Born in Basel (Switzerland) in 1948, Peter Handschin studied Economics at the Université de Genève and holds an MBA from the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau (1974). Today, he is a partner at E. Gutzwiller & Cie, Banquiers in Basel. From 1998 to 2008, he was Chairman of the Comission of the Basler Kunstverein (Kunsthalle Basel), an internationally renowned contemporary art institution.