Team

Alex
Alexander Samwer
Founding Partner
Alexander Samwer
Founding Partner

Alexander founded Picus Capital together with Jeremias in 2015. He is an experienced entrepreneur and technology investor. Prior to starting Picus, he co-founded several successful ventures, among them the European Founders Fund, where he was an early investor in companies like Zalando and LinkedIn.

Alexander graduated from the University of Oxford and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jeremias Heinrich
Jeremias Heinrich
Founding Partner
Jeremias Heinrich
Founding Partner

Jeremias founded Picus together with Alexander in 2015. Having led large renewable energy and real estate investments in Europe within his function as founder of several companies in this space, he brings a lot of infrastructure expertise to our team. Prior to that, he gathered practical experience in the consulting, construction and infrastructure industry.

Jeremias graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a master’s degree in Civil Engineering and Business Administration.

Robin Godenrath
Founding Partner & Managing Director
Robin Godenrath
Founding Partner & Managing Director

Robin joined Picus as a Founding Partner in 2016 and started growing our team as Managing Director. Prior to that, he worked for McKinsey & Company in Munich where he was in particular involved in marketing & sales, digital customer experience and lean services topics. Before, he gathered practical experience in financial markets & equity sales, asset management and the industrial sector.

Robin graduated from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management with a master’s degree in Finance and Economics.

Flo
Florian Reichert
Partner & Managing Director
Florian Reichert
Partner & Managing Director

Florian joined Picus in 2017 and started building our portfolio in emerging markets next to our core markets Europe and North America. Prior to that, he worked for The Boston Consulting Group in Zurich with a focus on corporate & innovation strategy, organizational restructuring and digitalization topics. Before, he gathered practical experience in investment banking, private banking/wealth management and the automotive sector.

Florian graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a master’s degree in Banking and Finance.

Santiago Dañino Beck
Partner & Head of Latin America
Santiago Dañino Beck
Partner & Head of Latin America

Santiago joined Picus Americas as Partner and Head of Latin America in 2022, and is currently based in New York. He leads our investment efforts across Latin America and the establishment of our offices in São Paulo and Mexico City.

Prior to joining Picus, Santiago was Vice President on the Firmwide Management team at D.E. Shaw & Co. and led Strategy & Business Operations at music creator start-up Splice. Previously, he was part of the Strategy & Analysis team at Spotify. Santiago started his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked in the M&A Group, the Office of the Chairman as Chief of Staff to the President & COO, and the Emerging Markets Investment Banking Group with a focus on Latin America.

Santiago holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA in Economics from Harvard College.

Oliver
Oliver Heinrich
Partner
Oliver Heinrich
Partner

Oliver joined Picus in 2017 and is responsible for our pre-seed stage portfolio companies. Prior to that, he worked for McKinsey & Company in Munich where he was in particular involved in marketing & sales, business building for retailers and organizational design. Before, he gathered practical experience in research consulting, portfolio management at an investment holding and in the automotive sector.

Oliver graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a master’s degree in Banking and Finance.

Cristina Koehn
Partner & Head of Nordics
Cristina Koehn
Partner & Head of Nordics

Cristina joined Picus as Partner and Head of Nordics in 2022 and is based in our Stockholm office. She leads our investments in the Nordic start-up ecosystem. Prior to joining Picus, she worked for the Swedish healthcare company Kry as VP Operations and was responsible for leading Kry’s international expansion. Before that, Cristina gathered experience as a Managing Director in another health start-up and as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group.

Cristina holds a master’s degree from WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management as well as a doctoral degree in Health Economics.

Alexander Kremer
Partner China
Alexander Kremer
Partner China

Alexander joined Picus China as Partner and Head of China in 2021. He manages our operations in the Greater China region out of Beijing. Prior to joining Picus China, he was a Director in JD.com´s online grocery division and worked at Mobvoi, McKinsey & Company and IBM.

In the past, he was named 30 Under 30 by Forbes China. Alexander is a graduate from the Schwarzman Scholars program at Tsinghua University.

Raphael Mukomilow
Partner
Raphael Mukomilow
Partner

Raphael joined Picus in 2021 to support our portfolio companies in growth stages with their growth strategies, raising equity and debt financing, preparing for public markets, and M&A opportunities. Prior to that, he worked at the private equity fund Stirling Square Capital Partners in London and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Munich.

Raphael holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a master’s degree from WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management.

Julian Roeoes
Partner Americas
Julian Roeoes
Partner Americas

Julian joined Picus Americas as a Partner in 2020 and manages our Americas operations out of the Picus office in New York. Prior to joining Picus, he worked for Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking and Capital Markets division in New York and London. At Credit Suisse Julian advised Financial Services and FinTech clients on M&A as well as private and public financing transactions. Prior to that, Julian gathered practical experience in Private Capital, Investing and Consulting and obtained an IHK Bankkaufmann degree.

Julian graduated from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management with a bachelor's degree in Finance and General Management.

Chen Bai
Investor China
Chen Bai
Investor China

Chen joined Picus in 2022 as an Investor in China with a focus on pre-seed stage investments. Prior to joining Picus, he founded and led Baijing Interaction, worked as a Senior Associate in the Strategy & Investment team at JD Digits, and as an Investment Analyst at IDG Capital Partners.

He holds a Dual Degree Finance MBA from Cornell University / Tsinghua University and a B.E. degree from Tianjin University.

Pierre Bourdon
Investor
Pierre Bourdon
Investor

Pierre joined Picus in 2022 with a focus on our Growth investments. Prior to that, he gathered practical experience in the crypto/web3 space at Signature Ventures as well as in Investment Banking & Private Equity at Morgan Stanley.

Pierre graduated from the University of Mannheim with a master’s degree majoring in Finance & Information Systems and studied Computer Science at the University of Hagen.

Li Chen
Investor China
Li Chen
Investor China

Li joined Picus China as an Investor in our Beijing office in 2021, prior to joining Picus China, he worked at JD.com and gained a blend of experience at e-commerce and technology.

Li holds an MBA from Cornell University and graduated from Tianjin University with a B.S. degree.

Grace Cole
Investor Americas
Grace Cole
Investor Americas

Grace joined Picus Americas in 2021 as an Investor focusing on Seed & Series A stage companies. Prior to joining Picus, Grace worked in Finance & Operations at consumer goods startup Blueland. In addition, Grace gathered practical experience in public and private investing at IngleSea Capital and in investment banking at J.P. Morgan.

Grace graduated from the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service with a Bachelor of Science in Global Business and International Development.

Lara Eberl
HR Manager
Lara Eberl
HR Manager

Lara joined Picus in 2021 as HR Manager. Prior to joining Picus, she worked for a Management and HR consultancy in Munich as HR Manager focusing on all operational HR topics for medium-sized clients. This included the mapping of employee lifecycles as well as payroll and the strategic work on HR management topics.

Lara graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich and a master's degree in Intercultural Communication from the International University SDI München.

Philipp Emig
Investor
Philipp Emig
Investor

Philipp joined Picus in 2021 as an Investor with a focus on our pre-seed stage investments. Prior to joining Picus, he worked for McKinsey & Company in Munich and advised clients across Europe in the mobility & automotive, as well as the chemical industry - mainly on innovation, strategy and corporate finance.

Philipp holds an MBA from INSEAD (France and Singapore) and Wharton Business School (US), as well as a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Mannheim, Germany.

Stephan Füchtenhans
Investor
Stephan Füchtenhans
Investor

Stephan joined Picus in 2021 as an Investor with a focus on our pre-seed investments. Prior to joining Picus, he gained practical experience in strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company and in Private Equity where he focused on automotive and retail. In addition, Stephan worked several years in commercial positions at Siemens AG.

Stephan holds a master’s degree in Accounting, Valuation and Financial Management from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Ben Gliksman
Head of Legal
Ben Gliksman
Head of Legal

Ben joined Picus as Head of Legal in 2021. In this role, he provides legal oversight and advice on the firm’s global investment activities. Prior to joining Picus, Ben was general counsel and senior vice-president of a private equity fund. He has also worked at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto and a boutique venture capital law firm.

Ben has earned an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School and an H.B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Stefan Haller
Recruiting Specialist
Stefan Haller
Recruiting Specialist

Stefan joined Picus in 2022 as a Recruiting Specialist. Prior to that, he worked as Talent Scout at Talent Tree and gathered practical experience as a working student at Hays. His tasks at Picus include internal and external recruiting.

Stefan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management and Technology and a master’s degree in Consumer Science both from the Technical University of Munich.

Carina Harding
Investor
Carina Harding
Investor

Carina joined Picus in 2021 as an Investor in the Pre-Seed Investment team. Prior to Picus, she worked as Head of Sales for Capmo, a VC-backed PropTech start-up in Munich. Besides that, Carina gained practical experience at McKinsey, Fraunhofer and other consultancy firms - driving digital topics for her clients.

Carina graduated from the TU Munich with a master’s degree in Finance and Information Management.

Vitali Harwardt
Head of Finance
Vitali Harwardt
Head of Finance

Vitali joined Picus in 2021 as Head of Finance. In this role, he is responsible for our performance controlling, treasury and accounting & tax compliance.

Prior to joining Picus, Vitali worked at Scout24, ProSiebenSat.1, KPMG and Deloitte where he led different departments, worked on transformation projects and complex finance topics with his teams.

Vitali holds an MBA in Finance and completed the German auditor exam (Wirtschaftsprüfer).

Bastian Hasslinger
Investor
Bastian Hasslinger
Investor

Bastian joined Picus in 2019 during his studies and started as an Investment Associate in 2020. He has since supported several Pre-Seed and Seed & Series A investments, especially regarding marketing, sales as well as operations related topics. He is part of the Seed / Series A investment team focusing on Northern Europe. Before joining Picus, Bastian worked at start-ups, in management consulting and engineering.

Bastian graduated from ETH Zurich with a master's degree in Management, Technology and Economics.

Cynthia Haug
Senior HR Manager
Cynthia Haug
Senior HR Manager

Cynthia joined Picus as a Senior HR Manager in 2021. Located in Munich, she supports our HR team and manages the on-/offboarding processes as well as the recruitment of new team colleagues. Prior to that, Cynthia gathered practical experience at Studyflix as an Executive Assistant and at Juzo as an Event Manager. Cynthia graduated from the University of Augsburg with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Kolja Heck
Investor Americas
Kolja Heck
Investor Americas

Kolja joined Picus Americas in 2022 as an Investor in our Pre-Seed team. Based in New York, he supports founders in the Americas in validating their business models, setting up operations, and scaling the company. Prior to joining Picus Americas, Kolja gathered practical experience at McKinsey & Company, Earlybird VC, and Deutsche Bank IB. In addition, Kolja supported the fintech start-up Taktile in their Business Development efforts in Berlin and New York.

Kolja holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Applied Analytics from Columbia University.

Patrick
Patrick Hermann
Investor
Patrick Hermann
Investor

Patrick joined Picus in 2016 during his studies and started as an Investment Associate in 2020. He was mainly involved in developing our screening channels together with Konstantin and implemented key processes to identify promising early-stage ventures. Prior to that, he gathered practical experience in consulting at McKinsey & Company, Risk & IT management and investment banking.

Patrick graduated from the Technical University of Munich and holds a master's degree in Technology & Management. He further participated in the Manage & More program, an entrepreneurial initiative of UnternehmerTUM.

Arian Iranshahi
Investor
Arian Iranshahi
Investor

Arian joined Picus as an Investor in 2021. Located in Munich, he supports our pre-seed portfolio companies in validating their business models and setting up their operations. Prior to joining Picus, he gathered practical experience in Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Rothschild & Co.
Arian graduated from the University of Mannheim with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Moritz Kittler
Investor
Moritz Kittler
Investor

Moritz joined Picus as an Investor in 2020. Located in Munich he supports the pre-seed portfolio companies regarding business model validation, operational set-up and growth. Prior to joining Picus, he gathered practical experience in strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company and in various operational banking departments at KfW and Deutsche Bank.

Moritz graduated from University College London with a master’s degree in Business Analytics.

Alessandro Kopp
Investor
Alessandro Kopp
Investor

Alessandro joined Picus in 2020 as an Investor. Before joining Picus, he gathered practical experience in consulting at McKinsey & Company, investment banking, and the automotive sector.

Alessandro graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a bachelor's degree in Management & Technology.

Julia Leipold
Executive Assistant
Julia Leipold
Executive Assistant

Julia joined Picus as an Executive Assistant in 2021. As part of her role, she manages all administrative needs related to the daily work of our Founding Partner Robin and ensures a smooth running of daily office tasks. Prior to that, she gathered practical experience at DataGuard and Ted Baker in London and completed a hotel management apprenticeship at Platzl Hotel in Munich.

Tony Liu
Investor China
Tony Liu
Investor China

Tony joined Picus China in 2021 as an Investor with a focus on our early stage investments. Prior to joining Picus, he worked as Product Design Engineer for NanoString Technologies and gained experience as Investment Analyst at LYFE Capital and at LEK Consulting.
Tony holds a bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

David Mirzazadeh
Investor
David Mirzazadeh
Investor

David joined Picus as an Investor in 2022 in our London office. He is globally responsible for our investments in the crypto and web3 ecosystem, as well as supporting our UK-based start-ups. Prior to joining Picus, David was part of the Digital Asset team at Goldman Sachs, where he helped define and execute their global digital asset strategy and also worked as a Sales Trader at IG Group.

David graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Medical Sciences from Queen Mary, University of London and is a CFA charterholder.

Alice Morath
Investor Americas
Alice Morath
Investor Americas

Alice joined Picus' Americas in 2020 as a Visiting Vice President during her MBA and full-time as an investor in 2021. She focuses on e-commerce, marketplaces, healthcare and consumer fintech. Previously, Alice worked at McKinsey & Company and advised clients in the pharmaceutical and consumer industries on tech-enablement. She also co-founded an adtech marketplace and gained practical experience at Birchbox, Koio and David Yurman.

Alice graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA and holds a master’s degree in Strategic Management from HEC Paris.

Diana Müller
Finance Manager
Diana Müller
Finance Manager

Diana joined Picus as a Finance Manager in 2021. She takes care of our finance-related topics.

Prior to that, she gathered practical experience at Milbank LLP as an assistant to the Management and holds a diploma in Economics from the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida.

Nina Neumann
Investor
Nina Neumann
Investor

Nina joined Picus in 2021 as an Investor. Prior to joining Picus, she gathered practical experience in strategy consulting at Boston Consulting Group and EY-Parthenon.

Nina graduated from Maastricht University with a bachelor’s degree in International Business, majoring in Finance.

Daniel Niklas
Investor Americas
Daniel Niklas
Investor Americas

Daniel joined Picus Americas in 2020 as an Investor with a focus on our pre-seed investments in North and South America. Prior to joining Picus, Daniel worked on the Investment Banking Team at Goldman Sachs in Los Angeles and Frankfurt where he advised global enterprises and financial investors on strategic transactions in the technology, retail, automotive, renewable energy, chemicals/pharma, and engineering/construction industries. In addition, Daniel gathered practical experience in large- and mid-market corporate finance and transaction advisory as well as in equity research.

Daniel holds a BS in business administration from the University of Mannheim in Germany.

Katryna Nolan
Marketing & Communication
Katryna Nolan
Marketing & Communication

Katryna joined Picus in 2020 as a Senior Communications & Marketing Manager. Prior to joining, she worked at Oliver Wyman in Munich for three years, with a focus on PR and marketing campaigns for the practice groups Energy, Retail and Consumer Goods as well as Financial Services. Her tasks included placing Oliver Wyman in the top tier business and daily press, managing corporate social media, and developing thought leadership content across several industries.

Katryna graduated with a bachelor’s degree in European Studies and French from the University of Manchester in the UK and a master’s degree in Communications from Sciences Po in Paris.

Hannah Papadopoulos
Executive Assistant
Hannah Papadopoulos
Executive Assistant

Hannah joined Picus in 2022 as an Executive Assistant. As part of her role she manages all administrative needs and daily tasks of our Pre-Seed Partner Olli. Prior to joining Picus, she gained experience as Event Manager for Builtworld.

Hannah holds a bachelor’s degree in Management and Tourism from the University of Applied Sciences Munich.

Lucia Paskert
Head of HR
Lucia Paskert
Head of HR

Lucia joined Picus in 2020 as Head of HR. Prior to joining Picus, she worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Munich for several years, with a focus on recruiting, staffing, and internal HR projects. Among other responsibilities, she was in charge of hiring top talents from all backgrounds and led various recruiting initiatives encouraging an inclusive workplace.

Lucia graduated with a bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich and a master's degree in International Management from the Maastricht University.

Lukas Pauly
Investor
Lukas Pauly
Investor

Lukas joined Picus in 2019 and focuses on our pre-seed investments and their support especially regarding operations related topics. Prior to that, he gathered practical experience in strategy consulting at Roland Berger, as well as in the automotive industry, the venture capital and startup space.

Lukas graduated from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management with a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship.

Francesca Piras
Office & HR Manager Americas
Francesca Piras
Office & HR Manager Americas

Francesca joined Picus Americas in 2022 as an Office and HR Manager. Located in New York, she ensures both a smooth running of our office as well as the management of all HR-related topics in the Americas.
Prior to joining Picus, Francesca worked at fintech start-up N26 as Office Manager and at Giorgetti USA in PR & Marketing and in Sales.

Francesca graduated from the Universita di Firenze with a bachelor’s degree in Media and Journalism.

Mikko Preuss
Investor
Mikko Preuss
Investor

Mikko joined Picus in 2022 as an Investor with a focus on our Pre-Seed investments. Prior to joining Picus, he gained professional experience as Consultant at Boston Consulting Group. In addition, Mikko worked in several commercial positions at Siemens AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

Mikko holds a master’s degree in Management from HEC Paris.

Lena Röslmaier
Investor
Lena Röslmaier
Investor

Lena joined Picus in 2021 as an Investor in the Seed & Series A Investment team. Prior to joining Picus, she worked for Boston Consulting Group in Munich and advised clients in the technology, telecommunication and insurance industry. Besides that, Lena gained practical experience at Oliver Wyman and goetzpartners.

Lena graduated from the University of Mannheim with a master’s degree in Psychology.

Susana Rojas
Investor Americas
Susana Rojas
Investor Americas

Susana joined Picus Americas in 2021 as an Investor focusing on Seed & Series A stage companies. Prior to joining Picus Americas, she worked at Goldman Sachs in NYC as an Investment Banking Analyst in their Financial Institutions Group covering the FinTech sector. Additionally, she held internships at J.P. Morgan and Johnson & Johnson.

Susana graduated from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics and a double concentration in Finance and Business Analytics.

Sebastian Schäfer
Investor
Sebastian Schäfer
Investor

Sebastian joined Picus in 2018 and focuses on our pre-seed investments. Sebastian supports our pre-seed investments, especially regarding growth and operations related topics. Prior to that, he gathered practical experience in strategy consulting at Roland Berger, transaction advisory, as well as the private equity and venture capital space.

Sebastian graduated from the London School of Economics with a master's degree in Economic Sociology.

Niclas Schmidt
Investor Americas
Niclas Schmidt
Investor Americas

Niclas joined Picus Americas in 2018 during his studies and started as an Investor in 2020. Located in New York, he is part of the pre-seed investment team and supports founders in validating their business models and setting up their operations. Prior to that he gathered practical experience in high-growth startups, consulting and Design Thinking.

Niclas graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a master’s degree in Business Innovation.

Laura Schumacher
Team Assistant
Laura Schumacher
Team Assistant

Laura joined Picus in 2019 and is responsible for ensuring smooth operations, organizing events, and taking care of the entire team. Before joining Picus, she gathered practical experience in the hospitality sector.

Laura has an education in Hospitality Management.

Constantin Seuß
Finance Manager
Constantin Seuß
Finance Manager

Constantin joined Picus in 2022 as Finance Manager. Before joining Picus, he worked at Keyou as Financial Controller and was a research assistant at the Fraunhofer Institut.

Constantin holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Engineering and Management both from the University of Applied Sciences Munich.

Patrick Sonnleitner
Investor Americas
Patrick Sonnleitner
Investor Americas

Patrick joined Picus Americas in 2020 as an Investor with a primary focus on our portfolio in North and South America. Prior to joining Picus, he worked for Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division in Frankfurt. At Goldman Sachs Patrick advised clients on M&A transactions and initial public offerings in the technology, industrials, health care and energy space. Prior to that, Patrick gathered practical experience in mid-market transaction advisory as well as private equity.

Patrick graduated from the London School of Economics with a master’s degree in Finance and Private Equity.

Tatjana Spenst
Finance & Accounting Manager
Tatjana Spenst
Finance & Accounting Manager

Tatjana joined Picus in 2022 as Finance & Accounting Manager. Before joining Picus, Tatjana gathered practical experience as an accountant at FGK Clinical Research and as group accountant for Dr. August Oetker KG.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business law from the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld.

Francis Wang
Investor China
Francis Wang
Investor China

Francis joined Picus China as an Investor in our Beijing office in 2021. Prior to joining Picus China, he gained practical experience in private equity at NewQuest Capital Partners.

Francis graduated from The University of Nottingham with a bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting and Management.

Florian Wiethof
Investor
Florian Wiethof
Investor

Florian joined Picus in 2021 as an Investor in the Pre-Seed team. With his passion for IT-related projects, he will contribute to our internal process automation and evaluate future Deep Tech opportunities. Prior to joining, he gathered experience as Founders Associate at beworm and worked at Benteler Group as a Modeling & Simulation Engineer.

Florian graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering both from the University of Paderborn.

Alexander Worbs
Investor
Alexander Worbs
Investor

Alexander joined Picus as an Investor in 2022. Located in Munich, he supports our pre-seed portfolio companies in business model validation, operational set-up, and growth. Prior to joining Picus, he gathered practical experience as Intern to CEO at Demodesk and worked in Venture Capital and Private Equity.

Alexander graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a bachelor’s degree in Management & Technology.