Michael Philipp is the Chairman of Reykjavik Geothermal, Ltd., a geothermal power development company based in Iceland. Reykjavik Geothermal (RG) is focused on large scale projects in Emerging Markets, primarily East Africa, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean. RG has offices in Reykjavik, New York, Atlanta, Abu Dhabi, Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea. Michael is also the Managing Partner of Ambata Capital Partners, an international advisory and investment firm based in New York, Atlanta and San Francisco. Ambata Capital Partners focuses on Clean Energy and Sustainability in Emerging Markets and is a significant shareholder in Reykjavik Geothermal, Ltd.
Michael was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Europe, Middle East and Africa, and a Member of the Group Executive Board of Credit Suisse from 2005 to 2008. During his tenure as Chairman and CEO, he expanded Credit Suisse's commitment to Emerging Markets, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. Michael sponsored the formation of Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia and a joint venture with Standard Bank in South Africa. Michael was also the Chairman of the Environmental Business Group.
Michael is currently on the Board of the World Wildlife Fund in the U.S. and the Board of the Fisheries Conservation Foundation. Michael is also the Chairman of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, which represents 58 developing countries in the UNFCCC negotiations for REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation).
Michael holds a B.A. in Fine Arts, an M.B.A. in Finance, and an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts.