Supervisory Board

Primož Karpe, MSc

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Term of office: 2020-2024

Education:

  • Obtained a master’s degree from San Diego State University (Master of Science - Business Administration)
  • Graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana (majoring in Finance)

Career:

  • Owner and director of Angler Ltd. Zagreb, Croatia (since 2015 – to date)

  • Partner (passive - investor) of the regionally focused private equity fund Blue Sea Capital SCSp, Luxembourg (2011 - to date)

  • Partner and co-founder (active) of Blue Sea Capital SCSp, Luxembourg/Zagreb (2011-2015)

  • Independent contractor for EBRD (IPO Pre-listing programme), US AID (DAI / INVEST project blended finance solutions) and several VC funds (mentoring start-ups, fund raising and placement) (2017 – to date)

  • Supervisory Board Member at Gorenjska banka (2012 – 2016)

  • Co-founder and the leading partner at company Vafer Ltd. (2008-2010)

  • Managing Director of M&A specialist Publikum Korpfin Ltd. (2007-2008)

  • Head of the business development (M&A) department at Telekom Slovenija Jsc. (2006-2007)

  • Assistant to the CEO of Mobitel Ltd. (2002-2006)

  • COO at Internet transaction provider Eon Ltd (2000-2002)

  • FX trader/Head of the ALM department at SKB banka d.d. (1996-2000)

Andreas Klingen

Deputy Chair of the Supervisory Board

Term of office: 2019-2023

Education:

  • Master of Business Administration, Rotterdam School of Management, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Master of Science in Physics, Technical University, Berlin, Germany

Career:

  • Independent Non-Executive Director NEPI Rockcastle (since 2019)

  • Supervisory Board Member, Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (since 2016)

  • Independent Supervisory Board Member, Credit Bank of Moscow (since 2016)

  • Supervisory Board Member at 10 financial institutions in Central Eastern Europe between 2005 and 2014

  • Independent Banking consultant, entrepreneur, Berlin, Germany (since 2014)

  • Deputy CEO, CFO PC Erste Bank, Kiev, Ukraine (2010-2013)
  • Head of Strategic Group Development in Erste Group Bank, Vienna, Austria (2005-2010)
  • Senior Vice President, Investment Banking, Financial institutions in JP Morgan, London, UK (1998-2005)

Shrenik Dhirajlal Davda

Member of the Supervisory Board

Term of office: 2019-2023

Education:

  • Masters of Business Administration, INSEAD. Fontainebleau, France
  • Bachelor of Laws, London School of Economics & Political Science. London, U.K.

Career:

  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Ukrgasbank. Kyiv, Ukraine (2015-)
  • Partner, NECP LLP. London, UK (2013-)
  • CEO, Gryphon Emerging Markets Ltd. London, U.K. (2011-2013)
  • Adviser, Blackfish Capital Ltd. London, U.K (2010-2011)
  • Director, Deutsche Bank Ltd. London, U.K. (2007 – 2010)
  • Co-Founder, New Europe Capital Partners Ltd. London, UK
  • IB Head Baltics, Balkans, Ukraine, JP Morgan Ltd. London, UK (1989-2005)
  • Manager, Gulf International Bank Ltd London, UK (1982-1987)

    Peter Groznik, Ph.D.

    Member of the Supervisory Board

    Term of office: 2017-2021

    Education:

    • Doctor of Science - Kelley School of Business, Indiana University Bloomington, USA (2003)
    • Master of Business Sciences - Kelley School of Business, Indiana University Bloomington, USA (2001)
    • Bachelor of Economics, Finance - Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana (1996)

    Career:

    • Managing Director - MSIN d.o.o., Ljubljana (since 2019) and CETIS d.d., president of the board (2019)
    • Owner and Director - NorthGrant, svetovanje d.o.o., Ljubljana (2017-2019)
    • Member of the Management Board - Gorenje d.d. (2012-2017)
    • Owner and Director - NorthGrant, svetovanje d.o.o., Ljubljana (2010-2012)
    • President of the Management Board - KD Skladi d.o.o., Ljubljana (2009-2010)
    • Director of Investment Department - KD, NPD by 2008, KD Skladi and KD Holding from 2008 to 2009 (2005-2009)

    Gregor Rok Kastelic

    Member of the Supervisory Board

    Term of office: 2019-2023

    Education:

    • International MBA, South Carolina University, Columbia, USA
    • Bachelor of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Career:

    • Managing Director, Head of Emerging Europe, Corporate Finance, ING Bank, London (2010 – present)
    • Managing Director, Co-Head of Private Equity Division, Silkroutefinancial (UK) ltd, London (2009-2010)
    • Executive Director, Financial Institutions Team, Morgan Stanley, London (2006-2008)
    • Principal Banker, Financial Institutions Team, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London (2003-2006)
    • Senior Associate, CEEMEA Investment Banking Team, Schroder Salomon Smith Barney, London (1999-2002)
    • Senior Equity Analyst, CAIB Investment Bank, London (1995-1999)

      Mark William Lane Richards

      Member of the Supervisory Board

      Term of office: 2019-2023

      Education

      • Accelerated management programme, London Business School (1995)
      • Chartered Institute of Bankers, Associate (1990)  
      • M.A. Modern History and Economics 1st class, Oxford University (1984-1987)

      Career

      • Non-Executive Director, and Chair of the Risk Committee, CIB Bank Egypt (2014 -) (Euromoney’s Best Emerging Markets Bank 2018)
      • Non-Executive Director, Sheffield Haworth Ltd (London based Financial services global Executive Search firm) (2016 -)
      • Non-Executive Director, Vencap International (UK based Venture Capital focused investment firm) (2019 -)
      • Chief Executive, IPGL Ltd.(Financial services focused single family office) (2016-2018)
      • Partner and Head of Financial Services, Actis Private Equity (a major emerging markets focused private equity firm) (2005 – 2016)
      • Senior Executive Roles at Barclays Bank Plc. included Director Group corporate development, Strategy Director, and Chief Financial officer International Offshore Banking, originally a Corporate Banker (1987-2005)  

        David Eric Simon

        Member of the Supervisory Board

        Term of office: 2020-2024

        Education:

        • IFS School of Finance (1974)
        • City of London College, UK (1970)

        Career:

        • Chief Restructuring Officer and Advisor to the General Manager, Czech Export Bank a.s. (2013-2014)
        • Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prague (2012-2013)
        • Advisor (1994-2012), Head of Restructuring (2004-2007), Head of Central Europe Bad Debts Unit (2007 onwards) and Senior Restructuring Officer (2007-2012), Ceskoslovenska Obchodni Banka a.s.
        • Independent Banking Consultant, cooperating with USAID and EBRD (1992-1994)
        • International Banking Consultant, Morgan Grenfell & Co (1993-1994)
        • Assistant General Manager Tijari Finance Limited (wholly owned subsidiary Commercial Bank of Kuwait), (1988-1992)
        • Joint Branch Manager, Byblos Bank Sal, London (1986-1988)
        • Assistant Vice President, American Express Bank, London (1980-1986)
        • Senior Credit Analyst, Manufacturers Hanover Trust, London (1978-1980)
        • National Westminster Bank, London (1971-1977)

        Verica Trstenjak, Ph.D. 

        Member of the Supervisory Board

        Term of office: 2020-2024

        Education:

        • Doctor of Science (Law),  University of Ljubljana (1996)
        • Master of Law (1991)
        • Bachelor of Law (1985)

        Career:

        • Professor of European Union Law at University in Ljubljana, Sigmund Freud University Vienna, University of Vienna (LLM Programme) (since 2018)
        • A member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague (since 2019)
        • A member of the Management Board and a member of the Executive Board of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna (2017)
        • Professor for European law at University of Vienna (2013-2018)
        • Advocate General of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (2006-2012)
        • A judge at the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg (2004-2006)
        • A secretary general of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia (2000)
        • State Secretary at the Ministry of Science and Technology (1996-2000)
        • Head of the legal department at the Ministry of Science and Technology (1994-1996)

        Sergeja Kočar, MSc. 

        Member of the Supervisory Board

        Term of office: 2020-2024

        Education:

        • Master of Science – Faculty of Management, University of Primorska (2016)
        • Specialist in Management - Faculty of Management, University of Primorska (2006)
        • Bachelor of Organisational Management – Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University in Maribor (1999)

        Career:

        • Professional Member of NLB Works Council, President of Committee for HR and Business Processes – NLB (2019-2023)
        • Senior Specialist for Enterprises, NLB Innovative Entrepreneurship Centre – NLB (2016-2019)
        • Senior Area Adviser, Procurement and CREM – NLB (2015-2016)
        • Supervisory Board Member, NLB Propria, družba za upravljanje z nepremičninami, d.o.o., Ljubljana (2012-2014)
        • Director of Procurement and CREM – NLB (2012-2015)
        • President of Training Committee – Bank Association of Slovenia (2010-2012)
        • Deputy Director of Human Resources and Head of Training Centre and Head of HR Development and Training – NLB (2008-2012)
        • Head of HR Development – NLB (2004-2008)
        • Various professional jobs in the area of HR Development and Training, International Financial Institutions and Retail Banking - NLB (1989-2003)