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Gulshat Fréchou

Partner (Paris)

Gulshat is an experienced consultant with a professional background in investment banking, structured finance, corporate finance, emerging & frontier markets and impact investing. She specialises in fundamental analysis of investment opportunities across asset classes and consults on strategic, financing and investment transactions.


Gulshat started her career in structured finance analytics at Thomson Reuters in New York, Later she joined Renaissance Capital's structuring team and most recently she worked at responsAbility, a Swiss impact fund, where she was responsible for the development and management of a portfolio of private debt impact investments in Central Asia and partly in Eastern Europe.

Her recent missions include consulting on a solar project financing in Eastern Europe, a buy-side M&A in renewable energy in the Nordics, fundraising for a fintech company in Spain, fundraising for a medtech start-up in France and fundraising for an industrial company in Italy pursuing a circular economy business model.

Gulshat studied Macroeconomics at Bashkir State University in Ufa, Russia and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Baruch College in New York. She is a CFA charterholder as well. She lives and works in Paris.

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Sukanta Dey

Partner - Country Head (India)

Sukanta is a leading industry icon in the growth of new FMCGS (fast moving consumer goods & services) in India and a regular speaker at global industry forums. He has over forty years of experience in brand development, marketing, sales and profit centre management at Fortune 50 companies such as Unilever, PepsiCo and AT&T Wireless.

Sukanta’s over four decades of rich experience in marketing and telecommunications is laced with impressive industry accreditations. At PepsiCo, he was awarded the global leadership award by Margaret Thatcher at its centenary celebration in Hawaii in 1998. He was named one of India’s top-50 marketing professionals by an industry panel of Pitch Magazine in November 2004, upon the successful national launch of Idea Cellular. He was invited to chair the GSM World Series, India Conference for a continuous period of four years and has been the moderator & keynote speaker at many international telecoms conferences. He is a past president of the Delhi Management Association.

Sukanta holds an MBA degree in Marketing and Finance from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, and an engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, both being the crème de la crème of global academia. He was an Institute Scholar throughout his 7 years at IIM and IIT. He is based in New Delhi.

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Valery Magidson

Partner (Tel-Aviv)

Valery is a finance, investor relationship and sales specialist with background in both traditional consulting (Ernst & Young), niche investment firms and business development roles (number of FinTech an media start-ups). He specializes in building lasting relationships and collaborative strategies with both ventures and investment companies.

Valery started his career as a consultant in Ernst and Young, specializing on the banking industry. He then moved to a boutique investment firm, Mi-Inter, where he overlooked a number of large investment projects and leveraged buyouts. He was also involved in management consulting, helping to develop CIS business for a number of media companies and financial ventures. His most recent experience includes CFO/Business development role in a global crypto related FinTech company.

Valery studied Politics and Economics in Warwick University in UK where he also took a number of Business and Finance courses. He lives and works in Israel.

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Dainis Barups

Partner (London)

Dainis is a veteran Wall Street  and City trader and investment banker with over 30 years of experience in leadership roles at Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital, Parex Bank (Latvia), and Credit Agricole. Corporate and Investment Bank. His trading experience covers a wide range of Fixed Income instruments (Credit, FX and Interest Rates) and markets (Emerging Markets including CIS, Eastern Europe and MENA but also US and European markets).

Dainis provides advice to Family offices on Emerging Markets investments. He is also an independent financial markets trader and fintech startup investor.

Dainis holds a Master of science degree in Geography  from Latvijas Universitate, and MBA from the London Business School.

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Muhammed Abuhilal

Country Head (United Arab Emirates)

Mohammed is a leading business entrepreneur who has a wide network of high-level business connections in the Middle East. He has an extensive knowledge of the business regional issues and challenges and has over 25 years of experience leading successful organizations from initial concept to the top.


Muhammed is also a renewable energy specialist and who has lead a number of successful business ventures such as Sun Synergy, Altaliah Jordan Solar Co,  Almaden Solar, WFI Wireless Facilities Inc., LCC, MSI, Rosenberger among many others. He is currently the CEO Sun Synergy Group, one of the leading ventures in UAE’s renewable energy sector.


Muhammed holds a Bsc in electrical engineering technology from New York State University

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