Sebastian Kurz

Sebastian Kurz served in the Austrian government for more than 10 years, starting as State Secretary, then Foreign Minister and afterwards he became the youngest head of government elected in the world.

In December 2021, Sebastian Kurz left politics and started his career in the private sector as consultant and investor with his own company. He remains politically active on a voluntary basis as a member of the IDU Honorary Advisory Board and the International Advisory Council of GLOBSEC.


CEO, C-Quadrat Investment Group, Austria

Alex Schütz is founder and CEO of Vienna based C-QUADRAT Investment Group, one of the largest independent asset managers in Austria with over EUR 8 billion assets under management and active in over 20 countries in Europe and Asia with offices in Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Madrid, Warsaw and Yerevan. Until May 2021 he served as a member of the supervisory board of Deutsche Bank AG. Since January 2021, he is chairman of the supervisory board of stock-listed cyan AG, a leading European cybersecurity provider.

Emma Hague

Emma is an entrepreneur who successfully exited her business and now focuses on putting back in many ways, from Angel investments, to co investments with other like minded family offices and helping other businesses reach their goals.  A senior advisor and mentor for people that align with her beliefs.  

Prior to her current roles Emma ran a human data analytics business, focusing on healthcare aimed to primarily understanding and improve patient care. The business was subsequently purchased by IQVIA a leading global provider of advanced analytics to the life sciences industry. 

Emma’s early career was in the pharmaceutical world where she performed various roles across the business enabling her to fully understand this side of healthcare. 

She has a degree in Biology from Southampton University and her interests include cars, boxing and wine

Antoni Gburek

Antoni Gburek is a co-founder and board member of Fidelis Partners, a multi family office
located in Warsaw. Before starting his own company in 2018, he worked in private banking at
Getin Noble Bank. Antoni graduated from Warsaw School of Economics. Also studied at
University of Valencia and Poznań University of Economics and Business.

Fidelis Partners, based in Warsaw, is a multi family office, working for over 30 families and
entrepreneurs. Fidelis is the first company in Poland providing daily support and extensive advisory
services for the wealthiest families free from conflicts of interest. Since Fidelis inception in 2018,
economic education has been an important component of the company’s mission.

Markus Schwingshackl

Markus is a private wealth lawyer assisting global wealth owners, entrepreneurs, and their families in navigating the complexities of wealth management, wealth planning, estate planning, and family offices. He is qualified to practice in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Austria and is the founder of Centro LAW, a wealth management and family office law firm based in Zurich, Switzerland. Markus brings a wealth of experience in international private wealth and tax law gained in private client practice, private banking, wealth management, and family office services over the last two decades.

Ekta Tolani

A Chief Investment Officer with a successful track record of generating superior returns. She set up, grew, managed, and allocated AUM > $1B+ with Single Family Office and Associated holding companies in variety of deals from private equity to VC to hedge funds and many large sized direct deals. She holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is the ambassador for the school. She advises family offices based out of Middle East and is a popular Booth alumna within Booth family office network. She is a member of PEWIN (Private Equity Women Investor Network) and an ardent champion for women empowerment.

She currently works as a Managing Director for a private equity buyout fund called Crown Capital’ based out of Atlanta US and Crown focuses on niche middle market legacy businesses with strong cashflows and double-digit margins. Crown’s buy out model replicates Berkshire Hathaway’s style of value investing.


Akos is Chief of Division of Public Private Partnerships at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) since August 2022. Previously he coordinated UNIDO’s partnerships with the Global Environment Facility, Green Climate Fund and the Adaptation Fund. Prior to his above functions, Akos has held various positions in UNIDO’s technical cooperation programmes and was responsible for some of UNIDO’s largest projects in several regions. He holds an M.Sc. degree from the University of Technology of Budapest and an MBE (Master of Business Engineering) from the Steinbeis University of Berlin.

Paweł Jacel

Paweł Jacel is a Partner at CVI, where he is responsible for unitranche, junior and mezzanine/ structure equity financing. He has over 15 years of investment experience. Pawel joined CVI in 2015, before that he worked in private equity company Krokus PE. Pawel started his career in consulting and M&A business (JP Morgan,BCG, Hexagon). He is CFA charterholder and graduated from University of Lodz.

CVI Dom Maklerski (CVI), headquartered in Poland, is the largest private debt manager in Central Europe with close to €700m AuM. Since its inception in 2012, CVI has deployed more than €2.7 billion into over 350 small and mid-market companies in Central Europe. Typically, CVI invests EUR 5-20m into private debt (senior, junior, unitranche), mezzanine and structure equity transactions. In 2022, CVI reached final close of first direct lending fund in CEE – CVI CEE Private Debt Fund with value of €132m. CVI is also a signatory of United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UN-PRI).

Tolga Yazıcı

Professor  Tolga Yazici has over 25 years of experience as a CEO, entrepreneur, leader and academic with full skills in business generation/planning/management and leadership roles by originating, investing, raising capital, leading and exiting several local and international business entities in different fields.

As president of EGL Holding Investments, Professor Yazıcı has accumulated extensive accolade and experience across different industries including education, industrial production, hospitality, real estate development and logistics.

Dr. Johannes Ortner

Johannes is Austrian and has 27 years of experience in corporate banking and general management of financial institutions in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, last CEO of a regional bank in Tyrol. He left the classic banking system to become an entrepreneur to make a change – and started the project ALIA – Austria´s first impact bank (in formation). Clean funds for clean investments with positive impact on planet, people and economy. He is convinced, that the financial sector must take a stewardship in this transformation. As owner of a consulting firm, he advises corporates in financial, sustainability and strategic matters and is a promotor of cooperatives in western Austria.