Our Management Team
Bichara “Jean” Bechara
With over 12 years of experience in the Middle East, Mr. Bechara has established business operations in Syria, Lebanon, Dubai, and Turkey. As the founder of three German import and export limited companies between 1991 and 2004, he has successfully collaborated with major German retailers.
Since 2004, Mr. Bechara has been an integral part of the International Finance Group Management Team. His expertise in international relations spans the Middle East, Russia, and China, with proficiency in platforms such as TradeStation, Multicharts, Bloomberg, and Reuters. Recognized as a highly valued team leader, Mr. Bechara is committed to fostering teamwork and collaboration.
Emphasizing the importance of his team, Mr. Bechara believes that his success is a result of working with like-minded individuals who share his passion and competence. He and his team consistently strive to deliver the best results for their customers across various projects.
Mr. Bechara's extensive experience as a team leader and manager encompasses trading in commodity and foreign markets, macroeconomic analysis, and risk management. His expertise extends to strategy programming, optimization, scenario analysis, and portfolio construction.
As a highly motivated and profit-driven professional, Mr. Bechara possesses exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills, enabling him to excel in his industry.
Mr. Bechara, born in 1950 in French Madagascar, has resided in Germany, France, and Russia since 1970. A devoted father of two daughters and three grandchildren, he is fluent in French, German, Arabic, and English.
Throughout his career, Mr. Bechara has:
- Conducted research on domestic and international equity investment managers to evaluate their suitability for client portfolios, while developing proprietary research models for performance analysis.
- Acquired valuable consulting experience through collaborating with clients and research teams to achieve the company's objectives.
- Served as a Portfolio Manager for two International Finance Group managed instruments, catering to investment products.
- Managed calendar spread and inter-market relative value strategies.
- Led internal research projects centered around hedge fund money flow.
- Developed and executed multi-factor models, taking into account market positioning, macro factors, technical analysis, and seasonal indicators.
- Co-managed projects with International Finance Group to assess non-fundamental drivers and provide guidance on the sizing and timing of directional positions.
- Assisted in the creation of new portfolios and investment products.
- Expanded trading mandates, thereby increasing International Finance Bank Management's investment universe and market opportunities.
Kurt Schaller currently serves as the Director and Partner of Flambard Capital, a globally-renowned investment consulting firm with diversified holdings in sectors such as renewable energy, technology, data management, and international trading.
In addition to his role at Flambard Capital, Kurt holds the position of CEO and Partner at MAGTOR Group, a Malta-incorporated enterprise that has pioneered a revolutionary magnetic drive system. He also functions as the Director of Triple R Venture Establishment, a Liechtenstein Anstalt and a subsidiary of the BEAUFORT-Group, which possesses an international trading license for valuable commodities like precious metals and gemstones.
With a distinguished career spanning three decades in the telecommunications sector, Kurt has held numerous executive and key management positions within multinational corporations across the globe. This vast experience has equipped him with a wealth of expertise in areas such as technology transfer, international business management, team building, corporate turnarounds, and the successful launching of start-ups in diverse regions including Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
Kurt Schaller is a distinguished business, investment, and management consultant with a specialization in technology, financial services, and life sciences. He is deeply committed to addressing challenges such as energy access, poverty alleviation, and efficiency in emerging markets, with a keen focus on businesses that tackle pressing social issues.
Renowned for his ability to build strong business relationships, Kurt excels at analyzing and defining business strategies across diverse cultural contexts, orchestrating business restructuring, and providing coaching and mentoring services. His exceptional skills in structuring, negotiation, and analytical thinking further strengthen his professional acumen.
With extensive experience advising start-up and growing companies, Kurt's expertise lies in strategic planning, business development, and financing. His primary professional attributes include leadership, strategy development, and socially responsible coaching and mentoring. In addition, Kurt adeptly identifies, develops, and closes new technology commercialization opportunities for venture capitalists.
Born in 1952, Kurt has cultivated a robust international network and is the proud father of four children. Outside of his professional pursuits, he enjoys playing golf and holds the esteemed title of Knight in the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem.
Dr Michael Herzog
Dr Dr Michael Herzog, PhD, MD, AAAS, is a distinguished expert in the finance industry, currently serving as the founder and chairman of the International Finance Group, International Finance Bank, and other associated enterprises. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Herzog has demonstrated exceptional acumen in managing global equity, fixed-income, and derivatives portfolios.
Educated at esteemed German institutions such as the Universities of Wuerzburg, Tuebingen, Hagen, and the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Dr. Herzog has a diverse academic background encompassing physics, medicine, and national economics. This unique combination of skills allowed him to leverage his expertise in econophysics and modeling, which he applied to the creation of the International Finance Group's INVEST SYSTEMS and later to the International Finance Bank.
Between September 1995 and September 2004, under Dr. Herzog's leadership, the INVEST SYSTEM posted an impressive compounded annual return of 24% after fees. Since early 1997, he has been actively involved in numerous investment banking transactions, focusing on debt reduction financing for various countries and the funding of infrastructure projects across Latin America, as well as satellite and telecommunications initiatives.
The International Finance Group is a forward-thinking organization with significant investments in high and medium technology sectors. The group's diversified portfolio includes interests in financial services and banking, real estate, mining, oil and gas trading, and shipping.
International Finance Bank, another of Dr. Herzog's ventures, plays a pivotal role in governmental funding, currency stabilization, and financial engineering.
Prior to establishing the International Finance Group, Dr. Herzog held prestigious positions as the Vice President of Europe's second-largest venture capital firm and as a senior consultant at the third-largest consulting group, Roland Berger and Partner (a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank). In these roles, he successfully led a team focused on global and industrial strategic practices.
Apart from his responsibilities at International Finance Group, Tera AG, and International Finance Bank, Dr. Michael Herzog is actively engaged in international relations and community development. He is a respected member of the European and Middle Eastern Council on Foreign Relations and contributes his expertise as a Security Analyst. Furthermore, Dr. Herzog has served as a Director or Trustee for a variety of civic organizations and research institutions, such as the Institute of World Economic Affairs, the International Strategic Research Center, and other prominent think tanks.
Dr. Herzog is deeply committed to creating positive change in underprivileged communities. He dedicates a significant portion of his time to designing, funding, and implementing projects that benefit people in developing countries. Among his initiatives are the establishment of rural elementary schools aimed at countering the harmful effects of religious and ethnic radicalism.
Additionally, Dr. Herzog has supported the construction and operation of educational institutions in Eastern Europe. Currently, he is in the process of forming a charitable fund to assist widowed women heading households and orphaned children affected by ongoing conflicts.
Dr. Herzog holds a Doctoral degree in Physics, a Doctorate in Medicine, and a Diploma in National Economy. He has also served as a lecturer at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt.
Born in Madrid, Spain, in 1955, Dr. Herzog is a father of two and a polyglot with proficiency in English, German, Spanish, Italian, and French. He also possesses a working understanding of Russian, Mandarin, Ivrit, and Arabic.
In his leisure time, Dr. Herzog is passionate about flying and scuba diving.