Werner H. Gruner has been serving in various capacities in the financial industry for over a decade and guides high net worth families, persons and entrepreneurs on international economic affairs.
Before accepting the position of Vice President at Swiss banking group SYZ (awarded “Best Private Banking Boutique” globally in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Financial Times publications), he served as Director at Swiss private bank, Julius Baer and Andorran private bank, Andbank where he gained extensive experience in international private banking and solutions.
He has been an invitee speaker at conferences in South Africa, Kenya, the U.S. and The Bahamas - where he has been domiciled since 2007. In 2012, Mr. Gruner was recognized with the “Professional of the Year” award, presented by Minister of Financial Services, the Honorable Ryan Pinder and the Bahamas Financial Services Board.
Mr. Gruner holds a Banking and Finance Diploma in Private Banking from the Credit Suisse Business School and is fluent in English, Afrikaans and German. He is also a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver as well as a private pilot.
Born in South Africa, Mr. Gruner attained an acute concentration in the improvement of third-world nations and has completed analysis-expeditions to various emergent countries including Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Syria, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Myanmar.
In 2012, he established the Starlight Global Foundation, now Starlight Global, Inc., with a mission to empower people by investing in their education, culture and economic autonomy. The Foundation has supported notable events and projects in South Africa and The Bahamas.
From corporate board rooms to conflict zones to penurious rural areas, Mr. Gruner has intimately immersed himself in a myriad of varying cultural realms that so many individuals must arduously tolerate on a daily basis and as such has committed himself to ascertaining sustainable long-term solutions that empower those less prosperous to gain the requisite atmospherics in order to excel in life. When it comes to nation-building, his emphasis is on deployment rather than purely employment - because he believes that importance is instituted in purpose and if purpose is not known, then exploitation will be inevitable.