fbpx

Team

Meet the people that make Mikro Kapital unique.

In Mikro Kapital, management and investment teams you can find outstanding professional skills acquired by our partners over the years in various international markets.

Our team with a wide background in finance, banking and support to small and medium enterprises comes from many countries around the world and together they make mikro kapital unique and special.

Supervisory Board

Responsible for the establishment and approval of: Corporate governance, Group structure, Corporate bodies, Bodies roles and responsibilities, Appointing MB members, Group strategy, Group risk appetite, Large transactions.
Vittorio Volpi - Chairman

Vittorio Volpi

Chairman

He began his professional career with the First National City Bank in Milan, working both in the United States and Europe. In 1971 he opened the offices of the first Italian bank in Japan (Comit) which he managed up to 1981 with responsibility for the whole Far East. In that same year he set up a company offering strategic and financial consultancy, Parallels KK, Tokyo.

This was followed by his appointment to the Chairmanship of UBS Japan (1991), a position he retained until 2001. On his return to Europe he took over the position of General Manager of UBS in Zurich with involvement in project Italy, helping to bring the Swiss presence in Italy up to standards of excellence especially in Private Banking. He left his position in UBS in 2008, concentrating on reviving the Parallels consultancy but this time in Switzerland to develop strategic consultancy projects.

Etienne Schneider

Etienne Schneider

Born in 1971, Etienne Schneider completed his secondary schooling at the Lycée Technique d’Esch-sur-Alzette before studying at the ICHEC Brussels Management School and at the University of Greenwich in London where he graduated in business and finance in 1995.

Etienne Schneider joined the Socialist Party in 1991 and was elected municipal councillor in Kayl, Luxembourg in 1995. He then became secretary general of the Socialist parliamentary group from 1997 to 2004, before taking up his duties at the Ministry of the Economy.

Mr Schneider became a member of the executive board of several companies, such as the Société électrique de l’Our (SEO), Enovos International SA, Enovos Deutschland AG and the National Credit and Investment Company (SNCI). Upon being appointed minister in 2012, he resigned from all of these positions.

In 2013, he headed the LSAP list and became Deputy Prime Minister of the Bettel government, retaining the Ministry of Economy and also obtaining the Ministry of Internal Security and Defense.

After the 2018 elections, he remains Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy. He was appointed Minister of Health.

In February 2020, he resigned from his position and left politics. He then created Beta Aquarii, specialized in economic consulting, and joined the boards of ArcelorMittal, LuxTP as chairman, Besix and Sistema. He is also an independent director of Jan de Nul Group.

He is member of the Supervisory board of Mikro Kapital Management S.A. since January 2022.

Edoardo Esercizio

Edoardo Esercizio

Edoardo has over 40 years of combined Wealth Management , Banking and Corporate Finance experience.

He started his career with Banca Commerciale Italiana in 1976 in the executive services, and gradually he advanced until becoming Responsible of Foreign Commerce. For more than 10 years, from 1987, he served at Banca SanPaolo Invest as a regional director where he built up the first network of financial promoters. After that, he worked 9 years for UBS Wealth Management in Italy as Executive Director, in charge of the institutional and private wealthy clients, focusing on private equity, IPO transactions and M&A. At the beginning he has been in charge as Head of the branch start up in Naples Within UBS he has been appointed as chief of Key client segment in Milan and Rome.

In 2008 he met Vincenzo Trani and began collaborating with Mikrokapital s.a.r.l. and General Invest as a Member of the advisory board . Subsequently he has been nominated CEO for General Invest Zurich.

He has been appointed as Manager from Banca Esperia for Family Office Intermediaries, and recently has became member of the advisory board.

He served as Financial Consultant for Italy country of FCC Fomento de Construcciones , a spanish based company.

He has also cover positions in boards of major listed, and not, companies operating in Italy: Waste Italia s.p.a., Innovatec s.p.a., Green Power Group s.p.a., Primus Capital Management s.p.a. and C.M.D. Motor Company s.p.a..

Ferdinando Pelazzo

Ferdinando Pelazzo

Ferdinando Pelazzo has been appointed member of the Supervisory Board of Mikro Kapital Management S.A. in January 2020.

Mr. Pelazzo, in Russia since 1990, has had an important experience of over 40 years in the main Italian banking institutions abroad.

He began his career in the banking sector in 1977 with Sanpaolo Bank for which he will cover various roles, arriving in 1991 to fill the position of head of International Organizations and European development programs for Central Europe and the CIS countries.

From 1997 to 2006, for Sanpaolo IMI Bank, he headed the bank’s representative office in Moscow. Sanpaolo IMI was one of the major Italian banking and insurance groups. It had around 44,000 employees and 7 million customers.

In 2006 he was appointed Deputy General Manager of the Russian branch Intesa ZAO (Intesa Sanpaolo Group).

From 2007 to today he has been the head of the Moscow representative office of UBI Banca Group, the fourth-largest Italian banking group for the number of branches.

Ferdinando Pelazzo is a consultant for the Board of the Russian Banking Association (ARB).

Kamen Zahariev

Kamen Zahariev

Kamen Zahariev is a seasoned non-executive director with over 25 years of experience in investment, banking and project finance in emerging markets, having participated in numerous transactions in project finance, infrastructure, M&A, restructurings and private equity.

Kamen Zahariev joined EBRD in 1992 and held various positions including that of Chief Legal Counsel; Country Director managing EBRD’s operations in Ukraine from 2003-2008 and then leading the Restructuring Department at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development until March 2018 where he managed EBRD’s significant portfolio of problem assets: loans to banks and other financial institutions, corporate loans and equity investments in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS. Kamen Zahariev has served on the supervisory boards of numerous industrial companies, banks and investment funds in Central and Eastern Europe. He is member of the British Institute of Directors and has been member of associations of foreign investors with interest in Eastern Europe.Kamen Zahariev has a PhD in international law from the Academy of Science, Berlin Germany and a degree in international and comparative law from the Moscow Institute of International Relations. He also has a background in international and comparative law and is the author of several publications in German and English on international law and on the legal aspects of banking and finance in Central and Eastern Europe.

Management Board

Responsible for the establishment and approval of: Operational activities, Budget and business plans, Internal procedures, Risk management, Control of portfolio companies, Appointing members of corporate bodies under MB responsibility, Approving decisions of corporate bodies under MB responsibility.
Vincenzo Trani

Vincenzo Trani

Born in 1974, after graduating and completing his specialist studies he moved to Russia at the end of the 1990s to work for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and has worked continuously in the same market from that time onwards. He directed development initiatives on behalf of important private banks and industrial groups for eight years.

He gained official recognition in Russia as the initiator of some of the most important projects for small and medium-sized businesses. He founded General Invest in 2007 and in 2008 Mikro Kapital, a micro- finance fund for financing Russian small businesses which has established itself as one of the most successful such initiatives at a European level.

Giorgio Parola

Giorgio Parola

After initial experience in Italy with Intesa Consulting, a first rank corporate advisory business, he moved to Russia in 2006 as a consultant for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

He then worked as responsible for starting up of divisions for the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises which he then directed. Co-Founder of Mikro Kapital Company, today is Vice President for Russia, Belarus, and Italy for Mikro Kapital lending business.

Pape Saliou Ndao

Pape Saliou Ndao

Mister Ndao has long international experience in developing business through emerging markets analysis and designing strategies with a focus on African markets.

In 2017 Mr Ndao joined Mikro Kapital Management S.A. in Luxembourg as responsible for building business cases, timelines and growth/action plans driven by financial analysis, market trends, risk scenarios, economic factors and feasibility options.
Mr Ndao has been engaged in a effective emerging markets coverage by overseeing commercial and marketing strategies together with sales and marketing departments.

He has been appointed member of management board in Mikro Kapital Management S.A. in 2018.

Dmitry Stepanov

Dmitry Stepanov

Qualified Lawyer since 2003, Dmitry Stepanov has undertaken an international career in corporate law. Starting as a Legal Assistant in “Nowitskaya” Law Firm and later as In-House Lawyer at UP “Traditsii Urala”, in Minsk, Belarus, he then moved to Altsoft N.V., Brussels, Belgium. In 2007, Dmitry Stepanov became Deputy Team Leader in the Legal Department of TMF Luxembourg S.A., dealing with trust, fiduciary, and fund services. He later worked for Sodrugestvo Group S.A., Luxembourg, as Head of Legal Service, EMEA / Group Corporate Secretary, and Head of Legal – Regions (Latin America and EMEA). From 2018 he is Group Chief Legal Officer in Mikro Kapital.

Michele Mattioda

Michele Mattioda

Mr. Mattioda holds a Master degree in Automotive Engineering at Politecnico of Torino. He started his career within the automotive field in FCA and Bosch. He was taking part to startup projects for sustainable mobility at the University, as a project manager. Later on he moved to General Invest in Zürich, part of Mikro Kapital group, to support the Swiss Asset Manager focusing on HNWI investors for wealth planning through the use of various financial investment strategies and as well on institutional investors for due diligence on Mikro Kapital Group.

Following the development of Mikro Kapital group he moved to the head quarter in Luxembourg in 2020 as investor relations manager and coordinating all funding opportunities. In 2022 is appointed member of Management board.

Vice Presidents

Giorgio Parola - Head of Lending Business in Armenia, Italy, Russia, Belarus and Uzbekistan

Giorgio Parola

Head of Lending Business in Armenia, Italy, Russia, Belarus and Uzbekistan

After initial experience in Italy with Intesa Consulting, a first rank corporate advisory business, he moved to Russia in 2006 as a consultant for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

He then worked as responsible for starting up of divisions for the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises which he then directed. Co-Founder of Mikro Kapital Company, today is Vice President for Russia, Belarus, and Italy for Mikro Kapital lending business.

Luca Pellegrini - Vice President for International Investors Relationships

Luca Pellegrini

Vice President for International Investors Relationships

Luca Pellegrini is Vice President at Mikro Kapital Luxembourg, responsible for the development of the Company in Europe and Switzerland. The core responsibility is the marketing and distribution of the bonds and funds issued by Mikro Kapital and the management of the Sales Team.

Prior to joining Mikro Kapital in October 2017, 
Mr.Pellegrini worked at GAM Capital Management AG as Head of Institutional and Asset Managers Italy, with the responsibility of starting up GAM’s marketing and distribution in Italy and the distribution of its investment strategies (UCITS funds). Prior to GAM, Mr.Pellegrini worked as a Director within the Key Client team at UBS Wealth Management, based in Italy. Before that, he was a client relationship manager at Merrill Lynch in California. Mr Pellegrini holds a BS in Financial Economics from the University of Bologna, including a two-year scholarship to the University of California, Santa Barbara.

He is based in Zurich.

Investment Committee

Responsible for searching and proposing for MB approval of: Investment activities, investment projects, M&A activities, FX strategy and policies, cost of funds for portfolio companies funding, fund's revaluation.

Funding Committee

Responsible for searching and proposing for MB approval of: Funding activities, MK Bond sales and distributions, professional and institutional investors relationships, cost of funds for MK funds.