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Our Advisors

A distinguished group of advisors

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.

Dr. Sanjeev R. Kulkarni: Dean of the Graduate School at Princeton University

Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni has been with Princeton University since 1991 where he is currently Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Electrical Engineering. He is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering and in the Department of Philosophy. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2003 to 2005, as Master of Butler College (one of Princeton’s six residential colleges) from 2004 to 2012, and Director of the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education from 2011-2014.

Sanjeev's research interests include statistical pattern recognition, nonparametric statistics, machine learning, information theory, and signal processing. He received an ARO Young Investigator Award in 1992, an NSF Young Investigator Award in 1994, a number of teaching awards at Princeton University, and he is a Fellow of the IEEE.

He spent 1998 at Susquehanna International Group and consulted with them from 1997-2001. He is also a co-founder of Stockpile Inc. and has served on the advisory board for several startup companies.

Sanjeev received undergraduate degrees from Clarkson University, a master's degree from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from M.I.T.

Jérôme de Lavenère Lussan: CEO, Laven Group

Jérôme de Lavenère Lussan is the CEO and founder of Laven - a global integrated consultancy servicing the financial industry, empower banks, brokers and managers by offering robust regulatory solutions that improve their operational processes and structures. Jérôme’s background includes acting as a COO of a hedge fund and as a financial lawyer at Jones Day. Jérôme has a broad degree of expertise in the hedge fund and fund management industry and is an advisor to many international financial services firms specialising in regulatory, legal, operational and risk matters.

Jérôme remains part of a unique group of people for whom continuous education and developments are part of the routine. He has been able to adapt his thinking to new regulatory requirements in Europe as well as to those around the world.

He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, the International Tax Planning Association and of the CFA Society of the UK.

Jérôme holds an LLB from University of Edinburgh. In 2010 and 2011, Jérôme was named by Financial News as one of its 100 Rising Stars, and in 2011 and 2012 one of its 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Hedge Funds. He is the author of the FT Guide to Investing in Funds, published in June 2012.

He lives in London with his wife and two children.

Gerd Weissenboeck: Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Zelig Associates

Gerd is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Zelig Associates, a FinTech investment banking boutique with offices in London and Los Angeles. Gerd is also an angel investor in emerging tech start-ups and served on the Board of Auctionata.

Gerd worked for 15 years in investment banking at Citi, ABN AMRO, RBS before co-founding Zelig Associates. Gerd worked on over 35 sell-side and buy-side M&A transactions, public cross-border M&A situations and several equity and debt fund raisings with a total transaction value exceeding $40bn. Gerd has advised prominent TMT companies in Europe, the US as well as the Emerging Markets well as international private equity firms such as Apax, Montagu, CVC and Advent among others.

Originally from Austria, Gerd has lived in London since 1999. He studied in Austria, the United Kingdom, Italy and the USA having obtained a MSc degree (with honors) in Business Studies from University of Graz and a MA degree (with honors) in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS).