Prestel and Partner

Family Office Forum, London 2017

The Speakers


The Family Office Forum London is the meeting of genuine* Family Offices based in England
11 - 12 October 2014: 102 Family Offices and UHNWI met, see this event´s brochure
15 - 16 September 2015: 142 Family Offices and UHNWI met, see the last event´s brochure
4 - 5 October 2016: 138 Family Offices and UHNWI met, see the last event´s brochure

3 - 4 October 2017: Join us when 100+ genuine* Family Offices and CIOs meet!

The Family Office Forum London, 3 - 4 October 2017 has a simple formula:
More Family Officers and Principals on stage than solution providers.
More Family Officers and Principals in the audience than solution providers.

Expect 100+ genuine* Family Offices, Principals and CIOs attending.

No product presentations or specific pitches - topics covered are key issues such as
1. Family Governance or Operations in the Ballroom
2. CIO roundtables (trends and "how to", no products!) in the Crystal Suite.


We are currently working on the programme for 2017. 

If you wish to participate as a speaker, please contact us at


Listed below are speakers for the 2016 London Family Office Forum.

To view the speakers in 2015 please click here

To view the speakers in 2014 please click here

Lady Jane Grosvenor

Dr. Auma Obama

SAUTI KUU foundation, trustee, member World Future Council, member Barack Obama´s election committee 

Dr. Auma Obama is the Founder and Director of Sauti Kuu Foundation..........

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    Sauti Kuu (Kiswahili for "Powerful Voices") is trying to give perspective to disadvantaged children and youth by helping them unlock their potential through Life Skills training, educational and income generating opportunities.

    Dr. Obama, who was born and grew up in Kenya is the sister of President Barack Obama. She studied in Germany where she obtained a Masters degree at the University of Heidelberg, before attending the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin and finally graduating with a Doctorate at the University of Bayreuth. She then worked in the United Kingdom for the local government Children’s Services Department, before eventually returning to Kenya, where she worked for the relief organization CARE International, which she left to start her own foundation, Sauti Kuu.

    Dr. Obama is a member of the World Future Council and on the Advisory Boards of the Bayreuth University Academy of African Studies, and of the Stiftung Lesen (Reading Foundation) based in Germany. She is member of the governing council of the Kilimanjaro Initiative, which organizes an annual ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro for disadvantaged and at-risk young people. Since 2014 Dr. Obama is also the Patron of the international literacy festival, Storymoja.

    In 2010 Dr Auma Obama published her memoir ‘Das Leben kommt immer dazwischen’ in the German. The English edition ‚And Then Life Happens‘ was published in 2011. Both books are available on Amazon.

Kevin Burrows, CFA, CAIA
Chief Investment Officer
Adi Dassler International Family Office

Kevin Burrows serves as the Chief Investment Officer of the Adi Dassler International Family Office. He is also the Founding Partner and CIO of Diomedea Capital Advisors, a Bahamas-based investment advisory and consulting firm......


Magician Impossible

Steven Frayne aka Dynamo has single handedly changed the face of magic over the past 5 years with his multi-award winning series ‘Dynamo - Magician Impossible.........

Dominik von Eynern
Blu Family Office

Dominik has more than 15 years of experience in financial derivatives, principal investment and business development. He comes from a business family now in the 5th generation.........

Shelly Kapoor Collins
Managing Director
Propeller Venture Capital

Shelly is Managing Director of Propeller Venture Capital prior to that she was technology entrepreneur and founder of Enscient Corporation, specializing in Security and Business Development for the Public Sector..........

Jan Olszewski
SOLARIS Bus & Coach

Jan Olszewski graduated from the International School of Management (Germany) with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and from SDA Bocconi (Italy) with an MBA...........

Charles Lorenceau

Family member

Charles Lorenceau is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of businesses in the energy, technology, and consumer goods industries...........

Karl “Charly” Kleissner, Ph.D.

Dr. Charly Kleissner is an impact investor. He believes that the deeper meaning of wealth is to make a positive contribution to humanity and the planet........

Christian Angermayer

Apeiron Investment Group

Christian Angermayer is a serial entrepreneur and investor born in Germany and based in London. He runs Apeiron Investment Group, his own family office and merchant banking business..........

Antonis Schwarz
Guerrilla Foundation

Antonis Schwarz, Next Gen impact investor and founder of the Guerrilla Foundation is the European Community Manager for The ImPact..............

Del Huse
Managing Director

Del Huse runs family office private equity investment advisory business Roycian Limited. Del is a long experienced private equity, corporate finance and M&A professional.............

Robert Rodriguez
Chairman & Founder

Robert D. Rodriguez is the Chairman of SINET and a super-connector that brings together innovators with industry and government............

Emma Hendron
Saffery Champness

A partner in the London office, Emma is a member of the firm’s International Practice Group............

Michael Comer
Managing Director
Cobasco Group Limited

Mike Comer is the Managing Director of Cobasco Group Limited, a community of anti-fraud and compliance specialists, which works in mentoring relationships with Clients to prevent, detect, investigate and recuperate from corporate fraud...........

Brendan Poots
Priomha Capital

Mr Poots, founder of Priomha Capital, is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Priomha Global Limited..........

Louise Somerset
Partner, Private Client Tax Services
Smith & Williamson

Louise is lead partner of the Cheltenham office, heading up the private client tax services team.........

Holger Knauer
Catana Capital

Holger Knauer is the CEO & CRO of Catana Capital. Prior to that Holger Knauer was a board member responsible for risk management and operations........

J Bradley Hall
Chairman and CEO
Icon Capital Reserve

J Bradley Hall - Chairman and CEO of ICON CAPITAL RESERVE SA and founder of a number of successful financial technology companies who enjoys a reputation as a........

Joseph Tenzin Oliver

Sustainability and Innovation Pioneer

Joseph Tenzin Oliver is a sustainability and innovation pioneer from the United Kingdom. His mission is to create, prototype and build cutting-edge methods and experiences that will change the future of the world for the better.............

Suzanne Biegel
Individual Investor / Founder and Chief Catalyst
Women Effect

Suzanne is Catalyst at Large, Chief Catalyst at Women Effect, and founder of Clearly Social Angels in the UK. She is also Investment Director for the SPRING Accelerator, the venture accelerator focused on improving the lives of adolescent girls.........

Desiree Kogevinas

Independent Advisor

Desiree Kogevinas is an independent advisor with extensive experience in building health infrastructure for World Health Organization programmes. She specializes in strategic communications and marketing and business development.........

Vincent Gueneau
Kappafrik Group

Vincent Gueneau is a trained Mechanical Engineer turned Entrepreneur and Venture Capital & Private Equity Investor with over 20 years experience in the Energy Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, notably in Nigeria.........

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    He started his career in the French Power Group ALSTOM before to become successively an Entrepreneur in the Oil Service Industry and an Investment Banker for RENAISSANCE CAPITAL to then start his own Venture Capital & Private Equity Group, KAPPAFRIK, based in Mauritius and dedicated to investing in Sub-Saharan Africa's Energy Sector.

    He has been a party to multiple Private Equity transactions and is currently serving on the Board of over a dozen companies in Africa. He previously had served for 5 years on the Board of the French-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and for 3 years as an Economic Advisor to the French Ministry of Finance & Industry (CC Nigeria Section, by appointment of the Prime Minister ).

    He is married with 2 sons.

Karl Cini
International Client Services
Nexia BT

Karl is a certified public accountant and holds a diploma in taxation. He graduated from the University of Malta with an honours degree in Accountancy in 1998........

Salpy Kouyoumjian
Partner, Private Wealth team
Boodle Hatfield

Salpy Kouyoumjian is a Partner in the Private Wealth team at Boodle Hatfield, a leading London law firm. She has a strong international client base and specialises in providing international tax and structuring advice to Family Offices........

Marianne Abib-Pech
Author- Entrepreneur- Former CFO Shell Aviation and BHP Billiton Iron Ore EMEA, GE Capital

Marianne Abib-Pech is the Former CFO of Shell Aviation, having spent her formative years in Arthur Andersen (Audit and Advisory Services) and General Electric (Business Finance), exposed Marianne to the best in leadership trainings........

David Badham
Chief Administrative Officer

David was part of the team that founded the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) in late 2014, joining from Cass Business School where he was the Deputy Director of the Mergers and Acquisitions Research Centre.........

Francesco D’Amico
Managing Director
Quilvest Switzerland

Mr. D’Amico is advising and taking care of the interests of the founding family of Quilvest and of third party families........

Roland Fasel
Regional Director UK and General Manager
The Dorchester

In 2008 Roland Fasel took on the dual role of regional director - UK for Dorchester Collection (overseeing The Dorchester, Coworth Park and 45 Park Lane) and general manager of The Dorchester........

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    He was previously general manager at Intercontinental London Park Lane and has worked for the prestigious Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. Swiss born, Fasel trained at Lausanne Hotel School and has five-star hotel management experience across three continents.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Peter Sester
University St. Gallen and Advisor
SFO Brazil

Prof. Dr. Dr. Peter Sester is the Lemann Professor for International Business Law and Law & Economics as well as a Director of the Institute for Public Finance, Fiscal Law and Law and Economics at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)........

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Marcel Maschmeyer

Marcel Maschmeyer is the founder and CEO of Paladin Asset Management. From an early age on he was fascinated by the stock-market, making his first investment at the age of 13..........

Dr. Konstantin Mettenheimer

Konstantin Mettenheimer advises entrepreneurs and families on questions of strategy, corporate finance and wealth management.........

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Thomas Frei
Senior Partner

Thomas is a Senior Partner and a member of the Investment Committee. He is the country partner for the UK, France, Italy and Benelux. Thomas leads the marketing and investor relations unit and sits on the board of many private equity funds......

Francesco Aldorisio

Francesco is the Partner in charge of the direct investment activity of Akina. Moreover, he is also the Partner responsible for advising on direct investments in Europe, fund investments in Italy and sourcing of secondary fund investments.......

F. Fuller O’Connor Jr
Managing Director, Head of Investor Relations
EJF Capital LLC

Mr. O’Connor joined EJF in 2009 and is responsible for directing all communication with existing and prospective investor relationships.......

Peter Stage
Senior Managing Director, Europe

Mr. Stage joined EJF in January 2013, is a member of the Executive Committee and is located in EJF’s London office........

Rupert Scofield

An agricultural economist with 40 years of experience in developing countries, Rupert Scofield co-founded FINCA in 1984 with John Hatch, and has served as its President since 1994.........

Kai Buntrock
Executive Director - CEO
Stichting renew

From spring 2012 to summer 2016 Kai was CFO at SOWITEC Group, one of the largest family controlled renewable project developers with 250 people, teams on the ground in 12 frontier and emerging markets.........

Hubertus Thonhauser
Priomha Capital

Hubertus Thonhauser is a venture-investor and entrepreneur active in fin-tech, mobile-gaming and e-commerce with a portfolio of early- and growth-stage companies in the US, Australia, Middle East and Europe..........

Roy Bedlow
Chief Executive and co-founder
Low Carbon

Roy Bedlow is Chief Executive and co-founder of Low Carbon and Director of Oxygen House. He is also a founder member of the Carbon War Room: an international NGO and thought leader tasked with creating market-based solutions to climate change...........

David Williamson
Oxygen House

David is a qualified accountant with over 25 years of UK and European finance and management experience across a broad range of business sizes, sectors and stages............

Joanne Sawicki
Communications Specialist
Ceres Communications

Joanne, founder of Ceres Communications works with the leadership of large international families, corporations, and NGOs to facilitate better communication.............

Matthew Gould
Director General, Digital and Media
UK Government

Matthew has considerable experience in the digital sector. In his previous role as British ambassador to Israel, he set up the UK Israel tech hub, which laid the foundations for the UK and Israel’s powerful tech relationship..............

Are you a Principal or Family Office*? We are delighted to welcome you and offer you privileged free admission! Simply contact
Are you a genuine partner of, or solution provider to Principals or Family Offices? Simply register online here.


*  Our definition of a genuine Principal or Family Office is at least 100m GBP in assets (usually much more), these assets are from only one or a few families / wealth owners and the Family Office is working for one or a few (not as a solution provider to many 3rd parties).