Founder and Managing Partner
Orlando Bravo is a Founder and Managing Partner of Thoma Bravo. He led Thoma Bravo’s early entry into software buyouts and built the firm into one of the top private equity firms in the world. Today, Orlando directs the firm’s strategy and investment decisions in accordance with its principles of partnership, innovation, and performance. Orlando has overseen over 375 software acquisitions conducted by the firm, representing more than $190 billion in transaction value. Forbes named him “Wall Street’s best dealmaker” in 2019, and he was part of Thomson Reuters “Eight Buyout Pros to Watch” in 2009.
Orlando was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Brown University in 1992 and earned a JD from Stanford Law School and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1998.
He is the Founder and Chairman of the Bravo Family Foundation, the mission of which is to provide access and opportunities to young adults in Puerto Rico. Orlando directs the organization’s various programs and initiatives to promote entrepreneurship, community-based leadership and economic development in Puerto Rico. After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, he spearheaded a humanitarian mission to remote communities on the island. In 2019, Orlando committed $100 million to the Foundation’s Rising Entrepreneurs Program (REP) with the goal of fostering entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico.
The Orlando Bravo Center for Economics Research at Brown University supports innovative research, training and collaborative projects for faculty and students in the Department of Economics. At Stanford Law School, Orlando created the Bravo Family Public Interest Post-Graduate Fellowship Fund to support students seeking full-time employment in public interest.
Orlando’s philanthropic interests also include causes in healthcare. He endowed faculty scholar and fellow positions at Stanford University’s Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research. He supports a wide range of medical research conducted at Stanford University, at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Orlando is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Corporation of Brown University.
Head of Sustainability & Digital Transformation
Candice Brenet has been Head of Sustainability and Digital Transformation for Ardian since December 2013. She has worked for Ardian since July 2008 where she started as Head of Product Marketing and Client Servicing.
Ariane de Rothschild
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer of ICG / Chairman of the BVCA Alternative Lending Committee
Benoît joined ICG in Paris in September 2002 from Swiss Re where he was a Managing Director in their London Structured Finance division. Prior to Swiss Re, Benoît worked in the Leveraged Finance division of BNP Paribas and in GE Capital’s Telecom and Media Private Equity team in London. He moved to ICG’s London office in 2007 and became ICG’s CEO and Chief Investment Officer in 2017.
He is an experienced investor with a strong understanding of the markets in which the Group operates. During his time on the Board he has been a strong contributor to the Group’s strategic development, including leading our European investment business. He contributes a thorough understanding of financial markets and the Group’s investment portfolio to Board proceedings.
Nadim El Gabbani
Senior Managing Director
Private Equity – London
Nadim El Gabbani is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in London, where he focuses on the Financial Services, Business Services, and Technology sectors.
Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. El Gabbani has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in BankUnited, Bayview, Exeter, First Eagle, Lendmark, Luminor, Michaels Stores, NIBC, Service King, Sithe Global Power, Stearns and TeamHealth. He serves as director of Luminor Bank and NIBC. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. El Gabbani worked at Qalaa Holdings, where he was involved in the evaluation and execution of private equity transactions in North America and the Middle East.
Mr. El Gabbani received a B.A. in Physics from Columbia College and an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was selected as a Baker Scholar.
Managing partner & CEO
Antoine Flamarion co-founded Tikehau Capital in 2004. Previously, he worked in the Mortgage and Principal Investment department of Goldman Sachs in London which he joined in 1999. He began his career in 1997 in the Principal Investment department of Merrill Lynch in Paris.
Richard Gröttheim worked in financial services since 1985. He joined AP7 in 2000 and was previously Director at the Swedish Central Bank from 1994 to 1999, and at Aragon Fondkommission AB, Götabanken from 1986 to 1993
Tim He works primarily with the tech-enabled business thesis and focus on our growth investment strategy. His role includes all aspects of developing new investment ideas, assessing and executing new investments, but more importantly further developing the Summa platform, and working with founders and CEOs to support them in value creation and building the companies for the next stage of their journey.
He is drawn to Summa for three simple reasons: 1) great people whom he is truly humbled and inspired by, 2) Summa Equity shared values on doing good while making great returns, and 3) a belief that technology can do great things and enable us to overcome some of the greatest challenges facing our future.
His career has been a mix of finance, entrepreneurship, and investments, with tenures at Kinnevik, Northzone, Groupon, Merrill Lynch, and the Danish Central Bank. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, MFE from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and a BSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.
Senior Managing Director, EMEA
Nick Jansa leads investment activities and portfolio management in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region for Ontario Teachers’. He is based in Ontario Teachers’ London office.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Nick spent almost 25 years at Deutsche Bank where he progressed to Managing Director, Co-Head of Corporate Finance EMEA and Global Co-Head of Leveraged Debt Capital Markets. Over the course of his career, he gained deep expertise as both capital allocator and principal investor, built strong European knowledge, and cultivated a robust network on the buy and sell side.
Christian Lucas is a Managing Director of Silver Lake, which he joined in 2010 as co-head of the firm’s activities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Silae, Vice Chairman of the Board at Cegid, Chairman of the Board of MeilleurTaux, and a Board member of Global Blue, where he was Chairman for eight years. In addition, Mr. Lucas previously served as a Board member of Soitec and ZPG. Mr. Lucas began his career in strategic consulting at McKinsey & Company and then worked as an investment banker, focusing on technology, digital media, and telecommunications. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Lucas was Managing Director and Head of the Technology Group at Morgan Stanley. He has been a French Foreign Trade Advisor in the U.K since 2012 and was awarded the Medal of Knight of the Legion of Honour by France in 2019. Mr. Lucas holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School having graduated before from ESSEC Graduate School of Management and from the Paris International Law School at the University Panthéon-Assas, both in France.
Partner & Global Head of Public Affairs
Ken Mehlman (New York) joined KKR in 2008 and is a Partner, Global Head of Public Affairs & Co-Head of KKR Global Impact at KKR. Since joining the firm, Mr. Mehlman has architected KKR’s responsible investment efforts to create shared value for KKR investors and other stakeholders. He has also worked to identify investment opportunities by leveraging geopolitical, public policy & ESG trends. KKR Global Impact is the firm’s private market investing platform investing in commercial solutions to global challenges associated with climate change, lifelong learning, sustainable living & inclusive growth. Mr. Mehlman has focused on purpose & equity throughout his career in government, politics, business and philanthropy. He spent a dozen years in national politics and government service, including as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Campaign Manager of President Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, the only Republican presidential campaign in 30 years to win the popular vote. Mr. Mehlman also served in high level positions in Congress and the White House. He holds a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Mehlman is a trustee of Mt. Sinai Hospital of New York, Franklin & Marshall College, Teach for America, the United Negro College Fund and Seizing Every Opportunity (SEO). Mr. Mehlman was active in the successful effort for marriage equality, employment non-discrimination and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Partner, Co-head of Services and member of the TMM Investment Advisory Committee
Nadia is an Investment Advisory Professional. She co-heads the Services team and has been involved in a number of investments, including Rütgers, Lehnkering, Polygon, WZS and more recently Swiss IT Securities Group.
She joined Triton in 2006 from Dresdner Kleinwort in Frankfurt, where she worked in M&A and corporate finance advisory. She has a Diplom-Kauffrau degree from the European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
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).
Private Equity Portfolio Manager
Head of Performing Credit and Portfolio Manager
Mr. Panossian is a managing director and Oaktree’s Head of Performing Credit, as well as a member of the investment committee for Oaktree’s Direct Lending strategy. He also serves as portfolio manager for the Strategic Credit strategy and co-portfolio manager for the Global Credit Plus strategy. His responsibilities include oversight of the firm’s performing credit activities including the senior loan, high yield bond, private credit, convertibles, structured credit and emerging markets debt strategies. Mr. Panossian also serves as co-portfolio manager for Oaktree’s Life Sciences Lending platform, which focuses on investment opportunities across the healthcare spectrum from biotechnology and pharmaceuticals to medical devices and healthcare services. Mr. Panossian joined Oaktree in 2007 as a senior member of its Opportunities group. In January 2014, he joined the U.S. Senior Loan team to assume co-portfolio management responsibilities and lead the development of Oaktree’s CLO business. Mr. Panossian joined Oaktree from Pequot Capital Management, where he worked on their distressed debt strategy. Mr. Panossian received a B.A. degree in economics with honors and distinction from Stanford University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Panossian then went on to receive an M.S. degree in health services research from Stanford Medical School and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. Mr. Panossian serves on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He is a member of the State Bar of California.
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.
Managing Director of Blue Owl and member of the Dyal Capital Investment Team
Matthew Rees is a Managing Director of Blue Owl and member of the Dyal Capital Investment Team. Based in London, he manages Dyal’s relationships with investors and alternative asset management firms in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Before joining Blue Owl, Matthew was the Global Head of Marketing for the NB Alternatives platform, a group of hedge fund and private equity businesses.
He earned a degree in accounting and economics from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from New York University.
Managing General Partner
Scott Sandell is the Managing General Partner of NEA. Since joining the firm in 1996, Scott has led investments in a wide range of technology companies and has played a role in many industry-transforming businesses including Bloom Energy, Cloudflare, Data Domain, Robinhood, Salesforce.com, Tableau Software, and Workday. Scott is currently the lead independent director of Cloudflare (NYSE: NET) and a director of Coursera (NYSE: COUR), and Tuya (NYSE: TUYA). Scott also serves on the boards of a number of private companies including Branch, GoodLeap, Inkitt and One Concern. He also remains actively involved with the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), where he served as Chairman of the Board from 2014-2015, and is a founding director of Venture Forward, a nonprofit launched by the NVCA with a focus on areas critical to the future and strength of the VC industry – history, education, diversity, equity & inclusion, and research & data. In 2019, he received the NVCA Outstanding Service Award for his significant contributions to the venture community. Additionally, Scott currently serves as the inaugural Chairman of Global Innovation Venturing (GIV), an organization focused on strengthening ecosystem collaboration to support entrepreneurs and foster innovation.
Outside of NEA, Scott is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University in the Department of Management Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering where he co-teaches a course on principled entrepreneurship. He also previously served on the Board of Advisors of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth for over a decade (from 2009 – 2021) and is currently an emeritus member.
Before joining NEA, Scott was a product manager at Microsoft. Prior to that, Scott co-founded and ran the European subsidiary of C-ATS Software. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group. Scott holds an MBA from Stanford and an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.
Joana Rocha Scaff
Head of PE Europe
Joana Rocha Scaff is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman, Head of Europe Private Equity and a member of the Co-Investment and Private Investment Portfolios Investment Committees. Previously, Ms. Scaff worked in investment banking covering primarily the telecommunications, media and information services sectors. Ms. 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. Scaff received her MBA from Columbia Business School and her BA in Business Management and Administration from the Universidade Catolica of Lisbon. Ms. Scaff is a member of the LP Committee of the BVCA – British Private Equity Association. Ms. Scaff is a member of the Limited Partner Advisory Committee of multiple European buyout funds.
Head of Fund and Co-investments
Yvonne joined RI in September 2018 and is currently responsible for Fund and Co-investments within RI. Prior to RI, Yvonne gained 12 years of experience in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), bringing relevant deal experience to efficiently execute co-investment processes as well as an extensive network to bring relevant (sector-related) value to portfolio companies and partners. From 2011-2018, she worked at Rabobank M&A where she led a variety of F&A transactions and was also responsible for Dairy M&A coverage. Prior to that, she worked at the M&A team of ING in London (2006-2010). Yvonne has a Master’s degree in International Business (Finance track) from the University of Maastricht and passed all levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.
Partner – Head of Healthcare
Joined in May 2015. Raj has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He is Head of the Healthcare sector team and he is the responsible advisor for Nordic Capital investments in the sector. Raj holds several non-executive positions including the boards of ERT, ArisGlobal, Alloheim and Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity. Prior to joining, Raj’s healthcare experience spans both working as a practitioner, having initially qualified and practiced as a cardiac surgeon at Oxford, through to extensive transactional experience gained as Co-Head of Goldman Sachs healthcare investment banking practice where he advised private equity and corporate clients. Raj holds degrees in medicine and surgery from Imperial College, London as well as being Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and an MBA from London Business School.
Chief Investment Officer (CIO)
He was previously Chief Investment Officer at P+, Pensionskassen for Akademikere, formed via a merger between the pension funds JØP and DIP, a position he has held since January 2017. Until joining ATP, he was also a member of the board of directors of PKA+ Pension Forsikringsselskab A/S.
Prior to P+, he held management positions at, i.a. Nordea, UBS Investment Bank and Barclays Capital, focusing on advisory business and sales to institutional investors across Scandinavia and the Benelux countries. He is a former co-owner of ScanRate Financial System A/S. Mikkel is a former external lecturer at Aarhus University and has published in some of the leading international finance journals.
Mikkel Svenstrup was born on 28 December 1973 and holds a cand.scient.oecon (MSc Economics) from Aarhus University. He also holds a Ph.D in Finance from Aarhus University.
Albrecht von Alvensleben
Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Europe
Albrecht von Alvensleben is Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Europe. In this role, he is responsible for all direct private equity activities in the region and leads a team of private equity professionals.
Mr. von Alvensleben has over 15 years of private equity experience, including completing majority and minority investments in private and public companies across the mid-cap and large-cap space. Before joining CDPQ in London in 2017, he spent nine years at Wendel, a publicly listed long-term investment firm based in Paris, where he was a Senior Director within the European investment team. Prior to that, he worked at Lehman Brothers, where he was part of the Merchant Banking Group, the firm’s captive private equity fund, based in London.
Mr. von Alvensleben holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in Management from ESCP-EAP European School of Management. He currently sits on the Boards of Directors of Techem and Datamars.
Nathalie von Niederhaeusern
Head of EMEA
Nathalie von Niederhaeusern, Managing Director, is a member of the BlackRock Private Equity Partners (PEP) group within BlackRock Alternative Investors.
Ms. von Niederhaeusern has more than 15 years of experience in the private equity and corporate finance industry. She started her career in 1997 at Zurich Financial Services, Switzerland, in the Mergers & Acquisitions department, focusing on the life and non-life insurance sectors. In 1999, she joined Swiss Re, Switzerland, focusing on the company’s strategic, long-term investments in the insurance industry. As from 2001, she worked for Swiss Re’s Private Equity Fund of Funds unit, where she was responsible for investments in European and US based private equity fund managers. In 2005, she moved to New York, United States, to establish the North American presence of the unit. Prior to joining BlackRock Private Equity Partners, Ms. von Niederhaeusern was Head Private Equity and Investment Monitoring and member of the Investment Committee at Swiss Re Private Equity Partners.
Ms. von Niederhaeusern holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Bern, and is a CFA and CAIA charterholder.
Head of Private Equity