Frank is Co-Managing Partner, Head of Investor Relations and a Member of DFI’s Investment Committee. Prior to co-founding DFI in 2016, he spent seven years as Co-Founding and Senior Managing Partner of BLG Capital, Turkey’s largest private equity real estate investment and development firm. He was previously Partner of Access Turkey Capital Group, a Turkish middle market corporate private equity platform for two years. Prior to that he worked for eight years in New York City for a family office and a middle market private equity firm Newtek Business Services, focusing on investments in business and financial services companies. Frank holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University and Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University.
Gavin is Co-Managing Partner, Head of Investments and Member of the Investment Committee for DFI. Prior to co-founding DFI in 2016, he spent 6 years as Managing Director responsible for Real Estate Investment at The Abraaj Group, the largest emerging market focused private equity firm. Prior to that he worked for 4 years at The Royal Bank of Scotland in the Principal Real Estate Finance team and for 3 years at Allen & Overy, where he started his career as a lawyer specializing in Real Estate Finance. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University College London, a postgraduate diploma from Nottingham Law School and a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD.
Sven is the Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder of the Deutsche Finance Group (DFG) as well as a Member of DFI’s Investment Committee. He is responsible for the investment strategies and activities of Funds and Accounts managed by DFG on behalf of private individuals and institutional clients. He was previously a Fund Manager at Valartis Asset Management SA in Geneva and Zurich, where he covered indirect Real Estate investments in Latin America and Asia on behalf of institutional clients. Sven graduated in Law from the University of Kiel and Düsseldorf and his doctorate was on Capital Markets Law.
Symon is a Managing Director of Deutsche Finance Group (DFG) and Member of DFI’s Investment Committee. He is responsible for heading FDG’s investment management divisions. He was previously Managing Director of Valartis Asset Management SA in Geneva and Zurich, covering indirect Real Estate investments globally on behalf of institutional clients. Symon graduated in Business Administration from VWA in Munich and Berlin and has a postgraduate degree in Real Estate Economics from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel.
John is a lecturer at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He is an advisor to DFG and a Member of DFI’s Investment Committee. His career in the real estate industry began at Swiss Re, where he invested and monitored an indirect global real estate portfolio with total commitment size of over CHF 1.4bn. Before joining Swiss Re he worked at the private equity arm of UBS from 2001 to 2005. His studied for his doctorate at Zurich University.