Symbiotics - Management

Symbiotics is composed of more than 145 colleagues from more than 30 different nationalities split in 8 different locations: Geneva (HQ), Zurich, London, Cape Town, Mexico, Singapore, Amsterdam & Salt Lake City. Below are the short bios of the management team.

Dominicé, Roland
Dominicé, Roland

Chief Executive Officer

roland.dominice@symbioticsgroup.com

Management

Prior to co-founding Symbiotics, Roland worked for BlueOrchard Finance as their CFO for three years, as well as for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Geneva in management consulting, for McKesson in San Francisco in corporate finance, and for UBS Switzerland in institutional asset management. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute (IHEID) in Geneva and a master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.

Renaud, Yvan
Renaud, Yvan

Chief Operating Officer

yvan.renaud@symbioticsgroup.com

Management

Yvan joined Symbiotics in 2005. Prior to this, he worked for BlueOrchard Finance where he was the chief operations officer. Before this, he was a microfinance consultant in Peru and a small enterprise consultant in Western Africa and worked as a fund accountant at Capital International in Geneva. Yvan holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Geneva and a master’s degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics.

Sébastien Duquet
Sébastien Duquet

Chief Investment Officer

sebastien.duquet@symbioticsgroup.com

Management

From 1995 to 2005, Sébastien worked for Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young as a TAS Senior Director (Transaction Advisory Services). He became CEO of PlaNet Finance in June 2005. He is also a co-founder of FinanCités and Planet Guarantee. From 2009 to end 2015, Sébastien managed PlaNIS that he then merged with ResponsAbility. At responsibility he was in charge of the debt investments portfolio Eastern Europe, Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia. He was also part of the management committee of ResponsAbility.
From 2016 to May 2018, Sébastien joined Oxus as a CEO. Sébastien holds a diploma from the French Business School EDHEC and from the DESCF. He is a teacher at Sciences PO Paris and EDHEC Business School.

Favre, Christophe
Favre, Christophe

Head of Corporate

Head of Corporate Division

christophe.favre@symbioticsgroup.com

Executive Committee

Formerly, Christophe worked for sixteen years for UBS in Lausanne, Geneva, Zurich and in New York in positions ranging from credit and recovery management, risk management and structured lending to client-facing activities in the Sub-Saharan African market. Christophe holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, a diploma of advanced studies (DAS) in commodity trading from the University of Geneva and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences, Lausanne.

Daniel Schriber
Daniel Schriber

Head of Investments

Head of Investments

daniel.schriber@symbioticsgroup.com

Executive Committee

Prior to joining Symbiotics in 2006, Daniel worked at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in various management positions in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, and finally as Deputy Head of Operations for Eastern Europe at ICRC’s Geneva headquarters. Daniel held different positions at Symbiotics, including Regional Manager for Europe and Asia, Head of the Research and Advisory Division and since 2013 as Head of the Investments Division. Daniel holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute (IHEID) in Geneva and an executive MBA in Management and Corporate Finance from the University of Lausanne.

Dujardin Denouvilliez, Valérie
Dujardin Denouvilliez, Valérie

Head of Portfolios

Head of Portfolios Division

valerie.dujardin@symbioticsgroup.com

Executive Committee

Valerie joined Symbiotics in 2006 and headed its Asset Management division until 2011. After 5 years in the US, she joined the team again early 2016 as Business Development Director. Valerie is an international finance professional with 14 years’ experience in emerging financial markets, management and structuring of impact funds. Prior to joining the team, she worked for PROPARCO, and Morgan Stanley Capital International. Canadian and French by birth, Valerie is a graduate from McGill University (Montreal) and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Sorbonne University (Paris).

Cachin, Yvonne
Cachin, Yvonne

Head of People Division

Head of People Division

yvonne.cachin@symbioticsgroup.com

Executive Committee

Passionate about working in an environment with sustainable impact, Yvonne has gained 20 years of experience in working for people at Credit Suisse, HSBC and Groupe Mutuel, before joining Symbiotics in 2017. As a People Business Partner and HR Leader, she enjoys working with multiples nationalities and regions, driving people’s engagement. Yvonne holds a degree in Psychology and Economics from the University of Zurich, an Executive MBA in Integrated Management, Change and Innovation Management from the School of Management Fribourg and an Executive MBA in Human Resources Management from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.

Staehli, John
Staehli, John

Head of Digital

Head of Digital

john.staehli@symbioticsgroup.com

Executive Committee

John Staehli, previously Head of the Marketing & Communication unit, returned to Symbiotics in 2014 after spending five years at HSBC Private Bank as Head of Marketing Switzerland overseeing activities within Europe and Middle East. Before this he was managing the communications at Symbiotics for 3 years; an Account Manager at Saatchi & Saatchi and the Event Manager the private bank Lombard Odier. He holds a Visual Communication diploma from the Applied Art School of Geneva and various certifications in the field of digital, marketing and communication.

Lehner, Vincent
Lehner, Vincent

Head of Markets

Head of Markets Division

vincent.lehner@symbioticsgroup.com

Executive Committee

Vincent joined Symbiotics in 2007 first serving as an investment analyst covering Latin America and E. Europe and later for W. Africa. Previously, he worked for Nestlé, as a supply chain and operational project manager in S. America and E. Europe, as a logistician with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) supporting operations in Angola, Sudan and Russia and as a business consultant for IBM. Vincent holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Prautzsch, Alexandre
Prautzsch, Alexandre

Head of Clients

Head of Clients Division

alexandre.prautzsch@symbioticsgroup.com

Executive Committee

Alexandre Prautzsch has in-depth experience in investment matters as well as client relations. He started his career as a financial analyst at one of the major private banks in Geneva, covering several different markets and managing country and thematic funds. He also headed the equity research department, developed valuation models that included ESG criteria’s and designed the Bank’s advisory concept.He later moved to the private client side where he acquired and serviced Swiss and European clients. He developed and implemented specific offers for such clients and served for several duties, including Head of Private Banking at a smaller bank.He then decided to refocus on impact investing and joined Symbiotics in 2018.

Larena, Mariano
Larena, Mariano

Head of Impact

Head of Impact Division

mariano.larena@symbioticsgroup.com

Executive Committee

Mariano has worked with financial institutions as a banker for over 20 years. Formerly, he worked as an independent microfinance and SME consultant. He also worked as a regional coordinator for Latin America at ProCredit Holding. Before this, he held various positions including senior manager and risk & credit officer within commercial banks such as Euro Hypo and Banco Santander. Mariano holds a law degree from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain and is a member of the Madrid Chamber of Lawyers.

Savelli, Jérôme
Savelli, Jérôme

Chief Risk Officer

Deputy Head of Markets Division

jerome.savelli@symbioticsgroup.com

Executive Committee

Before joining Symbiotics in 2006, Jérôme worked for Deloitte & Touche as a Financial Institutions Auditor and for Société Générale Investment Banking as a Regional Risk Project Manager in Hong Kong. He subsequently worked for three years as the Director of Initiative Development Ghana, a microfinance NGO, delivering credit savings and training services to urban poor in its capital, Accra. Jérôme holds an MBA from the ESSEC Business School in Paris.

Sommer, Jean-Marc
Sommer, Jean-Marc

Deputy Head of Corporate

Deputy Head of Corporate Division

jean-marc.sommer@symbioticsgroup.com

Executive Committee

Formerly, Jean-Marc worked for over nine years in the development of internal control frameworks within major international banks like ING and BNP Paribas in Geneva. He also developed an expertise in process improvement and cost management as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a master’s degree in Physical Engineering from the Ecole Polythechique Fédérale de Lausanne and obtained two certificates of advanced studies in controlling and internal audit from the University of Geneva.