I am a corporate finance professional, investor and entrepreneur, and still enjoy this fast paced business after over 30 years.
My degree in chemical engineering at University of Birmingham (UK) was complemented by a business degree from the European Business School in Germany, including exchange programmes with EBS France and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona, to give me a broad education in engineering and business.
My first professional achievements were at the pre-eminent merchant bank S.G. Warburg in the City of London. This was followed by a period with another blue chip merchant bank, Lazard, in their German office, before being asked to join the Zurich based investment banking operation of UBS. After a challenging task in post- merger integration at Citigroup in London, I set up my own corporate finance advisory firm, then named Quadrum Partners Ltd.
During the last 20 years, I have advised on a very diverse array of corporate finance transactions, mostly in European and sometimes in Asian situations. These included mergers, acquisitions, disposals, capital acquisition and restructurings.
As an entrepreneur, I invested into companies, assumed directorships and chaired a number of smaller companies. I co-founded and presided the Asia2Europe Association in 2006 as well as co-founded and chaired Five Elements Capital, an Advisory firm focused on resource efficiency and clean-tech, in 2007. After I spent a year in an operating role as acting CEO/CFO of a green-tech company, I continue to be an investor.
More recently I have been appointed managing director of Belana Capital, a family office with an interesting allocation to direct investments, including impact investing and social entrepreneurship.
I am a keen sportsman and love the outdoors.