Jesper Nilsson joined Zouk’s Growth Capital Team as a Venture Principal in 2017 after having been a deal scout and assisted in sourcing investment opportunities for Zouk since 2013 in Scandinavia, in particular in Sweden. Over his 15 year career he has gained extensive experience in corporate finance and investments. Having been involved in over 20 IPO’s, Jesper founded RG capital AB in 2008, where he focused on advising on new issues, IPO’s, and co-investments.
Jesper was previously the Head of Corporate Finance at JRS Asset Management. Jesper holds a Masters in Science Industrial Engineering and Management from Linkoping Institute of Technology (LiTH). He is fluent in English and Swedish.
Melissa joined Zouk in 2018 as the Team Assistant to the Infrastructure Team. She enjoys being the first point of call for the team and keeping everyone organised.
Prior to joining Zouk, Melissa worked as an Office Manager and Team Assistant at a PR and communications agency.
Melissa is passionate about species conservation and outside work she can usually be found outdoors or watching David Attenborough documentaries.
She holds a BSc in Applied Geography from Bournemouth University with particular interests in environmental law and renewable energy.
Madeleine joined Zouk 2018 and is the Investment/IR analyst for the Zouk Growth team and the Investor relations team. Prior to joining the firm, Madeline completed her postgraduate studies in Corporate Finance in Montreal Canada. Prior to she worked as a Podiatric doctor at a private clinic in Perth, Western Australia.
Madeleine is passionate about the great outdoors and enjoys adventure travel. She holds a BSc degree in Podiatric Medicine from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Finance from Deakin University Australia.
Kalliopi joined Zouk in 2016 and is an Analyst in the Investor Relations team. She was previously at Prytania Asset Management, a structured credit specialist, helping the business development team in London.
Kalliopi is also involved with ReloadGreece, a charity focused on bridging Greek entrepreneurs with investors and know-how. She is an active skier and chess player and was previously a competitive swimmer. She also enjoys travelling, meeting friends and photography.
Kalliopi has a Bachelor’s degree from Lancaster University.
John has over 30 years’ experience in capital markets and the financial services industry specialising in the energy, natural resources and alternate energy sectors. He has an extensive knowledge of corporate governance practices having been a Board member of both private and public companies in UK, Europe and North America. John is Chairman of Zouk’s Remuneration and Appointments Committee and is a Non-Executive member of the Board which provides leadership and is responsible for the strategic guidance and effective control of the business in terms of risk and financial management.
John was previously Chairman of zSol, Zouk’s successful solar investment company. In addition, he was a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit and Remuneration Committees of JKX Oil & Gas Plc, a FTSE 250 company. He also held board roles at Gas Turbine Efficiency (GTE), Landkom International PLC and as Executive Chairman of Killingholme Power Group PLC. John spent 20 years at NatWest in a variety of senior executive roles including EVP of NatWest Markets New York and Global Head of Project Finance. John is an Associate of the Institute of Bankers and member of the Institute of Directors.
Friederike joined Zouk’s Investor Relations team in 2018 where she supports the ongoing fundraising efforts and investor communication. As a German native, Friederike’s focus is on the DACH region.
Friederike’s professional career spans over 8 years in the finance industry.
She was previously with Quest Fund Placement, a Private Equity Fundraising Agent where she was responsible for the fundraising of European mid-market funds. Prior to that, Friederike worked as a Financial Management Consultant at KPMG advising blue-chip clients on all finance related matters.
In her spare time Friederike is a keen horse rider and her time at Rolls-Royce led to a fascination in aircraft and she is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Friederike holds an MSc in Finance from Cass Business School in London, a BSc in Business Administration from Vienna University of Economics and Business and also trained as a Chartered Management Accountant with Rolls-Royce plc.
Sarah joined Zouk in 2016 and is an Investment Manager in the Infrastructure team. She has over 7 years of experience in equity and debt financing for energy companies and projects.
Her day-to-day activities include origination, investment analysis and structuring, financial modelling, due diligence and transaction execution for the infrastructure team. She enjoys the close interaction with exciting and fast growing companies.
Prior to joining Zouk, Sarah worked for the Natural Resources Advisory team at ING, focussing on project finance transactions in the Oil & Gas and Metals & Mining sectors. Sarah previously worked in M&A at ING and before that as an Oil & Gas equity analyst for AIM listed companies.
Sarah is particularly excited about the investments in the electrical vehicle charging infrastructure space, and sees this as an important part of the transition to new methods of mobility.
Sarah worked on the investments into InstaVolt and EO Charging and is an observer to the board of both companies.
She holds a BA Hons in History from the University of Durham. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys travelling, exercising and long walks with her dog.
Andre joined Zouk in 2018 and is an Investment Manager in the Infrastructure team. Andre’s responsibilities include deal origination, investment analysis, financial modelling, due diligence, structuring and deal execution. He has worked on renewable energy investment opportunities across Europe and the UK.
Andre has over 5 years of experience in banking, project finance and renewable energy investments. Prior to joining Zouk, Andre worked in the investment team of the German asset manager Luxcara and in the project advisory department of Investec Bank, where he focussed on transactions in the renewable power generation space.
Andre is a clean energy enthusiast who has worked in the field of renewable energy financing since graduating from university. Andre is a keen runner and he can regularly feel the effects of air pollution in London. He is excited about the idea of playing a small part in leaving a cleaner and greener planet to the next generation.
Andre holds an MSc in Finance from the University of Warwick as well as a BSc in Business from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.
Ed joined Zouk at the start of 2019 in the role of Finance Associate. He previously spent 4 years at a London based Accountancy Practice, during which he secured his ACA qualification and served as an Assistant Manager in the Business Services division, overseeing a varied portfolio of both listed and private audit clients.
He is a keen traveler and a staunch advocate of a Saturday morning park run. He also enjoys playing and watching a wide variety of sports including Tennis and Squash.
Ed holds an MA and BA in Classics from Warwick, and spent an eventful year teaching Latin and Ancient History after University.
Gerhard joined Zouk in 2013 and is the Finance Director. He previously spent 6 years at a London-based Hedge Fund where he served as Financial Controller & Compliance Officer.
At Zouk, Gerhard enjoys the varied nature of his role ranging from providing support on the technical and compliance side of a deal or dealing with investor queries.
At Deloitte (UK) Gerhard was part of the technical team where he covered complex financial instruments, providing advice on the recognition and accounting of the instruments under IFRS. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in South Africa and transferred to the technical team at Deloitte London.
Gerhard has three very busy children and loves spending family time including lots of travel. He is an avid squash player also very actively involved in a local community-based charity, which runs activities for the improvement of the social imbalance in our community.
Gerhard graduated from the University of Pretoria in Accounting and Finance.
Tom is a leading UK entrepreneur and active private investor with family interests spanning retail, technology and renewable energy sectors.
In recent years Tom has increased his business focus on sustainability and renewable energy technology, particularly in areas of solar and biofuels. Family interests recently participated in the set-up of an Asian solar energy company focusing on rural applications in India.
Tom is founder of the New Look chain of stores which floated on the London Stock Exchange in June 1998; he later participated in a $1B transaction to take the company private again in association with Apax Partners and Permira Advisers.
In 2002 Tom founded Bridges Community Ventures along with Sir Ronald Cohen of Apax Partners and 3i.
Samer Salty is the Founder and Managing Partner of Zouk Capital With almost 30 years’ experience in private equity, investment banking and technology, Samer has considerable management expertise and has spent the past 15 years building technology companies.
Zouk's distinctive dual track strategy, consisting of technology growth and renewable energy infrastructure, was designed and implemented by Samer. His vision for sustainability started with his investment in The Carbon Neutral Company in 2000 and his philosophy is to make investments that both create economic value and build on sustainable principles. Samer actively sources and identifies new investment opportunities. He works closely with Zouk’s portfolio companies and sits on the board of several of Zouk’s growth technology investments.
Prior to Zouk, Samer was at JP Morgan where he led many private equity and advisory transactions in the technology and telecom sector. Samer began his career designing and managing the development of air traffic control computer and telecom systems for a number of Fortune 500 clients and government aviation authorities in the US.
An avid fan of technology and the power it has to transform societies for many decades, Samer has also written numerous editorial pieces on the role of technology within the sustainability revolution.
Samer holds a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic and a M.S. in Management and Finance from MIT. He also sits on the International Council of the Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Centre, and the Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management.
George joined Zouk in 2012 and is a Partner in the Infrastructure Team. George has 11 years’ experience in infrastructure investing, renewable energy, PFI and PPP, project finance and private equity structures.
At Zouk, George is responsible for deal origination, structuring and execution, portfolio company development and has played a leading role in Zouk’s wider EV infrastructure investment strategy. George sits on the board of InstaVolt Ltd and is an observer to the boards of both JUUCE Ltd (trading as EO Charging) and REEIF II’s waste-to-energy company Levenseat Renewable Energy Ltd.
Prior to Zouk, George worked in the private finance team at Carillion PLC until 2012 deploying capital in the company’s PFI and PPP portfolio.
George has two young children and being a very “outdoor-family” he is an ardent believer in the drive towards cleaner air and the general protection of the environment for future generations.
George holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Southampton and qualified with the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Massimo joined Zouk in 2009 and is a Partner in the Infrastructure team. Massimo has over 20 years’ experience in the banking, management consultancy and engineering sectors. At Zouk, he is responsible for the sourcing and execution of clean infrastructure projects.
Massimo led the investment in Zouk’s Italian solar portfolio on zSol, from investment through to construction, operation and successful exit. He has also led the investment in Green Hedge Energy UK ltd., a UK developer of utility-scale energy storage projects, and participated in structuring and financing the UK zSol portfolio and Levenseat Renewable Energy Ltd.
Massimo strongly believes in the need to ‘change the way we do things’ to leave a better world to our children, which is why he joined Zouk 10 years ago.
Before joining Zouk, Massimo worked for 4 years with the Infrastructure and Energy Finance team at Citi in London, advising on multi-billion-pound project finance transactions across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Massimo had previously worked as a consultant at Bain & Company, as researcher in The Structural Engineering Department of the Politecnico di Milano and served as a Lieutenant in the Italian Military.
Massimo enjoys drawing, classic literature and vintage film. He holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School of NY and an MS Cum Laude in Civil Engineering from Politecnico di Milano.
Richard is a Partner at Zouk and is the CFO and COO. He joined the firm in 2004 from Ernst and Young where he was the Director in charge of the Zouk account.
Richard previously worked as an investment manager at an Anglo-German private equity house and before that at KPMG in London where he trained as an ACA and worked within the firm’s Treasury and Market Risk Group. Richard has worked on all of Zouk’s seven funds and together with Samer has built the firm to where it is today.
Richard is keen cook, a rusty pianist and is training to be a yoga teacher. He is a Chartered Accountant, member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol. Richard has also served with Distinction in the Republic of Singapore Airforce.
Kasia joined Zouk in 2008 and is Zouk's HR and Operations Manager. Her role covers a wide spectrum of responsibilities including employee relations, acquiring new talent and running operations. Having been with Zouk for over 10 years, Kasia knows the workings of the firm extremely well and enjoys bringing together teams that have Zouk’s values and culture at heart.
Kasia is passionate about the environment and has always lived in a close proximity to green spaces. Based in Wimbledon with her young family, she is passionate about tennis, travel and the outdoors.
Kasia completed an Employment Law qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and holds a first class BA Hons in German Linguistics from the University of Lodz, Poland. She has also studied at both LMU and SDI in Munich, Germany.
Norris joined Zouk’s Investor Relations team in 2015 where she leads Zouk’s ongoing fundraising efforts and engagements with investors. She draws on over 10 years of experience in Institutional Sales and Business Development.
At Zouk, Norris enjoys the daily communication with investors, constant engagement across all the teams within Zouk, and the varied and interactive nature of her role.
Norris previously worked at Height Securities, a research broker-dealer focused on regulatory, macroeconomic, and geopolitical risk research, where she was a Vice President on the Institutional Sales team. Prior to Height Securities, she was a Sales Associate for two years at FBR Capital Markets.
Norris is active across a variety of sporting activities having previously played Lacrosse at Princeton. She is also an avid traveller, in particular enjoying history, art, and adventure oriented travel.
Norris holds a BA from Princeton University where she majored in Political Science.
Justin is a Principal on the Technology Growth Team at Zouk, having joined the firm in 2007. He is responsible for sourcing, structuring, executing and managing investments and is currently focused on the UK and Scandinavian markets. Over his 9 years at Zouk he has been involved in technology and services business across a range of sectors and themes, including enterprise SaaS, solar, energy efficiency, electric mobility, mobile payments and digital media. He sits on the Board director of Solarcentury (UK) and Readly (SE; deputy director), and was previously a Board observer at Anesco (UK).
Prior to joining Zouk, Justin set up and ran a business venture in the music entertainment industry. Justin holds a BSc. in Neuroscience from the University of Sydney.
Nathan Medlock joined Zouk in 2013 and is a Partner in the Technology Growth Team. With over 20 years’ experience in private equity, M&A, corporate finance and government advisory, Nathan brings significant direct investment and operational experience to Zouk.
Before joining Zouk, Nathan was a Partner at Galaxis Capital where was active in operational roles with Private Equity backed companies, including that of CEO in a Swedish listed mining company and CFO of a private US biotech company. Prior, he worked at Warburg Pincus in a direct investment role where he invested, managed and restructured over a $1bn of investments in European growth capital companies. Prior to those roles, Nathan was with Lehman Brothers where he was a director in the private equity division.
Nathan holds a Master of Business Administration with Honours from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Systems (Nuclear) from the University of Manchester.
John joined Zouk in 2013 and is a Principal in the Technology Growth team. He serves on the boards of Zola Electric and Huddle, and has been involved in many of Zouk’s other investments including iZettle, Sigfox, Readly, and Workable.
Prior to Zouk, John spent several years in investment banking at J.P.Morgan and Alantra, working on a wide range of M&A transactions in technology, energy, and industrials. He also served as an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme in New York, promoting the adoption of clean energy technologies in developing countries.
A former Berklee College of Music merit scholar, John is an avid contemporary jazz pianist in his spare time.
John holds masters’ degrees from Columbia University and the University of Cambridge, and an engineering degree from École Centrale in Lyon, France.
Anthony Fox joined Zouk in 2000 and is a Partner. He brings nearly 40 years of senior management experience with growth and established companies in Asia, Europe and the United States and the Middle East.
His expertise in management, operations and technology is invaluable to the execution of Zouk’s Growth Technology investment strategy. He sits on the boards of two of Zouk’s portfolio companies: Trilliant and ip access and is an observer for LSG. Anthony has been involved with innovative technology companies on a global basis since the early eighties and continues to seek companies that can bring change and improvement to established business models.
Before joining Zouk in 2000, Anthony was Chief Executive of global e-commerce for Kingfisher Plc and previously Managing Director of Kingfisher Asia Pacific Limited. Prior to that, he was CFO of Planning Sciences International 'Gentia Software', which he listed on NASDAQ. Anthony was also Group Finance Director and CEO of Cathay International Holdings plc, a company listed on the LSE, and served as CFO of Metier Management Systems (Asia) Ltd.
Anthony is a Chartered Accountant and member of the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is an avid sportsman, particularly all forms of water sport, and has sailed many of the world’s oceans including racing at an international level.
Colin joined Zouk in 2007 as a Partner and founded the Infrastructure team. With over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector, Colin brings to Zouk a strong record in executive management, company turnarounds, building innovative new projects and companies, energy trading, corporate and project finance.
Colin led all the investments and sales in the successful first fund zSol, which was focused on investing in solar opportunities. In Fund II Colin has led on investing in the waste, EV charging, wind and solar sectors. He enjoys bringing together teams to build important new infrastructure to meet today’s climate and clean air issues.
Colin was previously CEO of Killingholme Power where he successfully transformed the 680MW gas-fired power station into a merchant plant and valuable trading operation resulting in more than trebling its value for the lenders. Colin has also worked with many of the UK’s banks to turn around their distressed debts in the energy sector. Prior positions include Vice President of Corporate M&A for TXU Europe where he led transactions in the power and gas sectors and Project Finance Manager for Mitsui Babcock (now Doosan Babcock).
Colin recently built his own new ECO home, has an EV on order and is a first team golfer. He is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and has a BSc in Chemical and Process Engineering.