Dublin 2018
11 - 12 Apr 2018

Network with Irish and UK VC & PE investors!

Two day event dedicated to connecting Irish, US, and UK Venture Capital and Private Equity investors. Meet LPs, GPs, or company founders from the region to exchange experiences through discussion panels.

60+speakers
300+attendees
Venture Capital & Private EquityIreland, US & UK

Conference agenda

Important

Day 1 - Conference is exclusively for LPs. Interested LPs, please drop us an email and we will be in touch with you.

Day 2 - Conference is open to LPs & GPs. Tickets available for purchase.

DAY 1
LPs Only Day
11 Apr 2017
DAY 2
Conference Day
12 Apr 2018
Stream
Stream 1
Stream 2
Stream 3
14:00- 14:05
Welcome Note
14:05- 15:05
Co-investments
Simon Moss
Partner & Head of EMEA @ Hermes GPE
Arnaud Lipkowicz
Managing Director @ GCM Grosvenor
Nathalie Von Niederhäusern
Managing Director, Head of Private Equity EMEA @ BlackRock Private Equity Partners
Erwin Roex
Managing Partner @ BEX Capital
Hans van Swaay
Partner @ Lyrique
Moderator
Eamon Devlin
Managing Partner @ MJ Hudson
15:05- 15:30
Networking break
15:30- 16:30
Asset Allocation
Anthony Dalwood
Chair of Investment Panel @ London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA)
Théodore Economou
Chief Investment Officer, Multi-Asset Group @ Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM)
Ray Fitzpatrick
Head of Equity Investment Unit @ AIB Group
Markus Schladt
Head of Fund-of-Fund Team @ KfW
Moderator
Richard Grey
Partner @ A&L Goodbody
16:30-17:00
Networking break
17:00- 18:00
Manager Selection
Donnchadh Cullinan
Manager, Banking Relationships & Growth Capital Department @ Enterprise Ireland
James Brennan
Investment Director @ Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
Ertan Can
Partner @ HR Ventures
Sami Moughrabie
Managing Partner @ Technologies Capital
Seonaid Mackenzie
Managing Partner @ Sturgeon Ventures LLP
Moderator
Bill Liao
Nominet Trust Chair of Trustees
18:00- 19:00
Networking break
19:00- 21:00
VIP Dinner
08:00- 8:55
Registration
Coffee & Networking
08:55- 09:00
Welcome Note
Sarah-Jane Larkin
Director General @ IVCA (Irish Venture Capital Association)
09:00-10:00
Opening Panel
Capitalizing in the golden age of private equity
Simon Moss
Partner & Head of EMEA @ Hermes GPE
Mattias de Beau
Managing Director @ StepStone
Kim Schneider
Member of the Investment Committee @ NORD Holding
Fergal McAleavey
Head of Private Equity @ Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
Moderator
Colin Farrell
Tax Director @ PricewaterhouseCoopers
10:00- 10:30
Coffee & Networking break
10:30-11:30
Investing in the mid-market
Christophe de Dardel
Head of Private Equity @ Unigestion
Neil McGowan
Co-Head of Investments @ MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland
Bernhard K. Engelien
Managing Director @ Greenhill
Erwin Roex
Managing Partner @ BEX Capital
Moderator
James McEvoy
Country Executive Ireland and Head of Capital Markets @ alterDomus
11:30-12:00
Networking break
12:00-13:00
Fundraising from pension funds - LPs talk
Anthony Dalwood
Chair of Investment Panel @ London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA)
John Mahony
Managing Director @ Franklin Park
Théodore Economou
Chief Investment Officer, Multi-Asset Group @ Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM)
Moderator
Edwin Chan
Senior Vice President @ Northern Trust
13:00-14:00
Lunch
14:00-15:00
PE- Fears & Concerns in the hot market
David Barbour
Managing Partner @ FPE Capital
David Boal
Managing Director & Head of EMEA @ Siguler Guff
Mark Corbidge
Former Partner @ TPG Capital
Andreas Bohn
Co-CEO & Managing Partner @ SwanCap Partners
Moderator
Michael Neary
Partner - Corporate Finance @ Grant Thornton
15:00- 15:30
Coffee & Networking break
15:30-16:00
Keynote
Billy Draper
General Partner @ Draper Associates
16:00- 18:00
Cocktail Networking
08:00- 08:55
Registration
Coffee & Networking
08:55- 09:00
Welcome Note
Sarah-Jane Larkin
Director General @ IVCA (Irish Venture Capital Association)
09:00- 10:00
Opening Panel
Capitalizing in the golden age of private equity
Simon Moss
Partner & Head of EMEA @ Hermes GPE
Mattias de Beau
Managing Director @ StepStone
Kim Schneider
Member of the Investment Committee @ NORD Holding
Fergal McAleavey
Head of Private Equity @ Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
Moderator
Colin Farrell
Tax Director @ PricewaterhouseCoopers
10:00- 10:30
Coffee & Networking break
10:30- 11:30
Fintech
Sami Moughrabie
Managing Partner @ Technologies Capital
Ray Fitzpatrick
Head of Equity Investment Unit @ Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.
Hussein Kanji
Founding Partner @ Hoxton Ventures
Aman Ghei
Principal @ FinchCapital
Mike Brennan
Senior Advisor, High Potential Startup Division @ Enterprise Ireland
Moderator
Conor O'Connor
Managing Partner @ Enterprise Equity Venture Capital
11:30-12:00
Networking break
12:00- 13:00
Cryptocurrency & blockchain- bubble or not?
Marcin Jan Fejfer
Investment Manager @ SpeedUp Venture Capital Group
Michael Sonnenshein
Managing Director @ Grayscale
Shane Kehoe
Co-Founder @ SVK Crypto
Tomas Varga
Head of Strategy @ DECENT
Moderator
Robin Wauters
Founding Editor @ Tech.eu
13:00- 14:00
Lunch
14:00- 15:00
Value Creation via the top line
Benjamin Joffe
Partner @ HAX / SOSV
Niall Olden
Managing Partner @ Kernel Capital
Daniel Crowley
Venture Partner @ ARCH Venture Partners
John Dolan
Managing Director @ Cardinal Capital Group UC
Moderator
Mark Billige
Managing Partner of the UK & Ireland @ Simon-Kucher & Partners
15:00- 15:30
Coffee & Networking break
15:30- 16:00
Keynote
Billy Draper
General Partner @ Draper Associates
16:00- 18:00
Cocktail Networking
08:00- 08:55
Registration
Coffee & Networking
08:55- 09:00
Welcome Note
Sarah-Jane Larkin
Director General @ IVCA (Irish Venture Capital Association)
9:00- 10:00
Opening Panel
Capitalizing in the golden age of private equity
Simon Moss
Partner & Head of EMEA @ Hermes GPE
Mattias de Beau
Managing Director @ StepStone
Kim Schneider
Member of the Investment Committee @ NORD Holding
Fergal McAleavey
Head of Private Equity @ Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
Moderator
Colin Farrell
Tax Director @ PricewaterhouseCoopers
10:00- 10:30
Coffee & Networking break
10:30-11:30
Current & Future Outlook of Venture Capital In Europe
Karlheinz Schmelig
Managing Partner @ Creathor Venture
James Wise
Partner @ Balderton Capital
Christian Claussen
General Partner @ Ventech
Samantha Jérusalmy
Partner @ Elaia Partners
Johannes Virkkunen
Head of ICT Investments, Venture Capital @ EIF
Moderator
Andrew Tzialli
Partner @ Philip Lee
11:30-12:00
Networking break
12:00- 13:00
Late stage Capital in Europe
Cian Cotter
Managing Director @ Insight Venture Partners
Kevin Johnson
General Partner @ Medicxi
John Doran
General Partner @ TCV
Shirin Dehghan
Senior Partner @ Frog Capital
Alex McCracken
Managing Director @ Silicon Valley Bank
Moderator
Ross Ahlgren
General Partner @ Kreos Capital
13:00-14:00
Lunch
14:00- 15:00
Artificial Intelligence
Jon Coker
Managing Partner @ MMC Ventures
Alex van Someren
Managing Partner @ Amadeus Capital Partners
Elaine Coughlan
Managing Partner @ Atlantic Bridge
Philipp Rose
Managing Director @ Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC)
Moderator
Sami Moughrabie
Managing Partner @ Technologies Capital
15:00- 15:30
Coffee & Networking break
15:30- 16:00
Keynote
Billy Draper
General Partner @ Draper Associates
16:00- 18:00
Cocktail Networking

All speakers
General Partner
Limited Partner
Moderator
Christophe de Dardel
Head of Private Equity @ Unigestion
Christophe de Dardel, Managing Director, is Head of Private Equity, a member of the Private Equity Investment Committee, of the Global Research Commitee and a member of Unigestion’s Executive Committee. He was most recently Head of Portfolio Management within the Private Equity team. He joined Unigestion in January 2001. Christophe previously spent more than ten years on several continentsat the Société Générale de Surveillance, a global inspection and testing group. He then established and ran the Swisscom Venture Fund, a corporate fund aimed at financing entrepreneurial initiatives of Swisscom collaborators. Christophe holds a Degree in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
Ross Ahlgren
General Partner @ Kreos Capital
Ross has built a market leading position for Kreos in Europe and the UK. Ross focuses on identifying, assessing and managing transactions across Europe and the UK as well as participating in the management and execution of Kreos’s overall strategy. Prior to Kreos, Ross spent 10 years in a number of roles within American International Group (AIG) including Vice President of Operations for AIG Europe focusing on developing marketing strategies for 14 countries. He also worked directly with the CEO on several internal projects including: Executive Information Systems, internal consulting roles, management development and the launch and divestment of a software company. Prior to joining AIG, Ross spent two years at American Airlines’ helping to build the industry’s first yield management systems. Ross joined American Airlines from Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned an MBA. Previously, in undergraduate school, he was part of a team at the University of Texas Business School that pioneered research into successful high-growth companies. Ross has a BA in Business from the University of Texas.
David Boal
Managing Director & Head of EMEA @ Siguler Guff
David Boal is a Managing Director and Head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Siguler Guff. Based in London, Mr. Boal leads Siguler Guff’s European business. Prior to joining Siguler Guff in 2015, Mr. Boal was a Managing Director at The Abraaj Group, where he led the firm's European fundraising and client coverage team. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse Asset Management responsible for institutional investor coverage. During his tenures at both Credit Suisse and Abraaj, Mr. Boal specialized in the marketing and distribution of private equity and infrastructure investment products. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Boal was a Managing Director of the global equity boutique at Perpetual Limited, an Australian investment management company. Prior to Perpetual, Mr. Boal served as a Managing Director and head of the London office at Bank of Ireland Asset Management. Previously, Mr. Boal was a Director and head of sterling bonds at J.P. Morgan's London office, where he had fiduciary responsibility to the Bank of England for the firm's primary dealer. In addition, he led the distribution of debut sterling issues for sovereign borrowers including Hungary, South Africa, Greece and Russia. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Mr. Boal was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where he helped establish the firm's UK gilt business. Mr. Boal began his career as an Economist in the strategic planning division of Shell International Petroleum. Mr. Boal is a trustee of Find Your Feet, a non-governmental organization working in rural communities in Asia and Africa. He has served on the Bank of England working committee for gilt market reform and as a trustee of the Credit Suisse Foundation. Mr. Boal holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Queen's University Belfast and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
David Barbour
Managing Partner @ FPE Capital LLP
David Barbour is the Managing Partner of FPE Capital LLP. FPE Capital LLP is an established growth capital investor in the UK lower mid-market, having made 12 investments to date, with revenue growth of over 100% across its portfolio. The firm’s Fund II was closed at £101m in October 2017 and two investments have been made to date. The focus is on high growth UK based companies with a technology enabled B2B focus. David started his career in the broadcast media and became a lawyer then investment banker at Robert Fleming and JP Morgan. He currently sits on the board of London based fixed wireless telco and IT company Optimity.
Karlheinz Schmelig
Managing Partner @ Creathor Venture
Karlheinz Schmelig is a managing partner at Creathor Venture focusing on life sciences and healthtech investments. He has a broad background in private equity and venture capital and has been working in the industry for over 15 years. Before joining Creathor Venture, Karlheinz Schmelig worked as an investment director at 3i Group plc and before that as an investment manager at the Technologieholding VC GmbH. Prior to his venture capital career Karlheinz worked successfully for over ten years in a number of global management positions in the healthcare industry. He spent seven of these years in the US at Boehringer Mannheim and F. Hoffmann-La Roche, where he worked in global business development and marketing roles. Karlheinz Schmelig studied business in Mannheim and received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University. He is also a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society for Business Administration and a Certified Production Inventory Manager (CPIM) with the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). He currently serves as an advisory board member for the"GO BIO Gründerinitiative" of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In his spare time Karlheinz loves combining outdoors, marathon running and wine tasting.
Michael Sonnenshein
Managing Director @ Grayscale Investments
Michael Sonnenshein joined Grayscale Investments in January 2014. As Director of Sales & Business Development, Michael is responsible for maintaining relationships with the firm’s various service providers as well as overseeing the sales of the Bitcoin Investment Trust (symbol: GBTC), Ethereum Classic Investment Trust, and Zcash Investment Trust. He also plays a key role in educating banks, hedge funds, family offices, and other institutions on the merits of the digital currency asset class. Prior to joining Grayscale, Michael was a financial advisor at JP Morgan Securities, covering HNW individuals and institutions. He also worked in a similar capacity at Barclays Wealth, providing coverage to middle‐market hedge funds and institutions. Michael earned his Bachelors of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He holds his Series 7 and 66 licenses.
Anthony Dalwood
Chair of Investment Panel @ London Pension Fund Authority
With over 20 years in the industry, Tony is an experienced investor and has also advised numerous public and private equity businesses. In December 2014, Tony became CEO of Gresham House and brought in a new management team that has transformed the company from an investment trust into an AIM listed specialist asset management group. Tony started his career at Phillips & Drew Fund Management (later UBS Global Asset Management), one of the UK’s most prominent value investment firms with £60 billion in assets at its peak. He was a member of the UK Equity Investment Committee with responsibility for managing over £1.5 billion of UK equities. In 2002 Tony founded and became CIO of SVG Investment Managers and CEO of SVG Advisers (formerly Schroder Ventures (London) Limited), the global private equity funds business and specialist alternatives manager. He established and led the growth of SVG Investment Managers, before launching Strategic Equity Capital plc, a London listed Investment Trust in 2005. Tony currently Chairs the London Pension Fund Authority’s Investment Panel, which oversees £4.6 billion in AUM. He is also an Independent non-executive of JP Morgan Private Equity Limited plc, and advises St Edmund College’s Endowment Fund.
Kevin Johnson
Partner @ Medicxi
Prior to co-founding Medicxi, Kevin was a partner with Index Ventures for 12 years, having joined the firm’s life sciences team in 2003.  Kevin spearheaded Index’s very first experimental asset-centric investment, in PanGenetics, which was later acquired by Abbott Pharmaceuticals. He is currently chairman of Levicept Ltd., Apcintex and Crescendo Biologics as well as being a board member of several other startups. Prior to joining Index, Kevin was with Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT), where he was appointed Head of Research in 1994 and, in 1997, Research Director and Chief Technology Officer. He led the development of CAT's platform technologies and their application in the discovery of a number of human antibodies, two of which are now on the market: Humira (Abbott Pharmaceuticals) and Benlysta (GlaxoSmithKline). Kevin was part of the management team that floated CAT on the London Stock Exchange; it was subsequently acquired by AstraZeneca. Kevin received a BSc in Molecular Biology from Edinburgh University and a PhD from Cambridge University.
Christian Claussen
Managing Partner @ Ventech
As a Managing Partner Christian Claussen heads Ventech’s investment activities in the DACH region. He currently represents Ventech in the boards of German portfolio companies Picanova, TV Smiles, Speexx, FinTec Systems and US-based Arteris. Christian looks back on 20 years of hands-on innovation financing and during that time has backed 24 start-ups. 12 of these have been profitably exited while 7 companies are still actively pursuing their growth strategies. Notable exits include Tantau Inc. (acquired by 7/24 Systems), CoreOptics (acquired by Cisco), Silicon Hive (acquired by Intel), Netviewer (acquired by Citrix), Definiens (acquired by Astra Zeneca), Arteris (acquired by Qualcomm), Plista (acquired by GroupM), Turtle Entertainment (acquired by Modern Times Group), Tennis Point (acquired by Karstadt Holding company Signa Group) and most recently Trust You (acquired by Recruit Holdings/Japan). Prior to joining the VC Industry in 1998, Christian spent 10 years in Europe's Telecommunications Industry and hold an EE MSc. with the Technical University of Karlsruhe (D), University of Essex (Colchester/UK) and Ecole Supérieure des Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique (Paris/F).
John Doran
General Partner @ TCV
John is a General Partner in London and a founding member of TCV’s European investment efforts. He focuses on investments in the software, internet, and fintech sectors. His current investments include Believe, Brillen.de, NewVoiceMedia, Perfecto, The Pracuj Group, and WorldRemit. John was previously an investor at Summit Partners, where he focused on investments across software, internet, and financial technology. He started his career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and later moved to New York. John left his native Ireland more than 20 years ago and has lived and worked in the U.S., Asia and now Europe. Prior to joining the investment world, he competed on the men’s ATP Tennis Tour and was a member of the Irish Davis Cup team between 1996 and 2004. John is a sports fanatic and has competed in tennis, rugby, football, squash, and Gaelic football. These days, he mostly plays on the playground with his young family and enjoys watching the occasional Manchester United match. John received his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and graduated with a B.A. in Economics (with honors) from Harvard College.
Simon Moss
Partner & Head of Europe @Hermes GPE
Simon manages the EMEA investment team and is responsible for all of Hermes GPE’s private equity investment activity in EMEA, overseeing the sourcing, due diligence and monitoring of EMEA funds and co-investments. Simon is based in London, previously having gained experience of working in the US private equity market. Simon has 18 years of private equity experience and was a founding member of the Hermes GPE predecessor organisation, Gartmore Private Equity, which he joined in 2002 and where he was latterly Deputy Managing Director. He is a member of the Hermes GPE Investment and Management Committees. During his time on the Investment Committee in excess of 140 co-investments and 90 fund investments have been completed. Previously, Simon worked as a management consultant at KPMG Consulting where he conducted due diligence on a number of private equity transactions and corporate strategy development projects for both UK and international companies. Simon holds a BSc in Political Science from the University of Bristol.
Mattias de Beau
Managing Director @ StepStone Group
Mattias de Beau is a member of the research team and focuses on European investments and secondaries. Prior to StepStone, Mr. de Beau was a principal at Greenpark Capital, a secondaries firm based in London. Before that he was an analyst with Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners, a global private equity fund focused on direct investments in real estate. Mr. de Beau graduated with an MSc from Stockholm School of Business.
Fergal McAleavey
Head of Private Equity @ Irish Strategic Investment Fund
The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) was established in December 2014, with a statutory mandate to invest on a commercial basis in a manner designed to support economic activity and employment in Ireland. The ISIF is valued at c. €8.1billion and is available to invest in Ireland as suitable investment opportunities arise and are developed. The dual objective mandate of the ISIF - investment return and economic impact - represents a new approach to investing and will require all investments to generate both investment returns and economic impact in Ireland. The fund has the flexibility to make investments across the capital structure of companies and projects, both debt and equity, and across a range of investment types and sectors. Fergal was previously Managing Director at AIB Corporate Finance, one of Ireland’s leading corporate advisory firms. Over the years he has led a wide range of investment transactions including M&A, buyouts, debt refinancing’s and IPO’s. While in AIB Corporate Finance, Fergal was seconded to the SMU within the Department of Finance which has responsibility for the completion of the restructuring of the banking system and managing the State’s shareholding in the banks and disposals thereof. In his earlier career Fergal worked as a Technology Equity Analyst at Dolmen Securities and as a Senior Scientist at Optronics Ireland. Fergal has an MSc in Physics from DCU and a PhD in Physics from Trinity College.
Andreas Bohn
Managing Partner & Co-CEO @ SwanCap Partners
Andreas Bohn is Co-CEO & Managing Partner of SwanCap Partners, a leading independent private equity investment management platform with offices in Munich, Luxembourg, Milan and New York. Prior to joining SwanCap in 2015, Andreas worked for 22 years in a wide range of investment banking and private equity related functions at UniCredit/HypoVereinsbank, most recently serving as a Management Board member at UniCredit Bank AG and as a member of the Global UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking Executive Committee. He co-founded and for many years led UniCredit’s Leveraged Finance business, which provided total debt financing in excess of €50 billion for over 400 private equity sponsored transactions in the European market. He also established the Private Equity / Principal Investments business of UniCredit, which committed a total of ca. €5bn to leading private equity sponsors, through fund investments as well as co-investments. Andreas received an MBA from Ludwig-Maximilians University and a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Munich.
Sami Moughrabie
Managing Partner @ Technologies Capital
Mr. Moughrabie is the Managing Partner of Technologies Capital. Technologies Capital has direct and indirect global investments in leading funds and technology growth companies. Having facilitated over EUR 5 Billion in global investment transactions, Mr. Moughrabie is responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s short and long term global strategy through the disruptive digitization of all major industry sectors. Mr. Moughrabie is also a global pioneer in the industrial applications of Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing advising governments and global Fortune 100 companies on their technology strategies. Previously, Mr. Moughrabie was with Bank of America’s Hedge Fund Group. He specialized in multi asset products within the Capital Markets and Alternative Sectors as well as Structured Derivatives, Capital Introductions, Risk Management, and formulating strategic alliances in the alternative investments space. Mr. Moughrabie earned his BA in Economics from the University of Chicago
Seonaid Mackenzie
Managing Partner @ Sturgeon Ventures LLP
Seonaid founded Sturgeon Ventures LLP as a "single family office" in 1998 investing in public and private companies in the capacity as a manager/advisor with the family as the Active LP.
Seonaid Mackenzie has had an award winning 33-year career in the City with positions including stockbroker, fund manager, an operator of UK funds; fund raising for private companies and funds; and multiple non-exec of financial service firms and SMEs. Sturgeon took a new active business line in 1999 and became the pioneer coining the phrase "The Regulatory Incubator" for financial services known by some as an FCA Umbrella, or Regulatory Hosting Platform, taking the AR/Tied Agent into a wholesale market in 2003. In 2013, Sturgeon Ventures became an Investment Advisor with the SEC and in 2014 a sub threshold AIFM (Alternative Investment Fund Manager), laterally an EU VECA manager in 2016. The firm has now incubated over 150 start ups since this business model began, including a number of disreet families. The Incubator clients include fund managers with various strategies, third party fund raisers, corporate finance firms. Although jurisdiction neutral; Sturgeon have assisted in a number of firms setting up funds in Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Cayman, BVI and the UK. Seonaid is also regulated by the MFSA as an investment manager and sits on a number of investment committees in Malta, and by the Central Bank of Ireland sitting on UCITs Boards. Seonaid has previously been approved as a member of the investment committee of Guernsey regulated entities.
James Wise
Partner @ Balderton
James joined Balderton in 2013. Since then, he has led Balderton's investments in a number of sectors and geographies, covering healthtech, manufacturing, mobile productivity, developer tools and virtual and augmented reality. He sits as a board member and observer for multiple portfolio companies including Sophia Genetics, Sunrise ( acquired by Microsoft ), Cloud9IDE ( acquired by Amazon ), 3DHubs, Sketchfab and Crowdcube. Prior to joining Balderton, James helped to launch and run one of the UK's first social venture funds, providing support and capital to social enterprises with a special focus on the education, healthcare and financial sectors. Before this James worked with entrepreneurs and businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with Atomico Ventures, the Guardian Media Group and as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. As well as the professional experiences above, James has worked as an adviser to a number of start-ups and social enterprises, and in 2011 as a Specialist Adviser to Parliament. James has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and occasionally lectures for the University on aspects of responsible capitalism and the social impact of technology.
Samantha Jérusalmy
Partner @ Elaia Partners
Samantha joined Elaia Partners in 2008. She began her career as a consultant at Eurogroup, a consulting firm specialised in organisation and strategy, within the Bank and Finance division. She then joined Clipperton Finance, a corporate finance firm dedicated to high-tech growth companies, before moving to Elaia Partners (first investor in Criteo, Mirakl, Shift Technology, Sigfox, Teads, etc) in 2008. She became Investment Manager in 2011 then Partner in 2014. She serves as board member of Edoki Academy, FretLink, Scoop.it, Ykone, Zenchef, among others. Samantha is also co-director of StartHer, an organization that aims at promoting tech entrepreneurship by women. Education: EDHEC Business School, Schulich Business School of Toronto (Bachelor), Loyola University of Chicago (MBA) Expertise: SaaS, E-commerce, Marketplace, Digital Media, Mobile
Alex van Someren
Managing Partner, Early Stage Funds @ Amadeus Capital Partners
Alex van Someren is Managing Partner, Early Stage Funds, at global technology investor Amadeus Capital Partners, where his current investment focus areas include artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, cloud computing, cyber security, digital healthcare and medical technology. He co-founded Europe’s first cyber security accelerator Cyber London https://cylonlab.com, and he was recently a member of the Steering Group for the Royal Society Cyber Security Research Report. In 1996 Alex co-founded nCipher to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. As nCipher’s CEO, he subsequently led the company to a listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2000. nCipher plc was sold to Thales SA in 2008. Alex lives in Cambridge, UK and is married with three children. He was appointed an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2005. He is an active supporter of ActionAid, Kettle’s Yard and the Prince’s Trust.
Mark Billige
Managing Partner of the UK & Ireland @ Simon-Kucher & Partners
Mark Billige is the Managing Partner of the UK & Ireland as well as a Global Board Member at Simon-Kucher & Partners, having been with the firm since 2006. Mark has eighteen years experience in the field of value creation and financial management. His areas of specialisation are the development of growth strategies, in particular national and international marketing and pricing strategies, discount optimisation, sales force management and negotiation strategy. Mark is a regular speaker and chairman at conferences and business schools as well as a contributor on national broadcast media on the subject of pricing strategy. Mark consults and advises for numerous private equity firms across their portfolio businesses with his primary industry focus on the B2B services and SIM sectors (software, internet and media). His experience prior to joining Simon-Kucher & Partners was gained in positions within industry and consulting. He held senior positions at FLAG Telecom and Reliance Industries and was formerly a management consultant with PWC Consulting and IBM Business Consulting. He is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and has a BA (Hons) in Management from the University of Nottingham.
Nathalie Von Niederhäusern
Managing Director, Head of Private Equity EMEA @ BlackRock Private Equity Partners
Nathalie von Niederhaeusern, Managing Director, is a member of the BlackRock Private Equity Partners (PEP) group within BlackRock Alternative Investors. She is heading PEP's investment team in EMEA as well as the group’s secondary practice and is a member of PEP's Investment Committee. Ms. von Niederhaeusern has more than 20 years of experience in the private equity and corporate finance industry. She started her career in 1997 at Zurich Financial Services, Switzerland, in the Mergers & Acquisitions department, focusing on the life and non-life insurance sectors. In 1999, she joined Swiss Re, Switzerland, focusing on the company's strategic, long-term investments in the insurance industry. As from 2001, she worked for Swiss Re's Private Equity Fund of Funds unit, where she was responsible for investments in European and US based private equity fund managers. In 2005, she moved to New York, United States, to establish the North American presence of the unit. Prior to joining BlackRock Private Equity Partners, Ms. von Niederhaeusern was Head Private Equity and Investment Monitoring and member of the Investment Committee at Swiss Re Private Equity Partners. Ms. von Niederhaeusern holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Bern, and is a CFA and CAIA charterholder.
Jon Coker
Managing Partner @ MMC Ventures
Jon joined MMC in 2007 and since then has led MMC’s investments in 13 fast growing internet technology companies including digital market places, Software as a Service, e-commerce and education technology. During this time Jon has worked with founders as they have grown their businesses from start-up to large global companies. While working with these teams Jon’s focus has been helping them build the platform they need to achieve their growth ambitions, specifically helping them access talent and advice, funding and partners.
Cian Cotter
Managing Director @ Insight Venture Partners
Cian Cotter is a Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners. He joined Insight in 2003 and leads the firm’s capital markets and capital formation activities. Cian manages Insight’s inbound deal flow from the banking sector and maintains relationships with the global investment banking and capital markets communities. Cian also focuses on creating strategic outcomes for Insight’s portfolio companies including IPO planning and execution, recapitalizations and M&A advisory. He leads Insight’s relationships with strategic acquirers in the software and Internet sectors and helps strengthen corporate and business development activities on behalf of Insight’s portfolio companies. As part of Cian’s leadership of Insight’s capital formation activities, he is responsible for Insight’s relationships with potential and existing investors. Cian sits on the boards of Fenergo, Mediaspectrum, Nymbus and Studio Moderna. Prior to joining Insight, Cian was a Product Marketing Manager with Canon, Inc. and a Product Strategy Manager with Cable & Wireless, plc. Cian has a BBS from the University of Limerick, Ireland and an MBA from HEC, France.
Kim Schneider
Member of the Investment Committee @ NORD Holding
Mr. Schneider is a member of the Executive Board at NORD Holding and responsible for the European fund and co-investment activities. Mr. Schneider has been with NORD Holding since 2011. Prior to NORD Holding, he worked for Credit Suisse in London, where he was focusing on European fund and co-investments. Prior to that, he worked at William Blair's London office advising on Mergers and Acquisitions. Mr. Schneider studied Economics (MSc.) and Law (LL.M). He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He speaks Dutch, English, German and conversational Spanish. About NORD Holding: Founded in 1969, NORD Holding is one of the oldest institutional investors in Germany with approximately $2.0 billion AUM. NORD Holding aims to anchor emerging private equity funds in Europe. Target funds have a size between €20mio and €500mio and must have an operational value creation strategy including turnaround and special situations strategies. NORD Holding is consistently ranked as a top-quartile fund investor in Europe.
Elaine Coughlan
Managing Partner @ Atlantic Bridge Capital
Elaine has over 24 years of experience in scaling technology companies; including successful realizations through IPOs and M&A. Elaine is a Founder and Managing Partner of Atlantic Bridge a Global Growth Equity Technology Fund with over €1bn of assets under management. She is also a founder of Summit Bridge Capital which is aimed at helping European companies scale in China. Summit Bridge is backed by China Investment Corp (CIC) which is the World’s 4th largest Sovereign investor and Irelands Sovereign Wealth Fund, the NTMA. Prior to founding Atlantic Bridge, she was founder and director of Glonav, a GPS company that was acquired by NXP for $110 million. Elaine served as CFO and Vice President of Finance for three successful technology Nasdaq IPOs − Parthus, IONA and Smartforce – that realized more than $5 billion in value for investors. She is currently on the board of China Ireland portfolio companies FieldAware, Novaerus, and formerly on the boards of Acision (2014 refinanced with Blackstone, 2015 acquired by Comverse), Sophia (acquired by Boxfish), and Bridgeco (acquired by SMSC 2013). In 2014 the Irish Government appointed her to the Board of Enterprise Ireland the Agency responsible for Enterprise. In 2016 the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Oman, Oman Investment Fund, appointed Elaine to the board of the Oman Technology Fund. Elaine is a Council Board member of the Institute of Directors. She was named one of Europe’s Top 50 Inspiring Women in Technology, and one of Ireland’s Top 50 Women in Technology.
Neil McGowan
Co-Head of Investments @ MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland
Neil is a Director and Co-Head of Investments with MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland. He led MML’s investments in IdentiGEN, Prim-Ed Publishing, Fastway, SONAS Bathrooms and Travel Department and represents MML on the boards of these and other portfolio companies. Prior to joining MML Ireland, Neil spent 5 years as an Investment Director with FL Partners. Neil started his career with PwC in Dublin, later spending eight years working in investment banking at HSBC and Bank of America in London before relocating to Dublin with Goodbody Corporate Finance. Neil is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and graduated with a MAcc and BComm from University College Dublin.
Théodore Economou
Chief Investment Officer, Multi-Asset Group @ Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM)
Théodore Economou is the Chief Investment Officer for Multi-Asset. He joined in February 2015. Prior to joining, Théodore was CEO and CIO of the CERN Pension Fund, where he initiated a risk-based approach that came to be known as the CERN Model. Previously, he was assistant treasurer of ITT Corporation, managing pension assets and liabilities worldwide as well as the firm’s capital markets activities, from 1993 to 2009. He began his career as a consultant at Accenture’s Financial Services Group in 1987. Théodore is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Virginia Retirement System, and served as secretary of the European Commission’s RESAVER Task Force for the establishment of a pan European pension fund. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from EPFL in 1987. He also holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management 1993, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Eamon Devlin
Managing Partner @ MJ Hudson
Eamon Devlin, Managing Partner at MJ Hudson, has extensive experience in co-investments and fund formation, advising fund managers and institutional investors on the structuring, establishment and operation of investment funds. His clients include Access Capital Partners, Adams Street Capital, Backed VC, DN Capital, Graphite Capital, LGT Capital Partners, HM UK Government, Newbury, Maven Capital Partners, Schroder Adveq, and Stonehage Fleming. Eamon formed and leads the Firm’s LP Unit – a team of lawyers focusing on acting for investors with one goal – to enhance manager / investor alignment on every co-investment and fund reviewed and negotiated. Formed in 2015, the LP Unit now represents over 125 investor clients. Eamon was previously at Proskauer (Boston and London). Eamon has been Managing Partner of MJ Hudson since 2011. Eamon was listed in the Financial News 2014 “40 under 40” rising stars of the European legal profession and in Private Fund Management’s 2017 list of the top 30 private equity funds lawyers under 40. Eamon appreciates being recommended for Investment Fund Formation and Management – Private Funds by Legal 500 in 2017, combining ‘top-class legal skills with exceptional commercial understanding’ and described as ‘someone who gets things done, and leverages his broad network for the benefit of his clients’.
James Brennan
Investment Director @ Ireland Strategic investment Fund
James is an Investment Director on the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund’s Innovation Team with a primary responsibility for the fund’s venture capital portfolio. The ISIF, Ireland’s sovereign development fund, was established in 2014 with a statutory mandate to invest on a commercial basis to support economic activity and employment and with its scale and long term outlook, it is very well placed to support and capitalise on the opportunity set in high growth emerging Irish technology and life science companies. Today it holds c. €600m of commitments across some 30 VC funds and a further c. €100m exposure to patient capital platforms dedicated to early stage investments. The ISIF is also building a portfolio of direct co-investments alongside VCs into high potential scaling opportunities with potential for long-term transformative impact in Ireland. Prior to working with the ISIF, James was a member of the investment team of the National Pensions Reserve Fund, a globally diversified Irish sovereign wealth fund that evolved into the ISIF in 2014. James holds a BSc Theoretical Physics and an MSc Computational Science from University College Dublin and is a CFA Charterholder.
Billy Draper
General Partner @ Draper Associates
Billy is a General Partner at Draper Associates. Prior to joining DA, Billy founded Mobber, a social referral platform that allowed several users to tweet a message simultaneously (eventually kicked off Twitter API, a badge of honor). He then went on to work at Facebook and Apartment List. Billy is responsible for early-stage investments in companies like Robinhood, Samba TV, Pointy, Packlane, LawTrades, Tempo Automation, and others. Billy was listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 for venture capital in 2016.​
Alex McCracken
Managing Director @ Silicon Valley Bank, UK and Ireland
During his career Alex has been involved with delivering £500m+ of equity and debt solutions to technology companies. Alex joined Silicon Valley Bank in 2010 and helped to build SVB in the UK and Ireland to provide banking and lending solutions to technology companies. Prior to SVB, Alex was Investment Manager at TTP Ventures, where he invested in and managed a number of technology companies. Alex previously co-founded TISS Ltd and developed a range of security systems for transport vehicles. As Managing Director, Alex raised several rounds of venture capital funding and helped TISS to grow sales in 15 countries to transport and logistics companies. TISS won the Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2014.
Ray Fitzpatrick
Head of Equity Investment Unit @ Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.
Ray has been involved in various areas of investments markets for AIB over the last 28 years and over the last four years has been responsible for the valuation and governance of all equities that are held by AIB itself. Heading up the Equity Investment Unit within Specialised Finance which is part of Wholesale and Institutional Corporate Banking Unit. Part of this role encompasses 14 active seed, venture and development capital funds primarily in the Irish ecosystem. Ray has led the strategy and responsible for the sourcing, appraisal and execution for investment into 10 new funds over that time with a total of €100m committed facilitating up to €1bn of equity available to Irish companies. The strategy has more recently expanded to include investment into international Fintech/financial services funds which supports the bank’s strategic objectives. Previous roles in AIB include bancassurance and Private Banking product development, portfolio manager in asset management, head of Planning in Polish subsidiary and Capital & Investor Relations Officer. Ray is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland having trained in PWC and also holds a business studies degree from Dublin City University.
Mark Corbidge
Former Partner @ TPG
Mark is currently working on a new project in Private Equity. Mr. Corbidge was a Partner of TPG, based in the London office until the end of 2017 where he was responsible for TPG’s Industrials `Group in Europe. Prior to joining TPG in 2015, Mr. Corbidge was a Senior Principal at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) focusing on direct private equity investments. Prior to CPPIB, he served as the Co-Head of Private Equity at Doughty Hanson & Co., where he was responsible for the investment activity across the portfolio. Mr. Corbidge originally joined Doughty Hanson & Co. from sportswear business Umbro Holdings, where he spent five years as Chief Development Officer. He has held various roles in the sports market, including serving as the Chief Executive of Newcastle United, where he oversaw the club’s public listing on the London Stock Exchange. Mr. Corbidge started his career with N.M. Rothschild & Sons Ltd. as a member of the corporate finance team. He later joined S.G. Warburg & Co. where he worked on a wide variety of M&A transactions in the UK, Germany and Austria. Mr. Corbidge holds a degree from the Centre d’Études Supérieres Européenes de Management (Group ESC Reims) and a B.A. Honors in European Business Administration from Middlesex Business School.
Mike Brennan
Senior Advisor @ HPSU Division, Enterprise Ireland
Mike is a Senior Advisor with the High Potential Start Up (HPSU) Division of Enterprise Ireland where he works with a portfolio of early stage technology companies (Seed & Series A) with a particular focus on cloud, SaaS, Deep Tech and FinTech start-up businesses. Prior to joining Enterprise Ireland, Mike founded a number of award winning technology companies in the areas of FinTech, local search and ecommerce. Mike holds a Masters in Computer Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and postgraduate qualifications in Statistics and Actuarial Science from University College Dublin.
Sarah-Jane Larkin
Director General @ Irish Venture Capital Association
Sarah-Jane Larkin is the director general of the Irish Venture Capital Association (IVCA). Sarah-Jane was formerly commercial director of MSD (Merck - NYSE: MRK). She has worked for over a decade at director level in the healthcare and medical device sectors for organisations including J&J, Sisk Healthcare. During this phase of her career Sarah-Jane has also been involved with Trade Associations in the Healthcare sector, and spent some time as the Interim CEO of the Irish Medical and Surgical Trade Association. Prior to this Sarah-Jane gained a number of years experience in various Government agencies promoting international trade. A graduate of UCD, she also holds an MBA from the Smurfit Business School
Erwin Roex
Managing Partner @ BEX Capital
BEX Capital is a specialist private equity secondaries firm based in Paris, France. Prior to joining BEX Capital in 2016 Erwin was the Chairman of MP Venture (now Value Italy), an Italian mid-market private equity firm based in Florence. From 2003 to 2014 he was a partner at Coller Capital in London, where he managed transactions in secondary private equity markets in Europe and Latin America. He sat on the firm’s investment, credit and ESG committees. Between 1995 to 2002 he was Managing Director at AlpInvest in London and Amsterdam, where he was responsible for buy-out investments and founded both the mezzanine and private equity secondary businesses. He embarked on his career in private equity having worked in banking at Westdeutsche Landesbank, the Chase Manhattan Bank and Banco Exterior de España. He has an Lic. from the University of Antwerp in Belgium. He is fluent in English, Dutch, French, German and Spanish.
Michael Neary
Partner - Corporate Finance @ Grant Thornton
Michael Neary is a partner in the Corporate Finance department with business advisors, Grant Thornton. Michael joined the firm in 2001 and has advised on some of the firm’s largest transactions to date. He specialises in advising on buying and selling companies, raising finance and company valuations. He advises on the development and implementation of strategies to enhance and realise shareholder value, including situations where the company is experiencing financial stress. With over twenty years corporate finance and private equity experience Michael has led a wide range of transaction types and sizes in a broad variety of industries providing creative solutions for the clients. Michael is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI). He also has a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
Bernhard K. Engelien
Managing Director @ Greenhill
Mr Engelien is a Managing Director in Greenhill Secondary Advisory’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. Mr Engelien holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and a Master’s Degree in International Management from the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS).
Donnchadh Cullinan
Manager Banking Relations & Growth Capital @ Enterprise Ireland
Donnchadh heads up the Access to Finance team in Enterprise Ireland; this team engages with companies, Angels investors and local and international VCs to ensure that Enterprise Ireland Clients can access external capital appropriate to their stage of development and growth. As part of his time with the Enterprise Ireland Software team, Donnchadh managed a portfolio of clients that focused on supplying solutions to the financial services industry. In addition, Donnchadh has a wide breadth of investment appraisal experience having worked on a large number of investments into companies across a range of industry sectors. Prior to joining Enterprise Ireland, Donnchadh spent several years in Ireland and the US working in electronics hardware design and manufacture for a number of multinationals.
Hussein Kanji
Founding Partner @ Hoxton Ventures
Hussein is a founding partner of Hoxton Ventures, a London-based early stage European venture capital firm. He currently represents Hoxton on the boards of bd4travel, Darktrace and TourRadar. Hussein is an angel investor in Bea's of Bloomsbury, GoCardless, Halo Neuroscience, Popxo, Signpost and Yieldify. He is an advisor to Tarmin, and was previously an advisor to the chairman of Eros International (NYSE:EROS). He has occasionally assisted the UK government with technology policy. He regularly appears on BBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Sky News. Formerly, Hussein was an associate at Accel Partners, where he focused on consumer internet, financial technology and software investments. He helped invest in OpenGamma, Playfish (acquired by EA) and Dapper (acquired by Yahoo). Hussein joined Accel from Microsoft Corporation where he was a platform planner, product manager and senior manager. He also helped put together Safe-View (acquired by L-3), and worked at Radiance Technologies (acquired by Comcast) and Studio Verso (acquired by KPMG). Hussein holds an MBA from London Business School, and did his undergraduate studies in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University.
John Dolan
Managing Director @ Cardinal Capital Group UC
John Dolan is Managing Director of Private Equity with Cardinal Capital Group. Cardinal is Ireland’s leading provider of alternative capital, directing private equity capital, mezzanine finance and alternative lending to a broad range of sectors in the Irish market. Cardinal and the Carlyle Group jointly manage the Carlyle Cardinal Ireland (CCI) Fund, the largest private equity investment fund dedicated to investing in Irish companies. CCI has been the most active growth investor in the Irish market over the last five years. Recent investments include Sam McCauley, the largest indigenous pharmacy group, AA Ireland, the roadside assistance and insurance business, Payzone, the largest provider of multi-channel consumer payments across Ireland, Tullamore-based cooked meats producer Carroll Cuisine, Kildare-based premium chocolate manufacturer Lily O’Brien’s, Abtran, a business process-management company and Learning Pool, the Northern Ireland based e-learning company. John is currently a Director on the Board of AA Ireland, Abtran, Carrolls and Learning Pool. Prior to joining Cardinal, John was a Partner with Investec Ventures with a focus on growth capital investment. John was lead investor and director in a number of Ireland’s fastest growing technology companies including AMCS, Helix Health (sold to Clanwilliam Health), Fenergo (sold to Insight) and Brite:bill (sold to Amdocs). John previously worked with NCB and Deloitte Corporate Finance.
Hans van Swaay
Partner @ Lyrique
Hans van Swaay is a partner of Lyrique and has been active for more than twenty years in private equity as co-founder of Lyrique, as Head of Private Equity at Pictet & Cie, as Managing Director of UBS Capital, as Managing Director of Merifin and as partner of Lowe Finance. Lyrique invests in private equity for family offices, private wealth institutions and institutional investors. Lyrique makes investments in niche private equity and venture capital funds. Hans is a co-author Private Equity 4.0, Reinventing Value Creation, published by Wiley in February 2015.
William van Eesteren
Managing Director @ Wilshire Private Markets Group
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 in 2001, 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. Mr. van Eesteren received an MSc degree in Business Administration from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He joined Wilshire in 2001.
Bill Liao
Chair of Trustees @ Nominet Trust
Nominet Trust Chair of Trustees, social entrepreneur, special diplomatic envoy, investor, entrepreneur, business mentor, speaker and author, Bill co-founded the business social network service XING and is a venture partner at SOSV, a global venture capital and investment management firm. Founder of WeForest.org, an international not-for-profit organisation combating global warming in the most natural way possible, Bill is also Co-Founder of the CoderDojo movement that helps young people learn how to program, which is now part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Benjamin Joffe
Partner @ HAX / SOSV
Benjamin is a Partner at HAX since 2013, the #1 early stage investor in hardware (over 250 startups). HAX is part of SOSV (www.sosv.com), a seed fund focused on deep tech, creator of accelerator programs and practicing milestones-based investment. SOSV portfolio includes Makeblock (a leader in STEM robotics), Bitmex (the largest exchange for bitcoin derivatives), and Memphis Meats (a pioneer of animal-free meat). Benjamin is a keynote speaker (over 200 events including two TEDx), writer (Forbes, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, HackerNoon) and frequently quoted in media such as Wall Street Journal, Wired and Nature. His talks and trends reports, including the annual “Hardware Trends”, have collected over 1M views online. He is also an early personal investor in a dozen companies including Mexico’s most successful startup, Yogome, currently valued over US$100M. Prior to HAX, Benjamin trained as an aerospace engineer before turning to strategy and Asia, where he worked from 2000 to 2018 in consulting, telecom and gaming. Before joining HAX, he was the founder of Plus8Star, a Asia-focused research consultancy, and of MobileMonday Beijing, a networking event for digital industry professionals. He currently lives and works in Paris, Shenzhen and San Francisco.
Shirin Dehghan
Senior partner @ Frog Capital
Shirin founded, expanded and subsequently sold her software business Arieso. A University of Southampton Engineering alumna, she has over 20 years’ experience in the software and mobile communications industry. She is a senior partner at Frog Capital, a leading European VC focused on the scale up stage and Non-exec Chairwoman of Opensignal, a UK based company that sets the gold standard for mobile experience globally. She is a passionate advisor and board member to companies wishing to transform their business.
Aman Ghei
Principal @ FinchCapital
Aman is a Principal. He joined Orange Growth Capital (now FinchCapital) from Nordeus, one of Europe’s leading mobile game developers, where he started their London studio and was a product manager for new titles and Top Eleven, a game played by 150m users. Prior to Nordeus, Aman was at Facebook, where he led efforts in their mobile partnerships, distribution and ad network initiatives. Before joining Facebook, Aman was an investor with Accel Partners, where he was actively involved in various technology investments including Spotify, HouseTrip and Hailo. He was also a board observer at Supercell and Space Ape Games. Aman started his career at Credit Suisse, where he was part of their global technology group and was involved in various technology transactions including Ogone, a leading pan European PSP, as well as IPOs and capital market transactions for Interxion, NXP and Nokia. Aman graduated with high distinction from Kelley School of Business, Indiana with a B.Sc. in Finance and Accounting.
Colin Farrell
Tax Director @ PricewaterhouseCoopers
Colin leads the PwC Ireland FS private equity tax structuring team. He has 11 years experience in assisting asset managers structure products for all forms of asset classes in multiple domiciles with a specific focus on private equity. Colin also completed a secondment in PwC New York where he advised US private equity managers and multi-national groups on efficient tax structuring solutions. He has a vast amount of experience advising international clients on the tax efficient acquisition and divestment of Irish and international real assets. He is also an active member of the Irish Funds real economy investing working group and Irish Limited Partnership working group.
Markus Schladt
Head of Fund-of-Fund Team @ KfW
Since 2013 Vice President and Head of Fund-of-Fund Team of KfW. His team is investing in German and European venture funds supporting startups in Germany. Since 1992 employed with KfW, in various functions responsible among others for development projects in East Asia, for KfW´s funding in international capital markets and for the European global loan business of KfW. Graduate of Goethe-Universität Frankfurt after studies at Howard and Georgetown Universities, Washington, D.C., and at the Institut d´Études Politiques, Paris. Post-graduate of the Bologna Center of SAIS / Johns Hopkins University, from which he holds a Diploma.”
Johannes Virkkunen
Head of ICT Investments, Venture Capital @ EIF
Johannes Virkkunen heads the ICT Investments team of the Venture Capital Division at European Investment Fund committing annually over EUR 1bn in European VC funds. He joined the organization as a legal counsel for equity transactions in 2007. Previously, Johannes practiced corporate law in Finland. He holds Master of Laws (L.L.M) degrees from both the University of Helsinki (Finland) and the University of Chicago (US) as well as an MBA from the IE Business School (Spain).
James McEvoy
Country Executive Ireland and Head of Capital Markets @ alterDomus
James McEvoy is Country Executive Ireland with Alter Domus, a fully integrated Fund and Corporate services provider, dedicated to international private equity & infrastructure houses, real estate firms, private debt managers, multinationals, capital markets issuers and private clients. He is responsible for the overall management and development of Alter Domus in Ireland, with rapidly expanding offices in Dublin and Cork. James has over 15 years experience in international financial services. Having trained with a ‘Big 4’ firm, James established and successfully built the Irish operations of an international corporate services provider, as Irish MD and latterly as international head of structured finance services. James has worked on and served as a director on companies engaged in a wide range of investment and financing transactions including securitisations across all major asset classes, direct lending, aircraft finance/leasing, private equity and real estate. James has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies (Management) from the Institute of Technology in Tallaght and also qualified as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Shane Kehoe
Co-Founder @ SVK Crypto
Shane is a Co-Founder of SVK Crypto, London. Shane manages the SVK Crypto Master Fund which is a multi strategy portfolio that invests in the most liquid cryptocurrencies and the most promising ICO blockchain projects. Shane is also the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of SVK Capital Management. Shane is an experienced portfolio manager with more than 18 years investment and hedge fund management experience. Shane was formerly a hedge fund manager and partner at BlueCrest Capital Management ($35bn AUM) and ran their global equity capital markets business focusing on IPO's for the European Equity Long/Short and Emerging Markets fund. Shane is an FCA regulated person and holds an Investment Management Certificate (IMC). He is a graduate of Portobello University, Dublin, Ireland, in 1997 with a BA honors degree in International Business and Finance.
Marcin Jan Fejfer
Investment Manager @ SpeedUp Venture Capital Group
Marcin handles SpeedUp Group investments in ventures in the areas of martech, marketplace, finch, medtech, saas and gaming. As an investment manager, his responsibilities include: conducting investment processes, building value of portfolio companies and relations with foreign investors. Prior to joining SpeedUp Group, he had worked for tech companies in Poland, Portugal, Denmark and India. His knowledge and experience in negotiating, building and testing business models support portfolio companies. He also assists them in preparations for consecutive investment rounds. He's a graduate of Global Innovation Management and holds a double diploma from the University of Strathclyde and Aalborg University.
Andrew Tzialli
Partner @ Philip Lee
Andrew recently joined Philip Lee from Sheridans in London and is a partner in the corporate team where he advises on corporate transactional matters, including private equity and venture capital investments and M&A. As well as working with a number of house-hold names in the VC market, Andrew has acted for some of the most promising start-ups in the UK, taking them from early stage investment, through to larger series B/C rounds and on then to exit. Much of the work Andrew does is for businesses that generally have some form of technology at the core of their service offering - he specialises in working with companies in disruptive sectors such as blockchain/cryptocurrency and esports.
Edwin Chan
Senior Vice President @ Northern Trust
Edwin Chan, ACA, is a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust who spearheads business development across the alternative fund sectors in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He has a particular focus on specialist alternative asset servicing solutions across private equity, real estate, infrastructure, renewable energy and debt funds. Chan joined Northern Trust from SS&C GlobeOp where he was a senior director in business development. Prior to this he held various senior positions at HSBC in Hong Kong, Citi in Bermuda, Wells Fargo and Black River Asset Management in the UK. He has more than eighteen years of industry experience having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in London.
Ertan Can
Investment Director @ HR Ventures
Ertan Can is Investment Director at HR Ventures. He is responsible for all Venture Capital related investments of the firm since 2012. Mr. Can is also heading a new generation fund of fund focused on early stage Venture Capital funds in Europe. Prior to his role at HR Ventures, Mr. Can held positions at JP Morgan, Societe Generale Group and the media & technology company Thomson Reuters. He received his MBA in General Management from ESCP.
Conor O'Connor
Managing Partner @ Enterprise Equity Venture Capital
Conor is Managing Partner of Enterprise Equity Venture Capital. Enterprise Equity VC invests in early stage Irish technology companies. Enterprise Equity VC has invested almost 300 tranches of Venture Capital to-date in 88 portfolio companies and has worked with many Irish and International VC’s as portfolio companies scale internationally. Existing and former Enterprise Equity portfolio companies include; Alpha Wireless, Celtrak, Duolog, FMC-Tech, Keelvar, Movidius, Phorest, Polecat, SensL, Swrve, Touch Press.
Tomas Varga
Head of Strategy of DECENT
Tomas serves as Head of Strategy of DECENT, and oversees new business initiatives, partnerships and applications of Blockchain technology across a variety of industries. Before joining DECENT he was part of KPMG’s consulting division where he primarily focused on corporate strategy definition and operational excellence. He was involved in one of the most high-profile service line, overseeing new strategic initiatives, go to market and product strategies, assurance models and quantitative impact evaluations. He now focuses on bringing blockchain closer to real businesses and expanding DECENT's proprietary blockchain technology. Tomas holds a degree in Economic Diplomacy and is an ACCA candidate.
Richard Grey
Partner @ A&L Goodbody
Richard is a Partner within the Corporate and M&A departments in the law firm A&L Goodbody and specialises in mergers and acquisitions with a particular focus on Private Equity transactions and Venture Capital investments. He advises leading Irish, international, public and private companies, equity funds and financial institutions with significant operations in Ireland across a broad range of legal, regulatory, commercial and financial affairs.
Arnaud Lipcowicz
Managing Director @ GCM Grosvenor
Mr. Lipkowicz is a member of the Private Markets Investment Committee. Mr. Lipkowicz leads EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) private equity investments and is involved in relationship management, deal sourcing and conducting due diligence on both fund and direct private equity investments. He is located in the London office. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor, Mr. Lipkowicz was a Partner in the Customized Fund Investment Group of Credit Suisse Group AG, which he joined in 2007. Previously, Mr. Lipkowicz was a Vice President and Director of Investments for the LCF Rothschild Group in London, where he co-founded and developed a European third-party private equity business focused on co-investments, secondary transactions and fund investments. Prior to that, Mr. Lipkowicz was in the AXA - AIG Private Equity Funds-of-Funds group in New York. Mr. Lipkowicz holds degrees in Finance and Management from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and the Université Paris IX Dauphine as well as a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.
John Mahony
Managing Director @ Franklin Park
John Mahony is a Managing Director at Franklin Park. At Franklin Park, John is involved with the post-investment monitoring and reporting efforts, which include daily accounting, compliance, fund manager oversight and performance reporting. John is also actively involved with operational due diligence efforts such as providing pre-investment assessments of the back-office infrastructure of prospective fund managers. Prior to joining Franklin Park in 2009, John worked with Goldman Sachs, SEI Investments and JP Morgan. John received a B.A. in Banking and Finance from University College Dublin, Ireland.
Niall Olden
Managing Partner @ Kernel Capital
For over 20 years Niall has led multiple fundraising, mergers, acquisitions and trade sales of Irish technology companies in transactions across the US, Europe & Asia. He established Kernel Capital in 1999 and the firm has offices in Cork & Belfast. Niall is a Chartered Management Accountant, holds a B. Comm from University College Cork National University of Ireland and an M.Sc. International Business from Trinity College Dublin. He currently is a member of the Cork Education & Training board, the Audit Committee of University College Cork, National University of Ireland & The Advisory Board of the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group at the Waterford Institute of Technology. He previously has been a member of the Inter Trade Ireland's Equity Steering Committee and a mentor on the Kauffman Fellows Program at the Society of Kauffman Fellows, Palo Alto, C.A.

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