Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC
Chairman of the Corporation
Brother Louis DeThomasis serves as Chairman of the Corporation of CBIS Global, the European Division of Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS), promoter of CBIS Global Funds plc.
From 2008 to 2013, he served as the first President of CBIS Global. He is a member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers and formerly served as president of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. In 1981, he co-founded Christian Brothers Investment Services and served as its chairman until 1987. He remains active with CBIS as a board member of the Religious Communities Trust, through which CBIS manages its fixed income assets. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Edmond A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he received a bachelor of science in foreign service in 1963. In 1986, he completed his post-doctoral studies as a Bush Fellow at the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University, after earning a Ph.D. in financial management from the Union Institute in Ohio. He also studied philosophy and geopolitics at the University of Madrid, and studied theology at the graduate level at Providence College. In 2008, the University of St. Thomas conferred upon him a doctor of laws degree, honoris causa. He was knighted in 1989 to the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and was awarded the “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” medal.
Mr. Alessandro Lombardi
Alessandro Lombardi is President of CBIS Global, the European Division of Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS), promoter of CBIS Global Funds plc.
From 2008 to 2013, he served as Vice President of CBIS Global. Prior to joining CBIS, Mr. Lombardi was with BNL BNP Paribas Roma, one of the ten largest banking groups in the world. At BNL BNP Paribas, he was responsible for all non-profit accounts, including the bank’s relationship with religious institutions. Previously, Mr. Lombardi was General Manager at Banca KBL Fumagalli Soldan in Milan, where he was responsible for transforming a small brokerage house into a fully licensed bank. He also spent seven years as Vice General Manager at the Instituto per le Opere di Religione (also known as the Vatican Bank) in Vatican City. Since 1997, Mr. Lombardi has taught courses in ethics and finance at Università Lateranense in Rome, Italy. In addition, he has taught economics at the University of California Masters’s Program in Italy, and has led seminars on private banking for several Italian, European and American universities. He is also an award-winning author of several books on international currencies, as well as historical novels. Mr. Lombardi holds a degree in languages from Urbino University in Urbino, Italy.