Research for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and SAM Group. From 1997 to 2001, he worked for F&C (formerly known as ISIS), where he was principally responsible for European company research and the development and implementation of the responsible engagement overlay (reo®) programme for institutional investors. Throughout his career Olivier has focused on the interface between sustainable development and finance and has a special interest in the application of sustainability in developing countries, biomimicry, whole systems design and sustainable architecture. He holds an MSc in Environmental Technology, Global Environmental Change and Policy from Imperial College, London, and a Diploma in Biology from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany.