Dr. Entela Benz-Saliasi
Entela is the CEO and Co-founder of Intensel Limited, an AI-powered climate science for predicting financial risk related to weather extremes and climate change. Besides, since 2008 she serves as Adjunct Associate Professor at Department of Finance, HKUST Business School, teaching a variety of courses such as Fixed Income Securities and Derivatives, Investment Analysis, ESG/Sustainable Investing mainly for Master level. Entela has been acting as consultant/advisor/executive trainer on ESG Investing. Previously, she worked for UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong, a Hedge Fund in Geneva, Switzerland etc.
Currently, she sits on various boards such as Dragon Capital Group Limited, The Hong Kong Green Finance Association ESG Integration working group, the Board of Advisors of International Care Ministries (ICM), as well as the Friend of Earth NGO Advisory Board.
Her publications and Harvard Business Review cases studies are on ESG integration, physical and transitional climate risk impact on company performance in general, China A-Shares, Asia based companies etc. Previous academic research is on Portfolio Optimization with Credit Default Risk, as well as Venture Capitalist contract pricing using numerical simulations techniques.
She graduated with a PhD in Financial Asset Management and Engineering (FAME /Swiss Finance Institute) from HEC – University of Lausanne, Switzerland, also holds an MPhil in International Economics from HEI- Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland and Certificate of Finance from Linacre College, Oxford University.