They will share their expertise

François Aguerre

Coller Capital


As Co-Head of Origination, Francois is responsible for managing the firm’s investment origination activities worldwide. He is based in the firm’s London office.

Prior to joining Coller Capital in 2007, Francois worked in the Investment Banking division of UBS in London. Previously, he worked at Gimar Finance and PAI Partners in Paris, and at Société Générale in New York.

Francois has an MSc in Engineering from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France, and an MBA from INSEAD.

John Anderson

Head of Corporate Finance


John C. S. Anderson is Head of North American Bond Investing at John Hancock and parent company Manulife. He directs U.S. and Canadian investment teams in the origination, analysis, and management of investments in public bonds, private placement debt, and private equity to support the insurance and other products guaranteed by Hancock and Manulife.


John is also an approving officer for all private equity investments made by the Boston investment teams, and sits on the global credit committee of parent company Manulife.


Prior to his current role, John led the U.S. investment teams, and prior to that led the firm’s Power & Infrastructure investing team, growing that team’s assets under management from $10 billion to $17 billion.


Prior to joining John Hancock in 2001, John worked for 10 years in the New York and London offices of JP Morgan Chase, where he led teams that advised on or arranged more than US$ 8 billion in bank and bond market financing.


John holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA in Economics from The University of Chicago.

André Aubert

LGT Capital Partners

André Aubert is a Partner, Private Equity at LGT Capital Partners AG. He joined the firm in 2005 and leads private equity secondaries at the firm. Prior to this, André was a Principal at Index Ventures. He joined the firm in 1999. Previously, he was a Consultant at McKinsey, primarily in the telecommunications and banking sectors. Before this, he worked as a Research Assistant in the Telecom Laboratory at the University of Tokyo. Mr. Aubert holds an M.Sc. in Telecom Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.

Hazem Ben-gacem

Head of Corporate Investment – Europe
InvestCorp International


Hazem Ben-Gacem heads Investcorp’s European private equity activities and is also the Managing Partner of the Investcorp Technology Partners group of funds. He also serves on the Firm’s Operating Committee, Global Corporate Investment Committee, European Real Estate Investment Committee and the Financial & Risk Management Committee.


Hazem joined Investcorp’s private equity group in London in 1994 and, since 2012, Hazem has been tasked with leading the European private equity team. Under his stewardship, Investcorp has had its most active investment and realization period in Europe, acquiring ten businesses and exiting twelve, returning in excess of $3.0 billion to its investors. Prior to joining Investcorp, Hazem was a member of Credit Suisse First Boston’s mergers and acquisitions team in New York.

Hendrik Brandis

Co-Founder & Partner


Hendrik Brandis is a Co-Founder and Partner of Earlybird. Hendrik’s current domain focus is web-enabled services.


Hendrik is a Board Member of EVCA (European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association) and past Chairman of the EVCA Venture Capital Platform Council.


Hendrik brings together long standing investment, operational and entrepreneurial experience. Hendrik was a Board Member of element 5 AG, where he was a driving force behind the sale to Digital River (NASDAQ:DRIV), AG (Berlin) which was sold to S.A and Dianoema S.p.A., which listed on the Borsa Italiana (Milan: NOE.MI).


Hendrik currently serves on the boards of Earlybird portfolio companies B2X Care Solutions GmbH (Munich), GmbH (Munich), Simfy AG (Cologne) and nfon (Munich).


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.


Hendrik attended the Technical University of Munich and holds a Dipl.-Ing. (M.Sc. equivalent) and Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Brian Chun

Investment Associate
Helmsley Trust


Brian Chun is an Investment Officer at the Helmsley Charitable Trust. He is responsible for the sourcing, due diligence, and evaluation of private equity, venture capital, and hedge fund investments. He is involved with analyzing existing asset allocations within Helmsley’s investment portfolio.


Prior to joining Helmsley, Brian was an investment banker at Wells Fargo Securities. He was involved with debt and equity capital transactions for corporate clients. Previously, he held various roles at BNP Paribas, GE Capital, and Goldman, Sachs & Co.


Brian received an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, his M.S. from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, and a B.E. from The Cooper Union – Albert Nerken School of Engineering

Hélène Falchier

Head of Private Equity & CEO Open
CNP Assurances


For the past 160 years, CNP Assurances has been protecting people against the risks of everyday life. France’s leading personal insurer, CNP Assurances also has operations in other European countries and in Latin America, with a significant presence in Brazil.


Since 2009 Hélène Falchier is responsible for the private equity program for CNP Assurances, bringing it to one of the 50 world’s largest institutional investors in private equity and amongst the leading ones in France. CNP Assurances is active in that space since 1992 through commitments in primary and secondary funds, as well as co-investments, mainly in Europe and in North America. Since 2015, Hélène Falchier is Chairman of the LPs’ club of France Invest, the French association for investors for growth.


As a pioneer in the transformation of its industry, CNP Assurances launched its own Corporate Venture program named Open CNP, program initiated by Hélène Falchier and of which she is now CEO. To date, Open CNP has made 6 investments in fintech, insurtech, health and blockchain. Hélène Falchier is a board member of 3 startups, Lendix, Alan and Lydia and an observer in H4D’s board.


Hélène Falchier holds a Master degree in economics and Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

Uwe Fleischhauer

Founding, Managing Partner
Yielco Investment


Uwe Fleischhauer is a member of the executive board of YIELCO Investments AG. Between 1998 and 2011 he was self-employed at Fleischhauer, Hoyer & Partner (FHP), Private Equity Consultants, where he focused exclusively on the asset classes private equity, infrastructure, mezzanine and private debt. Besides advising institutional investors, he regularly conducted widely regarded market studies and empirical studies. Prior to becoming self-employed, he was a consultant/project leader at international consulting firms (Mercer Management Consulting and Arthur D. Little). He holds a degree in business administration and a postgraduate degree in “European Enterprise Management” after periods of study in the United Kingdom and Spain.

Dominique Gaillard

CEO of Ardian France, Head of Direct Funds
Chairman of the French Private equity Association, France Invest


Dominique Gaillard is the Head of Direct Funds and Director of Ardian (previously AXA Private Equity). He was previously Managing Partner and Member of Executive Board at the firm. He leads Buyout, Expansion, Co-Investment and Growth investment activity. He is responsible for activities including small and mid-market enterprise capital, co-investment and infrastructure activities as well as the development of direct funds activities in Eastern Europe and Asia.


He joined Ardian in 1997 and he is a Chairman of France Invest. Dominique had worked at Charterhouse from 1990 to 1997, gradually progressing from the position of a Project Manager to a Director. He worked at Alcan France S.A.S. He headed a number of leveraged buyouts and fund-raising projects for expanding and/or distressed companies. He had worked at Rio Tinto France SAS.

Jürgen Gerke

Allianz Capital Partners


Jürgen Gerke has served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management at Allianz Capital Partners since 2015. Jürgen oversees the Renewables investment business, Legal and Compliance as well as Communications.


Prior to becoming CEO, he was CFO at Allianz Worldwide Partners from 2013 to 2014, and CFO of Allianz France from 2007 to 2013. Previously Jürgen has, among others, held roles with Dresdner Bank, Euler Hermes and the European Commission.


Jürgen holds a degree in law from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, and participated in executive programs at INSEAD, Harvard and IMD.

Benoist Grossman

Managing Partner
Idinvest Partners


Benoist Grossman joined Idinvest Partners in 2002. He was appointed a board member in 2003 and operates mainly in the internet sector.


Before joining Idinvest Partners, Benoist worked for several venture capital funds for over 10 years. He was a Partner at Viventures from 1998 to 2002 and worked as Investment Manager at La Financière de Brienne. He had previously spent over 10 years working in the industry as a laser systems specialist at EDF, NASA and Thomson-CSF Optronique, for whom he invented five patents and authored over twenty publications.


In June 2016, Benoist was appointed Vice-President of the AFIC, the French association of growth capital investors. He has also been censor at the Bpifrance Board since July 2016. He is currently on the boards of Winamax, Ogury, Molotov and Frichti and was previously on the boards of Criteo, Dailymotion, Deezer and Meetic.


Benoist Grossmann has a PhD in Physics from the Université de Paris VI and an MBA from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Jochen Gutbrod

Executive Chairman & Partner


Dr. Jochen Gutbrod was CFO of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group from 2003 to 2009, and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board from 2007 to 2010. In addition, he was CEO of Holtzbrinck Digital from 2004 to 2010. Prior to joining Holtzbrinck, he held leadership positions at Schroder Investment Management Ltd. and Lombard Odier & Cie. He is a serial entrepreneur, co-founding (amongst others) ifund service AG, Raffay & Cie. and RI Digital Ventures. Jochen is Partner of btov and jointly with Florian Schweitzer and Luca Martinelli responsible for the Digital Tech Fund of btov.

Regina Hodits

General Partner
Wellington Partners


Regina is a Managing Partner at Wellington Partners Life Sciences WPLS and represents the WPLS funds on the Boards of Ayoxxa, Endostim, GTX Medical, Polares Medical, Themis and TRiCares. She was a founding investor in Rigontec (acquired by MSD), Sapiens (acquired by Medtronic), Middle Peak Medical (acquired by Symetis / Boston Scientific), and an external director at GlaxoSmithKline’s Respiratory TA Board. Since joining the industry in 2000, she has become an influential investor in the European venture capital industry, focusing on early-stage and growth deals in Life Sciences. She currently serves as the Spokesperson for the Board of the German PE and Venture Capital Association (BVK).



Before joining WPLS, Regina led the European life sciences efforts of Boston-based Atlas Venture. She was the founding investor in Bicycle Therapeutics, F-star, and Jenavalve, and served on several Boards, including U3 Pharma (acquired by Daiichi Sankyo), Nitec Pharma (now part of Horizon Pharma NASDAQ HZPN), Egalet (NASDAQ: EGLT), and Novamed (acquired by SciClone NASDAQ SCLN). Before, Regina worked for Apax Partners, and built her extensive network in the global healthcare industry during her tenure at McKinsey. In the 90s, Regina gained initial insights into the fast-growing biotech sector as post-doctoral researcher at the MRC Cambridge UK. Regina studied chemical engineering in Vienna and holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry.

Christoph Jung

General Partner
Holtzbrinck Ventures


Christoph has been at HV Holtzbrinck Ventures since its foundation in 2000. He has been responsible, among other things, for the fund’s investments in DaWanda, MyHammer and MeinAuto, in all cases from initial seed investment to successful exit. Recently, Christph played a leading role in the setup and financing of Ottonova, Germany’s first purely digital heath insurance company.


Prior to HV, Christoph worked for one of the leading strategic consultancies for four years, where he advised a number of companies in a wide variety of industries.


Prior to this, Christoph spent two years at Deutsche Bank.


Christoph studied Business Administration in Bayreuth, graduating with honors.

Olivier Millet

Chairman of the Executive Board of Eurazeo PME Member of the Eurazeo Executive Committee
Eurazeo PME


Chairman of the Eurazeo PME Executive Board since 2005, Olivier Millet has also been Chairman of France Invest(ex AFIC – the French Private Equity Association) since May 2016.


He was also Vice-Chairman of AFIC (2014-2016) and Chairman of AFIC’s ESG Commission from 2009 to 2015. Olivier Millet began his career as an entrepreneur in 1986 by creating Capital Finance. He then joined 3i (from 1990 to 1994), before moving to Barclays Private Equity France, where he contributed to the development and success of this pan- European fund for 11 years.


In 2005, Olivier Millet became Chairman of the Executive Board of OFI Private Equity, an investment company floated on the stock market in 2007. In 2011, OFI Private Equity became Eurazeo PME and it is now a Eurazeo group subsidiary.


Since march 2018, Olivier is also Member of Eurazeo Executive Board.

Patrick Pace

Managing Director


Patrick Pace has been on the Board of Directors for Nanospectra since April 2010.


His background includes almost 10 years of financial experience in healthcare. He currently serves as a Managing Director for Citadel Securities.


Previously, he invested in healthcare for AIG Investments and covered the medical device sector as a Senior Analyst for UBS.


He holds an MD from The University of Texas Medical School – Houston and a BA (Honors in Psychology) from Vanderbilt University.

Jean-Marc Patouillaud

Managing Partner
Partech Ventures


Jean-Marc is a co-managing partner of Partech, also responsible for the early stage fund. He joined in 1996.


Prior to joining Partech, Jean-Marc was a partner at Finovelec, a Paris based venture capital firm and managed Genèse Investissements, the first French seed capital fund. He started his career as an engineer with Cegelec and worked in the Nuclear Power Plant division.


Jean-Marc currently serves on the board of Alltricks, DayUse, Happytal, Novasparks, Sensee, Sigfox and Privitar.


He has a long track record of successful exits including IPOs with Lannet (GIAN), RadVision (RVSN), ALLOT (ALLT), Buongiorno (BGN.MI), and Alvarion (ALVR) and trade sales with Fluxus (acq. by British Telecom), Digitick (acq. by Vivendi), ISDNet (acq. by Cable and Wireless), Jungo (acq. by NTS), Jobpartners (acq. by ORCL), Apogee (acq. by Colt), LaFourchette (acq by TRIP) and Teads (acquired by Altice).


He earned an MBA from HEC and an MS in Engineering from SUPELEC both in Paris. Married, with three children, Jean-Marc lives in Versailles. He has sailed on most of the oceans, is a Commander of the French navy and has climbed numerous peaks in the Andes, the Cascade Mountains, the Tetons, and the Alps. He is also an avid cave explorer and flies every week over the Vallee de Chevreuse.

Juan Luis Ramirez

Founding Partner, Chairman of the Spanish Private Equity Association (ASCRI)
Portobello Capital


Es Presidente de Laulagun Bearings y miembro del Consejo de Administración de Iberconsa, Vitalia, The Ice Cream Factory y Grupo Uno CTC. También es vicepresidente de la Asociación Española del Capital Riesgo (ASCRI).


Fue socio de Ibersuizas desde el año 2000. Con anterioridad trabajó en EBN Banco, como director de inversiones, y en Procter & Gamble.


Licenciado en Administración de Empresas por la Universidad Pontificia de Comillas en Madrid (ICADE).

Joana Rocha Scaff

Head of PE Europe
Neuberger Berman


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.

Maria Sanz



Prior to joining SwanCap, María worked for ten years at UniCredit’s Principal Investments Group, where she was an integral part of the bank’s private equity funds’ investment team. Prior to that she worked for eight years in the International Markets department of Hypovereinsbank, as senior institutional sales for FX and Interest rates derivatives covering central banks out of the Munich and London offices. During her studies, she gained her first professional experiences with Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and Arthur Andersen in Madrid.



María holds a double BSc degree in International Business Administration and Management from ICADE – Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (Madrid, Spain) and the ESB Business School (Reutlingen, Germany). She is also a CFA Charterholder and speaks fluently English, German and Spanish.

Joe Schorge

Founder & Managing Partner
Isomer Capital


Joe has 20 years’ experience working as an LP, GP and technology operations executive. Prior to Isomer he was MD for Business Development at Pomona Capital, a leading global secondaries firm, and earlier at Cambridge Associates responsible for advising institutional investors on $2bn of private equity investments. Joe began his career in information technology operating roles, most notably at Invensys plc (now Schneider Electric) in the US and Europe. He received a BS Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and an MBA from London Business School.

Helen Steers

Partner and Head of European Primary Investment
Pantheon Ventures


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.

Eli Talmor

Head of the Institute of Private Equity
London Business School


Founder of Private Equity at LBS, Professor Eli Talmor is 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, testified at the UK Parliament on private equity and advised the UK Prime Minister’s Office.
He served on the London Business School Board of Governors and the advisory board of the African Venture Capital Association. He also practices venture capital and is a serial cornerstone investor with multiple exits.
Before joining the London Business School, he was on the finance faculty at the University of California (UCLA and Irvine), Tel Aviv University and the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).

Frans Tieleman

Managing Partner


Frans Tieleman is Executive Committee member of Eurazeo since 2008. He leads deals and coordinates deal flow across the three private equity teams of Eurazeo and manages Eurazeo’s fund team. His track record includes twelve investments for more than €1.5bn in equity in France, Italy and Spain, including in recent years Neovia (previously InVivo NSA), Asmodee, Desigual, Eurazeo PME (previously OFI PEC) and Moncler.

Nino Tronchetti Provera

Managing Partner & Founder


Nino Tronchetti Provera is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ambienta, a leading European private equity firm focused on environmental growth investments in industrial SMEs. Earlier in his career, Nino was a consultant at MCKinsey & Co where he established the environmental business within practice. In 1997 Nino founded Cam Tecnologie to develop clean technologies and products. From 2002 to 2007, Nino worked within the Telecom Italia group, first as CEO of Finsiel, and subsequently as General Manager of Olivetti.

Nino is a Board Member of AIFI and part of the Mid Market Council within EVCA. Nino holds a degree (cum laude) in Business Administration from Luiss University, Rome, and an MBA from INSEAD Business School

Markus Solibieda

Managing Director
BASF Venture Capital


Markus Solibieda has been the Managing Director of BASF Venture Capital GmbH since November 2016.
Before joining BASF, he was a Partner at Mandarin Capital Partners and Head of the company’s Frankfurt office. Prior to this, he co-founded Baigo Capital, a growth capital fund focused on the healthcare industry. Markus Solibieda started his professional career in the Venture Capital team of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG and subsequently worked for Advent International and 3i in Frankfurt and London. From 1999 to 2002, he was CFO of ACG, a public company providing smart cards, RFID technology and semiconductor components. He studied Business Administration at the European Business School in Wiesbaden, Germany, as well as in Dijon, France and Phoenix, USA.

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