Symbiotics - Management


Roland Dominicé
Roland Dominicé

CEO

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.

Yvan Renaud
Yvan Renaud

COO

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

CIO

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 responsAbility 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.



Valérie Dujardin Denouvilliez
Valérie Dujardin Denouvilliez

Portfolios

Head of Portfolios

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).

Daniel Schriber
Daniel Schriber

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.

Vincent Lehner
Vincent Lehner

Markets

Head of Markets

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.

Mariano Larena
Mariano Larena

Impact

Head of Impact

mariano.larena@symbioticsgroup.com

Executive Committee

Formerly head of the Technical Assistance Facility, Mariano has a law degree and is an experienced banker with over 30 years expertise. He has worked as an independent microfinance and SME consultant, as a regional coordinator for Latin America at ProCredit, and has held various senior manager positions within German and Spanish commercial banks.

Alexandre Prautzsch
Alexandre Prautzsch

Clients

Head of Clients

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.

Christophe Favre
Christophe Favre

Corporate (CFO)

Head of Corporate (CFO)

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.

John Staehli
John Staehli

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 the Middle East. Before this he was managing the communications at Symbiotics; an Account Manager at Saatchi & Saatchi; and the Event Manager of Lombard Odier Private Bank. He holds a Visual Communication diploma from the Applied Art School of Geneva and various certifications in the field of digital, marketing and communication.

Jérôme Savelli
Jérôme Savelli

Risk (CRO)

Head of Risk (CRO)

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.



Klaus Geyer
Klaus Geyer

Mexico

Mexico

klaus.geyer@symbioticsgroup.com

Klaus has over 25 years of senior management experience in the microfinance industry. Prior to joining Symbiotics in 2018 he held positions as CEO in FINCA Nicaragua and as CEO of ProCredit Bank (Nicaragua). He also served as Director of Regional Management Academies of the ProCredit Group in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. Throughout his career, Mr. Geyer has helped to develop savings and deposits, housing improvement loans and subsidy programs as well as other financial services to reach lower-income populations. He holds a master’s in economics from the Freie Universitaet in Berlin, Germany.

Duncan Frayne
Duncan Frayne

South Africa

South Africa

duncan.frayne@symbioticsgroup.com

Prior to joining Symbiotics in March 2015, Duncan was country manager in China for Accion International where he led the launch and management of microfinance operations over the past 6 years. Previously, he worked for several years in commercial and private banking in South Africa and later spent six years in various managerial positions for FINCA International and Accion in Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Nigeria. Duncan holds an MBA and postgraduate certificate in Business Administration from the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.

Patrick d’Huart
Patrick d’Huart

Singapore

Singapore

patrick.dhuart@symbioticsgroup.com

Patrick d’Huart has gained field experience on four continents, having started his career consulting a leading microfinance institution in Haiti with IPC, working 9 years as Investment Analyst in Balkans, Caucasus, East Asia and especially in Africa, and currently as regional manager for the Asian markets team at Symbiotics. Patrick has developed strong investment analysis skills and versatility when dealing with a large range of financial institutions in developing and emerging countries. Patrick holds a BSc and MSc of Economics (University of Namur) and a Post Graduate in International Politics (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

Philipp Jung
Philipp Jung

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

philipp.jung@symbioticsgroup.com

Philipp is Head of Structuring at Symbiotics UK Limited, where he joined in 2013. Prior to this, he worked for Standard & Poor’s in the structured finance ratings department (CLOs, CDOs, Securitisations, Swaps) and for the European Investment Bank group. Philipp holds a degree in economics from the University of St. Gallen (CH), a degree in International Management from the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS) and a graduate diploma in English law (Hons) from the University of Law.

Florian Grohs
Florian Grohs

Netherlands

Netherlands

florian.grohs@symbioticsgroup.com

Florian has over 25 years experience in social finance and banking. He has managed large portfolios of loans and equity investments of up to € 900 million. He’s held top management positions at Oikocredit, a social finance cooperative for 14 years. Florian is passionate about impact investments and microfinance.