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TEAM

INVESTMENT TEAM

Dr. Stavros Siokos

Managing Partner
25 years’ experience in building and managing businesses in various areas of Capital Markets, Asset Management and Alternative Investments.

Co-Founder, Managing Partner and Member of the Investment Committee.

At Astarte, Stavros is primarily responsible for strategic business development across all markets and investor reach.

For more than a decade he was Managing Director at Citigroup where he was global head of alternative executions, portfolio trading strategies and pension fund solutions.

Holds an Electrical and Computer Engineering Diploma from the University of Patras, Greece, a MSc in the same field and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts.

Teresa Farmaki

Partner
19 years’ experience in structuring, execution and senior management across the spectrum of private equity investments.

Co-Founder, Partner and Member of the Investment Committee.

At Astarte, Teresa is responsible for investment and portfolio activities including evaluating, negotiating and structuring investments across sectors.

Before co-founding Astarte, she was Head of Private Equity for a multi-family office, where she oversaw the investment strategy and investment selection for fund investments and co-investments.

Prior to this, Teresa was CIO for Private Equity at Piraeus Group, where she co-led the establishment of the private equity group, launched three private equity and venture capital funds and developed the group’s strategy in the renewable energy space.

Teresa joined Piraeus from UBS Investment Bank in London and New York, where she advised on corporate transactions in the real assets space in the US and Europe and was part of the team that launched the renewable energy practice of UBS globally.

Teresa holds a BSc. in Economics and Finance from the University of Athens, Greece and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

Jan Straatman

Partner
34 years of dedicated experience in the financial industry sectors (Pension Funds and Asset Management).

Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee

Previously Jan was the Global Chief Investment Officer of Lombard Odier Investment Managers and since 2012 until 2017 acted as an advisor and member of the Fund Board.

Prior to joining LOIM, Jan was Global Chief Investment Officer at ING Investment Management, overseeing EUR 330 billion of client assets and 800 investment professionals across 30 locations. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer/Chief Investment Officer at Pearl Group’s Axial Asset Management from 2006 to 2008.

Before joining Pearl Group, he was Chief Investment Officer for capital markets at ABP Investments, one of the largest pension funds in the world. Prior to that, he was Chief Investment Officer at Achmea Asset Management between 1997 and 2001, and integral to the merger with PVF Pensioenen, where he was Chief Investment Officer before the merger. He began his career as director of research and portfolio management at GIM/GIM Capital Management in 1983.

Holds an MBA with specialization in finance and accountancy from the University of Hasselt in 1988. He also holds a BA in business administration from the College for Business Administration and Economics in Eindhoven.

Nick Clayton

Investment Director
15 years of experience in public and private real estate covering all aspects of investment and asset management across a wide range of sectors, structures and jurisdictions across Europe

Previously, he was a member of the investment team of an asset backed special situations family office

Prior to the family office, Nick worked in fund management and investment at BlackRock and MGPA (formerly Macquarie Global Property Advisors) on opportunistic and value add pan European real estate. He also worked for the boutique investment bank Oriel Securities (now Stifel) covering real estate and retail sectors. Nick started his career at KPMG in financial advisory

Nick holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, is a qualified chartered accountant and holds the Investment Property Forum diploma from the University of Cambridge.

Roger Fuchs

Investment Director
9 years of financial advisory, investment and industry experience across infrastructure, energy, natural resources and industrials sectors

Previously he worked at Macquarie Capital in London, where he advised on buy side and sell side M&A, bridge financing and principal transactions across upstream oil & gas, mid/downstream resources infrastructure, energy logistics and the wider core plus infrastructure sectors.

Roger spent four years at Schindler Group and Translift Schweiz AG, where he completed his apprenticeship as technical draughtsman in the mechanical engineering team, specialising in the design, construction and planning of logistic systems and industrial machinery.

Holds an MSc in Corporate Finance from Cass Business School in London and a BSc in Business Engineering from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland.

 

Bruno Fumach

Investment Director
12 years’ experience in structuring and execution equity and structured finance investment in the real asset space

Previously he was Vice President of Asset and Capital Structuring for Santander Corporate and Investment Banking in London where he was responsible for origination, structuring and execution of Santander’s equity investment in the renewables and transportation asset sector, he joined this team in Sao Paulo - Brazil.

In Santander UK, Bruno was also part of the Project Finance team where he worked in the major infrastructure projects and acquisition financing in the UK and Northern Europe.

Prior to Santander, he worked at Itau BBA in Sao Paulo, where he worked in the Structure Finance team covering quasi-equity and securitisation transactions; he also worked at Blackwood in Sao Paulo under the Structure Finance team.

Holds an BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo and a MSc in Real Estate Finance and Investment from the University of Reading.

 

Petros de Bree

Associate
4 years of private markets experience in real assets across real estate, infrastructure, natural resources and transportation

During his time at Astarte, his focus has been on supporting the fundraising efforts of the firm as well as the investment underwriting process.

Petros holds a BSc from Erasmus University Rotterdam in Economics and Business Economics, with his major being in Financial Economics.

Omar Habboush, CFA

Associate
7 years of experience in Banking across the Sales & Trading, with specific focus on macro trends

Previously, he worked at Citigroup in London, where he was part of the FX Institutional Sales Team working with clients in UK, European and Middle Eastern Pension Funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds and Central Banks focusing on FX Derivative and Cross-Asset selling in both G10 and EM space.

Prior to FX Sales, he worked within the Fixed Income Sales/trading Teams assisting with Operations, Risk, Regulation and Balance Sheet Management.

Holds a Bsc in Economics & Finance from the University of Exeter and is a CFA Charter Holder. He currently studies a MSc in Finance at London Business School.

Giovanni Beliossi

Managing Director, Europe
25 years of experience in finance, including in advisory, investment and management roles in Natural Resources/Energy, Derivatives, and Alternative Investments/Hedge Funds.

Previously he was a Director and Senior Strategy Advisor to Auriel Capital, an ESG-focused investment manager.

Giovanni was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FGS Capital, a quantitative alternative asset management boutique managing systematic, non-directional long/short portfolios. Previously, he was an Associate Director of Hedge Funds at First Quadrant, where he was responsible for covering developed European equity markets and non-US multi asset portfolios.

He was an Associate Director of Real Options Group, Consultant at BARRA International and a research fellow at the University of Bologna in Italy. He is currently on the Board of IAQF, the international financial engineers association.

Giovanni is a CFA Charter Holder and was educated at Bologna University, University of Essex, and London Business School.

Mark Levinson

Managing Director, Australasia
Over 35 years’ experience with broad skill base across the financial industry sectors (Fund Management, Pension Services, Trustee) and disciplines (Governance, Compliance, Audit, Risk, Investments) in the USA, UK, Asia and Australia.

Previously was the General Manager and founding Partner of MST Capital, a discretionary Global Macro Fund in Sydney Australia, overseeing the business of the fund and its governance as well as investor relations.

Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup in Sydney Australia, where he was in charge of Transition Management and Pension Services teams from 1999 to 2014, including Asian coverage.

Trustee of Goldman Sachs Superannuation Fund which enjoyed top fund ranking over 1, 3, and 5 years horizons over his tenure.

Earlier in his career, Mark experiences include Branch manager of Prudential Securities in Singapore, desk head of derivatives in London as well as a in derivative research analyst in Chicago. Prior to that he worked on the CBOE and CME floors after starting his career with Drexel Burnham Lambert.

Holds a MBA from Emory University in Atlanta Georgia and a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) as well as member of Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST).

James Hartley

Managing Director, Europe
31 years of dedicated experience in the financial industry sectors (Private Equity, Asset Management and Brokerage).

James was previously the head of the private equity fundraising initiatives at Aberdeen Asset Management and was Co-Head of European Portfolio Management. He also served there as a member of the Global Private Equity Management Committee.

Prior to Aberdeen, James was Managing Director at Citigroup for 22 years where roles included Equity Country Head of the Netherlands and Head of the Global Equity Sales Team. He started his investment career at CIBC.

Holds a BSC in Civil Engineering from Kingston University.

Tony Birbilis

Director, North America
34 years of experience in the financial markets, where he was holding various senior positions in investment banking, financial advisory and asset management.

Since 1994 he is serving as an investment advisor to significant single-family offices both in the public and private markets. He has executed private markets deals both private and listed in several different jurisdictions around the world (primarily US China and Europe).          

He was a member of the New York Mercantile Exchange since 1986 and served on its Board of Directors for seven years. He held senior management and trading positions at series of prestigious firms.

Holds a BS in Finance and International Business from New York University.

Richard Templer

Finance Director
12 years of experience in the financial services sector across real estate, private equity and infrastructure.

Previously worked in a finance role at AMP Capital on the Global Infrastructure Funds.

Prior to this he managed the fund finance team of Hermes GPE working across private equity and infrastructure fund structures. He also worked in the infrastructure and real estate finance team at Deutsche Bank. Richard started his career at Mayfair Capital a specialist UK real estate investment manager.

Richard holds a degree in Zoology from the University of Durham and is a qualified accountant.

ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Kathy Dhanda

25 years of experience in environmental and sustainability issues

Dr. Dhanda is a Professor of Management in the Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University.

Previously, she was a Professor in the Dreihaus College of Business at DePaul University in Chicago. She has also served as a Visiting Professor at the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University and as an Invited Professor at AUT University in New Zealand and the American University in Paris.

Her academic scholarship focuses on sustainability issues with a primary emphasis in the areas of environmental modelling, carbon markets, emissions trading and sustainable supply chains.  She has been published over 30 papers in Operations Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Academy of Management Perspectives, Energy Economics, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing Policy Watch, Organization & Environment, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, as well as other journals.  She is also the co-author of Environmental Networks: A Framework for Economic Decision-Making and Policy Analysis (Edward Elgar) and Sustainability: Essentials for Business (Sage).

Holds a BSc in Computer Science from the Angelo State University and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Sean West

More than a decade experience in building multiple businesses at Eurasia Group, the most prominent global affairs research, advisory and consulting firm

Sean West joined Astarte as senior macroeconomic advisor.

He was founding CEO of Eurasia's innovation business and drove global expansion as Deputy CEO of the firm. He also founded and fronted Eurasia Group's market-leading proposition in the US political risk space. Sean serves as non-executive director at a global technology firm, and is an advisor to a number of start-ups and to Eurasia Group.

He is the Co-Founder of ProfeTech, a technology company which builds products for the future of the knowledge economy.

Sean is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, where he completed the Advanced Management Program, and holds degrees from Georgetown and UC Berkeley. 

Dr. Sanjiv Talwar

26 years of experience in multinational banking institutions in Canada, Europe and Asia. Dr Talwar focused on the use of advanced quantitative techniques for value generation, integrated risk and capital management as well as e-commerce

Previously, he was Head of Risk Capital, Stress Testing and Model Development at the Bank of Montreal, where he oversaw the determination of capital demand — including economic capital, regulatory capital and stress capital — for the enterprise. In addition, he was accountable for all risk model development and the use of stress testing within BMO

Prior to BMO, he was Senior Vice President at OCBC Bank in Singapore, where he held market risk oversight responsibilities for the trading and banking books, asset/liability management, product control and model validation. He also was Senior Vice President at CIBC in Toronto, where he was responsible for Basel II regulatory capital and economic capital for all banking book assets

His experience also includes leadership positions at Commerzbank Securities in London, where he served as Head of Quantitative Research & Financial Engineering and Head of E-Commerce

Holds a BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering from University of Waterloo and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign