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Episode 3: In conversation with Uli Grabenwarter and Christian Motzfeldt


16 September 2021

In this episode of ‘Sustainability Talks’, host Patrick Sheehan (Founder & Managing Partner, ETF Partners) is joined by Uli Grabenwarter and Christian Motzfeldt.

Uli Grabenwarter is Deputy Director of Equity Investments at the European Investment Fund (EIF). In this capacity, he oversees EIF’s activities in Venture Capital, Impact Investing, and Technology Transfer, with EIF being Europe’s biggest Fund-of-Funds investment platform in these markets. Previously he was responsible for EIF’s strategic development in the equity space. In this context, he has led the build-up of the Social Impact Accelerator, the first pan-European social impact investing fund-of-funds.

From 2010 to 2012, he conducted a 20-month research project on impact investing in collaboration with IESE University of Navarra in Barcelona and the Family Office Circle Foundation based in Switzerland, analysing best-market-practices for impact investing in the private equity and venture capital space. He is a visiting Professor for Private Equity and Venture Capital at IESE University and is an angel investor in life sciences companies.

Since 2018 he is a Trustee of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and serves on the Board of several asset management companies and family office structures. He regularly publishes articles and white papers on venture capital and impact investing. Uli is also a member of several expert groups on impact investing and impact metrics across Europe. Uli holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance from the University of Graz.

Christian Motzfeldt is an investor and board member in young growth companies in finance, tech, and green transition. Through two decades, he built and ran the Danish Growth Fund and played a central role in growing the Danish entrepreneurship ecosystem. Christian held previous positions in private banking, the Central Bank of Denmark, the Danish Government, and the EU Commission. Christian is an Economist by education and a firm believer in science-based and entrepreneur-driven solutions to the major challenges of human life.

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