Dr. Christian H. Kälin

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

Philanthropy and Social Impact Investing

Dr. Kälin is passionate about several important philanthropic causes and has long been a supporter of various environmental and humanitarian initiatives. His academic background and personal interests have, however, motivated him to become increasingly involved with the global issue of forced displacement and, in particular, with the global refugee crisis.

Since 2014, and through a partnership with the UNHCR, Dr. Kälin has been able to contribute significantly to the refugee cause — and in 2017 he established the Andan Foundation in Switzerland with a view to amplify the social impact of his personal commitment and raise awareness in support of refugees. He is a member of the Global Citizen Award Committee and, along with his family, is also privately involved in social impact investing.

Zaatari refugee camp

In May 2018, Dr. Kälin was invited by the UNHCR to travel to Jordan to visit its operation in Amman and the Zaatari Refugee camp.

Global citizens event in support of South African refugees, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town 2018

In November 2018, Henley & Partners hosted an exclusive cocktail philanthropy event at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town. The event was supported by UNHCR High Profile Supporter Nomzamo Mbatha and attended by Dr. Kälin in his capacity as Henley & Partners Group Chairman, philanthropist, and global citizen. Musical entertainment on the evening was provided by esteemed Congolese musician Silvestre Kabassidi and his band, and proceeds were raised for the Adonis Musati Project, an extraordinary Cape Town-based organization that works to empower marginalized refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa.

UNHCR gala dinner, Dubai 2015

On 3 November 2015, Henley & Partners, in collaboration with the UNHCR, hosted a gala dinner in Dubai to raise funds for refugee registrations in UNHCR managed camps. The photos below are from a speech that Dr. Kälin made at the event.

Orphanage in Sri Lanka, 2018

On 5 December 2015, an orphanage for children who were displaced and lost their parents during the civil war in Sri Lanka hosted a special lunch celebration in appreciation of the support they received from Dr. Kälin.


Henley & Partners and UNHCR partnership for refugees: field mission

In 2016, Henley & Partners worked in partnership with the UNHCR to provide support that was primarily focused on funding refugee registration and identification documents. On this fieldtrip, delegates from Henley & Partners went to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan to see first-hand what was happening on the ground and how the organization could best position itself to offer assistance.

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