For the past 7 years Cormac has focused on the alternative finance space. Here he was closely involved in raising over $2bn for direct lending funds as a founder and director of the Liberum Alternative Finance, and also incubating several fintech startups. He has also been a senior consultant to private equity groups including VPC after spending a number of years in strategy consulting at McKinsey. Cormac holds an MBA from INSEAD, a MSc in Computer Science from Oxford university, a First Class Honours degree (BSc) in Mathematical Physics from University College Dublin (where he graduated top of class) and is a CFA charter holder.
Michael has practised as a solicitor since 1978, specialising in commercial litigation, having been a partner in firms such as Bond Pearce and Hammond Suddards, as they then were. His practice was divided between defending a wide range of professionals, general commercial litigation and advising insurers on policy drafting and policy disputes. In July 2008, he joined Temple Legal Protection, to develop their commercial litigation ATE underwriting insurance division. He subsequently left this role in order to set up his own ATE underwriting agency, Lakehouse Risk Services Limited, which commenced operations in June 2016, to insure commercial litigation in the UK and Ireland.
Sophie was previously the co-founder and CMO of Xanadu, an internet startup focusing on Chinese outbound travel, where she worked with the IT team in developing the Company’s travel aggregator website. In this role, Sophie was also responsible for all online/offline marketing, business development and operations for the group of +80 employees. Her expertise spans offline/online marketing, personnel management and business operations. Sophie previously spent a number of years working for L'Oreal International where she gained in-depth international strategic marketing and product development experience at L’Oreal International. Sophie holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Rabin has spent the past two decades working in finance in a range of positions from investment banking and project finance to equity research and fund management for leading international institutions such as Rothschild, Credit Suisse and JP Morgan. In his most recent roles, he successful managed portfolios worth hundreds of millions of dollars for a number of major hedge funds including UBS O’Connor and Bluecrest Capital Management. Rabin started his career in strategy & operations consulting with Deloitte in Asia. He holds a Masters in Engineering (Hons) from Oxford University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Design, Manufacture & Management from Cambridge University and an INSEAD MBA (Full Scholarship).
Diana has previously completed internships at ING and British Business Bank supporting the organisation’s strategy in reducing regional imbalances in SME access to finance. Diana holds a MA in Comparative Business Economics from University College London and a First Class Honours degree (BA) in Business Economics from University of Greenwich. She has volunteered for a year at XLP, a mentoring project working with young people in disadvantaged communities in London. Diana is also fluent in both Russian and Lithuanian.
Zoe studied at St Paul’s Girls School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. She graduated from Corpus Christi Cambridge with a BA in Philosophy (2:1). She has experience working for the legal charity Support Through Court, and as a mini pupil at Devereux Chambers. She has also worked as a fashion model for Vidal Sassoon and volunteered with the Libra Foundation in Romania.
Gabrielle graduated from Stellenbosch University in South Africa in 2019 with her LLB, after previously completing her Undergraduate in Political Science and History. She has not only worked for Stellenbosch’s legal aid clinic where she provided the underprivileged community with legal advice, but she has also worked as a sales and marketing consultant throughout her studies. While she grew up in South Africa, she is also a Czech national, giving her a multicultural background.