Michael is Chairman of Ambata Capital, a merchant bank that seeks to develop businesses as a positive force for change for the people, communities, and environments in which they operate and to advance sustainability as a core competency.
In this capacity, Michael serves as Chairman of Regenerative Food Network (RFN). RFN applies regenerative thinking to bolster food security, economic opportunity, and climate resilience in the communities we partner with by reinvigorating local food systems through the development of enabling infrastructure projects. Michael also serves on the board of Reykjavik Geothermal (RG), a geothermal development company focused on providing utility scale renewable power from the best resources in the world. RG is currently developing projects in Ethiopia, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Michael has over 25 years of experience as a senior banking executive and was a member of the Group Executive Board of Credit Suisse from 2005 to 2008, as well as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Europe, Middle East, and Africa. From 1995 to 2002, Michael helped build the investment bank at Deutsche Bank. From 2000 to 2002, he was Global Head of Asset Management and a member of the Board of Managing Directors, responsible for the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Michael spent over a decade at the forefront of the rapidly expanding global futures and options industry at Goldman Sachs as well as Merrill Lynch where he was Global Head of Futures and Options.
Mr. Philipp is also active in conservation, he is Co-Chairman of Bhutan Foundation with Her Majesty, the Queen Mother Ashi Pem Tseyring Wangchuk, and he also serves on the National Council of World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Michael has a BA and MBA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and lives in Vermont with his wife, Sherry.