Christian H. Kälin

Investment Migration Pioneer, Entrepreneur and Investor, Advisor to Governments, Author, Humanitarian, and Global Citizen

Dr. Christian H. Kälin, TEP, FIMC, Chairman of Henley & Partners, is one of the world’s foremost experts in investment migration and citizenship-by-investment, a field he pioneered. Holding master’s and PhD degrees in law and a PhD in philosophy, he is a sought-after speaker and advises governments and international organizations. He is the author, co-author, and editor of many publications, including standard works such as the Global Residence and Citizenship Handbook, Ius Doni: The Acquisition of Citizenship by Investment, the annual Kälin – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index, and the Switzerland Business & Investment Handbook. Dr. Kälin is also the inventor of the passport index, having created the widely cited Henley Passport Index in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association, published regularly since 2006.

The architect of the modern investment migration industry, “Kälin is to citizenship by investment what Henry Ford was to the automobile – he may not have invented it, but he did standardize, popularize, and globalize it.” Dr. Kälin has been named by Bloomberg as the “Passport King” and is also internationally referred to as “Mr. Citizenship” due to his pioneering and visionary role in laying the foundations of an entire new industry, as well as being one of the academic thought leaders in modern citizenship theory and practice.

Trained as a banker, he also co-founded an investment management firm, Arnova Capital, which has a successful track record of over twenty years of consistent double-digit returns, and founded or substantially invested in several other companies, including SIP Medical Family Office, established in 1997.

Dr. Kälin has also long been involved in a number of philanthropic and humanitarian projects, and social impact investing. Among other initiatives, he is the founder and chairman of the Andan Foundation, a Swiss non-profit humanitarian organization under the supervision of the Swiss Federal government. It focuses on supporting displaced people and has established important partnerships, including with the UNHCR and UNICEF. The Foundation also established the USD 100,000 annual Innovation for Refugee Inclusion Prize in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.