Barbadian Dr Kurt Lambert will join New York City Mayor Eric Adams as a recipient of a 2022 honorary degree from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
Dr Lambert will also deliver the commencement address to the graduating class.
Lambert is Chairman of the Board of RepRisk, a global leader in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risk and due diligence, delivering best-available data globally to leading organisations across all industries.
A passionate entrepreneur, Lambert has built a number of early and late-stage firms spanning the investment, fintech, healthcare, and consumer goods sectors, including Swiss coffeeshop chain ViCAFE.
In 1997, he founded Harcourt Investment Consulting AG, which was a pioneer in the Swiss hedge fund industry, and managed in excess of US$5 billion by the end of 2009.
Lambert is Chair of The Forlam Foundation in Barbados and was previously Chairman and member of the Board of Trustees of the Africa Foundation UK Trust.
In addition, he has served on the Advisory Board of several major initiatives including the Advisory Board of the FTSE Hedge Fund Index, the most recent being to establish a regional financial services institute in the Caribbean.
Lambert has a PhD in Economics from the University of Lausanne, in Switzerland, a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BSc in Mathematics from Hofstra University.
He along with Drs Vidya Armogan and William Duguid, MP and former MP Richard Sealy are members of the Harrison College 1979 entry year.
Former distinguished Hofstra awardees include the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm Forbes, Publisher of Forbes magazine, former US President Bill Clinton, Alan Greenspan, Chair of the Federal Reserve, and Dr Courtney Blackman, former Governor to the Central Bank of Barbados. (PR)