Trends in AI4ESG

24 February 2022
17:00  - 19:00

- in cooperation with NVIDIA, Gaia-x #FAIC, STATWORKX and AI Frankfurt

ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance. Investment companies, asset owners and banks are increasingly applying these non-financial factors as part of their analysis process to identify material risks and growth opportunities. Artificial Intelligence – sometimes called the New Electricity – has enormous potential to drive evidence-based ESG analysis and detect ESG-washing. Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Geospatial AI have become trending technologies in sustainable finance.

Also, AI models themselves are a new component to ESG when companies build data-driven, AI-fuelled business models. Accountabilty, governance, explainability and trustworthiness of AI-driven applications will be crucial as well as their compliance with new AI regulations like the EU AI Act. However, some decision makers in finance are not aware of the capabilities of AI4ESG and some AI model builders are not aware of the meaning of ESG for society, economy and our planet.

This is the motivation of our event ‘Trends in AI4ESG’ which is intended to improve know-how transfer between both camps and to moderate a dialogue. It facilitates the exchange of innovative ideas and cooperation opportunities in the field of AI4ESG.



17:00 Introduction
Prof. Dr. Volker Brühl, Managing Director, Center for Financial Studies
Dr. Jochen Papenbrock, AI Frankfurt Rhine-Main e.V. (registered association) & NVIDIA
17:15 -17.25 Mission of AI Frankfurt Rhine Main and importance of AI4ESG
Stefan Jäger, Board of AI Frankfurt / Advisor to the Lord Mayor, City of Frankfurt
17:25 - 17:40 Spatial sustainable finance: Satellite-based ratings of company footprints in biodiversity and water
Prof. Peter Schwendner, Institute of Wealth & Asset Management, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
17:40 - 17:55 Spatial Finance: Next generation climate and environmental analytics for resilient finance
Christophe Christiaen, Innovation and Impact Lead, Oxford Sustainable Finance Group
17:55 - 18:10 AI4ESG Use-Case
Sebastian Heinz, STATWORX GmbH
18:10 - 18:25 Break
18:25 - 18:40 AI & Technology for Sustainable and Trustworthy Finance -  key role and growing global ecosystem
Jochen Papenbrock  and Shilpa Kolhatkar, NVIDIA / Gaia-x FAIC / AI Frankfurt Rhein-Main
18:40 - 19:00 Questions & Answers
Jochen Papenbrock, AI Frankfurt Rhine-Main e.V. (registered association) & NVIDIA
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