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 equity continues to move up the agenda.

Once again, we will be bringing together over 600 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 again be co-located with the Women in Infrastructure Forum, in addition to the Women in Private Debt Forum and the Women in Real Estate Forum, all registered attendees will have access to all events allowing you to build your network across alternative asset classes.

Keynote: why diversity and culture are a value driver in business

Brenda Trenowden CBE

Partner, PwC UK

Global co-chair of the 30% Club

Brenda’s presentation will highlight why increasing diversity and managing culture is a business imperative, in addition to offering practical advice for professionals aiming to succeed in a competitive environment.

An expert in workplace performance, culture and communications, Brenda has a particular focus on helping clients build better performance by improving diversity and inclusiveness in their workplaces.

Covering Women in Infrastructure, Private Debt & Real Estate

One Summit: Four Forums

Now in its 3rd year

New for 2019

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

Gain insights

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

Investors who attended last year

Aberdeen Private Equity
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
AMCS Privatstiftung
bcIMC
Bregal Private Equity Partners
Brunel Pension Partnership
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
CDC Group
Chatham House
CPP Investment Board
CPPIB
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
European Investment Bank
Future Fund
Hamilton Lane
Korea Investment Corporation
Lyrique Private Equity
Manulife Capital
Metlife
National Investment and Infrastructure Fund
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
PGGM
PSP Investments
Public Investment Corporation
QIC
Quadrivio SGR
Rothschild and Co
The Silferfern Group
The Wellcome Trust
UBS AG Wealth Management
Unigestion
USS

Gender diversity remains one of the most important areas of growth for internal ESG policies

LP & GP views on diversity

Testimonials from last year

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.

Anke Heinze

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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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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Day 1 Day 2
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Agenda

Day 1 - Tuesday 5th

Plenary
08:00 - 08:45

Registration & coffee

08:45 - 08:50

PEI Welcome

08:50 - 09:05

Chairperson's opening remarks

Laurie Mahon
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Laurie Mahon

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

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09:05 - 09:30

Keynote Speech: Why diversity and culture are a value driver in business

Brenda Trenowden CBE

Brenda helps clients with all aspects of workplace performance, culture and communication. Brenda has a particular focus on helping her clients to achieve better business performance by improving both the diversity and inclusiveness of their workforces. She is a strong advocate for women’s economic empowerment and has been recognised with several awards for her global campaigning for greater gender balance across organisations as a voluntary, business-led imperative.

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Brenda Trenowden CBE

Partner, PwC

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09:30 - 10:15

Heads of Private Markets: The themes that unify our asset classes

Clare Gaskell, Amy Aznar, Andrew Blincoe, Kirsten Bode, Melissa Li

Panel Session

  • What is driving the growth in private markets? Are we in a bubble?
  • Putting money to work in an increasingly competitive environment
  • To what extent do investors differentiate between asset classes? Where are their similarities?
  • How can working together address talent deficits across private markets?
  • What practical advice do industry leaders have for young people in the industry today?

Moderated by: Clare Gaskell, Partner, Simpson Thacher

Infrastructure: Andrew Blincoe, Head of Structured Finance, NatWest
Private Debt:Kirsten Bode, Co-Head of Private Debt, Pan Europe, Muzinch & Co
Private Equity: Melissa Li, Managing Director, CIBC Capital Markets
Real Estate: Amy Aznar, Head of Debt and Special Situations, LaSalle Investment Management

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Clare Gaskell

Partner, Simpson Thacher

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Amy Aznar

Head of Debt & Special Situations

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Andrew Blincoe

Head of Structured Finance, Natwest

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Kirsten Bode

Co-Head of Pan-European Private Debt, Muzinich & Co

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Melissa Li

Managing Director and Head - Private Capital Group, CIBC

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10:15 - 10:55

How are investor pressures driving change within the funds they invest in?

Laurie Mahon, David Jeffrey, Matina Papathanasiou, Imogen Richards

Panel Session

  • To what extent are investors challenging fund managers on diversity across investments?
  • How senior leaders across private markets are promoting social mobility?
  • Highlighting case studies where lack of diversity has impacted an investment decision
  • Comparing approaches to diversity across private markets, are there any differences?
  • How does diversity compare with other factors in impacting where investors put their money?

Moderator: Laurie Mahon, Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets

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Laurie Mahon

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

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David Jeffrey

Partner, StepStone Group

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Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

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Imogen Richards

Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon

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10:55 - 11:35

Coffee & networking

Women in Private Equity Forum 2019
11:35 - 11:40

Private Equity chairperson’s opening remarks

Ishita Shah
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Ishita Shah

Managing Director, Citco Fund Services

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11:40 - 12:20

State of Play: Putting money to work in times of record fundraising

Deepa Deb, Sofia Ahuja, Simona Maellare, Lindsey McMurray, Amelie Petit

Panel Session

  • How can PE funds address the imbalance between funds raised and capital invested?
  • Driving returns as multiples continue to increase; outlining recent success stories
  • Are current level of fundraising sustainable and how well are managers prepared for a downturn?

Moderated by: Deepa Deb, Partners, Dentons

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Deepa Deb

Partner, Dentons

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Sofia Ahuja

Director, EQT

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Simona Maellare

Managing Director - Global Head of Financial Sponsors

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Lindsey McMurray

Managing Partner, Pollen Street Capital

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Amelie Petit

Principal Finance - Senior Management, Macquarie Group

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12:20 - 13:00

What do the rise of megafunds mean for fundraising in other areas of the market?

Emily Brown, Anamica Broetz, Gillian De Candole, Rebecca Zimmerman

Panel Session

  • Is there a future for smaller funds? How can they differentiate themselves?
  • Raising a first-time fund when established funds continue to raise capital so efficiently
  • How have successful GPs continued to achieve their outstanding fundraisings?

Moderator: Emily Brown, Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel

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Emily Brown

Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel

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Anamica Broetz

Head of Investor Relations, DWS Private Equity

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Gillian De Candole

Investment Principal Private Markets, Brunel Pension Partnership

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Rebecca Zimmerman

Investor Relations - Senior Director, Permira

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13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch

Women in Private Equity Forum 2019
14:00 - 14:45

Investor perspectives on PE as an asset class towards the end of an economic cycle

Rebekah Tobias, Sweta Chattopadhyay, Gila Cohen, Nina Kraus, Vjerana Spajic

Panel Session

  • The increase of direct and co-investing and the impact on relationships with fund managers
  • Views on investing in long-term funds: Is this a trend or a long-term shift?
  • Building a diversified portfolio in alternative assets

Moderated by: Rebekah Tobias, Head of Business Development, Marcol

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Rebekah Tobias

Head of Business Development, Marcol

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Sweta Chattopadhyay

Director, bfinance

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Gila Cohen

Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG

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Nina Kraus

Vice-President, Hamilton Lane

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Vjerana Spajic

Vice President, AlpInvest Partners

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14:45 - 15:15

The increased importance of ESG and impact investments and what it means for private equity

Anastasia Guha, Maggie Loo, Maaike van der Schoot, Salma Moolji

Panel Session

  • Exploration on how and why traditional funds are launching impact strategies
  • How is private equity addressing climate risk and SDGs?
  • Does implementing ESG add value to PE investments?

Moderated by: Anastasia Guha, Director Northern Europe and MEA, PRI

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Anastasia Guha

Director Northern Europe and MEA, PRI

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Maggie Loo

Partner, Bridges Fund Management

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Maaike van der Schoot

Responsible Investment Officer, AlpInvest Partners

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Salma Moolji

Associate, Environmental & Social Responsibility, CDC Group

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15:15 - 16:00

The rise of secondaries as a sub-asset class of private equity

Christopher Priebe, Sophia Damianou, Martha Heitmann, Valérie Handal

Panel Session

  • How much has the European market expanded in recent years?
  • The evolution of the GP-led secondaries market
  • What could throw the booming secondaries market off course?

Moderated by: Christopher Priebe, Principal, Cebile Capital

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Christopher Priebe

Principal, Cebile Capital

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Sophia Damianou

Managing Director - Business Development (EMEA)

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Martha Heitmann

Partner, LGT CP

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Valérie Handal

Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners

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16:00 - 16:30

Coffee & networking

Women in Private Equity Forum 2019
16:30 - 17:10

Examining the continued evolution of value creation and private equity

Kristina Isakovich, Christina Han, Anne-Marie Laing, Elena Lokteva, Karen O'Mahony

Panel Session

  • How can operators continue to add value throughout the deal process?
  • Latest trends in structuring a value creation team
  • When to bring in consultants and what type of people to bring in

Moderated by: Kristina Isakovich, Managing Director – Boston, Alix Partners

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Kristina Isakovich

Managing Director - Boston, Alix Partners

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Christina Han

Head of Investment Research - Industry Value Creation, Partners Group

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Anne-Marie Laing

Transformation Professional, Agilitas

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Elena Lokteva

Partner, SI Capital Partners

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Karen O'Mahony

Managing Director,PEAL Investments

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17:10 - 17:45

Digitisation & value-creation: EY in conversation with BC Partners

Eva Garcia, Tanya Thompson
  • Providing digital support to portfolio companies
  • How PE can utilise the data created by its portfolio to guide investment decisions
  • Case studies of overcoming difficulties in digital transformation

Eva Garcia, Partner, EY

In conversation with

Tanya Thompson, Principal, Operations Team, BC Partners

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Eva Garcia

Partner, EY

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Tanya Thompson

Principal - Operations Team, BC Partners

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17:45 - 19:30

Women in Alternatives Cocktail Reception

Agenda

Day 2 - Wednesday 6th

08:00 - 09:00

Invitation only think-tanks

Gila Cohen, Matina Papathanasiou, Katherine Taylor

These closed-door sessions will allow women to speak freely about the issues impacting their office and asset class. It is a closed door, open conversation where attendees can benchmark ideas and share best practices to gain solutions for common concerns.

  • Infrastructure: Matina Papathanasiou, Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC
  • Private equity:
  • Private Debt: Katherine Taylor, Director – Business DevelopmentTHL Credit
  • Real Estate: Gila Cohen, Managing Director, Real Estate & Private Equity, MUFG
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Gila Cohen

Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG

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Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

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Katherine Taylor

Director, THL Credit

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08:30 - 09:10

Registration & coffee

Plenary
09:10 - 09:50

Emerging Markets: Where are the most attractive opportunities in emerging markets?

Taru Oksman, Danielle Baron, Nupur Garg, Maria Pejter, Shami Nissan

Panel Session

  • Which macro trends are affecting investment in emerging markets today?
  • Key reasons to invest in Asian, LatAm & African alternative assets
  • What is the appetite for different investment strategies across emerging markets?
  • Comparing risk in EM to more developed markets

Moderated by: Taru Oksman, Managing Partner, Riverhouse Partners

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Taru Oksman

Managing Partner, Riverhouse Partners

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Danielle Baron

Global Head of Power & Utilities, Crédit Agricole CIB

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Nupur Garg

Board Member and Senior Advisor, PE Industry

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Maria Pejter

Head of HR, A.P. Møller Holding

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Shami Nissan

Head, Responsible Investment, Actis

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09:50 - 10:15

Highlights of the PEI LP Insight findings

Nicole Douglas

Presentation

The PEI Investor Research & Analytics team surveyed over 100 LPs to capture investor sentiment on asset allocation, relationships with GPs, and performance predictions. The study also features insight on gender diversity and inclusion. Investors range from established players with diverse fund portfolios, to those planning to make their first alternatives commitments in 2020.

Presented by: Nicole Douglas, Head of Investor Research, PEI Media Group

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Nicole Douglas

Head of Investor Research, PEI Media

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10:15 - 10:50

View from the deal team: What skills are required to make a successful investment partner?

Sonali Tang, Adriana Clancy, Cecile Levi, Claire Madden

Panel Session

  • Why do deal teams remain so male, pale and stale even when compared to other areas of finance?
  • Outlining the advantages of a diverse deal team
  • What advice do deal team partners have for young people aiming for a spot on the deal team?

Moderated by: Sonali Tang, Senior Investment Specialist, ADB

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Sonali Tang

Principal Investment Specialist, ADB

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Adriana Clancy

Partner - Research & Portfolio Management, Corbin Capital Partners

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Cecile Levi

Co-Head of Private Debt, Tikehau Capital

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Claire Madden

Managing Partner, Connection Capital

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10:50 - 11:30

How, why and when to move between alternative asset classes

Gail McManus, Yodia Lo, Merrick McKay, Jessica Otte

Panel Session

  • Building a cross-asset class network
  • Are there any significant differences in the skills required to be successful?
  • What skills are transferrable between asset classes?
  • Case studies from practitioners who have made the move

Moderated by: Gail McManus, Founder and Managing Director, PER

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Gail McManus

Founder and Managing Director, PER

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Yodia Lo

Alternatives, Church of England

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Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

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Jessica Otte

Director, Stepstone Global

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11:30 - 12:00

Coffee & networking

Plenary
12:00 - 12:40

Meet a Mentor Session

Deborah Gilshan, Anke Heinze, Keeran Kang, Merrick McKay, Jessica Otte, Imogen Richards, Harry Seekings, Katherine Taylor, Pooja Warier Hamilton, Alex Wilson

Roundtables

This unique session will split the room up into tables with a senior representative on each table offering practical career advice to the table. This will provide a unique opportunity to build your network and tables will be led by people with different areas of expertise.

Mentor 1: Pooja Warier Hamilton, Founding Partner and Executive Director, Conduit Capital
Mentor 2: Imogen Richards, Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon
Mentor 3: Jessica Otte, Director, Stepstone Global
Mentor 4: Alex Wilson, Managing Director and Head, Corporate Banking Europe, CIBC Capital Markets
Mentor 5: Merrick McKay, Head of Europe – Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Mentor 6: Anke Heinze, Director of the Investments & Financing Department, AviAlliance
Mentor 7: Katherine Taylor, Director – Business Development, THL Credit
Mentor 8: Deborah Gilshan, Founder, The 100% Club
Mentor 9: Keeran Kang, Senior Vice President, Partners Group
Mentor 10: Harry Seekings, Co-Head of Infrastructure, InfraRed

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Deborah Gilshan

Founder, The 100% Club

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Anke Heinze

Director of the Investments & Financing Department, AviAlliance

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Keeran Kang

Senior Vice President, Partners Group

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Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

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Jessica Otte

Director, Stepstone Global

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Imogen Richards

Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon

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Harry Seekings

Co-Head of Infrastructure, InfraRed

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Katherine Taylor

Director, THL Credit

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Pooja Warier Hamilton

Founding Partner and Executive Director, Conduit Capital

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Alex Wilson

Managing Director and Head, Corporate Banking Europe, CIBC Capital Markets

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12:40 - 14:15

Themed networking working lunch

Nupur Garg, Christina Han, Roxana Isaiu, Elena Kosseva, Emília Mamajová, Abigail Rayner, Chris Rowse, Ulyana Shtybel

Tables discussing a variety of topics over lunch led by an expert moderator

Ulyana Shtybel (HighCastle) – Tokenisation of private equity and private debt
Emilia Mamajova (Espira Investments) – Diversity & Impact
Abigail Rayner (HarbourVest Partners) – Infrastructure Secondaries
Roxana Isaiu (GRESB) – ESG & Real Assets
Nupur Garg (Senior Advisor PE) – Forming a women’s private equity network
Chris Rowse (Riverhouse Partners) – Recruitment: Challenges and Diversity Trends
Elena Kosseva (LCR)- Private Investment and Urban Regeneration
Christina Han (Partners Group) – Thematic Sourcing

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Nupur Garg

Board Member and Senior Advisor, PE Industry

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Christina Han

Head of Investment Research - Industry Value Creation, Partners Group

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Roxana Isaiu

Director - Real Estate, GRESB

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Elena Kosseva

Development Manager, LCR

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Emília Mamajová

Founding Partner, ESPIRA Investments

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Abigail Rayner

Vice President, HarbourVest

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Chris Rowse

Partner, Riverhouse Partners

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Ulyana Shtybel

Vice-President, Highcastle

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14:15 - 14:35

Chairperson’s closing remarks

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Sofia Ahuja

Director, EQT

Sofia is an Investment Professional at EQT and leading the expansion of the Services sector strategy to the UK. She joined EQT in 2011, worked in the New York and London offices and has completed investments in both the Services and Healthcare sector… Read full bio

Amy Aznar

Head of Debt & Special Situations

Amy Klein Aznar is the Head of Debt Investment and Special Situations team at LaSalle Investment Management and responsible for LaSalle’s market leading debt platform as well as evaluating investments in structured debt and equity, private real estat… Read full bio

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

Andrew Blincoe

Head of Structured Finance, Natwest

Andrew runs NatWest’s Structured Finance business, covering our Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance, Structured Real Estate, Leveraged Finance and Corporate and FI loans teams, as well as our Scandinavian sale and leaseback business, Nordisk Re… Read full bio

Kirsten Bode

Co-Head of Pan-European Private Debt, 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

Anamica Broetz

Head of Investor Relations, DWS Private Equity

Anamica Broetz is Head of Investor Relations for DWS Private Equity. She is responsible for coordinating the private equity platform’s global fundraising campaigns and leading investor relations for our diversified LP base, including sovereign wealth… Read full bio

Emily Brown

Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel

Emily Brown is a partner in SRZ's Investment Management Group. Emily advises private equity and venture capital sponsors on fundraising, managed accounts and the capital-raising process, as well as on executive and employee co-investment arrangements… Read full bio

Gillian De Candole

Investment Principal Private Markets, Brunel Pension Partnership

Gillian has over 15 years of experience working in both buy-side and asset-owner capacities, including equity research and fund management at Schroders Investment Management and investing across all asset classes at the Environment Agency Pension Fun… Read full bio

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Director, bfinance

Sweta is a Director within the Private Markets team at bfinance, and Head of Private Equity. bfinance is an independent investment consultancy, that supports over 300 sophisticated institutional investors around the world with implementing their inve… Read full bio

Adriana Clancy

Partner - Research & Portfolio Management, Corbin Capital Partners

Adriana is a Partner and Portfolio Manager of Corbin Capital Partners, a New York-based independent alternative asset management firm that specializes in multi-strategy and opportunistic credit investing for pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, var… Read full bio

Gila Cohen

Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG

Gila R. Cohen is a Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity at MUFG. In this role, she is responsible for those businesses including investments/fund Allocation, Corporate Banking and Investor Services. Most recently, Ms. Cohen was the Manag… Read full bio

Sophia Damianou

Managing Director - Business Development (EMEA)

Sophia is a Managing Director at Northleaf Capital Partners, a global private markets investment firm. Based in London, Sophia focuses on Northleaf’s business development activities in Europe, working closely with existing and prospective investors a… Read full bio

Deepa Deb

Partner, Dentons

Deepa has considerable experience in all aspects of commercial real estate including development and investment, acting for domestic and overseas developers, property companies, institutions and funders. She has a particular focus on real estate fina… 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

Eva Garcia

Partner, EY

Eva is a partner in EY's Transaction Advisory Services Private Equity team based in London. She specialises in international, large private equity and corporate transactions and has 20 years of experience advising clients on transactions, ranging fro… Read full bio

Nupur Garg

Board Member and Senior Advisor, PE Industry

Nupur Garg is one among India’s top 100 Women in Finance (AIWMI 2019 list). She serves as an independent director on the Board of SIDBI and is currently the co-chair of the Board sub-committee for SIDBI’s fund-of-funds operations. An external expert… Read full bio

Clare Gaskell

Partner, Simpson Thacher

A Corporate Partner in Simpson Thacher’s London office, Clare Gaskell advises on both private M&A and public takeovers as well as equity capital markets transactions (including IPOs) and general corporate matters. She has represented private equity f… Read full bio

Deborah Gilshan

Founder, The 100% Club

Deborah is an investment professional with expertise in corporate governance, sustainability and shareholder engagement. An Ambassador of the 30% Club, the global initiative to promote diversity in companies, Deborah was instrumental in leading the w… Read full bio

Anastasia Guha

Director Northern Europe and MEA, PRI

Anastasia joined in PRI in 2011. She is responsible for signatories in Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa. This region covers over 30% of PRI’s signatory base.  Prior to her current role, she has held a number of senior positions at the PRI incl… Read full bio

Christina Han

Head of Investment Research - Industry Value Creation, Partners Group

Christina Han-van der Meer leads the thematic sourcing efforts at Partners Group. She has fourteen years of investment and finance experience. Prior to joining Partners Group, she invested in global commodities and Asian mid-cap growth stocks at Capi… Read full bio

Valérie Handal

Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners

Valérie Handal focuses on secondary investments, primarily in Europe. She joined HarbourVest in 2006 and has played a lead role in a range of transactions, including SGV Capital plc, 3i Ventures, and RBS Special Situations. Valérie currently serves o… Read full bio

Anke Heinze

Director of the Investments & Financing Department, AviAlliance

Anke is the Director of the Investments & Financing department of AviAlliance GmbH (former HOCHTIEF AirPort). She has over 20 years of airport M&A experience gained in various buy-side and sell-side projects. Anke has also been involved in the syndic… Read full bio

Martha Heitmann

Partner, LGT CP

Martha Heitmann is a Partner at LGT Capital Partners., and has been with LGT CP since 2007. Ms. Heitmann is responsible for the origination, evaluation, execution and monitoring of secondary transactions in Europe. She has lead transactions related t… Read full bio

Roxana Isaiu

Director - Real Estate, GRESB

Roxana Isaiu is Director Real Estate for GRESB. Roxana holds an Msc in Corporate Finance and is responsible for the development and implementation of the ESG standards, as well as the benchmarking methodology for the real estate sector. Since joining… Read full bio

Kristina Isakovich

Managing Director - Boston, Alix Partners

Kristina has more than 20 years of global operating and consulting experience at organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in a variety of high-tech industries, including life sciences, medical devices, and aerospace. She focuses… Read full bio

David Jeffrey

Partner, StepStone Group

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

Keeran Kang

Senior Vice President, Partners Group

Keeran Kang is part of the Private Real Estate Integrated Investments business unit responsible for European investments, based in London. Prior to joining Partners Group, she worked at Schroder Real Estate Investment Management, where she was a Fund… Read full bio

Elena Kosseva

Development Manager, LCR

Elena Kosseva is a development manager at LCR, with responsibility for managing planning, construction and occupation across key sites across LCR’s development portfolio. Her role encompasses working to establish partnerships with public and private… Read full bio

Nina Kraus

Vice-President, Hamilton Lane

Nina is a Vice President on Hamilton Lane’s Global Investment Team. Nina is based in the firm’s London office, where she is focuses on fund investment opportunities across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Nina began her career at Hamilton Lane in… Read full bio

Anne-Marie Laing

Transformation Professional, Agilitas

Anne-Marie Laing joined Agilitas in 2018 to work with portfolio companies on their transformation plans, with a particular focus on budgeting, KPIs and operational restructuring. Anne-Marie commenced her career at Arthur Andersen before working at Zo… 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

Melissa Li

Managing Director and Head - Private Capital Group, CIBC

Melissa Li rejoined CIBC in 2016 as a Managing Director in the Private Capital Group at CIBC Capital Markets. In her current role, Melissa leads the global coverage strategy for pension funds, private equity firms and family offices across the consum… Read full bio

Yodia Lo

Alternatives, Church of England

Yodia Lo focuses on Hedge Funds, Alternative Credit and Co-investments at Church Commissioners, the £8b endowment arm of the Church of England. In this role she has sourced investments including Emerging Market Distressed Debt, Short Term Quant and d… Read full bio

Elena Lokteva

Partner, SI Capital Partners

She started working in the private equity industry in 1995 as a GP, lead private equity program in family office MAC Asset Management and co-founded SI Capital Partners. An accomplished CFO and operating partner with global experience in retail, dist… Read full bio

Maggie Loo

Partner, Bridges Fund Management

Maggie looks after client relationships for Bridges platform of funds and has been involved with or led the raising of the firm’s eight most recent funds. These have included successive funds in existing strategies as well as the development of new s… Read full bio

Claire Madden

Managing Partner, Connection Capital

Claire is Managing Partner of Connection Capital, a private client investment business specialising in alternative investments. Claire’s career began as a private equity investor at 3i having graduated in Banking & International Finance from Loughbor… Read full bio

Simona Maellare

Managing Director - Global Head of Financial Sponsors

Simona Maellare joined UBS in February 2014 to Co-Head the Financial Sponsors Group in London. Prior to this, she has spent 8 years at BAML in the Financial Sponsors team and 9 years at JP Morgan in the Leverage Finance team in London and in New York… 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

Emília Mamajová

Founding Partner, ESPIRA Investments

Emília is a Founding Partner of ESPIRA Investments, the first private equity firm in Central Europe with a gender lens investment strategy element. Prior to co-founding ESPIRA, Emília was a Head of Czech Republic and Slovakia with PineBridge Investme… 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

Lindsey McMurray

Managing Partner, Pollen Street Capital

Lindsey joined the team in 2005 and is Managing Partner and co-founder of Pollen Street Capital. Lindsey has led the business for over 10 years. She has been a private equity and credit investor for more than 26 years with a focus on the financial an… Read full bio

Salma Moolji

Associate, Environmental & Social Responsibility, CDC Group

Salma is an E&S professional at CDC Group managing a range of intermediated equity relationships across Africa and South Asia. Previous to CDC, Salma worked as a consultant with Verisk Maplecroft. She has experience from the field in conflict-affecte… Read full bio

Shami Nissan

Head, Responsible Investment, Actis

With over 17 years’ experience in responsible investment, primarily serving the private equity, banking and development finance sectors, Shami was drawn to Actis by its leadership in responsible investing, the firm’s diverse culture and the opportuni… Read full bio

Karen O'Mahony

Managing Director,PEAL Investments

Karen O’Mahony is the Founder and Managing Director of PEAL Investment Partners Ltd. PEAL is an all female team that takes an operational approach to private equity investing. Founded in 2014 - PEAL reviews, monitors and in some case’s restructures p… 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 country head roles across growth markets as well C-suite roles i… Read full bio

Jessica Otte

Director, Stepstone Global

Jessica Otte is a member of the Investor Relations Team for StepStone, responsible for managing client relationships in Germany. Prior to joining StepStone she spent 9 years at Goldman Sachs, based both in London and latterly in Frankfurt. She holds… 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

Maria Pejter

Head of HR, A.P. Møller Holding

Maria Pejter is an international HR Leader with extensive experience and core competencies in areas such as Talent Management and Organizational Development. She has been with A.P. Moller-Maersk since 1997 in various HR positions including Senior Dir… Read full bio

Amelie Petit

Principal Finance - Senior Management, Macquarie Group

Amelie Petit is an Senior Investment Manager within the Macquarie Principal Finance Group. She has been with the team for over five years, during which time she has been involved in multiple investments across strategies, sectors and asset classes. T… Read full bio

Christopher Priebe

Principal, Cebile Capital

Chris has over 18 years’ experience in private equity / venture, primaries , secondaries and co-investment. Prior to joining Cebile Capital in 2014, Chris was a deal captain with Hamilton Lane, arranged and executed secondary asset sales for Dresdner… Read full bio

Abigail Rayner

Vice President, HarbourVest

Abigail Rayner joined the HarbourVest team in 2018 as a product specialist focused on global real assets investments and works closely with the investor relations team. Abigail joined the Firm from Octopus Investments, a UK focused renewable energy m… Read full bio

Imogen Richards

Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon

Imogen Richards is a Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy in Pantheon’s Global Investment team with 18 years of private equity experience. She is also closely involved in key strategic and corporate development projects. Imo… Read full bio

Chris Rowse

Partner, Riverhouse Partners

Chris is a Partner of the firm and leads the Private side investment practice specialising in private equity, private debt, and impact investing. Working with the investment management and financial investor practices, Chris advises his investor clie… Read full bio

Maaike van der Schoot

Responsible Investment Officer, AlpInvest Partners

Maaike van der Schoot is AlpInvest Partner’s Responsible Investment Officer and oversees the development and implementation of the Responsible Investment policy. She joined AlpInvest Partners in 2002. Prior to her current role, she was an investment… Read full bio

Harry Seekings

Co-Head of Infrastructure, InfraRed

Harry joined InfraRed in 1998. Harry is Co-Head of Infrastructure business and has the day-to-day responsibility for leading the InfraRed team in relation to HICL. Harry returned to London in July 2015, almost seven years after relocating to New York… Read full bio

Ishita Shah

Managing Director, Citco Fund Services

Ishita Shah is a Managing Director with Citco Fund Services (USA) Inc, responsible for the oversight of North American private equity operations and client service. Since joining Citco Fund Services (USA) Inc. in 2013, Mrs. Shah has overseen a sustai… Read full bio

Ulyana Shtybel

Vice-President, Highcastle

Ulyana is a Vice President and Chief Capital Officer at the HighCastle.co, the UK blockchain-based investment marketplace and share registrar. Ulyana co-founded and led two fintech incubation programmes, Fintech Master and Open Banking Lab in partner… Read full bio

Vjerana Spajic

Vice President, AlpInvest Partners

Vjerana is a Vice President in AlpInvest’s Secondary Investments team with a focus on structured equity and preferred equity investments. She is based in London. Vjerana rejoined AlpInvest in 2019 after four years at 17Capital, a specialist firm focu… Read full bio

Sonali Tang

Principal Investment Specialist, ADB

Sonali is a Principal Investment Specialist with ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department and has over 20 years of experience in advising and arranging financing for infrastructure projects and borrowers in Asia and the Americas. Her transaction ex… Read full bio

Katherine Taylor

Director, THL Credit

Ms. Taylor is a Director for THL Credit’s Direct Lending and Tradable Credit platforms. Her responsibilities include business development, product development, strategic relationships and fund marketing. She is responsible for the development and man… Read full bio

Tanya Thompson

Principal - Operations Team, BC Partners

Tanya Thompson joined BC Partners in London in 2017. Previously, Tanya spent two years at LDC where she was most recently the leader of its Operations team. Prior to that Tanya worked at BP in the Commercial Performance Improvement team supporting BP… Read full bio

Brenda Trenowden CBE

Partner, PwC

Brenda Trenowden CBE, Global co-chair of the 30% Club, is a Partner in PwC UK within the people consulting practice. Brenda helps clients with all aspects of workplace performance, culture and communication. Brenda has a particular focus on helping h… Read full bio

Rebekah Tobias

Head of Business Development, Marcol

Rebekah has recently joined private equity group, MARCOL, as Head of Business Development working closely with senior management to introduce new business growth opportunities and investor relationships across a diverse range of sectors in private eq… Read full bio

Pooja Warier Hamilton

Founding Partner and Executive Director, Conduit Capital

Pooja is the Founding Partner and Executive Director of Conduit Capital, with an aim to grow high impact solutions that are solving pressing issues globally, by deploying the knowledge, networks and capital available within the Conduit community. Pri… Read full bio

Scott Wilkinson

Principal - Alternatives, Mercer

Scott Wilkinson is a Principal at Mercer Alternatives based in London. Mr. Wilkinson joined Pavilion Alternatives Group in 2009, which was acquired by Mercer in 2018. Mr. Wilkinson is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and monitoring private equity… Read full bio

Alex Wilson

Managing Director and Head, Corporate Banking Europe, CIBC Capital Markets

Alex Wilson is responsible for CIBC Capital Market’s Corporate & Institutional Client Business in Europe and the Middle East. Alex is a seasoned Investment Banker with 20 years’ experience in London, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, advising corpor… Read full bio

Rebecca Zimmerman

Investor Relations - Senior Director, Permira

Rebecca is a senior member of the Investor Relations team at Permira, having joined the firm in 2010. She currently heads up European investor coverage across the private equity and private credit businesses and leads the firm’s LP co-investment prog… Read full bio
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