Research Institute Organization


The Credit Suisse Research Institute is chaired by Urs Rohner, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Group AG. Its operations are managed by a dedicated Executive Committee, consisting of the CSRI Head and the bank's most senior researchers. 

Nicole Longhi is Head of Credit Suisse Group's in-house think-tank, the Credit Suisse Research Institute. She is also member of the Chairman's Office.

Nicole is with Credit Suisse since 2008, where she worked as Chief of Staff at Corporate & Investment Banking, was First Line of Defense Support at Solution Partners and Business Manager at UHNWI EMEA. Before, she worked at Group Internal Audit/Forensic Services at Novartis International and Ernst & Young.

She holds a Master degree in Finance, Accounting and Controlling and an additional Master in Business Education, covering Innovation, Leadership, Change and Project Management from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. 

Nicole is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Nannette Hechler-Fayd'herbe is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the International Wealth Management Division in Zurich. She is the Head of Investment Strategy and Research.

Nannette joined Credit Suisse in 1999 as Head of Swiss Fixed Income and Credit Research at Credit Suisse First Boston. In 2006, she transferred to Credit Suisse's Private Banking division, where in her extended role as Head of Global Fixed Income and Credit Research she took over responsibility for global fixed income and credit strategy advice.

Nannette holds a PhD from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and is a graduate of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) in Paris, France.

Richard Kersley is Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Global Markets division's Global Equity Research department. He is the Global Head of Research Product and co-ordinates the development of Credit Suisse's thematic research.

Prior to his current position, Richard was Co-Head of European Equity Research and Head of the Pan-European equity strategy team. He received top rankings in both the Extel and Institutional Investor surveys for his work in this area. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 1998, Richard was a Director of BZW and head of its European strategy team.

He holds a B. Soc. Sc. (Hons) Class 1 in Economics from the University of Birmingham in the UK.

Michael O'Sullivan is Managing Director of Credit Suisse in International Wealth Management Division and the Chief Investment Officer for International Wealth Management.

Michael joined Credit Suisse in July 2007 from State Street Global Markets. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Michael spent over ten years as a global strategist at a number of sell-side institutions and has also taught finance at Princeton and Oxford Universities.

He was educated at University College Cork in Ireland and Balliol College in Oxford, where he obtained M.Phil and D.Phil degrees as a Rhodes Scholar. He was an independent member of Ireland's National Economic Social Council from 2011 to 2016.

Michael Strobaek is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the International Wealth Management division. He is the Global Chief Investment Officer and Head of Investment Solutions & Products, a unit that integrates the advisory, investment and delivery process.

Michael joined Credit Suisse in May 2013, from a Swiss Family Office, where he was the Chief Executive Officer, the CIO and a Managing Partner. Between 1996 and 2009, he was with UBS, where he was most recently the Head of Investment Management for UBS Wealth Management, and prior to that, the Global Head of Investment Solutions. He has more than 20 years of financial markets and managerial experience, overseeing international investment management operations.

Michael holds an M.Sc. degree in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and a CEMS Master degree in Finance from the University of Cologne, Germany. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Burkhard P. Varnholt is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the International Wealth Management Division. He is the Chief Investment Officer for Switzerland and the Deputy Global CIO.

Burkhard has more than twenty years of investment management and leadership experience, more than ten of which he served at Credit Suisse. He ran large portfolios for private- and institutional investors around the globe. In 2004, Burkhard founded the charity 'Kids of Africa', which runs an orphanage for homeless children in Uganda (

Burkhard gained his first doctorate at the University of St. Gallen, taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Stern School of Business, New York University. He received an honorary doctorate in International Relations from the Geneva School of Diplomacy.

The Credit Suisse Research Institute is Credit Suisse's in-house think tank, established in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. The Institute's objective is to study long-term economic developments, which have – or promise to have – a global impact within and beyond the financial services sector.  

Senior Advisors

The Institute collaborates with the world's leading experts from academia, business and politics. In the past, these included Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz, Professor Nouriel Roubini, Professor Sadie Creese and others. It also maintains working relations with reputable experts, such as Sir Paul Tucker and Mr. Jean-Claude Trichet. Among the Institute's long-standing Senior Advisors are Walter Kielholz and The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swiss Re and former chairman of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Group. His research interests focus on global insurance activities and social and economic development. In 2005 he was elected to the Insurance Hall of Fame by the International Insurance Society for his substantial influence on the Insurance industry for the benefit of society.

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1997. During his premiership, the British economy recovered from the 1990–92 recession to usher in one of the longest periods of economic growth in British history.