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Entela Benz-Saliasi
Associate Professor, Dept. of Finance
HKUST

Entela is the CEO and Co-founder of Intensel Limited, an AI-powered climate science for predicting risk related to weather extremes and climate change. Besides, she serves as Adjunct Associate Professor at Department of Finance, HKUST Business School, teaching a variety of courses such as Fixed Income Securities, Investment Analysis Sustainable Investing mainly for Master level. Before Intensel, Entela has been acting as consultant/advisor/executive trainer on Impact and ESG Investing. Previously, she worked for UBS Investment Bank, Hong Kong and a Geneva-based hedge fund, Switzerland and the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Albania.Currently, she sits on various paid and unpaid 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 recent and ongoing Harvard Business Review cases studies are on ESG integration, physical and transitional climate risk impact on company performance and China A-Shares mainly. 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.