Manager, Direct Investments
Ion joined CapGen in September 2016 and is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s direct investing and private equity efforts. Prior to joining CapGen, he was Chief Executive of a Swiss family office with responsibility for all aspects of leading the platform including asset allocation and capital deployment across private equity, hedge funds, real estate, debt and liquid strategies. Prior to that, Ion led Lord Jacob Rothschild’s Family Office and associated investment vehicles. He has also held senior investment and operational management roles previously with AIG Investments, Blackstone and GE Capital in Europe.Ion has a degree in International Relations and an MBA in International Finance from McGill University in Canada. He is a Canadian, Greek and French national and speaks French, Italian and Norwegian.
Director, Investment Research
Leonardo leads the firm’s public equities research function, with a focus on identifying outperforming managers in sectors which merit active management and appropriate passive instruments in other markets. He oversees allocations of over $500m. Leonardo joined CapGen from Cambridge Associates where he advised on client portfolios, focusing on traditional asset classes as well as private equity and hedge funds. He began his career as an analyst at Bloomberg. Leonardo has a degree from the Università Commerciale "Luigi Bocconi" in Economics of International Markets and an MSc in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School.
Senior Associate, Investment Research
Simon is responsible for CapGen’s fund analytics; his focus is on the quantitative analysis of fund performance and the development of proprietary tools which underpin the firm’s investment decisions. Simon joined CapGen in 2010 in the firm’s Analytics team before moving across to the Origination team. Simon graduated from the University of York with a first class with honours Masters in Physics with Astrophysics. He is also an IMC holder.
Chair of the Investment Committee
Sarah joined CapGen in March 2020 as an adviser and Chair of the Investment Committee. She recently retired from nearly 12 years as Head of Risk at the Wellcome Trust, supporting the investment division within risk management of its well-diversified £27 billion endowment. She was previously Chief Investment Risk Officer for RBS Asset Management, with experience of asset allocation, long only and hedge fund manager selection and portfolio construction for high net worth and affluent clients across Coutts, RBS and NatWest from 1995 to 2007. Sarah started life in the City in 1980 and has broad experience across commodities research and trading for clients, equity portfolio management for ERISA pension plans and mutual funds, gold mining consultancy and quantitative risk management consultancy. Sarah has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc (Distinction) in Management from London Business School.
Chief Technology Officer
Rob is responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of the firm’s IT platform. He oversees both proprietary and third party software and hardware solutions. Rob has been with the firm since inception, having previously worked as CTO at Sagitta Asset Management Limited. During a 30 year career in the IT industry he has amassed considerable experience in this field and has a wealth of knowledge in the finance sector.
Arabella manages the firm's relationships with professional intermediaries, both onshore and offshore. She was recognised as Women of the Year Leadership in the Large, Institutional category at the Citywealth Powerwomen Awards in 2017. Before joining CapGen, Arabella held the position of Client Director at Close Brothers Asset Management. Before this, she held positions at Dominion Corporate Services, PQR Financial Planning and Coutts. Arabella has a degree in European Business Administration from Middlesex University.
Guy joined the firm in March 2020 as Client Director and is responsible for managing CapGen's client relationships. Guy has over 20 years of experience in wealth management and most recently held the position of Head of Charity Services at Close Brothers Asset Management. He previously served as the CFO of the Hesketh Family Office and Head of Special Projects at Stonehage Fleming. Guy has a Masters in Economics from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Director, Portfolio Management
Syaza is a member of the portfolio management team, which oversees the client portfolios. She concentrates on portfolio construction including matching client return objectives and constraints with asset allocation and risk targets and is responsible for implementing investment decisions. She is also responsible for identifying the systematic investments that best fulfil the portfolio construction needs. Before joining CapGen in 2015, Syaza held the position of Portfolio Control & Analysis at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. She started her career at MAN Group, where she worked as an Assistant Portfolio Manager. Syaza holds a Masters in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Imperial College and is a CFA® charterholder.
Chair of the Asset Allocation Committee
Quintin joined CapGen as an adviser and Chair of the Asset Allocation Committee in March 2020. Prior to this he had a varied career in finance, most recently working at Blackrock as a member of the Global Executive Committee where he was responsible for approximately $1 trillion in assets under management covering all active and passive fixed income as well as all active (fundamental & quantitative) equity strategies globally. He began his career as a credit analyst followed by four years in derivatives research & trading and subsequently in equity research. He then joined James Capel & Co. and held the position of Global Head of Research before moving to asset management over 20 years ago. Quintin is a graduate of Bristol University in Economic & Social History and the author of "Warrants, Options & Convertibles".
Director, Investment Research
Duncan leads CapGen’s private equity, real estate and fixed income research function, identifying the most valuable managers and strategies in these asset classes. He oversees $430million of investments across our portfolios, manages our relationships with general partners and represents our clients on several advisory boards. Duncan joined CapGen in 2008 from AXA UK where he oversaw the company’s direct property and private equity programmes, initiated their first co-investment deals and executed their first private equity real estate transactions. He started his career at Sapient Ltd and then at IBM. Duncan has a degree in Engineering from Imperial College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Duncan is a CFA® charterholder.
Head of Portfolio Analytics, Reporting and Data
Chris has 17 years of experience as a performance manager, leading teams to deliver performance and risk analytics within asset management. Chris joined CapGen from Legal & General Investment Management where he worked as a Performance Manager, responsible for producing and monitoring all performance and risk information for all funds across the company. Prior to this, Chris held positions at Pictet Asset Management, Bank of Butterfield and Cazenove Capital Management. Chris has a degree in Business Administration from Brunel University.