Moonfare Team

Moonfare has been built by a team of talented professionals from leading investment and technology companies
including KKR, Apax Partners, J.P. Morgan, Amazon, Microsoft, AngelList, PitchBook and Rocket Internet.

Dr. Steffen Pauls
Founder & Operating CEO

Alexander Argyros
Founder

Magnus Grufman
Head of Investments

Cris Westall
Head of New Business, People & Culture

Douglas Trafelet
Head of Online Sales

Roland Geeraedts
Head of Finance

Jens Beyrich
Head of Legal & Compliance

Dimitrios Magiakos
Head of Business Development

Jens-Christian Fritz, CFA
Head of Partnerships for Europe

Mathieu Forcioli
Head of Pacific Asia

Antonia Piersanti
Senior Manager, Corporate Development

Susann Aulbach
Business Development Manager

Julia Hille
Finance Director

Lilian Mantilla
Operations & Business Intelligence Manager

Florian Linz
Operations Manager

Tony Cotzias
Supply Analyst

Evan Derian
Online Sales Lead

Ulrike Dorn
Executive Assistant to Founder & Talent Coordinator

Gerardo Bonilla
Senior Product Manager

Leopold von Schultzendorff
Associate Product Manager

Umut Koseali
Head of Engineering

Olena Melashchenko
Tech Lead – Engineering

Anastasia Kotliar
Full Stack Developer

Laurents Mohr
Full Stack Developer

Khizir Putcygov
Full Stack Developer

Enrico Semrau
Head of Quality Assurance

David Thomason-Gray
Software QA Engineer

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors provides invaluable expertise from decades of leading global businesses and hands-on
investing in private equity.

Dr. Steffen Pauls
Founder & Operating CEO

Alexander Argyros
Founder

Dr. Heinrich von Liechtenstein
Founder, Chair of Moonfare Asia

Hans Haderer
Executive Board Member
Former Senior Partner of BC Partners

Thomas Ebeling
Former CEO of ProSiebenSat.1

Advisors

We are advised by leading investment professionals and industry veterans who bring decades of experience in
operating and investing in global businesses.

Andreas Raffel
Former Executive Vice Chairman, Rothschild & Co

Dr. Steffen Wachenfeld
Founder & former Managing Director of Savedo

Jerome Thoenig
Former Director of Alternative Investment Group of HSBC

Andreas Lange
Founder & Managing Partner of SponsorCircle

Shareholders

We are backed by an outstanding group of leading professionals from the broader PE ecosystem. 60+ CEOs, founders and senior executives from companies like Accel, Goldman Sachs and KKR, support us with their capital and their advice.

Thomas Putter
Former CEO and Chairman
Allianz Capital Partners

Konstantin Urban
Partner & Managing Director
BCG Digital Ventures

Michelle Capiod
Former Partner
Mid Europa Partners

Arend von Riegen
Partner
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Edward Law
Former Managing Director
KKR

Henrik Kraft
Former Partner
KKR

Kaj-Erik Relander
Former Partner
Accel

Mirko Meyer-Schönherr
Partner
PAI Partners

Guntard Gutmann
Owner
Gutmann Family Office

Robert Osterrieth
Co-Founder & Partner
RHO Fund Investors

Georg Wunderlin
Former Executive Board Member
UBS

Dr Ralf Schremper
Former CIO
ProSieben

Vagn Soerensen
Chairman
SSP Group

Christopher Caesar
Head of Media Investment Banking
Nomura

Wijnand Donkers
CEO
Horizon Group of Companies

Jens Spudy
CEO & Managing Partner
Spudy Family Office

Rolf Nuijens
Senior Advisor
Proventus Capital Partners

Amedee Maingard
Partner
Lamivoie Capital Partners

Gregers Kronborg
General Partner
Northzone Ventures

Thomas Jetter
Founding Partner
Digital+ Partners

Tobias Huzarski
Founding Partner
Loric Ventures

Manfred Ferber
Managing Partner
Ferber

Florian Koburger
CEO
Montana Group

James Pitt
Partner
Lexington Partners

Stefan Schreiter
Former CEO
DSD

Thilo von Selchow
Director
STEAG

Peter Klose
Owner
Madaus

Hans-Dieter Rompel
Former Chairman
Co-Investor AG

Stefan Koburger
CEO
Montana Group

Rene Marius Köhler
Founder & CEO
Koehler Group Rolf Köhler

Oliver Haarman
Founding Partner
Searchlight Capital

Dr Manfred Ferber Sr
Managing Partner
Ferber

Marco Rodzynek
Founder
NOAH

Joachim Grendel
Former CEO
PrimaCom

Thomas Ebeling
Former CEO
ProSiebenSat.1

Dr. Axel May
Former Co-CEO Harald Quandt Holding
Former Chairman AUDA Advisor, New York

Dr. Axel Kniehl
Executive Director
Miele

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Dr. Steffen PaulsDr. Steffen Pauls

Founder & Operating CEO

 

 

Steffen founded Moonfare and currently sets the team’s overall strategy. He is a private equity industry veteran, with over 15 years experience as professional and entrepreneurial investor. Steffen served as a Managing Director of Private Equity at KKR. He joined KKR Capstone in 2004 and was previously a Managing Director and Director of KKR Capstone at the firm. While at KKR, he was responsible for the firm’s coverage of the German market. Prior to joining KKR Capstone, he was co-founder and served as Chief Executive Officer of firstfive AG. Steffen worked at The Boston Consulting Group for several years where he managed a wide range of projects in the chemical, agrochemical and financial service industry. He served as Chairman of The Supervisory Board at A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger Investment GmbH & Co. KG and as a member of the Advisory Board at Versatel, Serbia Broadband and Hertha BSC. Steffen holds a B.A. with high distinction and Ph.D., from the University of Mannheim/ Harvard University and also an M.Sc. from the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques. Steffen lives in Munich with his wife and children.

Alexander Argyros

Alexander Argyros

Founder

 

Alexander founded Moonfare and currently sets the team’s overall strategy and drives daily execution. He brings deep experience as an entrepreneur and investor, having built and invested in companies over the past 12 years. Alexander is also the co-founder of 7 Global Capital, a cross-border technology growth fund with offices in San Francisco and Berlin. Previously, Alexander co-founded Somuchmore, a pan-European health and fitness technology platform that was acquired in 2016. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he was a member of KKR’s Private Equity team having worked on a number of transactions across technology, business services, and energy. Alexander started his career with J.P. Morgan in Investment Banking in New York and London. He has completed his military service in Greece, serving in the anti-aircraft artillery battalion in the island of Limnos and at the army’s command center in Athens. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a dual major in Civil Engineering and Economics from Tufts University (magna cum laude), and obtained his MBA from INSEAD. Alexander lives in Berlin, is passionate about world affairs, and loves the Aegean sea.

Magnus Grufman

Magnus Grufman

Head of Investments

 

Magnus runs Private Equity for Moonfare, ensuring that our investors have access to a steady flow of top-tier private equity funds. He brings considerable experience from private equity, both as an investor with Apax Partners, and as an operator in Cole Haan, one of the fund’s portfolio companies. While at Apax Partners, Magnus advised on a number of transactions in the consumer and retail industry. At Cole Haan, a high-end manufacturer and retailer of footwear and leather goods based in New York, Magnus was responsible for building and executing corporate strategy. Prior to joining Apax Partners, Magnus spent several years at J.P. Morgan in London advising on Consumer, Healthcare and Retail transactions. Magnus earned an MSc with a focus in Finance from Stockholm School of Economics and his MBA from Harvard Business School. In his free time Magnus practices his passions of sports, cooking and photography.

Cris Westall

Cris Westall

Head of New Business, People & Culture

 

Cris joined Moonfare in January 2019 as Head of People & Corporate Development, bringing 15+ years experience in People and Strategy primarily in start-up and high-growth companies. Cris started her career at Deloitte where she spent 9 years advising global CXO clients on people strategies and solutions to increase overall performance and growth. She then moved into start-ups where she was responsible for people operations in two high growth companies, helping to scale organisations both in the US and globally.

Cris completed her undergraduate studies at Case Western Reserve university and holds a Masters in organisational sciences from the George Washington University. She loves to travel and considers herself a globetrotter having grown up and lived in several countries around the world.

Douglas Trafelet

Douglas Trafelet

Head of Online Sales

 

Most recently, Douglas was Managing Director of PitchBook Data where he oversaw all aspects of business operations in PitchBook’s London office which included managing the European sales and customer success teams, as well as its editorial and research arms. He also advised on EMEA business strategy, company operations and business development. Douglas joined PitchBook in early 2014 to spearhead its EMEA strategy and establish the firm’s EMEA footprint. Upon his departure to join Moonfare, PitchBook employed more than 70 professionals across various divisions and worked with 400+ clients in the region. Prior to joining PitchBook, Douglas spent ten years as one of the founding members of the expert network service Coleman Research. He left the firm as Managing Director, Head of International Sales, having overseen both the launch of the firm’s EMEA operations as well as its penetration into the APAC market. Before Coleman, Trafelet worked at boutique investment bank Barker Capital, where he advised on media financing and M&A transactions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kenyon College and an MBA in finance from Chicago Booth. In addition to spending time with his wife and young children, Douglas enjoys competitive ice hockey, squash and long distance running.

Roland GeeraedtsRoland Geeraedts

Head of Finance

 

Roland is Moonfare’s Head of Finance and runs the controlling, accounting, analysis and tax functions. He spent c. 10 years in M&A / transaction advisory at EY in Germany and San Francisco and 1.5 years as the Head of Finance at 7 Global Capital, a tech focused VC / growth fund. Roland joined Moonfare as one of the early team members. He holds a Master’s degree (Diplom) from the University of Muenster’s business school. Roland loves to spend time outside in nature, hiking or mountain biking, traveling and to spend time with his family.

Jens Beyrich

Jens Beyrich

Head of Legal and Compliance

 

Jens heads up Moonfare’s legal and compliance teams, navigating the complex regulatory environment in which Moonfare operates. He has a diverse background in a number of different disciplines which he gained in previous roles as startup founder, corporate counsel, and compliance manager at leading Fintech firms operating in the United States and internationally. Prior to joining Moonfare, Jens was member of the AngelList legal team and responsible for its compliance efforts. At AngelList, Jens streamlined platform compliance efforts, worked on general corporate matters and set up KYC, AML and accreditation verification systems for a successful cryptocurrency spin-out. He started his legal career as a founding member of Assure Services, a back-office fund administrator and service provider to many U.S. venture capital firms and leading crowdfunding platforms, where he served as corporate counsel and senior manager. Before his time at Assure, Jens co-founded a U.S.-based SaaS startup which he lead as CEO through its initial round of financing. Jens holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from J. Reuben Clark Law School. He is a NY-licensed attorney and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). In his free time, Jens loves spending time with his family and enjoys travelling and the outdoors.

Dimitrios Magiakos

Dimitrios Magiakos

Head of Business Development

 

Dimitri joined Moonfare in July 2017, taking the lead on the Business Development efforts of the company. He started his career at J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank in London where he spent five years advising Ultra High Net Worth Individuals and family offices on portfolio construction and tactical trading. While at J.P. Morgan, Dimitri advised on multi-asset class portfolios ranging from public to private investments and was instrumental in the execution of a regulatory project impacting clients across EMEA. Dimitri completed his military training in Greece serving first in the Light Anti-aircraft Battalion and subsequently on the Supreme Military Support Command. He completed his undergraduate studies at Tufts University acquiring a double major in Economics and International Relations and holds an MBA from INSEAD. When not in the office, Dimitri enjoys skiing, building his vinyl collection and, as a true Greek, finding ways to get closer to the sea.

Jens Christian Fritz

Jens-Christian Fritz, CFA

Head of Partnerships for Europe

 

Jens-Christian runs Partnerships for Moonfare in Europe, ensuring that Banks, Multi- and Single-Family-Offices as well as Professional Service Firms have access to a steady flow of top-tier private equity funds. He brings considerable experience from investment banking at Barclays and Merrill Lynch and transaction advisory at Ernst & Young and Pricewaterhousecoopers. Over his career, Jens-Christian advised on a number of transactions in the chemical, industrial products and technology industry. At Ernst & Young, he was instrumental in building up E&Y’s deal origination effort for Germany, Switzerland and Austria, which included strategic portfolio reviews, value creation strategies via M&A and developing new business models to address the market demand of tomorrow. Jens-Christian holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Passau and is a CFA Charterholder. In his free time Jens-Christian practices his passions for bonsai trees and sports.

Mathieu Forcioli

Head of Pacific Asia

 

Mathieu is currently Head of Asia Pacific at Moonfare. Before that, Mathieu was head of Private Markets for UBS Wealth Management in Asia. In this capacity, he was responsible for the distribution of private Investments to UBS Wealth Management clients. Products under his responsibility included Direct Investments, Pre-IPO investments, co-Investment deals, Private Equity and Private Debt funds, Real Estate funds and Real Estate Segregated Mandates. He managed a team in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. Mathieu joined UBS in 2006 in London as an Investment Banker in Equity Capital markets. He was initially in charge of developing the structured equity offering for corporates and strategic shareholders. Prior to that, he held a similar position at Merrill Lynch. Mathieu holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics for Finance from Ecole Centrale Paris.

Antonia Piersanti

Antonia Piersanti

Senior Manager, Corporate Development

 

As Partnerships Manager, Antonia’s role is to develop Moonfare's partner distribution channel by establishing collaborations with private banks, multi-family offices and professional service providers to allow their clients to access Moonfare’s private equity offering. She joined in December 2018 after 8 years in London, where she most recently worked as a Senior Team Leader at GLG - the world's leading platform connecting business to expert insight. There she was managing a team of client-facing professionals working with private equity funds based in France, Italy and the Benelux. Prior to GLG, she held various commercial and key account management roles in financial services, including at Euromoney Institutional Investor. Antonia holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a degree in Business Administration from ESCE Paris. She is an avid reader, podcast listener and traveller, which she loves to combine with her passion for food.

Susann Aulbach

Susann Aulbach

Business Development Manager

 

Susann Aulbach has joined the business development team at Moonfare in 2018. Prior to that, Susann worked in the secondary advisory team at Park Hill in London, UK, where she worked on GP-led fund restructurings, tender offerings and other liquidity solutions for Limited Partners. Before that, she worked at Partners Group, based in Zug, Switzerland, in the product management team and was involved in monitoring and reporting fund across various private markets strategies. Susann holds a bachelor’s degree in in management from University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and a master’s degree in accounting and finance from University of St. Gallen.

Julia HilleJulia Hille

Finance Director

 

Julia is Moonfare’s Finance Director. Julia started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse and has most recently led the finance department of Arcadis Consulting Middle East. Julia holds an MBA and a Master’s in Finance, having studied at EBS University of Business & Law, Harvard University, Shanghai Tongji University and Pitt University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, Julia is passionate about wave surfing and skiing.

Lilian Mantilla

Lilian Mantilla

Operations and Business Intelligence Manager

 

As part of the Moonfare team, Lilian is responsible for reviewing the organisation’s business processes and the current state of the data to ensure data-quality for data-driven decision making. Prior to joining Moonfare, she worked as a Business Intelligence Analyst at Hungryhouse, a brand of Delivery Hero, making data “do the work” bringing value to the business. She graduated as an Industrial Engineer from Universidad Industrial de Santander in Colombia and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Engineering from Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin. In her spare time, Lilian loves spending time with family and friends, travelling and learning programming and everything data related through online courses.

Florian Linz

Florian Linz

Operations Manager

 

Florian is responsible for Moonfare’s Fund operations and investor onboarding. He gained knowledge of Fund structuring during his time in Allianz Real Estate’s indirect investment team. In addition, Florian has experience working with a cross-border technology growth fund with offices in San Francisco and Berlin. Before his professional career, Florian was a Research Assistant to Prof. Heinrich Liechtenstein at IESE Business School, where he worked on various projects in the Private Equity and Venture Capital space. Before his position at IESE, he studied Finance at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Florian is passionate about cooking and spending time biking or hiking.

Tony Cotzias

Tony Cotzias

Supply Analyst

 

Tony acts as a supply-side analyst, performing deep due diligence on the investment opportunities featured on Moonfare’s platform. He began his career within a reputable international shipping group, working as a financial analyst in the group’s finance department and as a portfolio manager for the principal’s family office. This dual first work experience enhanced his understanding of real assets from both an operational and an investment management perspective, a juncture that animates his work as an analyst. Tony completed his military training in Greece, serving in the paratrooper division of the army’s Special Forces. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, focusing on behavioural economics. In his free time, Tony enjoys playing football, reading, and studying market developments.

Evan Derian

Evan Derian

Online Sales Lead

 

As Online Sales Lead, Evan is responsible for CRM and sales outreach at Moonfare. Evan joined Moonfare in the fall of 2018 after spending the previous two years in Barcelona teaching English and completing a master’s degree in International Business at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Evan holds a bachelor’s degree in Globalization and Consumer Behavior from UC Berkeley, where he played Division I golf for the Cal Men’s Golf Team. After graduating from Berkeley, Evan spent five years in the apparel industry as a sales representative and account manager at Linksoul and Full Turn Direct. In his spare time, Evan enjoys traveling, eating, and anything outdoors.

Ulrike Dorn

Ulrike Dorn

Executive Assistant to Founder and Talent Coordinator

 

Ulrike joined Moonfare as Executive Assistant to Founder and Talent Coordinator in April 2019. Prior to Moonfare she spent two years as Executive Assistant at The Boston Consulting Group, supporting senior and junior leaders within their daily business. After successfully finishing her Bachelor studies in Business Communications, Ulrike started her career at Zalando as HR Administrator. When not in the office, Ulrike enjoys attending yoga classes and is passionate about horseback riding.

Gerardo Bonilla

Gerardo Bonilla

Senior Product Manager

 

Gerardo acts as Product Manager at Moonfare, taking the team’s vision to build a product which delights our investors. He joined Moonfare in 2017 as the company’s first in-house full-stack developer. Having taught himself how to code at the age of 16, Gerardo did not immediately pursue building web products as a profession. He started his career in asset management at J.P. Morgan working as an investment analyst, providing investment advice to high-net worth families and family offices in the Chicago area. During his tenure at J.P. Morgan, Gerardo was instrumental in bringing elegant technological solutions to clients in wealth management, serving as an advisor to the firm’s digital team. Gerardo holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Babson College in Boston. As a student, Gerardo started several small ventures including the Blue Bird Consulting Group, a Twitter analytics consulting service for Salvadoran political candidates.

Leopold von Schultzendorff

Leopold von Schultzendorff

Associate Product Manager

 

Leopold is part of the product team driving innovation and development of the investment platform as an Associate Product Manager. He started as an intern at Moonfare rotating across departments while discovering his strong interest in product. He previously gained relevant work experience in the field of finance. Being part of Berenberg’s corporate finance team, Leopold supported various IPOs including HelloFresh, Varta and Dermapharm in which Berenberg held global coordinator roles. Prior to that, he worked at PwC’s Valuation and Strategy department and at a JV real estate fund between InfraRed Capital Partners and NanFung in Hong Kong. Leopold holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics with a major in finance from Maastricht University. Next to skiing and every sport that involves a ball, he developed great passion in diving into foreign cultures and exploring natural attractions.

Umut Koseali

Umut Koseali

Head of Engineering

 

Umut joined the Moonfare team in June, 2018 as a Senior Tech Lead. He is responsible to make sure that Moonfare can blend their financial expertise with their platform’s technology by establishing leading engineering practices. Prior to working at Moonfare, Umut worked at various multinational companies among others Microsoft and Delivery Hero. Thus, he brings considerable technical expertise. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Istanbul Kultur University and studied Project Management at University of California Los Angeles. Currently, he is located in Berlin and he is a devoted drone and skateboard enthusiast. Umut spends his free time riding and building electric skateboards. Also, he is always on the hunt to discover the best food in the town.

Olena Melashchenko

Olena Melashchenko

Team Lead - Engineering

 

Olena joined the Moonfare team in June, 2018 as Senior Full Stack Developer to give both guidance and consultation building the platform. In 2015 and prior to working at Moonfare, Elena relocated to Berlin because of an offer exhibited by Hungryhouse GmbH (which was a part of Delivery Hero). Her valuable and tireless work there was appreciated by the “Top Performance” award. Furthermore, she found herself as a really good speaker while participating in “Women in Tech” events.
Elena graduated in 2012 with a Masters degree in Computer Applications focusing on Applied Mathematics and Informatics from Kryvyi Rih National University. In her spare time, Elena dedicates most of her time to family and friends. Besides that she loves to travel, she is always hungry to learn new things, and reads about the latest news in the world of Technology.

Anastasia Kotliar

Anastasia Kotliar

Full Stack Developer

 

Anastasia joined the Moonfare team in October 2018 as a Full Stack Developer. Before joining Moonfare, Anastasia worked as a developer at various start-ups around the world, including WijnSpijs in Netherlands and Toddy in Australia. Anastasia graduated in 2012 Kryvyi Rih National University, with a Master’s degree in Computer Applications focusing on Applied Mathematics and Informatics. In her spare time, Anastasia dedicates most of her time to her family and friends. Besides that, she is interested in psychology, neurobiology, movies and sport, especially cycling and squash. Anastasia loves attending IT conferences to expand her knowledge and network with fellow professionals. Also, she actively follows the news in the world of Technology.

Laurents Mohr

Laurents Mohr

Full Stack Developer

 

Laurents joined Moonfare as a Full Stack Software Engineer in September 2018. He studied International Management at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, but spent most of his free time learning how to code.
Upon graduation he worked for a year as a Digital Marketer in New York City, before attending the Hack Reactor Software Engineering program in New York, which capped off his transition to Software Development. Other than coding, Laurents enjoys sports. After playing competitive American Football for many years, he just joined a local Ice Hockey Team in quest for a new hobby.

Khizir Putcygov

Khizir Putcygov

Full Stack Developer

 

Khizir has joined Moonfare in early 2019. He holds a Master’s degree in Computational Systems Biology and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Manchester University. As part of his University studies, he worked on projects including cancer cell classification using machine learning and music recommendation algorithms based on a multidimensional analysis. Professionally, Khizir has contributed to developing professional analytics and statistics software and establishing online sales in the past. In his free time, Khizir is passionate about learning languages (he speaks 4 at the moment) and travelling.

Enrico Semrau

Enrico Semrau

Head of Quality Assurance

 

Enrico joined the Moonfare team in August 2018 as Head of Quality Assurance and Delivery. He and his team are making sure that what we deliver on the platform is nothing, but the very best and always exceeds user’s expectations. Prior to working at Moonfare, he worked in leading QA positions at various multinational companies like Freenet Digital, Rocket Internet and Delivery Hero, bringing considerable technical expertise. Enrico loves automation and making processes super efficient. On the weekends he is a passionate craftsperson at his own estate.

David Thomason Gray

David Thomason-Gray

Software QA Engineer

 

David joined the Moonfare team in September 2018 as a Software QA Engineer. Working to deliver bespoke, detailed orientated processes and automation for the platform, he brings many years of QA experience with him from the European tech industry. Before joining Moonfare, he worked at leading multinational companies including DeliveryHero, American Express and First Data. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Computing from Bournemouth University. When he isn’t working, David is passionate about music, art and his blossoming family within the vibrant hub of Berlin.

Dr. Steffen PaulsDr. Steffen Pauls

Founder & Operating CEO

 

 

Steffen founded Moonfare and currently sets the team’s overall strategy. He is a private equity industry veteran, with over 15 years experience as professional and entrepreneurial investor. Steffen served as a Managing Director of Private Equity at KKR. He joined KKR Capstone in 2004 and was previously a Managing Director and Director of KKR Capstone at the firm. While at KKR, he was responsible for the firm’s coverage of the German market. Prior to joining KKR Capstone, he was co-founder and served as Chief Executive Officer of firstfive AG. Steffen worked at The Boston Consulting Group for several years where he managed a wide range of projects in the chemical, agrochemical and financial service industry. He served as Chairman of The Supervisory Board at A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger Investment GmbH & Co. KG and as a member of the Advisory Board at Versatel, Serbia Broadband and Hertha BSC. Steffen holds a B.A. with high distinction and Ph.D., from the University of Mannheim/ Harvard University and also an M.Sc. from the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques. Steffen lives in Munich with his wife and children.

Alexander Argyros

Alexander Argyros

Founder

 

Alexander founded Moonfare and currently sets the team’s overall strategy and drives daily execution. He brings deep experience as an entrepreneur and investor, having built and invested in companies over the past 12 years. Alexander is also the co-founder of 7 Global Capital, a cross-border technology growth fund with offices in San Francisco and Berlin. Previously, Alexander co-founded Somuchmore, a pan-European health and fitness technology platform that was acquired in 2016. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he was a member of KKR’s Private Equity team having worked on a number of transactions across technology, business services, and energy. Alexander started his career with J.P. Morgan in Investment Banking in New York and London. He has completed his military service in Greece, serving in the anti-aircraft artillery battalion in the island of Limnos and at the army’s command center in Athens. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a dual major in Civil Engineering and Economics from Tufts University (magna cum laude), and obtained his MBA from INSEAD. Alexander lives in Berlin, is passionate about world affairs, and loves the Aegean sea.

Dr. Heinrich von Liechtenstein

Dr. Heinrich von Liechtenstein

Investor & Professor of Private Equity

 

Heinrich supports Moonfare as Board Member and strategic advisor. Heinrich is a Professor in the MBA and Executive Programs at IESE Business School and the Chairman of the Munich Campus of IESE. He specializes in entrepreneurial finance, management of wealth and governance of entrepreneurial families. Heinrich is co-author on several publications on private equity. His ongoing research in this field focuses on operational value creation in private equity, impact investing and governance of entrepreneurial families. As a consultant he collaborated with leading families and financial institutions and serves on the board of family controlled foundations. Prior to his academic career, Professor Liechtenstein was engaged in the family-owned Liechtenstein Global Trust (LGT) dealing with ultra high net worth individuals. He also advised families within the Boston Consulting Group and established and sold two successful businesses. Heinrich holds a Ph.D. in Managerial Science and Applied Economics from The Economics School of Vienna, Austria, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from IESE Business School, and a BSc in Business Economics from the University of Graz. Heinrich lives in Barcelona and Munich.

Hans Haderer

Hans Haderer

Former Senior Partner of BC Partners

 

Hans supports Moonfare as strategic advisor. Hans brings deep experience in private equity investing and strategy, having spent 14 years at BC Partners, where he was Senior Partner focused on the DACH region and co-headed the Business Services efforts in Europe. While at BC Partners, he was responsible for portfolio companies in the US and Europe in Industrials, Media & Telecommunications, Healthcare, and Business Services. Prior to joining BC Partners, Hans worked as a Management Consultant for The Boston Consulting Group in Germany, and in M&A for Goldman Sachs. He has served as a member of the supervisory board of a number of leading companies in Germany including Springer Nature and SGB-SMIT. Hans graduated from the London School of Economics & Political Science with a concentration in Economics, and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York. Hans lives in Berlin with his wife and son, but has not forgotten his Bavarian routes climbing mountains whenever there is one.

Thomas Ebeling

Thomas Ebeling

Former CEO of ProSiebenSat.1

 

Thomas supports Moonfare as Board Member and strategic advisor. Until recently, Thomas served as Chairman of Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of ProSieben Digital Media GmbH, a position he held since 2009. Prior to joining ProSieben, Thomas served as Chief Executive Officer of multiple divisions of Novartis AG including Novartis Pharma AG, Pharmaceuticals at Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., Novartis Nutrition World Wide, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Division. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Torrent Systems, Inc. Thomas worked with Pepsi-Cola in Germany as a Marketing Manager, before becoming Marketing Director and National Sales and Franchise Director. Prior to working for Pepsi-Cola, Thomas served in several positions at Reemstma Germany. He has been a Member of Supervisory Board at Bayer Aktiengesellschaft (also know as Bayer AG), Member of the Supervisory Board at GfK SE, Member of Advisory Board at UBS Oncology Impact Fund, and Director of Cullinan Oncology, LLC. He serves as a member of the advisory boards of Sivantos, a world leading hearing aid company. Previously, Thomas served as an Independent Director of Lonza Group Ltd and Director of Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc. Mr. Ebeling holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hamburg.

Andreas Raffel

Andreas Raffel

Former Executive Vice Chairman, Rothschild & Co

 

We are proud to announce that Andreas Raffel supports Moonfare as a member of the firm’s advisory board and delivers impartial, insightful and creative strategic advice across multiple sectors, among others private equity. To be more specific, Andreas possesses an extensive knowledge of and experience in resolving board and corporate governance issues.
He received his Diploma (1984) and doctoral program – PhD – (1988) at the University of Augsburg. Prior to joining Moonfare, he has been Executive Vice Chairman at Rothschild since 2008. Andreas gained extensive experience on a number of different industries as well as the public and non-profit sectors. He has over 25 years’ board level experience in the finance industry and further held a number of senior non-executive positions, among others acting as a member of council at Cranfield University since 2009 and its deputy chair since 2012. Additionally, Andreas has developed an excellent understanding of the issues and challenges facing Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Dr. Steffen Wachenfeld

Dr. Steffen Wachenfeld

Founder &  Former Managing Director of Savedo

 

Steffen is supporting Moonfare as a Senior Advisor since end of 2018. He is a serial entrepreneur with a PhD in machine learning and pattern recognition as well as two master degrees in both computer science and information systems. Steffen founded and managed Savedo, a platform for retail investments. He scaled Savedo to over 50 employees and collected 250M+ EUR in assets from individual customers before selling Savedo to Deposit Solutions. Besides that, he was a consultant at BCG, built and sold three other tech companies, worked as venture partner at IONIQ (former HitFox Group) and was the Chief Product Officer at WeQ, a company in the area of data-driven marketing. A great passion for Steffen is underwater rugby. Steffen currently plays with the Sporttaucher Berlin Team in the German Bundesliga.

Jerome ThoenigJerome Thoenig

Former Director of Alternative Investment Group of HSBC

 

Jerome brings deep experience in the alternatives industry to represent and conduct Moonfare development in Switzerland. He is a sales professional and consultant with over 20 years experience in the banking industry. He has been an investor relations officer and fund raiser for hedge funds and infrastructure asset managers. Prior to this, Jérôme was Head of the institutional client servicing desk within the Alternative Investment Group at HSBC Private Bank. Jerome holds a diploma of advanced studies in Strategy from Paris-Nanterre University and a Masters Degree in Finance from Paris-Dauphine University.

Andreas Lange

Founder & Managing Partner of SponsorCircle

 

Andreas supports Moonfare as a member of the firm’s advisory board, providing expertise honed over 20 years in private market investing. He founded SponsorCircle, a private market investment group for ultra-high net worth individuals, in 2014 and is involved of all aspects of its management. Andreas also advises a French family with a focus on building its private market investment portfolio. In 2012, prior to setting up SponsorCircle, Andreas co-founded and successfully sold an independent asset management platform for buying and building asset management boutiques. During his tenure, Andreas pioneered the development of a select number of investment strategies in private and public markets and the company’s assets under management grew to 1bn US$. His professional career began in the M&A practice at Lazard in 1999. Andreas graduated in business (MBA) with distinction from the University of Bayreuth and with a scholarship in law (LL.M.) at the University of Muenster. He also holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.