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Our Directors

Board of Directors

Pierre Mendelsohn: Founder, CEO

An engineer at heart, Pierre founded ALPIMA in October 2014 to give professional and institutional investors a new service focused on rule-based investing and asset allocation.

Since then, Pierre, along with his team, designed and built the ALPIMA platform around the concept of Object-Oriented Investing(TM). Subsequently, Pierre oversaw the implementation of the ALPIMA platform at prestigious institutional clients globally.

Prior to founding ALPIMA, Pierre worked for two decades with leading investment banks in New York, London and Hong Kong in global markets, focusing on quantitative investment strategies (QIS) and derivatives, in origination, structuring, sales, management and senior management roles. Along with his teams, Pierre has launched numerous investment products and systematic strategies which, in total, collected tens of billions of dollars from institutional and HNW clients globally.

Previously, Pierre was a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley for four years in London and Hong Kong. Before that, he was a Managing Director with Merrill Lynch for eleven years in London. Among other things, he ran and scaled Merrill INVEST, Merrill’s securitised product platform in EMEA from 2005 to 2010. Previously Pierre worked in Global Markets and Risk Analytics with Bankers Trust in London and New York, and as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman & Company in New York.

Pierre holds an M.S.E. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering majoring in Applied Mathematics from Princeton University and an MS in Engineering / Computational Fluid Dynamics from INPG, France.

He lives in London with his wife and three children. Marathon runner, instrument-rated pilot and aviation fan.

Ilan Heimann: Head of Sales and Partnerships

Ilan joined ALPIMA in November 2015 as Head of Sales and Partnerships.

Ilan heads up our team of talented sales people and oversees all client-facing activities. He has managed the successful implementation of the ALPIMA platform at a wide range of prestigious institutions globally.

Prior to ALPIMA, Ilan spent two decades in the asset management industry working with institutional clients globally across all asset classes. He is passionate about innovation and simplifying investment solutions.

Before joining ALPIMA, Ilan was a Senior Vice President with PIMCO for eight years, most recently as Account Manager and Business Developer for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, covering institutional clients. Prior to that Ilan ran PIMCO’s EMEA Structured Product offering and created PIMCO’s Advisory Business.

Previously, Ilan worked for eleven years with Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) in various roles within equities, fixed income and alternative investments. Throughout his tenure Ilan was, amongst other things, responsible for establishing GSAM’s European Equity Risk Management effort, an Equity portfolio construction framework for global equity portfolios, and assisting institutional clients in creating bespoke multi-asset investment solutions.
Ilan holds an MSc in Business Finance from Brunel University and studied Business Administration at Saarland University, Germany. He is a CFA® charterholder.

He lives in London with his wife and two children. Keen skier and cyclist.

David Baverez: Entrepreneur, Investor, ex Fidelity manager

David worked with Fidelity Investments for ten years from 1995-2005 in London and Boston managing European Equities, including the award-winning Fidelity European Aggressive Fund.

In 2005, he set up his own company, KDA Capital, a long-only European Equity fund.

He is involved in several entrepreneurial start-ups and is actively trying to understand the emergence of the post-crisis New World. He recently published his first book "Generation Tonique".

He is a graduate of HEC and holds an MBA from INSEAD. He lives in Hong Kong.

Pierre Cuilleret: Entrepreneur, Investor

Pierre is a highly-experienced entrepreneur with global expertise in industries including retail, telecommunications, technology & entertainment.

In 1996 Pierre co-founded The Phone House in France which later became part of The Carphone Warehouse Group PLC, listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2000.

Pierre then became CEO of Micromania, SVP of GameStop, Board member of DIA (until 2016) and currently serves on the board of Desigual.

Pierre brings to the Firm unique insights into building a business from the ground-up, growing it rapidly while maintaining operating discipline.

Alston Zecha: Director, Eight Roads

Alston works for Eight Roads, the proprietary investment arm of Fidelity International Limited, and an investor in ALPIMA Ltd. His role at Eight Roads focuses on assessing early-stage investment opportunities in the FinTech industry.

Previously Alston has worked at Citigroup, Bain & Company and APAX before co-founding the FinTech payments start up, Payleven, in 2012.

He is a graduate of Oxford University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.