Our Team

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 Vernhes

Founding 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.

Lydwine Alexandre

Partner, CFO, Conducting Officer

Joined Alma Capital in 2014. Lydwine ensures that the Group is always in line with industry best practice in terms of regulation, taxation, legal and finance. Experience: Lydwine previously worked for 15 years at KPMG in Paris, New York and Luxembourg. As a senior manager, Lydwine managed auditing teams for several listed companies. During her time as an auditor and counsellor in Luxembourg, Lydwine worked mainly for investment funds and asset managers. Education: Lydwine graduated from ESSEC business school and holds a degree in accounting and management in France (DSCG).

Steeve Barnabé

Operations

Joined Alma Capital in 2019. Steeve is working within the Operations team at Alma Capital. Experience: Before joining Alma Capital Steeve performed an internship as a financial auditor at PwC Luxembourg. Education: Steeve graduated from Burgundy School of Business.

Héléna Berdugo

Investor Relations

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 BHANABHAI

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.

Jiaxing Chen

Risk

Joined Alma Capital in 2015. Jiaxing is working within the Risk Management team at Alma Capital. Experience: Jiaxing started his career at Alma Capital in 2015 and has worked within the Middle Office and the Risk Management teams. He joined Alma Capital as an intern having previously conducted an internship at the brokerage, Newedge. Education: Jiaxing holds a master’s degree in finance from IESEG and a bachelor’s degree in economics in University of Paris V.

Anna Choukaer

Administrative 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.

Baptiste Fabre

Partner, 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 Gabriel

Partner, Conducting Officer, Compliance 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 a chartholder for FRM and obtained the Certificate in ESG Investing from the CFA Institute.

CHRISTOPHER GEE

Partner, 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.

Zahira Gharby

Administrative Assistant

Joined Alma Capital in 2018. Zahira is assisting the team in all administrative aspects at Alma Capital. Experience:  Before joining Alma Capital, Zahira has worked in the hospitality business for a number of years. She is now assisting the team in all of their administrative demands and organizing office operations for the Company. Education: Zahira graduated from high school.

TOM GREW

Portfolio 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.

ROLLO HESKETH-HARVEY

Sales

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).

Benoit Joseph

Operations

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-LAFERRIERE

Head 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 KAFFEL

Manager 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.

Wladimir de KECHILAVA

Operations

Joined Alma Capital in 2022. Wladimir is working within the funds accounting and operations team, in charge of the supervision of the UCIs administration, next to the Conducting Officer supervising this function. Experience: Wladimir has worked at PwC Luxembourg as a financial auditor, and as a consultant for 11 years. He mainly worked for companies in the asset management business (investment funds, management companies and custodian banks). Education: Wladimir holds a master’s degree from the ESSCA in Angers. He is also certified in finance (Operations Certificate Program by ICMA) and project management (Prince 2 Foundation by EXIN).

Nikolina Kremmyda

Operations

Joined Alma Capital in 2022. Nikolina works within the Operations team at Alma Capital and is in charge of  the onboarding of new funds. Experience: Nikolina worked for four years in Hedgeserv as a Middle Office Supervisor responsible for Alternative Investments Operations and fund strategies in New York and Luxembourg. Before that, she also had working experience in the New York hedge fund and equity sales teams of RenCap Securities and Societe Generale. Education: Nikolina holds a Master’s Degree in Global Finance from Fordham Gabelli School of Business in New York and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Finance from the University of Macedonia in Greece.

Amandine Levrat

Legal 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 Manson

Investor 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.

Allison Meylan

Sales

Joined Alma Capital in 2022. Allison is a member of our sales team and covers investors in France. Experience : Allison has over 5 years of experience at Société Générale across a number of team management and client coverage functions. Education : Allison holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Finance from the Nottingham Trent University and graduated from Toulouse Business School with a Master’s degree in Finance.

Alexandre Planchand

Operations

Joined Alma Capital in 2022. Alexandre works within the Operations team at Alma Capital Experience: Before joining Alma Capital Alexandre worked as a senior associate doing IT Audit and automation at PwC Luxembourg. Education: Alexandre graduated from Burgundy School of Business with a MSc in Data Science and Organizational Behavior

Katharina Poeter

Sales

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 PULSFORD

Senior 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 Miccolis

Conducting Officer, Operations

Joined Alma Capital in 2021. Mariagiovanna is the Conducting Officer in charge of UCIs Administration and she is also working on the operational management of the funds 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 RIETZLER

Partner, 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 SARDA

Partner, 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.

Daniel Schindler

Risk

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 Vulpillieres

Special 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

François Becquaert

CFO of EnTrust Global

Hugues Delcourt

Former Chief Executive Officer of BIL

Gilles Dupin

Chief Executive Officer of Monceau Assurances

Michel Dupuydauby

Former Chief Executive Officer of MACSF Group

Baptiste Fabre

Partner and Co-Head of Sales at Alma Capital

Patrick Meunier

Executive Director of Agir Luxembourg

Hervé Rietzler

Partner and Co-Head of Sales at Alma Capital

Henri Vernhes

Founding Partner of Alma Capital and Chief Executive Officer

Michel Villatte

Former Chief Executive Officer of Predica

Britt Lintner

Director of Alma Capital London