Happy Hearts Fund Supporter Spotlight: Oliver Dachsel
We are always delighted to highlight new and outstanding supporters and friends. This occasion, please meet Oliver Dachsel. We met him through our Fight For Education gala this year, where he participated as one of our extraordinary fighters. He tirelessly worked in and out of the ring to help HHF bring hope and empowerment to generations of children. His energy and creativity has inspired all of us. Thank you Oliver, for your hard work and for being an example to us all!
Tell the HHF readers a little about yourself: I was born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany. After high school I served in a mountain ranger battalion of the German army; we were based in Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps. Once my military service was completed I studied business administration and economics at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.
In the summer of 2006 I started my investment-banking career at Deutsche Bank. Over the past 10 years I’ve worked for Deutsche in Frankfurt, London and New York; during that time I advised on more than $40 billion of completed M&A transactions, debt and equity capital raises. I’ve been very fortunate that I have had the opportunity to work at this institution with many outstanding bankers but this summer I’ve decided it was time to move on; I’m excited to join Jefferies at the end of this month.
Why did you choose to support Happy Hearts Fund and the mission of rebuilding safe, resilient schools? I first learned about Happy Hearts Fund when my friend and Muay Thai trainer Sean Hinds asked me whether I’d be interested in fighting at HHF’s Fight for Education this year. I liked the purpose and mission of HHF right away; it is such a worthy cause! And when I saw with how much passion and dedication Petra, Ellie and the entire HHF team put together this amazing event I was sold. I very much look forward to supporting HHF in its future endeavors.
Tell us about a your philanthropic aspirations: I like to support charities, which provide basic goods that have a long lasting positive impact on communities and put those communities in a position to thrive on their own.
Education is one of these crucial building blocks for communities to realize their potential. Education promotes knowledge and provides opportunity. Crucially, it also gives hope to both parents and children alike that there’s a brighter future ahead. Obviously, this is particularly powerful when paired with disaster relief. That’s why I think HHF’s mission of rebuilding safe, resilient schools is so important.
Where do you like to spend your time in New York? I live in the West Village. So when I’m not traveling I spend most of my time downtown.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I very much enjoy living in the US. Particularly in NYC. I think I’ll stick around.
Tell us something we don’t know about you: I love skiing; a powder day is pure bliss. Recently, I have started to learn surfing. I have a feeling that this could…one day…rival the happiness of a powder day.