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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
JAYNE MOULD is the BVCA's Chief Operating Officer and Head of Finance. Jayne qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC where she worked in the audit, transaction services and structuring departments. Prior to joining the BVCA, Jayne was an Investment Manager at a LSE listed self-managed investment trust. She has also worked for an international media company where she was responsible for the assessment of investment opportunities and the on-going portfolio management held by the group. Jayne holds a B.A. (Hons) in Medieval and Modern History.
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.
ANDREW 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.