N. Manuel Eichenberger was born in Basel. After a commercial apprenticeship at Swiss Bank Corporation in Basel, he worked independently as a photographer while studying business studies and marketing at the HWV Basel. He then worked in portfolio management, fund management and compliance at UBS, Credit Suisse and the ZKB in Basel, Zurich and Singapore.
He also underwent professional development in strategic management, leadership and controlling as well as training as a diving instructor and coach driver and volunteering as a fireman and first responder. He is married and has a son that became the youngest student ever to enroll at a German university at the age of 14.