Credit Suisse Vice Chairman of Investment Banking Department and co-Global Head of the Financial Institutions Group Vikram Gandhi, who is stepping down from the Swiss banking major, will be pursuing his interest in philanthropy. Gandhi will focus on the initiatives of Giving Back Foundation, which he co-founded with wife Meera, with programmes in New York, London, Mumbai and Hong Kong.

The Foundation aims to alleviate poverty, illness, and suffering, as well as help educate young children around the world.

Gandhi has spent 22 years as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse and "plans to explore opportunities around his personal interest in India, Asia and philanthropy", according to a statement. Gandhi will spend his time supporting projects and fundraising initiatives of The Giving Back Foundation.

Gandhi worked with Morgan Stanley in various roles from Head of Strategy to head of FIG. In the late 90s, he was President of Morgan Stanley in India. He was recruited by Credit Suisse in 2005 to build their FIG franchise.

Gandhi has a B.Com from the University of Bombay and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was designated a Baker Scholar. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant. Gandhi has also been a Board Member of the Grameen Foundation for over five years.

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