Kurt Portmann founded Optiva in 1995, known then as Securities Trading (UK) Limited. Since 1987 he has also been President of Portmann Finances S.A., a private equity firm and as of 2005 President of EQ’Y S.A., a wealth manager, which are both based in Sarnen, Switzerland.
Kurt has over 50 years of experience in international financial markets, institutional stockbroking and fund management. He was instrumental in forming Canadian oil and gas company Epsilon Energy in 2005, where he is still a director. Epsilon (EPS) listed on the TSX in 2007 raising C$78m. He is also a non-executive director at Rockefeller Hughes Inc, a Canadian Private company active in the Oil shale exploration in Texas / USA.