“Working as an accountant I have found that the courses and teaching at FSC gave me an excellent foundation in my field.”
Christoph Barnett is banking on the Cayman Islands’ financial sector to build his career.
A native of the Caymans, Christoph has returned home to work in accounting and finance. The Cayman Islands, a British overseas territory in the western Caribbean, is a major offshore financial center.
Christoph currently is working as a senior fund accountant with Citco Fund Services. At Citco, he confirms the valuation of hedge fund portfolios and prepares financial statements for those funds. He recently was selected to be his office’s local expert on hedge funds as part of a company-wide accounting system initiative.
A 2006 FSC alumnus, Christoph earned a B.S. in accounting and music performance (guitar), graduating with honors. He also earned a master’s in accounting and finance from the prestigious London School of Economics.
“Working as an accountant I have found that the courses and teaching at FSC gave me an excellent foundation in my field,” he said. “The group projects and experiences working with others prepared me to collaborate with teams at work. Most recently, in taking the CPA exams, there were very few times in my studying where I could not remember learning the concepts at FSC.”
Christoph said he took a great deal of confidence into graduate school at the London School of Economics, one of the world’s foremost social science universities. “My time at the London School included a very challenging month of final exams, but I was able to apply the lessons learned at FSC to again achieve success.”
From an all-essay midterm in his first semester honors class, to writing and performing original music compositions, to presenting and publishing an academic paper, Christoph said his experiences at FSC were invaluable as he took the next step in his education. “While the graduate professors were still accessible and wanted to help students, I could definitely see how easy it would be to get lost in the shuffle. It’s hard to get lost with only five to 10 students in a class, as I had several times at FSC.”