Kevin Anthony Burrows
Senior Vice President/Chief Investment Officer, International Asset Management Company
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Yale University (1993); Master of Philosophy, Finance, University of Cambridge, (1997)
In 2008, after having spent my entire career in Nassau, I decided to uproot my family and move to London. While I had attended ‘top schools’ and had succeeded in my academic career, I nevertheless felt the need to ‘prove myself’ by working in one of the major financial centres.
Having joined the investment arm of a South African bank as a Senior Analyst, within a year I was promoted to Director and Chief Investment Officer. I had overall management responsibility for the entire London office and directed their international multi-manager funds with assets of approximately $1 billion.
Ultimately, what brought me back to the Bahamas three years later was the realisation that I was in a career that I should be able to duplicate in my own home country; that London or New York or Singapore had no inherent competitive advantage in asset management. It was that confidence that there was a sufficient talent pool in the Bahamas to compete on a level-playing-field that led me to accept a post back home.
So my advice to Lyford Cay Scholars would be twofold –firstly, take advantage of any opportunity to work abroad and consider it part of your ongoing education. Secondly, if it is a career that allows you to return to the Bahamas, find a way to do so and bring your knowledge of global best practises back to this country. Be warned: it will be challenging, but if enough of us fight for change the country will improve.