Following the completion of his PhD in 1995, Peter started first with an academic career, with a special focus on regional economic reforms in Russia and Eastern Europe. In August 1998 he moved to the City of London as a sell-side analyst for technology companies in Russia and Eastern Europe and wrote, among others, the first Western analysis of the Russian internet. After a short spell at Brunswick in London, he joined in September 2001 Makinson Cowell in London. The firm made him a partner in June 2008. Makinson Cowell was taken over by KPMG UK in July 2013, as a result of which Peter moved to Vienna and was responsible for the entire German-speaking universe, including Switzerland. After the implementation of the new EU Directive on auditing firms (addressing conflicts of interest in their advisory service) in January 2017, Peter set up on his own and founded Kirkow Consulting GmbH & Co KG in Vienna. Peter works for IRF since March 2019.
Peter holds a MSocSci and PhD in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Birmingham (UK). He worked as a guest lecturer for risk management, corporate governance and digitalisation at the Institute of Sociology at Vienna University during the winter semester 2017/18. Peter published a number of relevant articles on shareholder activism, dividend policy and company guidance.