Vienna 2018
15 Feb 2018

Where Western and Eastern European Investors Meet

FOSTER YOUR INSIGHT & NETWORK WITH TOP TIER GPs & LPs 

One day event dedicated to the private equity industry covering from venture capital, growth capital to buyouts, and secondaries. We are bringing together top tier GPs & LPs from around the world to give talks on a wide range of subjects, to share insights, and to build a valuable network. Our main idea is to bridge West & East European Private Equity ecosystems. Come and meet 300+ high profile attendees; leading VC/PE fund partners, family offices, business angels, fund of funds, pension funds, and sovereign funds.

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300+Attendees
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Conference agenda

Learn the latest trends & insights in the private euqity industry from the market-driven agenda. Get inspired from the best! We have prepared an amazing line-up of speakers who will be sharing their wealth of knowledge on topics ranging from Unicorn Creators, Value Creation, First-time & New VC funds, LP Perspectives on CEE/DACH Market, InsurTech Innvoation, and many more.

Stream 1
Stream 2
Stream 3
08:00 - 08:55
Registration
Coffee & Networking
08:55 - 09:00
Welcome Note
09:00 - 10:00
Opening Panel: Unicorn Creators
Nenad Marovac
Founder & Managing Partner @ DN Capital
Thomas Studd
Partner @ Vitruvian Partners
David Buttress
Partner @ 83North
Alexander Frolov
General Partner @ Target Global
Josh Bell
General Partner @ Dawn Capital
Moderator
TBA
KPMG Austria
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee & Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30
Fundraising
Florian Kreitmeier
Managing Partner & Co-CEO @ SwanCap Partners
Andreas Simon
Partner @ Capvis Equity Partners
Dariusz Prończuk
Managing Partner @ Enterprise Investors
Jean-François Félix
Managing Director - CEO of ERES @ Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity
11:30 - 12:00
Networking Break
12:00 - 13:00
Value Creation
Kai Romberg
Partner @ HgCapital
Thomas Boulman
Partner @ LBO France
Sven Oleownik
Partner - Head Gimv Germany @ GIMV
Andreas Fendel
Managing Partner @ Quadriga Capital
Maurice Hernandez
Principal, Head of Europe @ Accel-KKR
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 15:00
Responsible Investment - ESG
Vivina Berla
Co-Managing Partner @ Sarona Asset Management
Silva Deželan
Director Sustainability @ Robeco Private Equity
Alan Gauld
Investment Manager @ Aberdeen Asset Management
15:00 - 15:30
Networking Break
15:30 - 16:00
Key Note
16:00 - 16:30
Coffee & Networking Break
16:30- 17:30
Closing Panel: Private Equity in CEE and DACH
17:30 - 18:30
Cocktail Networking
08:00 - 08:55
Registration
Coffee & Networking
08:55 - 09:00
Welcome Note
09:00 - 10:00
Opening Panel: Unicorn Creators
Nenad Marovac
Founder & Managing Partner @ DN Capital
Thomas Studd
Partner @ Vitruvian Partners
David Buttress
Partner @ 83North
Alexander Frolov
General Partner @ Target Global
Josh Bell
General Partner @ Dawn Capital
Moderator
TBA
KPMG Austria
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee & Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30
Heads-up : France
Romain Lavault
General Partner @ Partech Ventures
Yann du Rusquec
Managing Director @ Eurazeo
Charles Letourneur
Managing Partner @ Alven Capital
Jean Bourcereau
Managing Partner @ Ventech
Alban Wyniecki
Investment Director @ Idinvest Partners
11:30 - 12:00
Networking Break
12:00 - 13:00
LP's role in the VCs
Johannes Virkkunen
Head ICT Investments, Venture Capital @ EIF
Alan Chelko
Manager @ Cisco Investments
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 15:00
LP Perspectives on CEE/DACH
Jean-Philippe Burcklen
Deputy Director, Head of Lower Mid-Market @ EIF
15:00 - 15:30
Networking Break
15:30 - 16:00
Key Note
16:00 - 16:30
Coffee & Networking Break
16:30- 17:30
Closing Panel: Private Equity in CEE and DACH
17:30 - 18:30
Cocktail Networking
08:00 - 08:55
Registration
Coffee & Networking
08:55 - 09:00
Welcome Note
09:00 - 10:00
Opening Panel: Unicorn Creators
Nenad Marovac
Founder & Managing Partner @ DN Capital
Thomas Studd
Partner @ Vitruvian Partners
David Buttress
Partner @ 83North
Alexander Frolov
General Partner @ Target Global
Josh Bell
General Partner @ Dawn Capital
Moderator
TBA
KPMG Austria
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee & Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30
First-time & New VC Funds
Erkan Kilicaslan
Managing Partner @ Iris Capital
Pierre-Eric Leibovici
Co-founder @ Daphni
Christian Stein
Managing Director @ Coparion
Spencer Crawley
Co-Founder @ Firstminute Capital
Axel Krieger
General Partner @ Digital+ Partners
11:30 - 12:00
Networking Break
12:00 - 13:00
InsurTech Innovation
Julien Creuzé
Investment Director @ BlackFin Capital Partners
Frank Seehaus
Managing Partner @ Acton Capital Partners
Christoph Jung
General Partner @ Holtzbrinck Ventures
Ravi Kurani
Principal @ Earlybird
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 15:00
Rise of Deep Technology
Mark Schmitz
General Partner @ Lakestar
Jason Ball
Managing Partner @ Qualcomm Ventures
Cedric Koehler
Managing Partner @ Creathor Ventures
Oliver Holle
CEO & Founder @ Speedinvest
Net Jacobsson
Co-founder & General Partner @ SparkLabs Global Ventures
15:00 - 15:30
Networking Break
15:30 - 16:00
Key Note
16:00 - 16:30
Coffee & Networking Break
16:30- 17:30
Closing Panel: Private Equity in CEE and DACH
17:30 - 18:30
Cocktail Networking

60 inspiring speakers

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General Partner
Limited Partner
Nenad Marovac
Founder & Managing Partner @ DN Capital
Nenad is the Founder and Managing Partner of DN Capital. Prior to DN Capital, Nenad was a Partner at Advent International in London, where he focused on TMT investments. Nenad focuses on investments in marketplaces, software as a service (SAAS), fintech, mobile and digital media companies. Amongst his select investments are Shazam Entertainment (world’s leading mobile application), Auto1 (largest online marketplace for used cars), Apsmart (acquired by Thomson Reuters), Endeca (acquired by Oracle), Purplebricks (IPO on London AIM), Tbricks (acquired by Orc) and Quandoo (acquired by Recruit Holding). Nenad is also the Chairman of the Venture Capital Board of Invest Europe and an active member of YPO in London and Berlin. Nenad received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Business Administration cum laude from San Diego State University with Distinction in Finance.
Thomas Studd
Partner @ Vitruvian Partners
Investor focusing on high growth technology-enabled businesses. Invest in both late stage venture rounds where we take a minority stake and in growth buyouts. Slightly eclectic range of expertise ranging from online marketplaces, software, adtech/martech and fashion/luxury in the online world. Currently Board representative or observer at Carwow, Ebury, Farfetch and Vestiaire Collective. Other deals at Vitruvian Minority: Just-Eat, Snaplogic, Trustpilot Buyout: Group IMD, Inenco, Inspired Gaming Group, Instinctif, JacTravel and OpenBet
David Buttress
Partner @ 83North
David is a Partner at 83North, based in the London office. He joined JUST EAT in March 2006 to launch its UK business, and was appointed CEO in January 2013. David led JUST EAT in the UK from startup to becoming Europe’s largest technology IPO in a decade. As CEO of JUST EAT David was responsible for leading several major investments and acquisitions. Highlights include acquiring leading technology businesses in Australia (menulog), Spain (la nevera roja) , Italy (Pizza Bo), Canada (Skip the Dishes), UK (hungryhouse and Flypay) and LATAM (ifood). In 2014, David was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Investor Allstars Awards and he was also named as one of Britain's most influential people in the Debrett's 500 2015, 2016 and 2017. David was a Special Advisor to 83North for several years before joining as a partner in 2017.
Alexander Frolov
General Partner @ Target Global
Alexander joined Target Global in 2012 and is focusing on the firm’s consumer internet and marketplace investments, including Delivery Hero and Dreamlines. Prior to joining Target Global, Alexander worked at the VC firm DFJ Esprit in London. Before that, he led several private and corporate startups in the tech field, including the medical business unit of United Corporation for Innovations. He started his career as an analyst at Troika Dialog Asset Management, where he covered the telecom and IT sectors. Alexander holds a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and an MBA from the London Business School. Alexander also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation.
Josh Bell
General Partner @ Dawn Capital
Josh is a General Partner at Dawn and leads our Fintech investments. Josh works with portfolio companies iZettle, Wonga, Obillex, Fanduel, Autobutler, Property Partner, Sonovate and Zumper. Before joining Dawn in 2007, he worked with McKinsey & Company, managing teams that advised boards of Fortune global 500 financial institutions based in London, Geneva, Amsterdam and New York. While at McKinsey, Josh was recognised within the firm as a leading financial services expert in Europe. Within his retail and wholesale banking work, Josh devoted significant time to informing clients on the impact of new technologies on their industries, and helping to assess and implement these technologies for their businesses. In addition to his private sector client work, Josh was also integral to supporting McKinsey’s relationship with the World Economic Forum, leading McKinsey support for the WEF's financial services knowledge initiatives and activities, principally for the Davos conferences in 2006 and 2007. Josh was a Graduate Scholar at Oxford University in Mathematics. He was subsequently a Research Fellow at Harvard University in Economics and Game Theory, publishing papers in Game Theory and IT Security journals before studying operational research and advanced financial modelling at Cambridge University, as part of an MPhil in Statistics; his MPhil research was supported by the Rand Institute of Santa Monica, California.
Jean-François Félix
Managing Director - CEO of ERES @ Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity
Jean-François is the CEO of Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity (France), a management company investing a minority co-investment fund (ERES) and a mid-market buyout fund of funds (Privilege). He started his career as a strategic consultant at McKinsey & Co, where he stayed until 1996. After spending some time at the DSP turnaround fund in Philadelphia (USA), he joined Vestar Capital Partners in Paris in 2001 where he held a number of positions before heading the firm until 2012. Jean-François participated in many majority transactions at DSP and Vestar. In particular, he managed the investments in SAB Wabco (2002) and AZ Electronic Materials (2007). He was a member of SAB Wabco's board of directors from 2002 to 2004 and of AZ Electronic Materials' board of directors from 2007 to 2011, further to its listing on the London Stock Exchange. He is a graduate of HEC Paris and Harvard Business School (MBA). He is also a member of the SFAF (French association of financial analysts).
Florian Kreitmeier
Managing Partner & Co-CEO @ SwanCap Partners
Florian is a founder and Co-CEO at SwanCap Partners. SwanCap was established 2013 by spinning off UniCredit´s Private Equity business, a €2.5bn franchise with offices in Europe and New York which had been headed by Florian since 2011. Prior to SwanCap and UniCredit, Florian was at Apax Partners, a leading private equity firm typically investing in companies with an enterprise value between €1bn and €5bn and over €30bn assets under management. At Apax Florian was part of the Retail & Consumer Goods team. During this time, he was involved in several successful transactions in Europe and North America in the retail and consumer space as well as the telecom sector. Before Apax, Florian spent four years in investment banking working for a $2bn CLO fund in New York as well as for HVB Group's Leveraged Finance division in London and Munich as a Vice President, responsible for structuring and executing LBOs. Prior to that he worked as a strategic consultant for three years on a variety of projects with leading global consulting companies and was an assistant professor at the Institute for Strategic Management at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), Germany. Florian is a visiting professor at selected European Universities and serves on a number of boards and committees in Europe and the US and holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Munich as well as a MBA from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany) and from the European Management Academy (Paris).
Yann du Rusquec
Managing Director @ Eurazeo
Yann du Rusquec joined Eurazeo in 2007. From 2007 to 2014, he has participated in the structuring or the oversight of large transactions such as Europcar and Moncler. Since 2014, he has been in charge of Eurazeo Growth, the growth equity arm of Eurazeo and has led the investments in Vestiaire Collective, Younited Credit, PeopleDoc and Farfetch. Prior to 2007, he was part of the investment banking teams of Lazard and then Morgan Stanley in Paris where he was involved in M&A transactions and IPOs, advising financial investors as well as large European companies.
Charles Letourneur
Managing Partner @ Alven Capital
Charles Letourneur cofounded Alven in 2000. Alven is a Venture Capital fund specialized in digital and tech with 500 M€ under management. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, ENSAE and Science Po Paris, and was previously in the M&A department of Lazard. Based in New York then Paris, he participated in a number of transactions (M&A, IPOs) for US and European companies. He was appointed Executive Director at Lazard in 1999. He was also member of the Executive Committee of Eurazeo.
Romain Lavault
General Partner @ Partech Ventures
Romain joined Partech Ventures in 2013 as General Partner where he launched and managed all of the Seed Investments activities, which have now become the largest in Europe with over 90 portfolio companies worldwide spanning 4 continents and 12 countries and 3 new investments per month with a team of 5 investors. His experience as an entrepreneur himself has inspired his passion to invest in innovating frontier technology from mobile apps, drones, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, computing technologies, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, fintech, cyber security and robots, to name just a few. Some examples of his first investments are AlephD (acquired by AOL), PriceMatch (acquired by Booking.com) and Pulse.io (acquired by Google). Romain most recently served as Vice President, Strategy and M&A at Dassault Systèmes, the 2nd largest software company in Europe.
Jean Bourcereau
Managing Partner @ Ventech
Jean is a Managing Partner with Ventech, and has been investing in Venture Capital since 2000. He brings to the team his expertise in the area of Deep Tech and Telecoms, as well as knowledge of internet marketplaces business models and key actors. Jean serves as a board member for Crocus technology, Intercloud, Misterb&b, Ogury and Unilend. He was instrumental in many of Ventech’s investments, including Altitude Télécoms (ILD), Arteris (QCOM), Ateme (ATEME), Ekinops (EKI), Musiwave (MSFT), Muzicall (RNWK), Wengo (VIV) and Withings (NOK).
Alban Wyniecki
Investment Director @ Idinvest Partners
Alban is in charge of Idinvest Growth Fund II. Before joining Idinvest in November 2016, Alban spent two years at Partech Ventures, where he sourced and executed investments notably for Partech Growth Fund. Before that, Alban worked at Dassault Systèmes where he successively led the CATIA Strategy team and then the 3DS Group Corporate Strategy team. Here he managed the 3DS technical partners' portfolio, the 3DS group and the brand's corporate planning efforts, closing over 15 M&A deals. Alban started his career with various Engineering & Research consulting positions at Salomon, EADS and Geonumeric. Alban also co-created some mobile apps and regularly lectures on entrepreneurship at the HEC business school. Alban holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France) and is an alumnus of HEC Entrepreneurs (France)
Erkan Kilicaslan
Managing Partner @ Iris Capital
Erkan joined Iris Capital in 2005. He is mainly responsible for late stage and growth capital investments across Europe, notably in the German speaking countries and Benelux, with a strong expertise in digital media, communications and IT. He is currently supporting companies in Germany, Austria, France, The Netherlands and the UK while he previously backed Human Inference (acq. by Neopost), Clear2Pay (exited to FIS), Tyntec (exited to Cipio/Harvard Management) and Mediakraft (exited to Gamigo). Before joining the team, Erkan was a Partner at TecVenture Partners, a VC fund based in Munich. He was responsible for investments in software and telecommunications and worked as a supervisory board member of numerous technology companies, supporting them in their M&A actions, strategic positioning and technology growth management. Previously, he worked at Technologieholding VC (now 3i Group) in Munich as Investment Manager for technology investments and at McKinsey&Company as Consultant on corporate finance and technology projects. In addition, he has worked at the Smart Card division of Schlumberger Technologies as commercial engineer for Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Erkan has a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany), studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electronique et de Radioélectricité de Bordeaux - ENSERB (France) and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (Boston, USA).
Christian Stein
Managing Director @ Coparion
Christian is an avowed nerd, who earned his first money coding software. His entrepreneurial start in working life during the tail-end of the New Economy showed him clearly what it meant to cope with tough times. Since then he has always been active at the interface between technology and business administration, among other things as a venture capital investor (at coparion and Creathor Venture), a management consultant (at BCG and E&Y) and as CFO of a fast-growing IT startup (at Easybooking). Christian is managing director of the venture capital fund COPARION. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Informatics and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Pierre-Eric Leibovici
Co-founder @ Daphni
Pierre-Eric Leibovici is a co-founder and managing partner of daphni. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Agricool, Foxintel, AnotherBrain and a member of the advisory board of The Hardware Club. After a first experience with Merrill Lynch’s emerging market risk management entity in New York. In 1997, Mr. Leibovici joined the BANEXI Telecommunications and Media Department, where he worked on private equity investment operations and corporate advisory assignments in telecom and media sectors. From 1999 to 2007, he was Partner of the ETMF II LP fund, an independent private equity fund in the IT sector. Then he co-founded and served as a managing partner of Orkos Capital in 2007 and Robolution Capital in 2012. Mr. Leibovici realized and managed as board of Directors various startup investments including Allociné, Aplio, Musiwave, Urbi TV, Plyce, Sensee.com, Limonetik, SMG, Liligo.com, B3G Telecom, Neurala, Balyo and EnerBee. In addition, he is a professor of financial engineering at ESCP EAP and has co-authored a book on legal, fiscal and financial engineering (Ingénierie Financière, Fiscale et Juridique, 2009-2010, Dalloz). He holds an MBA in entrepreneurship from Babson College (Massachusetts, USA), a Master of Science in financial engineering from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris)
Axel Krieger
General Partner @ Digital+ Partners
Axel is a Managing Director and Founding Partner of Digital+ Partners, a growth equity fund focused on B2B software. Before, Axel was 16 years with McKinsey thereof 9 years as Partner in China, the US, and Germany. He has more than 15 years experience on topics like ‘autonomous vehicles’, ‘e-mobility’, and ‘Industry 4.0’. Amongst his select investments are NavVis (indoor digitalization), movingimage (enterprise video platform), and riskmethods (supply chain risk management). Axel received a Diplome de Grande Ecole from ESCP Europe and holds a PhD in engineering from TU Berlin. He was a scholar of ‘Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes’ and of the Bavarian Government.
Sven Oleownik
Partner - Head of Germany @ Gimv
Before joining Gimv in 2015, Sven was heading Deloitte’s Corporate Finance Advisory as a Partner for twelve years. Large corporates (such as BASF, Deutsche Telekom, Lufthansa, Siemens and Volkswagen) but also Private Equity-homes (Apax, Carlyle, Emeram, EQT, Hannover Finanz, Riverside) and medium-sized companies (Bionade, Jochen Schweizer, Frequentis, MEN, Runnerspoint) were among his clients. His key expertise lies in the consumer/retail and the technology sector. Prior to working for Deloitte Sven was a Partner in a leading management consulting firm and in a medium-sized investment company. In the course of his professional career Sven guided more than 100 transactions, among them several IPOs, and served as Member of the Board of various companies including Bionade, Bench and Regiolux. Sven holds a Master’s degree in business economics from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich where he also obtained his PhD in Strategic Management.
Kai Romberg
Partner @ HgCapital
Kai is co-head of HgCapital’s Munich office and responsible for TMT and Mercury investments in DACH. He sits on HgCapital’s Investment Committee and led several investments, including those in Eucon, STP, P&I and Lumesse, where he is currently a board member. Kai joined HgCapital in 2004 from The Boston Consulting Group.
Thomas Boulman
Partner @ LBO France
Thomas joined LBO France in 1999. Since then, Thomas has led and executed several deals, including Chryso, Materne and Converteam. Previously, he spent over four years as project manager with Arthur Andersen and specialized in due diligence in the private equity sector. Thomas graduated from the HEC Business school.
Andreas Fendel
Managing Partner @ Quadriga Capital
Andreas Fendel is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Quadriga Capital. Quadriga Capital is a leading midcap private equity advisory firm targeting the DACH region and neighbouring countries. Funds advised by the firm have completed more than 150 transactions during the last 20 years. Main activities relate to the core sectors smart industries, services/software, consumer/e-commerce and healthcare. It creates value by supporting management teams in transforming and growing businesses – organically and in form of buy-and-builds. Typical transaction volumes range between € 50 million and € 300 million. Transaction examples: AHT Austria Haustechnik, Jack Wolfskin, Ipsen, LR Health & Beauty, eterna, Lewa, Lapp Insulators, punker, DoreaFamilie etc.
Maurice Hernandez
Principal, Head of Europe @ Accel-KKR
Maurice Hernandez joined Accel-KKR in 2007 and is based in the firm’s London office where he leads buyout and growth equity investment activities across Europe. Maurice is involved with AKKR’s investments in portfolio companies Clavis Insight, Kerridge Commercial Systems, One.com, Reapit and Smart Communications. Maurice was involved with the firm’s past investments in Saber (acquired by EDS, now Hewlett Packard Enterprise, in 2007 for $460 million), iTradeNetwork (acquired by Roper Technologies in 2010 for $525 million), Endurance International Group (acquired by a private equity consortium in 2011 for $1.0 billion), Zinc Ahead (acquired by Veeva Systems in 2015 for $130 million), and HighJump Software (acquired by Körber AG in 2017). Prior to joining AKKR, Maurice was a member of Deutsche Bank’s Technology Mergers & Acquisitions team where he was involved in a variety of mergers, acquisitions and buyouts in the software and technology-enabled services sectors. Maurice previously worked at Needham & Company, an investment bank focusing on emerging growth technology companies and at Excite.com, a leading Internet search engine and services portal. Maurice received a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.
Johannes Virkkunen
Head of ICT Investments, Venture Capital
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).
Frank Seehaus
Managing Partner @ Acton Capital Partners.
Frank Seehaus is co-founder and managing partner at Acton Capital Partners. Acton is a partner-led growth equity investor in internet enabled consumer-oriented businesses. Acton’s investment focus is B2C and B2smallB oriented business models in e-commerce, online marketplaces, e-services and digital media. The Munich based partnership invests worldwide, with a strong emphasis on Europe. Funding is provided by international private and institutional investors. Past and present investments include AbeBooks, Elitepartner, Etsy, HolidayCheck, Hometogo, Iwoca, mytheresa.com, OnVista, and zooplus. Previously, Frank Seehaus was managing director at Burda Digital Ventures, the corporate VC entity of Hubert Burda Media Group, and Vice President at Deutsche Bank’s corporate finance division.
Vivina Berla
Co-Managing Partner @ Sarona Asset Management
After a first career spent in industry and over 20 years in the institutional investment world, Vivina has now combined her experience and a desire for positive change to join the impact investing world. She spent ten years with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and then joined Gartmore Investment Management as head of EMEA. Since July 2009, she has lived in Amsterdam and is now managing Sarona and its growth, linking investors ‘capital to entrepreneurs’ needs in Frontier and Emerging Markets, keen for Sarona to achieve Growth that Matters. ‎Sarona is a committed member of the impact investing community, a leader in the "Blended Finance" space and attaches great importance to GPs’ and companies’ ESG behaviour. Vivina graduated from the London School of Economics and obtained an MBA from the Tuck School of Business in the US. She is a member of the LSE Court of Governors and Finance Committee.
Silva Deželan
Director Sustainability @ Robeco Private Equity
As a Sustainability Director at Robeco Private Equity Mrs. Deželan is responsible for ESG integration and the implementation of ESG engagement across different private equity programs. Before joining Robeco Private Equity, she was a Senior Program Manager at Rabobank Sustainability where she was in charge of the group-wide Responsible Investing Program. Prior to that she worked as a fund analyst at Rabobank Private Banking and as a sustainability analyst at the Institute for Investment Services Research (IRIS). Until 2007, she was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.
Ravi Kurani
Principal @ Earlybird
Ravi Kurani joined Earlybird in 2016 and is currently a Principal at the Munich office. Prior to joining Earlybird, Ravi was a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, where he mainly worked in the financial services and private equity industry, and built an expertise in big data analysis. Before that, he gained practical experience, among others in consulting at Roland Berger, in Research & Development at Daimler AG, and as a research assistant for Thermodynamics at Braunschweig University of Technology. Ravi holds a B. Sc. in mechanical engineering & business (focus in automotive engineering) from Braunschweig University of Technology, as well as a Master of Engineering Management (focus in quantitative finance) from Duke University.
Alan Gauld
Investment Manager @ Aberdeen Asset Management
Alan is an Investment Manager in the Aberdeen Standard Private Equity team. Alan focuses on buyout funds, co-investments and secondary investments. His fund portfolio includes a mixture of leading pan-European and mid-market Iberian funds. He is involved in all aspects of investing in these areas including sourcing, appraising and executing investments as well as portfolio monitoring. Alan holds a BSc (Hons) in Genetics from the University of Edinburgh and is a qualified chartered accountant.
Cedric Koehler
Managing Partner @ Creathor Ventures
With more than 10 years of experience in venture capital, Cédric Köhler specializes in innovative business concepts in the technology sector. Prior to joining Creathor Venture Cédric Köhler worked several years as a business consultant at Synpulse in Zurich, where he was involved in projects in the areas of CRM, web applications, customer retention systems and business development. He has a master’s degree in business administration and majored in business informatics. He gained venture capital experience at the Technologieholding VC GmbH along with international work experience in France and the US in particular. He attended the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel.
Jean-Philippe Burcklen
Head of Lower Mid-Market @ EIF
Jean-Philippe is Deputy Director, Equity Investments at the European Investment Fund (EIF), overseeing the Lower Mid-Market Investments activity and portfolio. He manages a team of 32 professionals, expected to commit €1.9bn during 2017. Jean-Philippe’s responsibilities cover Investments in European Private Equity and Private Debt (Hybrid and Senior) funds, as well as Liquid assets (Co-Investments alongside portfolio funds and Secondary buy side). On top of the main mandates managed by EIF on behalf of EIB, EC and Member States, his team has been particularly instrumental in deploying EIF’s funds-of-funds initiatives in the Baltics, Poland, Portugal and Turkey. Jean-Philippe joined the EIF in 2000, and has to date amassed 22 years fund-of-funds and private equity experience.
Mark Schmitz
General Partner @ Lakestar
Mark is a Partner and MD at Lakestar, a venture capital firm that invests globally into technology companies led by exceptional entrepreneurs. Investments of the group include Skype, Facebook, airbnb, Spotify, and Oscar. Mark also serves as board member at portfolio companies Teralytics, Seerene, and CrossLend. Prior to Lakestar, Mark worked with international law firm Linklaters LLP and Private Equity and Venture Capital boutique Pöllath + Partners in Munich. He completed his legal and business studies at Bucerius Law School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business with a specialization in corporate and tax law and is a recipient of the German Bundestag/United States Congress scholarship program.

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