Who we are

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Sadiq Razak

Co-Founder & Partner

Sadiq Razak has been in financial services since 1994. He has worked at Bear Stearns, ING Bank, Naeem Holdings and Wood & Company.

Sadiq held the roles of Head of Trading, Co-Head of Equities and MLRO. He has extensive experience with equities and fixed income and has built businesses in London, Istanbul and Dubai. During his career, Sadiq has overseen 50 plus deals across CEE, Turkey and the MENA region.

In addition to financial services, Sadiq has been an investor and manager of both residential and commercial property for over two decades. He holds an MBA from Henley Business School.

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Jennifer Ewing

Co-Founder & Partner

Jennifer Ewing has almost 20 years of experience in international financial markets covering institutional investors in the US, UK and Europe.  Her area of expertise is in Emerging and Frontier Capital Markets Sales, Trading and Deal Placement.

Jennifer has worked in both New York and London for investment banks ING Bank, Dresdner Bank, and Wood & Company. She has been involved with the listing and placement of over 60 primary and secondary deals in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

As well as working in financial markets, Jennifer has done extensive volunteering for Animal Assisted Therapy, Dress for Success, MOMAS and Age UK Kensington & Chelsea. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Communication from The University of Arizona.

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Ipek De Vilder

Partner - Head of ECM and International Distribution

Ipek De Vilder has had an extensive career in the financial markets, with a focus on emerging markets.

After beginning her career in Equity Research and Strategy initially at Societe General and then at Deutsche Bank, Ipek has spent more than 15 years as Director of Emerging Market Equity Sales  into UK and European institutional clients at Deutsche Bank, and more recently as Head of the European Office of Auerbach Grayson.

 

 

Ipek holds a BA and a Masters from Westminster University. She has been a Governor and Trustee to several charities and has also held non-executive director roles, mainly within the education sector. Most recently Ipek completed a Private Markets Investments Programme course at University of Oxford.

Jason Patterson

Jason Patterson

Research & Development

Jason Patterson is a business transformation specialist who has held senior positions within the ecommerce space for two decades. Since late 2016, Jason has wholly concentrated on new technologies and advisory roles.

Jason is the Co-Founder of BlockCognitive. BlockCognitive offers bespoke consultation services that assist in helping companies evolve their ideas. Due to its exemplary track record – BlockCognitive almost immediately established itself within the Fin Tech sector.

Jason’s full client roster includes the financial sector, recruitment, media, industrial control systems and the retail sector.

James Eastwood

James Eastwood

Research & Development

James Eastwood is an information technology specialist with over 20 years of experience working with a number of blue-chip organizations. For the past two years James has primarily focused on new technologies.

James is the Co-Founder of BlockCognitive. BlockCognitive offers bespoke consultation services that assist in helping companies evolve their ideas. Due to its exemplary track record – BlockCognitive almost immediately established itself within the Fin Tech sector.

James is currently advising a range of businesses and providing advisory for a number of global financial services providers.

Carsten Hesse

Carsten Hesse

Research & Strategy

Carsten Hesse has over 16 years of experience in investment banking and equities. Carsten’s primary areas of expertise are Global Macro, Equity Strategy and Research.

Carsten has worked at Berenberg Bank, JPMorgan, UniCredit, Wood & Company, RBS, Dresdner Bank and Aurel. He is a regular keynote speaker at conferences and has been a guest on Bloomberg TV, CNN and CNBC where he comments on global topics.

In addition to working in finance, Carsten has been a competitive Tennis player and alpine ski racer. He holds a Diploma in International Finance and Management Accounting from the University of Applied Sciences in Pforzheim.