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Ann Cairns


Ann started as a research scientist before moving into investment banking. She rose up the ranks in Citibank, then became CEO of Transaction Banking at ABN before joining Alvarez and Marsal. In 2011 Ann joined Mastercard as a C-suite executive leading all customer-facing business outside the US and concluded her career as executive vice chair.

Passionate that women should hold equal positions in the corporate world to men, Ann chaired the 30% Club (which aims to achieve 30% female representation on FTSE company boards). She is an advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and was a senior sponsor of the Mastercard girls4tech programme, designed to encourage millions of girls worldwide to continue studying science.  

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Karen Green

Karen started her career as an investment banker with Baring Brothers and then Schroders. She subsequently held various senior positions at GE Capital, Stonepoint Capital and Aspen Insurance Holdings, where she was a member of the Executive Committee and CEO of Aspen UK. She is the senior independent director of Phoenix Group Holdings PLC, and a non-executive director of Admiral Insurance Group PLC, Asta Managing Agency Ltd and Miller Insurance Services LLP. She is also a Council Member of Lloyd’s of London.

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Krishnan Rajagopalan

Krishnan is President and CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, a global leadership advisory firm providing executive search, leadership assessment and development, organisation and team effectiveness, and culture shaping services. He is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion and gender parity.

Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, he served as a vice president and partner with a global management consulting firm, where he focused on strategy, operations, and transformation across a wide range of industries.

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Abhishek Chawdhry

Portfolio Manager, ADIA

Abhishek is a Portfolio Manager focused on the Technology sector in ADIA’s Private Equities Department. Prior to joining ADIA in 2020, he held positions at G Square Capital, Summit Partners, Eight Roads and DC Advisory.

Abhishek holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from INSEAD.

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Faris Cassim

Senior Portfolio Manager, ADIA

Faris is a Senior Portfolio Manager in ADIA’s Private Equities Department. Since joining in 2014, Faris has led a number of ADIA investments in the financial and business services sectors. Prior to joining ADIA, Faris worked in the corporate development and investment banking groups at UBS.

Faris holds a Master in Finance from ETH Zurich and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL).

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Stefan Janke

Investment Manager, ADIA

Stefan is an Investment Manager in ADIA’s Private Equities Department. Prior to joining ADIA in 2018, he worked in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division in Frankfurt and London.

Stefan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Management from EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht.

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Lorne Somerville

Managing Partner, CVC

Joined CVC in 2008. Lorne is co-chair and co-head of the CVC Strategic Opportunities advisory activities and is based in London. Prior to joining CVC he worked for UBS, where he was joint Global Head of Telecommunications and Head of the European communications group.

Lorne holds an MA in Computer Sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from IMD, Lausanne.

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Osama Nahhat

Managing Director, CVC

Osama is a member of the CVC Strategic Opportunities investment platform and is based in London. Previously, he worked in the European investment team of Bain Capital and as a Strategy Consultant at Bain & Co. in the Middle East.

Osama has a MSc in Financial Economics from Oxford University and a BEng from McGill University.

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Peter Rutland

Managing Partner, CVC

Joined CVC in 2007. Peter is head of CVC's private equity activities in the financial services industry and is based in London. From 2002 to 2007 he worked for Advent International 2002.

Peter holds an MA degree from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.