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Warren Hibbert

Managing Partner

Fraser Van Rensburg

Managing Partner

Alka Patel

Partner, CFO

Nick Palairet

Senior Advisor

Laura Leyland

Director

Reyno Norval

Director

Cath Brogan

Senior Vice President

Simon Gold

Senior Vice President

Ricardo Felix

Vice President

James Lumby

Vice President

Kelly Phelan

Vice President

Bryan Sweeney

Vice President

Charlotte Dunley

Senior Associate

Matthew Pearse

Senior Associate

Kelly Pfingst

Senior Associate

Charlotte Salasky

Senior Associate

Brandon Lay

Senior Analyst

George Lyons

Senior Analyst

Frances Smith

CRM Analyst

Craig Friedman

Analyst

Runyararo Dengu

Analyst

Sandra Krstovic

Analyst

Kate O'Meara

Analyst

Linden Grant

Assistant Accountant

Oliver Bastable

Accounts Assistant

Eddette Steynberg

Operations Coordinator

Lauren Baczewski

EA and Office Coordinator

Mikelle Stott

EA and Office Assistant

Alexa Berlin

Office Administrative Assistant

Warren Hibbert Managing Partner

Warren is an experienced private equity advisor, fundraising specialist and entrepreneur. At Asante, Warren manages a number of the firm’s global fundraisings and maintains relationships with investors throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to co-founding Asante, Warren spent seven years with MVision Private Equity Advisers where he was a Senior Partner. Over the past decade, Warren has led a number of significant private equity fundraisings, including mega-cap global, pan-regional and country-specific funds. Warren has lectured at the London Business School’s Coller Institute for Private Equity and speaks regularly at industry conferences in both developed and emerging markets. Warren holds a Master of Business Science degree in Finance from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

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Managers with whom he has worked:

  • Abingworth
  • Abraaj Capital
  • AnaCap Financial Partners
  • APAX Partners
  • Apis Partners
  • Aqua Capital
  • Atlas Ventures
  • Aurora Russia
  • Blue Water Energy
  • Brait Private Equity
  • Catalyst Principal Partners
  • Capitalworks
  • CHAMP Private Equity
  • Corry Capital Advisors
  • Creandum
  • Crescent Capital Group
  • Elbrus
  • EQT Partners
  • Gaja Capital
  • G Square Capital
  • HitecVision
  • Headway Capital Partners
  • Iceni Capital
  • LBO France
  • Legal and General Ventures
  • Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking
  • Mid Europa Partners
  • Mobeus Equity Partners
  • New Mountain Capital
  • Gilde Buyout Partners
  • GMT Communication Partners
  • Orion Energy Partners
  • Pegasus Partners
  • Primary Capital
  • Quad Partners
  • SCL Energia Activa
  • Sofinnova Partners
  • Sole Shipping
  • Verod Capital Partners
  • Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe

Fraser Van Rensburg Managing Partner

Fraser is an experienced private equity advisor with a background in corporate finance, operations, accounting and finance. At Asante, Fraser manages a number of the firm’s global fundraisings and maintains relationships with investors throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to co-founding Asante, Fraser spent five years at MVision Private Equity Advisers where he was a Senior Partner and led a number of the group’s largest global fundraisings both in developed and emerging markets, while also maintaining relationships with investors throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia. Fraser speaks regularly at industry conferences in both developed and emerging markets. Fraser holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce and an Honours degree in Finance and Accounting from Stellenbosch University and the University of South Africa, respectively and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

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Managers with whom he has worked:

  • Abingworth
  • Apis Partners
  • AnaCap Financial Partners
  • Aqua Capital
  • Aquiline
  • Aurora Russia
  • Blue Water Energy
  • Brait Private Equity
  • Catalyst Principal Partners
  • Capital International
  • Capitalworks
  • Capvis
  • CHAMP Private Equity
  • Change Capital Partners
  • Chequers Capital
  • Corry Capital Advisors
  • Creandum
  • Crescent Capital Group
  • EQT Partners
  • Gaja Capital
  • G Square Capital
  • Iceni Capital
  • Headway Capital Partners
  • HealthCap
  • Longreach Group
  • Mercapital
  • Mezzvest
  • Mobeus Equity Partners
  • New Mountain Capital
  • Orion Energy Partners
  • Polytechnos
  • Primary Capital
  • Quad Partners
  • SCL Energia Activa
  • Sofinnova Partners
  • Sole Shipping
  • Verod Capital Partners
  • Waterland
  • Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe

Alka Patel Partner, CFO

Alka is a highly experienced finance and tax executive with 20 years’ experience in senior management positions across multiple jurisdictions. At Asante, Alka is responsible for the overall management of the group finance function across London and New York, including all internal and external financial reporting, taxation, treasury & cash management and global regulatory reporting. Before joining Asante, Alka spent four years as the Group Financial Controller for MVision Private Equity Advisers and was responsible for the group finance function across the London, New York and Hong Kong offices. Alka holds a BA Honours in Accounting from the University of Kent, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Nick Palairet Senior Advisor

Nick has over 13 years of private equity transaction experience and specialises in raising capital in the private markets for direct investments. Nick was previously Chief Investment Officer of the Lordship Group, an emerging market investor, responsible for over USD 1 billion of projects worldwide and between 2008 and 2013 he headed up the London office of Minerva Capital Advisors, a family office focused on private equity direct investments. Prior to Minerva, Nick was a key member of Allco Finance Group’s Structured Finance team, one of the world’s most successful shipping structured finance arrangers, where Nick was responsible for the placement of vessel transactions in the European market in excess of USD 2 billion in value. Nick began his career with Bell Gully, New Zealand's largest law firm, where he worked in the Corporate Team for three years specialising in Mergers & Acquisitions. Nick holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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Managers with whom he has worked:

  • Aeolus Kenya
  • Allocean Maritime
  • Belltown Power
  • Borealis Maritime
  • Buckthorn Partners
  • CIDO Shipping
  • Corry Capital Advisors
  • Danaos Shipping
  • Giant Capital
  • Global Aviation Asset Management
  • Ignite Capital
  • Industria Petroli Meridionale
  • Korea Line Corporation
  • Lordship Group
  • Pacific Carriers Limited
  • Polar Star
  • Red Mountain Resources
  • Saipem
  • SBM Offshore
  • Solstad Shipping
  • World Star Aviation

Laura Leyland Director

Laura is an experienced private equity professional and is involved in the origination, distribution and project management of client mandates across all fund types and geographies. Before joining Asante, Laura worked as a lawyer at Clifford Chance as part of the Private Funds Group. Here Laura advised General Partners on the establishment, fundraising and operation of private equity, credit and infrastructure funds, and also advised limited partners on their commitments to such funds. Laura holds a BSc with first class honours in Economics and Management from the University of Bristol and an LLB from the College of Law. She is a qualified Solicitor in England & Wales.

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Managers with whom she has worked:

  • Actis
  • AnaCap Financial Partners
  • BlackRock Private Equity Partners
  • Blue Water Energy
  • InfraRed
  • InfraCapital
  • Mobeus Equity Partners
  • Permira
  • SCL Energia Activa
  • Sole Shipping
  • Tata Capital

Reyno Norval Director

Reyno is an experienced private equity professional and is involved in origination, distribution and project management of client mandates across all fund types and geographies. Before joining Asante, Reyno was a Principal on the investment team at Altius Associates, an established global private equity advisory and funds of funds firm. Reyno was responsible for market coverage of real asset funds, including energy, infrastructure, mining and agriculture. Reyno led fund and co-investment due diligence processes across Europe, US and emerging markets. In addition, Reyno spent a large portion of his time developing new investment strategies and originating new business for both advisory and fund of funds accounts. Prior to joining Altius, Reyno worked at Green Gas Americas Inc where he was a Project Developer. In this role, he originated and developed principal investments in landfill gas to energy within United States and Latin America. Reyno specialised in equity investment, project financing and project development. Prior to Green Gas Americas Inc, Reyno was a Commercial Analyst in the Strategy & Investment team at EDF Energy (UK) LTD. Reyno has a B.Sc from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff.

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Managers with whom he has worked:

  • Actis Energy
  • Aqua Capital
  • Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners
  • Blue Water Energy
  • EIG Energy
  • First Reserve Corporation
  • G Square Capital
  • Headway Capital Partners
  • HitecVision
  • IFM Global Infrastructure
  • JP Morgan Infrastructure Investments
  • Orion Energy Partners
  • SCL Energia Activa

Cath Brogan Senior Vice President

Cath is an experienced private equity placement professional, involved in the origination, distribution and project management of client mandates across all fund types and geographies. Before joining Asante, Cath spent seven years at MVision Private Equity Advisers in both Hong Kong and London where she was responsible for project management and distribution across Asia and Europe. Prior to MVision, Cath worked at UBS Investment Bank in their investor relations advisory group and Goldman Sachs as an Investment Banking Analyst. Cath holds a Bachelor of Business with first class honours in Finance and Economics from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Masters of Economics from the University of New South Wales.

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Managers with whom she has worked:

  • Affinity Equity Partners
  • Creandum
  • CHAMP Private Equity
  • Corry Capital Advisors
  • Investindustrial
  • New Mountain Capital
  • Quad Partners
  • The Abraaj Group
  • Zoyi Capital

Simon Gold Senior Vice President

Simon is an experienced private equity professional, involved in the origination, distribution and project management of client mandates across all fund types and geographies. Before joining Asante, Simon spent four years as a Manager in the investor relations practice at Buchanan Communications, one of the leading financial communications advisers in the UK, where he advised companies on their Capital Markets programmes, with a particular emphasis on Best Practice reporting, CSR and Corporate Governance. Simon also maintained key investor relationships in both developed and emerging markets. Simon holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Leeds.

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Managers with whom he has worked:

  • Abingworth
  • Apis Partners
  • Blue Water Energy
  • Catalyst Principal Partners
  • Capitalworks
  • Gaja Capital
  • Primary Capital
  • SCL Energia Activa
  • Sofinnova Partners
  • Verod Capital Partners
  • Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Ricardo Felix Vice President

Ricardo is a member of the global fund placement team, focusing on distribution, origination and project management, as well as the direct investments team, where he is involved in analytics, advisory and deal structuring. Before joining Asante, Ricardo worked at HSBC within the Leveraged Finance UK team, executing private equity backed mid-market leveraged buyouts. Prior to this, Ricardo interned at JP Morgan, working within the European M&A execution teams of the Financial Institutions Group and Legg Mason Asset Management, as part of the Client Relations team. Ricardo holds a BA with first class honours in Politics and Business Management from Queen Mary, University of London and a MSc in Political Economy from the London School of Economics.

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Managers with whom he has worked:

  • Abingworth
  • Belltown Power
  • Blue Water Energy
  • Buckthorn Partners
  • Catalyst Principal Partners
  • Corry Capital Advisors
  • Headway Capital Partners
  • SCL Energia Activa
  • Verod Capital Partners
  • World Star Aviation

James Lumby Vice President

James is involved in deal co-ordination, distribution and project management of client mandates across all fund types and geographies. Before joining Asante, James spent 4 years working in European Equity Sales at Macquarie Bank in London where his focus was on advising UK pension and hedge fund clients on both primary and secondary investments. Prior to this, James worked in the Structured Products team at Barclays Wealth in London and Hong Kong having moved across from Lehman Brothers Investment Management in September 2008, where he started his career. James holds a BSc in Accounting and Economics from the University of Bristol and an MPHIL in Real Estate Finance from the University of Cambridge. He is a CFA Charter holder.

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Managers with whom he has worked:

  • Apis Partners
  • Orion Energy Partners

Kelly Phelan Vice President

Kelly is an experienced private equity professional and is involved in the origination, distribution and project management of client mandates across all fund types and geographies. Before joining Asante, Kelly spent four years at MVision Private Equity Advisers in New York where she was responsible for project management and distribution across Canada and the Northeastern US. Prior to MVision, Kelly worked at Goldman Sachs as an Equity Capital Markets Analyst and at CIBC World Markets as an Analyst in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Distribution business in Toronto, Canada. Kelly holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in Canada, where she graduated with distinction.

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MANAGERS WITH WHOM SHE HAS WORKED

  • Bregal Sagemount
  • CHAMP
  • FFL Partners
  • J.C. Flowers
  • Nexxus Capital
  • Southern Bridge Capital
  • Tennenbaum Capital Partners

Bryan Sweeney Vice President

Bryan is an experienced private equity professional and is involved in the origination, distribution and project management of client mandates across all fund types and geographies. Before joining Asante, Bryan was a Vice President on the investment team at Pavilion Alternatives Group, a global private markets investment consultant. Bryan was responsible for market coverage of private equity and private real assets funds, including leading fund and co-investment due diligence processes across the U.S., Europe and emerging markets. Prior to Pavilion, Bryan was a Principal on the investment team at Altius Associates, an established global private equity advisory and fund of funds firm. At Altius, Bryan was responsible for overseeing the firm’s investments and advisory work globally in infrastructure and real assets. In addition, Bryan has significant experience analysing investments in leverage buyouts, growth equity, venture capital, and private credit as well as conducting due diligence on co-investments and secondary transactions. Bryan holds a BSc in Business Administration and Finance from University of Richmond.

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Managers with whom he has worked

  • New Mountain Capital

Charlotte Dunley Senior Associate

Charlotte is involved in deal co-ordination, logistics, distribution and project management across a range of the firm’s funds. Prior to joining Asante, Charlotte spent three years at Deloitte working within the Financial Services Audit & Advisory team. Prior to this, Charlotte interned at Rathbone Brothers where she worked within the research division of the Investment Management team. Charlotte holds a BSc in Economics & Geography (Hons) from the London School of Economics and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

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Managers with whom she has worked:

  • AnaCap Financial Partners
  • Apis Partners
  • Blue Water Energy
  • Gaja Capital
  • Orion Energy Partners
  • Sole Shipping

Matthew Pearse Senior Associate

Matthew is an experienced private equity professional responsible for all aspects of both client and investor engagement as well as the day to day project management of various fundraises. Before joining Asante, Matthew spent four years at the Royal Bank of Scotland in a variety of roles, including working in Group Investor Relations and the Global Banking & Markets Strategy team where he was responsible for market intelligence, competitor analysis and strategic support for the Executive Committee. While in Group Investor Relations, Matthew worked on investor monitoring, communications and external reporting. Matthew holds a BSc in International Business Management (Hons) from Cardiff University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

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Managers with whom he has worked:

  • AnaCap Financial Partners
  • Albright Capital Management
  • G Square Capital
  • Mobeus Equity Partners
  • New Mountain Capital
  • Orion Energy Partners
  • Primary Capital
  • Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Kelly Pfingst Senior Associate

Kelly is an experienced private equity professional responsible for all aspects of both client and investor engagement as well as the day to day project management of various fundraises. Prior to joining Asante, Kelly was on the investment team at Strategic Partners Fund Solutions, Blackstone’s dedicated secondary private equity platform, where she performed fund and co-investment due diligence and executed many types of transactions, from single fund transfers to complex, structured portfolio solutions. Kelly reviewed over 200 opportunities and personally closed over 25 transactions (~$500m of exposure). Before this, Kelly worked in the Asset Management Division of Credit Suisse and interned in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. Kelly graduated magna cum laude from Binghamton University and holds a BSc in Management with a concentration in Financial Engineering.

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Managers with whom she has worked

  • Aqua Capital
  • Quad Partners

Charlotte Salasky Senior Associate

Charlotte is involved in deal co-ordination, investor distribution and execution across a range of the firm’s funds, research and deal origination.  Before joining Asante, Charlotte worked with Leopard Capital, a frontier market private equity fund, on the first ever private equity fund in Haiti.  She also worked as a consultant for A.R.P. Capital Partners, a private equity search fund targeting UK SMEs, as well as Arbor Square Associates and the Coller Institute of Private Equity conducting global private equity research. Prior to this, Charlotte spent five years working as a Director for a Foundation where she focused on project management and fundraising. Charlotte holds a BA in Government, with Distinction, from the University of Virginia and an MBA from London Business School.

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Managers with whom she has worked:

  • AnaCap Financial Partners
  • Creandum
  • Crescent Capital Group
  • New Mountain Capital

Brandon Lay Senior Analyst

Brandon is involved in deal co-ordination and project management across a range of the firm’s funds. Prior to joining Asante, Brandon spent two years at Fairholme Capital Management trading equities and fixed income for the firm’s hedge fund, mutual funds, separate managed accounts program. Prior to this, Brandon worked in the Valuations Team at PwC and in corporate finance at AIG, now Chartis Insurance, in Singapore. Brandon holds a BBA in Finance and Economics (cum laude) from the University of Miami. He is a Level III Candidate in the CFA Program.

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Managers with whom he has worked

  • Corry Capital Advisors
  • New Mountain Capital

George Lyons Senior Analyst

George is involved in deal co-ordination and project management across a range of the firm’s funds. Before joining Asante, George spent four years working as a corporate lawyer in the financial institutions group at Clifford Chance in London and Amsterdam, where he advised on a range of issues including the sale and purchase of portfolio companies within the financial services sector. George spent his final year at Clifford Chance on secondment to BlackRock’s institutional legal team in London. George holds an LLB with first class honours in Law and Business from the University of Brighton, an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a qualified Solicitor in England & Wales.

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Managers With Whom He Has Worked:

  • Abingworth
  • Headway Capital Partners

Frances Smith CRM Analyst

Frances is responsible for overseeing and calibrating the proprietary CRM system that has been developed at Asante and delivering improvements to internal processes. Prior to joining Asante, Frances spent 18 months as a senior project manager at ETX Capital, a spread betting and CFD trading company, engineering and updating a range of internal and client-facing processes. Prior to this, Frances spent 3 years as an analyst at Acumen Commercial Insights specialising in consumer good pricing management. Frances holds a BA with first class honours in Classics from Cambridge University and an MA in Reception of Classics from UCL.

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Craig Friedman Analyst

Craig is involved in deal co-ordination and project management across a range of the firm’s funds. Prior to joining Asante, Craig spent over two years working at Tulane’s Investment Office in a variety of roles, with his primary responsibility working within the Private Capital team covering both Private Equity and Private Real Asset investments. Prior to this, Craig completed a summer internship at Schafer Cullen Capital Management covering global high dividend yielding equities. He graduated cum laude from Tulane’s A.B Freeman School of Business in 2014 with BSM in Finance. Craig has completed Level I of the CFA Program.

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Managers with whom he has worked

  • Aqua Capital
  • Quad Partners

Runyararo Dengu Analyst

Runyararo is a member of the direct investments team, where he is involved in analysing, structuring and advising on direct investments for Asante’s growing client base of deal-by-deal managers. Before joining Asante, Runyararo spent 2 years within Jefferies’ EMEA Equity Capital Markets team, executing several UK and Continental European IPOs. Prior to this Runyararo worked for his family business in both Harare and Amsterdam, whilst completing an M&A internship with Lazard. Runyararo holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh.

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Sandra Krstovic Analyst

Sandra is involved in deal co-ordination, distribution and project management across a range of the firm’s funds. Prior to joining Asante, Sandra spent 2 years at Jefferies working within their European Leveraged Finance team, covering high yield and leveraged loan origination. Prior to this, Sandra interned at Citigroup within the Industrials Corporate Banking division. Sandra holds a BA in Economics & Business with East European Studies (Hons) from UCL and an MSc in Corporate Finance from Cass Business School.

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Managers with whom she has worked:

  • Catalyst Principal Partners
  • G Square Capital
  • Mobeus Equity Partners

Kate O'Meara Analyst

Kate is involved in deal co-ordination and project management across a range of the firm’s funds. Before joining Asante, Kate spent two years at the Royal Bank of Scotland working within the Williams & Glyn Business Delivery Programme. Prior to this, Kate worked as a project manager on significant real estate construction projects in New York and Dublin. Kate holds a BE in Civil Engineering (Hons) from University College Dublin.

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MANAGERS WITH WHOM SHE HAS WORKED:

  • Blue Water Energy
  • Sole Shipping

Linden Grant Assistant Accountant

Linden is a member of the finance team and is responsible for assisting the CFO with the overall management of the group finance function. Prior to joining Asante, Linden was a member of the finance team at Cineworld Cinemas Group PLC. Linden holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Medical Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London. Linden is a Part-Qualified Accountant and is currently undertaking his finals with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

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Oliver Bastable Accounts Assistant

Oliver is a member of the finance team assisting the CFO and Assistant Accountant. Before joining Asante, Oliver was a Client Accountant at Colliers International working within their Property Management department.  Oliver Holds a BA Hons degree in Business Management specialising in Financial Management from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff and is currently studying towards his CIMA accreditation.

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Eddette Steynberg Operations Coordinator

At Asante, Eddette is involved in coordinating the operations team and is responsible for recruitment and human resources, website, hardware and IT systems management as well as conference and event management for the firm. Further to this, Eddette provides support to the US office. Prior to joining Asante, Eddette worked at CBRE in the Equity Placement Team, where she assisted in the design and creation of team due diligence documents, pitch books and co-founded the company PA support network. Eddette holds a BSc degree in Human Genetics from the University of Pretoria, a Higher National Diploma in website design and computing and is an experienced portrait and event photographer and graphic designer.

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Lauren Baczewski EA and Office Coordinator

Lauren is Executive Assistant to Fraser van Rensburg and Office Coordinator for the New York office. Lauren is responsible for travel arrangements, conference coordination, office supplier management, human resources and IT systems in the US. Further to this, Lauren provides office and operations support to the New York team as well as managing front of house and guest relations. Prior to joining Asante, Lauren worked as an Operations Coordinator at MVision Private Equity Advisers. At MVision, Lauren was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the New York office, provided deal team support and was also responsible for the planning and execution of US corporate events, including the company offsite, closing dinners, LP Events and due diligence day sessions. Lauren holds a BA in Hospitality, Recreation & Resort Management from the University of West Florida.

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Mikelle Stott EA and Office Assistant

Mikelle (‘Mickey’) is Executive Assistant to Warren Hibbert and an Office Assistant for the London office. Mikelle is responsible for IT systems, conference coordination as well as front of house and guest relations in London. Prior to joining Asante, Mikelle worked as an Executive at a leading global marketing agency where she was responsible for the management of staff and also supported the Account and Production team. Mikelle also has experience working as an Executive Assistant to a Senior Hollywood Executive in Toronto, Canada. Mikelle holds a B.Com in Management and a BA in Sociology from the University of Otago.

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Alexa Berlin Office Administrative Assistant

Alexa is Office Administrative Assistant for Asante's New York Office. Alexa is responsible for day-to-day operations which include: conference coordination, office supplier management, front of house, and guest relations. Prior to joining Asante, Alexa worked on the operations team for McGill University’s Bookstore in Montréal. Alexa holds a BA in Joint Honours Philosophy and Political Science from McGill University.