Advisory Board

Christopher Kingsman

Christopher KingsmanA graduate in Social and Politcal Sciences from Cambridge University in the UK, Christopher is the non-executive director at Aranca. He began his career at Fidelity International at London and has worked for both fundamentally and macro focused investment firms from 1998 to 2005. In 2001, he set up a private hedge fund which he ran until 2005. He serves for a private investment partnership in Germany.

Christopher has vast research, investment and trading experience in a wide range of areas from micro (fundamental small- and largecap stock analysis) to macro (commodity, currency and interest rate trading). His particular areas of interest are smallcap emerging growth companies and long-term commodity investments, and holds the IIMR investment management certificate.

He also serves as a Director of Greenwood Investments Ltd., IIE Immergruen Immobilien- Entwicklungs GmbH, AF Colina GmbH, Aneca Vermoegensverwaltungs GbR and Nicea gemeinnuetzige GmbH. Ealier, Christopher has been a Non-Executive Independent Director at Serabi Gold plc from December 19, 2011 to December 23, 2013, and has served as a Director of MoVa Investment Partners LLP.

 

Dimitri Goulandris

Dimitri Goulandris Dimitri is the founder of The Cycladic Group - an investor in, and creator of, businesses. The group, created in 2002, has invested in over 40 businesses and founded five in the U.S., Europe, India, Africa and Latin America. Cycladic works closely with its investee partners to help them achieve their ambitious goals.

In 2008, Dimitri also founded Knightsbridge Schools International to build premier IB international schools in attractive emerging locations. Dimitri’s interests also hold significant stakes in a number of small public companies and he sits on a number of public and private boards.

Previously Dimitri set up and ran the European operations of the private equity firm, Whitney & Company, and spent eight years at Morgan Stanley in its private equity group, structuring derivative products and executing mergers and acquisitions both in New York and in London. Dimitri has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Masters in Electrical and Information Sciences from Cambridge University.

 

Dr Carl Sheeler

Dr Carl SheelerCarl brings wisdom gained from 25 years of litigation expertise. His rich background in corporate governance, business and military operations, strategic planning, finance and academia helps him address complex risk measurement, management and mitigation issues for both public and private companies. His experience includes family office/business valuation and advisory services associated with intergenerational planning, equity transfers laden with estate and gift tax issues as well as partial and full liquidity event options and disruptions.

Carl is considered a thought-leader in identifying and quantifying risks and how intangible assets create, enhance and diminish value. He is an authority on trust & estate, and ESOP valuation issues. His Court/IRS qualified litigation and public and private equity/enterprise valuation expertise includes testimony on numerous breach of duty, damages/diminution of value/lost income, class action, dissenting/oppression shareholder, partner and tax authority disputes.

He has written and presented over 300 treatises on valuation, merger, acquisition, divesture and litigation-related matters. Carl serves on two national valuation boards and is authoring a Value Creation treatise for John Wiley & Sons.

 

Alpesh Patel

Alpesh Patel Alpesh is a seasoned professional in the financial services industry and has led several high profile engagements. He has been a consultant to Merrill Lynch and HSBC where he was hired by the CEO to provide weekly independent company research.

He is closely associated with the financial media in the UK, having served as the in-house Internet specialist for Bloomberg TV for more than three years. He is also a columnist with the financial times and a regular BBC commentator.

Alpesh's achievements have made him a strategic advisor to governments, CEOs and senior executives. Her Majesty's Government appointed him a member in the U.K-India Roundtable. Alpesh also is proud of his associations with educational institutions. He was a visiting Fellow in Business & Industry, Corpus Christi College, and Oxford University and is on the Board of Advisors, Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Reading.

 

Raoul Bhavnani

Raoul BhavnaniRaoul is a Senior Managing Director in the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting, and is based in New York. He also serves as global head of the segment’s Strategy Consulting & Research practice.

For more than 20 years, he has worked at the intersection of communications, finance and government affairs while living in Asia Pacific, EMEA and the United States. Raoul began his career on Wall Street, with several years at Morgan Stanley in India and the United States as an investment banker and fixed-income specialist.

His expertise involves the development and application of analytical methods in communications and business strategy, as well as the management of large, global client engagements. He has worked on major assignments involving corporate-reputation issues; crisis and issues management; executive transitions; and financial communications — across multiple industries, including financial institutions; and telecom, media and technology.

Raoul is a cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and is active in a leadership capacity with a variety of civic and cultural organizations around the world.

 

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