Sir Ronald Cohen
Marco De Benedetti
Wol has been instrumental in developing the Livingbridge strategy, leading the spin out from its parent F&C in 2005, building the team and a strong internal culture. He joined a predecessor of Livingbridge in 1993 and has led the business since 1998. His role encompasses overall responsibility for the leadership and strategic development of Livingbridge, senior-level involvement in winning deals and active involvement in selective key investments.
Wol 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. The charity awards grants to facilitate improvements to healthcare services in the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. 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.
Maggie looks after client relationships for our platform of funds and has been involved with or led the raising of the firm’s eight most recent funds. These have included successive funds in existing strategies as well as the development of new strategies to the Bridges platform.
Before her current role in Client & Strategy Development, Maggie spent her first five years as a member of the investment team of the Bridges Sustainable Growth Funds and worked on a number of investments in the sustainable living theme, including the successful exit of Whelan Refining.
Prior to joining Bridges, Maggie worked at London-based Climate Change Capital, a specialist merchant bank in the environmental markets. She started her career as a strategy management consultant with McKinsey & Co in New York City. Maggie studied environmental science and public policy at Harvard University and has an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Maggie currently sits on the BVCA Advisory Group on Impact Investment and on the Working Group on Re-visioning Social Investment as part of the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of sustainable and impact investment and the private markets industry.
Virginie Morgon is CEO of Eurazeo. Since she joined Eurazeo’s Executive Board in 2008, Ms. Morgon has accelerated the firm’s diversification and growth across investment strategies and geographies, transforming Eurazeo into a multi-strategy international investment firm able to support companies across size and scale, from venture capital to large cap.
Ms. Morgon spent over 16 years as an investment banker at Lazard and became the youngest managing senior partner in Paris in 2001. During her tenure, she advised international groups such as Air Liquide, Danone, Kingfisher, Publicis and Renault. She spent her time in transatlantic cities New York, London and Paris.
She serves on the Board of Directors of Asmodee and Moncler and is an independent Board member of L’Oreal. Previously, she served on the Boards of AccorHotels and Vivendi. Since 2011, Ms. Morgon has been regularly ranked on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International 50 list. She is a vocal advocate for diversity in leadership, as a founding member of the Women’s Forum for Economy & Society, and for global equality, as Co-Chair of the Paris Committee for Human Rights Watch.
Virginie Morgon has a degree from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Economics and Finance section) and holds a Master’s in Economics and Management (MIEM) from the University of Bocconi (Milan, Italy).
Pär-Jörgen Pärson has been a general partner at Northzone since 2004. At Northzone, his primary areas of focus are disruptive businesses in consumer internet, health and fintech.
His portfolio includes multi-billion dollar exits in market-defining companies such as Spotify, iZettle and Avito, as well as Pricerunner, Jasper, Videoplaza, and current companies like Hopin, fuboTV, Spring Health, Stockeld Dreamery and others. He appeared several times in Forbes’ Midas List.
Before joining Northzone, Pärson ran his own investment firm and was a consultant at McKinsey. He holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Partner and Head of European Primary Investment
Helen is a Partner and Head of Pantheon’s European Investment Team. Prior to joining Pantheon, Helen worked for Russell Investments, where she was Managing Director with overall responsibility for private equity in Europe. Helen holds a BA and a MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a MBA from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Helen is also Chair of the BVCA for 2017 – 2018.
Managing Director, Head of EMEA
- Ph.D. & B.Com from University of Edinburgh
- Master’s degree from University of Cambridge
Chief Investment Officer
Alessandro Tappi is the Chief Investment Officer at the European Investment Fund (EIF), responsible for the investments in venture capital and private equity funds, as well as structured finance solutions for SME credit portfolios. He has a long track record in SME securitisation. From 2006 to 2008, Alessandro was Member of the Board of Directors of EFSE, the largest microfinance investment fund worldwide.Prior to joining EIF, Alessandro worked for several years in project financing at San Paolo Bank, Italy. Alessandro holds an MBA in Business Administration and a Diploma in Economics from the University of Turin. He has been a university lecturer and has led training courses on Structured Finance products and Financial Modelling.
Harrie Van Rijbroek