Global entrepreneur and Hofstra alumnus joins Board of Trustees

Global entrepreneur and Hofstra alumnus joins Board of Trustees

The Hofstra University Board of Trustees added alumnus and entrepreneur Kurt A. Lambert to its membership.

In addition to earning an undergraduate degree in mathematics with a minor in anthropology from Hofstra, Lambert was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from his alma mater in May 2022.

He joins 23 fellow board members, six officers, and six delegates, representing the governing body of the university. 

“Kurt epitomizes the value of a Hofstra education,” said Board Chair Donald M. Schaeffer. “From the time he earned his bachelor’s degree, he has worked in earnest to contribute to the world, through creation as an entrepreneur and support through service positions. These are the qualities that make for an exceptional board member, and we look forward to his contributions.”   

Lambert has dedicated a significant portion of his career to building companies, both his own and others’, by contributing through investments and board positions.

He currently serves as the chairman of the board at ForlamVentures in Zurich, Switzerland, a private investment, and service company that supports startups with aligned values.

Additionally, he holds a board seat at Quantex AG, a Swiss-based investment manager, where he has been for over 13 years. Lambert co-founded and served 16 years on the board of RepRisk, a pioneer and global leader in ESG data science, and held the position of chairman from January 2010 to June 2023.

A passionate entrepreneur and lover of coffee, Lambert has established several firms across varied sectors, and he is particularly proud of the Swiss roastery and coffee chain, ViCAFE.

In 1997, he founded Harcourt Investment Consulting AG, which emerged as a forerunner in the Swiss hedge fund industry. By the end of 2004, it managed assets exceeding $5 billion. During his tenure as chairman, he also held a position on the advisory board of the FTSE Hedge Fund Index.

“It is a great moment for the University when one of its own comes back to support and to serve,” said Susan Poser, president of Hofstra University. “Dr. Lambert brings a wealth of experience, both nationally and internationally, and I look forward to working with him to help advance Hofstra’s mission.” Dr. Lambert is the fifth addition to the Hofstra Board of Trustees since Dr. Susan Poser became president in 2021.

Lambert holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.  

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