Team

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    Dirk Muench

    Dirk Muench

    Partner

    Zurich
    Dirk Muench is a Co-Founder and Partner at Persistent as well as interim CEO at Catalyst. Dirk has worked for more than 15 years in global capital markets and has more than 8 years of impact investing and entrepreneurial experience in Africa. Prior to Persistent, Dirk worked with Chris on the restructuring of E+Co and led the analysis, exits and liquidation of more than 45 investments in Africa alone as Chief Investment Officer. Prior to E+Co and Persistent, Dirk worked for 7 years for JP Morgan in London and New York as a research analyst and emerging markets trader. Dirk holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich).
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    Chris Aidun

    Chris Aidun

    Partner

    New York
    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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    Rodrigo Weiss

    Rodrigo Weiss

    Partner

    Zurich
    Rodrigo Weiss is a Partner at Persistent. He studied mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich. After starting his career at a nanotech startup, Weiss has since focused on renewable energy as an investor. He has worked in Latin America and throughout Europe. Most recently he managed the renewable energy investment practice for SUSI Partners in Switzerland. He joined Persistent after a short stint at responsAbility, where he headed direct debt investments in the renewables space.
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    Jens Godat

    Jens Godat

    Chief Operating Officer

    Zurich
    Jens is responsible for operations, organizational development and people strategy at Persistent. Jens previously worked at Google where he set up and led various operation teams. He worked on large scale established products such as AdWords, as well as start-up projects in emerging markets like Bebapay, a payment card for matatu taxis in Kenya. During his last three years at Google, Jens was an HR business partner, advising on organizational development and managing HR strategy across five European countries. Most recently, Jens was an HR and recruitment advisor to Persistent portfolio company Enable.digital. He holds a double-degree in political science from Freie Universität Berlin and Sciences Po Paris.
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    Fabio Eucalipto

    Fabio Eucalipto

    Chief Financial Officer

    Zurich
    Fabio Eucalipto is the Chief Financial Officer at Persistent. Fabio holds a Masters in Accounting and Finance from the University of St. Gallen and the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. He previously worked as auditor of asset management companies at Ernst & Young and as an alternative investment analyst at Deutsche Bank. Before joining Persistent, he was a Vice President at SUSI Partners, a Swiss investment manager specialized in financing sustainable infrastructure.
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    Tobias Ruckstuhl

    Tobias Ruckstuhl

    Principal

    Zurich
    Tobias Ruckstuhl is a Principal at Persistent. Tobias holds a Masters in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen as well as bachelors in business & economics. He previously worked as head of accounting, finance and logistics for a safari and conservation company in Central Africa as well as starting up his own entrepreneurial ventures. Before joining Persistent, he was a management consultant at Accenture in Switzerland, a global consulting company, specializing in digital and technology consulting.
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    Jimi Williams

    Jimi Williams

    Principal

    Lagos
    Jimi Williams is a Principal at Persistent. Jimi has a passion for growing businesses. He was previously a Management Consultant at Bain & Company where he served clients in Nigeria, South Africa and Ethiopia, helping public and private sector clients develop strategy and operate efficiently. Prior to that, he worked at GE Energy where he performed various financial management roles. Jimi holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering with Business from the University of Manchester.
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    Tobi Adesanya

    Tobi Adesanya

    Associate

    Lagos
    Tobi Adesanya is an Associate at Persistent. Tobi is a qualified Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (with distinction) from Covenant University. Prior to joining Persistent, he was a Senior Associate at KPMG, a leading global professional services firm. He has advised leading private equity funds and corporate investors in Nigeria and his experience cuts across several sectors including energy, infrastructure, consumer markets and financial services.
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    Eva Maria Stolz

    Eva Maria Stolz

    Venture Advisor

    Zurich
    Eva Stolz holds a Masters in International Management from Bocconi University in Milan and FGV in São Paulo. Before joining Persistent, she worked as a Consultant at Bain & Company, conducting due diligences for PE funds and advising clients on a range of topics, including strategy, performance improvement and organizational development. She gained first working experience on the African market during her time at a microcredit organization in Uganda, where she supported the launch of a micro venture capital arm
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    Manuela Böck

    Manuela Böck

    Venture Advisor

    Zurich
    Manuela is a Venture Advisor 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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    Tetiana Marty

    Tetiana Marty

    HR & Office Operations

    Zurich
    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.
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    Jessica Heller

    Jessica Heller

    Marketing & Communications

    Zurich
    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 four years, she has worked in the financial inclusion sector, more specifically in impact investing.