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Aaron is the impact investment analyst at the Church Commissioners for England, the £8.7bn endowment fund of the Church of England. Aaron’s responsibilities include portfolio impact measurement and management, GHG emissions analysis and sourcing new impact investment opportunities. Prior to the Commissioners, Aaron was an investment consultant at PwC, developing a specific focus on sustainable and impact investment following backing from the firm’s internal innovation incubator.
Annachiara Marcandalli a Managing Director at global investment firm Cambridge Associates. She joined the firm in 2000, and throughout her time has worked with the key decision makers of a variety of institutional investors on critical strategic investment issues such as asset allocation strategy, manager selection, and impact integration. Annachiara is part of Cambridge’s Sustainable and Impact Investment Group and is the lead investor for a number of institutions that are actively integrating ESG criteria into their portfolios.
Anne co-founded Amadeus Capital Partners in 1997 with Hermann Hauser. Building on her scientific training and operating experience, Anne has been an active venture capitalist for over thirty years.
Early in her career Anne lived in the US, working in manufacturing with Cummins Engine Company and in strategy consulting with Bain & Co, before returning to the UK to join Apax Partners in 1989 to invest in early stage companies. She became Chief Operating Officer of one of her investee companies, Virtuality Group, after it listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1993, and then returned to investing as a business angel before founding Amadeus in 1997.
A former Chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (2004/05) and Invest Europe (formerly EVCA) (2014/15). Anne was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Court of the Bank of England in 2018 and in 2019 became a member of the Investment Committee of Yale Corporation, which is responsible for oversight of the Yale University Endowment.
Anne holds an MA in Metallurgy & Materials Science from Clare College, Cambridge, and a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale School of Management. She was awarded a CBE in 2006 for services to business and is an honorary fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Her past successes at Amadeus include Optos (OPTS:LN).
Ben joined Campbell Lutyens in 2007 and has advised a wide range of clients on the sale or restructuring of portfolios of private equity fund and direct interests. Prior to joining Campbell Lutyens, Ben worked in the strategic management consulting practice of Accenture where he advised on a number of strategic financial projects involving global institutions. He graduated with a first class master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Warwick.
Bernard joined Balderton as a Partner in 2008. He was named Managing Partner in 2016. Bernard Liautaud founded Business Objects in 1990 and was CEO for 15 years then Chairman until January 2008. With 6,700 employees, 45,000 customers and $1.5 billion of revenue in 2007, Business Objects was the world leader in Business Intelligence and one of the 15 largest software companies in the world. Business Objects was the first European software IPO on Nasdaq in 1994.
In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion, making it the third largest software acquisition at the time. Bernard is now a member of the Supervisory Board of SAP. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University from 2013 to 2018. He is now a member of the Stanford Global Advisory Council to the President.
In 2009, he co-founded Dashlane, a leading software company providing digital identity solutions for consumers and small businesses.
He has received a number of distinctions including "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur" in 2007 in France, Time Magazine Europe's Digital Top 25 and BusinessWeek Stars of Europe of 2002, Top 10 CEOs in North America by Chief Executive Magazine in 2001.
Education: Diplôme d'Ingénieur, Ecole Centrale de Paris, and Master of Science, Engineering Management, Stanford University.
Colin Mayer CBE is the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at Saïd Business School, and the former Peter Moores Dean of the School between 2006 and 2011. He is an expert on all aspects of corporate finance, governance and taxation, the regulation of financial institutions and the role of the corporation in contemporary society. He teaches the elective course on Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructurings on the MBA and the Masters in Financial Economics, the core programme on Responsible Business for MBA students, an elective on the Nature of the Corporation for MBA and Masters in Financial Economics students, and the Principles of Financial Regulation on the Masters in Law and Finance.
Colin studied as an undergraduate at Oriel College, Oxford, and received his DPhil from Oxford University in 1981. He was a Harkness Fellow at Harvard University, a Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England, the first Leo Goldschmidt Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at the Solvay Business School, Université de Bruxelles, and has had visiting positions at Columbia, MIT and Stanford universities. In 1994, Colin became the first professor at Saïd Business School, and was appointed the Peter Moores Dean of the Business School between 2006 and 2011. He was the first Director of the Oxford Financial Research Centre at the University of Oxford between 1998 and 2005.
Colin has served on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals and assisted in establishing prestigious networks of economics, law and finance academics in Europe at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the European Corporate Governance Institute. He was a founding editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy and a founding co-editor of the Review of Finance.
Colin was a director and chairman of Oxera between 1986 and 2010, and was instrumental in building the firm into what is now one of the largest independent economics consultancies in Europe. He is a director of Aurora Energy Research Limited, an energy modelling company. He has consulted for numerous large corporations and for governments, regulators and international agencies around the world.
Colin is an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, and St Anne’s College, Oxford, and he is a Professorial Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute. He is an Ordinary Member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal and a Trustee of the Oxford Playhouse.
Conor O’Sullivan is a Vice President at Paladin Capital Group and a member of Paladin’s investment team in Europe. His primary responsibilities include identifying, assessing and executing on compelling investment targets. Prior to joining Paladin, Conor was Investment Manager at Seraphim Capital focused on Seraphim’s $90m Space Fund, investing in deep tech early-stage start-ups in the space sector. Before Seraphim, Conor worked with close to 100 start-ups during his time as Head of Business Strategy at the Satellite Applications Catapult, a technology and innovation company set-up by the UK Government to drive economic growth through the development of satellite applications. Conor also spent five years in sales, trading and operations roles at two global investment banks prior to his post-graduate studies. Conor holds a First Class Honours degree in Business and Economics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College and an MBA from the University of Oxford. He also holds a private pilot’s license, flying single and multi-engine aircraft in the US and Europe.
Dr. Sarper H. Tanli has a long and successful career in healthcare, having begun as a physician in Istanbul in 1990 and subsequently earned a distinguished reputation as an expert in the field of healthcare planning and development.
He brings an outstanding track record in medical and healthcare management and operations across the United States, Turkey and latterly Dubai as both Director of Harvard Medical International and Vice President of Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services.
He was one of the leading executives establishing Dubai Health Care City and multiple outpatient centers in Dubai and various greenfield healthcare development projects in the Middle East and Turkey. He had created multiple clinical and academic collaborations between major medical institutions.
Previously, he has launched and grown a home care company employing 200 nurses in Turkey. He has acted as a trusted advisor to the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee to Manzil since 2013. He led Manzil healthcare Services as Group CEO and grew the company to more than 500 employees, active in three countries until early 2020. He holds a PhD and master in healthcare in addition to his medical degree.
Igor is a Partner at TPA. He is primarily involved in merger and acquisition advisory and valuations and works for clients from various sectors. Prior to joining TPA Igor worked wih Ernst & Young (1999- 2010), Komercni Banka and for Creditanstalt Investment Bank. He has been involved in many cross-border acquisitions and also acted as an privatisation advisor across CEE. Igor executed 100+ transactions, mostly cross-border.
Ilya Gertsberg is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at Apolis S.A.M. Based in Monaco, Apolis is a single family office whose main focus is private credit. Ilya was previously Director at Millennium Group AG (a family office with over $10bn at its peak), where he was responsible for public, private and fund investments globally, with a particular emphasis on yield generation. Ilya also held investment positions at the Russian sovereign wealth fund (RDIF), Moon Capital Management, Paladin Capital Group and D.E. Shaw. He started his career as an investment banking analyst at Lazard in New York. Ilya studied Economics and Mathematics at Columbia College, Columbia University and Finance at the MBA Program of University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School.
Karen is Chief Investment Officer at Beringea, responsible for making new investments and working with portfolio companies through to exit. Her investments have included Fnatic, Watchfinder, Thread, Blis, Monica Vinader, and MatsSoft amongst others.
Karen was previously with the Boston Consulting Group and ran the Watch division of Swiss Army/Wenger. She also has experience with start-ups as both a founder and advisor. Karen has lived and worked in the US, Europe, and Asia, and has an MBA from INSEAD and a BSBA from Boston University.
Kay-Mok Ku is Managing Partner for Gobi Partners. He joined Gobi in 2010 and has invested in over 30 companies, including Aptoide, Carsome, Deliveree, Eko, Superatom and Travelio. Prior to his career with Gobi Partners, Mok held the Vice President position in both Xinya Media and MediaCorp (Singapore). He was also part of the team that managed a $500 million fund at the Media Development Authority in Singapore, and is co-founder of Private Express, a cybersecurity startup based in Silicon Valley. He started his career with the Infocomm Development Authority, and has a Computer Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from San Jose State University.
Laura Shen is a partner and co-founder of Headway Capital Partners, a London based private equity secondaries firm with advised funds of over €700 million. Prior to co-founding Headway in early 2004, Laura and her two partners were part of the investment team at secondaries firm Coller Capital. Laura has an MBA from Harvard Business School and her prior experience also includes positions in private equity and investment banking with Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs.
Louis is responsible for executing on CPPIB’s Secondaries activities globally. He focuses on LP Secondaries, GP-led Secondaries, Portfolio-level Preferred Equity, GP-level Financings.
Louis has spent over 10 years in Secondaries and prior to CPP Investment Board, Louis worked on the investment team at Pantheon in London and TD Securities in New York.
Meiping is a Director within the Stonehage Fleming Private Capital team and is responsible for selecting private equity fund investments, portfolio construction and liquidity management. Headquartered in London, Stonehage Fleming is an international multi-family office with over $55bn of assets under management and advisory. Prior to Stonehage Fleming, Meiping previously worked for the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and HarbourVest Partners in London. She graduated from the London School of Economics with a first class honours degree in Accounting and Finance.
Ms. Lehmler-Brown is Partner in the Private Equity Funds team at Hayfin Capital Management responsible for private equity investments. Ms. Lehmler-Brown joined from Standard Life Aberdeen where, since 2006, she was a senior investment portfolio manager and investment committee member of the European private equity business – focusing on making primary, secondary and co-investments predominantly in the European private equity mid-market.
Outside of her role at Hayfin and linked to her commitment to ESG and sustainability, she is a Non-Executive Director on the board of the sustainability-focused investment firm Summa Equity. Prior to Aberdeen Asset Management, Ms. Lehmler-Brown was an Executive Director within the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. Before Goldman Sachs, Ms. Lehmler-Brown worked as an analyst with Morgan Stanley. Ms. Lehmler-Brown holds an MSc in Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden and Hochschule St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Nicolas is co-founder and Managing Partner of TiLT Capital Partners. He was most recently SVP in charge of Mergers & Acquisitions for Engie, a Paris based energy company employing over 150 000 people across 70 countries. He’s been working in the field of energy and project development / M&A for the last 13 years, after 5 years in HR working on social sustainability. He is also a First Mover Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
He enjoys structuring the small 200 kUSD access to energy projects in Africa as much as the multi-billion power or oil & gas deals in the US or Russia. Currently based in Paris, Nicolas lived in Brussels and Rome and spent a lot of time on transactions in the US, China, Russia, South-East Asia and South America. Sustainability and ethics have been at the core of his motivation, fueled by his graduation in Philosophy and Political Sciences and translated into a PhD in Economics on this topic, earned magna cum laude from Paris-Dauphine university.
Mr. Ferneini is a member of the private equity team focusing on Secondaries.
Prior to joining StepStone in 2019, Mr. Ferneini spent five years at Glendower Capital and Deutsche Bank focusing on Secondaries transactions. Previously Mr. Ferneini was an Investment Banker at Credit Suisse and Management Consultant at Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company).
Mr. Ferneini holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a M.Eng Grande Ecole diploma from Telecom Paris.
Pierre joined Amadeus Capital Partners in 2012 and leads early stage Health & Bio investments at Amadeus. He is on the boards of Inotec, Ori Biotech, Doctify, Congenica, PhoreMost, Quibim and oversees our investments in Lumeon and Organox.
Pierre brings operational experience to these investments, having managed the growth of several life science businesses in Asia and Europe. During a decade at biotech company Avesthagen, he guided the group’s strategy and European activities, contributing to acquisitions, joint ventures and exits.
Pierre is French and holds an MSc in Environmental Economics (Hons.-SciencesEco) from Université de Provence, France and a BSc in Finance (Math Spe.-SciencesEco) from Université Louis Pasteur, France. He has attended executive programs at Harvard, MIT and Stanford.
Pierre speaks French and English.
Ravi Thakran has been working in various leading positions at the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey Group (LVMH) since 2001. He has been the Group Chairman of LVMH South Asia & Southeast Asia, Australia and Middle East from 2007. LVMH is the world’s largest luxury goods company with over USD 200 Billion in market capitalization, USD 50 Billion in revenue and USD 7 Billion in profit. The group owns over 70 world famous brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi, Tag Heuer, Hublot, DFS, Sephora, Moët & Chandon, Dom Perignon and others.
Ravi Thakran is also the founder of L Capital Asia. From its foundation in 2010 the fund has invested USD 4 Billion in 32 companies across Asia Pacific; including leading companies like Charles & Keith, Gentle Monster, Bateel, YG Entertainment, R. M. William, Owndays Japan, Will’s Fitness China, FabIndia and PVR. 5 of L Capital's investment grossed USD 1 Billion in revenue and its maiden investment in China, Guangdong Marubi, is now listed in Shanghai Stock Exchange with market cap of over USD 4.5 Billion.
Prior to his time in LVMH, he had held senior management positions at the Swatch Group, Nike and the Tata Group. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
An award-winning corporate advisor, investor and dealmaker for technology ventures and investors, Spyro has been instrumental in the impressive growth of consumer internet companies such as Delivery Hero and various Rocket Internet-backed businesses. He is the founder of technology and investment advisory firm, Global Venture Partners, having advised on deals and investments globally.