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SuperReturn International 2016

The World’s Largest Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference

22 - 25 February 2016

InterContinental Hotel, Berlin

David co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing more than $156 billion from 32 offices around the world. From 1977-1981, during the Carter Administration, David was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. After his White House service and before co-founding Carlyle, he practiced law in Washington with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw Pittman).

Mr. Black is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Global Management, LLC and a Managing Partner of Apollo Management, L.P. which he founded in 1990. From 1977 to 1990, Mr. Black worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated, where he served as Managing Director, head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and co-head of the Corporate Finance Department. He serves on the boards of directors of Apollo Global Management, LLC, The New York City Partnership and the general partner of AP Alternative Assets.



Steve Koltes is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of CVC Capital Partners. From 1980 to 1988 he worked in Citicorp’s corporate and investment banks in New York, Zurich and London. In 1988 he joined Citicorp Venture Capital Europe in London, later spun out of Citicorp to become CVC Capital Partners. He has lived in Europe since 1983 and in Switzerland since 2005.


Charles R. Kaye, Co-Chief Executive Officer, has been with Warburg Pincus since 1986 and has been jointly responsible for the management of the firm since 2000. Mr. Kaye lived in Hong Kong from 1994 to 1999, where he was instrumental in the launch and development of Warburg Pincus’ Asia operations. Mr. Kaye is a graduate of the University of Texas, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Co-Chairman of the Partnership Fund for New York City and the International Advisory Board of the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). He is the former Chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council and The Asia Society. Mr. Kaye is also an Investment Committee Member of Sheridan Production Partners.

Mr. Gogel serves as Chairman and CEO and is a member of the Investment and Management Committees. Prior to his 26 years at CD&R, Mr. Gogel served as a Partner at McKinsey & Company and a Managing Director at Kidder, Peabody & Company. He is Vice Chairman of the Cancer Research Institute, Senior Vice Chairman of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust and Chairman of the SeriousFun Children's Network. 


Guy is Terra Firma’s Founder, and sits on the General Partners’ boards. He started his career with Goldman Sachs International where he went on to become Head of Eurobond Trading and then Head of Goldman Sachs’ Global Asset Structuring Group. Guy left Goldman’s in 1994 to establish the Principal Finance Group (PFG) at Nomura International plc which acquired 15 businesses with an aggregate enterprise value of €20 billion. Guy led the spin out of PFG to form Terra Firma in 2002.


Thomas von Koch was part of the team that founded EQT Partners in 1994 and as of March 2014, Thomas is Managing Partner at EQT. During his tenure, Thomas has been involved in a majority of EQT’s landmark transactions, and more specifically in the TMT sector. Between 2008 and 2011, Thomas headed the EQT Equity investment strategy. Prior to joining EQT, Thomas worked at Investor AB.

Alexander Navab joined KKR in 1993. He is the Head of KKR’s Americas Private Equity business. Mr. Navab serves as the Chair of the Americas Private Equity Investment Committee, is a member of the Management Committee, Americas Portfolio Management Committee, and serves on KKR’s Special Situations Investment Committee.Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Navab was with James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate finance advisory work. From 1987 to 1989, he was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he worked in the Investment Banking Department.


Brent is Chairman and Co-Founder of made.com, a direct-from-factory consumer crowd-sourced homewares retailer in the UK. Brent co-founded PROfounders Capital in 2009. Brent also co-founded lastminute.com in April 1998. He was CEO from its inception and the team took the company to profit and gross bookings of over $2bn. lastminute.com  acquired 14 businesses after the IPO to supplement the annual growth of the core brand which was over 100% from 1998 – 2004. In 2005 lastminte.com  was sold to Sabre for $1.1bn. Brent chairs and co-founded Founders Forum in 2006, a series of intimate annual global events for the leading entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow which take place in London, LA, NYC, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Shanghai (Rio & Mumbai).  Brent is also Executive Chairman of Founders Factory, a multi­-sector accelerator and incubator based out of London.


Brian joined TA Associates, a leading growth private equity firm, in 1984. He is the former co-Head of TA’s Technology Group, and is currently Chairman of TA’s Executive Committee, Chairman of the firm’s Portfolio Committee, and is Co-Chair of TA’s Core Investment Committee.  He has worked with numerous TA portfolio companies, including Boards of eight publicly held companies, and is a former Trustee of Amherst College.


Jacques P. Chappuis is a Managing Director, Head of Carlyle Solutions, and serves on The Carlyle Group’s Management Committee.  He is also Chairman of AlpInvest Partners, a board member of Diversified Global Asset Management Corporation (DGAM), and Chairman of the Carlyle Solutions Tactical Investment Committee. 


Peter Pereira Gray works with a Team managing the £14 billion multi asset global investment portfolio. Previous roles held were Co Head of the Portfolio Management team and Head of Property Investment. Peter has a wide brief, responsible for the oversight of the Investment Services, Support and Portfolio Management teams. Prior to joining the Trust in January 2001, Peter worked for 12 years at Prudential Property Investment Managers, latterly as a Director of Property Fund Management and Deputy Life Fund Manager.


Robert F. Smith is the Founder, Chairman & CEO, of Vista Equity Partners, the world’s #1 private equity firm based on its performance over the last 10 years, according to the HEC-Dow Jones ranking. Vista manages equity capital commitments of approximately $14Bn, has completed over 170 completed transactions representing over $45Bn in transaction value. Founded in 2000, Vista focuses exclusively on enterprise software, data and technology enabled solutions sectors.

Mr. Sisitsky is a Partner of TPG, the global alternative asset management firm.  He is the Managing Partner of TPG Capital North America, head of the firm’s global healthcare investing platform, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  Prior to joining TPG in 2003, Mr. Sisitsky worked at Forstmann Little & Company and Oak Hill Capital Partners. 





Glenn R. August is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oak Hill Advisors, a $24.5 billion investment firm specializing in below investment grade corporate credit and structured products. Mr. August leads the firm's distressed investment business and has served on nine corporate boards.


Since 2010, Mr. Wages has been Head of Private Equity for Emirates International Investment Company (Abu Dhabi), managing its global and regional portfolio of PE direct, co-investments and fund investments.  Previously, Mr. Wages was the Executive Director – Private Equity for the Abu Dhabi Investment Company (InvestAD) and, before that, spent 17 years with Castle Harlan, Inc., a well-known US middle-market private equity firm, where he was involved in all phases of investment acquisitions, divestitures and financings, as well as overseeing portfolio companies as a board member.  Mr. Wages began his career as a management consultant with Oliver, Wyman & Company focusing on financial services.


Bill Ford has over 25 years of experience investing in and helping to build leading growth companies including e*Trade, Priceline and First Republic Bank. As CEO of General Atlantic, Bill has deepened the firm’s global presence, increased its capital base, and expanded its capabilities to identify high potential growth companies across multiple sectors and geographies. He currently serves on the boards of several portfolio companies including Tory Burch, Oak Hill Advisors, and Markit. He was formerly a director of prior General Atlantic portfolio companies including First Republic Bank, NYSE Euronext, e*Trade, Priceline, NYMEX and Zagat Survey. Bill is Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee and is a member of its Investment, Portfolio and Capital Committees.


Ted Eliopoulos assumed the role of Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) in September 2014. He is responsible for managing an investment portfolio of approximately $300 billion and an office with nearly 400 professional staff. Mr. Eliopoulos joined CalPERS in January 2007, first serving as Senior Investment Officer (SIO) for the Real Estate Division from 2007 to 2011 and in 2011 he was named SIO for the Real Assets Unit and assumed responsibility for investing in and managing all of CalPERS' real asset investments, which included real estate, infrastructure, and forestland. Prior to CalPERS, Mr. Eliopoulos served in the California State Treasurer's Office as deputy treasurer and then chief deputy treasurer.


Mr. Abbate is a Managing Director of Riverstone, focused on the Firm’s credit and capital markets activities.  Prior to joining Riverstone in 2014, Mr. Abbate was a managing director and head of energy leveraged finance at Citigroup. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Abbate was the head of US Leveraged Finance Origination at UBS Investment Bank. Mr. Abbate joined UBS in 2000 as an Associate Director in the Energy Group where he worked covering upstream and midstream oil and gas companies. He started his investment banking career in 1997 at PaineWebber as an Associate in the Energy Group.




Anselm is a member on the LPACs of some of PECA’s investments, and also member of the IC of Reig Patrimonia. He has over 20-years’ experience in PE and VC investing and in investment banking having worked at Schroders, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs.


After being struck with polio as a youngster, Ade went on to compete on an international level. Known as ‘The Michael Jordan of wheelchair basketball,’ he represented Great Britain at the European and World Championships and the Sydney Olympics, and won bronze in Athens. Ade has since taken part in the documentary series Beyond Boundaries, in which he trekked through rainforests, deserts, rivers and mountains in Nicaragua. In one episode he pulled himself to the summit of a 5000ft volcano - without the wheelchair. In presentations Ade describes how a couple of physiotherapists spotted him in a supermarket and asked if he’d like to go to the Junior Wheelchair Games. Ade was so inspired by the players he met that the wheelchair ceased to be an obstacle to sport. He also talks about being motivated by his parents’ ambition in bringing him to England and opening up new possibilities. It taught him not to accept unnecessary boundaries.



Mr. Advani is a Principal at Energy Capital Partners. He is involved in all areas of the firm’s investment activities, with particular emphasis on fossil and renewable generation as well as environmental infrastructure and services. He also oversees the firm’s fundraising and investor relations activities. Prior to joining Energy Capital in 2005, Mr. Advani worked at Orion Power Holdings, Inc. as a member of the finance and M&A departments. Additionally, Mr. Advani worked in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley and as a consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in its Financial Advisory Services Group.

Mr. Ammoun is a Partner in the GCM Private Markets and leads GCM’s European Energy and Infrastructure practice. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor, Mr. Ammoun was a Partner in the Customized Fund Investment Group of Credit Suisse Group AG. Previously, Mr. Ammoun worked at Consensus Business Group (“CBG”), a multi-billion dollar UK private equity group, where he was responsible for founding the Masdar CleanTech Fund in partnership with Credit Suisse, Siemens and Mubadala (UAE SWF) and acted as lead partner representing CBG. Mr. Ammoun also led renewable energy and infrastructure investments for CBG and sat on the group’s Investment Committee. Prior to CBG, Roger led Professional Services for Reuters focusing on Market and Credit Risk Management. R


James joined Baillie Gifford in 1983 becoming a Partner in 1987. James headed our European Equity Team until July 2003 when he became Head of our Long Term Global Growth Team. He is a member of the Investment Advisory Group.


David Andryc is Head of US Co-Investments at LGT Capital Partners (USA) Inc.  Prior to joining the firm in 2014, he was a managing director for 13 years at Auda International L.P., where he founded and managed the global co-investment program and was a shareholder of the firm.  Prior to Auda, Mr. Andryc was a partner at Behrman Capital, a US private equity firm.  He began his investment career at Lazard.



George Anson manages HarbourVest Partners (U.K.) Limited, which supports HarbourVest's investment and client service activities in Europe. George joined the Firm's London subsidiary in 1990 and serves on the advisory committees of funds managed by BC Partners, Cinven, and IK Investment Partners. George is a member of Invest Europe’s (formerly the EVCA’s) LP Platform Council, and is it’s past Chairman (2013/14). George was an inaugural member of BVCA LP Committee. He was also a Director for five years from 2007-2012 of HarbourVest Global Private Equity Limited (HVPE), a Guernsey-registered closed-end investment company listed on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Amsterdam. George's previous experience includes seven years with Pantheon Ventures managing European private equity funds and companies. 


George joined the senior investment team as a Managing Principal in 2007. From 2004 until beginning his tenure at Knightsbridge, George was Director and head of venture and growth equity fund investments for Citigroup Private Equity. In this capacity, he was responsible for over 100 fund relationships with commitments of $1.3 billion, sat on a dozen advisory boards, and brought Citigroup into some 29 new venture and growth equity funds, many of which are difficult to access by most investors. From 1998 to 2003, he invested directly in private technology companies alongside venture investors on behalf of Citigroup, serving as a director or observer on many of their boards .




André co-heads the firm’s Private Equity Secondary practice. Prior to joining LGT Capital Partners in 2005, Mr. Aubert was a Principal at Index Ventures, a pan-European venture capital firm, which he joined in 1999. Prior to joining Index, Mr. Aubert worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in the Zurich and Geneva offices, primarily in the telecommunications and banking sectors.


Prior to joining the PEGCC, Bronwyn managed an analytics team at BlackRock to optimize distribution strategy and promote asset growth of iShares ETFs. She was formerly the research director at SVB Capital, the private equity division of SVB Financial Group. Here, she assessed market dynamics; guided investment decisions, and benchmarked and monitored a $1B fund portfolio. She also advised the Institutional Limited Partners Association as an external consultant to develop benchmarks measuring private equity investment performance.



David is one of the four founders of Augentius. Formed in 2002, Augentius has quickly become one of the world’s leading independent Private Equity and Real Estate Fund Administrators. Now responsible for the administration of over 250 Funds for over 120 Fund Management Groups, Augentius services circa 6800 investors from its’ offices in London, Guernsey, Belfast, Luxembourg, New York and Singapore and employs circa 250 staff. David has worked together with numerous fund management groups and has considerable experience of the issues and pitfalls experienced by a fund manager. More recently he has been very involved with the implementation of the AIFMD, providing evidence to ESMA and working together with the FSA and UK Treasury on issues relating to the Depositary.


Skardon Baker is a Partner in Apollo's European Principal Finance Funds having joined Apollo in 2012. Prior to joining Apollo Mr. Baker was a Managing Director with Carlyle Strategic Partners, The Carlyle Group's $2 billion distressed debt investment vehicle. Between 2003 and 2011, Mr. Baker was an Equity Partner and Managing Director with Oaktree Capital Management where he focused on distressed debt, special situation, and opportunistic control investments across a variety of industries.

With a focus on improving financial presentations and increasing pitch win rates, Ben advises business leaders how to present themselves in front of investors, clients and the media.  Clients he has advised include Statoil, Microsoft, Lend Lease and Olswang as well as many hedge funds and private equity firms. Previously Ben was a corporate financier at dot com specialist Durlacher following senior roles at Pearson, Cable and Wireless and the BBC.


Alex Bangash is the founder of Trusted Insight, Inc and Rumson Consulting Group. LLC. He is also managing director of TI Platform Fund, the VC first Fund of Fund dedicated to investing in VC Platforms. Trusted Insight is an institutional asset management platform , with over 100,000 LP and GP members. As an advisor to institutional investors, Alex has helped clients invest over $1.0 billion in more than 50 funds, including some of the very best VC funds backing the marquee companies of the last decade.  Alex has been a mentor and lecturer of entrepreneurship at The Wharton School from 2004 to 2011.


Michael Barben is co-head of the private infrastructure business unit, based in Zug. He is the chairman of the private infrastructure investment committee. He has been with Partners Group since 2000 and has 21 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Partners Group, he worked at Zurmont Management and SBC Warburg.

John is responsible for Bridgepoint’s investor relations, investor communications and capital raising activities. He is also a member of the Firm’s Operating Committee. John was previously a managing director at Helix Associates. Before joining Helix in 1997, John co-founded Yucatan Foods in Santa Monica, California. John is a member of the Mid-Market Buyout Platform Council of the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EVCA).



Johanna Barr joined Advent in 2007. She co-heads Advent's Limited Partner Services Group and is primarily focused on fundraising and investor relations activities in Europe and Asia. Previously, Johanna worked for four years in the M&A and Corporate Broking departments of Deutsche Bank, both in the London and Frankfurt offices. There she advised clients across a range of sectors on a number of transactions including international public and private mergers and acquisitions, flotations and secondary equity offerings.

Christophe actively heads all investment activities and chairs all Investment Committees. Prior to joining Idinvest Partners, he held senior positions within the AGF-Allianz Group, as CIO and geschäfts führer of Allianz Private Equity Partners and, in France, as CIO of Allianz Global Investors. Christophe Bavière is President of the Private Equity Commission at AFG, French Asset Management professional association



Mr. Beall is a Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager of Oaktree’s Infrastructure Investing strategy. He has over 16 years of experience in direct investments, investment banking and finance. Mr. Beall served as a key investment professional for Highstar Capital for 10 years prior to joining Oaktree in 2014 and continues to serve as a Partner of Highstar Capital for certain legacy funds not managed by Oaktree. Prior to joining Highstar in 2004, he worked in the Global Natural Resources Group at Lehman Brothers, Inc., and in operations and engineering at Koch Pipeline Company, a natural gas transmission pipeline owned by Koch Industries, Inc.

Mr. Beard is the Global Head of Natural Resources and a Senior Partner at Apollo, having joined in 2010. Mr. Beard overseas all investment activities in the energy, metals and mining, and agriculture sectors. Since Mr. Beard joined the Firm, Apollo private equity funds have invested or committed to invest approximately $6.3 billion in natural resources-related investments. Previously, Mr. Beard was at Riverstone Holdings, an energy focused private equity firm, as a founding member and Managing Director. He began his career as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs, where he played an active role in energy-sector principal investment activities.


Joakim Bergander is the chief investment officer for Third Lake Capital. Third Lake is a private investment company dedicated to the global management and deployment of capital for the family owners of one of the largest privately held companies in the world. Third Lake is headquartered in Tampa, Florida with offices in the U.S. and China. Joakim leads the firm’s overall investment strategy and is directly responsible for capital deployment, due diligence and investment decisions regarding Third Lake’s portfolio. The firm invests substantial capital in a broad array of asset classes including alternatives, real estate, direct investments, and various types of funds. Prior to Third Lake, Joakim was head of structuring and fundraising at Communications Equity Associates and its affiliates.

Vivina has twenty one years’ experience in the institutional investment management world including MD at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Gartmore. She has been directly involved with private equity as a GP and LP for 15 years and has extensive experience of Emerging Markets having lived, worked, travelled and invested through Latin America, Asia and Africa since the mid ‘70s.  Vivina is a member of the London School of Economics’ Court of Governors and Finance Committee and is also Chair of the LSE endowment’s Investment Sub-Committee.



Sven is Managing Director at ATRUM, a newly established German single office. Before joining ATRUM in 2015, he was responsible for the private equity portfolio of WEGA, a well-recognised family office investor with significant PE holdings. From 2000-2003 he was Investment Manager at FERI AG, the largest investment adviser for family assets, foundations and institutional investors in Germany. He started his career at a private equity backed telecommunications company, which was sold to a strategic buyer in 1999.


Maarten has extensive experience in advising on the conceptual and operational aspects of responsible investment (he is co-author of the official PRI guide on the integration of ESG in Private Equity), CSR and impact investing. He is an associate principal with Spring Associates where he also helped with many (corporate) venturing initiatives. Apart from consulting Maarten frequently lectures on responsible investing, CSR/ Business Ethics at various universities and institutions.



Alessandro is co-founder and Chairman of Quadrivio Capital SGR, an independent asset management company with over 1.2 bln of assets under management. He has 15 years of experience in Private Equity, supporting Italian SMEs in their growth with a focus on internationalization through add on acquisitions.


Jonathan Blake is head of the International Private Funds practice. He is a corporate lawyer with a background in tax and with wide ranging experience of M&A, buyouts and capital markets transactions and has advised on numerous private funds. Jonathan was responsible for negotiating with the Inland Revenue and Department of Trade and Industry the agreed statement and guidelines on the use of limited partnerships as venture capital investment funds. He has served on the Council of the British Venture Capital Association and chaired the EVCA Tax and Legal Committee for 15 years. In November 2011, Jonathan was named as one of the 100 most influential people in private equity over the last decade by Private Equity International.


Doris is a Managing Partner, Venture Asset Management with Siemens Venture Capital (SVC).Doris joined SVC in May 1999 and is an expert in VC fund-of-funds investments on a worldwide basis. Since 2009, her core responsibility is the management of Siemens Global Innovations Partners I, a venture capital fund-of-funds launched at the beginning of 2009 as well as the advisory services for all VC fund allocations globally for the German Siemens Pension Trusts.



David Blood is co-founder and Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management.  Previously, he spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs including serving as co-CEO and CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 1999-2003.  David received a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.  He is on the Board of New Forests, SHINE, The Nature Conservancy, Dialight and Ashden. David is also a life trustee of Hamilton College.


The Blue Wolf Capital Funds are a family of private equity funds which focus on transformational investments in middle market companies. Early in his career, Mr. Blumenthal built and managed American Capital Ltd., (NASDAQ: ACAS).  He left ACAS in 2002 to serve as First Deputy Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer for New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. from 2002 – 2005. In this capacity, he oversaw the capital markets activities of the Comptroller’s office, including overseeing the City’s debt issuance, managed the assets of the New York City Retirement Systems, and issued budget, financial, and economic analyses.


Daniel joined the company in 2011. He is responsible for the identification, analysis, due diligence and selection of buy-out funds. Before joining Golding Capital Partners, Mr Boege gained experience as an investment professional in private equity firms over 10 years. During this time he worked for Permira in Frankfurt and Vestar Capital Partners in Munich and was involved in various national and international transactions.





In 1990, Andrea established Investindustrial, a leading European private equity firm with € 2.9 billion of combined assets under management. Investindustrial is focused on taking control positions predominantly in Southern European medium sized companies that are leaders in their fields. With 71 professionals and offices in Europe, Asia and the United States, the group is consistently recognised as the leading private equity firm in Italy and Spain. In April 2013, Investindustrial was also voted European Buyout House of the Year at the 2013 Private Equity Awards ceremony.





Michael Bork joined Barclays Private Equity in 1999, is founding partner of Equistone Partners Europe and is based in the Munich office. Michael is heading the pan-European business together with four senior partners and is responsible for the execution of the private equity business, especially in the German speaking countries. He is member of the pan-European Investment Committee. Prior to joining Equistone Partners Europe Michael gained many years' experience in banking and in particular in corporate and acquisition finance, latterly as Co-Head of corporate finance of Bankhaus Reuschel & Co, a Dresdner Bank group company

Together with her co-founder Anna Alex, Julia Bösch made the dream of building her own company come true: In 2012, the two of them founded the personal shopping service OUTFITTERY. More than 200.000 men in eight different European countries have already tried the service. OUTFITTERY has established itself as the market leader in curated shopping and Julia is one of the best-known founders in Central Europe. She's a pioneer in internet entrepreneurship and speaks at numerous conferences and panels about her central vision: to relieve men from the stress of shopping and to make e-commerce more customer-focused.


Northwestern Mutual Capital is a subsidiary of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, a US insurer with over $145 billion in assets. Northwestern Mutual has been investing in private equity funds for over 35 years.  Mark Boyle has been involved in Northwestern Mutual’s investment business for 34 years and is a member of Northwestern Mutual’s private debt and equity group where he focuses on private equity and mezzanine investments.


Hendrik’s current domain focus is enterprise web-powered infrastructure and SaaS in addition to selected consumer services. Hendrik brings together long-standing investment, operational and entrepreneurial experience. Hendrik gained his entrepreneurial experience as a Co-Founder of GMM, a group of private investors focusing on buy-outs of mid-sized companies and gained his operational experience as Project Manager in the Technology Department of Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm (now Daimler-Chrysler Aerospace) focusing on the design and innovative manufacturing processes of composite aircraft structures. Previously, Hendrik was a Partner with McKinsey & Co. in their Munich and Madrid offices where he led McKinsey's small and mid-sized company initiative and participated in creating McKinsey New Venture.


James Brocklebank joined Advent International in 1997. Based in London, he is a member of Advent’s Executive Committee, is Co-Head of Europe and sits on the firm's European and North American investment committees. James is responsible for the European business and financial services sector team and has worked on 11 Advent investments, including Nets, Worldpay, GFKL, Monext and Equiniti. Prior to Advent, James worked on international mergers and acquisitions in the London office of investment bank Baring Brothers and its affiliate Dillon, Read & Co. in New York.



Marc Brugger heads the European Fund-of-Fund and Direct Investment operations of LFPI Group, focusing on small and midcap target companies all over Europe. Marc is also in charge of the group’s Mezzanine and Private Debt activities in the DACH region. LFPI Group is an independent manager of alternative assets with approximately EUR 3.0bn assets under management.


Till Burges joined the primary partnership group of HarbourVest in 2006. He focuses on European buyout and venture capital investments and serves on a number of advisory boards. Prior to joining the Firm, Till spent six years as a consultant at Bain & Company in the U.K. and Germany, working in areas such as corporate strategy and commercial due diligence.


Richard Burrett leads implementation of the sustainability strategy.  He has over 30 years City experience in investment banking, project finance and sustainability.  He spent 20 years at ABN AMRO Bank, starting in credit analysis and working through project finance, corporate banking, Head of Project Finance, Head of Structured Finance, UK Head of Corporate Banking, Global Head of Project Finance and Structured Debt Organisation and ultimately originated the Sustainable Development Strategy for the group.  He is a Fellow of the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership and an external board member of Forest Renewables (part of the Scottish Forestry Commission) looking to develop the renewable energy potential of its national forestry estate.  He was Co-Chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEPFI) 2009-2012.


Ed is responsible for maintaining and developing all strategic relationships pan Group. Prior to joining Salamanca Group in 2011, Ed was CEO and founder director of a privately owned, strategic advisory company that provided a bridge for investors operating in emerging and frontier markets. Ed retired as a Brigadier General in 2008 following a distinguished 24 year career in the British Army. He was the Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan during the break-in battle into Helmand Province in 2006 and was responsible for all of UK’s global, contingency operations, with a particular focus on the MENA and Sub-Sahara. He was privileged to command 22 SAS over the period of 9/11, and was fortunate to lead men in combat in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Sierra Leone and other undisclosed places.

Tim joined Hastings in April 2012 and is based in London. He is responsible for the European Infrastructure Debt business, including capital raising, origination and asset management. Tim has extensive financial services experience, having worked for Westpac in Sydney and London for more than 13 years in a number of different roles and on numerous debt transactions. Most recently, Tim was a Director in the Infrastructure and Utilities group at Westpac, where his responsibilities included the management of a portfolio of infrastructure funds, utilities and transport Infrastructure clients, transaction origination and execution.

John Campbell is the chairman of Campbell Lutyens, the independent London-based specialist advisor in the private equity and infrastructure sectors, which he co-founded in 1988. Campbell Lutyens focuses on global primary fund placement and on secondary transactions involving portfolios of both limited partnerships and direct assets. Campbell Lutyens also advises major pension plans and governments on the development or refocusing of overall strategy within the private equity and infrastructure sectors. The Campbell Lutyens’ team comprises some 85 experienced international executives, advisory directors and staff who operate globally from offices in London, New York and Hong Kong. John Campbell has been involved in corporate finance and private equity since joining N M Rothschild in 1969. He was for 15 years an executive director of Noble Grossart, the Edinburgh-headquartered financial adviser and private equity manager. He also, for 3 years, served as managing director of McLeod Russel plc, the international agri-business group with principal operations in Africa, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. He is a former member of the Pacific Pension Institute’s Board of Directors and of the EVCA’s Investor Relations Committee.


Jason Carley is Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager of the European Opportunities Fund. Prior to joining RiverRock in 2009, Jason Carley was a Senior Portfolio Manager at BlueMountain Capital Partners (London) LLP. Until 2005, Jason Carley analysed corporate credit with Merrill Lynch across three continents. He was Managing Director and Head of European Corporate Credit Research for Merrill Lynch in London. Jason Carley moved to Europe with Merrill Lynch from Hong Kong, where he ran the Asian Credit Research group through the end and aftermath of the Asian financial crisis, with particular focus on multi-sector private and public emerging markets transactions (predominantly stressed and distressed) in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Korea and China.



Mathieu co-founded Tikehau and joined as Managing Partner of Tikehau Capital Advisors in 2004. He became CIO of Tikehau Investment Management in 2009. He started his career at Merrill Lynch and joined the European Leveraged Finance team, where he was based both in Paris and London, and moved to Deutsche Bank in 2002.


Charles co-founded Intervale Capital in 2006 after successfully managing two smaller private equity firms focused on buyouts in the energy, transportation and manufacturing sectors.  Charles has over eighteen years of private equity experience. Before launching his first fund, Charles spent three years as a vice president at the Vietnam Fund, a British private equity fund. Charles also worked for Credit Suisse in New York.



Magnus Christensson is Head of Funding in Europe for TPG.  Mr. Christensson joined TPG in 2011 from Jefferies Fund Placement Group, where he was a Managing Director and head of Europe.  He has more than 17 years of fundraising experience and has raised capital across Europe for Private Equity, Private Credit, VC, Real Estate and Infrastructure funds.  Prior to Jefferies he was a Partner and member of the management committee at Atlantic-Pacific Capital Inc. and in 2000, was a Principal at NM Rothschild's private equity business in London.  He also has work experience as a strategy consultant from Indevo and Bain & Co.


Before co-founding Point Nine Capital in 2011, Pawel was a co-founder and partner at Team Europe where he led Team Europe’s investment activities. Prior to that, Pawel worked as an Associate for the US investment banking firm Greenhill & Co. in Frankfurt and London. Previously, he graduated from the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL). He is fluent in English, German and Polish and has a basic command of Russian.



Simon Clark is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal in London. He writes mainly about private equity and investment funds in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. A British citizen, he has been a journalist since 2000, reporting on a wide range of financial, economic and political subjects that led him as far as the poppy fields of Afghanistan, the copper mines of Congo and to lots of banks and financial institutions in and around the City of London.

Beezer Clarkson leads Sapphire Ventures’ international fund investment program which focuses on early stage venture firms in the US, Europe and Israel. She began her career in financial services over 20 years ago at Morgan Stanley in its global infrastructure group. Since, she has held various direct and indirect venture investment roles, as well as operational roles in software business development at Hewlett Packard. Most recently, Beezer managed the day-to-day operations of the Draper Fisher Jurvetson Global Network, which then had $7 billion under management across 16 venture funds worldwide. In 2014, Beezer was named to the Forty Over 40 list of women to watch.



Before joining SWEN Capital Partners, she began her career in 2001 at MAIF, a french mutual insurance company. There, she spent 10 years as an Equity portfolio manager both on public and private equity markets. In 2012, she joined OFI Asset Management (now SWEN Capital Partners) and its private assets investment team. She is Investment Director and in charge of the Responsible Investment Policy and its implementation.


Ian manages new fund investments and a portfolio of >$1bn in existing commitments to venture funds. Ian began his career as an accountant at Ernst & Young before joining Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was focused on structured property transactions. Prior to British Business Bank, he was part of the team at Infinity SDC, an early stage data centre business.


Francesca Cornelli is Professor of Finance at London Business School. She is also the Director of the Coller Institute of Private Equity, a research institute of the London Business School. She previously held positions or taught at the Wharton School, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, The London School of Economics, the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and the New Economic School in Moscow. Her interests include corporate governance, private equity, privatization, bankruptcy, IPOs and innovation policy. She is an editor of the Review of Financial Studies, and has been an associate editor of the Journal of Finance, of the Journal of Financial Intermediation and of the Review of Economic Studies. She is a director of the American Finance Association, a member of the Scienti_c Committee of the Banque de France Foundation, and a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). She has been a member of the Council of the European Economic Association and of the Council of the Royal Economic Society.

Mr. Costabile joined the firm’s predecessor company in 2000 and is the Managing Director of the Private Funds Group. He serves on the Developed Markets Fund Investment Committee, Secondaries Investment Committee and Asia Private Equity Investment Committee. His current responsibilities include overseeing all private funds investments in the developed and many emerging markets, as well as sourcing, due diligence, monitoring product development and marketing.


Felix Capital is a new London-based venture capital firm operating at the intersection of technology and creativity. The fund was raised in a few months and closed at the hard cap at $120m, with commitments in excess of this amount. Felix's strategy is to invest in digital lifestyle, backing new digital brands and related enabling technologies. Frederic has worked in the technology industry for nearly 20 years. He was General Partner with Advent Venture Partners in London, which he joined in 2001. Previously he was an entrepreneur in France, building a VC-backed online marketplace for the textile industry, and before that a technology banker in London and New-York with Lazard. Frederic was named "Investor of the Year" in Europe by its peers at the 2012 Investor All Stars event.


57 Stars LLC, is an independent global investment manager owned and managed by its investment team focused on partnership and co-investment in select private equity markets outside of the United States. With more than USD2.0 billion under management, the 57 Stars team has approximately 100 years of collective experience investing in international private equity markets. Prior to 57 Stars, Mr. Cowan served in the Investment Funds Department of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).


Jakub is the founder and CEO of Clearsight Investments AG, a Zurich based private equity fund of funds firm with EUR 800 million in commitments focused exclusively on European turnaround and restructuring teams. Prior to founding Clearsight, Jakub worked at HRJ Capital and LGT Capital Partners in the Zurich area and before that at Citadel Investment Group and Credit Suisse First Boston in San Francisco.



David undertakes a wide range of corporate transactions with a particular experience in the launch of investment funds. He is regularly instructed by fund managers, UK and international law firms and other financial services firms on the launch, administration, restructuring and listing of both closed and open-ended investment funds. As well as private funds, David has advised funds that are listed on the LSE, AIM, Euronext and the CISE. David trained at Clifford Chance in London qualifying as an English solicitor in the Private Funds Group in 2004. While there he specialised in the establishment of institutional closed-ended investment funds particularly private equity, real estate and infrastructure funds. In 2006 he spent nine months on secondment at ABN AMRO advising on the structuring and launch of institutional fund-linked investment products, before joining Carey Olsen in May 2007. David became a partner in 2013.

Tim joined VenCap in 1994 and is responsible for leading the strategy and development of the Investment Advisor. Tim has overall responsibility for the identifi cation, selection and ongoing monitoring of VenCap’s fund investments and is a member of VenCap’s Investment Committee. He also has overall responsibility for fundraising. Prior to joining VenCap, Tim was an Economist and Statistician at the Association of British Insurers in London.

Ben Cukier founded Centana Growth in 2015 and is one of its Managing Partners. Before founding Centana Growth, Ben spent over 20 years in growth equity and finance. Ben has developed a keen understanding of the key players, regulatory environment and complexities of the asset management sub sector, as well as the broader financial services world. Ben was a partner at FTV Capital, a $2 billion growth equity fund, where he was a partner, served on the management committee and led investments in financial services. Before FTV, Ben served on the telecommunications and media team at Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago and was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.


Acanthus Advisers is an independent award-winning firm providing advisory services focused on European mid-market private equity. Since establishing Acanthus in 1998, Armando has advised GPs, LPs and financial institutions across Europe on fund structuring, placement and investor development. Previously he was Senior Banker with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development where he co-managed a €700 million fund-of funds programme. Before this, he worked for 10 years as strategy consultant in the US and in Europe with Bain & Co, Alliance Consulting Group and Telesis.


Chris became a Partner in 2015. He leads the Investor Relations team and has responsibility for fundraising as well as investor communications and reporting. He has been closely involved in the raising of the two recent Permira funds and also has responsibility for overseeing the funds’ co-investment processes. Prior to joining Permira in 2005, Chris spent four years at Almeida Capital/ Alt-Assets where he launched a research business covering the Private Equity industry, with a particular focus on servicing the informational requirements of institutional investors.


Marc is co-founder and co-managing partner of 747 Capital LLC; a private equity multi manager firm focused solely on the lower end of the middle market: small cap growth and buyout funds. He oversees the investment professionals; is actively involved in fund manager selection and the firm’s co-investment due diligence process. Prior to forming 747 Capital, from 1994 to 2000, Marc was Executive Vice President of Greenfield Capital Partners, Inc. in New York, the US subsidiary of a Dutch private equity group. While at Greenfield, Marc and his team worked on private equity fund selection and co-investments in buyout transactions.


Jesse de Klerk is the head of the global primary fund investment practice for RobecoSAM Private Equity. Prior to joining Robeco in 2004, Mr. de Klerk was a consultant at KPMG, involved with Performance Improvement, Risk Management and Financial Management. Prior to that, he worked at Andersen as a consultant within the Enterprise and Operational Risk Services division, advising both governments and large (international) companies in the field of risk management. Mr. de Klerk started his career at Deutsche Bank in London, where he worked in the Global Markets Research division.


Ellen de Kreij is a member of the Apax Investor Relations team based in London, with a particular focus on European investors. Ellen joined Apax Partners in 2002 as Director of Deal Generation and became a Director in the Investor Relations team in early 2010. Prior to joining Apax Partners, Ellen worked as an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions teams at Merrill Lynch and Broadview International, where she specialised in advising transactions in the Technology sector.



Christiaan de Lint is a partner and co-founder of Headway Capital Partners, a London based firm which invests in private equity secondaries globally, with a focus on Europe and North America. Headway provides liquidity to institutions and individuals seeking an exit from their private equity investments, with a focus on portfolios of direct assets and structured transactions. Headway focuses on small to medium sized transactions. Prior to co-founding Headway in early 2004, Christiaan was part of the investment team at Coller Capital, one of the largest players in the private equity secondaries market where he worked since early 1999.  Prior to Coller Capital, Christiaan worked in the Alternative Investment Strategies and Corporate Banking divisions of Citibank in London and New York.



Graeme joined Alcentra in September 2004 and is the Head of European Direct Lending and Mezzanine Investments. He is also a member of the European Investment Committee and sits on the Investment Committees for U.S. Mezzanine funds. Prior to joining Alcentra, Graeme was an Investment Director at Intermediate Capital Group where he marketed ICG’s capabilities to private equity firms and originated and invested in numerous European mezzanine financings.


Previously, Laurent spent four years at Citigroup, most recently as director in the Citi Alternatives Distribution Group focussing on investor relationships in Europe. Other previous positions include: principal at Acanthus Advisers LLP, a corporate finance advisory firm focussed on private equity; marketing director at venture capital firm RVC Capital Europe Ltd (a spin-out from Reuters; and assistant vice president in the Alternative Investments Group at LCF Rothschild.


Prior to setting up Pemberton in 2010, Symon was Global Head of Debt Markets at Royal Bank of Scotland, responsible for all trading and underwriting risk across investment and non-investment grade debt, and CEO of RBS Americas. Previously Mr Drake-Brockman worked for ING Barings, where he was the Global Head of Debt Products from 1998-2001 and Regional Head of Financial Markets in Asia-Pacific from 1994-1998.


Thomas Duetoft has more than 20 years' experience in European loan and credit markets. Thomas was formerly a Managing Director at RBS, where he held a number of roles including Head of European Loan Sales & Sourcing, Head of European Loan Sales & Trading and Head of Credit Sales / Trading, Asia ex-Japan.  His responsibilities included managing loan/credit resources across multiple geographies in Europe, the US and Asia.  Previously, Thomas was a Managing Director at Dresdner Kleinwort, responsible for European Loan Sales & Trading from 2001-2006, responsible for teams in London and Frankfurt, and also managed the firm's CLO warehouse risk. 


Martin joined Warburg Pincus in 2009 and is a member of the fi rm’s fundraising and investor relations team. Prior to joining the fi rm, Mr. Dunnett led the private equity group within wealth management at UBS, creating the leading team in the industry.



Jennifer is the Partner heading the Fund Investor Relations team. Prior to this, Jennifer was a Partner in the UK Buyouts team and Head of Consumer in the UK. Prior to joining 3i, Jennifer spent nine years at Terra Firma Capital Partners and Nomura’s Principal Finance Group (PFG), where she was Managing Director. Jennifer started her career as a solicitor for Allen, Allen & Hemsley in Sydney and London. She is a Co-Founder of Level 20, an initiative to support women in private equity.


Mark joined the Environmental and Social Responsibility team as a Director in September 2013. Prior to CDC Mark led the sustainable finance team at WWF US for 6 years and was also part of the environment and social risk management group at the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC for eight years, and was an Environment Adviser at DFID for 5 years.

Jake Elmhirst heads up Primary Private Equity and Infrastructure fundraising in the Americas.  He joined UBS Investment Bank in London in 1996 and has over 15 years of experience of providing advice on the formation and restructuring of investment funds. He co-founded the UBS Private Funds Group in 1998.  UBS Private Funds Group is one of the largest and most active private fund placement agents with a team of over 56 individuals located in the US, Europe and Asia.  Jake relocated from London to the US in 2000 to assist in the build out of the Private Funds Group's US platform.  Prior to joining UBS he completed his solicitors' articles with Freshfields in London and spent three years in the Freshfields corporate tax department focusing on investment funds. 



Rainer Ender co-heads Adveq's global Investment Management practice across all regions and market segments. Before joining Adveq in 2001, Rainer was an underwriter for alternative risk transfer at Zurich Reinsurance Company. From 1997 to 2000 he was a manager in the Financial Risk Management Practice at Arthur Andersen. In addition, Rainer served for several years on the Board of DTS, a regulated derivatives trader in Switzerland.


Mr Engelien is a Managing Director in Greenhill Cogent’s London office and advises institutional investors and fund managers on private equity secondary market transactions in the UK, Continental Europe and the Middle East. Prior to Cogent Partners' acquisition by Greenhill, he was a Partner and member of the firm's Executive Committee. Prior to joining Cogent Partners, Mr Engelien was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company where he served financial services companies and private equity firms on a broad range of strategy and corporate finance topics. He was also a leader of McKinsey’s European Banking & Securities practice. Mr Engelien started his career at Goldman Sachs in London covering the pan-European Business Services sector as an equity analyst.

Christophe Evain is a Managing Director and CEO of ICG plc and joined the company in 1994.  Christophe has been instrumental in driving the international expansion of ICG having opened ICG’s first non-domestic office in Paris in 1995.  He then set up both the Asia and North American businesses.  He has held a number of roles in leading financial institutions including Banque de Gestion Privée, National Westminster Bank and Credit Lyonnais specialising in leverage and structured finance.  He was appointed a Managing Director of ICG in October 2003 and CEO in March 2010.  Christophe chairs of the Executive Committee and Investment Committee.


Mr. Ewald joined Sankaty Advisors in 1998.  He is a Managing Director, the head of the Middle Market Group and Portfolio Manager for Sankaty’s Middle Market Opportunities and Senior Direct Lending fund strategies.  Previously, Mr. Ewald was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company for three years where he focused on strategy consulting to the Financial Services, Manufacturing and Consumer Products industries.  Prior to that, he worked at Credit Suisse First Boston as an analyst in the Regulated Industries group. 



Tom Ewers serves as a leader for the West Monroe's Merger & Acquisition solutions. Tom is responsible for developing the practice growth—particularly in manufacturing & distribution, healthcare, and private equity in the US. Tom has become a recognized leader in serving companies involved in mergers and acquisitions. He continuously works with leading private equity firms from transaction diligence to portfolio improvement and with strategic buyers in preparing for investments, divestitures and integrating acquisitions. Tom’s expertise spans the transaction lifecycle from acquisition readiness, operational & IT due diligence, integration planning, and post-merger integration and carve-out activities.


Edward Eyerman leads a team of 17 analysts that rate over 400 leveraged transactions and produces timely reports and commentary on HighYield Bonds and loans. Prior to assuming management of Fitch’s European leveraged finance practice in 2005, Ed published special reports and commentary on developments in the European credit markets for the European corporates group. Prior to joining Fitch in April 2003, Ed was an investment banker in Credit Suisse First Boston’s European acquisition and leveraged finance and telecommunications groups. From 1997 to 1998, Ed was in the European high-yield origination and credit research groups at Deutsche Bank. He also worked for Merrill Lynch in New York from 1994 to 1997 as an associate in the corporate bond research department covering Yankee bond issuers.


Sarah runs the private equity platform for Rising Tide GmbH, based out of Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Rising Tide advises related entities which invest in lower mid-market managers in the US, Western Europe, China, India, Brazil and SE Asia. Rising Tide also pursues a direct investing and co-investment strategy. Sarah has a previous background in private equity direct investing and investment banking, both in London and in Sydney.

Nathalie Faure Beaulieu joined European Capital in 2005 as a Managing Director in the London office. She joined the firm from Mezzanine Management U.K., where she was a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee for European Investments. Her transaction responsibilities included origination, structuring, syndicating and management of investments, and representing Mezzanine Management on the Boards of Directors of portfolio companies. Ms. Faure Beaulieu was originally in charge of developing Mezzanine Management's French office, which opened in 1995. Prior to joining Mezzanine Management in 1992, Ms. Faure Beaulieu worked at DG Investment Bank in London. She has transaction experience in the U.K., France, Germany, Benelux, Italy, and the U.S. Since 1990 Ms. Faure Beaulieu has participated in 26 mezzanine transactions worth more than €315 million.


Alan Feld is the Founder and Managing Partner of Vintage Investment Partners. Prior to founding Vintage in 2002, Alan Feld was a general partner at Israel Seed Partners and at Vertex Ventures. Prior to Vertex, Alan was the Managing Director of Evergreen Capital Markets/Robertson Stephens Israel. Before moving to Israel in 1994, Alan was at Goodman’s (Toronto), one of Canada’s leading corporate law firms.


Heike Findeisen is Business Development Director at CACEIS, where she is covering the German speaking markets. She is a member of various investment fund boards and active in industry associations such as ALFI and BAI. Heike is a regular guest lecturer at Fund Academy in Switzerland. Prior to this role, Heike was Deputy Head of Sales at CACEIS Bank Luxembourg. From 2000 to 2005 Heike was Head of CRM of Crédit Agricole Investor Services which she joined in 1994 as Group Manager at Transfer Agency Department.


Daniel Flaig has worked in Private Equity since 1995 when he joined Capvis’ predecessor company SBC Equity Partners Ltd. Previously he was a business consultant with Arthur Andersen in Zurich. In 2002 he became responsible for activities of Capvis Equity Partners AG in Germany.


Uwe Fleischhauer is Founding Partner and Managing Director of YIELCO Investments GmbH, Munich (Germany). YIELCO, established in 2011, is an innovative alternative investment boutique with focus on the infrastructure asset class s well as Private Debt and Private Equity, and offers a Multi Manager Portfolio product approach as well as customized Managed Account solutions and Consulting/Advisory. Today, YIELCO has more than 1.200m Euro assets under management (advisory) and had a first closing of its Global diversified Multi Manager Portfolio (YIELCO Infrastructure I) of 155m Euro in Oct 2014, targeting a final closing in 2016. Before YIELCO, he worked almost 14 years (1998 to 2011) in his own private equity advisory firm Fleischhauer, Hoyer & Partner (FHP), Private Equity Consultants


Mr. Flowers is a Managing Director & CEO of J.C. Flowers & Co. and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Flowers has spent more than 35 years focused on financial services, both as an advisor and as an investor. He joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1979 in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group and became a General Partner in 1988. In 1986 he was among the founders of Goldman’s Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Flowers was named co-head of the group in 1994 and sole head in 1996.


BlueBay’s Direct Lending business provides senior and subordinated debt solutions to financial sponsors and mid-sized European businesses. Prior to joining BlueBay, Anthony was a Partner of Och-Ziff Management and Head of European Private Investments from 2005. Before joining Och-Ziff, Anthony was a Director at CVC Capital Partners from 1998. From 1994 to 1998, Anthony worked at Lehman Brothers and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in Corporate Finance.


Anna Follér joined the Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP6) in 2014 as Sustainability Manager. Anna’s work includes supporting the investment organisation in integrating ESG factors into the investment and ownership processes as well as refining tools and processes for ESG integration. Prior to joining AP6, Anna spent nine years with Ethix SRI Advisors, SRI advisor to institutional investors, where she held several roles including Senior Analyst, Client Manager and Chief Operating Officer.


David is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive of Alcentra and chairs the Alcentra European Investment Committee. He also acts as Senior Portfolio Manager of the Special Situations business. David sits on the Executive Committee of BNY Mellon Investment Management and the BNY Mellon Operating Committee.



Anne Fossemalle has been the Director in charge of Equity Funds at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development since 2009. Previously, she was the Director, Bank Equity, responsible for EBRD’s direct investments in banks.  Prior to this appointment, she was a Senior Banker in the Financial Institutions group, where she led various debt and equity transactions with banks, and was responsible for EBRD’s relationship with international banking groups.  She joined EBRD in 1993, as part of the Agribusiness Team, then the Hungary Team, from Natixis in Paris, where she was responsible for loans and equity transactions with large French food companies.


Bon is responsible for the management of Adams Street Partners and actively participates as an investment professional. He is sought out by private equity firms, consultants and investors for advice and recommendations on a variety of private equity topics. Bon has been with Adams Street Partners and its predecessor organizations since 1980 and has been instrumental in the development of its private equity investment strategies, fund management and client service. Bon is Chairman of the Adams Street Partners Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and is a member of the Adams Street Partners Operating Committee.


As founder and CEO of PitchBook Data Ltd., John Gabbert brings more than 15 years of experience in building comprehensive databases that cater to the private equity and venture capital industry. Gabbert is recognized as a leader in the PE and VC industry where he’s led several industry initiatives – namely building the PitchBook Platform from the ground up and growing the business into the foremost data and technology provider for the global PE and VC markets. Prior to founding PitchBook in March of 2007, he held a role as Managing Director of Private Markets for Dow Jones & Company and was the VP of Worldwide Research for VentureOne, VentureSource and The Private Equity Analyst.


Georg is an investment manager with Brockhaus Private Equity, Frankfurt, a leading Private Equity firm for technology related small- to mid-cap buy-outs and growth investments in the German speaking region. Georg has an engineering background having graduated from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the area of business engineering (M.Sc.).

Lee Gardella is the head of Adveq's US office and leads the Firm’s Risk Management efforts. Lee is a member of Adveq’s Management Committee. He represents Risk Management in meetings of the Investment Committee. Before joining Adveq in 2007, Lee was a Managing Director leading the Private Markets Group for CTC Consulting, the family office investment advisory subsidiary of US Trust Company in Stamford, Connecticut. From 1997 to 2005 he worked for the US Trust Company in the private equity and Alternative Investment Divisions making private equity direct and fund investments and leading the development of private equity, real estate and hedge fund investment products. Prior to that, Lee was an Associate at the Edison Venture Fund and Wilshire Associates and a Treasury Analyst at National Steel Corporation

Oliver Gardey, Partner, joined Pomona in 2009 and heads Pomona’s European operations. Mr. Gardey has twenty years of private equity experience. Prior to joining Pomona, Mr. Gardey was a Partner at Adams Street and global co-head for ASP’s secondary business, based in the U.K. He gained extensive private equity experience at NM Rothschild, JH Whitney and Smedvig Capital. Mr. Gardey is the CEO and President of ISE – Inflight Service Corporation, which was a LBO transaction completed in 1994 and converted into an investment holding vehicle.


Joe Giannamore is Founder and Co-Managing Partner at AnaCap Financial Partners, a sector focused private equity firm investing in European Financial Services. Since inception in 2005, the partnership has grown from €300 million to €2.9 billion of assets across private equity and credit opportunities funds as well as coinvest. Before founding AnaCap, Joe co-founded auto finance company On:line Finance, which was the first European investment grade rated start-up, the first lender over the internet in Europe and one of the Top 10 fastest growing companies in the UK during that period. On:line Finance was subsequently acquired by GMAC UK, where Joe became CEO until 2003. Joe began his career at Goldman Sachs.


Michele is a founder and Partner of Bridges Ventures and focuses on strategy, investor relations, public relations and social impact assessment. Michele Giddens has over 15 years of international development and social finance experience. She was an Investment Officer with International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group in Eastern Europe in the early 1990’s, then spent 8 years with Shorebank Corporation, which was one of the leading community development banks in the USA. There she ran small business lending programmes in Russia , Central and Eastern Europe, advised on microfinance in Bangladesh, the Middle East and Mongolia and did research in the US community development finance sector.



William Gilmore is a Senior Investment Manager on the Private Equity team who leads Primary Funds investment and monitoring. He is a member of the Private Equity Investment Committee. William joined Aberdeen in 2014 as part of SWIP heritage. Prior to joining SWIP in October 2000, William worked for Murray Johnstone for ten years, starting as an investment manager before being appointed investment director for private equity. In 1994 he was appointed assistant fund manager of Murray Ventures. Between 1987 and 1989, William was an investment accountant with Ivory & Sime, after spending four years with KPMG where he qualified as a chartered accountant.


Ralf is a Partner at the European PE specialist investor Akina responsible for advising on fund investments in the Benelux and the Nordic countries. He is member of the advisory board of several private equity funds across Europe. In addition, Ralf has been instrumental in setting up the portfolio monitoring for Akina advised investment vehicles. Previously, Ralf worked at Lombard Odier Group in Zurich and Paris and at Dresdner Bank.

Maurice Gordon joined Guardian’s investment team in 2010 and is responsible for fund investing, co-investing and secondaries.  He has over 24 years’ experience in private equity investing and portfolio management. Maurice has successfully originated and lead 27 direct and co-investment transactions and has managed institutional private equity portfolios totaling over $4.5 billion in a variety of buyout, venture capital, mezzanine and special situation partnerships, hedge funds, and private placements. Previously, Maurice spent over six years as a senior manager of a successful co-investment fund located in Chicago, and prior to that,  Maurice was a managing director and head of The Hartford Insurance Company's private equity investment group, managing an $800 million diversified private equity portfolio.




Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.'s board of directors. Gore is also chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization he founded that is focused on solutions for the global climate crisis. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and was selected as the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."

Dr. Christoph Gort is a partner at SIGLO since 2010. He started his career at the City of Zurich Pension Fund in December 2003. As a member of the investment team he oversaw the investments in hedge funds, commodities, some of the equities and the currency overlay program. In 2008 he joined Harcourt Investment Consulting AG as a Fund of Hedge Funds Analyst and was promoted Director in 2009 and Head of Fund of Hedge Funds Research in 2010. In that role Christoph advised large public Swiss pension funds as well as Swiss private banks on fund of hedge funds investments.


Oliver’s current research focuses on the strategic logic and the performance determinants of private equity investments. A second stream of work looks at the implications of employee motivation for firm performance in different settings. In parallel to his faculty position at HEC, he is affiliated with INSEAD as a visiting researcher and the coordinator of the HEC Buyout Research program. His work has been published in leading academic journals and in various publications for practitioners. He regularly presents his research at academic conferences and private equity symposia and serves as an advisor to leading investors in the private equity industry. At HEC, he teaches a core course on business strategy and offers an elective on Management Buyouts.

Torsten Grede is the CEO of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG and has been the Spokesman of the Board of Management since March 2013. He joined DBAG in 1990 and was a Member of the Board of Management from 2001 to 2013.He has than 20 years of experience in private equity.

Eric Green has 25+ years of experience investing debt and equity in middle market companies in the US and Europe. Before joining Muzinich & Co., Inc., Eric was a Managing Director of Cyrus Capital Partners, a credit opportunities fund. Previously Eric was the Senior Partner and Portfolio Manager of FriedbergMilstein, a direct debt origination platform, where he grew the firm to $1.4 billion of AUM and a team of 16. (sub-advised to GSO Capital in 2007). Eric was also a Partner and Managing Director of JP Morgan Partners where he was Co-head and build up its $1 billion direct mezzanine debt business.

James joined Permira Debt Managers in June 2007 and has led the business since January 2009. James has more than 25 years of experience in European Leverage Finance including time spent at Continental Bank, Bankers Trust, Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette, and Merrill Lynch where he was a Managing Director in Leverage Finance. He joined Lehman Brothers in 2003 as co-head of European Leverage Finance, before moving across to the Financial Sponsor Coverage group in 2005.

Alicia has worked for MLC since 2002 and is Portfolio Manager of the European, MENA and African private equity portfolio along with the co-investment programme. Her primary responsibilities include identifying investment opportunities and accessing the best private equity managers and co-investment opportunities. Prior to joining the private equity team, Ms Gregory worked with the ThreeSixty Investment Strategy & Research team.


Alex is responsible for ratings in the Oil and Gas, Metals and Mining and Chemicals sectors. Alex joined Fitch in London in 2005 as a corporate analyst. In 2009 he took on the role of Head of Research for EMEA and Asia-Pacific, a role which involved leading cross-sector research projects, sitting on rating committees across the Corporate group, and delivering training on credit analysis. Prior to this, Alex spent eight years with Deloitte's audit practice, where he gained experience ranging from transaction services work to audit, IFRS transitions, expert witness assignments and sector research.


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Mounir Guen

Mounir Guen founded MVision in 2001. He is a veteran fundraising specialist, advisor and manager, with 30 years of experience in the industry during which he has worked on over 300 General Partnership funds. He has led MVision to the point where it is now one of the leading alternative asset capital raising firms in the world. Selected as one of Private Equity’s 100 most influential personalities of the decade in 2011 by PEI, Mounir is on the EMPEA Investor Relations and Marketing Steering Committee and is a member of the NYU President's Global Council and the Liberal Studies Dean’s Council. He is on the faculty of London Business School, being honoured with the title of Executive Fellow of the Accounting Department in 2014.  Previously Mounir spent 13 years at Merrill Lynch where he was a Managing Director and was responsible for building up the international non-US business, both on the General Partner and Investor level.




Ralph is a member of Pantheon’s European Client Service team, focusing on Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and will also source deals for Pantheon’s secondaries team. Ralph was previously a Managing Director with bmp AG where he worked on private equity fund-of-funds and advisory services for institutional clients. H



Raeto Guler is a partner at IPF Partners, a dedicated healthcare growth debt fund with offices in Geneva and Luxembourg. IPF mainly focuses on direct lending to SME type, commercial stage healthcare companies. As a secondary focus the Fund acquires and finances healthcare royalty streams. The company was set-up in 2012 and is currently investing its first fund. Before establishing IPF, Raeto was a debt investment manager at Macquarie in their Special Situations Lending team based in London. Prior to that he worked in Leveraged Finance at Barclays Capital.


Mr. Hakkak serves as co-portfolio manager and Investment Committee member of White Oak since March 2007. Mr. Hakkak was previously the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Alpine Global, Inc. Mr. Hakkak served as the Founder and Portfolio Manager at Suisse Global Investments. He previously served at Robertson Stephens & Co. as an Investment Banker and Principal. Mr. Hakkak has been a co-founder and board member of several financial technology platforms that facilitate the distribution of philanthropic and financial products.


Michael specialises in the area of private equity and investment fund structuring. He acts for managers and investors covering a wide range of funds, incentive schemes and co-investment arrangements. Michael’s work includes private equity funds, real estate funds and infrastructure funds for institutional and private investors. He has also been involved in a number of secondary transactions and management buyouts and restructurings of private equity groups.


Ed specialises in the formation of private equity funds, acting for both general partners (GPs) and investors. He has a particular focus on mid-market and large private equity funds, infrastructure funds and carried interest/co-investment arrangements. He also works closely with a number of fund-of-funds houses on all aspects of their activities, including fundraising, separate managed account mandates, fund investment and secondary transactions. He acts for private equity houses and other leading financial institutions, including Triton, Macquarie, Phoenix Equity Partners, Palamon Capital Partners, Balfour Beatty, Capital Dynamics, Pantheon and Cubera.


Timo is a founder and partner of Certior Capital since 2011. Prior to founding Certior Capital, Timo was a part of the team that established, together with Pohjola Bank, Pohjola Private Equity Funds in 2007 and grew the Funds under Management up to c. € 1.5 billion before the company was sold to Access Capital Partners in December 2010. Timo started his private equity and private credit career at Proventure in 2003 and has been leading tens of primary fund investments, secondaries and credit co-investments over the years.


Deborah joined SR One in 2005 to establish the firm’s European   investment office.  She brings to SR One extensive operational, drug development and licensing experience gained through numerous roles held in clinical development, medical affairs and business development during her more than 20 year tenure in the pharmaceutical industry. 


Mr. Harper is Chief Investment Officer for the Morgan Stanley AIP PE Team, and is based in the London office. He has 25 years of relevant industry experience. Prior to joining AIP, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company operating in Europe, North America and Asia providing consulting services to corporate and private equity clients. Previously, he worked for Arthur Andersen.


Malcolm is  responsible for driving the growth strategy in respect of UK and Western European fund managers with investment strategies in Private Equity, Debt/Credit, Mezzanine, Infrastructure, Real Estate, Secondary (incl. fund of funds) and also the wider Asset Management sector. On joining the RBS in 2005, Malcolm was part of the Corporate Bank’s Leverage Finance team In 2009, Malcolm was seconded to the CEO’s office as strategy team leader responsible for the creation of the RBS Corporate Bank’s five year strategic plan. Prior to joining RBS, Malcolm spent nine years in various M&A roles with Rutherford Manson Dowds and latterly at British Linen Advisers where he was a founding shareholder following the corporate finance division’s buy out from Bank of Scotland. 




Prior to taking on his current role, Janusz was Head of Asset Management at Capital Dynamics for five years. Prior to joining Capital Dynamics, he was head of Central and Eastern European private equity at Allianz Specialized Investments (formerly Dresdner Kleinwort Capital), having previously been deputy chairman and managing director of PTP-Kleinwort Benson.


Daniel Heine is one of the founders of Patrimonium and Managing Director of the company's Private Debt activities, with responsibility for all of Patrimonium`s Private Debt investments. He has overseen and lead more than 100 debt investments in middle market corporates. He is also responsible for managing the growing demand for real estate debt investment solutions. Before founding Patrimonium Daniel Heine worked as a Financial Consultant for Merrill Lynch International. Prior to Merrill Lynch he gained experience by working for the management consultancy A.T. Kearney where he mainly focused on restructuring situations and cost improvement measures. Besides his business responsibilities, Daniel Heine is an adjunct lecturer at the University of St. Gallen Executive School where he frequently lectures on enterprise and security valuation. 



Stephen joined from Goldman Sachs where he spent 20 years in various senior roles, including Global Head of Leverage Finance, Co-Head of Global Loans, Member of the Firmwide Risk and Firmwide Capital Committees and Head of Loan Sales and Secondary Trading (Proprietary Investing and Flow Trading). Stephen had been a partner at Goldman Sachs since 2004. Prior to re-joining the firm, Stephen was a managing director and head of Loan Syndications, Sales and Trading at Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ), after starting the business at DLJ in 1996. Mr. Hickey was a member of the Board of Directors for the Loan Syndications and Trading Association from 2001 to 2006

Jim Hildebrandt is a Managing Director of Bain Capital in Hong Kong and a founder of the Bain Capital Asia business. Bain Capital has offices in Asia in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Mumbai and Melbourne, where the firm has invested over $5 billion in 25 leading companies. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Hildebrandt was a partner at Bain & Company, helping to establish Asian offices in China, Southeast Asia, Australia and Korea.

John A. Hill is Vice Chairman and Managing Director at First Reserve, the largest global private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on energy. With over 30 years of industry insight, investment expertise and operational excellence, First Reserve has cultivated an enduring network of global relationships and raised approximately USD $31 billion of aggregate capital since inception.  First Reserve has completed more than 550 transactions (including platform investments and add-on acquisitions), creating several notable energy companies throughout the Firm’s history. Its portfolio companies operate on six continents, spanning the energy spectrum from upstream oil and gas to midstream and downstream, including resources, equipment and services and infrastructure. Prior to acquiring First Reserve with Mr. Macaulay in 1983, Mr. Hill was a co-founder of Meridien Capital Company, a private equity buyout firm.


Mark is head of Europe and based in the London investment offi ce. He is also an observer to the Investment Committee. Mark has 15 years’ experience in private equity, venture capital and commercial banking. His previous experience includes positions in the Private Equity Funds Group and DB Capital Partners, both at Deutsche Bank.


Christy Hoffman is the Deputy General Secretary of UNI Global Union, the global union federation for the services industries. UNI has over 900 labor union affiliates, spread across 150 countries and representing over 20 million workers. Her work at UNI followed more than 25 years of experience as a U.S. based trade unionist. including years of service as legal counsel to leading US unions. She has expertise in the various international standards and tools which govern corporate accountability and the human rights of workers, including the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UNI Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. 


Joost Holleman joined Prime Ventures as Partner in 2009. Before joining Prime, Joost was with AlpInvest Partners in Amsterdam, one of the leading independent investors in private equity funds in the world (35 billion euro under management). As of 2001 he has led a large number of fund investments on behalf of AlpInvest in buy-out, mezzanine and particularly in venture capital. He was a member of numerous advisory boards in Europe and Israel. Before his time at AlpInvest Joost was a senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the area of strategy and organizational design (1997 – 2001). Preceding that period he was research fellow at Leiden University.


Klaus is partner at Lakestar and one of the leading European business angels with investments in some of the largest European and worldwide internet companies of the last years. He was an early investor in companies such as QXL/Tradus, Skype, Facebook, king.com, Xing, airbnb and Spotify (including board membership). Klaus started his career at Bertelsmann. He joined AOL Germany as one of the first employees in 1995, where he was board member before being a partner at Benchmark Capital.


Andrew is the founder and managing partner of Greenbrook, a specialist communications adviser dedicated to advising private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Andrew started his career working on political campaigns in both the UK and US and was formerly a UK government special advisor. Over the last two decades Andrew has developed leading expertise in advising alternative investment firms on all areas of communications and risk management. Since 2012 Andrew has advised on over 125 private equity deals worth over €85bn and worked on some of the most significant private equity fundraisings since the financial crisis. Before founding Greenbrook, Andrew was a member of the Executive Committee at News International, advising the company following the phone hacking crisis.



Richard is a Principal in Hamilton Lane’s Global Investment Team. Richard is based in the firm’s London office and focuses on both co-investment and secondary transactions. Richard represents Hamilton Lane on several fund advisory boards and is a regular conference speaker. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2011, Richard worked as a Director with Alliance Trust Equity Partners, where he helped establish a private equity fund investment business together with making a number of direct investments. Previously, Richard worked in the UK at Noble Group, where he was responsible for making and managing venture and growth capital investments.


Rene Höpfner works as a Principal for Mercer’s German Investment Consulting business. He advises institutional clients mainly on private equity, other alternative assets and their implementation as well as portfolio structuring. Prior to joining Mercer, he worked in the private equity funds industry for several years.



Dörte represents the industry at the highest levels of business and government. She is a regular industry commentator in the international media. In July 2012, Financial News named her the most influential person in European Private Equity. Dörte joined Invest Europe in 2011 after spending four years as Managing Director of the BVK, the German Private Equity Association.

Richard Howell joined PAI in 2009 and heads the Investor Team, responsible for managing all interactions with the Firm's investors as well as its Capital Markets and Co-Investment activities. He is a member of PAI’s Investment Committee and Executive Committee.  Richard joined from Lehman Brothers (and following its acquisition, Nomura) where he was a Managing Director and Head of the European Corporate & Leveraged Finance group. Prior to joining Lehman, Richard worked at UBS in London and Hong Kong.



Andreas Huber joined EQT Partners in October 2007 and is Head of Infrastructure in continental Europe. Prior to joining EQT Partners, Andreas Huber held various positions with UniCredit and HVB in Munich and Singapore, where he spent most of his career working on transactions related to the infrastructure sector. He is a member of the Infrastructure Partners Investment Committee within EQT.



Ralf joined Advent's Frankfurt office in 1991 and has over 20 years of private equity experience. Prior to joining Advent he was a financial analyst at Veba AG, a German industrial and energy conglomerate. Prior to that, he was a project manager in the mergers and acquisitions department of Continental AG, a leading European tyre manufacturer.


Brady Hyde is the Portfolio Manager - Private Equity for the UPS Group Trust, a $30 billion defined benefit pension plan. Mr. Hyde is responsible for all aspects of the private equity program and focuses investing activities on buyout funds, venture capital funds, secondaries, co-investments and separate account mandates. Prior to joining the UPS Group Trust Mr. Hyde was a Vice President at WP Global Partners where he focused primarily on sub-$1B private equity, private debt and co-investment transactions.


Prof. Ioannou is a strategy scholar whose academic work focuses on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He explores these issues through two main avenues: a) examining the role of investors and capital markets in promoting a sustainable society in general, and sustainable and socially responsible business practices in particular, b) investigating the multilevel drivers of socially responsible behaviour by corporations. In recent pioneering work with Prof. R. Eccles and G. Serafeim, they establish the existence of a new type of the modern corporation, the sustainable enterprise, and empirically prove its long-term out-performance compared to traditional firms. Prof. Ioannou has been shortlisted for the Future Thinker Award of Thinkers50; the first-ever global ranking of management thinkers whose mission is to recognize ideas that have the power to change the world.


Henry co-founded OpCapita in April 2006 and is responsible for managing the firm, transaction origination and investor relations. He also holds several board positions across the portfolio and plays a significant role in overseeing operational implementation. Henry has nearly 30 years’ experience working with senior management teams of leading consumer businesses in Europe and the US driving strategic change. After beginning his career at CSFB in New York, Henry left in 1989 to help establish Peter J. Solomon (PJSC), a retail and consumer focused private investment banking firm. After a decade with PJSC, Henry was recruited to establish and head DLJ’s European Consumer and Retail Group in London in 1999 (subsequently acquired by Credit Suisse), before moving to a similar position at Deutsche Bank in 2002.


Marta Jankovic is responsible for the sign-off on the ESG aspects of all new investment proposals in the commodities, private equity, hedge funds and commodity asset classes and monitors existing investments on their ESG performance.  Marta practiced law for over 10 years with a focus on investment funds and corporate law. Prior to joining APG, she was an in-house counsel at SVG Advisers in London where she worked on the structuring and development of fund products. Marta is the Vice Chair of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association’s (EVCA) Professional Standards Committee and the Chair of the EVCA Responsible Investment Roundtable.


Mr. Jeffrey is the Head of StepStone’s European business.  StepStone is a global private equity specialist overseeing US$70 billion of private capital allocations, including approximately US$12 billion of assets under management. StepStone offers customized private markets investment management and advisory services to institutional clients using industry leading analytics and research capabilities, with a focus on providing highly responsive and collaborative client service. Prior to joining StepStone, Mr. Jeffrey was a Managing Partner at Parish Capital where he founded the firm’s European and Asian practices and had responsibility for the secondary and co-investment businesses.  Before Parish Capital, Mr. Jeffrey served as Managing Director of Bank of America’s European Private Equity group before which he had been Managing  Director and Head of BancBoston Capital’s European and Asian operations.


One of the leading authorities on private equity, Tim’s research is widely quoted and has been published in the top academic journals. He is Director of the Oxford Private Equity Institute, is one of the founders of the Private Equity Research Consortium and is a board member of several funds and companies. A renowned teacher and presenter, Tim teaches executive courses on private equity around the world, including specialist courses for institutional investors.


Christoph has been at Holtzbrinck Ventures since its foundation in 2000. Prior to Holtzbrinck Ventures, Christoph worked for one of the leading strategic consultancies for four years, where he advised a number of companies in a wide variety of industries. Prior to this, Christoph spent two years at Deutsche Bank. As one of the most successful European venture capital firms and with more than € 600m under management, HV has been supporting exceptional founders in building market-leading internet companies for over 15 years.


Yalin is a member of the Investor Relations and Fundraising team, responsible for Cinven's Limited Partners in EMEA. He is also a member of the Investment team as Head of Emerging Europe with responsibility for developing Cinven's activities in Turkey and other Emerging European countries. At Cinven, he has worked on a number of transactions, including Pronet. Prior to joining Cinven, Yalin spent eight years with JPMorgan Partners, in New York and London, completing a number of buyout, growth equity, and venture capital investments in a variety of sectors across Western and Eastern Europe. Previously, he was with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.


Susan Kasser is the Head of Neuberger Berman Private Debt.  Neuberger Berman manages $1.5 billion dedicated to investing in the debt of private equity-owned companies.  NB Private Debt seeks to lend to profitable companies based in North America and Western Europe, with EBITDA of $20mm to $250mm+. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman, Susan was a founding member of Carlyle Mezzanine Partners, the corporate mezzanine business of The Carlyle Group. Prior to Carlyle, Susan worked at Goldman Sachs.




Jason Kelly is the New York bureau chief of Bloomberg and the author of The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry, the product of five years leading Bloomberg's global private equity coverage. He has served as managing editor of Bloomberg Link, the company's global conference business and is a regular contributor to Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Markets and Bloomberg Businessweek, where his work has spanned artificial intelligence on Wall Street to economic development during the war in Afghanistan. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he edited a magazine about technology and venture capital in the Southeast U.S. 


Jan joined BC Partners in London in 2010. Previously, Jan spent three and a half years at AlixPartners working as a financial restructuring and operational turnaround advisor. Prior to this, he worked as the managing director of the Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation in New York, as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Munich, and an intern with Goldman Sachs’ in the mergers and acquisitions division in London.


Mr. Klemme has over 16 years of private equity investment experience. Mr. Klemme worked for Bethmann Bank AG as Director in their Private Equity Solutions group. Prior to working at Bethmann Bank, Jobst worked at Credit Suisse as Vice President, also in their Private Equity Solutions group.

New Mountain Capital currently manages over $15.0 billion of assets with a strategy that emphasizes growth in acyclical industries and businesses building, rather than reliance on high levels of debt and risk, as the best path to high and consistent private equity returns. Prior to founding New Mountain in 1999, Mr. Klinsky was co-founder of Goldman Sachs & Co.’s Leveraged Buyout Group (1981-1984), and was a partner of Forstmann Little & Co. from December 1984 through June 1999, which was a period of significant success for that firm. 


Jesper Knutsson is Senior Investment Manager at Danske Private Equity, which he joined in 2006. Jesper has been involved in the due diligence on several funds in Danske PEP III and Danske PEP IV, as well as being responsible for fundraising. He has 21 years of experience from private equity and investment banking, hereof 11 years internationally.


Theodore L. Koenig has over 25 years of experience in structuring and investing in debt and equity transactions.  Monroe Capital is a leading provider of senior and junior debt and equity co-investments to middle market companies.  Investment types include unitranche financings, cash flow and enterprise value based loans, acquisition facilities, mezzanine debt, second lien or last-out loans and equity co-investments. Monroe Capital has invested over $2.5 billion of capital in over 400 investment transactions since its inception. 


Andre Konstantinow is Head of Wealth Management for Kieger. Prior he held various senior investment roles in asset management. He was Head of Manager Selection and member of the investment and management committee for the Barclays Pension Fund/Oak Pension Asset Management in London where he oversaw and managed $40bn across all traditional and alternative asset classes. Prior Andre Konstantinow worked for Morgan Stanley Investment Management were he directed strategy and research for European and Asian alternative investments.


Maria Kozloski is the Global Head and CIO of Private Equity Funds for IFC, overseeing investments in private equity funds in emerging markets.  Prior to this, she was Managing Director for Lockheed Martin Investment Management Company, overseeing private equity and real estate.  Earlier she spent 13 years at The World Bank Group where she invested in emerging markets for IFC and managed private equity investments on behalf of The World Bank’s pension. 


Mr. Kristensen is an Executive Director at LGT Capital Partners. Prior to joining LGT CP in 2004, Mr. Kristensen worked two years for the investment bank Lazard in the M&A division of the London office.


Roy is the Team Head of Alternative Strategies at the Church Commissioners, which manages the Church of England’s endowment.  He is responsible for managing and growing the endowment’s allocations in the alternatives sector.  Roy was previously the Head of Research at Dexion Capital, where he was responsible for the firm’s fund of funds mandates and for establishing investment partnerships with major investment managers in the credit, hedge fund, infrastructure and real estate sectors. Prior to this, he was the Alternatives Fund Manager at boutique fund of funds company Bramdean Asset Management.



Nicolas Lanel co-founded Evercore’s Private Capital Advisory in 2013, having established a similar practice at UBS in London in 2007.  The Evercore team, which now consists of 27 dedicated professionals in London and New York, has advised on close to $7bn of transaction value in the past 12 months.  Prior to joining UBS in 2004, Nicolas had spent close to 10 years in M&A at Deutsche Bank / Bankers Trust in both London and New York.  He started his career in principal investments with Paribas in Toronto.



Carlos Lavilla joined Corpfin Capital in 2004. Prior to joining Corpfin, he held key corporate positions at Telefónica for over three years, including the CEO position of its PayTV subsidiary.  Before, he was Deputy Country Manager and headed the Structured Finance Department at Société Générale in Spain from 1993 to 2000.  From 1987 he worked at Citicorp/Citibank within the Spanish corporate finance division. He was Chairman of ASCRI (Spanish Venture Capital Association) in 2014.




Jonathan  is Managing Partner and the Chief Investment Officer of Sankaty Advisors and its related funds. He is a Credit Committee member and Risk & Oversight Committee member, and has overall responsibility for the Firm’s investment strategy, management and risk. Before the formation of Sankaty, Mr. Lavine worked in Bain Capital’s private equity business.


Mr. Lavoie is Managing Director at Crescent Credit Europe responsible of Mezzanine, Unitranche and other subordinated debt investments. Before joining Crescent in 2004, Mr. Lavoie was with CDPQ in Canada and responsible for managing leveraged assets. He also headed CDPQ’s European Leveraged Finance unit and LBO Fund investments. Mr. Lavoie has 27 years of banking, private lending and investing experience.


Colin is a founding partner of Generation Investment Management and the Co-CIO of Generation’s growth equity Climate Solutions Funds. Prior to co-founding Generation in 2004, Colin was a Director at Zurich-based Sustainable Asset Management. He has also worked for the Energy Practice at Arthur D. Little in London, and Total as a natural gas analyst based in Paris. Colin holds a BSc in International Management and Modern languages from University of Bath, UK. Colin is on various Generation portfolio company boards. He also serves on the Board of San Francisco-based not-for-profit Business for Social Responsibility.



Mr. Lee serves as the portfolio manager for Oaktree’s Strategic Credit strategy. Mr. Lee is also an investment professional within the Distressed Debt group and has led a number of the group's investments in the media, technology, and telecom industries. Prior to joining Oaktree in 2007, Mr. Lee worked within the Investment Banking division at UBS Investment Bank in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for advising clients on a number of debt and preferred stock restructurings, leveraged financings, buy-side and sell-side M&A, mezzanine financings and recapitalizations.


Richard joined Exponent in January 2005.  Since then, he has been involved in the TSL, Group GTI, Gorkana Group, Ambassador Theatre Group, Fintrax Group and HSS transactions.  He sits on the boards of Gorkana Group, Group GTI, Ambassador Theatre Group, Immediate Media and Fintrax Group and previously sat on the board of TSL. Richard previously worked for Apax and the Boston Consulting Group.



Dante is a founding partner of CP-DL, a boutique law firm with offices in Switzerland and Italy, specializing in fund structuring, formation and downstream investments. Dante assists a wide range of alternative asset managers, in their establishment, structuring, fund raising and investment activities throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Prior to founding CP-DL, Dante was with Debevoise & Plimpton.


Christian joined the firm in the San Francisco office in March 2003. He has since moved back to Europe where is working out of the Hamburg and Berlin offices, leading European Internet Consumer investments. He previously worked with management consulting firms in Paris and Berlin. Christian also held various research positions at the Daimler Chrysler Research Center India in Bangalore and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois. Christian is frequently quoted in the media as an expert on Venture Capital by key publications such as Spiegel Online and FAZ.


Michael co-heads Allianz Capital Partners’ (ACP) global private equity fund investment activities with AuM of EUR 8bn. He joined ACP in 2003 from PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance. Michael holds a master degree in business administration from LMU in Munich. He represents Allianz on several fund advisory boards and serves on the Board of Directors of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA).




Jakob is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of CORDET, an independent credit investment specialist founded in 2013 providing direct lending solutions to mid-market businesses in Northern Europe. Jakob was previously at Morgan Stanley for 22 years, most recently as Co-Head of Global Financial Institutions Group EMEA. A financial services industry specialist throughout his career, Jakob has served as trusted advisor to many of Europe’s largest banks, insurers and asset managers.  


Elly Livingstone joined Pantheon in 2001 and has 18 years of private equity experience. Elly is a member of the Global Secondary Investment Committee, the International Investment Committee and the Emerging Markets Investment Committee. Prior to joining Pantheon, Elly was an investment manager focusing on the analysis, structuring and execution of direct investments at Actis Capital, an emerging markets private equity fund manager, having worked previously for Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers on a wide range of international consulting and corporate finance advisory assignments.

Eric manages all aspects of Babson’s global private finance enterprise and participates on multiple Investment Committees. He has 25 years of industry experience that has encompassed investment banking, leveraged finance and risk management. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Eric served as Head of Market and Institutional Risk for Wells Fargo and was a member of the Board of Directors of Wells Fargo Securities. Before the acquisition of Wachovia, Eric worked in Wachovia’s Global Markets Investment Banking (GMIB) division and served on the division’s Operating Committee where he oversaw capital deployment and allocation across Wachovia’s GMIB business. Prior to the Operating Committee, Eric was Head of Wachovia’s Leveraged Finance group.


Mr. Lockhead is a Portfolio Manager responsible for identifying, analyzing and executing investment opportunities in the loan origination business for the Avenue Europe Strategy. Prior to joining Avenue in September 2012, Mr. Lockhead was a Managing Director and Head of Sponsor Leveraged Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (“BOA”). Prior to that, Mr. Lockhead was a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsor Coverage and Leverage Finance groups at BOA. Previously, he worked for Barclays Capital in their Leveraged Finance & Sponsor Coverage Group and NatWest Markets in their Acquisition Finance team.


Nick plays a leading role in the global sourcing and execution of Actis’s investments in the financial services industry, using his deep sector knowledge and experience of private equity to develop and secure opportunities. Nick joined Actis in January 2010 from Cambridge Place Investment Management (CPIM), where he was Head of Private Investments. Prior to CPIM, Nick was a Principal in the financial services team at private equity firm, Apax Partners, and worked for The Boston Consulting Group in both London and Australia.



Alex is Head of Octopus Ventures, taking overall responsibility for the team’s investments with a view to maximizing the returns that are generated. He has extensive experience of investing into smaller companies. Alex founded Katalyst Ventures with his colleagues in 2000, creating the private angel network which would later be known as the Octopus Venture Partners. Over seven years, Alex led the business as CEO until its sale to Octopus in August 2007, since which time, a series of VCTs have been raised to invest into nearly 50 early stage companies to date, alongside the newly branded Octopus Venture Partners. Prior to joining Octopus, he worked for ten years at SG Warburg as a trade and risk manager in equity derivatives, and later founded a growth consultancy for small businesses, assisting a number of small businesses with their financing requirements prior to founding Katalyst Ventures



Rainer has been a member of the Holtzbrinck Ventures team since 2008. He was responsible for Holtzbrinck Ventures‘ investments in Zalando (IPO 2014), Quandoo (sold to Recruit in 2015) and brands4friends (sold to eBay in 2010) as well as in HelloFresh, Home24, Outfittery, Stylight and several others. Before coming to Holtzbrinck Ventures, Rainer played an entrepreneurial role as Head of Business Development at 123people.com. The business was sold successfully to Pages Jaunes in 2010. Prior to that, Rainer worked for five years in the venture capital field at 3i and Siemens Acceleration, where he was involved in investments in the e-commerce sector. Rainer started his career at Siemens in 2000.


Andrew Malk, Managing Partner of Malk Sustainability Partners, founded the firm after recognising that even the most astute investors and innovative, well-managed companies need guidance to leverage environmental, social, governance management to protect and create value. Andrew works with investors and executives to design and deliver transformational ESG strategies. Andrew is a member of the Private Equity Working Group of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) initiative. Prior to founding the firm, Andrew led strategy and acquisitions for the Midtown Niki Group, a real estate private equity firm. At Midtown Niki, Andrew started the firm’s Green Finance Program, an investment program promoting development of high-performing, greener buildings.


Monthly Barometer is a succinct predictive analysis exclusively provided to private investors and some of today’s most influential opinion and decision makers. Until 2011, Thierry was a senior partner at IJ (Informed Judgment) Partners, an investment boutique for ultra-high-net-worth individuals based in Geneva, and prior to that managing partner at Rainbow Insight, an advisory boutique which he founded, providing tailor-made intelligence to investors. He was previously in charge of the Davos Annual event.


Paul joined Omers Strategic Investments (OSI) in March 2013. He is a member of the OSI leadership team and the OSI Executive Committee. He is currently responsible for all energy, resource and commodity investments made within OSI. He takes an active role in sourcing, negotiating and executing acquisitions, dispositions, joint venture and other strategic transactions. Prior to joining OSI, Mr. Manias was a Vice President at Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure investment arm of OMERS.



Prior to joining EnCap in July 2006, Murphy Markham was the Managing Director and Group Head of JPMorganChase’s Oil & Gas Finance Group. Prior to the merger between JPMorgan and Bank One, Mr. Markham ran Bank One’s Oil & Gas Group. Mr. Markham started his banking career with Republic Bank in 1981 and remained with the bank and its ultimate successor, Bank of America, for 22 years, serving as a Managing Director in its Energy Banking Group.




Christiian Marriott is a Partner in the London office and is responsible for Fund Raising and Investor Relations. Before joining Equistone Partners Europe (formerly Barclays Private Equity) in 2007, Christiian was Investor Relations Director for Mezzanine Management, with responsibility for structuring and marketing mezzanine funds investing across Europe and in the US. Christiian began his career in 1992 as a financial journalist for Acquisitions Monthly, where he became Deputy Editor. He subsequently joined Campbell Lutyens, a London based corporate finance advisory house, where he worked on a range of private equity advisory assignments, including direct investments and fundraisings for buy-out, venture and mezzanine funds.

Michael is head of EMEA High Yield and Leveraged Loan Capital Markets. He is responsible for originating, structuring and distributing new issue loan and high yield debt offerings for financial sponsors and corporate issuer clients. Michael serves as a member of the Firmwide Capital Committee. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2006 and was named managing director in 2008 and partner in 2014.  Prior to joining the firm, Michael worked as an analyst at Barclays from 1997 to 2000 in Leveraged Finance Capital Markets. From 2000 to 2006, he worked at Mizuho, in Europe from 2000 to 2005 within Leveraged Finance, and as head of Leveraged Finance in Asia (excluding Japan) from 2005 to 2006.  Michael serves as a vice chairman on the board of the High Yield Division of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME).


Jonny has over 30 years’ experience in private equity as both advisor and at senior board level, having previously been CEO of Standard Life Investments (Private Equity) Limited, and then CEO of Allianz Private Equity Partners GmbH, global head of Allianz Private Equity Fund of Funds, Chairman of APEP Inc. and member of the supervisory board of AGF Private Equity in France. Jonny is Chairman of the Muir Maxwell Trust which he founded in 2003.

Mr. McComb is a portfolio manager in the Private Equity Group of J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, he worked at AT&T Investment Management Corporation (ATTIMCO) managing private equity assets, including corporate finance, venture capital and natural resources. He also worked at NationsBanc Montgomery Securities as a private equity fund placement agent.




Prior to joining Hayfin, Mr McCullagh spent nine years at Merrill Lynch, where he was most recently Head of the European Leveraged Finance business, with responsibility for the origination, execution, capital markets and syndicate functions. Before his time at Merrill Lynch, Mr McCullagh was a senior member of the leveraged finance teams at Bankers Trust (from 1998 to 1999) and Deutsche Morgan Grenfell (from 1990 to 1998).


Merrick is responsible for primary fund investments, secondary fund investments and has a particular focus on co-investments. Furthermore, Merrick is responsible for managing relationships with SL Capital’s Australian clients. Prior to joining SL Capital, Merrick was Head of European Investments and Senior Partner of Macquarie’s Private Markets division. Previous roles include 13 years as a Partner and Investment Committee member of Primary Capital.


Peter McKellar is Senior Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at SL Capital Partners LLP.  SL Capital Partners is a private equity and infrastructure equity manager, with operations in Europe and North America, that is focused on investing in buy-out funds, both primaries and secondaries, and co-investments.  SL Capital Partners currently manages around €8.8 billion of private equity money on behalf of 170 clients worldwide. Peter started his career in investment banking at JP Morgan, before moving into industry in 1995 as corporate development director and then group finance director of Clydeport plc, a London Stock Exchange listed company and a former Montagu Private Equity buyout.  Peter joined Standard Life Investments’ private equity team in the autumn of 1999.


Ken Mehlman helps KKR assess and improve the companies in which it invests by better understanding and managing geopolitical risk and engaging with their key stakeholders. Mr. Mehlman also oversees the firm’s global external affairs activities, including corporate marketing, regulatory affairs and public policy & communications. Mr. Mehlman leads KKR's Environmental Social Governance (ESG) programs for the firm and its portfolio companies. Before joining KKR, Mr. Mehlman led a bipartisan public policy and regulatory practice at the global law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Mr. Mehlman is Chairman of the Private Equity and Growth Capital Council,


Mr. Mellinger founded PineBridge’s Central European private equity business in 1998 and has overall responsibility for the firm’s private equity activities in the region. From 1992 until he joined PineBridge, he was co-Head of the Financial Institutions Team at the EBRD. Prior to that, Mr. Mellinger was a Director, Head of Business Development with Banque Sovac, a consumer finance, leasing and mortgage finance affiliate of Lazard Frères.


John Micklethwait is one of the world’s foremost authorities on globalisation — how it works and where it’s headed — and a leading proponent of its positive impact and potential. John is editor-in-chief of Bloomberg’s financial news wire service. He was editor-in-chief of The Economist, the world’s leading business and current affairs weekly. Now John is the co-author of The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State.

Sanjay is a senior member of the Mercer Private Markets group, a new business unit in Mercer Investments.  Based in London, he has been involved with private investments since 1999 and leading Mercer’s efforts in the area of private debt since 2009.  He covers all aspects of the investment process; undertaking due diligence, building portfolios and sits on numerous LP Advisory Boards. Sanjay has seventeen years of experience within the investment industry beginning his career with Mercer in 1998, originally in a wider investment consulting role advising multi-billion Government Funds, Pan European endowments and multi-national corporate pension plans.  Prior to joining Mercer, he worked in the pension review unit at insurer Eagle Star.


John Moon is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Head of Morgan Stanley Energy Partners. Mr. Moon served as a senior member of the Capital Partners team from 1998 to 2004 and then rejoined Morgan Stanley in 2008. Prior to his return to Capital Partners, Mr. Moon was a Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings LLC where he served on the Investment Committees of the Carlyle/Riverstone Global Energy & Power Funds III and IV. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1998, Mr. Moon worked in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in New York.  Mr. Moon is an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School.

James Moore heads up Primary Private Equity and Infrastructure fundraising in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He joined the fi rm in 1994 and co-founded the UBS Private Funds Group in 1998. This team has become one of the world's largest and most active private fund placement agents. The team of 55 has individuals located in the US, Europe and Asia.



Ross is a Principal primarily focused on the European Private Equity and Venture Capital portfolio including UK, the Nordic Region and Israel. Ross is also involved in Emerging Europe and Russia and is responsible for the coverage of Africa. Prior to joining Adams Street Partners, Ross was an Investment Associate with Horsley Bridge where he focused on making buyout and venture investments in Europe, the US and emerging markets. Prior to joining Horsley Bridge, Ross was on the Commercial Due Diligence team within the Private Equity group at Ernst & Young.


Fergal Mullen is a co-founder and Partner with Highland Capital Europe focused on e-commerce, software and business services companies with a particular emphasis on emerging growth opportunities in Europe. Until the formation of Highland Capital Europe, Fergal was a General Partner with Highland Capital Partners.Before joining Highland, Fergal was a founding partner of RSA Ventures, the corporate venture fund of RSA Security, Inc., where he led that firm‘s European and Boston investments.  Before RSA Ventures, was a founder and Senior Vice President of Cambridge Technology Partners (NASDAQ: CATP) and a member of the Global Executive Committee of the firm.


As a growth equity investor Jens works with CEOs, founders and management teams to help create and grow differentiated market leading technology companies and to provide superior business value. He has been at the forefront of the major technology trends of the last 25 years, initially as an entrepreneur and operator building businesses in the areas of analytics, big data, ERP and financial technology. Before joining Kennet in 2015 Jens was a technology investment banker with Corporate Finance Partners and Torch Partners, where he advised technology business owners and management teams on a range of transaction types including fund-raising and M&A, as well as general corporate and financial strategy



Tom Murley founded and leads HgCapital’s Renewable Energy Team which, with €900 million raised, is one of Europe’s largest institutional renewable energy funds.  Tom has over 20 years' experience in financing renewable and conventional power projects, working on over €5 billion of investments.  Tom has several industry roles, including serving as non-Executive Director and member of the Investment Committee of the UK Green Investment Bank, chairing the British Venture Capital Association cleantech committee, co-founding and co-chairing Low Carbon Finance Group and serving as a Director of the Norwegian Wind Energy Association. 




Reinier is a co-founder and Partner at Orange Growth Capital, which is a Financial Technology Venture Capital Firm founded in the fall of 2013. Prior to founding Orange Growth Capital, Reinier was a partner at McKinsey & Company, focussed on technology and financial services. Prior to McKinsey Reinier worked at Voyager Capital and Credit Suisse First Boston.



At EIF since January 2009, Marco is heading the Lower Mid-Market team investing in equity, hybrid debt / equity and private debt funds across Europe, with a particular focus on the Northern, Eastern and Southern regions. He represents EIF on the Advisory Boards of 30+ funds. Prior to joining EIF in January 2009, he worked in direct investments as a senior Investment Manager at Innogest Capital, an Italian VC fund focused on early stage investments. Previous appointments include Project and Engagement Manager at Capgemini (2001 to 2004), where he successfully led large management consulting engagements, and at Ernst & Young Consultants, where he started his career in 1998.

Nishant Nayyar is a Principal in the Capital Markets Team.  Nishant joined Apax Partners in 2009 as a member of the investment team based in the London office.  He has been involved in a number of key deals in the Tech & Telco / Services space including iGATE, Orange Switzerland, Garda, GlobalLogic, Rhiag and EVRY.  He currently sits on the Board of Garda World Security Corporation and is an observer on the board of Top Right Group Limited. Prior to joining Apax Partners, Nishant worked at Warburg Pincus on a wide variety of transactions across industry groups.



Previously, Tom was with Credit Suisse, where he was a managing director and head of global leveraged finance capital markets and syndicated loans. In this capacity, he was responsible for the underwriting of all high yield bond, mezzanine and syndicated loan transactions, as well as the sale and trading of both par and distressed loan assets. Tom joined Credit Suisse in November 2000 when Credit Suisse First Boston (or CSFB) merged with DLJ, where he was a managing director and head of U.S. loan capital markets.



Arbour Partners is an advisor and arranger in global alternative asset markets. The fi rm has advised leading GPs in the private debt and mezzanine sector. Prior to founding Arbour in 2010, James led the Alternative Asset Funds business in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Division of Merrill Lynch in London, having joined the firm in 2000. James began his financial markets career at Morgan Stanley in 1999.



Paul is the Head of Investment Management within the Private Assets team and a member of Unigestion’s Private Assets Investment Committee. He joined Unigestion in 2002. Paul began his career in 1995 as a Financial Analyst at Procter & Gamble. He then advised on public and private capital raising for technology companies at Quartz Capital and later was an investment officer at BancBoston Capital, making and managing venture capital investments in Europe.


Pinal joined Adams Street Partners in 2010 as a Partner focused on the secondary market. He is responsible for all aspects of the secondary business, including strategic direction, investments, fundraising and portfolio construction. In addition to leading European opportunities, he also spends significant time developing Adams Street’s secondary efforts in Asia and the Middle East. Pinal joined Adams Street Partners after nine years at Coller Capital where he was a Principal responsible for originating secondary transactions in the UK, India and the Middle East.

Max is a General Partner at Sunstone Capital, an early stage venture capital firm investing across Europe. Based in Berlin, his investments include Last.fm (NYSE:CBS), Audibene (acquired by Sivantos), GetYourGuide, Dubsmash, Memorado, Kitchen Stories, Shipbeat and Kontakt.io. Max previously worked at Accel Partners and Atlas Venture.



Joern Nikolay serves as head of GA’s Munich office since 2012. He joined General Atlantic in their London office in 2008. He lead the investment in Flixbus/MeinFernbus, co-lead the investment in Axel Springer Digital Classifieds and helped to lead investments in Markit and Citco. He also supported General Atlantic's investment in Saxo Bank. Joern currently serves a member of the board of directors for Axel Springer Digital Classifieds, Klarna and Flixbus/MeinFernbus. Prior to joining General Atlantic, Mr. Nikolay worked for TA Associates in London focusing on investments in the Financial Services and Consumer Internet space, helping to lead investments in Jupiter Asset Management and eDreams. Before TA Associates, Mr. Nikolay was a Case Team Leader with Bain & Company in Duesseldorf and an Analyst with Morgan Stanley in Frankfurt.


Perry joined Hermes Infrastructure in 2012 becoming a full-time Partner from early 2014. He is responsible for the due diligence, transition and management of new infrastructure investments and is a member of the infrastructure investment committee. Perry was previously a Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he was Asia Managing Partner, Global Head of Finance and a member of the firm’s executive committee. Perry has over 20 years experience as a leading transacting lawyer primarily working in infrastructure investment across all sectors advising public sector procurers, investors and lenders.

Tomi joined the Implementation Support team in January 2014 and was appointed to his current role in September 2014. He was previously a Programme Manager at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, delivering a thought leadership programme for institutional investors. The programme was championed at the most senior levels in the member organisations and designed to integrate ESG research and best practice into mainstream business strategy. He previously held capital market roles at Société Générale as a Director responsible for corporate debt origination, at ABN AMRO Rothschild managing Nordic equity origination, and at ABN AMRO.

Skandia has one the largest private equity programs in the Nordic countries and Jonas is responsible for the buyout portfolio with total AUM of almost EUR 3 billion. The program focuses on primary funds and co-investments in Europe and North America. Prior to joining Skandia, Jonas was a Management Consultant for seven years with Arthur D. Little where he focused on private equity, strategy development and due diligence, primarily in the Nordic region.




Vince O’Brien is a director of Montagu Private Equity and has worked in the private equity industry for over 25 years. Montagu Private Equity is one of Europe’s best known private equity investors and invests primarily in management buyouts of companies operating across a wide range of industries headquartered in Northern Europe. It has over €5 billion of assets under management and recently closed its €2.75 billion fifth fund, Montagu V.


Preqin is the alternative assets information service, which provides extensive research and data on the entire global alternative assets industry, covering private equity, private real estate, infrastructure and hedge funds. Preqin tracks fund returns, fund raising information, fund terms and conditions, profiles of the GPs running the funds, and the LPs investing in them. Mark was one of the founders of Preqin in 2003, and is responsible for the company's strategic development. Mark was previously a Manager with Boston Consulting Group, and founded Citywatch, the equity shareholdings information service that is now part of Thomson Reuters.


Patrick joined Alcentra in April 2013 as a member of the Direct Lending team. Patrick is responsible for sourcing and execution of private debt investments in German speaking Europe. Before joining Alcentra he worked at Beechbrook Capital a pan European mid-market Mezzanine Fund where he sourced and executed multiple private debt investments. Prior to that Patrick worked at Citi Private Equity and he started his career as an analyst at the Credit Suisse First Boston investment banking division.



George Osorio is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Conduit Capital Partners LLC. Mr. Osorio joined Scudder (the predecessor to Conduit) in 1995 to be part of the team managing Latin Power I, the first-ever Latin American private equity fund. He was a pioneer in investing in the region which included many firsts in Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Jamaica, Panama and Chile. George joined the firm from Lehman Brothers' Emerging Markets Group. Before Lehman, he served for four years at the Chase Manhattan Bank, where he was part of the International Trade Finance group.

Niklas Östberg is the Co-founder and CEO of Delivery Hero. He has been involved in the start-up scene since the late 90's after spending several years in banking and consultancy. Following five years as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, he co-founded Pizza.nu (later OnlinePizza.se) where he served as the full-time chairman. Niklas was responsible for building market leading online food ordering companies in Poland, Finland and Austria before co-founding Delivery Hero in 2011.


Hans Otterling's primary areas of focus are ecommerce, enterprise software and related SaaS models. Prior to joining Northzone, Mr Otterling was active as an entrepreneur. He founded StreamServe Inc. in 1997, backed by Apax it grew to become one of the largest privately held software companies in Europe before it was sold to OpenText (Nasdaq) in 2010. Northzone has €650 million under management. Notable investments include Spotify, Market Invoice, Avito, Wallapop, Tobii, Widespace, Bloglovin and iZettle.




Dan Parker s responsible for strategy development, general research, manager research and portfolio construction in the alternatives and inflation-sensitive segments of the Trust’s investment program. Prior to joining the Trust, Mr. Parker was a vice president in private equity at BlackRock where he supported commingled funds and separate accounts with an aggregate value of more than $8 billion. Before that, he was an investment banking associate at Citigroup where he closed more than $20 billion worth of transactions across the capital structure, including debt, equity and M&A.



Sonya specialises in advising national and global fund managers (with a particular focus on European continental and emerging market managers) on the structuring and establishment of private equity and other investment funds. She also represents leading investors in alternative assets and regularly acts as mediator in LP/GP disputes. Sonya additionally focuses on carried interest arrangements and other questions relating to corporate finance work. She is recognised by Juve, Chambers, PLC and other global directories for her expertise in fund formation.


Over the past 30+ years, Maurizio has built a career as manager, advisor, entrepreneur and investor in a wide variety of high-growth companies. Maurizio has worked and lived in several European countries and in the US. Maurizio joined Kreos Capital in 1998 and for the past 12 years has focused on identifying, assessing and managing continental European and life science transactions as well as participating in the management and execution of Kreos's overall strategy. 


Michael Phillips is a senior partner of Castik Capital Sarl, a Luxembourg based private equity firm specializing on mid-size buyouts across Europe. The first Castik Fund successfully closed at € 1bn in size and will invest in 5-6 high growth companies. Castik Funds have the unique ability to hold investments for 10 years and are focused maximizing value creation. Prior to founding Castik, Michael spent 22 years as a senior Equity Partner at Apax Partners, overseeing their growth to a leading global Private Equity firm.



Carlo is responsible for the investing and distribution activities of the Secondary Opportunities Funds. He co-founded the DB Secondary Team in 2006 after participating in a senior role in the €6 billion restructuring of DB’s proprietary private equity portfolio from 2002 to 2006. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Carlo was the CEO of CDB Web Tech SpA, a €400 million publicly listed venture fund of funds.



James Pitt is a Partner of Lexington Partners, which was founded in 1994 and is the world's largest independent manager of secondary private equity and co-investment funds with over $33 billion in committed capital.  He is based in London and is responsible for the firm’s co-investments outside the US. James joined Lexington in 2006 from AXA Private Equity (now Ardian) where he was a Managing Director and head of the firm’s London office.  He joined AXA in 2002 from J.H. Whitney, one of the oldest US private equity firms, where he was a Managing Director and responsible for European direct private equity investments.  Prior to Whitney, he was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley & Co. based in London and New York. 


Prior to joining Access Capital Partners in 1999, Philippe started the fund of funds business of the European Investment Fund in 1996. Prior to EIF, he was Programme Manager with the European Commission for 6 years, during which he concentrated on seed capital and R&D funding for small and medium sized businesses. Philippe began his career with Technofi, a French management consultancy company based in Sophia Antipolis.  Access Capital Partners is an independent European fund manager and adviser, active in European private equity, private debt and infrastructure, with offices in five European countries and assets under management exceeding €6.2 billion from a diversified base of international institutional investors. The firm’s products and services encompass primary and secondary fund investments as well as co-investments.


Philippe Poletti joined Ardian in 1999 where he has led numerous successful deals (Spotless Group, Icare, Cornhill France, Outremer Telecom, Larivière, Anios). As Head of the Mid Cap Buyout team he has overseen its development into a pan-European activity. Philippe's career began at Solving International, in 1994 he joined Desnoyers Group as Business Development Manager, later going on to become a special consultant to the President. From 1997-1999, he was Head of Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestments at DMC, a textile group.


USS Investment Management Ltd is the wholly investment management subsidiary of Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd, which operates the principal pension fund for universities and other higher education institutions. The scheme is one of the largest in the UK with in excess of 330,000 members and approximately £49 billion in total fund assets. USS currently has approximately £10 billion invested across private equity and debt, infrastructure and property. Mike has overall responsibility for the Private Markets Group and is Chairman of the Private Markets Investment Committee. He is also a member of the USS Investment Management Ltd Executive Committee and Investment Policy Committee.


Marc Priestley spent ten years as a member of the McLaren Formula One pit crew as a race
mechanic. In that time he worked with drivers including Kimi Räikkönen, David Coulthard,
Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, and Jenson Button and offers an insight into the workings
of a top-flight F1 team. Looking at every aspect of F1, and in particular the unique role of the pit crew, Marc examines the communication, teamwork, pressure and strategy involved in a sport where millions are spent shaving hundredths of seconds off lap times.

Mike Ramsay is a Partner at Generation Investment Management and is the CIO of Generation’s Global Credit Fund (GCF). GCF, provides growth capital to small and medium businesses around the world using a sustainability lens. Prior to joining Generation, Mike served as Managing Director of The Carlyle Group where he was CIO and Head of Global Leveraged Finance with more than $12 billion funds under management across US and European loan and mezzanine markets. From 1999 – 2004 he established Prudential M&G as one of the first institutional investors in the European leveraged finance market following his appointment as Head of Leveraged Finance.


Gerald Ratner is a British household name and a well-known businessman. He is also a name associated with one of the business world’s biggest falls from grace. His story of Riches-to-Rags disaster at his very own hands fascinates and intrigues. It will be an inspiration to many who have experienced rejection, loss and humiliation.


Frog Capital is a leading growth capital investor focused on technology-led businesses in Europe. Frog is a committed long-term partner, investing in ambitious companies with revenue up to €30m and requiring up to €20m of growth capital.Mike has been an active investor in growth stage, international companies for the last 18 years. Innovation and technology have been at the heart of all of these companies, and Mike’s approach involves working closely with management, co-investors and Board Members. Mike held a number of operational roles in British Gas Plc before spending 12 years at 3i investing in high-growth, technology companies. Mike became Managing Partner of Frog Capital in 2008.




Proventus Capital Partners (“Proventus”) is a leading, independent non-bank lender providing debt financing solutions primarily to Northern European companies. Proventus provides direct loans to midsized companies and invests selectively in secondary markets. Headquartered in Stockholm, Proventus was originally founded in 1969 and has executed its debt investment strategy since 2002. Proventus currently manages EUR 2.5bn of capital on behalf of institutional investors. Mr. Reiner joined Proventus in 2009. Prior to joining Proventus Mr. Reiner worked at Bloomberg LP, Elliott Advisors (UK) Ltd and within the Financial Sponsors team at Credit Suisse.

Pål Ristvedt is based in Lexington Partners’ London office where he is responsible for Lexington’s secondary activities outside the United States and leading a team focused on the sourcing, valuation and negotiation of secondary purchases of non-US buyout, venture and mezzanine private equity partnerships. Prior to joining Lexington Partners in 2001, Pål worked in the investment banking department at Morgan Stanley in London and New York where he was involved in mergers & acquisitions transactions and in the execution of large leveraged financings for private equity funds as a member of the firm’s Financial Sponsor Group.


Jörg Rockenhäuser is Head of Permira’s Frankfurt office. He serves on the Global Board and is a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to joining Permira in 2001, Jörg was a Principal at A.T. Kearney. 


Nils Rode co-heads Adveq's global Investment Management practice across all regions and market segments. Nils is a member of Adveq's Management Committee and a member of the Investment Committee.Before joining Adveq in 2005, Nils was a Vice President with private equity backed SkyOnline, a US-based IT and telecommunications company, where he worked in the areas of finance and strategy from 2003 to 2005. From 1995 to 2002, Nils was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Germany, where he was the lead manager for several strategic, organizational and operational improvement programs for private and publicly listed companies in the technology and financial services sector.


Philippe Roesch is founding Managing Partner of RIAM Alternative Investments, an independent advisory firm based in Frankfurt advising reputable family offices and institutional investors on their private equity portfolio allocation, the selection of funds and direct investments as well as on the purchase of funds commitments in the secondary market. Before founding RIAM in 2011, he was Head of Private Equity Europe with Auda, prior to that, Head of Private Equity with Harald Quandt Holding. In the mid-nineties, he ran a significant global fund-of-funds as well as co-investments portfolio for DBG, the private equity captive of Deutsche Bank.


Matthias Roeser is heading BearingPoint’s IT Advisory practice in Switzerland and build up the firmwide IT M&A competence center at BearingPoint.  As a highly experienced IT leader he has been engaged in the assessment of IT organizations at any scale and cross industries. His IT M&A competence center at BearingPoint serves private equities and strategic buyers with IT due diligence services. Matthias is engaged in growing BearingPoint’s startup ecosystem, mainly in the Fintech domain. As jury member in startup competitions at universities, he’s close to new trends and a strong supporter of young entrepreneurs.



David founded Caledon in 2006 and is responsible for developing and guiding the Firm’s private markets investment strategies. He is involved with and oversees all phases of the investment process, including origination and sourcing, due diligence, execution, and investment monitoring and reporting. David is also actively involved with Caledon’s investor relations initiatives and takes an active approach to client interaction and portfolio management. Prior to founding Caledon, David was Senior Vice-President at OMERS and was responsible for the Private Equity team from 2001 to 2006.


Holger co-heads the ex-US private equity and venture capital research team in Europe and is responsible for performing due diligence on private equity and venture capital opportunities in Europe as well as across some emerging markets, including Latin-America and Africa. Before Holger joined Cambridge Associates, he worked at von Braun & Schreiber Private Equity Partners, a Private Equity Fund of Funds based in Germany where he was in charge of conducting primary, secondary and co-investments.



Established in 2011, the IIR is a not-for-profit, invitation-only community of the senior investment executives of over 40 pension funds, SWFs and other asset owners.  The IIR was created by and for asset owners in order to provide a forum through which they can build relationships, share best practices, and identify ways to collaborate on private market investments.  Prior to joining the organisation, Tom participated in the IIR on behalf of the British Telecom Pension Scheme (BTPS), the UK’s largest pension fund.  Between 2009-2013 Tom was Director, Private Markets Policy, at BTPS and its wholly-owned manager, Hermes Fund Managers Limited.   


Mr. Ruberton is responsible for European investments across the Apollo Credit platform. Mr. Ruberton has portfolio management responsibilities over multiple products, including the CreditOpportunity Funds, Apollo European Credit, various opportunistic managed accounts, and ALME-1, Apollo’s first European CLO. Previously, Mr. Ruberton was with Arsenal Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity fund,


Harry Rubin (B.A, Harvard; J.D, Columbia) is a partner and the Co-Chair of Ropes & Grays’ International Practice Group.  He is a globally recognized authority intellectual property (IP) and technology centric transactions.  Harry is former Co-Chair of the Technology Committee of the International Bar Association.



Prior to joining ATP PEP in 2003, Klaus had over a decade of experience in corporate finance and equity research from Copenhagen, Stockholm, and London. He serves on various advisory boards/monitors PE funds in Europe and the US. Klaus opened ATP PEP’s office in New York in 2007 and spent three years here. ATP Private Equity Partners was founded in 2001 and is today one of Europe's largest institutional investors in private equity funds targeting funds in Europe, North America, and select emerging markets, with a dedicated team of 16 professionals based in offices in Copenhagen, and New York. ATP PEP targets the best in class funds across the buyout, venture, and distressed segments, and invests across most sectors with a special preference to the middle market.



Rhonda is responsible for leading manager research in the EMEA region as well as having overall responsibility for Altius’ EMEA portfolio which today accounts for USD11.4bn of Assets under Advice and Management. Prior to joining Altius, Rhonda was Managing Director, Head of Private Funds Group Europe, at PineBridge Investments, the spin-out of AIG Investments, where she managed a team based in London and Zurich and invested and managed portfolios in private equity and credit for both separate account clients and the firm’s fund of funds.Prior to her appointment at PineBridge, Ms. Ryan was Head of Alternative Investments at Insight Investment (the asset management division of HBOS) where she had overall responsibility for the Alternative Investments team and portfolios.  


Katja has been a Senior PE Portfolio Manager at Ilmarinen since January 2000. Ilmarinen is mutual pension insurance company based in Helsinki, Finland, managing 36 billion euros. Currently 5 % is invested in PE.  Before joining Ilmarinen, she worked at the Shell UK Pension Fund in London with the analysis of private equity funds and monitoring of a global private equity portfolio with over USD 1 billion of commitments, and earlier as an Investment Analyst in the European team at private equity specialists Pantheon Ventures.


Nicolas is an Investment Director at Cambridge Associates and is based in the fi rm’s London offi ce. He heads the ex-US private equity and venture capital research team in Europe and is responsible for performing due diligence on private equity and venture capital opportunities in Europe as well as across some emerging markets, including Latin-America and Africa. Before Nicolas joined Cambridge Associates, he worked at Macquarie Investment Management, in the Private Equity Fund of Funds team in London, where his responsibilities included the due
diligence and quantitative analysis of primary, secondary and co-investments, as well as portfolio management. Prior to this, Nicolas was with the Merger & Acquisition Advisory Teams of Lazard & Co. and ABN AMRO in London.

Dominik von Scheven co-leads all infrastructure and energy transactions at DB Private Equity with a focus on co-investments, secondary and primary investments. Before joining DB Private Equity, Mr. von Scheven worked in the infrastructure and energy direct business for two family offices and a US based renewable energy developer, specializing in EMEA and North America. He has also worked in the corporate development team of The Cloud Networks, leading its buy & build strategy and at TriStone Partners, a London based investment boutique with a focus on European mid-cap companies in the industrial services sector.




Miriam joined Commonfund in 2014 and is based in our London investment office. Her primary responsibilities include due diligence, manager selection and investment management for the firm’s private equity programs while also contributing to venture capital, natural resources, and distressed capital programs. Before joining Commonfund Capital, Miriam was with Cambridge Associates where she served as managing director and head of international private equity research in London and was a member of the internal investment committee. She started with Cambridge in Boston in 2005 and was responsible for due diligence and research published by the firm on private equity funds which resulted in significant client commitments to private capital strategies. She also supervised due diligence on investment opportunities and oversaw consultants and associates in the Boston, London and Singapore offices.


Joe leads Isomer Capital’s European technology focus by investing as a limited partner in funds, co-investing in companies, and providing liquidity to firms and founders through secondary purchases. Joe has 20 years’ experience working as an LP, GP and technology operations executive. Prior to Isomer he was MD for Business Development at Pomona Capital, a leading global secondaries firm, and earlier at Cambridge Associates responsible for advising institutional investors on $2bn of private equity investments. Joe began his career in information technology operating roles, most notably at Invensys plc (now Schneider Electric) in the US and Europe.

Joachim Schumacher is Senior Director responsible for investments in Africa and Latin
America at DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), the German
development finance institution. Prior to joining DEG in 2002, Joachim Schumacher headed
a team focused on technology investments at TFG Venture Capital, a German venture
capital management company, and worked in junior positions with Sal. Oppenheim and
Deutsche Bank.

Peter primarily supports Portfolio Advisors' European activities in the Zurich office. Previously, he was a Partner at VCM Capital Management, a German-based private equity fund of funds firm, where he focused on conducting due diligence on European and U.S. private equity partnerships and advising institutional clients. Previous roles include Director with CAM Private Equity, a Managing Director with Sal. Oppenheim and a Director with AXA-Colonia in Germany.


Henny Sender joined the Financial Times in 2007 and spends her time between Asia and New York. In addition to writing for the news pages, she writes columns frequently on both Asian and US capital markets. She was previously the Wall Street Journal's Senior Special Writer for the Money & Investing section and covered private equity and hedge funds. Before joining the Journal, Ms Sender worked in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years and covered regional finance for the Wall Street Journal Asia and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Prior to that, she was in Tokyo for five years for Institutional Investor.


Paul is co-founder and Managing Partner of Beechbrook Capital, where he is responsible for originating and executing private debt and equity co-investment opportunities. He sits on the Investment Committee and also focuses on fund raising and investor relations. Beechbrook invests in the Northern European lower mid-market by financing new buy out transactions or providing expansion or acquisition finance. Beechbrook have made 28 investments to date from Funds I and II and continue to benefit from a lack of debt finance from traditional providers to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Beechbrook reached its hard cap of €151m at final close of Fund II in June 2014. Before starting up Beechbrook in 2008, Paul worked in the investment banking division of Schroders before joining MetLife to invest in European leverage loans, high yield bonds, mezzanine and private placements. He subsequently worked at Mizuho Investment Management to set up their inaugural mezzanine fund.


Sergey is a Partner primarily focused on the European portfolio including Emerging Europe and Israel. He is responsible for managing relationships in Italy, the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. He is also responsible for managing relationships with several of Adams Street's managers and  is a member of the Primary Investment Committee.


Mustafa Siddiqui is a Managing Director in the Private Equity group and leads Blackstone’s private equity investment activities in the energy sector across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Siddiqui was an investment professional at Springbok Capital Management LLC, a value-oriented equity hedge fund, and an Associate at General Atlantic LLC, where he was involved in the analysis and execution of private equity investments. He began his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.


John is the Managing Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee. Prior to founding Metric Capital Partners, John was a partner at TowerBrook Capital Partners where he invested in European private equity transactions. Prior to joining TowerBrook, he was the Global Head of Corporate Credit at UBS Investment Bank, based in London, and also served as a member of the Investment Banking Global Management Committee. Previously, John served as a senior member of the Deutsche Bank and Barclays Capital Leveraged Finance teams and prior to that he invested in private equity transactions for Bankers Trust.


Günther Skrzypek has been Managing Partner of Augur Capital since he co-founded the company in 2003. While at Augur, he has played a significant role in the investments of both company funds. Before co-founding Augur, Günther served as the Country Head for Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Eastern Europe at AXA Investment Managers and as Chairman of the Board for AXA IM Deutschland, where he was also a member of the Global Executive Committee. Günther began his career with Morgan Guaranty Trust (now J.P. Morgan). He held various management positions before heading J.P. Morgan’s asset management business in Germany and Central Europe and joining the company’s European management board.He left to become CEO and Country Head at Schroders for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Dominic joined Alchemy in 1998, having previously been in investment banking at UBS.  He was made Partner in 2001 and was elected Managing Partner of Alchemy in 2009. Dominic has led the majority of Alchemy's financial services investments.  Alchemy is currently investing its £635m Alchemy Special Opportunities Fund III.



Lauge Sletting joined the team in 2000. He is of Danish nationality and has more than 20 years’ experience in private equity, portfolio management and investment research gained from his previous employments with Novi Venture, PensionDanmark and LD Pensions a.o. He serves on the advisory boards of Advent Latin American Private Equity Fund II, III and IV, Charter Life Sciences, FTVentures III, Lindsay Goldberg & Bessemer I, II and III, MVM Fund III, TDR Capital I and II and ViewPoint Growth II.


David is a Managing Director and Co-head of Co-investment at Capital Dynamics. David is also Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy and Infrastructure Investment Committee.  Prior to joining Capital Dynamics, he worked with GE Capital in the UK and US, as well as with GE’s European private equity business. David also served as an adviser to AXA Private Equity and established the European business of First Reserve Corporation.


Karl has worked in the infrastructure investment industry for 15 years.  Previous roles were with organisations such as Macquarie Bank, ABN AMRO and Babcock and Brown.  Karl is a Managing Director and currently leads the £1bn offshore wind fund, which reached its second close in 2015 of £818m, making it the largest UK renewables fund.  The fund currently owns stakes in Rhyl Flats, Sheringham Shoal and Gwynt y Mor. 



Hanneke is a Non-Executive Director of Sofina SA, a Euronext listed Belgian Investment Holding company; Co-Founder and Chair of Level 20 a not-for-profit organisation set up to inspire women to join and succeed in the private equity industry and a Trustee of Impetus-PEF, a venture philanthropy organisation.  She has close to 25 years of experience in the private equity industry including over 17 years at Adams Street Partners which she joined in 1997 to establish its presence outside of the United States notably in Europe and Asia. She was appointed to Adams Street’s Executive Committee at the time of its spin out from UBS Asset Management in 2001 and was its Chief Investment Officer from 2008 through 2014.  Prior to Adams Street she was an investment manager at Pantheon Ventures; early work experiences were with Philips China Hong Kong Group and Orange Nassau Asia in Hong Kong. 


Mr. Sonneborn is the President of EIG and a member of the Investment and Executive Committees. Prior to joining EIG, he was a partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and a member of KKR’s Management Committee. Mr. Sonneborn served as CEO of KKR Asset Management (the public markets side of KKR) as well as CEO and Director of KKR Financial Corporation (NYSE: KFN), a publicly traded specialty finance firm. Prior to joining KKR, he was with The TCW Group, Inc., most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and Hong Kong, where he focused on mergers & acquisitions for financial institutions.



Since 2011 Anders Strömblad has been in charge of, among other things, alternative investments at the Second Swedish National Pension Fund. The asset class also includes investments in real estate, timber and farmland. In alternative investments Anders has designed the investment strategy and business plan and is responsible for implementation thereof. Before he became Head of Alternative Investments in AP2 he held various senior management positions in the manufacturing industry.


Anthony Stalker is a Partner and Chief Investment Officer of ADM Capital Europe LLP and a member of ADM Capital's European Investment Advisory Committee. He joined ADM Capital in 2006 from Merrill Lynch where he spent 11 years based in Asia. At Merrill Lynch, Anthony was a Managing Director responsible for the global distribution of all equity and equity related products, including cash equity sales, equity derivative sales, and structured products, for Asia, Japan and Australia. Since 2005 he has sourced deals and developed ADM Capital's expansion into Turkey, including the country's first private debt restructuring.


Helen leads Pantheon’s European primary investment activity and chairs the European Investment Committee. She is also a member of the International Investment Committee and the Co-investment Committee. Helen joined Pantheon in 2004 from Russell Investments in Paris, where she was Managing Director with overall responsibility for private equity in Europe. Prior to joining Russell in 1999, Helen spent five years as Director, European Private Equity with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. From 1989 to 1994, Helen was a senior investment manager at the Business Development Bank of Canada in Montréal. In addition to her responsibilities at Pantheon, Helen is involved with the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA), where she sits on the Limited Partners Platform Council and has recently been appointed to the EVCA Board of Directors. Helen is also the co-founder and Vice-Chair of Level 20, a non-profit making organisation that has been set up to encourage women to succeed in the private equity industry.


Mr. Stern joined the Investment Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in January 2012. At the Foundation Mr. Stern is part of the group overseeing all private investments. Mr. Stern came to the Foundation from Rockefeller University where he was responsible for the private investment portfolio. In that role he oversaw a portfolio of Venture Capital, Buyout and Growth Capital and Real Assets investments. Previously he worked at Standard & Poor’s as a director in the Higher Education and Not-for-Profit Group, which was part of the Public Finance Department. At S&P Mr. Stern worked closely with a large number of universities and foundations across the United States. Over the course of his career he also worked as an investment banker, focusing on higher education institutions.



Mr. Stewart joined PSP Investments, one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers with over CA$112 billion in assets, in September 2015. He oversees a growing portfolio of more than CA$20 billion invested in Private Equity, Infrastructure and Natural Resources. The Private Investments group seeks to build long-term relationships and co-invest with leading funds worldwide. Prior to joining PSP Investments, Mr. Stewart was a partner with one of Canada’s largest private equity firms and spent 15 years in executive roles in the telecommunications industry.


David Stokoe is responsible for developing the sourcing operations for Sun Capital Partners’ affiliated portfolio companies which is based in Shenzhen, China. Previously, Mr. Stokoe was the President of JTECH Communications, Inc., a Sun Capital Partners’ affiliated portfolio company, until its sale in January 2005. Prior to JTECH, Mr. Stokoe held executive management positions with Invensys Sensor Systems, Inc., an UK-based production control and automation systems conglomerate, including Director of Asian Operations. He also served in senior roles with Kyocera, 3M UK, and GEC Telecommunications.

Jim Strang currently leads Hamilton Lane’s business covering the EMEA region and is head of the London office. Hamilton Lane is an independently owned investment manager with $$220 billion of assets under management and advisement in the global Private Equity markets.  Jim is a global Investment Committee member for Primary Funds, Secondaries and Co-Investments. He dedicates most of his investment related activity to sourcing and executing primary fund investments across EMEA.  Jim entered the Private Equity investment industry some 12 years ago having previously worked as a Strategy Consultant for Bain and Company.



With over 20 investments in start-up companies, Rainer is one of Europe’s most experienced venture capitalists in Life Sciences. Joining Wellington Partners in 1997, he became a Partner in December 2000. His fourteen years of investment activity have involved financing of some of the most successful European biotech, medtech, and diagnostics companies. Prior to joining Wellington Partners, Rainer was involved in medical research with a primary focus on cardiovascular physiology and in research on health economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich.


Kaarina Suikkonen has been investing in private equity funds for over 13 years. Prior to joining Lyrique, she was Head of Private Equity at FERI, a German asset management and advisory house with €26 billion AuM. At FERI Kaarina led the €2 billion private equity program. In that role she defined  the strategy  and was involved in every aspect of private equity investment selection, due diligence and portfolio management for institutional and private clients. Prior to joining FERI, Kaarina started her private equity investment career at CalSTRS, California where she worked on private equity fund selection. Kaarina has served in advisory boards of several European private equity funds. Prior to her private equity career, Kaarina worked for over ten years as M&A and transaction attorney based in Finland.


Turkven has assets under management of US$1.9 billion and is the leading private equity firm in Turkey. Seymur co-founded Turkven in 2000 and has led numerous deals for the fi rm. He was formerly with McKinsey & Company in Istanbul focusing on corporate portfolio strategy and at Caterpillar Inc. in Geneva as a product manager with responsibility for the EMEA & CIS regions. Seymur currently serves on the Boards of Koton, Mavi, Doga Koleji, NGM and Domino's.


Terrence is a co-founder of Pioneer Point Partners, a GP focused on Sustainability (Energy, Water, Environment) and related sectors across Europe. Starting with its first deal-by-deal structure in 2010, Pioneer has deployed and/or raised over €600m of LP capital in a series of vehicles, including a customised multi-deal fund closed in 2015. At his prior firm GMT/Baring Communications, Terrence raised and deployed €500 million in 3 funds from 1993, overseeing 24 portfolio investments in 18 countries. He previously worked at Hambrecht & Quist in Silicon Valley, then Baring Brothers in London.



Geetha Tharmaratnam is a Director in the Healthcare team and is also responsible for advising The Abraaj Group's partner companies on environment, social and governance (ESG) performance. Prior to this role she worked at Alea Group in the US and Switzerland as Deputy Group Financial Controller. Ms. Tharmaratnam is part of the Investment Committee of the Small Enterprise Impact Investment Fund, a fund of funds investing in SME funds in growth markets.


Wendelin Thoenes has been with Allianz Capital Partners since 2007. He focuses on fund investment opportunities (primaries / secondaries) as well as co-investments in the European market and serves on the advisory boards of a number of European buyout funds. Prior to joining Allianz Capital Partners, he worked at Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services where he advised private equity and corporate clients on buy-side and sell-side transactions, primarily in the mid-cap sector in Germany.


Miguel Toney is a Director in the MezzVest investment team, having joined in 2005. Since joining, he has participated in the origination, marketing and coverage of MezzVest’s main geographic markets. He has also acted as the deal principal on more than 15 investments since being at MezzVest. He started his career as an investment banking analyst at Credit Suisse.



Rafaèle Tordjman joined Sofinnova Partners in 2001. Prior to this, she worked as a research scientist at the Institut National de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) in Cochin Hospital, Paris. Before joining INSERM, she was a medical doctor specializing in clinical haematology and internal medicine. She obtained her PhD, with high honours, in haematopoiesis and angiogenesis from the University Paris VII followed by a post doctoral fellowship in immunology. Rafaèle obtained her medical degree and her specialisation in Haematology and Internal Medicine as a five-year fellow in Paris University Hospitals. She also participated in the “Young Manager Program” at INSEAD (France, in 2002).


Roberto is a Principal in AlpInvest Partners’ Co-Investment team and focuses on direct equity and subordinated debt transactions in Europe. He joined AlpInvest Partners in 2013 from Advent International, where he was a Director responsible for executing and managing private equity deals on the Italian and European market. Prior to Advent, Roberto spent several years at McKinsey and Philips Research.


As Head of the EUR 1bn ERP-EIF Dachfonds at EIF, Bjoern is part of the VC team where he is responsible for making and monitoring investments in Venture Capital funds in Europe with a particular focus on Germany. His portfolio includes some 80 European VC funds. He also oversees the European Angel Fund co-investment programme with Business Angels, the Dutch Venture Initiative fund-of-funds where he is also an investment committee member and the LfA-EIF Facility, a EUR 100m fund-of-funds for the Bavarian region.

Philip Tsai has advised numerous holders of private equity on their liquidity options, with clients including some of the largest state agencies, endowments and financial institutions.  He joined UBS in 2001 to make strategic investments for the firm and, as a member of the Third Party Private Equity Funds Team, he managed a $2 billion portfolio of funds and executed a $1.3 billion joint venture between UBS and HarbourVest Partners called Tresser, L.P.  Prior to UBS, Phil made early-stage investments with venture capital firm Telligent Capital.  Prior to that, he made private equity investments throughout Asia with Newbridge Capital in Hong Kong.  Earlier in his career, he analyzed proposed mergers, divestitures, acquisitions and leveraged buyouts in the Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring Department at Morgan Stanley.



Simon co-founded Inflexion Private Equity and is a member of the Investment Committee.  In 1998 he was recruited to co-found Daiwa Europe’s Private Equity Group, before spinning it out to found Inflexion.  Prior to this, he spent six years with Guinness Mahon Development Capital, specialising in small and mid-sized buyouts and development capital investments with a particular emphasis on intellectual property rights, media and content sectors, latterly as senior Investment Director and one of four executive directors.  In 1998, he participated in the buyout of Guinness Mahon becoming a director and shareholder in the buyout vehicle, ProVen Holdings, which he left to join Daiwa.


Before YIELCO, Matthias  worked for 11 years in leading roles for European funds-of-funds managers (DB Private Equity, Sal. Oppenheim Private Equity Partners; VCM Capital Management) where he was responsible for all Private Debt (Mezzanine, Distressed Debt, Credit Opportunities, Infrastructure) fund commitments totaling over € 800m.


Maaike is AlpInvest Partner's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Officer and responsible for the development and implementation of the CSR policy since 2008. She joined AlpInvest Partners in 2002. Prior to her current role, she was an investment manager in the Co-Investment team and before she was an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in London.


Wilshire Private Markets (WPM) is an integrated global research platform providing customized private markets solutions to a wide range of clients. WPM has a global client base of more than 100 institutions. Mr. van Eesteren serves on WPM’s global Investment Committee and is co-responsible for the private markets activities in Europe.  He has 20 years of investment experience.  Prior to joining WPM, he worked in investment banking, most recently as Vice President with ING Barings.  Mr. van Eesteren was also previously with NationsBank and Bank of America in London.




Syntrus Achmea is a fiduciary manager and administrator for pension funds with more than € 50 billion under management and owned by insurer Achmea. Prior to his current role, Jos was a Senior Portfolio Manager, private equity and infrastructure with Mn Services. His previous role with Mn Services was Director of Alternative Investments where he headed up the Euro 2.5 billion programme for private equity, hedge fund and commodities. Prior to that, Jos worked as an investment manager/partner for the venture capital company Intercapital (which became part of Alpinvest in 1998).


Marcel van Poecke is a Managing Director for Carlyle International Energy Partners (CIEP) and is the Head of the Carlyle International Energy Partnership. CIEP focuses on the energy sector outside North America with a particular focus on oil and gas: upstream, midstream, downstream and oil field services. Having more than 25 years of experience in the Energy sector, Marcel van Poecke is primarily an Entrepreneur, Investor and Executive Manager. He is the Chairman of AtlasInvest, a private holding company he founded in 2007. AtlasInvest is engaged in investments across the broad energy spectrum.



Maarten is the global head of the Fund of Funds program as well as a member of the global operating committee of AlpInvest Partners.  AlpInvest is the Private Equity Fund-of-Funds Arm of Carlyle Solutions Group and a leading private equity asset manager with €37 billion (US$47 billion) of assets under management as of September 30, 2014. AlpInvest invests worldwide across the primary fund, secondaries and direct investment channels, covering the entire private equity spectrum including mezzanine.


Patricia specializes in structuring private investment funds and financial products (private equity, alternative assets, real estate), with a focus on corporate, investment, regulatory and insurance regulatory issues. She advises fund sponsors and German institutional investors. She is member of Invest Europe’s tax and legal committee and she chairs the Invest Europe PAE technical committee on AIFM-D and other EU regulatory issues relevant for PE/VC.


Richard advises across the range of the fi rm’s activities with particular focus on fund placement in Germany and Switzerland. Before joining Campbell Lutyens, Richard gained direct and secondary private equity investment experience at GMT Communications Partners and Vision Capital Ltd respectively. Prior to that he worked at J.P.Morgan in the M&A Group and in the General Industrial Advisory Group.


Ulf joined 3i Germany in 2001 and was appointed Managing Director in May 2009. He started his career with Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, working with clients in the industrial goods, Materials and Automotive Industries. He headed the Fraunhofer’s Boston operations before joining the Boston Consulting Group in their Industrial goods practice. Ulf has worked on a number of Private Equity transactions at 3i and is responsible for 3i’s global Industrial Sector.


Michael Wand is a Managing Director and Head of the Europe Technology advising group, a team of dedicated investment professionals who advise on European growth capital and buyout opportunities in a variety of sectors including digital media, software, telecom, healthcare and technology.  Prior to joining Carlyle in 2001, Mr. Wand worked for approximately 10 years in investment banking, the last seven years in the technology sector. As a Managing Director, he was responsible for the European software and internet research team at Deutsche Bank in London. Prior to that, he worked as a European Software Analyst for Paribas in London and BHF-Bank in Frankfurt.


Burkhard von Wangenheim joined AFINUM in 2012. Previously, Burkhard spent four years at Indigo Capital London and was part of Deloitte’s transaction services team. At AFINUM, Burkhard is responsible for the investments in THONET, MeridianSpa and a smart information management software provider (deal not announced).





Nick is a specialist investment director in Cambridge Associates’ London office, where he is a member of the pensions team and head of the European co-investment practice. Nick works with a range of clients, focusing on the construction of custom private investment portfolios. Prior to joining Cambridge Associates in 2014, Nick was an investment manager at Hermes GPE, where he was involved in a variety of investments across venture, growth, buyouts and infrastructure. He began his career at Morgan Stanley.


Christopher Wedding is an entrepreneur, adviser, and professor focused on clean energy investment and strategy. He has nearly 20 years of experience in private equity, startup incubation, solar power finance, business development, leadership training, teaching, and research. He is the Founder and CEO of IronOak Energy, a clean energy finance and advisory firm; a Senior Adviser at Cherokee Investment Partners, a private equity firm that has raised over $2 billion in private equity funds and, separately, founded or invested in 80 startups and venture funds; and a faculty member with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Business School, Duke University’s School of the Environment, Duke Corporate Education, and the Institute for Defense and Business, an executive training center for U.S. military leaders.


After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, he started his private equity career with 3i in 1983. Since then he has focused primarily on mid-market European transactions. Prior to joining Triton, Mark was a partner at Close Private Equity, Morgan Grenfell Private Equity and more recently, Cognetas.


Sean Whelan is a Managing Partner and a member of the Investment Committee. Sean has overall responsibility for ECI’s investor relations, exit strategy across the portfolio and post-investment added value including the Commercial Team. Before joining ECI in 1998, he worked as a strategy consultant for Gemini Consulting and Bain & Company.


Peter Wilson joined HarbourVest’s London team in 1996 and leads secondary investment activity in Europe.  He is a member of the Firm’s Executive Management Committee. He serves on the advisory committees for partnerships managed by Baring Vostok Capital Partners, CVC Capital Partners, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Index Venture Management, Nordic Capital, and Paragon Partners. Peter is a director of HarbourVest Global Private Equity Limited (HVPE), a listed investment company. Prior to joining the Firm, he spent three years working for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where he originated and managed two regional venture capital funds in Russia. Peter also spent two years at The Monitor Company, a strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.





Garry Wilson is a Founding Partner of Endless LLP.  Endless is a UK based Transformational Investor specialising in the acquisition of non-core businesses and turnaround investments. Endless has offices in London, Leeds and Manchester and since its establishment in 2005 it has completed over 50 acquisitions and 35 exits of UK businesses. Following on from its 2005 debut fund, in February 2008 Endless raised its first institutional fund of £164m then in July 2011 Endless raised Fund III closing at £220m and Fund IV closed at £525m in December 2014.  Its current portfolio comprises of 22 businesses with combined revenues of £2.6 billion and 17,000 employees.


Robin joined SVG in 2008 and sits on the SVG Capital investment committee. Previously Robin spent 9 years with 3i, where he worked on buyout and growth capital transactions and portfolio management and then joined Bank of Scotland Integrated Finance as a Director where he focused on the origination and execution of mid-market management buyouts.

Mr. Woods is the Co-Head of StepStone’s Infrastructure and Real Assets Group and focuses on infrastructure investments. Prior to StepStone, Mr. Woods was the Head of Real Assets for Macquarie Investment Management Private Markets, which at the time of Mr. Woods’ departure had approximately US$7 billion of assets under management in infrastructure, real estate and private equity. Mr. Woods was also previously the Chief Operating Officer (Asia) for Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. Prior to Macquarie, Mr. Woods held senior positions at leading financial services and infrastructure industry firms in the United Kingdom and Australia, including Ernst & Young, Anglian Water and British Gas.

Michael leads a team based in Toronto and London which sources, executes and manages transactions within three lines of business: LP Secondaries, Direct Secondaries and Co-Investments. He is responsible for all global markets excluding Asia. Today, our secondaries and co-investment portfolio is ~$7 billion. Previously, Michael was a senior member of the Private Equity Funds team for eight years. He managed a portfolio of ~$15 billion including four of CPPIB's five largest private equity manager relationships including Advent, Blackstone, CVC and TPG. Michael’s portfolio supported the origination of ~$10 billion in direct investments. Michael joined CPPIB from TD Securities in Toronto where he was an investment banker.


Chris Wrenn is co-head of the Infrastructure Debt Group, within BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). He is responsible for establishing the platform, originating investment opportunities, leading the investment process, establishing industry partnerships, and maintaining relationships with key sponsors. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2012, Mr Wrenn worked at Blackstone/GSO (following its acquisition of Harbourmaster Capital) where he was part of the Infrastructure Debt team. Between 1996 and 2009, Mr. Wrenn was a Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance at Financial Security Assurance (FSA), where he worked on infrastructure financing in the UK, Europe and Australia.


Marco was previously co-head of the private equity secondary activities at Capital Dynamics, a global asset management firm. In this position he was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and executing secondary transactions on a global basis. In addition, he led primary investment activities in selected geographies. Prior to that, he worked for Munich Re Group as a private equity investment manager and helped in building up the firm’s private equity investment program. Previously, Marco was with Montagu Private Equity, a pan-European mid-market buyout firm focusing on direct transactions. He started his career in M&A Advisory for L.E.K. mainly advising private equity General Partners on buyout transactions.


David is responsible for the day-to-day management of Top Tier Capital Partners and the development of the firm’s funds of funds and co-investment offerings. Prior to the formation of Top Tier, he was a Managing Director with Paul Capital, overseeing the firm’s venture capital fund of funds offerings. He has extensive operational experience, having founded and managed four different trading desks for Wall Street firms.


Claudia Zeisberger is an INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise. Professor Zeisberger founded INSEAD’s Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI) in 2008. As the Academic Director, she is responsible for research, outreach & teaching in both Private Equity & Venture Capital. Through the centre’s work, INSEAD has established itself as the go-to source for insights on PE in emerging markets and as an incubator for talent and professionals.