CHRISTOPHER BURNHAM, CHAIRMAN
Mr. Burnham is Chairman of Cambridge Global Advisors. He co-founded Cambridge in January of 2013 after a distinguished career in government, diplomacy, banking, and private equity. Mr. Burnham is a globally recognized expert on the management of complex multi-billion dollar global organizations, and on corporate governance, having served as the chief financial officer and chief operating officer of the U.S. Department of State, and chief operating officer of the United Nations. He has also, most recently, served as a member of Donald Trump's Presidential Transition Team at Department of State.
From 2006 to December 2012 Mr. Burnham was the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Deutsche Asset Management, and a member of the Global Operating Committee. In 2008, Mr. Burnham co-founded Deutsche Bank’s direct private equity group, RREEF Capital Partners, the bank’s reentry into private equity after an eight-year absence.
Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Burnham served as Under Secretary General of the United Nations for Management, the “Chief Operating Officer” of the United Nations. Appointed by Kofi Annan in June 2005, Mr. Burnham was the highest-ranking American in the United Nations Secretariat. Mr. Burnham joined the United Nations after serving as acting Under Secretary of State for Management for Secretary Condoleezza Rice, and as Assistant Secretary of State for Resource Management and Chief Financial Officer of the State Department for General Colin Powell.
Prior to his service to the United States, Mr. Burnham had a distinguished career in business and elected office, including as President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbus Circle Investors, at the time PIMCO’s largest equity management subsidiary, and as Vice Chairman of PIMCO mutual fund distribution group. In 1987 Mr. Burnham was elected to the first of three terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives, where he served as Assistant Minority Leader, and in 1994 he was elected Treasurer of the State of Connecticut. Mr. Burnham was the youngest Under Secretary General at the United Nations during his tenure. At the time of his confirmation by the United States Senate, Mr. Burnham was the youngest Assistant Secretary in the State Department. And during his term in office, Mr. Burnham was the youngest state treasurer in the nation.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Burnham was an energy investment banker with CS First Boston, and with Advest. A twenty-four year veteran of the United States Marine Corps (Reserve) and Lieutenant Colonel, in 1990 Mr. Burnham volunteered for active duty in the First Gulf War, and served as an infantry platoon commander and was part of the lead Allied forces to liberate Kuwait City.
Mr. Burnham currently serves as a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is chairman of the endowment committee of the Meridian International Center of Washington, D.C. He serves on the boards of XLA, Inc, a private company providing information technology program management, the advisory board of the World Bank’s Global Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond (GEMLOC) Program, the advisory board of the Rothermere American Institute of Oxford University, and the board of the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation.
Mr. Burnham was graduated from the Kent School, Washington and Lee University, and Harvard University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.