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Our team comprises men and women from 12 nationalities operating in Luxembourg, Paris and London.
We believe the quality and diversity of our team allows Alma Capital to provide the highest standards of services to its partners and clients.
Henri VernhesFounding Partner and CEO
Founded Alma Capital in 2006. Henri Vernhes created Alma Capital to provide a link between talented asset managers and European institutional investors. Experience: Henri started his career as a fund manager at Banque Worms after serving as an officer in the French Navy. Between 2000 and 2005, he was a managing director at Merrill Lynch, where he launched and developed its Investment Management business in France. Education: Henri graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and obtained a Master in Finance at University Paris IX Dauphine.
Victoria AnnettInvestor Relations
Joined Alma Capital in 2023. Victoria works within the Investor Relations team at Alma Capital. Experience: Before joining Alma, Victoria was an intern in the economic analysis department at the Reserve Bank of Australia. She also interned at Neuberger Berman, and has further internship experience in consulting and politics. Education: Victoria graduated from the London School of Economics with a MSc in International Political Economy. She also holds a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Melbourne.
Héléna BerdugoFinance and ESG
Joined Alma Capital in 2022. Héléna works within the Investor Relations team at Alma Capital. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital as a full time employee, Héléna was an intern within the investor relations team. Prior to that, she was an intern in the Financial Engineering department at SNCF and a credit analyst intern at La Société Générale. Education: Héléna graduated from Paris Dauphine University with a Master in Finance.
HETUL BHANABHAIPartner, Risk Manager
Joined Alma Capital in January 2020. Hetul is working within the risk management team of the funds at Alma Capital. Hetul is also involved in the governance of the funds, the development of risk models and metrics for alternative strategies and products. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital, Hetul was responsible for development and implementation of multi-asset risk frameworks for the Hedge Fund UCITS business at DWS Group. Prior to this, Hetul worked at Deutsche Bank for 9 years, where his experiences ranged from managing cross-platform risk governance to fund structuring support. Hetul also has previous experience working in the risk team for an insurance brokerage firm, Arthur J. Gallagher, where he worked alongside the Actuary in maintaining and reviewing various risk models. Education: Hetul graduated from Aston Business School in Birmingham and holds a BSc in International Business & Economics.
Lola Carvalho GonçalvesAdministrative Assistant
Joined Alma Capital in 2023. Lola assists the team across offices in all administrative aspects at Alma Capital. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital, Lola worked for several years in luxury retail and as an administrative assistant. Education: Lola holds a Bachelor’s Degree in retail management from Emasup Paris.
Bill ChangJunior Analyst
Joined Alma Capital in 2022. Bill Chang is a junior analyst in the Alma Eikoh team. Experience: Before joining Alma as a full time employee, Bill completed internships at Pasona, Toyota and twice at Morgan Stanley (Taipei and Tokyo). Education: Bill holds a double bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and economics from Brown University and a M.P.A. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Anna ChoukaerAdministrative Assistant
Joined Alma Capital in 2022. Anna is assisting the team in all administrative aspects at Alma Capital. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital, Anna has worked several years in the hospitality industry. She is now assisting the team in all of their administrative demands and organizing office operations for the company. Education: Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages Applied to Business in Arabic and English, from the University of La Sorbonne Paris IV.
Joined Alma Capital in 2022. Nathalie is working within the operations team at Alma Capital. Experience: Before Joining Alma Capital, Nathalie was an account manager at RBC during 10 years and spent 4 years at Apex within their fund services team. Education: Nathalie graduated from New York Stern University holding a master in banking & finance and from the University of Berlin, holding a master in business administration.
Baptiste FabrePartner, Co-Head of Sales, Conducting Officer
Joined Alma Capital in 2010. Baptiste co-leads the sales team and is a Conducting Officer of Alma Capital Investment Management. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital, Baptiste co-founded a fintech project. He previously worked at Société Générale CIB in Paris and BNP Paribas in India. Education: Baptiste graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and from the London School of Economics.
Gilles GabrielPartner, Compliance Officer, Conducting Officer
Joined Alma Capital in 2020. Gilles is the Conducting Officer in charge of Compliance and Risk Management. He is also Compliance Officer and MLRO at Alma Capital Investment Management and the ESG leader. Experience: Gilles has more than 15 years of experience in the Fund industry in Luxembourg. He previously worked as an audit Director at PwC Luxembourg and as Conducting Officer in another Management Company/AIFM where he was already responsible for Compliance and Risk Management. Education: Gilles holds a Master in Management (HEC – Ecole de Gestion de l’Université de Liège) and is qualified as réviseur d’entreprises (chartered accountant) in Luxembourg. He is certified as FRM by GARP and as CAMS by ACAMS and obtained the Certificate in ESG Investing from the CFA Institute.
CHRISTOPHER GEEPartner, COO
Joined Alma Capital in 2020. Christopher is responsible for the operational management of the alternative and traditional funds at Alma Capital. Experience: Christopher previously worked for 19 years at Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for the operational running of the various DB fund platforms in Jersey, Cayman Islands, Ireland and Luxembourg. He has extensive experience in fund structuring, oversight and regulatory requirements. Christopher’s whole career has been in the funds industry and the first part of his career was as a fund of fund investment manager at Greig Middleton. Education: Chris graduated from UMIST with a BSc in Management Sciences.
TOM GREWPortfolio Manager
Joined Alma Capital in 2020. Tom co-manages the Alma Eikoh Japan Large Cap Fund. Experience: Tom started his career in management consulting before moving to Eikoh Research Investment Management (ERIM) in 2018, an independent asset management company established as a result of the spin out of the Japanese Equity Team from Deutsche Asset Management. At ERIM, he worked on the long-only and hedge funds management. Education: Tom holds a BA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and has completed the CFA syllabus.
Emmanuelle Hawkins-DebardCFO, Conducting Officer
Joined Alma Capital in 2023. Emmanuelle is the Chief Financial Officer in charge of all Finance, Corporate and HR matters at Alma Capital. Experience: Emmanuelle has over 20 years of experience as COO/CFO of investment firms and investment banks. Before joining Alma Capital, she was Chief Operating Officer at Zaoui & Co Ltd a London based Corporate advisory firm. Previously, she was the COO of JCAM, a private investment office. Before that, she spent nine years at Tell Investments, a Global equity hedge fund manager. She started her career at Arthur Andersen. Education: Emmanuelle Graduated from ESSEC business school with a MA in Business Economics. She also holds a degree in accounting DESCF and the UK Investment Management certificate.
Joined Alma Capital in 2022. Rollo is a member of our sales team and covers investors in the UK market. Experience: Rollo formerly worked at Waystone, an Alternative UCITS platform, raising assets from UK Institutional and Wholesale investors. Prior to this he held a similar role at Odey Asset Management, a London-based hedge fund. Education: Rollo holds a degree in Economics and Geography from Oxford Brookes University. He also completed the Investment Advice Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI).
Joined Alma Capital in 2012. Benoit is in charge of the structuring and the operational setup of the funds at Alma Capital. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital, Benoit has worked at Barep Asset Management as treasurer and at Societe Generale Private Banking as middle office manager. Education: Benoit holds degrees from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon and INSEEC Business School.
BERTRAND JULIEN-LAFERRIEREHead of Real Estate
Joined Alma Capital in 2020. Bertrand joined Alma Capital Investment Management to help structuring and implementing a new line of investment management in real estate. Experience: Bertrand has hold key executive positions in real estate and international development in the past 37 years, including CEO of CGW Asset Management, Chief Development Officer of Unibail-Rodamco, CEO of listed REIT Foncière Lyonnaise, Founder and Head of Ardian’s real estate fund management business. Education: Bertrand graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris and hold a Master of Construction Management from UC Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration of INSEAD.
AMEUR KAFFELManager Selection
Since 2010, Ameur Kaffel has been contributing to identifying, engaging and selecting portfolio managers to join the Alma Capital platform. Experience: Ameur started his career at SocGen in Paris within the Equity Capital Markets team (systematic trading desk), before moving to Ofi AM where he headed the Multi management activities (AUM:EUR 2 billion). In 2005, Ameur joined Quilvest Group to launch and develop an alternative multi management firm in Paris. Education: Ameur graduated from the Ecole des Mines in 1993 (Master’s degree in Economics). He also teaches finance at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University.
Amandine LevratLegal and Compliance Officer
Joined Alma Capital in 2019. Amandine is working as Legal Officer at Alma Capital in Luxembourg. Experience: Amandine previously worked for 8 years as a jurist in accounting firms as well as in law firms in Luxembourg. She has also worked for the CSSF for two years between 2016 and 2018. Education: Amandine holds a master degree in Law from the European University Centre, University of Nancy, in France.
Yann MansonInvestor Relations
Joined Alma Capital in 2021. Yann works within the Investor Relations team at Alma Capital. Experience: Before joining Alma as a full time employee, Yann was an equity sales trader intern at Oddo BHF, following an internship at Alma Capital within the sales support team. Education: Yann graduated from EDHEC Business School and has completed the CAIA syllabus.
Joined Alma Capital in 2022. Alexander works within the risk management team at Alma Capital. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital, Alexander worked at Deloitte in the Modelling & Analytics team. Education: Alexander holds a MSc in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.
Joined Alma Capital in 2023. Marina is working within the Operations team at Alma Capital.
Experience: Before joining Alma Capital, Marina worked as an auditor of Real Estate funds at EY.
Education: Marina holds a Master’s in Finance from the University Complutense of Madrid and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Carlos III University.
Joined Alma Capital in 2022. Katharina is a member of our sales team and covers investors in Germany and Austria. Experience: Katharina was the former Head of platform operations at Palico, the private equity funds marketplace dedicated to secondary and primary transactions in Paris. Prior to that she worked as Business Development professional at Rantum Capital, a private debt and private equity fund manager, based in Frankfurt and Shanghai. Education: Katharina holds a Master’s degree in Financial Sociology from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and a BA in International Development from the University of Vienna, Austria.
JAMES PULSFORDSenior Portfolio Manager
Joined Alma Capital in 2020. James is the lead portfolio manager for the Alma Eikoh Japan Large Cap Fund. Experience: James started his career at Morgan Grenfell in 1984 and has specialized in investment in Japan for over 30 years. He was based in Japan from 1987 to 1999 and speaks fluent Japanese. James was the founder, CEO and CIO of Eikoh Research Investment Management, an independent asset management company established as a result of the spin out of the Japanese Equity Team from Deutsche Asset Management, from 2012 until 2019. Education: James holds a BA in Zoology from Oxford University.
Mariagiovanna Quaranta MiccolisConducting Officer, Operations
Joined Alma Capital in 2021. Mariagiovanna is the Conducting Officer in charge of UCIs Administration and she is also working within the Operations team at Alma Capital. Experience: Mariagiovanna previously worked for 6 years for another Management Company where she was Conducting Officer responsible for Funds Administration and Operations. Education: Mariagiovanna holds a Master degree in Economics and Business Management from the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome (Italy).
HERVE RIETZLERPartner, Co-head of Sales
Joined Alma Capital in 2012. Hervé co-leads the sales team. Experience: Hervé was previously a managing director and a member of the executive committee at RBS Switzerland, where he was in charge of equity derivatives and structured products for investors in Switzerland and France. Between 1996 and 2005, he worked at Merrill Lynch in London and Paris. He started his career at Société Générale as equity derivatives products sales person for Swiss clients. Education: Hervé graduated from HEC in 1992. He has also served as an officer in the French Navy for military service.
KARAN SARDAPartner, Manager Selection
Joined Alma Capital in 2020. Karan is jointly responsible for the selection and oversight of investment managers and design of new products. He also manages certain key client relationships. Experience: Karan previously worked at Deutsche Bank for 12 years in London in both Investment Banking and Asset Management, and was the Global Head of Hedge funds at DWS when the business was acquired by Alma Capital. At Deutsche Bank, Karan was responsible for the Liquid Alternatives platform including Alterative UCITS (DB Platinum) and managed accounts, while focusing on manager selection, product design and overall business strategy. Education: Karan is a charterholder for CFA and CAIA, and graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi) with a major in Computer Science and minor in Business Management.
Joined Alma Capital in 2022. Daniel works within the risk management team at Alma Capital. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital Daniel interned at Olivetree group and Riscura as a risk analyst. Education: Daniel graduated from University College London with a BSC in Economics.
Louis De VulpillieresSpecial Advisor
Joined Alma Capital in 2008. Louis is a Special Advisor to the CEO of Alma Capital. Experience: Previously, he worked for 25 years at Banque Worms, before joining DWS, Deutsche Bank’s asset management arm, where he was in charge of institutional clients in France and head of media relations between 2001 and 2007. Education: Louis graduated in economics from the University of Paris X, from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and from the University of Paris I.
The members of our boards of directors are
Former Chief Executive Officer of BIL
Former Chief Executive Officer of Monceau Assurances
Former Chief Executive Officer of MACSF Group
Partner and Co-Head of Sales at Alma Capital
Executive Director of Agir Luxembourg
Partner and Co-Head of Sales at Alma Capital
Founding Partner of Alma Capital and Chief Executive Officer
Former Chief Executive Officer of Predica
Partner and Head of Manager Selection, Director of Alma Capital London