Gerald Hellmer is founder and managing partner of Alphaskill. Prior to that, he worked as an Operating Partner/HR in a leading Private Equity Fund. Prior to that, Gerald was Managing Partner at Skillcapital and responsible for building the DACH region. Before Skillcapital he worked as a Strategy Consulting Partner at Roland Berger and Deloitte Consulting.
Gerald studied at the Vienna University of Economics, holds a degree in Business Administration and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
Vivek Batra is a Partner at Alphaskill and leads our UK Practice. He looks back upon a long international career in the Consumer & Retail Sector, where he held various CEO/CXO and NED roles in Private Equity portfolio companies in Germany, Benelux, and also Russia. He started his carreer at MEXX and worked for Sara Lee Apparel in the UK and in international roles for 14 years.
Vivek studied at Delhi University, and holds an MBA degree from INSEAD Fontainebleau
Thomas Weinmann is on the Advisory Board of Alphaskill and brings many years of experience as a Private Equity Investment Manager to this role. Thomas was a Partner at BC Partners in Hamburg for almost thirteen years before setting up Astorius Capital at the end of 2012. His aim is to make Private Equity an asset class accessible to private individuals, family offices and institutional investors. Before that, he held a board role in the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Industry Association from 2011 to 2015.
Thomas studied Business Administration at the University of Passau.
Francois is on the Advisory Board of Alphaskill. He is a Partner and the Co-Head of origination at Coller Capital, a global leader in the Private Equity Secondary Market, and is based in London. Prior to joining Coller Capital in 2007, Francois worked in the Investment Banking division of UBS in London. Previously, he worked at Gimar Finance and PAI Partners in Paris, and at Société Générale in New York.
Francois has an MSc in Engineering from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Volker Gerlach is an advisor to Alphaskill and supports us with his many years of experience in technology, digitalistion and strategy consulting.
For more than 25 years Volker Gerlach was a member of the international leadership at Capgemini Consulting, the transformation and strategy consultancy of the Capgemini Group. Since 2008 he holds various positions in supervisory and advisory boards with focus on digitalisation, such as, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Kraft Baustoffe GmbH, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bragi GmbH edgeAI/Wearable Technology, and member of the Non-Executive Board at Lumenion GmbH Energy Storage Solutions.
Volker Gerlach studied at the EBS University of Economics and Law and holds an MBA degree of IMD Business School, Lausanne.
Mark is Sector Advisor across the Business Services sector at Alphaskill.
Mark worked more than 20 years in M&A and completed many acquisitions, management buy-outs, company sales and devcap raises. He was a Senior Partner at Catalyst Corporate Finance (now Alantra) and has considerable experience working alongside private equity firms in the UK.
Since 2018 Mark has been a plural NED and supports the boards of technology-led business services companies across the financial services, energy and legal sectors.
Mark is a qualified ICAEW chartered accountant and accredited occupational psychologist.
Dr. Markus Böttcher is external Sector Advisor Industrials at Alphaskill and draws on a 20-year career in line management, consulting and portfolio company management. He has successfully executed numerous due diligence and value creation projects in private equity portfolio companies. As a partner of Ernst & Young, he currently advises private equity funds in operational due diligence and value creation.
Markus studied in Germany and Japan. After kicking off his career at former Mannesmann AG, he joined Bain & Company. There he built and led the Performance Improvement Practice Group in Europe and was a member of the European Leadership Team. After activities in portfolio company management and various advisory board mandates, he has again turned to advisory services.
Dr Michelle Tempest is on the Advisory Board of Alphaskill and brings many years of experience as a Private Equity advisor. Michelle is Partner at Candesic, healthcare consultancy, where she has led multiple projects reviewing market opportunities for investors. She practised as a front line hospital doctor for over 13 years and has experienced the vital importance of multidisciplinary team working across life sciences, hospital and community care.
She is passionate about helping investors understand the importance of people within the care sector, inclusive of digital healthcare, technology, AI, AR and VR, where human personalities remain a priority. Michelle studied medicine at the University of Cambridge. @DrMTempest
Andreas Bauer is Sector Advisor at Alphaskill, and brings many years of experience in strategy consulting in the Consumer Goods & Retail sector to this role. Andreas currently leads the Consumer Business Practice at Deloitte in Germany. Before that, he was responsible for the global Consumer Goods & Retail Practice at Roland Berger for over 25 years. In parallel Andreas Bauer gathered extensive operational experience in the fashion industry, as Country Manager with MEXX and as a board member at Marc O’Polo and Tom Tailor.
Andreas completed his Master of Business Administration at the Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck and holds an MBA degree from INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
Stephan Niser is a Director at Alphaskill. Prior to that, he was General Manager at Executives Global Network, an exclusive and private C-Level Network. He was responsible for the German Market and led their Munich Office. Before that he held Manager Positions in leading international Executive Search Organisations such as Catenon Worldwide, working in Munich, Brussels and Madrid, focussing on Cross Boarder Placements.
Stephan studied Political & Social Science at HU University in Berlin, as well as International Relations in Göttingen, Brussels and Berlin.
Petra Büschler is a Director at Alphaskill. Prior to that, she worked in the Private Equity / M&A / Corporate Finance Practice at Linklaters, and in Private Investment Banking at Viscardi in Munich. Other professional positions include Siemens / Continental VDO.
Petra Büschler is a qualified and experienced editor
Nick Harlock is a Director at Alphaskill. Prior to that, he spent a decade at Drax Executive focused within the UK & European Private Equity market. Earlier in his career he worked with growth focussed technology companies in the UK and Australia.
Priyanka Goyal is a Consultant at Alphaskill. Prior to that she worked in the Expert Network Industry managing research projects at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) in India and at Innosquared in Germany.
Priyanka Goyal has studied Economics at the Delhi University in India and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Tom Granger is a Consultant at Alphaskill. Previously, Tom was an Associate at Bohill Partners, a pan European Executive Search firm for real assets investment where he placed senior professionals into principal investment, asset management and capital raising roles. Prior to that he was with the Executive Search team at Robert Walters, focused on Board-level assignments.
Tom Granger holds a BSc in Business Management from the University of Nottingham, where he also studied Law for two years.
Aru Jolly is Office Manager at Alphaskill UK. Prior to that, she was an Account Officer at Bank of America and worked in Retail Management at Mexx. Aru has also been an independent artist for the last 15 years, having recently launched Art by Aru.
Aru holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Delhi University in India, and a Diploma in Business Management from BIRLA Institute of Technology.
Barbara Pusca is a Consultant at Alphaskill. Prior to that, she co-led the VC/high-growth practice at Nurole, a digital board and C-level headhunting platform. She also worked at Skillcapital, where she placed senior management teams for private equity-backed portfolio companies throughout Europe.
Barbara Pusca holds a BSc in Management and Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Donia Sharma is a Consultant at Alphaskill. Prior to that, she led global Research Teams and Deal Advisory Teams at the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) for many years.
Donia studied Business Administration at the Welingkar Business School in India, and holds the degree Master of Business Administration.
Marcia Weber is Office Manager at Alphaskill and supports the team in all administrative matters.
Marcia gained excellent experiences in the international hotel industry and worked for well-known hotel chains such as Holiday Inn and Accor.
Prior to joining Alphaskill, she worked in the Finance and Admin department of Diva-e, a digital agency.
Charles is an Associate at Alphaskill. He joined Alphaskill as part of our Analyst-Intern Program assisting consultants with sector mapping, talent pool research and monitoring of the Private Equity market in Europe.
Charles holds a BSc in Anthropology from Oxford Brookes University and an MSc in Human Evolution and Behaviour from University College, London.
Ali is an Associate at Alphaskill. He joined Alphaskill as part of our Analyst-Intern Program assisting consultants with sector mapping, talent pool research and monitoring of the Private Equity market in Europe. Previously, he has also worked at Lockford Executive Search as a Researcher.
Ali holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from University of Essex.
Miriam is an Associate at Alphaskill. Prior to that she worked in the packaging-sector in Business Development and HR Management where she gained first international experience.
Miriam holds a degree in Hotel & Tourism Management of Hochschule Fresenius and Pace University New York, and she holds an MBA in Sustainable Marketing and Leadership from Hochschule Fresenius.