Creating Growth Through Diversity

With a growing body of research showing that more diverse teams and inclusive workplaces directly correlates with stronger business outcomes, the issue of diversity in private debt continues to move up the agenda.

The inaugural Women in Private Debt Forum will bring together over 500 delegates for open discussion on the latest issues facing the industry, as well as the opportunity to exchange ideas, initiate deals and forge new relationships.

This year’s event will be co-located with the Women in Infrastructure Forum and the Women in Private Equity Forum, in addition to Women in Real Estate Forum, all registered attendees will have access to all events allowing you to build your network across alternative asset classes.

Covering Women in Private Equity, Infrastructure & Real Estate

One Summit: Four Forums

Now in its 6th year

Now in its 3rd year

New for 2019

Features in 2019

Dictate the narrative

Interactive panel discussions, keynote interviews, networking roundtables, think tanks and an oxford style debate allow you to put forward your thoughts and shape this important discussion.


Build your network

Meet 500+ influential investors, fund managers and advisors from across the community and make the right connections to grow your business.

Gain insights

Identify key private debt opportunities and discover strategies for 2019 and beyond.

Attendees from the previous summit in 2018

3i Group Plc
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
Alinda Capital Partners
Allianz Global Investors
AMP Capital
APAX Partners
Apollo Management International
Arcus Infrastructure Partners
Ares Management Ltd
Arjun Infrastructure Partners
BC Partners
Cantor Fitzgerald
CDC Group
EQT Partners
European Investment Bank
First Avenue
Foresight Group
Green Investment Group
Hamilton Lane
HarbourVest Partners
I Squared Capital
IFM Investors
JP Morgan
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Korea Investment Corporation
Macquarie Capital
MetLife Investments
National Pension Service
PSP Investments
StepStone Group


A quote icon for decorating the content Laura Yang

Analyst, CPPIB

The conference is very well organized, covering topics on both diversity awareness and key industry issues such as investing in emerging markets.

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Director Investments & Financing, AviAlliance GmbH, Germany

It is an excellent forum for women of all levels of seniority to get to know each other, exchange views and hopefully to form professional relationships that ca…

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A quote icon for decorating the content Kirsty Packer

Senior Analyst, I Squared Capital

It was inspiring to meet so many strong women who are excelling in this industry and raising awareness of the benefits of gender diversification.

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For more information on the agenda, please contact Charles Gould at or call +44 (0) 20 7566 5444.

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Featured speakers

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Danielle Baron

Global Head of Power & Utilities, Crédit Agricole CIB

Danielle began her career at U.S Ex-Im Bank in Washington D.C. She later joined ANZ where she held several positions in Structured Finance and Infrastructure & Utilities Coverage in Hanoi, Melbourne and London. She later joined HSBC and finally Credi… Read full bio

Kirsten Bode

Co-Head of Private Debt Fund, Muzinich & Co

Prior to joining Muzinich, Kirsten worked for six years as a Managing Director in the principal debt investing team at Macquarie, responsible for sourcing and executing transactions ranging from leveraged senior, unitranche and mezzanine debt to equi… Read full bio

Nicole Douglas

Head of Investor Research, PEI Media

Nicole Douglas is the Head of Investor Research for PEI’s Research & Analytics department. Based in London but working across the company’s offices and products, she oversees researched content, surveys, and projects on investors globally. She is als… Read full bio

Sabrina Fox

Executive Advisor, European Leveraged Finance Alliance

Sabrina is a recognised expert in the European leveraged finance market focused on increasing transparency, improving disclosure standards, and educating market participants on the importance of lender protections in documentation. Most recently, Sab… Read full bio

Aurelie Hariton-Fardad

Director, MetLife Investments

Aurélie Hariton-Fardad has been a Director in MetLife’s Private Placement team since 2015. She is in charge of the team’s holdings in the real estate and business services sectors in the UK and Europe. Aurélie believes her previous five years as a Di… Read full bio

Claire Harwood

Investment Director, Permira Debt Managers

Claire joined Permira Debt Managers in September 2017. She focuses on originating, leading and executing new investment opportunities across all sectors. Previously, Claire worked at HIG WhiteHorse for four years originating and executing deals. She… Read full bio

David Jeffrey

Partner, StepStone Global

Mr. Jeffrey leads StepStone’s activities in Europe and is a member of the private equity team, focusing on investments in Europe and the Middle East and co-investments. He is also involved in the Firm’s ESG and diversity initiatives, as well as vario… Read full bio

Ashley Knight

Investment Associate, Mercer

Ashley Knight is a member of Mercer Private Markets’ investment team in London where she focuses on sourcing, conducting due diligence on and investing across private debt and private equity investments. Previously, she was a Product Specialist at Cr… Read full bio

Mirja Lehmler-Brown

Partner and Managing Director, Hayfin Capital Management

Ms. Lehmler-Brown is a Managing Director and co-head of the Private Equity Funds investment team at Hayfin Capital Management. Ms. Lehmler-Brown joined from Standard Life Aberdeen where, since 2006, she was a senior investment portfolio manager and i… Read full bio

Cecile Levi

Co-Head of Private Debt, Tikehau Capital

Cécile Mayer-Lévi joined Tikehau Capital in 2013 and heads the Private Debt platform of the asset management firm. She has extensive knowledge in direct lending transactions, and has worked closely with major private equity houses, investment funds a… Read full bio

Laurie Mahon

Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets

Laurie Mahon serves as Vice-Chair of CIBC’s U.S. Investment Banking business, a role she recently assumed after having led the Global Infrastructure and Power team since August 2013. She has spent her entire professional life in the infrastructure sp… Read full bio

Claire Madden

Managing Partner, Connection Capital

Claire is a founding partner of Connection Capital, the private client investment business which specialises in alternative investments. Claire heads up all of our activities in respect of our investments in alternative asset funds and real estate. S… Read full bio

Kristina Matthews

Managing Director, Brightwood Capital Advisors

Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC provides debt and equity capital solutions to US based companies with EBITDA of $10 million to $75 million. Since 2010, we have created and managed private investment funds on behalf of institutions and high net worth… Read full bio

Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Merrick joined SL Capital, now part of Aberdeen Standard Investments (“ASI”), in 2014 and is based in the Edinburgh and London offices. ASI’s European Private Equity business, with over €8bn AuM, encompasses primary and secondary fund investments and… Read full bio

Gail McManus

Founder and Managing Director, PER

Gail McManus is the Founder and Managing Director of PER, setting up the business in the late 1990s after a career in private equity at 3i. Gail is a passionate member of the private equity and alterative assets community and is actively involved in… Read full bio

Dalit Nuttall

Principal, West Valley Capital

Following an institutional career with Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Wachovia, Dalit founded WestValley Capital in 2007 to connect preferred solution providers with European pension funds, insurance companies and asset managers in ways that addre… Read full bio

Taru Oksman

Managing Partner, Riverhouse Partners

As Managing Partner, Taru oversees Riverhouse Partners and Riverhouse Advisory. She works across all practice areas on key strategic hires. At Riverhouse Partners, her remit encompasses leadership and country head roles across growth markets as well… Read full bio

Adriana Oller

Founder & Partner, Resilience Partners

Adriana Oller started her career as a principal investor at 3i Spain, and continued at Axis, providing direct lending solutions to SME's focused on established and profitable Spanish companies, which could not find suitable financing solutions to the… Read full bio

Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

Matina is currently the deputy head of QIC Global Infrastructure, a business she co-founded in early 2006. QIC Global Infrastructure has directly invested over $10billion in global infrastructure covering toll roads, airports, ports, water and energy… Read full bio

Sunaina Sinha

Managing Partner, Cebile Capital

Sunaina Sinha is the founder and Managing Partner of Cebile Capital, a private funds advisor based in London and New York. Under her leadership, Cebile Capital has quickly become one of the leading advisors in private equity and private debt. Cebile… Read full bio

Paul Ward

Managing Partner, Pantheon

Paul Ward, Managing Partner, joined Pantheon in 2003 and has 22 years of private equity experience. Paul is a member of the Partnership Board and leads the firm’s strategic development and operational management. Paul joined Pantheon from Lehman Brot… Read full bio
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Sponsorship opportunities in 2019

The Women in Private Debt Forum offers a unique opportunity for organisations to raise their profile as a part of the premier meeting for private debt professionals focused on increasing diversity within the asset class.

For more information on available sponsorship opportunities contact Chris Wagland, +44 (0) 0207 566 5475.

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