Dorothea Baur – Keynote Speaker

Independent consultant, Writer & Lecturer on Ethics

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Specialist Subjects

  • CSR and sustainability
  • Artificial Intelligence and Ethics
  • ESG and sustainable finance


  • English


Dorothea Baur is a consultant, international expert, speaker and lecturer with many years of experience and excellent qualifications. She puts her finger on sore points, identifies blind spots and shows how ethics can be credibly and effectively integrated into business. She impresses with authenticity and the courage to engage in controversy. She gets to the heart of things. Dorothea Baur has a solid academic background with a PhD from the University of St. Gallen as well as research and teaching experience at leading European business schools.

She is the founder and owner of Baur Consulting and an expert with many years of international and interdisciplinary experience in the field of responsibility, sustainability and ethics. In addition to her role as a consultant, she is an internationally sought-after speaker and lecturer.

She successfully advises companies, pension funds, foundations and NGOs on issues related to sustainable investments (ESG), artificial intelligence and ethics, as well as corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. She also regularly gives presentations and leads workshops for various target groups on these topics.

Since August 2021, Dorothea Baur has been Chair of the newly created Sustainability Council of Thurgauer Kantonalbank. Dorothea is also a member of the jury of the Ethics and Trust in Finance Prize. Previously, she was, among other things, an Associate at the Institute for Social Banking, as well as the independent Ethics Officer of Alternative Bank Switzerland, an honorary board member of the Ethos Académie, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the BUCHI Foundation.

Among other things, Dorothea is a Fellow of ForHumanity, an organization working on the development of an audit process for automated decision systems, and Ethics Lead at Women in AI Switzerland. She is also a member of the Ethics Board of POSMO, a Swiss data cooperative with a mobility app, and a Founding Fellow of AI Talk Live, an international initiative to promote AI for the benefit of humanity.

Dorothea Baur teaches at various universities and universities of applied sciences. Since January 2022 she has been publishing a column on Ellexx, an independent money-media-platform for women (in German).

Many people think of ethics as abstract philosophy whose birth dates back several centuries, or even worse, as something that automatically makes you feel somehow ‘inadequate’, and thus bad. Dorothea refutes these prejudices with her speeches.

Her keynotes are anchored in the here and now, and they are thought-provoking. Her authentic and lively style inspires audiences. Whether she speaks in front of financial professionals, technology enthusiasts, sustainability experts, or any selection from the general population, she succeeds in captivating those in attendance.

With her broad, interdisciplinary knowledge, she points out surprising connections. Above all, Dorothea makes sure that she presents her thoughts in a language that is appropriate for the audience and with a certain lightness. That’s how ethics is fun.

Popular Talks by Dorothea Baur

CSR and sustainability

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability are an integral part of successful corporate management. Customers, employees, shareholders and the communities in which companies operate demand a credible commitment to the environment and society.

I advise and accompany companies, foundations and NGOs in their projects at the interfaces of business with society, environment and politics. I help them clarify their values and thereby secure internal support and external legitimacy.

Artificial Intelligence and Ethics

Never before has technological progress been faster, and never before has awareness of the ethical implications been so great. Especially in the field of artificial intelligence, in the context of blockchain and of course in data protection, there are major ethical challenges but also opportunities.

I advise and guide companies and other stakeholders to design technologies in line with their own values and to use them considerately but effectively.

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