Yves Frey is an explorer. Born into the fourth generation of Antwerp diamond merchants, his first major career decision was to qualify as an accountant and leave Belgium to discover the world. He went to Paris where he discovered the work of the philanthropic banker Albert Kahn whose inspirational life motivated Yves to pursue a career in banking. Yves was one of the first members of the Goldman Sachs team in Paris. After a few years he took time out to travel the rest of the world. He then returned to Paris to work for Bank of America who eventually posted him to London.