Nicolas started his career working for start-ups in Silicon Valley during the 2000 boom, moved on to executive and investor roles, and finally worked as a Venture Capitalist in London, before leading BlaBlaCar’s global expansion. He is also an active angel investor. Nicolas holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MSc in Optics from the Ecole Superieure d’Optique and an MSc in Applied Physics from Paris XI University.
Prior to EBRD Mr. Mellinger was a Director, Head of Business Development, and Deputy General Manager of the mortgage bank with Banque Sovac, a US $10 billion total balance sheet consumer finance, leasing, and mortgage finance affiliate of Lazard Freres. Mr. Mellinger’s previous experience includes a position as a senior officer at the French Minister of Finance in charge of export, credit finance, and financial relations with Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Mellinger, a graduate of the French Ecole Nationale d’Administration, holds a degree in Economics from Paris University, a Law Degree from La Sorbonne, and a degree in Political Science from Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris.
At Index, Timm focuses on venture and growth investments in the DACH region and across Europe. His prior career experience includes 11 years at Morgan Stanley, most recently as an executive director in the European technology investment banking practice. Timm sees a future increasingly shaped by young ambitious entrepreneurs – and believes supporting them today is one of the smartest investments that can be made.
Prior to EQT, Bartek worked at Warburg Pincus and at Goldman Sachs in London.
Bartek holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a master’s degree in finance and banking from the Warsaw School of Economics.
Fournais held various positions in the financial services sector, before he established Saxo Bank with Lars Seier Christensen in 1992 under the name Midas. Fournais headed Midas alone until 1995, when Seier Christensen joined as co-CEO. In 2001, Midas attained European bank status and was officially renamed Saxo Bank.
From the outset, Fournais has taken particular interest in Saxo Bank’s innovative online trading technology and currently assumes responsibility for running Saxo Bank’s Head Quarters including the Nordic activities for the bank and IT India.
Today, Saxo Bank provides online trading services for a retail client base in over 160 countries and many of the world’s leading financial institutions, including Citibank, the largest bank in the US.
Kim Fournais has invested in the rebuilding of the Danish island ‘Vejrø’ as an organic farm and meeting place for private people and corporations. Most recently, Inner Mission’s last hotel ‘Stella Maris’ has been acquired and will be converted into a hotel and conference center with organic foods from Vejrø.
Mr. Mountford turnaround successes include:
Repositioning The Moss Bros Group from a struggling family business to a leading fashion retailer and creating distinct operating models for Moss, Moss Hire, Hugo Boss, Canali, Simon Carter and Cecil Gee. This resulted in a £7million profit from a £7 million loss in 4 years.
Hunkemöller is now the No 1 lingerie retail brand in Northern Europe with 600 stores in 16 countries. The brand has grown from 400 to 600 stores between 2009 and 2013 and profits have doubled. During this period Hunkemöller has transformed from a store-based business to a leader in multi-channel retail including Click and Collect.
The Hunkemöller transformation continues with the sale from Maxeda to PAI in 2011 and a new, accelerated growth strategy to achieve a further 75 stores in 2013 and a total of 900 by 2017. The vision is to offer our customers wherever they shop – in-store, online, mobile, airports, shop in shops – the same consistency of world class service and brand experience.
Hendrik gained his entrepreneurial experience as a Co-Founder of GMM, a group of private investors focusing on buy-outs of mid-sized companies and gained his operational experience as Project Manager in the Technology Department of Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm (now Daimler-Chrysler Aerospace) focusing on the design and innovative manufacturing processes of composite aircraft structures. Previously, Hendrik was a Partner with McKinsey & Co. in their Munich and Madrid offices where he led McKinsey’s small and mid-sized company initiative and participated in creating McKinsey New Venture. He attended the Technical University of Munich and holds a Dipl.-Ing. (MSc equivalent) and PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Michael is heading the pan-European business together with four senior partners and is responsible for the execution of the private equity business, especially in the German speaking countries. He is member of the pan-European Investment Committee.
Prior to joining Equistone Partners Europe Michael gained many years’ experience in banking and in particular in corporate and acquisition finance, latterly as Co-Head of corporate finance of Bankhaus Reuschel & Co, a Dresdner Bank group company.
He has a college degree, BA equivalent, in banking.
Formerly CEO Ratos 1999-2012, President Atle Mergers & Acquisitions 1996-98, Atle 1993-98, President Hartwig Invest 1988-93, Aktiv Placering 1982-88.
Mirja joined Aberdeen in 2014 from the SWIP heritage team. Since joining SWIP in 2006, Mirja has formed strong relationships with many of the leading European private equity funds, particularly those in the Nordic and German-speaking regions.
Mirja is also a member of the advisory committees of select private equity funds and is invited to speak at private equity conferences in her coverage region. Prior to joining SWIP, Mirja worked at Goldman Sachs International as an executive director in the leveraged finance area in London, and prior to that as an associate in the mergers and acquisitions group in Frankfurt. She has also worked as an analyst at Morgan Stanley.
Mirja has an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics and Hochschule St Gallen. She speaks fluent Swedish and German.
Ms. Junco joined Blackstone in 2006 as the Chief Operating Officer of the European Private Equity team where she was responsible for a variety of organizational and operational matters including career development, recruiting and training, staffing of assignments, new business and expansion opportunities and relationships with third party vendors. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Junco worked at the Boston Consulting Group as a Project Leader in London for three years and at JP Morgan’s Structured Finance teams in London and New York for over four years. She has also worked for the Financial Times, both as a writer and as part of the editorial team. Ms. Junco received an MBA from INSEAD. She graduated from University College London with a B.Sc. in Economics and from the University of Siegen (Germany). She speaks fluent German, Spanish and French.
Serge joined IFC’s Asset Management Company in December of last year – moving from the IFC, which he joined in 2000, in the FIG department of Latin America. During his tenure at IFC, he led more than 40 equity transactions with a value of $1.4 billion. He also held regional responsibilities at IFC, until recently leading government and client relations for South Asia. While at IFC, he lived successively in Washington, Rio, Bogota, Hong Kong, New Delhi and now Singapore. Prior to joining IFC, he spent 12 years at the head of various financial institutions in frontier markets, from mortgage to commercial banking.
Mr. Devieux holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, a Master of Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Helen received a BA and an MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. In addition to her responsibilities at Pantheon, Helen is involved with the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA), where she sits on the Limited Partners Platform Council and has recently been appointed to the EVCA Board of Directors. Helen is bilingual in English and French.
Mr. Perlman received a bachelor’s degree in business administration (B.B.A.) from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
In 2015 she was appointed President of the European Movement in Denmark, taking over from Anne E. Jensen, and separately became the new Chair of the Board of BankNordik. She is also President of the Royal Danish Theatre, a Member of the Board of Allianz, a non-executive director of Aker, and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Copenhagen in the Department of Operations Management.
Born and raised in Malaysia, he started creating web products at age 15. By the age of 30, he has built a news company SAYS.com (now listed in the Malaysian stock exchange as REV Asia) and e-commerce company GroupsMore (acquired by Groupon).
His focus areas at 500 Startups managing the Southeast Asian fund, setting up new regions, and building bridges between emerging markets and Silicon Valley.
Before Telepizza Pablo was the Managing Director of International Business (EMEA) for the Group Bupa with a business volume of 2.5B EUR and over 10.000 employees.
Bupa is the market leader of private sanitation in the United Kingdom, Spain, Australia, Thailand and Saudi Arabia, and also has operations in Scandinavia and presence in 190 countries.
For four years, until June 2008, Juantegui was CEO of the Sanitas Group. The Group includes the companies Sanitas Seguros, Sanitas Residencia, Sanitas Hospitales and Sanitas Diversificación. In his 4 years of management, Juantegui doubled the net profit of Sanitas Seguros (from 41M in 2003 to 89M in 2007) and increased the client base from 1.36 Million to 1.87 Million.
Before being CEO of Sanitas, Juantegui was also a first executive of the Spanish branch of Telefónica Publicidad and Información (TPI). Since 1998 and until his incorporation in TPI, Juantegui, economis and MBA by Instituto de Empresa, was General Dorector of the “Compañia de Vinos y Licores González Byass”.
Before this Juantegui developed several managerial functions in the North America Breweries Coors Brewing Company; Mars Inc.; and IBM.
Professor Talmor is the co-author of International Private Equity, broadly considered to be the reference book on the private equity industry. He is frequently invited to deliver keynote speeches to business executives worldwide, including expert testimonies to the UK Parliament and advising the UK Prime Minister’s Office.
Professor Talmor served on the Board of Governors of London Business School and the advisory board of the African Venture Capital Association. Business-wise, he practices venture capital with multiple exits; notably he co-founded SunRay Renewable Energy, which was acquired in 2010 in a transaction considered as one of Europe’s largest venture exits of that year.
Innocenzo Cipolletta is a publicist and economics commentator of the Italian magazine Espresso and for other newspapers. He is also the author of a large number of scientifc publications and books and member of a number of non-proft organisations such as the Italian Statistics Society, the Italian Economists Society, Demographics and Statistics, the ISTAO (Istituto Adriano Olivetti per la Gestione Economica dell’Azienda) and of the Italian Institute for International Affairs (IAI). Innocenzo Cipolletta has been appointed Cavaliere di Gran Croce.