Jonathan Cooper KEY SKILLS
 Growth Capital
 Emerging Markets Mid Cap
 Venture Capital
 Hands on PE portfolio management

Jonathan Cooper has 20 years’ experience in equity investments, of which the last 17 as a private equity fund manager dedicated to emerging markets. During this time, Jonathan has been the MD of three funds; 2 based in Emerging Europe, the third in the middle east. His experience includes investments in technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, robotics, agribusiness, and healthcare, among others. During his career, he has led more than 30 investments, and has sat on the boards of more than 20 companies.
In addition to his investment experience, Jonathan is also an entrepreneur, having founded five companies, including Ascendant Capital Advisors, a successful regional financial consulting firm, and KlasikTV, a regional pay TV channel in southeast Europe with more than 1 million subscribers.
Currently, in addition to professional training, Jonathan is an investment partner at True Global Ventures, a global FinTech early stage investment fund, and is an active angel investor in the US, Europe, and the middle east.
As a trainer over the past 15 years, Jonathan has led more than 35 private equity and venture capital trainings programs, delivered to more than 350 delegates, in the US, Europe, and the middle east.
Jonathan earned both his BS and MBA from the Pennsylvania State University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.
Gavin Ryan KEY SKILLS
 Growth Capital
 Emerging Markets Mid Cap
 Evaluating GPs
 Hands on PE portfolio management

Gavin Ryan has 30 years’ experience in equity investments, of which the last 17 as a private equity fund manager dedicated to emerging markets. The private equity investments he has managed have generated an average return of over 40%, putting him in the top quartile of fund managers. The deal sizes have been in the range of $2-20m; and have mainly focused on growth and infrastructure investments.
He has experience of private equity investments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Gavin is currently the EBRD appointed Board Member of Victoriabanca, one of the largest banks in the Republic of Moldova; and works as a specialised PE consultant evaluating GP management teams for LPs.
Previous experience includes:
Managing Director of Clean Economic Energy AG, a renewable energy asset manager with €2.5bn under management; where he was responsible for fundraising and the Middle East and African markets; and directed the work of an investment team of 15 people.
Managing Director of a $200m growth fund for Soros Fund Management and the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation. The fund focussed on Central & Eastern Europe and invested in financial services, telecoms, cable TV, breweries. The fund was extremely successful and was involved in several landmark PE transactions in the region.
Director of an Advent International $30m country fund; which counted among its investors the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Finance Corporation and major European banking groups.
He served on the Board of Directors of several of the portfolio companies in which his funds invested, including a national TelCo, a cable TV company and banks.
He has been giving courses for the last fifteen years as a side activity, on the topic of private equity in emerging markets. He is the resident instructor of the foundation private equity course at the banking academy of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He teaches in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
His previous professional experience includes HSBC Investment Bank, the British Foreign Office, Nomura International and Price Waterhouse. He has MA in Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from McGill University. He speaks fluently English, French, Italian, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian.