Urs Wietlisbach is a co-founder of Partners Group and serves as an Executive Vice Chairman, having responsibility for the international business development of the firm. He is a member of the business development committee, the global portfolio investment committee as well as the private equity Asia, MENA and emerging markets investment committee and the private debt investment committee. He was initially responsible for the firm's partnership investment activities and was instrumental in building Partners Group's private equity funds portfolio and a global industry network. Later, he also focused on business development responsibilities, first in Europe, and subsequently in the US and the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to founding Partners Group, he was an executive director at Goldman Sachs & Co. where, after assignments in London and New York, he was appointed head of the firm's institutional clients business in Switzerland. Previously, he was a relationship manager for multinational corporate clients at Credit Suisse in New York and Zurich. He holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).