Team

Abhijay Thacker
Investment Advisor
Abhijay Thacker
Investment Advisor

Abhijay joined Picus in 2021 as an independent Investment Advisor to focus on our India investments. Prior to joining Picus, he worked for Citi in the Investment Banking division in Mumbai where he advised institutional clients on M&A and capital markets transactions across emerging technology, financial services, industrials, and infrastructure industries.

Abhijay holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), and a bachelors degree in economics from NMIMS.

Alessandro Kopp
Senior Vice President
Alessandro Kopp
Senior Vice President

Alessandro joined Picus in 2020 and is based in our London office. He has worked with several of our early- & growth-stage portfolio companies, particularly in FinTech and B2B SaaS. Before joining Picus, he gathered experience in consulting at McKinsey & Company.

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

Alex Rohregger
Vice President
Alex Rohregger
Vice President

Alex joined the Picus team as Investor in 2022. He focuses on robotics and deep tech topics within the Seed / Series A team.

Prior to joining, Alex worked on the operator side worked at robotics ventures like Kea Robotics & MonitorFish. He also conducted research and prototyping to explore novel methods of robot control & simulation for bio-inspired robots at the Chair of Robotics, AI & Real-Time Systems at TU Munich.

Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and a master's degree in Robotics, Cognition & Intelligence from the Technical University of Munich and studied at CDTM.

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.

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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.

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.

Anthony Hayhoe
Head of IR & Fundraising
Anthony Hayhoe
Head of IR & Fundraising

Anthony joined Picus in 2023 as Head of Investor Relations & Fundraising. He previously worked at Titanbay, a global private markets platform, where he was responsible for capital raising and business development across private investors and institutions.

Prior to Titanbay, he worked at UBS Wealth Management in London where he worked with tech entrepreneurs and family offices, providing strategic investment advice spanning both public and private markets.

Anthony graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science, having pursued studies in Economics and Philosophy.

Carina Harding
Vice President
Carina Harding
Vice President

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.

Constantin Seuß
Senior Finance Manager
Constantin Seuß
Senior 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.

Cynthia Bai
HR & Office Manager China
Cynthia Bai
HR & Office Manager China

Cynthia joined Picus China in 2023 as HR and Office Manager. Located in Beijing, she takes care of running our office there as well as managing all HR-related topics. Prior to that, she worked for CICC as a HR manager to provide comprehensive support to the Investment Banking Division, including talent acquisition, employee relations, performance review, etc. and worked as HR officer at KPMG in China.

Cynthia received her master’s degree in Human Resource Management form the University of Birmingham in the UK.

Daniel Niklas
Senior Vice President Americas
Daniel Niklas
Senior Vice President 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.

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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.

Francesca Piras
Senior Office & HR Manager Americas
Francesca Piras
Senior 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.

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 TPG NewQuest.

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

Franz Hahn
General Counsel
Franz Hahn
General Counsel

Franz joined Picus in 2022 as Senior Legal Counsel. Prior to joining Picus, Franz worked as a senior legal counsel at N26 where he was responsible for all corporate and regulatory law matters. Before that, Franz worked at the international business law firm Noerr where he advised on a broad range of corporate law matters, with a focus on venture capital and private equity transactions.

Franz is a fully qualified German lawyer. He studied at the University of Freiburg, at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul and at the Free University of Berlin.

Giovanna Roma
HR Manager
Giovanna Roma
HR Manager

Giovanna joined Picus in 2023 as HR Manager, supporting our portfolio companies. Prior to joining, she worked as a Recruiter for McKinsey & Company and completed internships at Bain & Company, Allianz and the European Commission.

Giovanna graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management and a master’s degree in Innovation and Technology from Bocconi University in Milan.

Grace Missakian
Investor Americas
Grace Missakian
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.

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.

Julia Leipold
EA & Senior Operations Manager
Julia Leipold
EA & Senior Operations Manager

Julia joined Picus in 2021. As part of her role, she manages all administrative needs related to the daily work of our Founding Partner & Managing Director Robin as well as of our Partner & Managing Director Florian. In addition, she drives internal strategic topics to best enable the Seed / Series A team.

Prior to Picus, she gathered practical experience at DataGuard and Ted Baker in London and completed a hotel management apprenticeship at Platzl Hotel in Munich.

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.

Julius Nagel
Investment Advisor
Julius Nagel
Investment Advisor

Julius joined Picus in 2022 as an Investment Advisor for the crypto/web3 space. He has been investing and building in crypto since 2012 and co-hosts a podcast covering trends in this area called "Alles Coin, Nichts Muss". Prior to that, he worked as Investment Associate at UVC Partners and as Consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Julius holds a bachelor’s degree in socioeconomics from the Universität Hamburg and a master’s degree in Finance and Information Management from the University of Augsburg and the Technical University of Munich.

Lara Hehrlein
Senior HR Manager
Lara Hehrlein
Senior 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.

Li Chen
Senior Vice President China
Li Chen
Senior Vice President China

Li joined Picus China in the Beijing office in 2021 and helped build our China operations. Li is mainly responsible for our Seed & Series A investments in the Greater China region.

Prior to Picus, he served multiple roles at JD.com focusing on fintech and B2B strategy and has also gained experience in industrial engineering.

Li holds MBA from Cornell University and bachelor's degree in engineering from Tianjin University.

Lorenz Kammer
Investor
Lorenz Kammer
Investor

Lorenz joined Picus as an Investor in 2024. Located in Munich, he supports our pre-seed portfolio companies in business model validation, operational set-up, and growth. Before joining Picus, he gathered practical experience at McKinsey, Morgan Stanley, and our portfolio company Avi Medical.

Lorenz holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from ESADE, a master’s degree in management & technology from TU Munich as well as an honors degree in technology management from the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM).

Lucia Paskert
Platform Partner and CHRO
Lucia Paskert
Platform Partner and CHRO

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.

Luis Zarate
Vice President
Luis Zarate
Vice President

Luis joined Picus in 2023 and is based in our Paris office. His primary focus is to lead and expand our pre-seed and seed investment efforts in France.

Prior to Picus, he worked at Partech in Paris focusing on growth equity investments, particularly in B2B SaaS and Consumer Internet. Before, he gathered experience in technology investment banking at J.P. Morgan in London.

Luis completed his master’s degree in finance from Nova SBE and also holds a double bachelor’s degree in economics between Toulouse School of Economics (France) and UABC (Mexico).

Naman Jhawar
Partner and Head of India & SEA
Naman Jhawar
Partner and Head of India & SEA

Naman joined Picus in 2023 as Partner and Head of India & South East Asia and covers our investments in India, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. He is based in our Singapore office.

Before joining Picus, Naman was Senior Vice President in Strategy & Operations at India's largest eSports and mobile gaming platform Mobile Premier League’s (MPL).

Naman was also active as an angel investor and worked as a Consultant at McKinsey & Company. He holds a graduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

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.

Pablo Lagos Allegre
Investment Advisor LatAm
Pablo Lagos Allegre
Investment Advisor LatAm

Pablo joined Picus in 2023 as an Investment Advisor and is focused on our investment activities in Latin America.

Prior to joining us, Pablo founded Neta, the social commerce platform backed by Founders Fund, Kaszek, and Picus Capital among others, and worked in management consulting at BCG in Mexico. Additionally, he held a variety of strategy & growth roles at Woolies, Frubana, and Sanivation across Australia, Colombia, and Kenya, respectively.

Pablo holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from Stanford University.

Patrick
Patrick Hermann
Senior Vice President
Patrick Hermann
Senior Vice President

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.

Philipp Emig
Senior Vice President
Philipp Emig
Senior Vice President

Philipp joined Picus in 2021. His focus lies on energy & climate investments, as well as on our pre-seed stage efforts. Prior to joining, Philipp worked for McKinsey & Company in Munich and advised clients across Europe in the energy, mobility and process industry mainly on innovation, strategy and sustainability topics.

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

Pierre Bourdon
Vice President
Pierre Bourdon
Vice President

Pierre joined Picus in 2022 and is based in our London office. He focuses on partnering with early- & growth-stage companies, particularly in climate tech and fintech. Prior to that, he gathered practical experience in Venture Capital at Signature Ventures and in Investment Banking 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.

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.

Roberto Kern
Investor Americas
Roberto Kern
Investor Americas

Roberto joined Picus Americas in 2022 as an Investor with a focus on Latin America and the US. Prior to joining Picus, Roberto worked as an operator in the US expansion of MobilityTech start-up FINN, and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and Boston Consulting Group.

Roberto holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from The University of Pennsylvania, and Consumer Psychology from The Wharton School.

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.

Sebastian Schäfer
Partner
Sebastian Schäfer
Partner

Sebastian joined Picus in 2018 and was promoted to Partner in 2023. His focus lies on our pre-seed investments, where he supports early-stage founders regarding growth and operations-related topics. Prior to Picus, he gathered pratical experience in strategy consulting and private equity.

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

Tatjana Spenst
Senior Finance & Accounting Manager
Tatjana Spenst
Senior 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.