Team

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    Mia von Koschitzky-Kimani

    Mia von Koschitzky-Kimani

    Chief Venture Builder
    Mia von Koschitzky-Kimani is a Partner and Chief Venture Builder at Persistent and based in Nairobi to lead our Venture Building efforts in East and Southern Africa. Previously, Mia was with the Boston Consulting Group building up their Johannesburg office as well as their Sub-Saharan Consumer and Retail Practice where she led projects across the African continent. Mia subsequently founded her own company, DukaConnect, building an AI based point of sale product for micro-retailers across Africa. In 2018, she sold the company to MasterCard where she worked for a year integrating the team and product into the MasterCard organization and leading their overall micro-retail innovation efforts. Mia holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor degree from the University of St. Gallen.

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    Chris Aidun

    Chris Aidun

    Chief Legal Officer

    Co-founder
    Chris Aidun is a co-founder and Partner at Persistent. Chris has over 30 years of experience in venture capital, private equity and finance law. Prior to founding Persistent Energy, he was Managing Director of E+Co, a non-profit clean energy impact investor where he led a financial restructuring that returned significantly more than expected to E+Co creditors. Prior to E+Co, Chris was a senior private equity partner at the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Chris manages corporate structure, legal and tax matters for Persistent and its partner companies. Chris is a US trained lawyer with a JD from New York University School of Law and a BS in Economics from the University at Albany.

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    Tobias Ruckstuhl

    Tobias Ruckstuhl

    Chief Financial Officer
    Tobias Ruckstuhl is a Partner and Chief Financial Officer with focus on Venture Building at Persistent. He brings nearly 10 years experience of living and working in Sub-Saharan Africa, having spent large parts of his early youth in rural Africa and later worked in finance and logistics, and as an entrepreneur in Central Africa. He continued his career in Europe in management consulting at Accenture in Switzerland, a global consulting company, specializing in digital and technology consulting and subsequently joined Persistent. Tobias holds a Masters in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen as well as bachelors in business & economics.

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    Toukam Ngoufanke

    Toukam Ngoufanke

    Venture Builder
    Toukam is a Principal and Venture Builder at Persistent. He helps drive investing and venture building efforts across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Previously, Toukam held various roles at Mastercard in both New York and SSA: from M&A and global corporate strategy work in New York; to running Mastercard's consulting business in SSA; driving business and product strategy in East Africa including launching and running a corporate startups serving low-income users since absorbed into Mastercard's social enterprise unit; and driving business development and sales for Mastercard's social enterprise unit. Prior to Mastercard ,Toukam worked at KPMG in Chicago. Toukam holds MBA and MA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and Lauder Institute, respectively; an MSc Engineering degree from the Northwestern University; and combined-plan bachelor degrees from Columbia University and DePauw University.

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    Eva Maria Stolz

    Eva Maria Stolz

    Venture Builder
    Eva Maria Stolz is a Venture Builder at Persistent, serving as an interim CFO for some of our portfolio companies and also as the Treasurer of GOGLA since 2020. Before joining Persistent, she worked as a Consultant at Bain & Company, conducting due diligence for PE funds and advising clients on a range of topics, including strategy, performance improvement and organizational development. She gained first working experience in Africa during her time at a microcredit organization in Uganda, where she supported the launch of a micro venture capital arm. Eva holds a Masters in International Management from Bocconi University in Milan and FGV in São Paulo.

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    Kazuomi Kaneto (K2)

    Kazuomi Kaneto (K2)

    Special Advisor Fundraising
    Kazuomi Kaneto "K2" is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned global investor. In 2017, he founded Dream Project Incubators Pte. Ltd. (DPI), a green field renewable energy developer in the Asia Pacific region and with its venture capital arms investing in decentralized renewable energy solutions. K2 owns several renewable energy startups and projects in Africa and is on a mission to drive innovation across the continent by empowering the best builders to change industries. Prior to founding the DPI group, he founded Pacifico Energy K.K., the biggest solar development company in Japan, which has successfully raised over USD 3.5 billion for over 1,000MW solar projects in Japan. He earned his MS from Stanford University, and his BE from Keio University.

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    Manuela Böck

    Manuela Böck

    Venture Builder
    Manuela is a Venture Builder at Persistent. Prior to joining the firm, she completed internships with Deutsche Bank Structured Commodity Trade Finance team and worked as a summer analyst for HSBC`s investment banking division. She gained first working experience on the African market during her time with DGP Advisory in Nairobi, Kenya. Manuela holds a master’s degree in International Finance from Nova SBE and a bachelor’s degree in Management and Business with a Finance Minor from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

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    Juan Pedro Coello de Portugal

    Juan Pedro Coello de Portugal

    Fundraising, Marketing & Research Manager
    Juan Pedro Coello de Portugal is responsible for fundraising, marketing and research at Persistent. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for four years at responsAbility investments (Zurich), where he greatly contributed to the business development and marketing activities of the company. He previously held different positions at BNP Paribas Asset Management in Paris and London, where he successfully launched and developed the Investment Academy, the global training programme for key clients. Juan Pedro holds an Executive Masters in Marketing and Sales from ESADE (Barcelona) and SDA Bocconi (Milan), as well as Economics and Law degrees from Universidad Carlos III (Madrid).

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    Dirk Muench

    Dirk Muench

    Venture Builder

    Co-founder
    Dirk Muench is a Co-Founder and Venture Builder of Persistent and over the last 8 years he has led many of the firm's initiatives. Prior to Persistent, Dirk worked for pioneer impact investment firm E+CO and for 8 years in global capital markets with JPMorgan and DRKW in London and New York. Dirk is passionate about the power of entrepreneurship to make the world a better place. He holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and studied climate science at Columbia University in New York.

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    Jessica Heller

    Jessica Heller

    Marketing & Communications
    Jessica Heller is responsible for marketing and communications at Persistent. She holds a Masters in International Development from the University of Amsterdam. She has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sector as a marketing and communications specialist focused on strategy and creative communications. For the past seven years, she has worked in the financial inclusion sector, more specifically in impact investing.

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    Tetiana Marty

    Tetiana Marty

    HR & Office Operations
    Tatiana Marty is responsible for HR & Operations at Persistent. Tatiana is currently studying Banking and Finance at ZHAW School of Management and Law in Switzerland. Before joining Persistent she was an HR & Operations Associate at SUSI Partners, a Swiss investment manager specialized in financing sustainable infrastructure. She is fluent in German, English and Russian.