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Nic Humphries

Senior Partner and Executive Chairman of Hg

Nic is the Senior Partner and Executive Chairman of Hg and Head of the Saturn fund.  He Chairs’ the Hg Board and relevant committee’s and is a member of the Investment Committee.  He has ultimate responsibility for Hg’s strategy, management and governance.  He focuses on larger software investments that provide daily-use mission critical applications for accountants, lawyers, tax/compliance professionals and designers/engineers/scientists.


Nic is currently a Director on the boards of Argus Media, Benevity, IFS, insight software, IRIS and Visma.  He has led or co-led more than 30 investments over the last 32 years including IRIS (since 2004), Visma (since 2006), Addison (sold to Wolters Kluwer, WKL), The Foundry (sold to Roper Technologies, ROP), Geneva Technology (sold to Amdocs, DOX), Rolfe&Nolan (acquired by ION), Sovos (since 2015), Teamsystem (since 2010) and Xyratex (IPO on NASDAQ, XRTX then acquired by Seagate, STX).

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Nishi Somaiya

Global Co-Head Goldman Sachs Growth Equity

Nishi is global co-head of Growth Equity in the Asset Management Division. She is a member of the Partnership Committee, Global Diversity Committee, EMEA Inclusion and Diversity Committee, Merchant Banking Division Growth Investment Committee, Specialty Lending Group Investment Committee and Sustainable Investing Group Investment Committee. Nishi also serves on the Board of Advisors for Launch With GS, Goldman Sachs’ $500 million commitment to invest in companies and investment managers with diverse leadership. 


Nishi joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 as an analyst on the Leveraged Finance team in London. She moved to the Distressed Debt Trading desk in 2002 and was subsequently a founding member of the European Special Situations Group (ESSG) in 2003. Nishi ran the Private Capital business within ESSG focusing on middle market lending and growth equity from 2014 to 2019. She was named managing director in 2011 and partner in 2016. Nishi is a board governor for the Royal Ballet School, and also serves on the board of SEO London, a nonprofit that provides access, training and mentoring for talented young people from underrepresented and underserved communities. Nishi earned a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, Queen’s College, in 2001. She is a CFA charterholder. 

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Farhad Karim

Senior Managing Director at Blackstone

Farhad Karim is the Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Europe and the Global General Counsel of Blackstone Real Estate. He sits on a number of boards including for Blackstone European Property Investment Fund and Blackstone Europe Fund Management. Farhad is also Chair of Blackstone’s European Environmental, Social and Governance steering group.


Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Karim was a partner at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.


Mr. Karim received a BA from McGill University and a JD from Columbia University.

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Naveen Wadhera

Managing Director, Co-Head European Technology Group at TA Associates

Naveen is co-head of TA's Europe Technology Group, as well as actively involved in growth investments across India and other emerging markets.


Naveen joined TA in 2001 and has more than 22 years of experience in private equity and financial services. He has been heavily involved in the firm’s international expansion having co-founded TA’s European and Asian efforts and sponsored and led investments in several geographies across technology, financial services, healthcare and consumer businesses. Naveen is actively engaged in driving portfolio company growth initiatives, both organic and through acquisitions.

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Senior Partner, Chief Investment Strategist & Head of Research atTristan Capital Partners

Simon brings a 25+ year track record of international real estate investment management to Tristan. He has worked with Founder and Executive Chairman/Chief Investment Officer Ric Lewis for over to 20 years and helped found Curzon Global Partners in London in 1999. Simon set up the firm’s strategy function and led the research team as it grew globally (as part of AEW). He continues to focus on developing Tristan’s research-led investment approach. He works closely with the firm’s investment and asset management teams, and actively participates in the portfolio management process. He has served on the Investment Committee and has worked on every deal the firm has executed since inception. Simon also works closely on a day-to-day basis with the client development team to ensure that clients are kept fully apprised of developments in the market and the implications for strategy.

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Franziska Kayser

Managing Director at KKR 

Franziska Kayser (London) joined KKR in 2011 and is a member of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications industry team within KKR's Private Equity platform in EMEA. She has been involved in KKR’s investments in Axel Springer, GfK, Trainline, Scout24 Switzerland, SMCP and Wild Flavors. Ms. Kayser currently serves on the board of directors of Axel Springer and GfK. Prior to joining KKR, she worked in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse in London. Ms. Kayser holds a First-Class Honours B.A. from McGill University, Canada.

Simon Martin

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Miguel Toney

Partner at CVC Credit Partners LLC

Miguel Toney, Partner at CVC is a member of the Private Credit team based in London. Prior to joining CVC, Miguel was a Partner at Park Square Capital. Miguel also spent 11 years at MezzVest (now MV Credit), and two years at Credit Suisse. Miguel holds an MBA from Said Business School (University of Oxford), and a BA in Economics and International Politics from Vassar College, New York.

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Lisha Patel 

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Dana Haimoff

Managing Director at JP Morgan 

Dana Haimoff, Managing Director, joined the Private Equity Group in 2002. Ms. Haimoff is a senior Portfolio Manager in the London office.  She is responsible for sourcing, due diligence and monitoring private equity primary venture capital, growth and buyout funds, secondary and co-investment opportunities on behalf of the PEG’s comingled and client separate account funds.  Currently, she serves on numerous private equity LP advisory committees.  Dana is the co-Founder of Level20, a not-for-profit organization set up to encourage women to succeed in the private equity industry. She is a member of the British Venture Capital Association’s Limited Partner Committee.  Dana is a director on the board of JPMorgan Asset Management International Ltd and JPMorgan Asset Management (UK) Ltd and is responsible for the firm’s SMCR’s EMEA Alternatives.

Managing Director, Investments at Wellcome Trust 

Lisha joined Wellcome in 2006 and is a Managing Director in the Investment team. She works across Wellcome’s multi-asset class investment endowment, leading the Investment team. Lisha currently Chairs the Investment Committee of Pembroke College, Oxford and is a member of the Endowment Board of Imperial College London and the Investment Committee of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. Lisha was previously at Lazard in their Corporate Finance practice in London and read Economics & Management at the University of Oxford. Lisha has been an SEO mentor for over a decade.

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Aly Hirji

Managing Director, Head of European Leveraged Loans and CLOs at BlackRock

Aly Hirji, Managing Director, is Head of European Leveraged Loans and CLOs and a senior portfolio manager in the European Credit team within BlackRock's Alternatives division, focusing primarily on the leveraged loan asset class and related products, including managed CLOs and CLO tranches.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Mr. Hirji was a partner and portfolio manager at New Amsterdam Capital, a European credit manager focused on leveraged credit. He was responsible for managing CLOs, leveraged loan and high yield funds, managed accounts and trading. He joined the firm as its first investment- related employee in 2004 as a credit analyst and contributed to growing out the firm and its assets under management. He began his career at JP Morgan in 1999 working in leveraged finance origination, debt capital markets and financial sponsor coverage.


Mr. Hirji earned a BSc degree, with honors in economics from the University of Bristol in 1999.
 

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Chief Investment Officer at University of Cambridge

Tilly Franklin is CEO and Chief Investment Officer at Cambridge Investment Management Limited, the manager of the Cambridge University Endowment Fund.  She joined the University in January 2020 from her previous role as Director of Investments and Head of Private Equity at Alta Advisers, one of Europe’s leading single family investment offices.  An alumna of Jesus College, Cambridge, Franklin was also a Principal at private equity firm Apax Partners Ltd, where she led a number of successful leveraged buyout transactions during her eight-year tenure.  Earlier in her career, she also held positions at BBC Worldwide Ltd, Virgin Management Ltd and McKinsey & Company.  Franklin is a Founder of GAIN (Girls Are Investors), a charity which aims to inform and inspire the next generation of female investment managers in the UK.  She is also a Trustee of the Kennedy Memorial Trust.  Franklin is a Fellow of the 2017 class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  She holds a first class degree from Cambridge University in English Literature and an MBA from London Business School, and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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Takudzw Mutasa

Partner at Development Partners International (DPI)

 

Takudzwa Mutasa re-joined DPI in January 2018.

Takudzwa has over 16 years of investment and investment advisory experience of which 13 of those have been in African Private Equity. He started his career at Citigroup in the Investment Banking Division working in both the London and New York offices. Takudzwa’s private equity experience, outside of DPI, has been gained at funds including KKR and Helios Investment Partners where he was involved in sourcing, analysing and executing private equity investments across the African continent. Takudzwa has been involved in numerous private equity transactions across the continent. 
He holds an M.A. and MEng. In Engineering, specializing in Electrical and Information Sciences, from the University of Cambridge. 

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Evelina Olago

Managing Director, Just Climate LLP 

Evelina is the Managing Director for Client & Strategy at Just Climate. Prior to this, Evelina spent three years as Investor Relations Senior Manager at Helios Investment Partners in London. Her role covered fundraising, client engagement as well as development of firm's impact and climate strategies. She had previously spent four years working as part of the firm’s value creation team working with management teams in Africa and the United Kingdom in sectors including Energy, Real Estate, Telecommunications and Financial Services to drive growth, develop robust ESG systems, and prepare the businesses for exit.


Evelina has also worked at McKinsey as a strategy consultant, and started her career at Ernst & Young in the London Energy & Resources group. Evelina received a BSc in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Warwick, UK. Evelina speaks English, Russian, French and Swahili.

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Senior Investment Director, USS

Teia Merring is a Senior Investment Director in the Private Equity Funds and Co-Investment team at USS Investment Management (~£70bn AUM), the corporate pension plan for universities in the United Kingdom. 


She is responsible for executing and managing private equity fund commitments and co-investments across all sectors and geographies and sits on various supervisory boards. 
In addition to her role at USS, Teia is the Vice Chair of the ILPA Board and a chair of the ILPA Industry Affairs & Standards Committee. 
Prior to joining USS in 2011, Teia was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in the Healthcare division.


She holds a MSc in Applied Economics and Finance from Copenhagen Business School, and her university studies included a MBA term at IIM Ahmedabad, India.

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Doug Hallstrom

Director, Advent International

Douglas joined Advent in 2014, leaving in 2016 to support the executive team at Advent’s portfolio company Unit4 and to run a start-up. He re-joined in 2018 and is based in the London office. Douglas has worked on Advent’s investments in Medius, Nexi, Planet, Shift Technology, Unit4, Xplor Technologies (formerly Transaction Services Group), and Zenoti. Previously, Douglas worked at Bain & Company in London and Toronto. Douglas received a B.Sc. with First Class Honours from the University of St Andrews.

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Daniel Boehm

Managing Director, Davidson Kempner

Daniel Boehm is a Managing Director at Davidson Kempner in London. He has led a number of large European infrastructure and private equity transactions, including the privatisation of the market leading biogas company Nature Energy, an investment into various European cable and telecom companies, and energy platforms across solar, gas and wind energy.


Mr Boehm joined Davidson Kempner in April 2012. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Boehm was an Associate at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in London, focusing on European private equity investments. From early 2009 to 2010, he worked as an Analyst for Blackstone’s London restructuring team and was later promoted to Associate. Prior to that, Mr. Boehm worked at Lehman Brothers’ in-house private equity fund LBREP. In 2008, Mr. Boehm received his Diplom Kaufmann (M.Sc.) business degree from the Universitaet Mannheim in Germany with a full scholarship by the German National Academic Merit Foundation. He also studied at UC Berkeley in 2016 as part of the German National Academic Merit Foundation’s fellowship program.

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