Michael de Picciotto
Michael de Picciotto is a prominent investor and businessman. He was appointed to Aston Martin’s Board as Non-Executive Director in 2020. Since March 2016, Michael de Picciotto has served as the Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Engel & Volkërs AG of which he is a substantial shareholder since 2012. The Hamburg-based company, since its inception in 1977, has grown to become one of the world’s leading service companies specialising in the brokerage of premium residential property and commercial real estate. E&V is currently undergoing a rapid and global expansion. The firm has over 800 locations worldwide, offering both private and institutional clients a full range of services.
Throughout his career, Michael de Picciotto has gained extensive experience in asset management, private banking and trading. Before joining Engel & Volkers, he built his career at Union Bancaire Privée (UBP), a family owned Swiss private bank, in London and Geneva which he joined in 1988 as Managing Director of CBI-UBP International in London. He later become responsible for UBP’s global financial activities and subsequently continuing to build his international career there. Over a tenure spanning more than 27 years, he ran several divisions, including the High Net Worth, Trading and Treasury, the London branch and the Asian chapter. He also served as a member of the Executive Board and remains a shareholder. His considerable experience and savoir faire in the industry have solidified his reputation as an innovative and experienced banker, capable of navigating the challenges faced in today’s financial world. Over the decades, he has cultivated an international global network of Institutional Investors and Ultra High Net Worth families.
Michael de Picciotto grew up in Brussels and studied at the Faculty of Hautes Etudes Commerciales at Lausanne university. He gained his first professional experience at RBC Dominium Securities, a large Canadian investment bank, and co-headed the Capital Markets department in London and Paris.
Committed to advancing life-saving research, Michael de Picciotto is the founder of the de Picciotto-Lesser Cancer Cell Observatory in Memory of Wolfgang and Ruth Lesser. It was established in memory of his grandparents, as a component of the Moross Integrated Cancer Centre (MICC). It provides specialists and scientists with advanced imaging technology enhancing superior research, revolutionising the Centre’s capacity to image life processes by monitoring live cellular and molecular changes. Coming from a family of engineers, Michael’s ambition to establish the observatory is due to his lifelong interest in sciences, coming from a family of engineers, as well as his desire to honour his maternal grandparents’ memory.