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INVESTMENT TEAM

Dr. Stavros Siokos

Managing Partner & Co-Founder
30 years of 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

Managing Partner & Co-Founder
21 years of experience in structuring, execution and senior management across the spectrum of private equity investments.

Co-Founder, Managing 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.

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

Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee.

At Astarte, Jan is involved across the investment process and is primarily responsible for the firm’s ESG strategy and operations.

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.

Mark Levinson

Partner
Over 35 years of 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.

At Astarte, Mark is responsible for the firm's Australasian operations.

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

Partner
34 years of dedicated experience in the financial industry sectors (Private Equity, Asset Management and Brokerage).

At Astarte, James is responsible for the firm's business development in the UK.

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.

Paul Kerr, CFA

Partner
18 years of experience in the financial industry with a deep focus on pension and insurance, asset management and alternative investments.

At Astarte, Paul is responsible for the firm’s North American operations.

Previously Paul served as the Chief Investment Officer of Brookfield Annuity where he was a founding member of the management team and Chair of the Management Investment Committee.  In this capacity Paul led all investment activities including the monitoring, design and implementation of investment strategies with a focus on real assets.

Prior to joining Brookfield, Paul worked for ING Investment Management and ING Insurance, where he played a leading role building and managing the private equity, infrastructure and alternative investment strategies. Paul was also a senior executive with one of Canada’s leading alternative asset management companies.

Holds a MSc in International Finance from the University of Amsterdam and a Business Administration Degree from the Ivey School of Business at Western University. Paul is also a CFA Charterholder.

Roger Fuchs, CFA

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

At Astarte, Roger is a member of the investment team responsible for leading transactions across evaluation, execution and monitoring with primary focus on the infrastructure and natural resources space.

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. Roger is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Society in the UK.

 

Bruno Fumach

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

At Astarte, Bruno is a member of the investment team responsible for leading transactions across evaluation, execution and monitoring with primary focus on the natural resources and transportation space. Bruno is also member of the ESG team.

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.

 

Richard Templer

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

At Astarte, Richard is responsible for finance and operations across products and the management group. Richard is also overseeing compliance and he is member of the valuation committee.

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.

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

Petros de Bree

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

At Astarte, Petros is involved throughout business development and investment management operations with primary focus on the fundraising efforts and the project management of the structuring and launch of all products across sectors.

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.

At Astarte, Omar is responsible for the firm's business development in the Middle East. Omar is also member of the ESG team.

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 MSC in Finance from the London Business School and a BSc in Economics & Finance from the University of Exeter. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

Jessie Sun

Analyst
4 years of experience in transportation and project finance across Europe and the APAC.

At Astarte, Jessie is a member of the investment team and supports the research and investment underwriting process across sectors.

Previously Jessie worked at Nord/LB in Singapore, where she focused on the origination, structuring and execution of debt financing deals in the transportation and project finance space. During her time at Cambridge, she also worked as the investment consultant for GIC London’s real estate team, as well as the intern for UN’s Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance.

Holds a BSc. in Maritime Studies from Nanyang Technological University and a Master of Finance from University of Cambridge.

Giovanni Beliossi

Senior Advisor
27 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.

Tony Birbilis

Senior Advisor
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.