Dr. Christian H. Kälin

Investment Migration Pioneer, Legal Scholar, Author and Editor, Advisor to Governments, Inventor, Humanitarian, Global Citizen

Dr. Christian H. Kälin, TEP, FIMC, Chairman of Henley & Partners, is considered 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 from the University of Zurich, he is a sought-after speaker and advises governments and international organizations. He is the author, co-author, or 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 professional sector, as well as being one of the academic thought leaders in modern citizenship theory and practice.

Dr. Kälin is not only an accomplished lawyer, legal scholar, and the global pioneer of modern investment migration, he is also a successful serial entrepreneur, investor, author, editor, and philanthropist.