Alumnae Network of Harvard Women Switzerland
Sustainability – from Human Network to Infrastructure
Time: Wednesday, 26. October, at 6:30 - 8 pm
Location: Bahnhofstrasse 58, Zurich
For Barbara Weber, sustainability challenges everything we think and do. Where utilities operated large, centralized power plants based on imported fossil fuels, today institutional investors finance decentral energy transition assets relying on renewable resources. The partner-owned investment house B Capital Partners invests exclusively in sustainable infrastructure assets with superior outcomes – both in terms of profitability and sustainability.
For Reem Yared, sustainability challenges us to reduce our carbon footprint and our consumption of resources in the big things and the little things of everyday life. By recruiting help that is nearby, older people can stay in their houses longer – they can age in place- and help can travel less. HelpAroundTown.com is a community marketplace for help that focuses on this approach.
(Registration closes on October 22nd)
Meet the Speakers
We are proud to present Barbara Weber, MPA 97, Ph.D., Lic., MSc. She is the Founding Partner of B Capital Partners and an ANHW CH member.
She is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Bekk og Strom AS, a company owning and operating hydropower plants in Norway. Further, Barbara was a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA). She was instrumental in setting up an infrastructure investment platform for Swiss pension funds (IST3), for which she also served on the Investment Committee for several years. Barbara has over 20 years of infrastructure and private equity as well as project finance experience gained during several years with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, PolyTechnos, and, since 2003, with B Capital Partners. She previously worked for the private sector development group of the World Bank in Washington DC. She is a prolific author and has written four books on infrastructure investment, the latest one being “Infrastructure as an Asset Class. Second Edition” (2016). Barbara wrote her Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard University and the University of St. Gallen. She holds an MSc in Business & Operations Research from Warwick University and a post-graduate degree in International Relations from Mannheim University.
Founder & CEO of HelpAroundTown.com, an award-winning community marketplace for help, which connects neighbors so they can find help when they need it and work when they want it.
Reem Yared had fifteen years of experience building online communities, knowledge marketplaces, recruiting tools, and information services when she founded HelpAroundTown. Consulting clients included Dow Jones, Inc., HotDispatch, H3.com, Aquent, and the DOE. Reem received her BA at Harvard and her MBA at Wharton (University of Pennsylvania).
About the Alumnae Network of Harvard Women Switzerland
In 2013, a group of Radcliffe and Harvard alumnae founded the Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women (ANHW) with the intent of connecting students, alumnae, faculty, and administrators from all Harvard schools. Our immediate goal is to provide opportunities for networking and a platform from which to address issues of particular concern to women in the Harvard community and beyond. New Chapters and Discussion Groups are growing in number monthly, and events are hosting all over the world, as the ANHW website shows. The Swiss ANHW DSG, ANHW CH, has been open in 2020, with activities announced here.