Managing Director @ THE CARLYLE GROUP
Jonathan Cosgrave is a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group and Co-head of Carlyle’s Ireland Fund. Mr. Cosgrave is based at Carlyle’s office in Dublin and focuses on growth capital and buyout investment opportunities across all industry sectors in the Irish market. Prior to joining Carlyle in 2014, he was a Principal at Warburg Pincus in London, where he invested in growth capital and buyout opportunities across Europe, predominantly in the healthcare sector. Jonathan joined Warburg Pincus in 2004 from JPMorgan’s London office where he had spent three years within the investment banking division providing corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions advisory services to UK publicly-quoted companies. Mr. Cosgrave is a board director of a number of Irish companies including McCauley Pharmacy Group, the largest Irish-owned retail pharmacy chain, Carroll Cuisine, an Irish producer of branded cooked ham and chilled ready meals, Lily O’Brien’s, a producer of premium boxed chocolates (exited), Sports Surgery Clinic, the leading Irish provider of orthopaedic joint-replacement surgery and sports medicine, and Learning Pool, a technology and content focused eLearning company.
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.
Head of Ireland @ Pantheon
Stephen is Head of Ireland at Pantheon and has held numerous positions in the operations, finance
and risk functions of private and publicly listed international financial services and renewables
businesses in London and Dublin. Stephen has previous experience with Pantheon in London, 3i
Group and Cantor Fitzgerald. Stephen is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and received
his BComm from University College Dublin.
Founder & CEO @ VESTBERRY
Before establishing 0100 Ventures with his co-founders in 2016, Marek co-founded an accelerator, RubixLab, with the mission to attract international teams to Slovakia in the middle of 2014. Previously Marek worked in Kuala Lumpur at a company builder and an investment company Nova Founders Capital where he was responsible for the development of Private Equity Insights (PEI) startup focusing on the Swiss market. Overall Marek lived and worked in 6 countries and attended universities such as University of Manchester, Copenhagen Business School, Oxford Brookes University or Université Paris-Dauphine. Marek has also founded VESTBERRY, a company helping LPs to resolve transparency issues with GPs in Private Equity and Venture Capital by standardised reporting system and advanced analytics.
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.
Ana Maria Harrison
Partner @ Adams Street Partners
Ana Maria is a Partner and member of the Investor Relations Team. She works closely with clients in the development and monitoring of their private equity programs. Additionally, she is involved in the portfolio construction and monitoring of the various FoFs and separate accounts. Prior to Adams Street, Ana Maria worked at multi-family office Signia as Head of Private Equity. Other roles include Executive Director Private Equity at UBS Wealth Management and Director Alternative Investments at Citigroup Private Bank. Ana Maria is a native of Venezuela and has a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Managing Director & Head of EMEA @ Siguler Guff
Operating Partner @ Frog Capital
Shirin Dehghan, Senior Partner, is a former technology entrepreneur and CEO who co-founded telecoms software company, Arieso, in 2002, and understands the challenges CEOs face. She raised venture capital, grew to 50 tier-1 customers in 30 countries and to over €40m in revenues, and successfully exited Arieso at 40x EBITDA; thus returning 5x to investors. Frog Capital is not a typical VC that simply invests capital; Shirin applies a PE mentality, implementing our very own ‘Scale-Up Methodology’ to help companies across a number of areas.
Managing Director @ 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. John oversees Franklin Park’s European office. Prior to joining Franklin Park in 2009, John worked with Goldman Sachs, SEI Investments and JP Morgan.
Co-CEO and Senior Managing Director @ KfW Capital
Alexander Thees, Co-CEO and Senior Managing Director KfW Capital
Alexander has been working in various positions at KfW group since 1996, having held senior positions since 2002. He has business policy and operational experience in SME finance as well as in structured finance activities. Since the establishment of KfW Capital in July 2018, Alexander has been managing KfW Capital together with Jörg Goschin.
CEO @ Gresham House
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.
Senior Investment Manager @ EIF
Kriss is a senior investment manager in EIF’s earlystage VC and BA fund-of-funds practice, former business angel, entrepreneur and management consultant. Kriss has a "hands-on" experience in co-founding and developing businesses in product and service sectors, advisory work, as well as investing himself as a business angel. Kriss holds an MBA degree from INSEAD (Singapore, France).
Director @ Exponent
David McGovern is Director at Exponent, having joined the firm in 2011. Since then, he has been involved in the Quorn Foods, Immediate Media, Fintrax, Trainline, Photobox Group and Dennis Publishing transactions and now sits on the boards of Photobox Group and Dennis Publishing.
Managing Director @ Eurazeo
Laurent Guérineau is a Managing Director at Eurazeo where he co-leads LPs relations.
His responsibilities include fundraising, relationship management, fund structuring, as well as supervising the Luxemburg middle and back office team.
He contributed to setting Eurazeo’s third party management practice with the first closed-end-fund, Eurazeo Capital II in 2006.
Guy Ward Thomas
Investment Manager @ DN Capital
Guy joined DN Capital in 2015 from Foodora, a Rocket Internet venture. At DN, he covers the UK and
Irish markets, focussing primarily on fintech, enterprise software and marketplace investments. He
sits on the boards of Divido, Chattermill & Hometree.
Guy began his career in strategy consulting spending 4 years at OC&C advising PE Funds and large
European TMT, retail and FMCG clients. Guy graduated from Cambridge with a first-class degree in
Social and Political Sciences and subsequently spent a year studying Economics and Management at
the Judge Business School.
Investment Director @ Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
James Brennan is an Investment Director on the investment team of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), Ireland’s €9 billion sovereign development fund. There he is responsible for the ISIF’s strategy in the venture capital sector which has the ambition of promoting a vibrant and diverse funding landscape for early stage high potential technology and healthcare businesses in the country. He has led the ISIF’s investments across a wide range of venture and growth equity funds and several direct co-investments. James holds a BSc Theoretical Physics and an MSc Computational Science from University College Dublin and has been a CFA charter holder since 2012.
General Partner @ ATMOS Ventures
Formerly with Morado Venture Partners, based in Palo Alto, CA, Dominik made investments in seed-stage technology companies, with an emphasis on A.I., Quantum Computing, and New Frontier Technologies. Dominik holds a degree in Physics from Villanova University and was a Software Engineer prior to becoming a Venture Capitalist.
Managing Partner @ Beechbrook Capital
Nick Fenn is a managing partner at Beechbrook Capital, a specialist fund manager providing debt and equity capital to small and medium-sized businesses in northern Europe. Beechbrook invests in both private equity backed and owner-managed / family-owned business through two separate funds.
Nick co-founded Beechbrook in 2008 with Paul Shea and sits on the Investment Committee. Prior to establishing Beechbrook, he qualified as an ACA and spent 14 years in the banking industry, working in leveraged loans and asset management.
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, Codasip and US-based Arteris. Christian looks back on 20 years of hands-on innovation financing and during that time has backed 25 start-ups. 12 of these have been profitably exited while 8 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 holds 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).
Managing Partner @ FPE Capital
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 14 investments to date, with revenue growth of over 130% across its portfolio. The firm’s Fund II was closed at £101m in October 2017 and four 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 boards of London based fixed wireless telco and IT company Optimity and of IWSR, the leading specialist B2B information provider to the global alcohol industry.
Chairman & Managing Director of SwanCap
Member of the Board and the Executive Committee of the Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LPEA)
SwanCap is a specialist independent private markets investment management platform with offices in Munich, Luxembourg, Milan and New York. With some €3bn under management SwanCap invests in PE Funds, Direct Co-Investments and Secondaries. Prior to SwanCap Claus held senior management positions at UniCredit entities in London including Head of Principal Investments. Claus started his career at Nomura International plc, where he spent some 12 years in the Merchant Banking area, as well as in international Capital Markets. Claus holds a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE).
Co-Head of Investment @ Beechbrook Capital
John is CIO and Co-Head of Beechbrook Ireland and an Investment Committee Member. He joined Beechbrook in 2018. Previously John was Senior Vice-President at Enterprise Ireland. John Co-Managed Enterprise Ireland’s Direct Investment Fund, responsible for Series A, B, C investments, lower mid-market Private Equity and Private Debt investments in Irish, UK and US based SME’s, including origination, follow on, co-invests and completing 100 plus exits. John is based in Beechbrook’s Dublin Office.
Managing Director UK & Board Member @ Simon - Kucher & Partners
Mark Billige is Managing Partner of the UK practice at Simon-Kucher & Partners in London, having been with the firm since 2006. He is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and has a BA (Hons) in Management from the University of Nottingham.
Mark has 15 years of experience in the field of pricing and financial management. His areas of specialisation are the development of smart profit 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 on the subject of pricing strategy.
Mark’s clients come from a range of sectors but his principle focus is in business services, TMT and private equity backed businesses.
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.
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.
Head of Equity Capital @ Allied Irish Banks
Terence joined AIB in 2015 and is Head of Equity Capital, AIB’s direct and fund equity investment team. Prior to joining AIB, Terence worked as an Investment Director with BDO Development Capital which invested in established and growing Irish-based SMEs and Corporates. He has significant M&A and transaction experience across a wide variety of sectors including retail, healthcare, ICT and software, FMCG and leisure having spent 8 years as corporate finance adviser with both AIB & BDO. Terence is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from University College Cork.
Partner @ Simon - Kucher & Partners
Peter leads Simon-Kucher & Partners’ Technology & Industrials practice for the UK and Ireland.
Peter has generated strong profit enhancement results throughout his 20 years in consulting and industry.He specialises in Commercial Excellence programmes to address strategy, sales & marketing, pricing, product management and digital transformation topics. He has worked for corporate clients, private equity-backed companies and venture capital-backed start-ups on 100+ interventions across Europe and North America.
Peter has written over 25 articles for publications such as Institute of Sales Management, Sales Initiative Magazine, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Professional Pricing Society and The Manufacturer. He is a regular speaker / panellist at conferences, a Manufacturing Excellence Awards judge and a Member of Institute of Sales Management, Chartered Institute of Marketing and Institute of Directors.
He is a regular speaker / panellist at conferences, an MX Awards judge and is a Member of The Institute of Sales Management, The Chartered Institute of Marketing and The Institute of Directors. Prior to Simon-Kucher, Peter worked for digital marketing and technology consultancies focusing on eCommerce and CRM transformation programmes.
Peter holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.
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.
Partner @ Multiple Capital
Ertan is founding partner of Multiple Capital. A new generation of fund of VC funds to democratize access to technology innovation in Europe. Prior to Multiple, Ertan was Investment Director at a Family Office, in charge of building a portfolio of venture capital direct and fund investments. He invested in over 20 early-stage direct investments and 12 VC funds and has built a strong global network of early-stage venture capitalists and founders.
Ertan has graduated in International Finance & Law from Frankfurt University and London Metropolitan University and received his MBA from ESCP. He is still associated with the department of finance at Frankfurt University today by being a visiting lecturer on entrepreneurship and venture capital.
Managing Partner @ Enterprise Equity (EEVC)
Conor O’Connor is Managing Partner of Enterprise Equity Venture Capital.
Enterprise Equity is an equity investor in early stage Irish technology companies which compete in global markets. To-date it has invested almost 300 tranches of capital in 88 Portfolio Companies.
In many cases Enterprise Equity would have been the first Institutional Investor in Irish technology companies.
Recent and existing portfolio companies include;
SensL, Phorest, Movidius, Alpha Wireless, EMBO Medical, Keelvar, Polecat, Swrve,
Metabolomic Diagnostics, Sota Orthopaedics, TyreCheck.
Principal @ Margate Investments
A qualified Chartered Accountant, Ian is the Principal of Margate Investments Limited, a boutique advisory firm specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions in the Software Industry.
Ian set up Margate about 20 years ago and in the intervening years has advised on many transactions both in Ireland and beyond.
Ian was also a Co-Founder of the first SaaS company in Ireland (LeCayla Technologies) which he successfully sold to OpSource Inc. Ian also was a Co-Founder of a London based Services Company.
Currently Ian is Chairman of both Siren Solutions and Suredatum and on the advisory Boards of a number of other companies.
former CEO & Co-founder @ Blue Vision Labs
Peter is a Director of Engineering at Lyft Level 5 division working on a technology for self-driving cars. Peter did his PhD at Oxford Robotics Insititute and worked in Facebook, Google and Microsoft working on computer vision and machine learning systems. In 2016 Peter co-founded and led Blue Vision Labs - a deep tech startup focused on building large-scale augmented reality applications. The company raised over $17M in venture funding from Accel, Google Ventures and Horizons Ventures and was acquired by Lyft in 2018. Peter now leads London office focused on using the developed technology for making self-driving cars happen.
Vice President of Emerging Technologies & New Forms of Investment UK @ IDA Ireland
Michelle leads the Emerging Technologies Division & New Forms of Investment divisions in IDA Ireland’s busy London office.
Michelle works closely with companies to identify solutions for their operations in Ireland that will result in business growth through internationalisation and improved operational efficiencies. She provides support throughout this process, from the initial exploration stage right through to on the ground practical support during project execution.
She has worked for IDA for 4 years, prior to working in IDA, Michelle ran her own digital marketing consultancy. She holds a MSc in Strategic Management.
Partner @ Amadeus Capital Partners
Volker is a Partner at Amadeus Capital, one of the leading European deep-tech VCs, where he looks after their Early-Stage Funds with a focus on AI, Human-Machine Interfaces (including AR/VR) and Industry 4.0. He previously invested as an angel investor and has a portfolio of a dozen technology companies, including Pi-Top, Bibblio and Wonde. He is an entrepreneur who founded/co-founded a total of 7 companies so far. He is a co-founder of Blue Beck, a 50-strong mobile development firm with 400+ person-years mobile software development experience.
Volker also acted as a Venture Partner at Emerge Education, Europe’s leading EdTech accelerator, and is the Chairman of Bibblio. He has extensive board experience in EdTech, AI, IoT, Travel, Advertising and Gaming and is a co-founder of Tech North Advocates, a non-profit initiative seeking to aid the evolving tech ecosystems in the North of England. Volker is also a frequent keynote speaker at technology conferences and corporate events around the world.
Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at Scoreloop (a mobile social gaming platform with, at its peak, 450m users), which was acquired by BlackBerry where he subsequently acted as its Global Head of Games. Volker is a corporate lawyer by original profession.
European Editor @ LCD
Luke joined Leveraged Commentary & Data (LCD) in January 2011, and has managed the European editorial team since 2013. His primary coverage is the European leveraged finance markets, and global CLO markets. Luke also writes about leveraged buyouts, institutional fund raising, private equity, middle market, and distressed debt, and provides regular in-depth trend pieces about the leveraged finance markets. Prior to joining LCD, he managed the real-time credit service at International Financial Review, where he covered CDS, investment-grade debt and high-yield.
Director @ Renatus Capital Partners
· Greg joined Renatus as a partner in December 2018. He has over 20 years’ experience in the field of corporate finance, SME advisory, funding and international business.
· Prior to Renatus, Greg spent 5 years as Commercial Director with International Development Ireland, where he successfully diversified and scaled the business internationally. He advised governments and government agencies on SME policy as well as strategic planning and implementation of private sector development projects.
· Previously, he was a Corporate Finance Director with both Grant Thornton and Deloitte and has significant experience working with entrepreneurs, family and owner-managed businesses in relation to their funding, growth and exit strategy.
· Greg combines his passion for SMEs with his commercial, operational and strategic expertise to help scale partner companies.
· Greg is a fellow of the instate of chartered accountants in Ireland, holds an MBA from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business (UCD) and is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors.
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)
Managing Director @ Silverfern
Robert is Managing Director of Silverfern and brings over 15 years of private equity, mergers & acquisitions (M&A), consulting, and business development experience to the Silverfern team.
Based in Frankfurt, Germany, Robert leads Silverfern’s investment and investor relationship (IR) activities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Prior to Silverfern, Robert was a Management Consultant at FRITZ&MACIOL Group (AXIANS/VINCI). Prior to that he was at TDM Group where he held different positions as Managing Director as well as Director and has gained very broad operating experience.
Robert earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BScIS) degree and a degree as Diplom Wirtschaftsinformatiker from Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster (WWU), Germany. He is fluent in German and English.
General Partner @ Atlantic Bridge
Gerry is a General Partner at Atlantic Bridge and is an experienced Investor, Executive and Design Engineer with a thirty-year career in the technology industry.
Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge, he was Vice President R&D at Parthus Technologies responsible for managing a business which included divisions in Ireland, UK and USA. Gerry joined the company in 1993 and played a key role in its transition from startup to successful IPO on Nasdaq. Gerry also held senior management roles at several technology companies including Philips and Texas Instruments.
Gerry has a BA, BAI degree in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
Senior Investment Director @ HADEANVENTURES
Florian has more than 20 years experience in the life sciences covering research, product development, business development and sales. He has worked for various medical devices companies such as Epigenomics AG, Brahms AG, ThermoFisher and most recently as CEO of DST GmbH, Germany. He was a visiting professor of IE Business School, Madrid, where he lectured in the Master in Biotechnology program and the Master of business administration. He gained investment experience working at one of the leading life science VC fund Inventages, London as well as in his corporate function role at ThermoFisher.
Florian holds a Ph.D. & Master in Biology from the Universität Freiburg and an International Executive MBA from the IE Business School. His scientific research has been published in 18 peer reviewed journals including Nature Genetics.
Head of Investments @ Brockhaus Capital Management AG
Georg Ganghofer leads the investment team of BCM AG and is responsible for the development of investment opportunities, the management of M&A processes as well as the strategic and operative support of the investments. He has been part of the Brockhaus Private Equity GmbH team since 2013.
Georg Ganghofer graduated from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2013 with a Master's degree in Business Engineering.
Managing Partner @ Global Venture Partners
An award-winning corporate advisor, investor and dealmaker, Spyro Korsanos is the founder and Managing Partner of Global Venture Partners.
Global Venture Partners invests in the consumer internet sector and provides strategic advice and corporate finance for technology ventures. Since 2014, Spyro has led over 40 e-commerce transactions, valued at $2bn, which have created more than €1bn in capital gain.
As a global development advisor, Spyro has been instrumental in the impressive growth of Delivery Hero, foodpanda and various Rocket Internet-backed businesses. Global Venture Partners has invested in Kurly, the Korean online grocer, and pet tech platform Felcana, 2019 IT Innovators of the Year (Health Investor).
Spyro was awarded TMT Rising Star in 2017. Previously, he held corporate strategy and investment roles with Sky, Liberty Global and Cable & Wireless. Spyro started his career as a corporate lawyer at Gilbert & Tobin and holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Partner & Head of Investor Relations @ Charterhouse Capital Partners
Gilles Collombin joined Charterhouse in 2017. Gilles has 24 years of Investment Banking experience including 19 years at HSBC as head of M&A for France and latterly as the Global Head of the Financial Sponsors Group, covering Private Equity funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds and Family Offices. Whilst at HSBC Gilles advised Charterhouse on numerous transactions. Gilles holds degrees in Business Management and Mathematics, as well as a Masters in Finance and a postgraduate diploma in Strategic Management (DEA) from the University of Lyon. He started his career teaching Strategic Management at University of Ottawa (Ontario) and is fluent in English and French. Gilles is responsible for the Firm’s fundraising and investor relations activities.
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
Principal @ Finch Capital
Mike is a Principal with Finch Capital. Prior to joining Finch Capital, Mike founded a number of award winning startups, including FinTech startup FundCalcs.com, and was a Senior Advisor with the High Potential Start Up (HPSU) Division of Enterprise Ireland (the venture capital arm of the Irish Government) where he invested public money and advised early stage technology companies (Seed & Series A) with a particular focus on FinTech, Deep Tech and B2B SaaS startup businesses. In 2016, he also established (on behalf of Enterprise Ireland) the first dedicated FinTech pre-seed fund in Ireland which formed part of the Irish Government’s Financial Services Strategy IFS2020.
CEO & Founder @ SalesOptimize
Liz Fulham is a CEO of Sales Optimize.com. SalesOptimize helps sales and marketing teams resolve two of the biggest problems lead generation and lead quality. SalesOptimize developed a new search engine which is similar to Google but for business. They provide a B2B online sales lead generation platform which helps companies to identify their future customers. Their patent technology scans the internet, analyzing online shops & business companies globally and ranks them in terms of Enterprise ($20m) versus Sole Proprietor ($10k). Their clients are Bank of Ireland, PayPal, Braintree, DPD, DHL, JP Morgan etc
Chairman @ Sytorus/ Chairman @ Voxgig
Chairman @ Apex Ireland
John Bohan is Chairman for Apex Ireland. He acted as COO for the Apex Group from 2004 to 2013 and sits on the company board. In July 2007 he returned from Bermuda to Ireland and set up the first European base. There are now 8 separate offices around Europe and his core focus to date has been the development and oversight of those offices. John has over 20 years experience and industry expertise having worked in management positions within Citigroup, BNY-Alternative Investment Services and Bank of Ireland Asset Management. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1999 and became a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in early 2004.
Apex group has undergone 10 acquisitions over the last 30 months growing from $70bn to $650bn in that same time. Adding and creating value is the single biggest challenge for our PE investors and clients at this stage of our history.
Associate Director @ Davy Private Clients
Sitting within Davy’s Global Investment Selection team, MacGrath has responsibility for Davy’s alternative investment programme, including investments in liquid absolute return, hedge funds, private equity and venture capital. Michael also has responsibility for Davy’s funds of private equity funds and is a member of Davy’s Advisory Investment Committee. He joined Davy in 2011.
Venture Investment Leader @ NDRC
David makes ventures happen with NDRC, and educates, inspires, and connects the Dublin ecosystem with Startup Grind. As an NDRC Venture Investment Lead, David sources, engages, guides and enables teams to transform the best ideas into globally scalable businesses.
An experienced executive, David has a career spanning software engineering, public sector trade development, private sector business development - all built on a vocation as an evangelist for the Irish startup community.
David is a talented communicator and connector, with a unique understanding of the Irish and European startup ecosystems.
CEO & Director @ Know Your Customer
An experienced entrepreneur and executive, Claus Christensen has been active in the software industry for more than thirty years. Prior to co-founding and becoming CEO of Know Your Customer, Claus founded Servolutions GmbH, a company that develops email server infrastructure products for more than 60,000 global customers, and served as Vice President of Electronics at Thielert Aircraft Engines. A native of Germany, Claus studied computer science at the University of Hamburg.
Investment Funds Lawyer @ MJ Hudson
Peter Mallon is an investment funds lawyer at MJ Hudson. Joining in 2016 from a leading media firm, Peter has worked on a range of GP, LP and third party AIFM mandates. Peter co-authored MJ Hudson’s guides on Co-investments and ESG. Peter has spoken at a UNPRI event in London and the Responsible Investment Forum in Berlin on ESG implementation in private equity portfolios. Peter is a dual-qualified lawyer (England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland). In his spare time, Peter moonlights as a project manager in connection with the renovation of his London home.
Founder & CEO
Greg Heaslip, PhD, is the CEO & Founder at PlanDomino, a cloud based, SaaS, Industry 4.0 digital platform for pharmaceutical laboratories. PlanDomino is transforming the way pharmaceutical laboratories operate and connect with customers. The digital platform delivers a more flexible, responsive and interconnected laboratory with the ability to make decisions based on real time and more pertinent information. Greg is a former Lean Laboratory consultant at the EFESO Pharma & Lab Practice and at BSM Ireland. He has consulted for pharma, food and FMCG laboratories including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis, GSK, Proctor & Gamble, Allergan and Actavis. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Limerick.
Partner @ MJ Hudson
Eamon Devlin is a corporate and investment funds lawyer at MJ Hudson. He has experience in GP and LP representation, co-investments, and secondaries.
Eamon is Head of MJ Hudson Zurich, Switzerland, splitting his time between London and Zurich.
His clients include Aberdeen Standard Investments, Access Capital Partners, Adams Street Capital, Allianz, The Family, HM UK Government, LGT Capital Partners, MIT, Schroder ADVEQ, StepStone, Stonehage Fleming, and Unigestion.
Prior to help founding MJ Hudson in 2010, Eamon was at King & Wood Mallesons and Proskauer Rose (Boston and London).
Eamon grew up in Ireland and is a learning to be a GAA coach.
Senior Reporter – Private Equity @ S&P Global Market Intelligence
Madeleine joined S&P Global Market Intelligence in 2019 as a Senior Reporter covering the private equity industry. She reports breaking news and writes in-depth features on a variety of issues including fundraising, strategies, new firm initiatives, departures and hires. Prior to joining S&P Global Market Intelligence Madeleine was a Senior Reporter at Real Deals magazine covering European mid-market private equity trends and deal news.