Julian Kölbel

Julian Kölbel

Julian Kölbel

Prof. Dr.

Assistant Professor

FSI-HSG, Center for Financial Services Innovation
Büro MF52-6106
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 8
9000 St. Gallen
Main Focuses



Indicators and Measurement


Fields of research

The impact of sustainable investing

Indicators for and measurement of sustainability

Climate Risks

  • ETH Zurich, PhD in Management & Finance (Nov. 2011 - Jun. 2016)
  • University of Oxford, M.Sc. in Water Policy and Management (Oct. 2009 - Sep. 2010)
  • ETH Zurich, B.Sc. Environmental Sciences (Oct. 2005 - Sep. 2008)
Professional Career
  • University of St. Gallen, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Finance (Aug. 2022 – present)
    • Affiliation: School of Finance, Center for Financial Services Innovation
  • MIT Sloan School of Management, Research Affiliate (Mar. 2018 - present)
    • Affiliation: Aggregate Confusion Project
  • University of Zurich, Postdoctoral Researcher (Mar. 2018 – Jun. 2022)
    • Affiliation: Center for sustainable finance and private wealth (CSP)
  • MIT Sloan School of Management, Postdoctoral Fellow (Sep. 2016 - Feb. 2018)
    • Affiliation: MIT Sustainability Initiative and System Dynamics Group
Teaching Activities

7,170: Impact Investing 2 ECTS, Fall Semester

  • Swiss Finance Institute
  • Society for Financial Studies
  • European Finance Association
  • International Center for Pension Management (ICPM) research award, July 2022.
  • People's Choice Award at the ARCS conference, Bocconi University, Milano, June 2022.
  • Governance Insight Award, Honorary Distinction, Investment and Wealth Institute, April 2021
  • Best Paper Prize and the Best Paper Prize on ESG Standards, Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI), September 11, 2020, Columbia University.
  • Best Paper Award at the Workshop Sustainable Finance, October 1, 2020, University of Liechtenstein
  • Best Pedagogical Contribution Award, Management Teaching Review, Aug. 2018.
  • Best sustainable finance teaching concept, United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing (UN PRI), Sep. 27, 2016.
  • Zurich Dissertation Prize for an outstanding dissertation in the area of financial risk, sponsored by Zurich Insurance, June 1, 2016. 
  • Best Student Paper at UNPRI Academic Conference, Paris, Nov. , 2013. 
  • Best Master Thesis and Best Overall Performance in MSc Degree at the University of Oxford, Sep. 2010.
Research Cooperation

Co-founder and research affiliate of the Aggregate Confusion Projects