Burkhard P. Varnholt
Head of the Asset Management, Products & Sales Division, Chief Investment Officer (CIO)
Born 1968; German citizen; residing in Zurich, Switzerland; PhD in Economics from the University of St. Gall (HSG).
Prior to joining Bank Sarasin, Varnholt spent 10 years with Credit Suisse where he was a member of the Global Executive Council. He previously held various investment banking positions with Morgan Stanley in London. Varnholt, who continues to lecture regularly at the Executive MBA Program at the University of St. Gallen, also had a distinguished academic career, teaching at the University of St Gallen, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Stern School of Business at New York University. He has published more than 100 articles and five books. A keen art lover and collector, Varnholt served as a Member of the Acquisition Committee of the Tate Modern in London. Beginning with charitable initiatives in 1999, in 2004 he established the charity "Kids of Africa - The Swiss African Orphanage" ( www.kids-of-africa.com), which provides a home for orphaned and abandoned children in Uganda. In 2006 he was awarded the Swiss Re Milizpreis/Civilian Service Prize in recognition of his achievements.