Michael Phillipp

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Michael Philipp is Chairman of Ambata Capital, a family owned investment firm that believes businesses should act as a positive force for change in the communities, industries, and environments in which they operate. Phillipp has 25 years of experience in the global financial services industry. He is also Chairman of Regenerative Food Networks, Inc and Co-Chair of the Bhutan Foundation.


Phillipp 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. Ambata Capital is a significant shareholder of Reykjavik Geothermal, a global geothermal development company and Regenerative Food Network, a Benefit Corporation focused on building local and regional food systems in the Northeast.

Phillipp 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, he 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, he spent over a decade at the forefront of the rapidly expanding global futures and options industry. At Goldman Sachs (1982 to 1990), he held a variety of positions in the Fixed Income and Futures Services departments; and at Merrill Lynch (1990 to 1995), and was Global Head of Futures and Options. 

Phillipp is a board member of Reykjavik Geothermal, Bhutan for Life Fund and serves on the National Council of World Wildlife Fund. He is also Co-Chair of Bhutan Foundation, a US based NGO focused on helping the people of Bhutan reach their development goals. He received his BA, MBA and Honorary PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and lives in Dorset, Vermont with his wife, Sherry. Phillipp is a guest faculty member at Bennington for Fall 2020.