Luigi de Vecchi is currently the Chairman of Continental Europe for Corporate and Investment Banking in Citi. He has been a Managing Director of Credit Suisse since 2004.
He has been Co-Head of Global Investment Banking from 2009 to 2012; CEO of Credit Suisse Group Italy from 2007 to 2010 and Head of Credit Suisse Investment Banking from 2004 to 2010.
Prior to joining Credit Suisse First Boston in September 2004, Mr. de Vecchi was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs between 1998 and 2004 and at Kleinwort Benson between 1989 and 1998, where he held various positions in London, Brazil and New York.
Luigi has been a member (from 2012 to 2015) of the Board of Ambienta SgR, a Private Equity Fund focused on the environmental sector. Since September 2012 Luigi has been teaching at the L.U.I.S.S. University in Rome.
Luigi has been Chairman (from 2008 to 2010) and Board Member (from 2005 to 2010) of Progetto Itaca, a nonprofit organization specialized in mental disability.
He received his MA in Business Studies and Economics from the L.U.I.S.S. University in Rome.
Umberto Quadrino is Chairman of Tages Holding since July 2014.
Prior to joining Tages Group, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Edison S.p.A. from 2001 to 2011.
He joined the FIAT Group in 1970 with various responsibilities as Director of Administration and Control, CFO, CEO of its subsidiaries and Executive Vice President in charge for coordinating the FIAT S.p.A.’s non automotive divisions. In 1996, he served as Managing Director for New Holland before rejoining FIAT in 2000 as Executive Vice President with responsibility for various sectors.
Umberto Quadrino is currently Board member of several companies and advisor of Italian and international industrial groups.
Richard Robb is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Henry Crown and Company, a family-owned and operated investment company whose holdings include diversified manufacturing operations, banking, oil and gas and real estate companies. Mr. Robb is responsible for the company’s financial and banking relationships. He also serves as Manager of Crown Venture Funds I and II, supervising the family’s investment in a variety of venture capital and private equity funds and direct investments. He represents LP interests as an Advisory Board Member for Lux Capital, Excel Capital, DBL Bay Area Equity Fund, Frontenac and LEERINK Revelation Partners. In addition, Mr. Robb is the Treasurer of Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and serves as a director for Farmers Investment Company, Sonoma Orthopedic Products, Little Lady Foods Inc.and WellRight LLC. He is the current chair of the Environment Committee of the Arie and Ida Crown Memorial, the family’s private charitable foundation.
Prior to joining Henry Crown and Company in 2000, Mr. Robb held senior commercial lending positions at National Bank of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan and Harris Trust and Savings Bank, Chicago, Illinois. His career included providing corporate and investment banking products and services to a wide variety of public and private companies, with particular emphasis in the Midwest.
Mr. Robb received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brown University and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
In 2006, Mr. de Leyva co-founded Magnum Capital Industrial Partners, the largest private equity firm focused on buyout investments in Spain and Portugal.
Prior to that Enrique worked for McKinsey & Co. for over 20 years, in Spain, Lisbon, New York and London. Enrique was Managing Partner of McKinsey’s Spanish office. During his McKinsey tenure, he created from inception, McKinsey’s European electric power and natural gas practice. He was also co-Chairman of McKinsey’s worldwide partner election committee (1998-2002), and was one of the key members of the worldwide director election committee (2003-2006).
Previously, Enrique worked at Union Fenosa (1982-1984), a Spanish energy company, in financial planning and in regulatory affairs.
Mr. de Leyva is currently chairman of Nace (International Schools), and board member of Indra (IT & Defense), Iberwind (wind energy), Bio Oils Energy (biodiesel), Iberchem (Flavours & Fragrances), Orliman (orthopedic supplies), Eptisa (civil engineering), Vendap (machinery rentals) and Credit Andorrà (private banking).
Remy Kawkabani has over 25 year experience in the Private Equity and Investment Banking industry.
Remy Kawkabani is a Managing Director and Head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Siguler Guff. Based in London, Mr. Kawkabani leads Siguler Guff’s European business, with a primary focus on distribution and new product development in the EMEA region. Mr. Kawkabani has over 20 years of private equity experience and is a leader in the private equity placement industry, specializing in the EMEA region.
Prior to joining Siguler Guff in 2014, Mr. Kawkabani held several senior positions at Credit Suisse, where he was responsible for the origination, structuring and successful launch of innovative funds. Most recently, Mr. Kawkabani served as a Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Asset Management for the EMEA region. Previously, he was a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of the Credit Suisse Private Fund Group, where he oversaw origination, project management and distribution in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to his 15-year tenure at Credit Suisse, Mr. Kawkabani worked at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. While at Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, Mr. Kawkabani enjoyed particular success in the identification and funding of new and emerging private equity teams and strategies.
Mr. Kawkabani holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and is CFA charterholder. He was named by Private Equity International as one of the 100 most influential people in global private equity during the ten-year period from 2001 to 2011.
Stefano Proverbio is Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Co. Italian office, Board Member of Borusan and SAES Group and is advisor to the Top Management of Italian and international companies.
Stefano joined McKinsey in 1987 and retired in 2013.
He has focused his efforts in the industrial sector particularly in the telecommunications, high-tech, electronics, energy, engineering and steel sectors. In these industries he has worked for Italian and foreign clients, both on operational and strategic issues.
Prior to McKinsey, Stefano worked for Accenture, a major information technology firm, where he dealt with distribution and logistics.
Further back, he spent two years as a Researcher at Politecnico di Milano, leading engineering school in Italy; he worked for The European Atomic Energy Community.
Stefano Cao is a corporate executive with vast experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Since April 2015 he is serving as CEO of Saipem SpA, one of the global leaders in the businesses of Engineering & Construction and Drilling, with a strong positioning in oil & gas, remote locations and deep water.
He began his career with the ENI group S.p.A. in 1976, initially with Saipem S.p.A. – which he left in 2000 as executive chairman – and subsequently at ENI S.p.A., which he left in 2008 as chief operating officer of the exploration & production division. From 2000 to 2008, the hydrocarbon production of the division increased from 1,200,000 to 1,800,000 boe/day with the opening of new production fields, the acquisition of independent exploration and production companies and the purchase of production assets.
From February 2009 to June 2012, he held the position of managing director and CEO of Sintonia SA, a holding company in the infrastructure sector, established by Edizione Holding, Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners, Mediobanca and GIC.
In his career, he also served as Chairman of the board of SPIG S.p.A., a shareholder and board member of Exploenergy S.r.l. – an independent company active the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, formed in 2011 – and member of the board of A2A. From 2002 to 2006 he served as chairman of Assomineraria.
He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Università degli Studi, Rome.
Marco Arese is co-founder and general partner in RockRidge Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital fund and investment firm. He currently serves on the board of a number of software, media and energy companies including RMS Networks, AsiaDemand and Trialpha Energy.
Marco started his career with Citibank in Milan and London, designing financial reporting software for multinational clients. He founded Fienco S.p.A., the leading Italian specialist of PC based treasury management software.
He was a co-founder of Hyperion Software (USA), leading international developer of business intelligence and performance management SW applications for multinationals. In addition to a significant start-up investment in 1981, Mr. Arese also established and managed the international operations for Hyperion in over 20 countries in Europe and Asia.
Marco was also co-founder and co-managing partner of Digital Media Capital LLC, a private venture capital firm based in Connecticut (USA), where he was early stage investor in internet and intranet related software and communications companies such as Critical Path and Sandpiper Networks.
In 1998, he became a special limited partner in Pequot Venture Partners LP, the venture arm of Pequot Capital Management.