Christopher Burnham
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Cambridge Global Capital, LLC

 

Mr. Burnham is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Global Capital, LLC, headquartered in Washington, D.C. He co-founded Cambridge after a distinguished career in government, diplomacy, banking, and private equity.

 

 

         

He has served as Under Secretary General for Management of the United Nations, Under Secretary of State for Management (acting), Assistant Secretary of State for Resource Management and Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of State, Treasurer of the State of Connecticut, and a three-term Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives where he was elected by his colleagues as Assistant Minority Leader after only one-term.  In addition, Mr. Burnham served as Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank Asset Management, global co-head of private equity and member of the Global Operating Committee, and earlier in his career, as CEO of PIMCO’s largest equity subsidiary, Columbus Circle Investors, and International Vice Chairman of PIMCO Funds Distribution Company.

Mr. Burnham led reforms of the Connecticut Treasury including turning around the worst preforming state pension system in the nation, eliminating the $7 billion unfunded liability within the Connecticut workers compensation system, and modernization of the financial and reporting systems. At the U.S. Department of State, he built and led the implementation of performance measures down to the mission level while modernizing the global reporting system across 270 offices in 170 countries. As COO of the UN and a member of the cabinet of Kofi Annan, he instituted sweeping governance reforms including the establishment of the first UN Ethics Office, the first United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee, the adoption of new International Public Sector Accounting Standards, the first comprehensive consolidated annual report in the history of the United Nations, and a new whistleblower protection policy that received independent recognition as the “gold standard.” He also implemented best-in-class financial disclosure reporting by senior United Nations officials and staff based on the U.S. Government model, a first ever sexual harassment policy, and started a taskforce to investigate corruption within UN procurement that led to prosecutions and convictions by the U.S. District Attorney’s office of the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Burnham has been confirmed twice by the United States Senate.

From 2006 to December 2012, Mr. Burnham was the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Deutsche Asset Management where he co-founded and led Deutsche Bank’s direct private equity group, RREEF Capital Partners, the bank’s reentry into private equity after an eight-year absence. He also chaired Deutsche Bank’s asset management governance committee in Germany.  Mr. Burnham is a globally recognized expert in the implementation of accountability and transparency, and the implementation of best practice in government, corporations, and inter-governmental organizations. Earlier in his career he worked as an investment banker in the public power and corporate group of First Boston, and at Advest.

A combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps (Reserve) who retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Mr. Burnham volunteered for active duty in 1990 and served as an infantry platoon commander in the Gulf War. He and his men were part of the lead Allied forces to reach and liberate Kuwait City.

Since 2013, Mr. Burnham has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Cambridge Global Capital, a venture capital investment firm focused on opportunities in life sciences, cyber and data security, and AI/data analytics. He holds FINRA registrations in Series 63 and Series 79, and holds a top secret clearance from the United States Government.

Mr. Burnham is a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies where he has served on the development assistance reform committee, he has been a board member of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation since 1995, and an advisory board member of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University.  He is a past member of the advisory committee of the World Bank Global Emerging Market Local Currency Bond program (GEMLOC), Treasurer and board member of the Meridian International Center, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and numerous other volunteer and philanthropic boards.  In addition, Mr. Burnham servers on the board of Blue Water Defense located in Puerto Rico, a manufacturer of combat uniforms, and was recruited to serve on the boards of EN+ and its subsidiary, Rusal, after sanctions were lifted and the US Government Office of Financial Asset Control required as part of the removal, three US citizens approved by them, to serve on the boards of both companies to ensure proper oversight and governance.

Mr. Burnham studied national security policy at Georgetown’s National Security Studies Program, and is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, and Harvard University, where he earned an M.P.A. in 1990.