Out of our London Headquarters and our regional offices, our investment team and advisory committee draw on a wide range of operational experience, deep local knowledge and global perspective to help entrepreneurs realize their vision. Working collaboratively with our portfolio companies, we help management teams think critically about strategic issues such as market positioning, recruiting, acquisitions and financing.

Bakhrom Ibragimov

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Previously Bakhrom was leading investments in European and the US technology companies with Virgin Green Fund as a Founding Principal and TLcom Capital as Investment Director. Bakhrom also was Internet Finance Director and Associate Director of Planning and Analysis in Virgin Media. Bakhrom started his career as technology investment banker with Cowen & Co and CSFB/DLJ. Bakhrom graduated on academic scholarships from Tashkent Technical University, Cambridge University and London School of Economics.

Investment Team


Aziza Zakhidova

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Aziza has banking and consulting experience in tech and financial sectors. Before EBRD, she worked for a boutique strategy consultancy out of the US, advising technology, media, and telecoms clients. Aziza started her career as an investment banker with UBS in London. Aziza holds Master degrees from Oxford’s Said Business School and LSE, and bachelor degree from University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School.

Maria Barsuk

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Maria has operational, consulting and investment experience in telecom and tech sectors in Eastern Europe and North America. Previously she was CEO of Depositphotos, Inc. one of the VCIP portfolio companies, focusing on product development and strategy as well as fundraising. Having the financial background, Maria also had senior and executive roles in finance in TMT sector as well as in Private Equity in CIS. She started her career as a consultant at PwC and holds MBA from London Business School.


Yalcin Gungoren

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Yalcin has over 10 years of corporate finance experience and worked across a wide range of transactions in Europe and North America. Previously, he was a Director at Arma Partners, where he provided corporate finance advise to companies and investors active in the technology sector. Prior to that, he worked at Rothschild in London and Los Angeles with a focus on technology and healthcare industries. Yalcin holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Business Administration and International Relations from Koç University in Istanbul.


Zaya Kadyrova

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Zaya comes from a broad advisory experience in the technology, media and telecom sectors in EMEA. Previously, Zaya was a TMT investment banker with Morgan Stanley based in London, where she focused on internet, online classifieds, media and digital media clients, having worked on a range of deals such as private placements, IPOs, and leveraged buyouts. Additionally, she has extensive experience advising and mentoring start-ups in the UK. Zaya holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Zoltan Hopka

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Zoltan has investment and consulting experience in technology, media and telecoms in Eastern Europe and globally. Previously, he worked at Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, identifying and executing new investment opportunities, as well as managing the performance of Virgin portfolio companies. Prior to that, he worked as a strategy consultant in A.T. Kearney’s Sydney and London offices. Zoltan studied corporate finance at the London Business School, holds a Master degree from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and a Bachelor on academic scholarship from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Advisory Committee


Eddie Anderson

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Eddie is founder and Partner of Pentech Ventures. Prior to founding Pentech, he was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Objective Software Technology (OST), a software tools company, providing tools for developers worldwide. OST was sold to Wind River Systems (NASDAQ:WIND) in 1998. Prior to founding OST, he has held various roles in BT Research, building next generation telecoms infrastructure software, and real- time systems for video routing and switching. He has a B.Sc (Hons) in Applied Physics from the University of Strathclyde.

Peter Hjelt

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Previously Peter was a Partner at UBS Capital, the private equity arm of UBS AG, where he was responsible for identifying, investing in, developing & exiting mid-sized MBOs in the Nordic region as well as other Western European countries. Peter's earlier work experience was in the corporate finance departments of Charterhouse Bank & Salomon Brothers. He holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics

Graham O’Keeffe

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Graham is the Managing Partner at Joy Capital and Executive Chairman of DisplayLink, a technology company headquartered in Silicon Valley. He was previously a Partner at Atlas Venture in London where he focused on investments in technology companies, particularly in the mobile, communications and semiconductor sectors. Prior to joining Atlas Venture in 1998 he served as the Product Marketing Director at mobile computer specialist Psion Computers PLC. Mr. O’Keeffe previously held engineering and operational roles at Nokia Mobile Phones in Europe and Asia. Mr. O’Keeffe holds a Masters in Management from the MIT Sloan School and a B.A. degree in Engineering Science and Economics from Oxford University.

Giuseppe Curatolo

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Giuseppe Curatolo is a Partner at Pioneer Point Partners LLP. Previously, Giuseppe served as a General Partner at TLcom Capital LLP till 2008. Prior to TLcom, Mr. Curatolo served as a Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson ePlanet Ventures in London. Previously Giuseppe was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley Private Equity in London and was a Member of the Global Investment Committee, where from 1998 he focused on growth-stage technology investments. He received an M.B.A. degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated cum laude from Bocconi University where he received a B.S. degree in Business Administration.