Portrait Gabe Shawn Varges


Lecturer and Director of Compliance Management (CM-HSG)

Areas of expertise

Compliance strategy, organization, and management; cross-border compliance; corporate governance; compensation and incentives; board of directors and board committee issues; effectiveness assessments; leadership, culture and risk; international standard setters, regulation and regulatory strategy.



  • Bachelors in European/international relations (Amherst), further university studies in Geneva and Vienna
  • Masters with focus on international business and international law (Fletcher in cooperation with Harvard)
  • Juris Doctor (Harvard)
  • Attorney-at-Law (New York)
  • Certified International Compliance and Ethics Professional


Further professional activities

  • Currently: Senior Partner, HCM International, Zurich
  • Previous positions include: Head of Governance, FINMA; Group Chief Compliance Officer Zurich Insurance Group; Attorney, Shearman & Sterling
  • Various leadership and board member roles in professional associations, including as President of the Association of Corporate Counsel Europe, Board member of Ethics & Compliance Switzerland, and Chair of the Global Governance and Executive Compensation Network.
  • Various teaching and lecturing assignments including as Teaching Fellow (Harvard University), Co-Chair of the Corporate Compliance Programme (Practicing Law Institute), and guest lecturer at various universities.
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