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Ed Warner, OBEChair & Independent Non-Executive Director +
Ed Warner, OBEChair & Independent Non-Executive Director
Ed Warner is the Chair and an Independent Director of HVPE.
Ed has extensive financial services experience from years spent in senior positions at several investment banks and financial institutions, including IFX Group, Old Mutual plc, NatWest Markets, and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. He also has considerable PLC experience and has chaired the boards at a range of prominent organisations. He is also chair of the online derivatives exchange LMAX.
Prior chairman roles include Air Partner PLC, the BlackRock Energy and Resources Income Trust, Grant Thornton UK LLP, Standard Life Private Equity Trust, and Panmure Gordon & Co.
Committees: Chair of the Nomination Committee and Member of the Management Engagement and Service Provider, Remuneration and Inside Information
Anulika AjufoIndependent Non-Executive Director +
Anulika AjufoIndependent Non-Executive Director
Anulika Ajufo is an Independent Non-Executive Director of HVPE.
Anulika manages a portfolio of investments across EMEA and chairs the Board of Governors at University of East London. Anulika has extensive investment experience and believes in investing for good. Having worked at some of the leading financial institutions - Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs in Investment Banking, and Private Equity with The Carlyle Group and Soros Fund, Anulika has developed an impressive investment track record. She has led the development of greenfield impact investment structures in emerging markets. She has developed inclusive investment strategies for development finance institutions (DFIs), corporations and foundations; of note she co-led the design and implementation of George Soros’ $500 million commitment to programs and companies.
Anulika has a Master’s (MEng) in Medical Engineering from Queen Mary University of London and an MSc in Law and Finance from the University of Oxford.
Committees: Member of the Audit and Risk, Remuneration, Nomination, and Management Engagement and Service Provider Committees.
Francesca BarnesIndependent Non-Executive Director +
Francesca BarnesIndependent Non-Executive Director
Francesca Barnes is an Independent Non-Executive Director of HVPE.
Francesca is also a Non-Executive Director of NatWest Holdings Limited and a number of NatWest Group’s other ring-fenced bank boards, as well as Capvis private equity. She is a member of the University of Southampton council and recently stood down as Chair of Trustees for Penny Brohn UK.
Previously, Francesca spent 16 years at UBS AG. For the latter seven of these she served as Global Head of Private Equity, following on from senior positions in restructuring and loan portfolio management. Prior to this, she spent 11 years with Chase Manhattan UK and US, in roles spanning commodity finance, financial institutions, and private equity.
Committees: Chair of the Remuneration Committee, Member of the Audit and Risk, Management Engagement and Service Provider and Nomination Committees.
Elizabeth (“Libby”) BurneIndependent Non-Executive Director +
Elizabeth (“Libby”) BurneIndependent Non-Executive Director
Elizabeth ("Libby") Burne is an Independent Non-Executive Director of HVPE.
Libby has spent her career working within the financial services sector. She is a Non-Executive Director of Bluefield Solar Income Fund Limited as well as a number of private Venture Capital, Real Estate and Insurance structures.
Prior to becoming a Non-Executive Director Libby was an audit director at PwC in the Channel Islands and, previously, PwC Australia where she led the audits of investment vehicles listed on the London Stock Exchange and Australian Stock Exchange as well as many private structures.
Libby is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, holds a degree in Applied Accounting, and is a Guernsey resident, as such bringing recent and relevant financial and sector experience.
Committees: Chair of the Management Engagement and Service Provider and Nomination Committee, Member of the Audit and Risk, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Carolina EspinalNon-Executive Director +
Carolina EspinalNon-Executive Director
Carolina Espinal is a Non-Executive Director of HVPE. She is a Managing Director in the Primary team at HarbourVest Partners, and a member of the firm's Global Primary Investment Committee.
Carolina joined HarbourVest in 2004 to focus on partnership investments in Europe and other emerging markets and became a Managing Director in 2015. Carolina focuses on managing European venture capital and buyout partnership investments and has collaborated with the secondary and co-investment groups on several investment opportunities. As a HarbourVest executive she currently serves on the advisory boards of funds managed by Abénex Capital, ECI, Inflexion, and Advent International. Her previous experience includes two years as a financial analyst with the Merrill Lynch Energy and Power M&A team in Houston.
Carolina graduated from Rice University with a BA in Managerial Studies, Policy Studies, and Economics in 2000. She received an MSc in Finance from the London Business School in 2003.
Committees: None (as a HarbourVest executive)
Steven WilderspinIndependent Non-Executive Director +
Steven WilderspinIndependent Non-Executive Director
Steven Wilderspin is an Independent Non-Executive Director of HVPE, and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee. Steven has more than ten years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of private equity partnerships and listed investment companies.
Steven, a qualified Chartered Accountant, has provided independent directorship services since 2007. He has served on a number of private equity, property, and hedge fund boards as well as commercial companies. Steven currently serves as Chair of the risk committee of Blackstone Loan Financing Limited, Chair of the audit and risk committee of GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited, and director of Phoenix Spree Deutschland Limited. In 2017 Steven stepped down from the Board of 3i Infrastructure plc, where he was Chair of the Audit and Risk committee, after ten years’ service. From 2001 until 2007, Steven was a Director of fund administrator Maples Finance Jersey Limited, where he was responsible for fund and securitisation structures. Steven has recent and relevant financial and sector experience.
Committees: Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, and Member of the Inside Information, Nomination, Remuneration and Management Engagement and Service Provider Committees.
Peter WilsonNon-Executive Director +
Peter WilsonNon-Executive Director
Peter Wilson is a Non-Executive Director of HVPE. Peter joined HarbourVest’s London team in 1996 and is one of two members of the firm’s Executive Management Committee, which serves as HarbourVest’s CEO.
He serves on the advisory committees for partnerships managed by, CVC Capital Partners, Holtzbrinck Ventures, and Index Venture Management. Peter also served as Founding Chair of the Board of Trustees of City Year UK Limited.
Prior to joining the firm, he spent three years working for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where he originated and managed two regional venture capital funds in Russia. Peter also spent two years at the Monitor Company, a strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He received a BA (with honours) from McGill University in 1985 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1990. Peter speaks German and French.
Committees: None (as a HarbourVest executive)