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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, Body roles and responsibilities, Appointing MB members, Group strategy, Group risk appetite, Large transactions.
Vincenzo Trani - Chairman

Vincenzo Trani

Chairman

Born in 1974, after graduating and completing his specialization 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 that has established itself as one of the most successful such initiatives at a European level.

Vittorio Volpi

Vittorio Volpi

Vittorio 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 until 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 held 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 Parallels consultancy, but this time in Switzerland to develop strategic consulting projects.

Etienne Schneider

Etienne Schneider

Born in 1971, Etienne 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 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.

He has been a member of the executive board of several companies, such as Société électrique de l’Our (SEO), Enovos International SA, Enovos Deutschland AG and National Credit and Investment Company (SNCI). Upon being appointed minister in 2012 he resigned from all 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 being assigned the Ministry of Internal Security and Defense.

After the 2018 elections he remained 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 became a member of the Supervisory board of Mikro Kapital Management S.A. in January 2022.

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 a member of the British Institute of Directors, and has been a member of associations of foreign investors with interest in Eastern Europe. Kamen 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.

Ferdinando Pelazzo

Ferdinando Pelazzo

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

In Russia since 1990, Mr. Pelazzo, has acquired extensive experience 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 would cover various roles, in 1991 being named 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 number of branches.

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

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.
Johannes Feist

Johannes Feist

Johannes Feist is a development finance expert, experienced with mergers & acquisitions and restructurings, and with commercial, governmental and not for profit business models. He has deep knowledge of the functions of development finance institutions (DFIs), of MSME and rural financial services industries, and of investment fund regulations in Luxemburg, Germany and Mauritius.

He obtained a PhD and Diploma (MSc) in International Economics from University of Munich (Germany). He started his career at the EU Commission and European Centre of International Security (EUCIS), then became Assistant Lecturer at University of Munich. In 1999 he joined KFW Development Bank as Senior Project Manager. In the following 20 years in KFW, Mr. Feist covered different managerial and international roles, among them: Resident Director in Pristina and Belgrade, Vice President for European Financial Institutions (Berlin), Vice President for Corporate Strategy (Frankfurt).

Since 2015 he was Head of Division Financial Systems Development Southern Africa and Regional Funds, essentially KFW’s equity team. In 2020 Mr. Feist left KFW and founded his own company, JF Investment Advisory, supporting clients in the public (DFIs, International Organizations) and private / corporate space. He is member of Advisory Committee of DWM Displaced Communities Fund. In September 2022 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Mikro Kapital Management S.A.

Michele Mattioda

Michele Mattioda

Mr. Mattioda holds a Master’s degree in Automotive Engineering earned at Turin Polytechnic. He started his career in the automotive field in FCA and Bosch. He was involved in startup projects for sustainable mobility at the university, as a project manager. Later 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 headquarters in Luxembourg in 2020 as investor relations manager, coordinating all funding opportunities. In 2022 he was appointed a member of the Management board.

Dmitry Stepanov

Dmitry Stepanov

A lawyer since 2003, Dmitry has had an international career in corporate law. Starting as a Legal Assistant in the 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 Services, EMEA/Group Corporate Secretary, and Head of Legal – Regions (Latin America and EMEA). From 2018 he has been Group Chief Legal Officer in Mikro Kapital.

Pape Saliou Ndao

Pape Saliou Ndao

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

In 2017 Ndao joined Mikro Kapital Management S.A. in Luxembourg as manager for building business cases, timelines and growth/action plans driven by financial analysis, market trends, risk scenarios, economic factors and feasibility options.

He has been engaged in effective emerging market coverage by overseeing commercial and marketing strategies together with sales and marketing departments.

He was appointed a member of the management board in Mikro Kapital Management S.A. in 2018.

Investment Committee

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

Funding Committee

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