Team

Who We Are: Our Leadership Team

Thor Björgólfsson

Chairman of Novator Capital

Chairman of Novator Partners, founded in 2004 and Novator Capital, founded in 2020

  • One of the most pre-eminent investors in the Global TMT Industry
  • Iceland’s first billionaire
  • Chairman of Novator Capital
  • Extensive investment track record:
    • PLAY in Poland
    • WOMS.A. in Chile
    • CCP (computer games)
    • Verne Global (datacenters)
    • Xantis Pharma
  • NYU’s Stern School of Business – On the School’s Board of Overseers for the past 8 years

Arnaud Massenet

Chief Executive Officer

  • GRIP – Chairman & Founder (Artificial Intelligence)
    • Virtual Conferences
    • Matchmaking
  • Depury.com – Co-founder & Director
    • Online contemporary art platform
  • Net-a-porter (1999-2010) – Co-founder & Director
  • South West Capital (2007) – Founder of hedge fund focused on real asset investments
  • Lehman Brothers (2003-07) – Founder of Lehman Brothers’ corporate derivatives group
  • Lehman Brothers (1998-2003) – Co-Head European Derivatives Sales
  • Morgan Stanley (1994-98) – European Equity Derivatives Group
  • Lincoln International Business School (Paris) – B.A.

Prabhu Narasimhan

Chief Investment Officer

  • Mayer Brown, White & Case and Baker McKenzie– over 15 years as a lawyer and partner
  • Novator Capital (2020) – Co-founder & CEO
    • Multi-asset investment fund with a developed markets focus
  • Baker McKenzie London – Founder of Alternative Capital practice.
    • Senior strategic advisor to multi-billion dollar family
      offices and private equity funds
  • White & Case – Partner and Global Head of Family Offices
  • Widely recognized and commended, particularly by the FT Innovative Lawyers awards
  • M.A. (Law),  Cambridge University

Who We Are: Our Board

Caroline Harding

Chief Financial Officer and Director

  • Advisory and non-executive director services
  • Qualified chartered accountant
  • Weybourne, Sir James Dyson’s family office (until October 2019) – CFO managing a multi-billion £ portfolio
  • Weybourne Group – Senior accounting officer, Compliance and AML officer (Financial Conduct Authority regulated subsidiary)
  • Exploration Capital – CFO and Director, managed a diversified global investment portfolio
  • Was simultaneously CFO of Gilo (engineering business)

Shravin Mittal

Director

  • Unbound – Founder, long term technology investment arm
  • Bharti Global – Family Office Director
  • Softbank (2016-17) – Investor
  • Better Capital (2014-16) –London Private Equity Assistant Director
  • Airtel (Africa & India) (2010-12) – Managing Director
  • J.P. Morgan (2009-10) –Investment banking
  • University of Bath – B.S. Accounting and Finance
  • Harvard Business School – MBA

Michael Edelstein

Independent Director

  • Creative business leader, investor and producer
  • NBC Universal International (2010-17) –
    Division President

    • Created 1,100 hours of original content
    • Awarded 18 Emmys, three Golden Globes and
      six BAFTAS
  • Desperate Housewives (2004-06) – Executive Producer
  • CBS Corporation (1998-2002) – Director of current programs
  • UCLA – B.A. History and Art History

Sangeeta Desai

Independent Director

  • Experienced investor and C-level executive, currently on a number of listed and private boards globally
  • Mopar Media – Chairwoman
  • OSN – Non-executive Director
  • Ocean Outdoor – Non-executive Director
  • Fremantle Media – COO & CEO of Emerging Markets
  • Hit Entertainment – COO
  • Apax Partners – Principal
  • Goldman Sachs & J.P. Morgan – Investment banking
  • U.C. Berkeley – B.S.
  • Haas School of Bus. – B.A.
  • Wharton, U.P. – MBA