Professor Dr. Schweizer studied business administration at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main. He completed a doctorate at the European Business School (EBS) in Oestrich-Winkel with a thesis entitled “Selected Essays on Alternative Investments”. During his doctorate, he worked as research assistant at the PFI Private Finance Institute / EBS Finance Academy in Oestrich-Winkel and was responsible for the conception of executive education programs. Furthermore, he gained teaching experience as he regularly held trainings in executive education. He was awarded the titles of Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
In August 2008 Denis Schweizer was appointed Assistant Professor of Alternative Investments at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. He published numerous articles in the field of alternative investments and corporate finance in renowned journals and books, received multiple research awards. His innovative research ideas received multiple competitive research grants from e.g. the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Education of Good Governance Fund of Autorité des Marchés Financiers of about $1,000,000. Denis Schweizer is teaching at all university levels including BSc, MSc, MBA, and PhD-level as well as in executive education programs. His teaching excellence was recognized with four WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management best teacher awards.
From September 2011 until January 2012, he was a visiting scholar at New York University, USA. In August 2014 he was appointed as Associate Professor at Concordia University John Molson School of Business and received the Manulife Professorship in Financial Planning in November 2015. In June 2016 he was appointed as director of the Van Berkom Small-Cap Investment Management Program.