Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP)

North America

Olivia Steedman

  • Senior Managing Director, Teachers' Innovation Platform

Olivia Steedman leads Teachers' Innovation Platform (TIP), which has a global mandate to invest in late-stage venture and growth equity in companies that use technology to disrupt incumbents and create new sectors.

Olivia joined Ontario Teachers' in 2002 and was a founding member and senior leader of the Infrastructure and Natural Resources group, most recently as head of both the Greenfield & Renewables and the Value Creation & Analytics teams. She was involved in a number of acquisitions and served on a number of portfolio company boards across the portfolio.

Before joining Ontario Teachers’, Olivia was an Assistant Vice-President in the project finance and privatization group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She also practiced civil engineering at Marshall Macklin Monaghan.

A Professional Engineer and Chartered Professional Accountant, Olivia earned a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Queen's University and has ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2018 she was recognized by Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women.

Rick Prostko

  • Managing Director, Teachers' Innovation Platform (North America)

Rick Prostko leads direct investment strategy and execution for Teachers' Innovation Platform (TIP) in North America. Additionally, Rick is responsible for supporting TIP’s global investment strategy and collaboration efforts between TIP’s portfolio and the broader set of asset classes at OTPP.

Rick joined TIP in 2021, bringing nearly two decades of direct venture capital and growth equity investment experience. Most recently, Rick was a Managing Director at Comcast Ventures where he spent 8 years investing in venture-growth opportunities across a variety of consumer internet sectors. Prior to Comcast, Rick held investment roles at VantagePoint Capital Partners and Summit Partners. 

Rick is based in the U.S., establishing a key point of presence for Ontario Teachers’ in the San Francisco Bay Area and enhancing TIP’s investment execution capabilities across the entire U.S. market.

Rick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University.

Richard Lam

  • Director, Teachers’ Innovation Platform

Richard Lam is based in Toronto and leads global fund relationships for the Teachers’ Innovation Platform. Since 2012, Richard has been involved in the origination, evaluation, execution and post-investment monitoring of venture capital and growth equity fund investments.

Richard started his career at Merrill Lynch & Co. in investment banking. He subsequently joined TorQuest Partners as an investment professional, and also worked at the Boston Consulting Group as a management consultant.

Richard holds an HBA and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Brad Leufkens

  • Director, Teachers’ Innovation Platform

Brad Leufkens has significant experience structuring and executing investments globally. In his current role, he leads a variety of strategy, relationship building, investment and leadership activities to support the build of Teachers’ Innovation Platform. Brad was involved in the energy and infrastructure sectors for over 10 years and played a leading role in the investments of several companies including Cubico Sustainable Investments, First Infrastructure Capital, Stem, Inc. and Trillium Storage. Brad currently serves on the boards of BluEarth Renewables, Anbaric Development Partners, and Trillium Storage.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Brad worked in investment banking with the Royal Bank of Canada structuring infrastructure investments in Canada and originating sub investment grade credit in the U.S. Capital Markets.

Brad holds an Honours B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Guelph and is currently completing his MBA at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

Kelvin Yu

  • Director, Teacher’s Innovation Platform

Kelvin Yu is based in Hong Kong and is part of the senior team leading the Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP) in the Asia-Pacific region. Kelvin has more than 20 years of extensive experience in venture capital, private equity and investment banking.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Kelvin was an Executive President with Fosun Group, leading the setup of the “New Retail” strategic investment team within the organization, and has held senior positions at private equity, venture and growth capital funds including Partners Group (where he was a Managing Director and Head of China), Sequoia Capital, Capital Today, and Barings Private Equity. He has led both venture and growth stage investments in various sectors including New Retail, Consumer, Logistics, Financial Services, Automotive and the TMT/Internet space.

Kelvin holds a BBA (Honors) from the National University of Singapore as well as the CFA and CPA (Aus) designations.

John-Christian (J.C.) Bourque

  • Senior Principal

John-Christian (J.C.) Bourque is responsible for a variety of strategy, relationship-building, investment, and leadership activities for Ontario Teachers’ globally and across asset classes. He has been a member of Global Strategic Relationships since 2017. He works closely with the Teacher’ s Innovation Platform focusing on late stage venture and growth equity opportunities.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', J.C. worked at KPMG in the management consulting and deal advisory groups across multiple industries and engagements. He has a strong background in strategy development, international relations, and foreign markets, as well as having extensive experience in politics and public affairs advisory.

J.C. teaches at the University of Toronto (Rotman Commerce) and holds degrees from Western University, the London School of Economics, and the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

Emmanuelle Norchet

  • Principal

Emmanuelle Norchet joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2020 and is a member of the Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP). Based in Toronto, she plays a key role in implementing TIP’s global strategy in North America for direct venture capital and growth equity investments. She is currently involved on the direct coverage side for TIP’s investment into Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (SIP).

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Emmanuelle worked as associate director at a venture capital firm in Singapore, where she helped structure and execute on direct venture investment opportunities, with a primary focus on the consumer internet sector. She was directly involved with portfolio companies and worked closely with their management teams on their growth plans. She covered transactions across a wide range of verticals, including Digital health, Social entertainment, E-commerce, FoodTech, Fintech and Enterprise.

Emmanuelle holds a Bachelor of Law degree from University of Montreal, was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2010, and holds a MSc Finance from City University of Hong Kong.

Catherine Qian

  • Principal

Catherine Qian joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2017 and is a member of the Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP). Currently based in Hong Kong, she plays a key role in implementing TIP’s global strategy across Asia with a focus on direct venture capital and growth equity investments. Previously located in Toronto, she has been actively involved in a number of key transactions including TIP’s investments into Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (SIP), Kry and Stem.

Catherine was previously a Principal in the Infrastructure and Natural Resources group in Toronto where she helped structure and execute direct private investments in the energy and infrastructure space globally. She was also actively involved in asset management of portfolio companies and worked closely with management teams across the energy, utilities and timber sectors.

Catherine started her career in the Financial Institutions Group at Citi in Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with High Distinction from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charterholder.

Andrew Jang

  • Investment Associate

Andrew joined Teachers’ Innovation Platform in 2020 as an Investment Associate. His role involves enabling the execution of TIP’s global strategy in North America for both direct and fund investments with a focus on late-stage venture and growth equity.

Prior to Ontario Teachers’, Andrew was a manager of corporate strategy at an early-stage fintech startup in Toronto, where he played a key role in developing and executing strategic go-to-market initiatives. He was also associate in investment banking at National Bank Financial where he worked on various M&A and corporate advisory transactions across a diverse suite of sectors. Andrew started his career in the audit group at KPMG.

Andrew holds an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and is a CPA charterholder. 

Akunne Robyn Daniels

  • Investment Associate

Akunne Robyn Daniels joined Teachers' Innovation Platform in 2021 as an Investment Associate. She plays a key role in implementing TIP’s global strategy with a focus on direct venture capital and growth equity investments in EMEA.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers',  Akunne was an associate in the investment banking division Goldman Sachs in London and Sydney, where she was involved in a variety of transactions in the infrastructure sector.

Akunne holds a BA (cum laude) in Economics from Columbia University.

Jonathan Watkin

  • Investment Analyst

Jonathan joined Teachers’ Innovation Platform in 2020 as an Investment Analyst. He plays a key role in executing TIP’s global strategy with a focus on direct late-stage venture capital and growth equity investments.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Jonathan worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Financial Technology Partners in New York, where he worked on a myriad of corporate and capital market advisory transactions including M&A, IPOs, and equity financings for the global FinTech sector.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, and has received his FINRA Series 63 and 79 licenses.

Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Nick Jansa

  • Senior Managing Director, EMEA

Nick leads investment activities and portfolio management in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region for Ontario Teachers'. He is based in Ontario Teachers' London office.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Nick spent almost 25 years at Deutsche Bank where he progressed to Managing Director, Co-Head of Corporate Finance EMEA and Global Co-Head of Leveraged Debt Capital Markets. Over the course of his career, he gained deep expertise as both capital allocator and principal investor, built strong European knowledge, and cultivated a robust network on the buy and sell side.

Karen Frank

  • Senior Managing Director, Equities

Karen Frank is Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Equities. The Equities team manages $47 billion in net assets, including a portfolio of more than 60 private companies, significant investments in public companies, and relationships with more than 30 private equity funds. Karen will be based in London, where she has been living for over 20 years.

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Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Karen was CEO of Barclays Global Private Bank, and sat on Barclays International Executive Committee. She joined Barclays in 2012 and was Co-Head of the European Financial Sponsors group before taking responsibility for the Private Bank.

Karen started her career in private equity in 1992, working in Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investment Area in New York and London, and continued working in private equity with AEA Investors and Compass Partners International. In 2005, Karen rejoined Goldman Sachs’ to build the firm’s middle market Financial Sponsors business.   

She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Economics.

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Jean-Charles Douin

  • Managing Director, Direct Investing, Private Capital (London)

Jean-Charles Douin is based in London and leads Private Capital's activities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He joined Ontario Teachers' in 2008 and has over 15 years of private equity experience.

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Since joining the organization he has been involved in a number of European buyouts led by the London office including Busy Bees, Helly Hansen, ISS, Memora and OGF. Jean-Charles has served on a number of boards across Europe and Africa and currently sits on the boards of Burton's Biscuits and Busy Bees in the U.K., Memora in Spain and OGF in France.

Previously, Jean-Charles worked at CapVest, a pan-European mid-cap private equity fund active in the food, consumer goods and healthcare sectors, and UBS Investment Bank, where he focused on M&A deals in the consumer and retail sectors.

Jean-Charles graduated from HEC (École des hautes études commerciales), in Paris and earned an MBA from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.

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Charles Thomazi

  • Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) (London)

Charles Thomazi leads Ontario Teachers' Europe, Middle East and Africa Infrastructure team, with responsibility for identifying, executing and managing infrastructure assets. He has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector and has been actively involved in infrastructure since 2001. Charles has worked across many sectors, including leading the acquisition of Ontario Teachers' airport assets, High Speed 1 and Koole Terminals and Westerleigh.

Charles currently serves on the boards of Brussels Airport, Copenhagen Airports and MapleCo. He joined Ontario Teachers' Finance Group in 1995, then moved to the Research and Economics Group before becoming a founding member of Ontario Teachers' Infrastructure Group in 2001. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Charles worked as an Actuarial Specialist at Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson).

Charles holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in Actuarial Science from Western University. He is a CFA charterholder and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Maggie Fanari

  • Managing Director & Co-Global Group Head, High Conviction Equities, Equities

Maggie Fanari is based in London and heads the High Conviction Equities (formerly Relationship Investing) team's direct equities investments for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She is also responsible for supporting the build of the global strategy for Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP) and the execution of that strategy in EMEA.

Maggie has been with Ontario Teachers' since 2006 and was based in Toronto until moving to London in 2015. Maggie has structured and executed on large-scale, partnership-driven minority investments in both public and private companies in multiple sectors globally. She started her career as an auditor at KPMG and previously worked in equity research at Scotia Capital.

Maggie is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA charterholder. She also holds a BBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Avid Larizadeh Duggan

  • Managing Director

Avid has been involved in the startup ecosystem as a developer, product manager, founder, and investor for over 20 years. She started her investing career at Accel Partners in 2006 and was a General Partner at GV (Google Ventures) from 2014 to 2018. With a portfolio of over 25 companies, Avid is also an active angel investor in high growth technology companies globally.

Avid has held product management roles at Tellme Networks (acquired by MSFT), Skype (acquired by MSFT) and eBay where she was granted a patent for her work. She was the co-founder and COO of Boticca, a global marketplace for independent brands of fashion accessories (acquired by Wolf & Badger). Most recently she was the COO at Kobalt Music Group, the leading music and technology company built for artists, songwriters publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model.

Avid is a non-executive director on the board of Barclays Bank UK and serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Board. She also led Code.org and the Hour of Code in the UK from 2013-2015 getting over 22 million people to try an hour of code. She has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was appointed Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for services to the economy, business and education. Avid earned her B.S. and M.S. in engineering at Stanford University, where she was a Mayfield Fellow. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Kauffman Fellow.

Jamie Adam

  • Director (London)

Jamie Adam joined Ontario Teachers' in 2006 and is a member of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Infrastructure team. He has been involved in numerous transactions including the acquisitions of Essbio, Brussels Airport, Copenhagen Airports, Sydney Desalination Plant, London City Airport and Westerleigh Group. Jamie currently sits on the boards of Bristol Airport, London City Airport and Westerleigh Group.

Before joining Ontario Teachers' he worked in private equity in Toronto.

Jamie earned a BA (Honours) in Political Science from Western University and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. He is a CFA charterholder and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Fabrice Chesnais

  • Director (London)

Fabrice Chesnais joined the London office of Private Capital in 2016 and has 14 years of industry experience in private equity and investment banking. Fabrice currently sits on the board of OGF and European Camping Group, and is responsible for origination and execution of direct investments in the Consumer, Retail and Leisure sector in Europe, as well as the geographic coverage of France and Benelux.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Fabrice worked at Lion Capital, a private equity fund investing in consumer and retail brands. Before that, he worked in the acquisition & leveraged finance team at J.P. Morgan.

Fabrice earned a Master's degree from ESCP Europe, having studied in Paris, London and Berlin.

Eric Hargrave

  • Director (London)

Eric Hargrave joined Ontario Teachers' in 2009 and has nearly two decades of principal investing, investment banking and accounting experience. He relocated from Toronto to London in 2015 and after nine years of working on the Infrastructure and Natural Resources team, he joined Private Capital in 2018. He is responsible for origination, execution, and management of direct investments in the technology, media and telecom sectors across Europe, as well as geographic coverage for the Nordics. Eric currently serves on the board of Memora.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Eric worked in investment banking at RBC Capital Markets, most recently as part of the London based Power, Utilities and Infrastructure group. Prior to that he worked at Ernst & Young in their M&A Advisory group focused on mid-market transactions. Earlier in his career, Eric also worked as a financial auditor at both Ernst & Young and BDO Dunwoody.

Eric earned a B.Comm. (Honours) from Laurentian University. He is a Chartered Accountant, a CFA charterholder, and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Marvin Teubner

  • Director (London)

Marvin Teubner joined the London office of Private Capital in 2011 and has over 15 years of private equity investing experience. He is responsible for origination, execution, and management of direct investments in the diversified industrial and business services sector across Europe, as well as geographic coverage for the DACH region. He has led a number of transactions including the buyouts of Logoplaste, Techem, CeramTec, Synlab and Lowell. Marvin currently serves on the boards of Logoplaste, Techem, CeramTec and Lowell.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Marvin worked at Rhone Capital, a mid-market private equity fund, and Warburg Pincus, where he focused on the business service industry. Previously, he held positions at Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank, where he covered the financial institutions sector.

Marvin holds a BA in Economics and Operations Research from Columbia University and the London School of Economics.

Joe Topley

  • Director

Joe Topley joined Ontario Teachers' London office in 2016 and is responsible for private equity funds in the EMEA region.

Joe is a member of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) board of directors. He previously worked at StepStone, a global private markets advisory firm where he was responsible for business development, investment research and client management across Europe. He started his career as a management consultant and worked in private equity and investment banking prior to joining StepStone.

Joe holds a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology from Imperial College, London; a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from University College, London; and an MBA from INSEAD.

Charlotte Brunning

  • Senior Principal (London)

Charlotte Brunning is a member of the EMEA Infrastructure and Natural Resources team and has been with Ontario Teachers' since 2015. She has been involved in a number of direct investments, including London City Airport and MapleCo, a U.K. smart metering platform. Charlotte currently sits on the board of Scotia Gas Networks, Westerleigh and MapleCo and previously sat on the board of Brussels Airport.  Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Charlotte worked at 3i, Barclays Infrastructure Funds and Macquarie.

Charlotte holds a B.Sc. from the London School of Economics and an MBA from London Business School.

Cleo Cheung Goodman

  • Senior Principal (London)

Cleo Cheung joined the Private Capital group at Ontario Teachers' in 2011. She has been involved in a number of transactions, including: the acquisition of Burton's Biscuits, Flexera Software, Blue Coat Systems, Canbriam Energy, Hawkwood Energy , and the sale of Sonicwall to Dell, Inc.

Previously, she worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at CIBC World Markets.

Cleo earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen's University.

Abhijeet Gupta

  • Senior Principal (London)

Abhijeet Gupta joined Ontario Teachers' in 2011. He has been involved in a number of transactions, including the acquisition of Shearer's Foods, Busy Bees, Synlab, CeramTec, European Camping Group and Techem.

Previously, he worked in the investment banking group at Citigroup and BMO Capital Markets.

Abhijeet holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (with distinction) from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and is a CFA charterholder.

Francois Stoessel

  • Senior Principal (London)

Francois Stoessel is based in London and part of the Private Capital team. He joined Ontario Teachers' in 2016 and has over 10 years of private equity investing experience. He covers the Healthcare sector in Europe.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Francois worked at GMT Partners, a pan-European mid-cap private equity fund, and KKR, where he focused on European private equity deals in industrials and telecom. Francois started his career in investment banking at Deutsche Bank, where he was involved in a variety of mergers, acquisitions and corporate advisory transactions.

Francois earned a Master's degree and diploma from HEC Paris.

Scott Kamins

  • Principal (London)

Scott Kamins joined Ontario Teachers' in 2014 and has been involved in a number of investments and initiatives in both infrastructure and natural resources. He previously worked in investment banking at Macquarie Capital where he was involved in M&A advisory and principal investing across the infrastructure and energy sectors.

Scott holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Luke Porter

  • Principal (London)

Luke Porter joined Ontario Teachers' in 2018. As a member of the Teachers’ Innovation Platform, he plays a key role in implementing TIP’s global strategy with a focus on direct venture capital and growth equity investments in EMEA. To date, he has been actively involved in a number of key transactions including TIP’s investments in KRY, ComplyAdvantage, SpaceX and Epic Games.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Luke was an associate in the investment banking division of J.P. Morgan in London, where he was involved in a variety of capital markets and corporate advisory transactions across the consumer, retail and healthcare sectors.

Luke holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in economics and finance, with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney.

Alexandra Ruecker

  • Principal (London)

Alexandra joined Ontario Teachers' in 2016 and is a member of the London based EMEA Infrastructure team. She has been involved in a number of transactions, including the sale of High Speed 1 and the sale of minority interests in Ontario Teachers' stakes in Bristol and Birmingham Airport. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Alexandra was an Associate in the Power, Utilities and Infrastructure Investment Banking team of UBS.

Alexandra holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration/General Management from the European Business School (Germany) and a Masters degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Sarah Yates

  • Principal (London)

Sarah Yates joined Ontario Teachers' in 2016, and has spent time in both the London and Toronto offices. Sarah is currently located in the London office and involved with the portfolio management of Busy Bees, Lowell and Synlab, and has also been involved with a number of other investments in London (Westerleigh, OGF, CeramTec, ECG, Techem), and Toronto (Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance Company, APCO Holdings, First American Payment Systems). Sarah covers Financial Services in Europe.

Previously, Sarah worked in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley in London, where she was involved in a variety of capital markets and corporate advisory transactions across the healthcare sector.

Sarah holds an M.Sc. in Finance from Imperial College London, and a B.Sc. in Economics and Finance from University College Dublin.

Filippo Damiani

  • Principal (London)

Filippo Damiani joined Ontario Teachers' in 2016, focusing on direct equities investments in both public and private companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Filippo was an associate in the investment banking division of J.P. Morgan in London, where he was involved in a variety of capital markets and corporate advisory transactions across the energy and consumer & retail sectors.

Filippo holds an M.Sc. in Finance with distinction from the London School of Economics and a B.Sc. in Economics (Honours) from Bocconi University.

Stefano Ghezzi

  • Principal

Stefano Ghezzi joined Ontario Teachers' in 2017 and he is a member of the Asia Pacific Infrastructure and Natural Resources team. Since joining OTPP, he has been involved in a number of transactions including the acquisitions of Caruna, IDEAL (a Mexican infrastructure platform) and Odfjell Terminal Rotterdam.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Stefano worked in the infrastructure and energy group at Citigroup and in derivatives trading at Commerzbank in London.

Stefano holds a M.Sc. in Finance from Warwick Business School and a B.Sc. in Economics from Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

Julia Codron

  • Investment Associate (London)

Julia Codron joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2020 as part of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Private Capital team based in London. Prior to Ontario Teachers’, Julia worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan as part of their Diversified Industrials team.

Julia holds a Master’s degree in Finance from HEC Paris.

 

David Demes

  • Principal

David Demes joined Ontario Teachers' in 2018 and is a member of the London based Europe, Middle East and Africa Infrastructure team. Prior to joining the organization, David worked in infrastructure private equity at PGGM and investment banking at Deutsche Bank.

David holds a Master's degree in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Charles University in Prague.

Sofia Pavão

  • Investment Associate

Sofia Pavão joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2019, focusing on direct investments and managing Private Equity assets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Sofia was an associate in the investment banking division of HSBC in London, where she was involved in a variety of Financial Sponsors transactions across various sectors.

Sofia holds an M.Sc. in Finance and a B.Sc. in Economics from Nova School of Business and Economics.

 

Amerprit Kingra

  • Investment Associate (London)

Amerprit Kingra joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2020 and is a member of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Private Capital team based in London. She plays a key role in the origination efforts and management of the London portfolio.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Amerprit worked at Terra Firma Capital Partners in the Private Equity deal team, where she was involved in a variety of transactions in the consumer and retail, and industrials sectors, amongst others.

Amerprit holds a Bachelor of Economics from the London School of Economics.

Nicusor Popescu

  • Principal

Nicusor Popescu joined Ontario Teachers' Europe, Middle East and Africa Infrastructure team in 2018. Prior to joining the organization, he worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse, as a CFD engineer at McLaren Racing and as a PhD Researcher at Imperial College London.

Nicusor holds an MEng, Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London.

Amanjol Zhangeldin

  • Associate

Amanjol Zhangeldin joined Ontario Teachers' in 2018 and is a member of the London based Europe, Middle East and Africa Infrastructure team. Prior to joining, Amanjol worked in investment banking at Scotia Capital and in equity research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Amanjol holds a B.A.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.

 

Christophe Robach

  • Principal

Christophe joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2019 and is a member of the EMEA Infrastructure team. Prior to Ontario Teachers’, he worked in investment banking at RBC.

Christophe holds a Master in Management from HEC Paris.

Akunne Robyn Daniels

  • Investment Associate

Akunne Robyn Daniels joined Teachers' Innovation Platform in 2021 as an Investment Associate. She plays a key role in implementing TIP’s global strategy with a focus on direct venture capital and growth equity investments in EMEA.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers',  Akunne was an associate in the investment banking division Goldman Sachs in London and Sydney, where she was involved in a variety of transactions in the infrastructure sector.

Akunne holds a BA (cum laude) in Economics from Columbia University.

Asia-Pacific

Ben Chan

  • Senior Managing Director, Asia-Pacific

Ben leads investment activities in the Asia-Pacific region for Ontario Teachers'.  He has almost three decades of international experience in public and private equities, investment banking and accounting.

Ben joins Ontario Teachers' from Khazanah Nasional Berhad where he spent 12 years in progressively senior roles. He was most recently Co-Head of Investments and led investment activities in China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Ben's investment experience covers a broad range of industries and sectors that have been representative of the growth trajectory of the relevant markets.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales and is a Chartered Accountant. Ben has also completed the Global Leadership Development Program at the International Centre For Leadership In Finance. 

Dan Kiang

  • Managing Director, High Conviction Equities, Asia Pacific

Dan Kiang joined Ontario Teachers' Hong Kong office in 2014 and is focused on direct equities investments in Asia.

Dan started his career as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch in New York and has nearly two decades of experience investing in Asia. Before joining Ontario Teachers', he was Managing Director at Mount Kellett Asia. Prior to that, he was a Director at Merrill Lynch Asia where he was responsible for its corporate principal investments in the Greater China region.

Dan received a Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude in Economics, with a Certificate in East Asian Studies, from Princeton University.

Raju Ruparelia

  • Managing Director, Direct Investing, Private Capital (Hong Kong)

Raju Ruparelia leads Ontario Teachers’ direct private equity investing activities across Asia-Pacific. Raju joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2008, was a senior founding member of its Hong Kong office in 2013 and has nearly two decades of combined experience in private equity and corporate finance. He has worked in both Toronto and London for the organization and has been involved in a number of its direct investments, including the acquisitions of Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd., INC Research, Coway, DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield. Raju currently sits on the board of Cushman & Wakefield.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Raju worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse in New York, in investments at Cadillac Fairview (Ontario Teachers’ wholly owned real estate subsidiary) and in the corporate finance group at Deloitte.

Raju holds a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Amit Sobti

  • Director (Hong Kong)

Amit Sobti joined the Private Capital division of Ontario Teachers' in 2016 and is part of the senior team responsible for direct and co-investing activities across the Asia-Pacific region. Amit sits on the board of Spandana Sphoorty.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Amit had more than 15 years of experience in private equity and investment banking, most recently as a principal at Unitas Capital in Hong Kong. He was previously a principal in the healthcare group at Warburg Pincus in New York, prior to which he worked at Rhone Capital and in the M&A group at Merrill Lynch.

Amit holds a dual A.B. (magna cum laude) in Business Economics and Computer Science from Brown University.

Kelvin Yu

  • Director, Teacher’s Innovation Platform

Kelvin Yu is based in Hong Kong and is part of the senior team leading the Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP) in the Asia-Pacific region. Kelvin has more than 20 years of extensive experience in venture capital, private equity and investment banking.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Kelvin was an Executive President with Fosun Group, leading the setup of the “New Retail” strategic investment team within the organization, and has held senior positions at private equity, venture and growth capital funds including Partners Group (where he was a Managing Director and Head of China), Sequoia Capital, Capital Today, and Barings Private Equity. He has led both venture and growth stage investments in various sectors including New Retail, Consumer, Logistics, Financial Services, Automotive and the TMT/Internet space.

Kelvin holds a BBA (Honors) from the National University of Singapore as well as the CFA and CPA (Aus) designations.

Peixi Gu

  • Senior Principal (Hong Kong)

Peixi joined Ontario Teachers' Hong Kong office in 2015 and is focused on fund as well as direct investment opportunities across Asia.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Peixi was an investment professional with Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area, where she focused on private equity investments across Asia. Before that, Peixi worked in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong.

Peixi holds dual B.Sc. degrees in Economics and Biological Sciences, as well as a Master of Law degree from Peking University.

Angel Kong

  • Senior Principal (Hong Kong)

Angel Kong joined Ontario Teachers’ Hong Kong office in 2019 and is part of the senior team responsible for direct and co-investing activities across Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Angel had more than 14 years of experience in private equity and management consulting, most recently as a director at EQT Partners in Hong Kong covering buyout and co-control investments in Greater China. She was previously a management consultant at Oliver Wyman.

Angel holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology and a M.Sc. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Kelvin Lin

  • Senior Principal (Hong Kong)

Kelvin Lin joined Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan 2012 and is currently part of the High Conviction Equities team. Prior to High Conviction Equities, Kelvin worked in the Infrastructure group and on the Relationship Investing team.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Kelvin worked in Equity Research at Stifel Nicolaus.

Kelvin holds an HBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and is a CFA charterholder.

Jonathan Sue

  • Senior Principal (Singapore)

Jonathan Sue joined Ontario Teachers' in 2012 and has been involved with a number of investments across the financial services and healthcare sectors, including Kanetix Ltd., APCO Holdings, First American Payment Systems, BroadStreet Partners, Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance Company and Heartland Dental Care. Jonathan is currently on assignment to Ontario Teachers' Hong Kong office and is focused on direct and co-investment opportunities in Asia.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Jonathan worked in the transaction services group at Deloitte & Touche.

He is a Chartered Accountant (2010 CICA Honour Roll), a CFA charterholder, and holds a Bachelor of Accounting & Financial Management (Honours) and a Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo.

Ronnie Tang

  • Principal (Hong Kong)

Ronnie Tang joined Ontario Teachers' Hong Kong office in 2015 and is focused on direct and co-investment opportunities across Asia.

Before joining Ontario Teachers', Ronnie was an investment professional with Unitas Capital in Hong Kong. Prior to that, Ronnie worked at McKinsey & Company as a business analyst based in Shanghai. 

Ronnie holds an A.B. in Economics from the University of Chicago and completed an exchange program at Peking University.

Geoffrey Liu

  • Principal (Hong Kong)

Geoffrey Liu joined Ontario Teachers' Hong Kong office in 2016 and is focused on direct venture capital and growth equity investments as a member of the Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP) team in the Asia-Pacific region. Geoffrey has also worked in our Equities team, conducting direct equity investments across pre-IPO and public market opportunities in Asia.

Geoffrey started his career in Goldman Sach’s investment banking division in New York. Before joining Ontario Teachers', he was an investment analyst at a hedge fund focused on event-driven investing in Hong Kong.

Geoffrey holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics (summa cum laude) degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Freddie Cai

  • Principal (Hong Kong)

Freddie Cai joined Ontario Teachers’ Hong Kong office in 2016 and is focused on direct equity investments across public market and pre-IPO opportunities in Asia.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Freddie worked at the investment banking division of Barclays in Hong Kong.

Freddie holds a Master of Accounting degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from Renmin University of China.

Alex Cheung

  • Investment Associate (Hong Kong)

Alex Cheung joined Ontario Teachers’ Hong Kong office in 2020 and focuses on fund investment opportunities across Asia.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Alex worked at HSBC investment banking, covering major conglomerate clients, and structured finance in Hong Kong.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Global Business Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Andrew Chung

  • Investment Associate (Hong Kong)

Andrew Chung joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2019 and is focused on direct and co-investment opportunities across Asia.

Before joining Ontario Teachers’, Andrew worked as a research associate covering technology at Morgan Stanley. Prior to that, he worked in the M&A investment banking division of Morgan Stanley Hong Kong.

Andrew holds an Honors Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

Nayan Goyal

  • Investment Associate (Hong Kong)

Nayan Goyal joined Ontario Teachers’ Private Capital division in 2019, focusing on direct and co-investments across the Asia-Pacific region.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Nayan worked in the Investment Banking Division of Citi Bank focusing on M&A deals in India across multiple sectors.

Nayan earned his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and received the Institute Rank Silver Medal from “Honorable President of India” for extraordinary academic performance. Before that he graduated from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani with a BE (Honors) in Computer Science. 

Hannah Long

  • Investment Associate (Hong Kong)

Hannah Long joined Ontario Teachers’ Hong Kong office in 2020 and is currently focused on direct and co-investment opportunities across Asia.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Hannah was an investment professional with CDIB Capital International in Hong Kong where she covered Greater China direct investment opportunities. She was also previously a management consultant at Bain & Company, focusing on China growth strategy and operational transformation.

Hannah holds a B.A. in Economics and Finance from Tsinghua University.

Jimmy Zheng

  • Investment Associate (Hong Kong)

Jimmy Zheng joined Ontario Teachers’ Hong Kong office in 2020 and focuses on public market investment opportunities across Asia.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Jimmy worked as a Research Associate covering consumer stocks at Morgan Stanley, and as a Research Associate in Bernstein Hong Kong covering Asian energy stocks. He also previously worked as a co-op student at Ontario Teachers’ Hong Kong office.

Jimmy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Hong Kong.

Russell Huang

  • Investment Analyst (Hong Kong)

Russell Huang joined Ontario Teachers’ Hong Kong office in 2020 and focuses on direct equity investment opportunities across Asia.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Russell worked in the investment banking division at Morgan Stanley Asia.

Russell holds a Bachelor of Science, First Class Honours in Quantitative Finance and Risk Management Science, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

TIP seeks equity investments both directly and indirectly through:

Directs and co-investments: We are continuously looking for attractive opportunities to invest directly in private companies with like-minded partners. We seek companies that value Ontario Teachers’ long-term investment horizon and approach to value creation where we can actively support management throughout our investment period. Along with financial support, we provide access to Ontario Teachers’ strong global networks, and advice and guidance to help grow the businesses we invest in. We look for well-managed companies with high-potential brands and compelling growth prospects. We can act as a direct equity investor, or partner with our established, industry-leading fund partners as a co-investor.

Funds: Ontario Teachers' has strategic investments with many of the world's leading growth equity and venture capital firms. We value the opportunities to share information, co-invest and work in other ways with our fund partners, including the pursuit of opportunities in markets we can't easily access directly. We are members of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), and endorse the ILPA Private Equity Principles which we believe form the basis of an effective private equity partnership: Alignment of Interest, Governance and Transparency.

Strategic Partnerships and Platforms: Ontario Teachers’ has a track record of forming strategic relationships with a variety of corporate partners who are aligned with us on uncovering unique and valuable investment opportunities. TIP is building on this by forming long-term partnerships with leading technology companies. We are flexible in how we invest with partners and employ a large range of structures such as joint-ventures, platform companies, investment vehicles and funds.

 

Olivia Steedman
  • Senior Managing Director, Teachers' Innovation Platform
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