Sustainable finance expert Dr. Axel Hesse now at zeb

The strategy and management consultancy for the European financial services industry has just announced that Dr. Hesse has been reinforcing the topic segment of sustainable finance from their Frankfurt office since the middle of September and is going to intensify and further expand zeb’s extensive consulting portfolio in this important field of action for European financial services providers.

Dr. Hesse has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable finance and investments and has published numerous studies on the topic. Following a banking apprenticeship at Commerzbank and a degree in Business Administration at the University of Münster, he worked amongst others for HVB Group and completed his PhD on the topic of sustainable banking in 2006. In 2012 he launched SD-M GmbH where he will remain a shareholder. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, SD-M GmbH created standards for material sustainability indicators, so-called Sustainable Development Key Performance Indicator Standards (SD-KPI Standards). These are cited as an external sustainability standard in the BaFin Guidance Notes on Dealing with Sustainability Risks. The Guideline on the Sustainability Code adopted by the German Federal Government’s Council for Sustainable Development also recommends the SD-KPI Standard for materiality analyses.

Dr. Jens Kuttig, Senior Partner responsible for the Risk Practice Group, comments: “Over the past few years, consulting in the area of sustainable finance has very much gained in significance and intensity. In Axel Hesse, we have now secured a renowned and leading expert who is able to reinforce our consulting teams in this area and provide this important consulting segment with innovative stimulus.”

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As a leading strategy and management consultancy, zeb has been offering transformation expertise along the entire value chain in the financial services sector in Europe since 1992. In Germany, we operate offices in Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Münster (HQ). Our international locations are in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Kiev, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Moscow, Oslo, Stockholm, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich. Our clients include European large-cap and private banks, regional banks, insurers as well as all kinds of financial intermediaries. Several times already, our company has been classed and acknowledged as “best consultancy” for the financial sector in industry rankings.

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