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AMY ABBOTT is the BVCA's Director of Events and Training. Prior to joining the BVCA in 2012, she was Head of Events & Awards at the Royal Academy of Engineering where she led a small team of event managers to deliver a highly regarded programme of events for the engineering fellowship comprising eminent chartered engineers, business leaders and Royal patrons. During her nine years at the Academy Amy was secretary to several awards committees including the prestigious MacRobert Award; involving events at Buckingham Palace. She also played a fundamental part in the launch of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering where she was responsible for the launch event involving the former three party leaders. She has a BA Hons in Business and Marketing from Oxford Brookes University.
VIVEK AHUJA is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Terra Firma. He joined the business in January 2018 as Group Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer and was appointed CEO in July 2020. As CEO, Vivek is responsible for the overall leadership of Terra Firma. He manages the people and resources within the firm, and has responsibility for new deal origination, portfolio business management and enablement.
Prior to Terra Firma, Vivek spent 17 years with Standard Chartered Bank, where he was the Deputy Group CFO and before that the Group CFO, Wholesale Banking and Regional CFO – Middle East and South Asia. He previously worked with HSBC and ANZ in a variety of roles.
Vivek is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and was a Council member from 2013 to 2015 and a member of the Financial Services Faculty Board. Vivek is also an independent member of Council at King’s College London.
ZAID AL-QAIMI is the Chief Investment Officer at Kimera, a single-family office based in Dubai, that operates a global mandate across all asset classes, investing in public equities, private equity, venture capital, fixed income, real estate and hedge funds. Kimera seeks to generate sustainable superior returns by focusing on long-term value creation through an opportunistic approach to investing, whilst placing increasing emphasis on ESG and impact investing.
Since establishing Kimera in January 2017, Zaid has put in place an institutional standard infrastructure, including a team of very talented individuals, to support the execution of the mandate. He has successfully established a global network of contacts across the investment ecosystem, which has helped Kimera secure access to premium transactions. Leveraging this network, Kimera maintains a healthy pipeline of opportunities throughout the year and invests across the life cycle of companies, from late seed stage to public equity. Private investments are made on both a direct basis and through funds whilst the public equity and bonds portfolios are managed internally.
Zaid currently serves on the boards of portfolio companies in various sectors, ranging from Fin-tech to digital healthcare to the experience economy.
EMILY ALMOND manages the Global Solutions Group’s key relationships across their largest and most complex PE clients. Emily has 13 years of client management experience in the Risk Management and Insurance industries. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Emily helped build the Financial Institutions practice at the Insurance Broker Windsor Partners.
GRAEME ARDUS joined Triton in May 2013 as Head of Environmental, Social Responsibility and Governance (ESG). Graeme previously held industrial roles as a Global Director of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment (OHSE) and Sustainability at Amcor, a multinational packaging firm, before which he was a Director of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and Sustainability at Alcan Packaging. Prior to this, he spent ten years working for Environmental Resources Management, managing and undertaking a broad range of EHS and sustainability projects. Graeme is a member of the Invest Europe Responsible Investment Roundtable.
Graeme holds an MA Hons, Geography Degree from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Environmental Management in the Business Community.
AMELIA ARMOUR joined Amadeus Capital Partners in 2009 and is a Partner in the Early Stage Fund. Her current investment focus is on autonomous systems, AI and machine learning, cloud computing, digital health and medical technology.
She is a Director on the boards of Sprout,ai, Xampla, Cambridge Touch Technologies, Paragraf, Immense Simulations, Baby2body, Riverlane and SLAMcore. Amelia is also a board observer at Prowler.io and Graphcore.
Amelia holds a BSc in Chemistry and Biology from Durham University.
ROB BARR is Head of Investor Relations for the EMEA. He is responsible for the overall leadership of the Investor Relations team across EMEA and for Pantheon’s distribution relationships in France, Italy, Middle East and Spain. He is also involved in Pantheon’s DC initiative. Before joining Pantheon, Rob spent six years at Deutsche Asset Management as a Director and prior to this, he spent four years working in private equity for Morgan Grenfell Development Capital. Rob qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, having previously worked in the industry for Johnson Matthey. He received a BSc from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Rob is based in London.
ROBERTO BIONDI joined Permira in 2001. He is a Partner and the Global Head of the Financing Group. He has worked on numerous transactions including Allegro Group, Arcaplanet, Dr. Martens, Exclusive Group, Golden Goose, La Piadineria, Lowell, P&I, Tilney, TDC, Alter Domus, Corin, Iglo Group, Just, Marazzi Group, Maxeda, , Seat PG, Sisal e Vacanceselct.
Roberto also sits on the Investment and Executive Committee for the Permira Debt Managers funds. Prior to joining Permira, Roberto was an associate with McKinsey & Company in Italy and Israel for three years, where he worked in the Telecoms practice.
Roberto has a degree (with honors) in Chemical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and an MBA (with honours) from INSEAD, France.
NICKI BOYD has over ten years’ experience of investing in the UK lower mid-market, including seven years at Inflexion Private Equity. In 2013, she took a sabbatical to complete the Sloan Fellowship Program at Stanford, followed by three years establishing and developing an Education Technology company in California, gaining experience on the entrepreneur’s side of the table! She joined Mark Salter in founding Apiary Capital at the end of 2017 and returned to the UK earlier that year. In July 2018, Apiary announced the close of their oversubscribed debut fund at its £200m hard cap and the completion of their inaugural investment in The Appointment Group, which Nicki sits on the board of. Nicki heads the firm’s efforts in the tech services space and led the investment in Conn3ct, a UK comms and connectivity provider.
Nicki has an BA from Oxford and a Masters from Stanford. She is also an accomplished amateur athlete and has represented Great Britain in age group triathlon on a number occasions.
MATTHEW BROCKMAN is a Managing Partner, Chair of the Hg Investment Committees and is a member of the Hg board.
Matthew focuses on day to day leadership of the firm including the Genesis and Mercury funds.
Matthew joined Hg in 2010 and originally led the development of the software focused Mercury funds, acting across many of the investments in that fund including Allocate, Intelliflo and Sequel Business Solutions. He remains a board member of several Hg fund investments including Mitratech and Achilles.
Prior to joining Hg, Matthew was a Partner at Apax Partners and has a B Eng (1st class) from Imperial College, London and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
JAMIE BRODERICK is a Director of the Impact Investing Institute. Before working with the Institute and its predecessor Impact Investing Taskforce, Jamie was head of UBS Wealth Management in the UK. Jamie joined UBS after nineteen years at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, latterly as Chief Executive of its European operations.
DELANEY BROWN leads the team of over 40 professionals, across three offices in Toronto, London and San Francisco, responsible for investing in Funds & Secondaries in North America and Europe. The group pursues strategies ranging from mega buyouts to early stage venture capital plus both LP and GP-led secondaries. In addition the strategy also includes investing in passive co-investments alongside existing partners.
Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2013, he spent eight years at Hermes GPE LLP (formerly Hermes Private Equity) as Head of the Americas, focused on both private equity fund investment and co-investment. Before that, he was an Associate Director with Almeida Capital in London for five years and a Research Scientist for GlaxoSmithKline in the U.K.
He is also the current chair of the BVCA’s LP Committee.
Delaney holds a BSc (First Class Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds
NATASHA BUCKLEY joined HarbourVest in 2019 and is responsible for sustaining the Firm’s ESG strategy and partnering with our general partners, limited partners, and the Firm’s employees to embrace sustainable investing.
Natasha joined HarbourVest from Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), where she was responsible for their work in the private equity sector, developing tools and resources for PRI signatories to integrate ESG considerations into their investment processes. During her time at PRI, Natasha co-authored the organization’s guide for general partners, and guidance for LPs and GPs on ESG in fund selection, fund terms and fund monitoring/reporting.
Natasha received a BA in History from University College London, an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and has completed the University of Oxford Private Equity Programme at the Saïd Business School.
MARK CARNEY is currently the UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and Prime Minister Johnson’s Finance Adviser for COP26.
Mark was previously Governor of the Bank of England (from 2013 to 2020), and Governor of the Bank of Canada (from 2008 to 2013).
Internationally, Mark was Chair of the Financial Stability Board (from 2011 to 2018), He chaired the Global Economy Meeting and Economic Consultative Committee of the Bank for International Settlements (from 2018-2020), and was First Vice-Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board (from 2013-2020). He is a member of the Group of Thirty, the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, as well as the boards of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Hoffman Institute for Global Business and Society at INSEAD.
Mark was born in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada in 1965. After growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, he obtained a bachelor degree in Economics from Harvard and masters and doctorate degrees in Economics from Oxford.
After a thirteen-year career with Goldman Sachs, Mark was appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada in 2003. In 2004, he became Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Finance. He held this position until his appointment as Governor of the Bank of Canada in February 2008.
GREG CIESIELSKI joined HarbourVest in 2007 as an associate and has worked on the European, US, and Asia investment teams. Greg focuses on global secondary investments purchased through both traditional and more complex transactions. He has played a lead role in several complex transactions, including the acquisition of SVG Capital’s investment portfolio and General Partner-led liquidity transactions involving Motion Equity Partners, Portobello Capital, Investcorp Technology Partners, Preservation Capital Partners and Mandarin Capital. Greg also leads ESG integration in the firm’s secondary investment activity globally.
Prior to HarbourVest, Greg worked at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. as an investment banking analyst in the Global Healthcare Group in New York.
Greg received a BS in Business with a concentration in Finance from Indiana University in 2005 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2013.
SIR RONALD COHEN is a pioneering philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator, who is driving forward the global Impact Revolution.
For nearly two decades, his ground-breaking initiatives have catalyzed global efforts to drive private capital to serve social and environmental good.
He serves as Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel; and co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and former co-founding Chair of Big Society Capital.
He chaired the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce (2013-2015), the UK Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the UK’s Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007).
In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Award for Social Finance. He was a co-founder and Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005), a global private equity firm.
He was a co-founder and Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a co-founder of the European Venture Capital Association.
He is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School; a former director of the Harvard Management Company; and formerly a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers and the University of Oxford Investment Committee.
He graduated from Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School to which he was awarded a Henry Fellowship.
Sir Ronald was born in Egypt and left as a refugee at the age of 11, when his family came to the UK.
GILLES COLLOMBIN is a Partner at Charterhouse Capital Partners. He is responsible for Charterhouse’s fundraising and investor relations activities and is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Gilles has 24 years of experience in investment banking, 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 from the University of Lyon. He started his career teaching strategic management at University of Ottawa and is fluent in English and French.
DARREL CONNELL is a Partner at IMBIBA Capital. Prior to joining Imbiba, Darrel was formerly a Director at Foresight Group, a market leading UK lower mid-market private equity firm with £3bn of assets under management. Darrel led the firm's consumer and leisure coverage and was a Non-Executive on the board of multiple high growth consumer businesses.
Darrel is currently a Non-Executive on the Board of Purple Dragon, Vagabond Wines and Farmer J and focuses on sourcing new investment opportunities for Imbiba and deal execution.
DR DAVID COOPER is an expert in the leadership and behavioural aspects of PE investment and he has over 20 years’experience in this area. Through his firm, Cooper Limon, he advises LPs, GPs and investee management teams. He received his PhD from St Gallen University for what was one of the first pieces of in-depth behavioural PE research. His book,‘Leadership Risk’,(Wiley) has become a core text on the subject of leadership in PE. David is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Psychologist and he has an MSc in Psychology from the LSE.
KEN COOPER is responsible for the design and delivery of a range of British Business Bank programmes that support the flow of venture investment into smaller UK businesses.
Ken has been responsible for designing and managing a range of UK Government-backed equity support programmes such as the Angel Co-Fund, the Enterprise Capital Funds and the VC Catalyst. These provide more than £2bn of finance to smaller businesses with a further £200m committed to venture funds annually.
Previously Ken had a similar role in Capital for Enterprise and before that was responsible for the UK Government’s SME finance policy within the Small Business Service.
DAVID CROSLAND undertakes a wide range of corporate transactions with a particular experience in the launch of investment funds.
He is regularly instructed by fund managers, UK and international law firms and other financial services firms on the launch, administration, restructuring and listing of both closed and open-ended investment funds.
As well as private funds, David has advised funds that are listed on the LSE, AIM, Euronext and TISE.
David has been named as one of three 'global elite thought leaders' for the offshore region in the 2019 Who's Who Legal Private Funds Guide.
David trained at Clifford Chance in London qualifying as an English solicitor in the Private Funds Group in 2004. While there he specialised in the establishment of institutional closed-ended investment funds particularly private equity, real estate and infrastructure funds.
In 2006, he spent nine months on secondment at ABN AMRO advising on the structuring and launch of institutional fund-linked investment products, before joining Carey Olsen in May 2007. David became a partner in 2013.
PAUL CUNNINGHAM has overall responsibility for all matters relating to accounting, financial control, taxation, fund administration and reporting and regulatory compliance for the Helios group entities. An experienced private equity finance and administration executive with 32 years in the industry, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Barclays Private Equity (“BPE”) for six years prior to joining Helios in May 2008, and previously as Director, Head of Finance & Product Control Projects at Barclays Capital. His responsibilities included the reporting and administration of various managed funds as well as internal reporting / administration for BPE’s proprietary business. Mr Cunningham is Chairman of the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines (“IPEV”) Board. Prior to joining Barclays, he worked within the finance functions of various major investment banks, including Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Whinney in 1989. He graduated with a BS (Hons) in Mathematics from Imperial College.
LEON DE BONO is the BVCA's Assistant Director General and Director of Membership Services. Before joining the BVCA in 2010 he was the Publishing Director and a member of the team that launched Private Equity News, part of eFinancialNews, which was acquired by Dow Jones in 2007. He began working in the private equity industry with Caspian Media in 2001. He has a BA from University College London and an MA from The Courtauld Institute.
ELLEN DE KREIJ is responsible for the implementation of the Apax Partners Sustainability Programme and is a member of the Apax Operational Excellence Practice. Ellen joined Apax Partners in 2002 as Director of Deal Generation and became a Director in the Investor Relations team in early 2010 focused on European investors. Apax Partners has been committed to integrating responsible investment into its investment practices since 2009 and as part of portfolio monitoring annually collects and reports detailed ESG KPI data from its portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Apax Partners, Ellen worked as an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions teams at Merrill Lynch and Broadview International, where she specialised in advising transactions in the Technology sector.
Ellen holds an MA in Dutch Civil Law and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
CAMILLA DOLAN is one of the founding partners at Eka Ventures. Eka backs founders building sustainable consumer technology companies at Series A. We focus on consumer healthcare and sustainable consumption models.
Prior to founding Eka, Camilla led Burda Principal Investments London office having joined from MMC Ventures. She has invested in a number of the UK’s leading consumer internet brands, including Gousto, Elder & Bloom & Wild.
Camilla started her career at Bain working in the London Tokyo and San Francisco Office. Camilla’s experience at Bain included working closely with WorldPay on the launch and scaling of their e-commerce division. She has a law degree from Oxford University.
BARONESS JEANNIE DRAKE CBE is a Labour peer. She was formerly a President of the TUC, Commissioner of the Equal Opportunities Commission and of the Equality and Human rights Commission, a member of the Turner Pensions Commission, on the Board of the Pension Protection Fund, acting chair of the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority and on the Board of the Pensions Advisory Service. Jeannie is currently an independent member of both the Private Equity Reporting Group and the Engie Scrutiny Board. She is a trustee on both the Telefonica O2 and The People’s Pension schemes.
MADELEINE FARMAN 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 topics related to the asset class. 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.
MELISSA FERRAZ is the Global Head of eFront Insight within BlackRock Solutions (BRS). Insight is a private markets data and analytics platform. As global head, Melissa is responsible for the overall strategy of Insight as well as all sales, customer success, data operations, product and engineering activities within the business.
Previously, Melissa was the Global Head of Client Development, Private Markets at IHS Markit. She was a member of the executive leadership team at iLEVEL where she led the launch of iLEVEL into the European and Asian markets. iLEVEL was subsequently acquired by Ipreo and later IHS Markit. Prior to that she spent 10 years building and developing teams at S&P Global in a variety of leadership roles.
Melissa holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa, an MBA from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago. She is a licensed attorney in Illinois.
JONATHAN FORD is the City editor of the FT, and writes a weekly column about business and finance. Prior to this, Jonathan was the chief leader writer of the FT. He was previously comment editor of Reuters, and before that deputy editor of Prospect, a British political and current affairs magazine. He was one of the founders and deputy editor of Breakingviews, an online financial commentary website. Prior to that he worked on the Lex column of the FT. A graduate of Oxford university, he started his career in investment banking, working for Morgan Grenfell, now a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank.
DAVID GAUKE is Head of Public Policy at Macfarlanes LLP. He was MP for South West Hertfordshire from 2005 until 2019. He was the Treasury Minister responsible for tax policy from 2010 until 2016 when he became Chief Secretary to the Treasury. In 2017, he became Secretary of State for Work & Pensions. In the following year, he was appointed Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor. He resigned from Government in July 2019.
GEOFFREY GEIGER joined USS in 2007. He has been involved in the growth of the Private Markets Group since inception, today he heads the indirect private equity activities of USS, overseeing a portfolio of over £4 billion across private equity funds and co-investments. Geoffrey has sat on the boards of many portfolio companies and numerous advisory boards.
Geoffrey has been working in private equity for over twenty years, including with Klesch & Company in London, Deutsche Bank in New York and Frankfurt and with Mees Pierson in Geneva, Switzerland.Geoffrey received an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College in Vermont.
MICHELE GIDDENS co-founded Bridges alongside Philip Newborough and Sir Ronald Cohen in 2002. As a partner, she focuses on strategy, investor relations, public affairs and social impact assessment.
Michele plays a key role in the growth of the impact investing movement in the UK. She was an adviser to the UK Treasury’s Social Investment Task Force and chaired the Community Development Finance Association from 2003-2005. More recently, she chaired the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, part of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, from 2016-18. She sits on the BVCA Council, and is a Non-Executive Director on the board of CDC, the UK Government’s Development Finance Institution.
Michele has over 25 years of experience in international development and social finance. She began her career with International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group, where she ran small business lending programmes in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and advised on microfinance in Bangladesh, the Middle East and Mongolia. She subsequently spent eight years with Shorebank Corporation, one of the leading community development banks in the USA.
Michele has a BA Honours in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She was recently awarded an OBE for services to international development and social finance in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN is a founding partner at M12. Originally from San Francisco he relocated to London in 2019 to open an office and lead European investments in SaaS, cybersecurity and frontier technology companies. He serves on the boards of Nautilus Labs (maritime IOT), AirMap (air traffic control for drones), Hyas (cybersecurity), and others. Previously he was a principal at Trinity Ventures, focused on SaaS and cybersecurity. He began his career as a technology consultant for Fortune 500 insurance and telecommunications clients before joining an early-stage automotive startup that raised $110 million in venture capital to build a new American car company. Matt has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in international relations and Chinese from Pomona College.
MARK GREGORY is the Chief Economist at EY in the UK, providing knowledge, analysis and insight to help clients understand the economic environments in which they operate.
With over 25 years of experience in more than 40 countries, he is a business economist and an advisor to governments and industry on economics, policy and regulation.
Mark is the sponsoring partner at Ernst & Young – United Kingdom for the UK Economics for Business Program, which includes the EY ITEM Club, one of the UK’s leading independent economic forecasters, and the EY renowned UK Attractiveness program, the leading independent voice on Foreign Direct Investment.
In addition, he was a 2016, 2017 and 2018 LinkedIn ‘Top UK Voice.’ This award recognises those individuals whose words have launched countless high-quality conversations locally, and globally, on the platform. He earned an MSc and a BA in Economics from The University of Manchester.
ANNA GROTBERG is an Associate Partner in EY-Parthenon London’s strategy practice where she works predominantly with private equity investors on commercial diligence, but also corporate clients on growth & operational strategy and acquisitions. Her sector focus is education where she has worked either sell side or buy side on the largest education deals in Europe each year over the past six years. Anna’s deal expertise ranges from small education technology deals to the largest university and international K12 schools platforms. She has worked on deals from the UK to China to Morocco and most of continental Europe. She began her career as the Annenberg Fellow at Eton College and was an education policy advisor to the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP. Anna has B.A. Hons in Political Science from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.
CESARE GUSSAGO is a Partner in EY’s UK&I Strategy and Transactions team. He has worked closely with both corporate and private equity clients, focusing on how businesses deliver value in transactions.
Cesare specialises in designing and executing fast-paced and result driven performance improvement programmes, having worked on a large number of transactions across the entire deal life-cycle, from origination to divestment.
His focus has been across business services, industrials and energy sectors in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining EY, Cesare held senior M&A and strategy roles at other top tier consulting firms, as well as an executive role at Brambles/CHEP- global leader in logistic solutions- leading several transaction and performance improvement projects. He has an MBA from Bocconi/ Hass School of Business and a degree in Management and Engineering.
MATT HANSEN has been a private equity investor for over 20 years, and has focused on the financial services sector throughout his career. Before founding Financial Services Capital in 2019, he was a Senior Partner and Head of UK & Europe at Atlas Merchant Capital. Prior to Atlas, Matthew was a Partner & Managing Director responsible for European Private Equity for Cerberus Capital Management. Throughout his time at Atlas and Cerberus, he sat on numerous boards, investment committees, and credit committees of both regulated and unregulated entities, in the US and across Europe.
RICHARD HOPE is a Managing Director and Head of EMEA on Hamilton Lane’s Global Investment Team and member of the Investment Committee. Richard heads the firm’s London office and focuses on both direct equity and credit and secondary transactions. Richard represents Hamilton Lane on several fund advisory boards and is a regular conference speaker.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2011, Richard worked as a Director with Alliance Trust Equity Partners, where he helped establish a private equity fund investment business together with making a number of direct investments.
Previously, Richard worked in the UK at Noble Group, where he was responsible for making and managing venture and growth capital investments. Richard received a B.Com. from the University of Edinburgh.
PAM JACKSON's appointment as CEO of LEVEL 20 in late 2019 follows over 30 years of advising corporate and private equity clients on international mergers and acquisitions, disposals, restructuring and IPOs.
A senior business leader, running and growing businesses in the UK, Middle East and US and a member of PwC’s executive leadership team in the Middle East, Pam spent over 36 years, (29 as partner) at PwC.
Pam is a lifelong advocate of gender diversity setting up the first Female Partners and Directors network at PwC (UK) in 2002 to help drive gender and wider diversity. She is also a social partner for the School for Social Entrepreneurs, supporting, mentoring and advising social entrepreneurs.
OWEN JAMES joined 17Capital in 2015, and is an Investment Director. Owen previously held positions at SVG Capital, Bank of Scotland and PwC, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He studied at Durham University.
VINOTH JAYAKUMAR is a Partner at Draper Esprit and leads Fintech investing for the firm. He joined the Draper Esprit team in 2016. Prior to that he worked at a boutique management consulting firm in London and ran a micro-angel fund, investing in crowdfunded start-ups.
He leads Fintech investing at Draper Esprit, building a deep thesis in the future of financial services which covers how people interact with money, all the way through to the infrastructure software behind the architecture of banks.
Vinoth is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the London School of Economics.
MEREDITH JONES is a Partner at Aon focused on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), diverse asset initiatives, and responsible investing. She leads Aon’s Global ESG Advisory Practice and continues to work with Aon’s investment consulting group with end-investor clients engaged in her area of expertise. An investment professional with more than 20 years’ experience, Meredith is the award-winning author of “Women of The Street: Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns (And How You Can Too)”, was selected as a distinguished author by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2018 and testified before the U.S. House of Representatives in 2019.
SALLY JONES leads EY’s Trade Strategy and Brexit team. She is a leading specialist in trade policy from both a global and Brexit (UK/EU) perspective.
Prior to joining EY, Sally was Director for International Trade Policy and Global Brexit Insights at a professional services firm. She advised organisations across multiple industries including FTSE 100, Fortune 500, privately owned companies and trade associations. She also has frequent contact with the UK Government and the EU Commission.
Under the remit of the Professional and Business Services Council, Sally founded and is chair of the Trade Technical Group. On behalf of the UK Government’s Department for International Trade, BEIS and the Ministry of Justice, the Group takes pro bono commissions across a wide range of trade policy matters. Its work aids the Government’s negotiations with the EU and the rest of the world in building effective and sustainable trade policy.
HUSSEIN KANJI is a partner at Hoxton Ventures. He currently represents Hoxton on the boards of Biotx, Giraffe360, Kbox Global, Skin Analytics, SOC.OS, TourRadar, XYZ Reality and Yieldify, and serves as a board observer on Behavox, Darktrace, Fy!, Karakuri, Loveshark and Panakeia. He previously served on the boards of Babylon Health, bd4travel (acquired by Dnata), Campanja (acquired by 24/7 Media) and Deliveroo.
Prior to forming Hoxton, Hussein was an associate with Accel Partners in London. He joined Accel from Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA.
Earlier in his career, Hussein worked with three startups, Safe-View (acquired by L-3), Radiance Technologies (acquired by Comcast) and Studio Verso (acquired by KPMG), all in the Bay Area.
While forming Hoxton, Hussein helped Eros STX Global develop ErosNow, an online streaming video platform for Bollywood. He also helped the UK government with policy initiatives to develop the local tech industry. He continues to appear occasionally on BBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Sky News.
Hussein holds an MBA from London Business School and did his undergraduate studies in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University. He stubbornly refuses to swear allegiance to a monarch and remains a proud American.
ALEXANDER KEVILLE is the M&A Practice Leader for Finex International. Prior to joining WTW, he helped establish the M&A team at another global insurance broker. Alex spent 11 years in private practice as a corporate lawyer at Dentons and Ince & Co, advising on acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate finance and later specialising in corporate insurance law where he advised a leading insurer on warranty & indemnity insurance risks.
SIMON KINZETT is a Senior Director within the Investor Relations team at Permira having joined in 2014. Prior to joining Permira, Simon worked for Campbell Lutyens as an LP relationship manager focused on Australasia and the Middle East for three years. Before that, he spent time with Babcock & Brown and Macquarie in the Middle East, and with the private equity team at ANZ based in New Zealand. Simon holds a degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a Master’s from the University of Sydney, Australia.
WOL KOLADE initially trained as an engineer, having studied civil and structural engineering at Kings College, London. After obtaining an MBA from Exeter University, he spent three years with Barclays before joining Livingbridge.
Wol takes an active role in private equity industry initiatives and issues. He was previously a Chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association in 2007/2008, a Council Member from 2002 - 2009 and Chairman of the Responsible Investment Advisory Board from 2009 - 2010. Wol is Chairman of the Guys and St Thomas' Charity, which has assets in excess of £800 million, making it one of the largest medical charities in the UK. In 2018 he was also appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the NHS Improvement Board and more recently as Trustee of Somerset House Trust.
Wol received an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in 2014.
RISHI KOTECHA is Head of Commercial Strategy for IHS Markit’s Private Equity business and is responsible for driving strategic direction, new product initiatives and overall business growth for the PE market. Rishi’s core focus is on ensuring that IHS Markit continues to deliver market leading and quality solutions that aid clients in solving GP-related issues. In addition to setting the strategy, Rishi leads the EMEA private markets group. As an accomplished leader with 11+ years in the fintech space, Rishi has a proven track record scaling teams and optimizing client experiences through innovative solutions, bringing a wealth of subject matter expertise to the Private Markets. He joined IHS Markit through acquisition of Ipreo, where he led Global Account Management and EMEA Client Success. Prior to Ipreo, Rishi held senior positions at eFront, as head of Pevara, the LP benchmarking and analytics product, and JP Morgan, as Senior Performance Analyst for their PE Fund Services group.
Rishi holds a degree in Business, Computing and IT from Aston Business School in Birmingham UK.
ARTHUR KREBBERS is head of Sustainable Finance Corporates at NatWest. He has been supporting corporate and investor clients with their ESG strategies since 2014. His areas of expertise include debt structuring and marketing, ESG rating management as well as responsible investment portfolio construction. Arthur publishes the “Issue your greens” newsletter, covering pertinent developments within the asset class. His research on sustainable finance has been featured in a range of media outlets. Arthur has a PhD in Finance and is a Visiting Lecturer at Strathclyde University Business School.
CATHERINE LEWIS LA TORRE was appointed CEO of the British Business Bank in September 2020, having led the Bank’s commercial arm since 2016 as CEO of British Business Investments (BBI) and, from October 2018, CEO of both BBI and British Patient Capital.
Prior to 2016, Catherine was Head of Private Equity for Cardano Risk Management, managing a global portfolio of private capital investments on behalf of UK pension funds. She was previously Managing Director of Paris-based European private equity investor Fondinvest Capital, a founding partner of Nordic fund-of-funds manager Proventure, after which she established a consultancy business advising Sovereign Wealth Funds and Institutional Investors in Asia, the Middle East and the US on their European private capital strategies.
SELIM LOUKIL joined Advent in 2012 and leads the Portfolio team in Europe. Before joining Advent, he spent four years as divisional CEO at HMY, a PE-backed portfolio company. Prior to that he spent eight years as a management consultant, most recently with Bain & Co in France and the U.S. Selim began his career as a Business Development Manager in the water treatment industry (Rhodia) in Italy.
Selim graduated from Ecole Centrale, France, has an MBA from HEC Business School and speaks 5 languages.
CHRISTOPH LUENEBURGER is a Managing Director at TowerBrook Capital Partners, where he leads global portfolio talent strategy and as well as the firm’s investment efforts in German-speaking Europe. Christoph is particularly interested in purpose-driven companies and, as an Aspen Institute Fellow, wrote “A Culture Of Purpose” on such organisations.
He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy and fluid dynamics from Purdue University and an MBA from INSEAD.
NEIL MACDOUGALL is Chairman of Silverfleet Capital, a leading European mid-market private equity firm. He joined Silverfleet in 1989, and was Managing Partner from 2004 to 2019, when he moved to Chairman of the firm.
Neil has led some of Silverfleet’s most successful investments, and currently chairs the Silverfleet Capital Investment Committee.
Prior to joining Silverfleet, Neil was a management consultant at Bain & Co, which he joined having read Natural Sciences and Computer Science at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University.
JAMES MACGREGOR has more than 25 years’ experience of using valuation, incentives and policy to enhance sustainability in the global public, private, government, academic, donor and NGO sectors, with a specific focus on ESG and the Sustainable Development Goals. He has expertise in decision-making, sustainability leadership, environmental economics, climate change adaptation and mitigation, valuation and natural resource management. James has developed advisory and consulting markets across multiple sectors – including financial, oil and gas, energy, infrastructure and mining across Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe.
AMY MAHON is a partner in the corporate practice of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett who specialises in private equity and M&A transactions. She has advised on a range of transactions, including domestic and international M&A, consortium transactions and minority investments, and has acted for financial sponsors, including infrastructure funds, sovereign wealth and pension funds, private equity funds and investment banks. She is Chair of the BVCA Legal and Accounting Committee.
GURPREET MANKU Gurpreet Manku is the BVCA’s Deputy Director General and Director of Policy. She is responsible for leading the BVCA’s response to a wide range of issues and challenges facing the industry from a legal and regulatory perspective, both in the UK and Europe. She is also the executive liaison to the Private Equity Reporting Group, the body responsible for monitoring the industry’s compliance with the Walker Guidelines on Transparency and Disclosure. Before joining the BVCA she worked at Deloitte LLP and specialised in advising private equity funds and their managers. Gurpreet studied at the London School of Economics and is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
JOSÉ MARÍA PALICIO is the Global Head of Tax at Permira. He has broad experience in tax advice in private equity and has worked on a number of cross border transactions across Asia, Europe and the USA.
Jose Maria is an active member of the Tax Committee at the BVCA and a regular speaker at international tax forums.
Prior to joining Permira, he was Counsel at Linklaters Madrid tax group with 15 years of practice.
NENAD MAROVAC has more than 25 years of venture capital and private equity investment experience in the technology and media sectors.
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 digital marketplaces, consumer internet, software as a service (SAAS), fintech, and digital health companies. Amongst his select investments are Shazam Entertainment (sold to Apple), Auto1 (largest online marketplace for used cars), Apsmart (acquired by Thomson Reuters), Datanomic (acquired by Oracle), Endeca, (acquired by Oracle), Eve Sleep (IPO London), Go Student, Happn, Hometogo, Job and Talent, Lendis, OLX (acquired by Naspers), Purplebricks (IPO London), Tbricks (acquired by Orc), Quandoo (acquired by Recruit Holding), Happn, Joblift, Mister Spex, Tourlane and Yassir.
Nenad was Chairman of Invest Europe (formerly known as EVCA) for the year 2018/2019 and previously Chair of the association’s Venture Council 2015-2018. He is an active member of YPO.
Nenad received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
VANESSA MAYDON is Cinven's Corporate Affairs Director, with responsibility for the firm's corporate communications, marketing and ESG activities. She is a member of Cinven’s ESG Steering Group and is a trustee of The Cinven Foundation.
She sits on the Boards of both Invest Europe and EPER and is a Board Trustee of the charity Impetus. Prior to joining Cinven, Vanessa was a Director at Merlin, a London-based financial PR agency, for 11 years where she specialised in advising European private equity firms and their portfolio companies, as well as UK listed companies. Vanessa was previously a Director at Ludgate Communications and started her career at Burson-Marsteller.
Vanessa has a BA Hons in Latin from Durham University. She joined Cinven in 2011.
KATIE MCMENAMIN is a partner in the Finance practice at Travers Smith specialising in fund finance, leverage finance and general corporate lending. She regularly advises some of the most active fund finance providers and borrowers on the full range of products available in the market, including subscription, hybrid, NAV and GP support/co-invest debt facilities and preferred equity products. Her clients include Equistone, Hermes GPE and Pemberton as well as a large number of the most active lenders in this space including Investec Bank plc, The Royal Bank of Scotland International, Silicon Valley Bank, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and Santander. Katie also frequently acts for sponsors, banks and non-bank lenders on cross-border and domestic leverage finance acquisitions and refinancings.
JANA MERCEREAU leads the WTW Human Capital M&A Practice for Great Britain, based in London. With more than 20 years of M&A experience, she advises clients on a variety of HR issues that affect employees as a result of a business transaction such as merger, acquisition, divestiture, spin-off or restructuring. Jana joined Willis Towers Watson in 2001 from Ernst & Young bringing with her an expertise in managing HR related issues during cross-border transactions.
MICHAEL MOORE is Director General of the BVCA.
Over the past 30 years he has operated at senior levels in both politics and business. In his political career he was a Member of Parliament for 18 years and served in the Cabinet at the time of the Coalition as Secretary of State for Scotland.
After his period as a minister he served as European Business Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister. He also successfully piloted legislation through Westminster which enshrines the UN’s ‘0.7%’ aid spending commitment in UK law.
Following the 2015 General Election Michael became a Senior Adviser at PwC, working with boards and ‘C-suite’ executives on the strategic implications of Brexit and other political issues.
BARONESS NICKY MORGAN served as Secretary of State for Digital, Sports, Media and Culture under Prime Minister Boris Johnson until Feb 13th 2020. While she was there Nicky oversaw the Government’s next steps on how social media platforms should be regulated, the rollout of faster broadband and 5G across the country. She also oversaw the Government’s digital strategy as well as having responsibility for policy on culture, media and sport.
Previously she had served as a senior Cabinet Minister under David Cameron in both of his governments, responsible for Education, Women and Equalities. She also worked alongside George Osborne at the Treasury. Her roles included Economic, then Financial Secretary dealing with the European Union economic ministers, 2012 Autumn Statement, and 2013 Budget. Between July 2017 to July 2019 Nicky chaired the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee. This is widely regarded as the most influential parliamentary Committee.
As Secretary of State for Education, and Minister for Women and Equalities, she oversaw the publication of the 2016 Education White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere. She also led negotiations for the Department’s 2015 Spending Review settlement and 2015 and 2016 Budget allocations. At over £50 billion per annum, this was one of the government’s largest.
Nicky championed schools becoming academies and curriculum reforms which ensured young people are prepared for the world of work. She also supported the setting up of the Careers & Enterprise Company and the first Department for Education Character Awards. Moreover ensuring specific ministerial responsibility, within education, for children’s mental health was also a priority.
Furthermore Nicky led the Government Equalities Office on the introduction of the gender pay gap regulations. She is passionate about getting more women on the boards of listed companies. She also led policies to address transphobic, biphobic and homophobic bullying in schools.
Prior to this Nicky was a Government Whip in the Coalition Government. She worked with Lib Dem colleagues to ensure the Government got its legislation through the House of Commons. At the start of the 2010 Parliament she was elected by her peers to be a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee. This was before being appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Universities Minister.
In 2012 Nicky led a ground-breaking general debate in 2012 on mental health in the House of Commons. In her constituency she has worked with a group of volunteers to set up the Loughborough Wellbeing Café Project.
Originally elected as the Member of Parliament for the Loughborough constituency in 2010 she was re-elected in 2015 and 2017.
She studied Law at Oxford University and spent 16 years as a solicitor in the City of London, mainly working in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. She trained at Theodore Goddard, spent almost 5 years at Allen & Overy and then worked as a professional support lawyer at Travers Smith.
Nicky is the author of, ‘Taught Not Caught’ which published by John Catt Educational in 2017.
Nicky and her husband have one son, but when she isn’t with them, or working, she enjoys nothing more than a nice, long, run and completed the London Marathon in 2013 – pipped to the post by Ed Balls by only 13 seconds!
OLIVER MORRIS joined Sanne in 2017. As Global Head of Private Equity, Oliver is responsible for developing the product offering, including expanding the services, new clients and service delivery. Working with Sanne's global teams, Oliver focuses on new business and product development, as well as evolving existing client relationships.
Prior to joining Sanne, Oliver was a Director at KPMG. Oliver’s passion and attention to detail saw him complete a two year secondment as Technical Director at the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA). In this role he was responsible for the provision of technical support to the BVCA and its members. During his secondment, Oliver remained part of the leadership team at KPMG Advisory, delivering both onshore and offshore Private Equity structures.
Oli is also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA)
DAVID MOTT co-founded Oxford Capital and is passionate about building bridges between entrepreneurs and private capital investors. David leads the firm’s Investment management team across the investment strategies. David plays an active role in the venture capital sector and is Chair of the BVCA Venture Capital Committee to promote the long-term sustainability of the UK’s venture capital sector and support the thriving enterprise economy. He is a member of YPO, the Young Presidents Organization, London chapter. David has also advised the UK government and the European Commission on investment policy.
Prior to establishing Oxford Capital, David lived and worked in Europe and Asia, working with Result Ventures, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Jardine Fleming. He speaks French, German and Japanese, and is learning Italian. David has a BA in Economics and Japanese from the University of Durham and completed the Private Equity leadership development programme at Harvard Business School. David is a passionate collector of contemporary art and often tests himself with endurance adventures in the Arctic.
PAUL NEWSOME joined Unigestion in June 2002 and is a member of Unigestion’s private equity investment committee. Paul began his career in 1995 as a financial analyst at Procter & Gamble. He then went on to advise on public and private capital raising for technology companies at Quartz Capital and was later an investment officer at BancBoston Capital, making and managing venture capital investments in Europe. Paul has a first class Master's degree in engineering, economics and management from Oxford University and is a Chartered Management Accountant.
MELINDA NICCI is founder and CEO of Baby2Body, the award winning, wellness company for women. She has dedicated her career to women’s wellness and is an expert in the antenatal and postnatal fields. She is a Sports and Exercise Psychologist, author, innovator, and her passion for wellness and optimising health and performance through technology has driven Baby2Body to its success today; a global business helping millions of women all over the world to live healthier and happier lives throughout pregnancy and early motherhood.
FRANCES O’GRADY became general secretary of the TUC in January 2013, the first woman ever to hold this post.
She joined the TUC as campaigns officer in 1994, and launched the Organising Academy in 1997.
Frances headed up the TUC’s organisation department in 1999, reorganising local skills projects into unionlearn which now helps a quarter of a million workers into learning every year.
As deputy general secretary from 2003, Frances led on the environment, industrial policy, the NHS and winning an agreement covering the 2012 Olympics. She has served as a member of the Low Pay Commission, the High Pay Centre, the Resolution Foundation’s Commission on Living Standards, the Commission on Economic Justice and the government’s National Retraining Partnership. In 2019 Frances became a Non-Executive Director, Bank of England Court of Directors.
LORD JIM O’NEILL is a member of the House of Lords, sitting on the cross benches, since he stepped down as Commercial Secretary to the Treasury in September 2016.
In July 2018, Lord O’Neill became Chair of Chatham House, the international think tank.
Jim is also Chairing the International Advisory Board for the Productivity Insights Network+ Programme, co-ordinated by Sheffield University.
Jim recently joined an EU/WHO Commission about the consequences of COVID-19.
Jim continues to be active in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), having chaired an independent Review into AMR for the Cameron Government, helping drive HM Government’s strategy as well as providing key input to the United Nations high level agreement in 2016. In 2018, Jim published a book on AMR with two of his colleagues from the Review.
Jim chaired the Cities Growth Commission in the UK, which formed the basis for the government’s approach to devolution and the concept of the Northern Powerhouse. He is now Vice Chair of The Northern Powerhouse Partnership.
He is Honorary Professor of Economics at Manchester University. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Sheffield, University of Manchester, University of London and from City University London. He received his PhD from the University of Surrey and is now a Visiting Professor there.
Jim, creator of the acronym “BRIC”, worked for Goldman Sachs from 1995 until April 2013, spending most of his time there as Chief Economist.
He is a board member and a founding trustee of the UK educational charity, SHINE. Jim has served on the boards of a number of educational foundations.
PHILIPP PATSCHKOWSKI is Managing Director of Neuberger Berman and a senior member of the Firm's Private Investment Portfolios group where he leads primary and secondary fund investments and direct co-investments. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Patschkowski was at Coller Capital where he was responsible for originating and executing secondary and strategic primary fund investments and co-investments. Prior to that, Mr. Patschkowski worked in investment banking at UBS and at Sal. Oppenheim, covering the communications, media and technology sectors. Mr. Patschkowski received an MBA from INSEAD in France/Singapore, and a Diploma in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Ulm in Germany. Mr. Patschkowski is a member of the LP Council of Invest Europe, the European private equity association.
GORDON POWER is Chief Investment Officer for Earth Capital (EC) and in this role responsible for the investment activities of the firm. He is also a co-founder of Earth Capital Holdings (ECH) with Stephen Lansdown, EC's holding company. ECH is a global investment management group focused on technology and infrastructure that addresses international opportunities in the climate change nexus of energy, food and water security.
Established in 2008, the group of specialist managers are responsible for over $1.6 billion AUM in sustainable and impact private markets investments across North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Returns from sustainable and impact investments have shown a 1.6x multiple increase over non-sustainable investments.
Gordon has over 34 years’ of private equity experience. He founded the private equity business ProVen Private Equity (now re-named Beringea) and led its buy-out from Guinness Mahon in 1997 acting as CEO and CIO until the firm’s sale in 2004. In 2003 ProVen had funds under management of $340m. Gordon’s investment track record extends to over 256 investments made over the last 34 years, generating an IRR of 28.5 per cent. During this time he has made 33 investments in sustainable technology within areas such as forestry, plastic recycling and eco-friendly building materials and brand packaging which have generated an IRR of 45%.
ANDREW C. REARICK is a U.S.-qualified (New York and Massachusetts) and English-qualified international counsel in the Corporate Department.
His practice covers a full range of cross-border corporate transactional matters for private equity and other institutional investors, as well as corporates, focusing in particular on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and other transformative transactions involving businesses centered in Europe, North America and emerging markets. Andrew is also a leader in the firms Alternative Asset and Secondary Investments Group, where he regularly advises general partners, secondaries fund sponsors, sovereign wealth funds and other investors on secondary transactions, GP-led restructurings and tender offers, preferred equity investments, co-investments and GP staking transactions. He has advised on transactions across many industries, but has particular experience in the financial services, telecommunications, media and technology and energy and natural resources sectors.
Mr. Rearick is recommended for private equity transactions by The Legal 500 UK (2018).
Mr. Rearick’s recent published articles include “Debevoise Discusses Private Equity Options in Face of Liquidity Crunch,” The CLS Blue Sky Blog (May, 2020); “The market for GP-led fund restructurings is maturing,” Private Funds CFO (June, 2019); “Three’s Company: An Evolving Market in Private Equity Add-On Transactions,” The M&A Lawyer (November/December, 2014); “Fifty Shades of Co-Investing: Part Two,” Private Equity Manager (February, 2013) and “Fifty Shades of Co-Investing: Part One,” Private Equity Manager (January, 2013).
Mr. Rearick joined Debevoise in 2007. He graduated in 1999 with an A.B. cum laude from Princeton University. He received his J.D. in 2007 from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law), where he was an articles editor of the Berkeley Journal of International Law.
Mr. Rearick is fluent in Russian and French and previously lived and worked in the former Soviet Union, France and The Netherlands.
CAMILLA RICHARDS is Partner and Head of Investor Relations at Atomico based in London. She oversees fundraising and the firm’s relationships with its investors globally.
Before joining Atomico, Camilla spent six years at Apollo Management where she was most recently responsible for investor relations and fundraising for European Principal Finance Funds. She has also held several roles at Citigroup as part of the Private Equity Placements and Technology, Media and Telecoms Corporate Finance groups.
Camilla graduated from Imperial College London with an MSci in Physics.
DAVID ROBINSON is the James and Gail Vander Weide Professor of Finance at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he serves as the co-Director of the Entrepreneurship Working Group. He is on the academic advisory board of the Private Equity Research Consortium, which promotes empirical research in private equity, as well as stronger dialog between the academy and the practitioner community. His research has appeared in leading academic journals in finance and economics.
David earned an MBA and a PhD from the University of Chicago, an M.Sc. from the LSE, and a BA from the University of North Carolina. In 2016 he received an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics, where he is the Erling Persson Visiting Professor.
JOANA ROCHA SCAFF is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman, Head of Europe Private Equity and a member of the Co-Investment, Private Investment Portfolios and Secondary Investment Committees. Ms. Rocha Scaff has over 20 years of experience in financial markets, the majority of which in private equity investing and prior to that in investment banking. She has been with the firm since 2005. Prior to NB Private Equity, Ms. Rocha Scaff worked in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers, and prior to that at Citigroup Global Markets and Espirito Santo Investment. She advised on corporate transactions including M&A, financial restructurings and public equity and debt offerings in the United States, Europe and Brazil. Ms. Rocha Scaff received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and her B.A. in Business Management and Administration from the Universidade Catolica of Lisbon. Ms. Rocha Scaff is a member of the LP Committee of the BVCA – British Private Equity Association and a member of the Limited Partner Advisory Committee of multiple European private equity funds.
JEREMY ROGERS is CIO at Big Society Capital, a wholesale financial institution that exists to improve people’s lives through investment. Since he joined in 2013 BSC has committed over £600m to UK impact investment across venture, direct lending, outcomes funding and social property. Jeremy is a former Managing Director at JP Morgan and a Senior Advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation Innovative Finance Group.
TOM ROTHERHAM-WINQVIST joined Wafra in November 2018 as Managing Director and Head of the European Office. His role includes strategic partnerships, including Capital Constellation; and screening EU-based investment opportunities. All investment decisions are taken in the New York City headquarters. Prior to joining Wafra, Tom spent 5 years helping to establish the Institutional Investors Roundtable (IIR) as the platform for pension and sovereign funds seeking to collaborate with peers and develop innovative models in private markets. Between 2009-2013 Tom was Director, Private Markets at Hermes Fund Managers and its beneficial owner, the British Telecom Pension Scheme.
Wafra was established in New York City in 1985 by its beneficial owner, the Kuwaiti Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS). Wafra manages c. $24 billion of assets and commitments in direct and fund investments across a range of alternative asset classes, including private equity, real assets and tradeable securities. Wafra acts as managing member of Capital Constellation, a cooperative of seven institutional investors who provide catalytic capital to next generation private market investor entrepreneurs.
YASH RUPAL is head of STB’s U.K. Tax Practice, which represents a broad range of U.K. and international corporate clients, financial institutions, investment funds, hedge funds, asset managers and their respective executives on complicated, often cross-border, mergers and acquisitions, investment fund planning and tax planning matters.
Yash advises extensively on tax disputes, tax litigation and HMRC enquiries. With more than 30 years of experience advising many of the world’s leading asset managers and financial institutions, Yash is widely regarded as one of the most preeminent tax practitioners in London.
The Legal 500 describes Yash as “combining technical excellence with genuine commerciality” and as having “unparalleled experience, industry knowledge and insight.” Chambers and Partners describes him as “outstanding” and praises him as “extremely gifted technically and massively pragmatic.
HENRY SALLITT is joint Managing Partner and co-founder of FPE Capital. He is passionate about building businesses and has spent all his career with growth companies both as an investor and as an operator. Prior to FPE Capital he was a Director of Quester, one of the largest growth capital investors in the UK. This followed eight years at AFA Systems, a financial services software company which he co-founded and joined full-time immediately prior to its IPO in 1996. From its foundation, Henry was part of a small team that drove the development of the group, both organically and by acquisition, resulting in an 8-fold increase in revenues. He returned to private equity, following the sale of AFA in 2004 to a trade buyer.
Outside the office, Henry has a large competitive family who keep him on his toes. He is rarely happier than when with them all on the south coast of Cornwall.
DANIEL SASAKI is a founder of Mayfair and is the firm's Managing Partner.
Daniel has been investing in TMT and Consumer businesses globally for the past 20 years. Prior to Mayfair, he led the investment effort of LDC’s London office, where he completed a number of high-profile investments including Easynet Global Services, Fever-Tree and uSwitch. Before joining LDC, Daniel had a successful investment career at Credit Suisse First Boston and SOFTBANK Europe Ventures, where he was the UK Head.
Born in the US and raised in the US and Japan, Daniel started his career as a corporate lawyer on Wall Street for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He was admitted to the New York Bar and remains a Member of the American Bar Association.
ADINAH SHACKLETON is Head of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) and is responsible for overseeing and further developing Permira’s ESG activities.
Prior to joining Permira, Adinah spent eight years with a global sustainability consultancy, as a principal Consultant focusing on transaction services and ESG for private equity clients. Before that, she spent over a year in construction as an Environmental Coordinator. Adinah is a member of the BVCA’s Responsible Investment Advisory Group and chaired the group for 18 months through to Q3 2019. She is also a current member of Invest Europe’s Responsible Investment Roundtable (Affiliate Network).
SARAH SHACKLETON has been a partner of DPI since its inception and has over 20 years of finance experience. DPI is a leading private equity firm focused on Africa with c$1.7bn AUM. Sarah is responsible for Legal; Compliance; HR; IT; Operations; Facilities; ESG.
Sarah is an active board director on Guernsey general partners and Morocco and Luxembourg investment holding companies. She is also co-chair of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Compliance & Best Practice Committee.
Before joining DPI, Sarah worked in equity research, operations and finance roles at UBS, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and HSBC.
CHARLES SMITH is a Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer of Glendower Capital.
Prior to Glendower, Charles spent 25 years at Deutsche Bank where he co-founded and has led the Secondary Opportunity Funds (“SOF”) business since 2006. Prior to setting up the SOF business, from 2003 to 2006 Charles was the Head of UK Corporate Investments, responsible for the restructuring and sale of Deutsche Bank’s €6 billion proprietary private equity portfolio. Before that, Charles was a Managing Director in the bank’s M&A team based in London focused on originating and executing transactions in the Technology, Media and Telecoms sectors.
Charles holds an MA in Natural Sciences and Management Studies from Cambridge University. He is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA).
NICHOLAS STOCKS is a General Partner at White Star Capital, an international VC fund with offices across North America, Europe and Asia. He is responsible for the UK and Europe, and was involved in the investments into Clark, Tier, Meero, Butternut Box, Packhelp and Red Sift among others.
Prior to this he was with Global Founders Capital, where he led or participated in investments such as Canva, Nested, Albert and Grover. He began his career at UBS and was an early member of the team at UKCloud. Nick holds an MBA from London Business School
TOMAS SYS has over 25 years’ experience in advising on transactional risk identification, mitigation, transfer and strategic advisory on environmental, health & safety (EHS) and ESG matters.
Tomas has provided advice across a variety of industrial sectors from automotive, chemicals and materials, construction, consumer, defence, energy, industrial products and services, infrastructure, leisure, manufacturing, real estate, TMT to transportation with assets located in over 40 countries worldwide. The details of recent transactions Tomas has advised on can be found on Mergermarket Profiler.
Tomas joined Ramboll in 2016 and currently leads the Ramboll’s M&A due diligence and ESG services in the UK, providing advisory throughout the investment cycle.
RICHARD TAFFLER is Professor of Finance and Accounting, at Warwick Business School. An authority on behavioral finance and investment, Richard has published over a hundred academic and professional papers and books. He is the father of the new paradigm of emotional finance which complements traditional and behavioral approaches to investment, and focuses on the vital role emotions and the unconscious play in driving investor decisions and market behaviour. He is now engaged in applying the insights of emotional finance to the private equity industry.
Professor Taffler’s other recent research and publications relate to market mispricing and the exploitation of stock market anomalies, including the market’s inability to deal with investor emotions and bad news appropriately, fund manager performance and skill, retail investor behavior and the part gambling plays in financial markets, the role of storytelling and trust in finance, and stock market and property bubbles.
An active speaker at industry events Richard also has a background in fund management and investment consulting and this directly informs both his research and teaching.
SITAR TELI has been a VC for 14 years, focusing on early-stage investments in both consumer and B2B companies. Prior to Connect, she was with Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, where she led their Series A round in SoundCloud. Sitar loves working on growth, culture, building high performance teams and finance strategy. She is on the board of Kheiron Medical, Fiit, Second Nature (OurPath), Homie and CharlieHR. Outside of work, she likes cooking, eating what she cooks and travelling (to places with great food). Sitar has a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Duke University.
NIGEL VAN ZYL specializes in advising asset managers, institutional investors and investment advisors across the full spectrum of investment fund matters.
Praised for his keen business sense and practical approach, Nigel advises leading international fund managers on all aspects of their fund business, including the formation, raising, maintenance and ongoing operation and compliance of their investment funds.
He also advises on internal governance, compliance and organization, carried interest and co-investment arrangements, spinouts, re-organizations and restructurings.
Nigel represents institutional investors, including fund of funds, sovereign wealth funds, and global asset managers, with respect to their investments into private equity and other alternative asset funds.
He also advises buyers and sellers of secondary fund interests and the structures used for these transactions, including synthetic secondary and co-investment structures.
VIGNESH VIJAYAKUMAR is an accountant by training and an ex banker having worked in the City for a number of years including spending time in Jersey, Isle of Man, Canada and Bermuda. Vignesh is now based in the Middle East and heads up the operations for one of the most sophisticated and institutional single family offices in the GCC region.
Their family office is intergenerational with a long standing investment program and the investment office is resourced with experts focusing on various asset classes. The office manages a multi-asset portfolio built on the endowment model with exposure to hedge funds, private equity, real estate, venture capital, private debt, fixed income and public equities. We look to build strategic relationship with our GPs and our endowment model allows us to take this long term partnership approach across several vintages. We often also serve in the LPAC committee for a number of relationships.
STEPHANIE WALL is passionate about sustainability and investing to create a more balanced, greener, cleaner and successful society. At Palatine, Stephanie delivers ESG leadership throughout the investment lifecycle, engaging with management teams to assess and manage ESG risks and value creation opportunities. Applying the ESG lens to investments stimulates innovative thinking that helps business leaders respond to the challenges we are facing and grow a future-ready, sustainable business. Responsible investing is critical to scaling the solutions to achieve a future that works for society and planet alike. Stephanie joined Palatine in 2018 from an environmental consultancy and has 10 years experience in the Responsible Investment sector. Stephanie provides support on a wide range of strategic ESG projects internally and across the Buy-Out and Impact funds; responsible for the implementation of the award-winning ESG framework and for driving internal ESG improvements.
CHECK WARNER is one of the founding partners of Ada Ventures, a $34m seed venture capital fund investing in overlooked founders and overlooked markets. Ada Ventures is backed by a group of mission aligned investors, including founders of Europe’s biggest technology companies including TransferWise and Supercell. Ada Ventures is named after Ada Lovelace, the pioneering computer programmer and mathematician, who was never recognised during the time she lived for what she contributed to the advancement of technology and science. Francesca is also the co-founder and CEO of Diversity VC, a non-profit made up of interested individuals working in venture capital, who seek to increase diversity of thought in the venture and tech industry. She’s worked at Seraphim Capital, Downing Ventures and Techstars. She graduated from Cambridge and worked in advertising before joining the VC industry. Francesca was named 35 Under 35 in Management Today 2018 and Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe in 2019.
KRISTINA WIDEGREN leads Rede’s European Coverage team and also plays an integral role in Rede's client relationships.
Kristina has worked across Rede’s clients from some of the largest Pan-European managers to specialist first time funds. With over 14 years’ private equity and financial markets experience, Kristina previously worked as a Director within the Investor Relations team of Palamon. Prior to Palamon she spent seven years at Lehman Brothers in ECM, responsible for relationship and coverage of European clients and the execution of transactions totalling over $30bn. Kristina holds a BSc in Business Management, IT and Languages from the University of York.
ANGELA WILLETTS is a Managing Director and Co-Chair of Responsible Investment Committee. She has over 30 years of experience evaluating, selecting, and monitoring private equity fund investments. Prior to joining Capital Dynamics, Angela was at the West Midlands Metropolitan Authorities Superannuation Fund. Earlier in her career, she was with Duncan C Fraser (Mercer), the consulting actuaries. Angela holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from University College of North Wales.
MARK WILLIAMS is responsible for all aspects of sourcing, delivering and managing majority and minority investment opportunities across the business services and education markets. Mark has led numerous deals including the buyouts of Times Higher Education, Chambers and Partners, Reed & Mackay, Kynetec, Alcumus and CTC Aviation Group, as well as the minority investment in Medivet.
Prior to joining Inflexion, Mark gained significant private equity experience from time spent at Sovereign Capital Partners and Bank of America Capital Partners Europe. He began his career in corporate finance at Close Brothers.
He has experience across the business services, education and healthcare sectors and also has particular experience in working with international growth companies.
Mark is a keen athlete and an accomplished snowboarder, having competed in numerous ironman and marathon events. He holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.
JENNY WHEATER is an international counsel in the firm’s Tax Department. She advises clients on the tax aspects of establishing and operating various types of investment funds, including private equity, debt and real estate funds, and on a variety of private equity transactions such as secondaries.
A long-standing, prominent member of the London tax and investment management community, Ms. Wheater sits on the British Venture Capital Association BVCA Tax Committee and on the Association of Real Estate Funds AREF Brexit Committee. She is also the lead editor of the book “Global Tax Aspects of Private Fund Formation” published in 2016, and is the editor of the IBA publication “Business Law International”.
Ms. Wheater is admitted to practise in both England & Wales and New York.
EDWARD WOODS is a Partner based in London. His responsibilities cover finance, legal and aspects of investor services, support functions and Edward attends the Bridgepoint Group Board.
Prior to his current role he was a Director in the investment team and has extensive transaction experience.
He previously worked at Citigroup and Schroders, in European M&A and is a graduate of the University of Cambridge.
JODI YANG joined Balderton as Head of Investor Relations in 2018. She was previously a partner at B Capital, a global venture capital firm started by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. Prior to B Capital, she was a founding partner of Gratia Capital, a spin-out of Canyon Capital, the $25 billion hedge fund.
Jodi is a bilingual Chinese-American who cut her teeth in finance at Citi and HSBC, then became an entrepreneur, co-founding Novo Holdings in Shanghai, which was ultimately purchased by KKR.
She has lived on three continents and in over a dozen cities. She is also an angel investor and enjoys helping talented entrepreneurs find capital to realise their ambitions.
Jodi holds a BS from University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She enjoys mentoring her fellow alumni and was recently President of the HBS Association of Southern California.
Originally a classically trained violinist, she now prefers to just jam for fun, whether jazz, funk or alternative. She is an avid runner and surfer, and she enjoys enabling cookies and consuming them.
LEILA ZEGNA is a founding partner at Kindred Capital, a London-based venture capital firm founded in 2015. Kindred is pioneering so-called equitable venture, where they share the profit of the fund (the carried income) with every entrepreneur they invest in - turning founders into partners in every sense of the word. Leila is on the board of companies including Pollen and LabGenius, and serves as senior advisory board member to Entrepreneur First. She is both an investor and an entrepreneur, with two decades of experience building and funding technology businesses, including cofounding her own genomics business in Silicon Valley. Leila is a mathematician by training with a first class degree from Yale University and a Harvard MBA.
PETR ZEMCIK is a Senior Director at the Moody’s Analytics London office who manages of a team of risk modellers and economists in London, Prague, and offices. He frequently serves as an engagement lead and a head modeller for projects across several lines of business in the U.K., continental Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to design and validate PD/LGD/EAD credit risk models for IFRS 9, A-IRB, and stress testing. He supervises quality control, development, and validation of macroeconomic country models, credit risk products using proprietary data, satellite market risk models, and other forecasting products in EMEA. In addition, he is involved in development and calibration of alternative macroeconomic scenarios – he currently leads the effort to develop climate risk scenarios at Moody’s Analytics. He previously worked at CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education of Charles University in Prague and the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He has published numerous articles on econometric methodology and on real estate bubbles in the United States and in Europe in peer-reviewed professional journals such as Journal of Real Estate Economics and Finance, Journal of Housing Economics, and Journal of Multivariate Analysis. Petr holds a Ph.D. and MA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and MSc in Econometrics and Operations Research from the University of Economics in Prague.
SHANI ZINDEL is a founding partner of Livingbridge. Shani joined Livingbridge in 1997 and, as Chief Investment Officer, is responsible for driving deployment and leading the new investment teams. Shani is a board trustee of youth charity Impetus which finds, funds and builds the most promising charities focused on transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people, as well as a member of Level20, a not for profit organisation working to improve gender diversity in the private equity industry.