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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
Partner @ Capvis Equity Partners
Andreas C. Simon, 1973, has been with Capvis Equity Partners since 2007. Previously he was project manager with the Corporate Finance M&A department of Siemens AG, Munich and worked as a commercial sales manager with Siemens Power Generation. After his studies he worked with Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) in the European Mergers & Acquisitions team in London.
Andreas C. Simon works with the Investment Team at Capvis Equity Partners in Baar. He is responsible for “Engineered Products”. He has a board membership with RENA, arena and ProXES (subject to closing). Previously he has served on the boards of Ticketcorner and Wittur.
He received a Bachelor of Science in International Management from ESB Reutlingen, Germany, and ICADE Madrid, Spain.
Managing Partner @ Enterprise Investors
Dariusz Prończuk is a Managing Partner of Enterprise Investors (EI) and Board member of several companies from the EI portfolio. Dariusz has over 30 years of private equity, corporate finance and industry experience in the CEE region. Since joining Enterprise Investors in 1993, he has made more than 20 investments in Poland and in all the major CEE countries, primarily in the financial services, IT, construction materials and FMCG sectors. Key among them have been investments in Lukas and Lukas Bank, Comp Rzeszów (now Asseco Poland), COMP, Magellan, Kruk, Netrisk and AVG.
Managing Director, Global Head of Primary & Co-Investments @ DB Private Equity
Andreas Schmidt leads DB Private Equity's Primary & Co-Investment Private Equity Investment Team globally and is a member of DB PE’s Global Investment Committee. Further, he is a member of the Investor Advisory Board of numerous Private Equity funds. From 2006 to 2009, Andreas worked as an Investment Professional and Partner for CAM Private Equity in Cologne before the business became subsequently part of Deutsche Bank. Prior thereto, he was a Management Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), advising German and international firms on asset management issues as well as international Private Equity funds on strategic due diligences of German firms. Andreas Schmidt started his professional career as Assistant to the Management Board of Gerling Group and subsequently assumed responsibility for its Private Equity investments as Investment Manager. Andreas studied business engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (TH). He is a German national and is based in Cologne.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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)
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).
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Partner @ Binder Grösswang
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).
Head of Innovation @ Societe Generale
A graduate of France’s Ecole Normale Supérieure, Aymeril Hoang has an Agregation in Economics and Management, a Masters in Public Finance Law (Paris II) and a B.A. in Econometrics (Paris I). He joined ARCEP (the French telecom regulatory authority) in 1999 and the Ministry of the Economy’s DGCCRF (general directorate for competition) in 2003 to work on opening up the telecom sector to competition. Between 2005 and 2008, he headed the digital team at the French Trade Office in San Francisco and accompanied close to 80 French start-ups. In 2009, he joined the French Embassy in Washington DC as advisor in innovation and new technologies. In 2010, he became COO of an Internet start-up in property services. In 2012, he was appointed Innovation, Digital and Attractiveness Advisor to the French Minister for Small Businesses, Innovation and the Digital Economy, where he steered the “French Tech” initiative. Since September 2014, Aymeril Hoang has joined Société Générale as Head of Innovation for the Group.
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.
Director @ British Business Bank
Ian manages new fund investments and a portfolio of >$1bn in existing commitments to venture funds. Ian began his career as an accountant at Ernst & Young before joining Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was focused on structured property transactions. Prior to British Business Bank, he was part of the team at Infinity SDC, an early stage data centre business.
Head of Fund-of-Fund Team @ KfW
Markus Schladt: 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.
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.
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.
Investment Director @ BlackFin Capital Partners
Julien joined BlackFin Capital Partners – a private equity firm focusing on financial services – in July 2016 to launch a Fintech VC fund and invest in the fastest growing European Fintech and Insurtech companies.
Before BlackFin, Julien worked at Paris-based VC-firm Aster Capital from 2010 to 2016. He spent the first three years in Paris and then moved to San Francisco to launch Aster Capital’s US office. Julien managed the investments in Digital Lumens (Intelligent lighting, USA – sold to Osram), Tiempo (Smart-card chips, France), Jet Metal Technologies (Liquid metallization, France), ECO GTB (Digital facility management, France), BuildingIQ (Building Energy management, USA & Australia) and Ecofactor (Smart thermostats, USA).
Julien is an Engineer by education. He started as an Entrepreneur in Residence with technology incubator Agoranov where he coached 20 companies to be launched and then teamed up with 2 entrepreneurs to start Antelink in 2009.
General Partner @ Holtzbrinck Ventures
Christoph Jung is the “markets expert” and has initiated several marketplace models in his time at Holtzbrinck, having built market leaders from scratch. Christoph has been with Holtzbrinck since its foundation in 2000, and has over a decade of investment management experience in new media venture capital. Prior to Holtzbrinck, he worked for Bossard Consultants GmbH, one of Germany’s leading strategic consultancies, for four years where he advised a number of companies in a wide variety of industries. Prior to this, Christoph also spent two years at Deutsche Bank. He studied Business Administration in Bayreuth, graduating with honours.
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.
Partner @ Anthemis Group
Yann is a Partner at Anthemis and brings in-depth knowledge of the trends shaping financial services innovation, as well as the startups addressing those and has international experience in a broad range of financial services. He contributes to the Principal Investment activities as well as advisory service. Prior to joining Anthemis, Yann worked as a consultant at Kurt Salmon in New York in various sectors and led the financial services innovation activity in the US.
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.
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.
ESG Manager @ PAI Partners
Cornelia is Head of ESG and Sustainability at PAI Partners.
With her team, she acts as a Compliance and Sustainability expert and key intermediary between Investors, Deal Teams and portfolio companies to enable transformation and value creation for the portfolio. Cornelia has 6 years of experience in CSR, Ethical Compliance and Supply Chain Risk Management in corporate and certification environments in Europe and Asia. In particular, she was Social Compliance Manager of Casino Group, leading the implementation of the Social Compliance strategy worldwide and building an integrated approach with Quality and Purchase departments.
Managing Director @ StepStone Group
Ms. Harris is a Managing Director on the research team at StepStone Group, a global private equity specialist overseeing over US$100 billion of private capital allocations, including approximately US$30 billion of assets under management. StepStone offers customized private markets investment management and advisory services to institutional clients using industry leading analytics and research capabilities, with a focus on providing highly responsive and collaborative client service. Ms. Harris focuses on small buyout, growth, venture and emerging manager investments. She also leads the Firm's global ESG strategy.
Prior to joining StepStone, Ms. Harris worked at Grosvenor Capital Management/Credit Suisse as a member of the Customized Fund Investment Group concentrating on in-state and small and emerging private equity investment programs. Prior to that, she was a Partner at Parish Capital Advisors, where she co-lead the investment team and oversaw marketing and investor relations.
Ms. Harris received her BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
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.
CIO @ VBV Pensionskasse
Günther Schiendl is CIO and board member of the VBV Pensionskasse in Vienna, which manages assets of €6+bn and where core focus is pension plan design, asset allocation and investment strategy. Until 2008 he was head of investments at APK. Schiendl is also a member of the EDHEC-Risk advisory board and a supervisory board member of GHS Senior Housing. He currently lectures on pension fund ALM for the Certified International Investment Analyst programme. Schiendl holds the degree of Master of Economics and Business Administration from the University of Innsbruck and holds the Certified European Financial Analyst designation.
William van Eesteren
Managing Director @ Wilshire Associates Europe
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.
Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief @ Tech.eu
Robin Wauters is a seasoned European technology journalist and founding editor of Tech.eu, the premier source of European technology news,data analysis and market intelligence. He was formerly the European Editor of The Next Web, and before that a senior editor at TechCrunch.
Tech.eu is the premier source of European technology news, data analysis and market intelligence. Since 2013, the company has been tracking innovative technologies and interesting startups emerging from Europe, with a particular focus on capturing data on deal activity (funding, M&A transactions, IPOs) as well as the European technology industry news.
Managing Partner @ Qualcomm Ventures
Jason is a Managing Director at Qualcomm Ventures in the UK, focused on software and services. He led the team’s investments in Arteris (acquired by Qualcomm), We7 (acquired by Tesco Plc.) and Videoplaza (acquired by Telstra). Other recent deals he’s managed include Blippar, BitBar, Grand Cru, Peak, Wrapp and Yplan.
Prior to joining Qualcomm Ventures, Jason was an Investment Director at London Seed Capital, an early stage VC fund, where he focused on internet technology investments. He holds a BS in Chemistry from Mississippi College and an MBA from ESADE.
Jason is an avid surfer, skier, free-diver and cyclist. He was recently selected as one of the top investor bloggers by Venture Village and CB Insights.
CEO & Founder @ Speedinvest
Oliver founded his first tech startup as a university student in 1997, long before the terms “Mobile”, “Entrepreneur” and “Startup” even existed in the European mainstream. In 2003, he pivoted his company from interactive simulations to mobile content distribution, merging it into 3united AG to become a leader and innovator in the mobile content space. After a successful exit to Verisign, the leading internet security company, and several years at their Silicon Valley location, he returned to Austria with the goal of creating a business angel platform, and later raising €10M to found Speedinvest. Today, Si is one of Europe’s leading venture funds with €120M in capital, seven successful exits and a portfolio that includes notable startups such as bitmovin, wefox, and Fraugster. Oliver is dedicated to revolutionizing European venture capital by providing strategic advice and operational experience to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Speedinvest currently runs offices in Vienna, Silicon Valley and Munich. The main investment targets are Deeptech, Fintech, media and e-commerce.
Co-Founder & Partner @ SparkLabs Global Ventures
Bernard Moon is a Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs Group (www.sparklabsgroup.com), a network of startup accelerators and venture capital funds. Previously, he was Co-founder & CEO of Vidquik, a web conferencing & sales solutions platform. Bernard was a Managing Director at the Lunsford Group, which is a private investment firm with holdings in real estate, healthcare and other industries. Bernard was Co-founder & VP of Business Development of GoingOn Networks, a social media platform for companies, and also led their product development where BusinessWeek recognized them in their "Best of the Web" list. Previously, Bernard was a Director at iRG, a leading boutique investment bank in Asia, where he focused on TMT companies.
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 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 a global pioneer in the industrial applications of Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing, advising governments and global Fortune 500 companies on the implementation of Deep Technology solutions. Mr. Moughrabie also serves as a Deep Tech consultant to the film industry in the US and the UK.
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.
Founder @ MCI Capital
Entrepreneur since 1985. For the past 20 years, Venture Capital/Private Equity investor, co-founder and Group Managing Partner @ MCI CAPITAL – one of the leading European private equity groups with focus on technology and digitalization.
Managed funds, with assets under management at USD 600 M, have portfolio companies across Europe; between London and Moscow, Stockholm and Tel Aviv. Currently, 50% of companies are outside of its origin market – Poland. Portfolio companies all come from disruptive digital economy sectors: fintech, SaaS, IoT, e-commerce, marketplaces.
MCI Capital has over 17 years of track record, with over 30 exits, and IRR of almost 25%. Latest milestone transaction, was the sale of INVIA, regional (CEE) champion in e-travel, in 2016 after 8 years of management, with realized 46% IRR and 11x return on primary investment.
Other major elements of the portfolio include: iZettle, MarketInvoice, Gett, Windeln, Indeks, KupiVIP and a number of market leaders in Poland: ABC Data, ATM, Dotpay, Morele. Tomasz was selected as one of Top-20 best Polish managers in 2015 by Bloomberg business week. Guest speaker at many PE/VC conferences across the continent.
In 2001 the World Economic Forum award with the title of Global Leader for Tomorrow. In 2000 one of the TOP-10 most influential people in the European Internet by Business Week.
Managing Partner @ 3TS Capital Partners
Mr. Mäki is the Managing Partner of 3TS and is primarily responsible for general management of 3TS. Previously, Mr. Mäki was the Managing Partner of Red Catalyst Ltd., a strategic business development consultancy and an investment boutique. He has also been an entrepreneur and executive in management consulting and with advertising agencies across Central and Eastern Europe and in Finland. A true European Mr. Mäki speaks five languages and has studied at Helsinki University of Technology, IESE Business School in Barcelona, Universidad Complutense in Madrid and Wirschaftsuniversität in Vienna.
Investment Director @ CEE Equity Partners
Bill has over 20 years' experience of deal making in the CEE region, both as an investor and as an advisor.
He joined CEE Equity (Investment Advisor to China CEE Fund) in October 2013. He initiated and started the execution of the Fund’s first investment outside Poland – the partial buy-out of Hungary’s leading private university in December 2014.
He also initiated and led the execution of the Fund’s co-investment with Black Peak Capital into Walltopia (the world leader in the manufacture and installation of indoor climbing walls); and Javna Razsvetljava, a Slovenian municipal lighting company.
He is now seeking investment opportunities for the second China CEE Fund, mainly in Czech, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, former Yugoslavia and Albania.
His early career was as an officer in the British Army, which included active service in the Falkland Islands and the First Gulf War, for which he was awarded an MBE. He has an MA in Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from Henley Management College.
Managing Partner @ Clairfield International
Berend is Managing Partner at Clairfield International in Austria. He is a corporate finance specialist and has over 20 years’ experience in M&A, strategic and cross border acquisitions & capital raisings and restructurings with a focus on Western and Central Europe. Clairfield is a leading mid-sized M&A advisory business with 35 offices and presence in 23 countries.
He held various senior management and managing director positions in corporate finance and mergers and acquisition advisory. He worked as Director at Investment Fund Sector Capital in Moscow and later as Director Poland at the European Privatization & Investment Corporation (EPIC). As one of the founders of COM Partners, he specialized on midmarket M&A advisory in the dynamic Tech sector and with his firm he joined the international network of Clairfield International in 2015. Berend was born in the Netherlands and holds a degree in Economics at the University of Groningen.
Johann ‘Hansi’ Hansmann
Chairman @ Hansmann Group
Dr. Johann ‘Hansi’ Hansmann was born in Austria and studied economics in Vienna. He spent the major part of his professional life working as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry in Austria, Germany, UK and Spain. He gathered several years of entrepreneurial experience running successfully his own pharmaceutical company in Spain after conducting a management buy-out of a big pharmaceutical plant, making an exit in 2003. Since this time he is active as investor and business angel. He currently holds investments with a geographical focus on Austria, Germany, UK and Spain both internet and in the health industry. His investments (in total more than 40) include busuu, renesim, diagnosia, durchblicker, whatchado, tractive, linemetrics, anyline, playbrush, waytation, journi, swell, cashpresso, myclubs and pioneers (see www.hansmengroup.com). He led runtastic, shpock and mysugr to extraordinary exits between 2015 and 2017. He is president of the ‘Austrian Angels Investors Association’, was awarded in 2016 'Best European Early Stage Investor' by eban.org and is now based in Vienna and tries to find spare time to ride his mountain bike.
Founder & Chief Product Officer @ Tricentis
Wolfgang Platz brings over 20 years of technology experience to Tricentis. Wolfgang founded Tricentis in 2008 as a testing consultancy and laid the cornerstone for the development of our enterprise software testing product, Tricentis Tosca. Today, he is responsible for global product management, R&D and delivery of product-related support and services to our customers.
Prior to Tricentis, Wolfgang was at Capgemini as a group head of IT development for one of the world’s largest IT insurance-development projects. There, he was responsible for architecture and implementation of life insurance policies and project management for several projects in banks.
Wolfgang holds a Master’s degree in Technical Physics as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Technology.