OUR CORE TEAM

Sophie Robé, CFA, PhD

Sophie  founded  Phenix Capital BV in July 2012. She is director of Phenix Capital Advisory Ltd and a part of the advisory and marketing team of Phenix Capital. She has also co-founded Phenix Capital Impact events in 2015 and has hosted the Impact Summit Europe ever since.  Prior to that, Sophie was working as Director and Head of Hedge fund Sales at Jupiter Asset Management in London and as a Vice President at Commerzbank Asset Management  in Germany where she was head of quantitative Equity Analysis..  Sophie is a French citizen, mother of 2 children. She is a CFA Charterholder and holds a PhD in Economics and Statistics of the University of Kassel in Germany. She wrote her Master Thesis on Environmental Impact assessment in 1992 and is a Diplom Oekonom. She did her economics and business studies at the INSEEC business school in Paris.

Dirk Meuleman, CFA, CAIA

Dirk is a partner at Phenix Capital and is responsible for the due diligence and monitoring of Impact Funds. He has extensive experience as an investor in Private Equity and Infrastructure funds at Shell and MN (second largest Dutch pension fund) and sat on the advisory board of over 20 private equity funds. Dirk is Dutch and holds degrees in International Business Administration, Entrepreneurship and Public administration from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He is a CFA and CAIA Charterholder. 

Marieke francois, mba

Marieke joined the team of Phenix Capital as a consultant in January 2017. Prior to joining Phenix, she was an impact investment manager at ACTIAM and PGGM and a program manager at DOEN Foundation. Marieke also worked in microfinance institutions in Palestine and Mexico. Marieke holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a Master in Development Studies from the University of Utrecht.  A Dutch national, Marieke has lived in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Mexico, Bolivia and Norway. 

    

Martijn schoonhoven, CEFA

Martijn is responsible for advisory services and relationship management to Phenix Capital clients. Prior to joining Phenix in 2018 he worked for Julius Bär, Deutsche Bank, UBS and MeesPierson as Relationship and Investment Manager for UHNW clients, Family Offices and Charitable Foundations. Martijn holds a law master degree from Leiden University and is a CEFA charter holder.  In addition to his work at Phenix, Martijn is member of Member Ethics & Integrity Committee of CFA Society-VBA Netherlands and President at Mixed Hockey Club Forescate. 

 

Bruno Besek

Bruno is an associate at Phenix Capital. He joined as an intern in June 2016 while he was finishing his Master degree in Development Economics at the University of Amsterdam.  At the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Bruno was a member of the presidency of the Financial Club, a student association providing additional investment education to interested students. Bruno comes from Croatia, holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of Zagreb and speaks English and Croatian (fluent) and German, Italian and Spanish (conversant).

Bhavana Poosarla

Bhavana is an associate at Phenix Capital. She joined as an Associate intern in September 2016 while she was finishing her Master's degree in Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. She wrote her masters' thesis on Responsible investing. Bhavana has previously worked as a Systems engineer focusing on Big data at Infosys and as a Student consultant on supply chain management for Opple Lighting. Bhavana is from India and holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering. She is a CFA level 2 candidate and is a volunteer at UNICEF and Alternatives4Children. She is fluent in English, Telugu and Hindi.

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pratibha sharma, LLB, MBA

Pratibha is a IACCM Certified Practitioner with more than 9 years of experience in the field of Commercial law and driving the commercial business growth of the Company through sales and negotiations. Before joining Phenix Capital as a Legal Counsel, she has previously worked as a Senior Contacts Manager at Computer Science Corporation, Senior Legal Associate at UnitedLex and as a Legal Associate for CPA Global.

Pratibha did her PG Diploma on Cyber Laws from Indian Law Institute, MBA in Human Resources Management from SCDL and graduated in Law (LL.B) from Delhi University. Pratibha is from India and speaks Hindi and English.

Niki Natarajan

After more than 20 years as a financial journalist, Niki founded In Ink (London), a company specialising in creative content and communication. Prior to setting up In Ink (London) in 2014, Niki was editor of InvestHedge, specialising in hedge fund investors for more than 12 years. During this time, she hosted the InvestHedge Forum, a two-day event connecting investors with hedge funds, as well as the InvestHedge Awards, the annual gala dinner rewarding top performing funds of hedge funds. Prior to this, Niki launched the hedge fund and securities finance coverage at Financial News. She was also the launch editor of Global Fund News; editor of Foreign Exchange Letter; and reporter on Global Money Management, A qualified NLP coach, Niki graduated in Geography from Durham University.

YANA KALOSHINA

Yana joined Phenix Capital team in December 2017, taking the lead of Phenix Impact Events. Prior to joining the Phenix team, Yana gained extensive experience in fundraising events for different charity projects and she’s also on the Board of Directors of Alphabet Club Amsterdam foundation, funding school projects for underprivileged children in developing countries. In total, Yana enjoyed almost 20 years working in an international environment of retail and premium fashion, representing a few well-known brands during her career and at some point managing a region up to 14 stores and 70 FTEs. Yet Yana’s passion towards events and finding the positive social & environmental “impact” increasingly important, brought her into our team.  In her private time Yana also holds women-empowerment seminars with her Amsterdam based initiative “International Ladies Club”. Yana is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, is a global citizen, yet calling The Netherlands her home from the year 2000. She gained her Bachelor degree in International Management with cum-loude distinction at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and quickly streamlined into the international fashion management environment. Yana speaks English, Dutch, Russian and even a little French.

 

Arnau Gil

Arnau joined Phenix Capital as an Associate Intern in August 2017. Prior to that, he spent two years at the Research Division of IESE Business School, working on private equity and impact investing projects for academic and investment purposes. Previously, he interned as an analyst at 7 Global Capital, a tech-focused private equity fund, based in London. Arnau started his career at Everis Banking, working in a derivatives- focused Graduate Program. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, three Post-Graduate Diplomas in Financial Economics, Financial Products and Portfolio Management respectively and a Master's Degree in Financial Markets, all at the University of Barcelona; He attended the Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship Program at IESE Business School and is a CFA Level II Candidate. Arnau is native in Catalan and Spanish, fluent in English and conversational in French. He serves as a volunteer at the Barcelona Food Bank and at Alternatives4Children and collaborates as a Partner with the NGO “The South Face”.

KRISTIN SHIH

Kristin joined Phenix Capital in October 2017 as Associate Intern. At Phenix Capital,  she majorly works on fund research and building up the accounting/finance infrastructure for Phenix Group. Prior to that, she had spent 10 years in the fields of investor relations, financial data analytics, capital management and corporate finance in Hong Kong as well as in Taiwan. Kristin is currently an MBA candidate at Rotterdam School of management, Erasmus University. She graduated from Carroll Graduate School of Management, Boston College with a Master of Science in Finance. She also received a master and a bachelor degree in accounting from National Taiwan University. Holding the CPA designation, Kristin is working toward her CFA level III qualification.
 

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JACK HEAPEY

Jack joined as an Associate intern in August 2017. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of Manchester, and has also studied in Scandinavia at Lund University, where he focused on Human Ecology and African Development. Jack is a British citizen, and serves as a volunteer for Alternatives4Children.

STRATEGIC ADVISORS

Amy Farrell

Amy Farrell acts as a strategic advisor to Phenix Capital and provides guidance on how best to achieve our mission and vision. Amy is Founder and President of Privos Advisory, a U.S.-based consulting firm that works with asset owners to define investment mandates according to sustainability preferences and identify investment opportunities.  Privos Advisory has strategic partnerships with family offices, institutional investors and intermediaries. Prior to her work with Privos, Ms. Farrell spent a decade as Principal and Head of Global Sales for Investor Select Advisors (ISA), a fund of funds. Her clients included e.g. pension funds, endowments, foundations, and family offices. Before joining ISA, Ms. Farrell ran international public relations at E*TRADE and worked with U.S. institutional investors at Blackrock and International Finance Corporation (IFC). She holds a Bachelors in Asian Studies from Vassar College and a Masters from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  Ms. Farrell is a member of US SIF and the Intentional Endowments Network.