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  • Supporting ESG Reporting and Double Materiality with the help of AI and unstructured data – how companies can automate sustainability tasks
     23. January 2024
     17:30 - 20:00
     Osteria Im Hof

Zug Commodity Association is pleased to invite you to a Conference:

Supporting ESG Reporting and Double Materiality with the help of AI and unstructured data – how companies can automate sustainability tasks.

Prof. dr. Stefan Behringer, Head of CC Controlling at the Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne (HSLU) together with Elsa Pernot, Global Head of HSEC for Gunvor Group, Timo Heroth, Senior ESG Researcher IFZ HSLU and Co-Founder of Equintel, and Dr. Janna Lipenkova, CEO of Equintel and expert in the field of AI and Computational Lingustics will present on:

  • Practical insights gained from research project between the Gunvor Group, IFZ HSLU, and Equintel on data driven ESG analysis and double materiality assessment
  • How AI can help to support ESG research, reporting, and regulatory alignment
  • What role data plays in times of CSRD and ESRS and how to gain and structure it for different corporate departments and tasks


Prof. Dr. Stefan Behringer – Head of CC Controlling, IFZ HSLU
Stefan studied business administration at the University of Cologne. He completed his doctorate on the subject of company valuation at the University of Flensburg. After completing his doctorate, he gained 10 years of management experience at Deutsche Post and Olympus Europa in the areas of controlling, mergers & acquisitions, compliance, sustainability and internal auditing. He has been Professor of Business Administration since 2009. From 2013 to 2019, he was President of NORDAKADEMIE University of Applied Sciences in Elmshorn and Hamburg. He has worked at the IFZ since 2019. Stefan Behringer heads the Competence Center Controlling. His current research focuses on the fields of artificial intelligence in controlling and ESG, cryptocurrencies and crypto assets.

Elsa Pernot – Global Head of HSEC, Gunvor Group
Elsa is the Global Head of Ethics and Sustainability for Gunvor Group, one of the largest physical energy commodities trading companies in the world, moving approximately 200 million MT of physical energy annually. Her role entails oversight of corporate policy relating to anti-bribery and corruption, health, safety, environment, community, and human rights. Primary to her current objectives is the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as well as promoting initiatives relating to the Energy Transition.

Timo Heroth – Senior Researcher, IFZ HSLU and Co-Founder of Equintel
Timo gained over 10 years’ experience in financial research, corporate banking and M&A before he concentrated on non-financial information that plays an increasing role for companies nowadays. He is a certified European Financial Analyst and just handed in his PhD at the University of St. Gallen with a focus on the value relevance of stakeholder orientation and SDG reporting. He manages several research projects dealing with sustainability disclosure at the IFZ HSLU. He is also co-leading a certificate course at the IFZ HSLU focusing on “ESG Reporting”.

Timo is also co-founder of the start-up Equintel that supports companies with an AI-driven approach in the field of ESG reporting, regulatory alignment and double materiality assessments.

Dr. Janna Lipenkova, CEO, Equintel GmbH
Janna speaks seven languages and holds a Master in Chinese Studies and Economics, as well as a PhD in Computational Linguistics. After many years of work in AI and NLP in both academia and industry, she started her own AI and analytics business and acquired and managed projects for global companies in different industries. Her expertise is summarized in her new book on Creating Intelligent Products with AI. With Equintel, Janna focuses on applying AI to solve the deep sustainability challenges ahead of modern businesses.

Date / Time

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 / 17:30 – 20:00

17:30              Registration
18:00              Presentation
19:00              Networking and Apero

Please register until January 20, 2024.



Venue Phone: +41 41 710 43 43

Venue Website:

Zeughausgasse 18, Entry in the courtyard, Private Room, 1st Floor, Zug, Zug, 6300, Switzerland