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Welcome to Z/Yen

Z/Yen helps organisations make better choices - our clients consider us a commercial think-tank that spots, solves and acts. Our name combines Zen and Yen - “a philosophical desire to succeed” - in a ratio, recognising that all decisions are trade-offs. Z/Yen’s mission is to be the foremost risk/reward management firm.

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Chiara von Gunten

MA MSc (Hons)

Chiara has been heading business development and professional services for Z/Yen’s office in Switzerland since January 2012. Chiara first joined Z/Yen as a consultant in July 2010 and has worked on a number of management projects and research assignments for public and not-for-profit organisations. Her research has focused on topics relating to finance, sustainability (including climate change, biodiversity and natural capital), public policy, macroeconomics and innovation.

Chiara manages Long Finance, an initiative aiming to improve society's understanding and use of finance over the long term through four programmes (including the London Accord), publications and events.

Chiara holds an MSc in Environment and Development (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and an MA in International Relations (Distinction) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies.

Before joining Z/Yen, Chiara worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in both the UK and Switzerland. Most notably she has worked within the Sustainable Development unit of the City of London Corporation in 2010, where among other assignments she conducted their first sustainability performance assessment. Other professional experience includes working with the Sponsoring and Philanthropy team of Lombard Odier & Cie, Private Bankers, in Switzerland from 2007 to 2008; and with a French NGO in Madagascar in 2006, where she coordinated rebuilding works in the city of Farafangana.

Chiara has co-authored a number of publications, including:

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