Wan Fara Ayu is a Registered Person with Malaysia’s Securities Commission as one the venture capital fund manager who focuses on high growth shariah compliant investments and developing start-up companies. She has 17 years experiences of which 10 years in VC and 7 years in entrepreneurship. She has screened over 2,000 companies from diverse sectors and stages. She has acquired the end to end experience of the Venture Capital Value Chain, from working with General Partner (Fund Management), Limited Partner level (Fund) fund of funds to being an entrepreneur herself. She has monitored 11 fund companies with AUM of RM350mil and helped secure more than RM15mil worth of investment for 2 portfolio companies.
She is currently the Managing Partner for Kanzun Ventures Management Sdn Bhd, a Venture Capital Fund Management Company involved in nurturing and developing promising SMEs/start-ups. Fara is a World Business Angel Forum (“WBAF”) Senator for Malaysia and is a Board Member for the WBAF Start-Up Committee for 2021. Fara also serves as the Chairperson for USPSC Cryptocurrency Committee based in Charlotte, NC, US. Kanzun Ventures Management supports SDG-17, Partnership for the Goals and Kanzun, through Fara, have established more than 20 global partnership agreements with ecosystem players to support impactful and sustainable ventures across the globe.
On the international front, she has experience in real estate investments in Turkey, business development mission in Cannes, monitored and liaised with a fund manager in Hong Kong, participate in business missions, investees in China, Singapore and a few investment related companies in the UK. She is also a member of a few NGOs, business and trade associations and has a passion in following current and futuristic trends.
Jean-François KHAN is specialised in Trade Finance and International Finance with thorough knowledge of international trade and export finance markets.
He has an Agricultural degree from Wye College, University of London and a master’s degree from the ESSEC Business School. He has been active in the international markets for over 25 years
He started his career as a broker at the Paris commodity exchange working on the sugar and coffee markets. He quickly entered the banking world by working for Crédit Lyonnais where he mastered the fundamentals of financing International trade both from a legal and technical point of view.
He later moved to VTB Bank (France), a Russian owned bank in Paris, where he was employed for sixteen years. He was recruited to develop the activity in the Commodity Finance department. During that period he occupied a number of posts from Senior Account Manager where he developed a client base of multinationals and major international trading companies to Head of Commodity Finance department leading a team of 8 people and finally before leaving the bank he was Head of the Trade Finance and Financial Institutions Department where he supervised the relationship with customers in the international trade market.
He has structured deals for some of the world’s major commodity houses and has extensive experience in financing complex trade finance packages using letters of credit and all their subtle variations as well as guarantees and insurance. During the later years in the bank he would concentrate on the risk aspects of a transaction being a voting member of the Credit Committee and sign off on the legal documentation.
He has financed more than 400 trade transactions in most commodities, oil, coal, soya, wheat, sugar, copper worth ca. $3bn. When working for VTB he won a Deal of the Year award from both Global Trade Review and Trade Finance Magazine for a EUR 40 million pre-export financing facility in favour of Vyborg Wood Pellet Plant. He has also participated in several multi-million dollar financings of soya agro-industrial companies in Brazil.
He is a Member of the Board of Directors of Standard Commerce Bank (www.standardcommercebank.com), an off-shore bank based in Dominica specialised in financing SME’s through the issuance of SBLC’s or Guarantees.
He is regularly called upon to be an expert witness for international arbitrations and court cases. Out of court settlements have been agreed upon based on his affidavits.
Since 2017 he is a Director of Hermond Capital (a financial advisory and capital raising firm specialised in trade finance, www.hermondcapital.com) helping the company grow by adding his know-how and skill set to both structuring transactions and mitigating their risk as well as using his large network of contacts in the financial and trading world.
Yavuz Silay defines himself as a Physician Entrepreneur & Venture Architect. His vast resume of experience in medical science and international business is highlighted by his myriad of affiliations over the past 2 decades of global private & public sector experience in management consulting, pharmaceutical, financial services, medtech, and broadcast media in the United States, Turkey, Middle East & North Africa regions.
A Turkish American global citizen, Yavuz spent 7 years in Germany, 14 in the U.S., and in the last 9 in Turkey. Here are some key ventures Dr. Silay is well-known for his business & healthcare management as well as his subsequent foray into business broadcasting.
Dr. Silay is the chairman of Instanbul Consulting Group and a managing partner at NTR TV (Ankara, Turkey). He also broadcasts to over 900 million people in over 40 countries as part of multiple international TV talk shows, 5 Technology News, and World Health News, and
Innovation to Brand.
Dr. Silay was the managing partner at World Enterprise Capital Advisory Network (WECAN), U.S.A., a medical & healthcare investments advisor at Opulent Investments Group in London, co-founder & partner of MaQasid Angel Investor Network in Instanbul, and CEO of Carveout, a
finance and BioPharma company.
He has been a board member (Skyder, BID, WIHU, SADEFE), management consultant, employee manager (Siemens), Director Associate Director (KV), and Vice President (Ipsen) for various health, social services, and healthcare provision organizations.
He was a physician scientist at Forest Pharmaceutical and the Clinical Research Director at Baylor College of Medicine. He’s provided strategic guidance to research-based pharmaceutical companies at The World Bank for the Ministry of Health, specializing in organ transplants and cell & tissue banking.
Dr. Silay has built high-performing teams, productive organizations, and built brand revenue in diverse markets. He is a value-driven leader with a mastery of communication, analytical thinking, crisis management, clinical development, medical affairs, market access, payer strategy, product development & lifecycle management, global market access, P&L, change management, organizational design, generic & branded regulatory strategic planning, and clinical studies.
A serving Airline Captain in a large leisure airline in the UK, Ross has had a lifelong passion for aviation and takes pride in representing his industry and exhibiting the highest levels of safety, leadership and operational standards. He is a B757 maintenance test pilot. As a former scholarship recipient of the Royal Air Force, Ross has been ‘under their wings’ since childhood and this is where his drive for excellence, respect for authority and loyalty stems.
Ross holds a BSc Chemistry from Edinburgh, Captained the University Karate club and has been a high-level competitor in Karate, Judo and Wrestling, as well as a BASI Alpine Level 1 Ski instructor.
He is a post holder for AircrewDirect.com Ltd and Head Theoretical Knowledge Instructor, Training DHL’s future pilots for the last 4 years as well as being a Type Rating Instructor (TRI) which is one of the highest accolades an airline Captain can attain.
Hari is a leader with clear vision and ambition to achieve exceptional results. He has over 30 years of experience in consulting, corporate finance and strategic risk management covering a number of countries including UK, Australia, India and Malaysia.
He led complex engagements for Big 4 firms (PwC, Deloitte, EY & KPMG) and managed assignments with a number of FTSE 100 clients including FMCG, Financial Services, Oil & Gas and key government projects, building on strong relationships with senior executive management. This included mergers & acquisitions, debt & equity finance, cost reduction program, private equity and venture capital funding.
Hari is currently the Executive Director and the founder of Hadigy specialising in corporate finance and project funding, working with international capital markets. He has held senior positions as management committee member of Australian CPA and CIPFA, industry panel advisor of a number of Malaysian universities and published articles in professional accountancy journals on auditing. Hari has been a regular public speaker at conferences, professional networks and universities.
He focuses on corporate financial advisory for a range of organizations in Financial Services, Fintech, Technology, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Infrastructure industries going through growth and transformation.
Hari holds Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, MBA and is a:
. Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments
. Member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand
. Fellow member of the Institute of CPAs, Hong Kong
. Fellow member of the Chartered Institute for Public Finance & Accountancy
. Chartered Accountant member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants
ECP Athena is a unique entity which invests in female founders throughout their life cycle. Athena is global, aimed at any stage of business lifecycle, and any business type, but with a high focus on ESG.
Innovative at heart Louis started off his career in Tech - after attending the University of Stellenbosch. He was a founding member of Matogen, a tech company based in Stellenbosch today. He by no accident found his way back into Agriculture 24 months after the launch of Matogen and never looked back.
Louis has 15 years extensive experience encompassing the whole agriculture value chain, including - property management (Agri), planning, production, processing, organisational management, value chain management (VCM), product development, sales and marketing, FMCG partnerships and international trade(Exports/Imports).
Core to his function was always efficiency, expansion or diversification. Subsequently his essential role became agricultural finance - from raising capital, physical asset management, project planning to expansion financing. Ultimately he developed a track record of getting a vision to commercial success.
Louis’s balance between prime knowledge of agricultural practice over diverse arenas, his grasp on technological developments in agriculture and technology, his obsession with agri efficiency, and his understanding of financial requirements has been core to his story and love of the game.
Previous commercial experience includes Managing Director of Sieg Food, Director of Agroco Fresh Produce, CEO of Love Wine South Africa and Director of Aurratech Africa. His latest stint as Commercial Head of Terra Africa division.
The above mentioned where all soft commodities - Agri production, luxury goods, FMCG and export related service providers.
Over the years Louis has also been involved in innovative projects and technologies as business consultant for VC, PE and commercial agricultural entities and service providers.
His passion is Africa, Agriculture, Technology and People.
Sean joined Cavendish as a client services director in 2021. Sean manages a complex portfolio of international clients, including private and corporate investment structures. Sean also has additional responsibilities for certain areas of Cavendish’s business development.
After leaving the Insurance Industry in 1997, Sean joined an international Bank and Trust Company where he commenced his training in the field of Trust and company administration. Sean has extensive experience in a variety of Trust Company ownership models ranging from law firm, Bank, PE and latterly owner managed. Sean’s role prior to being appointed to the Board of Cavendish, was as Associate Director for a locally owned corporate service provider, dealing with a varied portfolio comprising mainly entrepreneurial clients. Sean is a member of the Society of Tax and Estate Practitioners by examination and brings with him an extensive network of professional intermediaries from on Island, London, Malta and Dubai.
ZOLI MACANDA - SIMBODYAL is a chartered accountant with more that twenty years of financial management with proven experience of stakeholder management skills. She has held position of senior leadership in blue chip companies listed on both the New York stock exchange and NASDAQ.
She is currently providing consulting and advisory to the Europa Bank UK on deal origination for trade finance, sourcing and structuring trade finance deals for companies seeking funding. The trade finance is provided through the issuance of documentary Letters of Credit, standby letters of credit, guarantees, RWA and various SWIFT messaging services. Negotiating credit lines with other major banks enhancing off-balance sheet funding. Major deals originated and completed involved the supply of crude from Nigeria to South Africa, financing the supply of sugar from Brazil to Namibia, and Swaziland.
She has previously held Finance Director level positions with companies such as John Deere EMA, UBank Limited, Graftech International, Barclays Bank Johannesburg, and Rothchilds Investment Bank - Johannesburg, New York & London.
Équité founder and CEO Daniel Langer is one of the world's most renowned experts on luxury brand building and extreme value creation in a digitally disrupted world and with Millennials and Gen Z, named one of global "Top Five Luxury Key Opinion Leader to Watch 2021" by Netbase Quid. He is also the Executive Professor of Luxury Strategy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He consults some of the world's most admired and iconic luxury, lifestyle, and consumer brands and is an advisor to top-managers in the luxury industry. He also holds luxury master classes around the world and is a frequent keynote speaker. His education includes Harvard Business School and he holds a MBA and a Ph.D. in Luxury Management.
Lindsay is a Director of Cavendish Fiduciary (Jersey) Limited and a Director of Abaris Accountancy Limited. Lindsay was previously a Compliance Consultant at Castille Consulting Limited. In this position, she was responsible for developing a compliance consultancy business advising trust companies and other financial services business in Jersey on anti-money laundering and regulatory compliance issues. Prior to this, Lindsay worked as a Risk Manager for RBC Trust Company (Jersey) Limited. Here, she assisted with the merger of RBC Trust Company and Ernst & Young Trust Company Jersey Limited, as well as developing a compliance framework for the business. Lindsay started her career with Ernst & Young Jersey, working in the Audit department as a trainee accountant and was promoted to Audit Manager before transferring to Ernst & Young's trust company. Lindsay holds a BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Chemistry) from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Additionally, Lindsay holds a STEP Advance Certificate in Cross Border Estates and Trust Disputes. She is also a KYT Certified User of Chainalysis.
Currently INED for Recognise Bank and Board Advisor for a number of companies including Bain. Louise also supports as a CXO advisor for a number of innovative tech companies. Louise has lead a number complex organisation creating their strategy for Global Digital IT transformation.
Louise is an outstanding, award winning and dynamic inspirational CIO, a transformational and business change leader with over 35 years’ experience in some large private and public sector organisations including HMRC, Aviva, HSBC, and EBRD. She is highly respected in the technology, digital industry as a passionate, energized and transformational leader who achieves amazing results. She is valued at board level for design of complex technology and digital transformational visions, and strategy. The ability to take complex organisations with the need for transformation and align to business objectives . A background in finance and commercial giving the ability to see the wider picture and achieved commercial creativity. Louise is also a role model for females in technology.
Vini is Founder, Parter & COO of Global Hemp Solutions. His expertise is in post processing, having designed several extraction systems for companies in the US, Europe and Asia that range from CO2 or ethanol extraction, including molecular distillation or fractional and include the most advanced techniques in chromatography such as HPLC, SMB, SFC
Vini has designed sytems which include processing millions of pounds per month of hemp or the ability to refine into different isolate cannabinoids using LPLC with resins and HPLC up to 150,000 liters per month. He represents the only company in the world that offers SFC/SMB chromatography setups to remediate THC from distillate oils down to 0.2ppm to make it non-detectable.
Vini has the experience, skills and ability to analyze and identify what actions are required in various business situations to get matters back on track and moving forward. He has managed large scale projects for the IMF, BBVA, BID, MENARINI, and IBM. He also served as a consultant to the Guatemalan president in technology and systems information and 're-engineered' the two of the largest Central American financial institutions.
Originally an engineer, Vini holds a BA in Business Administration, MSC in Operations Research and has undertaken various post graduate studies in operations, leadership, management, and customer service. He is a Board member ofr several companies related to hemp and, for something entirely different, cryptocurrency/forex management!
Vini and his family are residents of Houston, Texas.
Investment banker and technology sector expert in energy, infrastructure and technology sectors, previous senior roles at Kleinwort Benson, Banque Paribas, and WestLB with extensive experience of telecom sector IPOs and at UK’s state-owned electricity utility (CEGB), now CEO of Tucker & Partners, a boutique advisory and corporate finance firm focusing on cross-border transactions with China, clients include large corporates state- owned enterprises, government agencies, and high growth technology companies- principal areas of activity include financing energy and infrastructure projects and facilitating Chinese investment in the technology and related sectors.
Real Estate and Fintech expert, founder of Capital Engine and head of Capital Markets for RealConnex, with 15 yrs. C Suite experience in multiple Fintech startups including as CEO of RealtyWealth.com which offers US-based CRE investments to Foreign Investors, and Pledge-a-Portion a disruptive Charitable fundraiser, Non-Profit and Public Benefit Organization in South Africa and the US.
Brandon Smietana was one of the earliest developers behind Bitcoin, he started Skycoin eight years ago with a vision of creating a new, decentralized Internet in line with Satoshis precepts, delivered by the most advanced blockchain application platform in the world - Skywire. Skywire is a mesh network incentivized by Skycoin with transfer speeds above anything currently available in the market. It is poised to become the internet of the future with a revolutionary privacy protocol where peer-to-peer technology and a grassroots ethos, combine with new networking protocols to promote net neutrality and sharing, without blocking, slowdowns or censorship. Brandon sits on the advisory boards of several crypto-currency projects and continues to develop additional applications for the blockchain, having a background in mathematics, distributed systems, and symbolic logic.
Yavuz is the chairman of Istanbul Consulting Group and internationaldealings . ICG(Istanbul Consulting Group) was founded in 2013 and provided guidance to the Turkish ministry of health as part of a World Bank project.Internationaldealings is a new generation government engagement platform. Yavuz is currently the Co-Founder of BioCube İstanbul Bioentrepreneurship & Innovation Center and Corporate Communication Director of Sumitomo Group/ Expel İlaç Archem Diagnostics, Endmed and Diagen. He previously managed the largest distributor of Siemens Healthcare in Turkey managing 250 employees and director of Avcılar Hospital R&D Center, Chief Medical Officer of Lifematrix GmbH. Previously he worked as the Market Access & Health Policy Director for AIFD in Turkey. In USA, Yavuz previously worked as the Vice President of Ipsen pharmaceutical and Director of Teva pharmaceutical managing large clinical trials as well as Investigator Initiated Trials and developing relationships with Key Opinion Leaders. Previously, Yavuz was the Associate Director at KV Pharmaceuticals and Director in Clinical Development department at Forest Laboratories. Yavuz earned his MD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ankara in Ankara, Turkey. He completed a clinical internship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, followed by continued research training at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He recently completed his Executive MBA at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Yavuz currently resides with his wife Dr. Kamile Sılay and their two daughters and one son in Ankara,Turkey.
Hans-Joerg has, due to his extended overseas assignments in Asia ( HongKong - Tokyo - Singapore ) with regional responsibilities for Asia Pacific, a strong international network and contacts!
He is well acquainted with the international financial markets and business culture! Hans-Joerg was working for national and international financial institutions mostly in the capital market field and business development.
Mr. Christos Savvidis is an accomplished Chief Investment Officer/ Treasury Director at Thimar Al Arabiya, a multi-billion Family Office whose shareholders’ investments span Real Estate to Financials, with 25 years of experience in the World’s Financial Markets, who constantly strives to protect long term viability of multibillion portfolios. He has proven himself to be a “portfolio coach” who spots underperforming portfolios and turns them into “marathon athletes”.
He has produced robust, enduring results for high ranking clients including Financial Institutions, Professional Associations, Family Offices, C Level Executives and General Counsels. Apart from being a Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Savvidis is a person who advises, influences and supports high ranking officials whose authority is highly sought after and whose Financial influence is respected and trusted.
An enriching track record with 40+ years of experience in USA, Europe and the MENA region as Founder, Chairman and CEO of companies in the fields of Private Equity; Investment Banking; Corporate Finance; Aviation; Tourism; Hospitality; Technology; Logistics; Real Estate; Renewable Energy; and Consultancy Services.
Fadi is a strategy advisor to government Ministers; public-sector organizations; and prominent private companies, as well as an active board member in major business associations and professional NGOs specializing in the development of SMEs; Entrepreneurship; Business Ethics; Anti-Corruption; Corporate Governance; Transparency; Accountability; and Quality Principles.
Currently he is Chairman & CEO of Trans Capital Holding’s group of companies and sits on the Advisory Board of Evrensel Capital Partners as well as the Honorary Board of International Cooperation Platform (The Bosphorus Summit), in addition to being senior advisor to the World SME Forum and the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) among others, and is organized/moderator/speaker at major economic conferences.
Fadi graduated from INSEAD, Fontainebleau (MBA in Finance), then became a banker at SIB - London; JP Morgan Guarantee - NY before leaving Bankers Trust, New York as Vice President - International Investment Management Group to set up his own private business.
With over 30 years’ experience across eight key markets globally, Rohit has extensive knowledge in the investment banking, asset and wealth management and the digital innovation space. His most recent role was that of an Executive Director & CEO of Crossinvest (Asia), a leading and award winning independent private wealth manager / multi-family office operating in Singapore. Prior to Crossinvest, he worked with the Macquarie group for over 23 years in various capacities and geographies including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Hong Kong and India. He worked in the UK (2 years) and New Zealand (2 years) prior to joining the Macquarie Group.
Rohit has relocated to new countries with no prior network or connections and built successful businesses from scratch. He has a strong network of connections within a highly prestigious group of global experts in the financial services’ and entrepreneurial space.
Rohit’s senior leadership and strategic roles over the past 19 years spanned across multiple layers and levels of accountability, from that of a Chief Executive with complete accountability of delivering the culture, strategies and business profitability to being a board member responsible for setting the strategies and business goals and having the ultimate accountability to the stakeholders.
Rohit is active on the advisory boards of a number of financial services’ and start-up organisations.
During his thirty year career, Robert has been CEO of five hospitality companies on four continents; including Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Hong Kong, Crown Ltd., Melbourne, Australia, ResidenSea Ltd, Miami, Florida, Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts, London and Armani Hotels and Resorts, London. Robert began his career as a lawyer with Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York; then gravitated to property development in Texas and California before entering the hospitality industry. During his career, Robert has overseen the development of Transco Tower, a 63 story landmark in Houston Texas, Silicon Valley Financial Center, a five-block mixed use development in San Jose California, 505 Montgomery Street, a 24-story office building in downtown San Francisco California and numerous hotels and resorts throughout the world. Currently active with hotel and property investments, development and advisory services Robert is working with select partners and clients in Asia, Europe and the United States to realize opportunities in the hospitality and real estate industry. Robert resides in and Park City, Utah and London. Robert was awarded his Juris Doctorate Degree from University of Virginia School of Law 1974 and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia 1970.
Chris has over five decades of Real Estate and Fund Management experience. Since 2010, Chris has served as Chairman of Places for People, one of the UK's largest property management, development, regeneration and leisure companies. In this role, Chris oversees gross assets of £3.7billion and over 11,600 employees. He is currently Chairman of London & Newcastle and Apex Airspace Development both based in Central London. Chris is also Chairman of a £250 million main listed Social Housing REIT. During his career Chris has been at the helm of several successful residential property, retirement care, infrastructure, agriculture and environmental technology companies. Chris has been a director of both listed and private companies in London, Europe and the US and has advised clients on a number of financial transactions in Asia throughout his career. Chris is also a seed investor in a number of small to medium sized businesses.
As a Canadian, Danny has lived approximately one third of his life in Canada, one third in the USA and one third internationally. He has travelled, lived in and worked in more than 110 countries tries. For the past 30 plus years Danny has provided executive level advisory consulting assistance with business owners and their respective international business growth objectives. He has helped business owners achieve additional business growth while opening new markets and strategic distribution relationships. Much of his focus has been on strategic business development efforts across multiple industry lines from an honest and relationship, friendship, philosophical and operational perspective.
Danny works with company owners and senior management to help build business in each target country using networks, experience, exhibitions and other events and resources to initiate and grow business.
Oliver is the CEO of the very visible and highly successful Investors Group Middle East ( IGM) , a major investment and consulting group which over the past 4+ years year has built an extensive portfolio of businesses and partnerships that operate in the Middle East and globally. IGM, based in Dusseldorf, will become an ECP 'Partner' company. Oliver has nearly 30 years' experience in the investment and advisory services industry working in Dubai, Spain , the USA and Germany . He has a marketing background and has been involved in commercial real estate development as well as having investment advisory in industrial and infrastructure projects. Oliver is well versed in generating solutions for complex and large-scale industrial, real estate and infrastructure investments involving complex stakeholder situations including with local and national governments. Oliver and the IGM team will greatly enhance ECP's ability to provide an even broader range of specialized services to our clients, current and prospective, around the globe
Mac is the Founder and Director of Zephia Global Capital and the CEO/Director of Global Operations of SIROAL International LLC. He is an internationally recognized and proven business executive, strategist and multi-talented management expert with experience in over 15 countries driving growth and profits through strategic corporate development and market expansion, while implementing operational business controls for a wide range of companies in various sectors. Mac's extensive business background includes serving globally as senior advisor to corporate executives in the manufacturing, telcoms and agriculture sectors, ranging from startups with $10 million in sales to multi-billion dollar corporations. Mac assisted these companies in overcoming some of their most difficult growth challenges using strategic and cost effective market growth , corporate intelligence and business operations strategies. Assignments have ranged from being the CFO of a $18 billion multi-agency program for the US Government , advising a NYSE listed international biometrics firm on developing and implementing a growth strategy to advising and directing on the Oil for Food Program in Iraq to troubleshooting and restructuring divisional operations for a $38 billion company in the UAE to serving as a Senior Advisor and Program Manager for the United Nations Assistant Secretary General. Mac is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Practitioners (ACFE) and Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and serves on the US Senate Law Enforcement Action Committee. Mac's full bio is available on request..
Maria Mateo has been in the space and satellite communications industry since 2005. She is Msc in Telecommunication Engineering, master in satellite communications and executive MBA. Maria is also a serial entrepreneur and investor, having started ventures since she was 16 and entering in blockchain in 2015 by co-Founding BitValley, that today is setting the building blocks for the next generation of inclusive insurance and risk-sharing with IBISA.network. She is also mentor in founder Institute and advisory board at WEF Global Shapers Community Luxembourg. Maria is an inquisitive, creative and objective oriented person interested in combining new technologies to advance as a society and create sustainable value.
Mike has over thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry specializing in strategic planning, business development and M&A transactions. He has worked as a corporate executive with private and publicly traded medical care organizations, as well as major non- profit healthcare organizations, encompassing integrated healthcare delivery systems, hospital systems, physician practice management companies, managed care organizations and multi- specialty medical groups. He has directed numerous acquisition, business development and strategic planning projects in the US, UK, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Mike and Anthony Moore were also part of the management team that formed LP-MCC, Inc. in 1998, which launched Healthcare Enterprise Group PLC, on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in November 2003, and reached a market cap of over £120m by 2005. Mr. Low served as Chief Development Officer and board member of Healthcare Enterprise Group PLC.
Internationally experienced and multilingual winegrowing and production expert, founder, owner and CEO of Viva Business private office for sales of international wineries, headquartered in Germany and Italy and focused on sales of selected off-market wineries in Europe, sale and transaction of wineries worldwide and investments and participation in wine industry and beverage projects.
Mustafa Kheriba is Member of the Board, and Managing Director of multiple family offices in the UAE. Currently he is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Mirabank, and a Steering Committee Member of Pathway 20.
From driving performance measures to overseeing all deals and transactions, Mustafa is responsible for the overall operations and investment activities of the group companies and its subsidiaries. Under his guidance, the Group has completed more than 20 deals and rapidly expanded to become an award winning investment and financial services platform with numerous ventures in various international markets.
Well-known as a leading innovator across the region’s financial industry, Mustafa’s expertise lies in directly managing key investments, business development, private markets and real estate. He has developed an exceptional understanding of the GCC, Eastern Europe and UK markets having worked as Vice President of Operations & Portfolio Management and subsequently CEO – MENA and EE, at Brainnox Investment Management, an in-house private equity division of a German conglomerate based in Dubai. He has also held senior posts in investment companies and global banks in the USA and Canada.
Mustafa most recently was the Deputy CEO and Group Head of Asset Management at Shuaa Capital based in Abu Dhabi. He built the business from its nascent beginning as a startup in 2011, to become the region’s largest asset manager with $14bn of AUM. Mustafa ran all business origination, placement, special projects and key investments for the group. Under his remit he oversaw the real estate, private equity, public markets, debt and technology divisions of the group. He was a member of the board at a number of listed entities such as Shuaa Capital, Gulf Finance House, Khaleeji Commercial Bank, and Salama Insurance. Mustafa is regarded to be an expert in asset management in the financial services, real estate and insurance sector.
Mustafa has been named among the top 50 MENA Fund Managers at the annual MENA Fund Performance survey. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from Ohio Dominican University with Magna Cum Laude donors, and have attended post graduate Executive Management programs at Harvard University.
Qualified accountant (FCCA) and Superyacht / Leisure and Hospitality sector expert, fellow of the IOD, CEO of Camper and Nicholson International before establishing a trust and corporate management business in Monaco and becoming director and major shareholder in a boutique corporate finance consultancy, 40 year Monaco resident, member of the Yacht Club de Monaco since 1982 and represented Monaco in fleet and team racing events internationally.
Richard’s vision has always been to offer an unrivalled service to automotive collectors and enthusiasts, services he has often needed for his own personal car collection, but was never able to find. He is responsible for the day to day management of the company. Previously Richard was responsible for running the WMG Collectable Car Fund in Mayfair, London. His experience and expertise comes from alternative asset fund management, investment banking and automotive motorsport. Richard spent over 20 years trading Pan European Equities in the City of London for several international investment banks, where he was instrumental in over 400 company IPOs. He spent many years advising senior banking management on their exotic car collections, often called upon to buy or sell a particular marque. Richard races professionally in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, and over his 25-year racing career has claimed 3 championship titles in prestigious European Touring Car and GT championships. In 2015 he raced as a manufacturer driver for Nissan/Infiniti in the British Touring Car Championship. Richard has been collecting classic cars himself since the mid 1990’s. With the launch of EMM London, Richard is able to combine all the process and qualities of investment banking into the luxury automotive world.
Paul is a Principal of GlenQ Private Wealth and Family Office with over 25 years’ experience in private banking and offshore fiduciary administration. He began his career with Standard Chartered Bank, Jersey and has worked for several well-known British banking institutions including time with Coutts, Close Brothers and Kleinwort Benson both on and offshore in a number of senior positions. During this time, he worked closely with a diverse range of high-net worth clients and their families from the Middle East, Asia and Africa. He currently has a particular focus in West Africa, assisting clients with international structures to protect family wealth and ensuring the smooth flow of assets to the next generation. In addition, he is actively championing inward investment into the region, whether through offshore investment funds, or by direct investment, introducing prospective investors to blue-chip projects from his extensive network in the region. Paul holds a Law degree from the University of Buckingham, a MSc in Risk Management from the University of Reading, he is a qualified trust professional (TEP) and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (MCSI).
Investment and finance professional with 30+ years of experience in accounting, corporate finance, security analysis, international institutional fund management and portfolio strategy across markets and investment categories. Now utilising skills and knowledge developed as a professional small- and micro-cap equity investor for Deutsche Asset Management, Morgan Stanley Quilter and RAB Capital to assist entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies in primarily the technology and life science sectors through Bruzell & Co, a corporate financial management consulting business that specializes in supporting emerging growth companies with matters regarding financial strategy, fund raising, financial modelling, budgeting and reporting (external and internal), valuations, negotiations, risk management and corporate control issues.
Board member and advisor to successful enterprising families. Creator of the concept of Business Ownerness. Expert in detonating profitable growth and Value Creation in large family businesses. Helping large organizations through designing and implementing strategies of Innovation and Digital Business Transformation. Helping family business founders and leaders on managing family wealth and legacy. International speaker and writer in Strategic Growth, Value Creation, Corporate & Family Governance, Business Model Innovation and Digital Transformation
Kenneth has worked for 23 years as investment manager and legal advisor in private equity/M&A, most recently as lead counsel for $150M acquisition of U.S. Gas & Electric, Inc. in April 2017 and $285M all-cash acquisition of multigenerational automobile auction in April 2016 He previously served as CEO of financial services firms listed on the NYSE and Frankfurt Stock Exchange and served as a director and General Counsel of 2 London Stock Exchange-traded firms. He is also t.he Founder and sole owner of Acadia Law Group, a consumer services law firm with 4,000 clients across the U.S.
Kenneth hasecades of experience with various state and federal securities law matters, including the 33 and 34 Acts, state securities law, the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and NYSE and Nasdaq rules
Jerry, a long term resident of Japan, is the owner of Sandor Management, operating within the 23 wards, based in Tokyo. Jerry has been working with Hansard International since 2008 as their Account Executive for Japan. Jerry is a highly experienced wealth advisor and manager whose knowledge of Japanese interest in, and appetite for, foreign investment products is unsurpassed
Professor of Cardiology and Head of Cardiology Department at Yeditepe University Hospital, Turkey, a Vice President of Turkish Society of Cardiology (2018-20), board member of European Society of Cardiology (2010-12) and a member of the Scientific Programme Committee of EAPCI, current researches focused on coronary stents, intravascular imaging, MSCT coronary imaging and heart valve interventions - medical industry Advisory Board Memberships include many companies such as Medtronic (MEA) and Abbott.
30 years’ investment banking experience embracing Rhine-Westphalia Stock Exchange and Frankfurt Stock Exchange before going on to head bond trading departments of major international banks and institutions, as underwriter in hundreds of bond issues in numerous stock IPOs, subsequently taking up a large number of board seats and is now Managing Director of a consultancy firm.
Patrick Bigger is the CEO of Fox Automotive Switzerland AG and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Green Assets Holdings AG, both two Swiss based companies, which are focusing on electromobility (MIA car brand) and renewable energy. From 2009 until 2015 he has been the CEO of Acazis AG, a German company with focus on agriculture and forestry in Africa and was responsible for the restructuring of the predecessor company. With a professional background in the banking industry, he worked in Trading and Investment Banking in both Switzerland and London for several major international investment banks, including Deutsche Bank Capital Markets and Flemings. From 2003 until 2009 he worked as Sales Director for MWB Wertpapierhandelsbank AG, Munich, and was responsible for the Sales and Designated Sponsoring Department of the bank therefore responsible for sales, order execution for credit institutions and designated sponsoring for corporate and institutional clients. Over his extensive network he was approached for a number of capital market mandates, which he executed successfully in co- operation with MWB. The development of this area contributed so positively that MWB applied to the BaFin (Federal Institute for Financial Services, Germany) in the autumn of 2005, for permission to operate the “Emissionsgeschäft” (New Issue and Corporate Finance Business) and it was granted the license early in 2006.
30 years’ international sales, marketing and business development experience in the fields of GIS (Geographical Information Systems), IT Consulting, Waste Management, Infrastructure, Water Treatment and International Steel sectors of European energy market in Turkey and the bordering countries, Germany and UK, combining multi-cultural communication talent with extensive project management experience - currently an advisory board member for Power-Gen Europe and European Utility Week, Europe’s biggest energy generation fair and congress.
15 years’ private wealth management experience with Citibank Istanbul and London, UBS Wealth Management London responsible for HNW business in Global Emerging Markets, and as Wealth Management Director for Generation Alfa financial advisory before founding and leading One London Property Group, providing Commercial and Residential search for international investors.
Selin is an award-winning social entrepreneur who is inspired to make the world a better place by helping more people take part in social and environmental development. Selin began her career in brand consultancy in London before making the leap to study Design & Innovation, and founding her impact-tech company, Goodsted - a platform for collaborating on social and environmental impact. The Software as a Service (SaaS) platform enables companies to manage effective volunteering programmes to engage their employees and other stakeholders. Selin has won the FBN NxG Lombard Odier Award in 2018, and later on won the CampdenFB Top Next Generation Entrepreneur Award in 2019. During the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, Goodsted has launched their TackleCovid19 and TimeWellSpent campaigns together with their partners to help their community.
Humaid has played important roles in connecting and adding value to many business with two decades on experience in Media Communications & Business Development in the U.A.E with global connections. This has carved him into an expert In creating brands, concepts, strategic planning, corporate solutions, business optimisation, new media broadcasting, and management of events and conferences.
He has been seen involved with brands like Abu Dhabi Formula 1, Dubai World Cup Horse Races, Red Bull Air Race, Volvo Ocean Race, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Emirates Motor Sports, Federation, Dubai Municipality, musicworldcup.com & many more. His extensive media exposure includes the prominent Radio Stations in UAE. He also acts as a mediator within Emerging Markets between investors, Startups and local SME’s.
With a deep understanding and appreciation of Arabic and Western cultures, he has gained great robustness in the social & entertainment industry with Local & International celebrities. Humaid is associated as a Goodwill Ambassador with many business networks and councils.
Dev has 40 years+ experience in the hotel industry, global with special knowledge in Europe…having started the first corporate hotel booking agency in the 1970s, predating the OTAs (Online Travel Agency), and grew-up with the folks that leaders, movers and shakers in the global hotel business.
In more recent years, Dev set up a boutique hotel brokerage under the banner of The Hotel Property Team, acting as a specialist hotel estate agent – largely dealing with 100+ room hotels, four & five star in London, UK and capital cities in Europe. THPT produce a weekly report on “Recent Deals” – who did what last week and “Hotels Available” hotels and serviced apartments that are on the market, actively and in secret!
Bako Ambianda is an International Development Expect. He is the CEO of ATIGS Group, Inc (Africa Trade & Investment Global Services), a trade promotion, project facilitation, and development company, that provides a fullspectrum of consulting and business development services to companies looking to expand or establish their operations in African markets. He is also the CEO of Labacorp Power Company, an independent power producer and renewableenergy development company that specializes in the facilitation, development, and operating of sustainable powergeneration projects in Africa, with a growing portfolio of projects. He also serves as the Chairman of Labacorp Group of Companies, a holding company with a diversified portfolio of businesses and strategic investments in five key economicsectors namely, manufacturing, power, construction, agribusiness, and exhibition with operations in four countries.
With over 20 years of experience in providing technology services to both the private and public sectors across organisations of all sizes, Harvey will be offering his expertise and input relating to projects involving DLT (Distributed Ledger Technologies/Business Blockchain), AI (Artificial Intelligence), Big Data and Machine Learning. Harvey is currently involved in a number of disruptive and transformational technology projects where he is assisting teams in project direction, marketing strategy and business development as well as providing technical direction and consultancy. His passions are ‘high impact’ projects, especially humanitarian and technology platforms that create value chain offerings in (but not restricted to) digital identity and cybersecurity.
Dr. Ajay Sharma, an industry veteran executive, is a passionate industry leader in technology and currently developing the Technology, Food and health industry in India. He has led companies like Lucent Technologies, Huwaei Technologies, ZTE technologies in Europe for technologies and business development.
Dr. Ajay is an Engineer (DEI university India) by education and continues to learn and did MBA from TiasNIMBAS business school (Netherlands) and M&A studies from Harvard Business School, Boston (USA), LLM in international investment and finance law from the University of Liverpool and Honorary doctorate from Azteca University.
Dr. Ajay is also a philanthropist, served inboard or Rotary the Hague and president in 2017 for Rotary club the Hague metropolitan. He managed several funds raising (For a hospital in India) and received recognition from Sir Anton Philips, as Lord Ajay Sharma.
Dr. Ajay is the founder of ASR Ventures, ASR Ventures focuses on Impact innovation investment, international business growth, and value transformation using technology and business modeling.
As a consultant working with Project Management and as advisor to major water and energy providers in Sweden and around Europe, Jonathan Tallroth has positioned himself as a solutions provider thinking “outside the box”. Jonathan started his career engineering within energy and has worked with wind power, CCHP, solar and waste to energy and other related fields.
Jonathan has been working with primarily the big energy, water and wastewater treatment providers of Sweden, such as Vattenfall, EON, Fortum, Stockholm Exergi, Stockholm Vatten, Käppalaförbundet, Tekniska verken, and more.
Jonathan’s roles focus and expertise have been Project Management within installation, maintenance, optimisation, processes and installation supervision. Also Health Safety Management has part of his responsibility.
In his new role as Director for Global Infrastructure at ECP, he will also take the CEO position at ECP Global Water Resources to lead ECP´s expanding portfolio of interest into Water management to handle todays and tomorrows crisis, critical for our survival on this planet.
Jonathan is also a co-founder and serving member within ECP Project Finance Ltd, focusing on project finance towards Global Infrastructure projects within energy, water, railway, and other sectors.
Mark is the Managing Director of ECP Africa and serves as our principle conduit into numerous projects on the African continent.
Mark is an Investment banker and an SME Finance expert with seventeen (17) years extensive experience in Investment Management, International Trade, Credit Management, Financial Risk Management, Corporate Finance, Logistics and Transport, Freight Management and Real Estate Management.
Mark is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Heritage Capital and is responsible for the overall direction and administration of programs, products and services for the company, including the firm’s financial performance, portfolio quality, business development, HR development, operations and risk manage-ment.
Mark is currently the President of Asian-African Chamber of Commerce & Industry - AACCI (Ghana Chapter). He is also a Senator on the World Business Angels Investment Forum, honorably representing his country, Ghana at the Grand Assembly. An Executive Director of Eureka HQ-Brussels in Charge of African Rating Agency (ARA syndicate), Mark has worked with a number of international financial insti-tutions in the development of finance in Ghana and Africa in general.
Gerry is a highly qualified mechanical engineer with expressive experience in advising and assisting companies with new build projects mainly in the power generation and oil & gas sectors. His project management expertise comes from years of working for companies such as General Electric, Pratt & Whitney, Siemens, Rolls Royce, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in the power generation sector. Most of these projects being new build 400Mw CCGT. With oil & gas and chemical plants, Gerry has worked for BP, ICI, Du Pont, NNPC and ENI, being involved with major new build projects and major upgrades to existing plants. Gerry’s speciality is enabling world class companies to construct projects to world class standards and also ensuring intervention of local content. This is critically important to the country in question as it permits the newer generation of young people to gain employment experience and be in a position to support their family by working on the project. In this manner, the overall education system is improved as well as the skill levels of the local people. Through his long involvement with power generation, oil and gas plus aviation, Gerry brings a broad range of knowledge, experience, expertise and contacts to ECP for project management and project execution. With the support and help of the ECP team, he is convinced there is a golden opportunity to deliver a TOTAL SOLUTION to any project undertaken for our global client base, current and prospective. Gerry has worked in the Shetland Islands, UK, Iraq, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, South Africa, Libya and Israel bringing added value and experience to projects in challenging environments where not only the terrain was dangerous but security was paramount. Gerry is justifiably proud of projects always being delivered as assigned. Gerry was born in Ireland which will be his base for ECP PM and from where he will travel as required.
Chris is a highly experienced investment professional with over 30 years of experience advising global Institutional and UHNWI clients including being an invited participant in a high-level UK business delegation to the UAE and Qatar. Currently he is working with City of London institutions in the Compliance sector.
His early career was trading South African mining stocks and this kick started a fascination with Africa and he has since lived and worked in South Africa and Nigeria. In addition to his expertise in the financial markets Chris brings expertise in other areas of business having owned a small chain of retail shops in the UK and serving as the Rector of a prestigious polytechnic level college in Nigeria.
Erich is Founder & Owner of Vienna Consulting – EMEA and is holding several Advisor positions with Management Consulting and Engineering Companies. As Director of Evrensel Logistics, Erich’s main objective is helping the industry by adapting to new technologies, staying competitive, expanding into new markets and increasing profitability. His expertise comes with over three decades as a professional global Manager in the Freight- and Logistics sector and profound Advisor & Consultant to various industries. With additional extensive knowledge in the fields of Finance and Business Process Auditing, Restructuring of entire Companies, Strategic Planning, Exploration of new markets and Business opportunities, Erich has worked for multi-billion Dollar Corporations and is successfully serving Clients mainly in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Always hands on the job with a very practical approach in creating best solutions for customers, Erich provided Advisory & Consulting services to Industries, such as Dry Dock Ship Repair, Internet Broadband Provider, Logistics & Freight Forwarding, Shipping, Supply Chain, Port Management, Container terminals, Offshore Oil & Gas support services, Haulage, Heavy Lifts, Aviation ground services (cargo & passengers) and Financial services. Erich is Austrian national and currently based in the Sultanate of Oman from where he is managing the EMEA region.
Anthony ('Tony') Moore has 40+ years experience in the global financial services industry having lived and worked in 6 countries, 9 cities and transacted business in another 20+ countries in his long and distinguished career. Most notably,Tony opened and managed the Goldman Sachs (Asia) Ltd office based in Hong Kong; was Head of Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs Japan in Tokyo and subsequently senior executive at Goldman Sachs Ltd in London where he had responsibility for UK privatisations and relationships with a large number of Footsie 100 companies. Following his career at Goldman Sachs he held, among other positions, Member of the Board of Banker's Trust Int'l and Chairman of Corporate Finance at BZW, Barclays Bank's investment banking subsidiary. Tony has also held senior positions in industry including President & CEO of New Energy Ventures Technologies in Los Angeles, one of the early entrants into the deregulating US power industry. Tony has served, and still very much serves, as Chairman and/or Board Director of a large number of public and private companies in the USA,Europe and Asia/Pacific. His experience covers capital markets financing, equity fund raising , cross-border mergers & acquisitions, project finance, real estate, precious metals, asset management (including alternative investments) and wealth advisory. He has particular experience in guiding start up and emerging companies through to an exit, either trade sale or IPO. Currently based in Istanbul, Tony is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Evrensel Capital Partners, a merchant bank and fund management company. He is particularly interested in providing strategic and financial advise to companies that have a significant humanitarian, or benefit for mankind, aspect in their offering. Tony has an extensive global senior executive level network in government, public entities, financial institutions and corporate around the world.
Mr. Velikov, based in Bulgaria and Mongolia, is currently CEO of Zamani Capital, a company which harmonizes and brings together all the projects in Mongolia under one roof, helping these entities obtain financial backing from banks, funds and family offices.
Mr. Velikov is also Managing Partner at Eradus Dentongate Ltd., providing business development advisory and financing solutions to projects in the Russian Federation and CIS countries, in the fields of infrastructure (ports, terminals, airports, pipelines, roads, etc.); energy (oil & gas, power, coal, uranium, etc.); mining (iron ore, gold, chromite, lithium,copper); industry (industrial projects in all main areas).
Mr. Velikov is the owner of Faga Design Ltd, involved in construction and real estate investments; and owner and CEO of Siam Air Tours, an international tourist company with headquarters in Varna, Bulgaria. Mr. Velikov specialises in investment environment and investment risk analysis, evaluation, prognosis, and investment strategy development; market research, prognosis and real estate management; purchase of plots, design, construction financing and control.
Mr. Velikov is currently Director Eurasia for ECP, CEO and co-founder of ECP Mongolia, CEO and co-founder of ECP LatAm.
Graduate of the London School of Economics. Graduate Training Program at JPMorgan Chase. Career history in Investment Banking, Gained experience in Sales and Trading across a spectrum of Financial Instruments to include Multi Currency Debt, inclusive of Sovereign, Derivatives Markets, Equities- working closely with Prestigious Asset Management Institutions as clients.
Head of Change Management at a Major European Financial Institution - Global Corporate and Investment Banking - reporting directly to the CEO.
Further experience included, building - in Partnership - an Investment Banking Boutique in the US and subsequently afresh, a second in Europe, with the latter, to embody, in a number of examples, close collaboration, in Strategic work with Board level members of International Banks, and Senior Government Ministers to include Finance Ministers, involving Corporate Finance – M&A, Debt, Equity funding.
Well known for her unique experience in international political and business environment as well as promotion of trade and investment ties between countries. Excellent expertise in geopolitical matters and international relations, long-term cooperation with leading international institutions, opinion makers and international media - in the field of preparation and implementation of political strategies as well as mega economic projects in the region of Middle East & North Africa, South America and South - East Asia.
Bozena is originally Polish, studied Journalism and International Relations at the prestigious University of Warsaw. While being a student she already worked in public media and then landed her first full time job at the Chancellery of The Prime Minister. After a few years she entered corporate business in telecom industry in Poland, also run public relations and advisory company as a Managing Director. In 2008 she moved to the Middle East and was responsible for trade and investment matters at the Polish Embassy in Cairo. During last years she gained an outstanding international experience in the areas of economic diplomacy, investors relations, strategy and business development while working with many important international companies, governments, embassies and international organizations.
She actively supports underprivileged children in the Middle East, Africa and South America. She is also an animal rights activist, takes care & adopted many stray animals while living abroad. Passionate traveller, with strong passion for promoting sustainable tourism all over the world. She is also excited to work in the world of technology - currently as a partner in the Canadian company Blockchain Guru which creates & offers various services using blockchain & artificial intelligence platforms.
Bozena also loves photography, art and great cuisine, including sophisticated wine.
A recognized expert in Digital Technology and Cryptocurrency, Chuck has been involved in innovative digital technology for over 20 years. He was the co-founder and CEO of Voiceovers Unlimited and helped to create an entirely new industry in Asia. As the founder and CCO of Creative Fuzion, he focused on the amalgam of entertainment and hi-tech and continues to explore the uses of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence in business. A very early adopter of blockchain and cryptocurrency, Chuck has long believed that cryptocurrency would be the disruptive technology of the 21st century. This fascination with digital technology led to his partnering in the design and creation of several cryptocurrencies and blockchain systems. With expertise in developing digital Carbon Credit systems, STO tokenization of physical assets, the merging of crypto and fintech in DeFi, as well as cutting-edge blockchain solutions such as DAG, Chuck has served as an advisor on many projects inside the digital marketplace. As Managing Director of Global Digital Assets for ECP, Chuck continues to explore the vanguard of digital technology into today’s modern business models with forays into Hydrogen, Thorium, Stem Cell Technology, Battery technology, and many more state of the art solutions.