People

Our team

Meet the people behind Pelion

 

Alexander Samwer

Founding Partner

Alexander is co-founder of Pelion Green Future and advises on the strategic direction of the company and our investments.

Alexander co-founded numerous successful ventures, among them Picus Capital and the European Founders Fund, investing early in companies like Zalando and LinkedIn.
He holds a M.A. in Economics & Politics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jeremias Heinrich

Founding Partner

Jeremias is co-founder of Pelion Green Future and advises on the strategic direction of the company and our investments.

Jeremias co-founded a range of ventures within the technology, real estate, and clean energy infrastructure.

He holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering and a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering & Business Administration from Technical University Munich (TUM).

Jan Krueger

Partner & Managing Director

As Managing Partner, Jan oversees the Group’s investment strategy and growth activities.

Jan worked at McKinsey & Company’s Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice, focussing on M&A in the energy and industrial sector.

He holds a B.Sc. from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and a M.Sc. from the Stockholm School of Economics and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Goga Vukmirovic

Partner & Head of the Americas

Goga is Partner and Head of the Americas. Based in our New York office, she oversees the Group’s investment and growth activities in the Americas.

Goga is Founder and Managing Partner at real estate investment firm Avente Capital Management and worked at Eton Park Capital Management.

She holds an B.A. from Princeton University, J.D. from Harvard Law School, and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Julia Auerbach

Head of People & Communication

As Head of People and Communication, Julia leads all of Pelion’s communications activities – from positioning to press release, from posting to panel discussion. She is also responsible for all HR-related topics from recruiting new talents to developing our team.

Julia worked at ProSiebenSat.1 in leadership roles in Marketing and Corporate Communications and as a Consultant at Klenk & Hoursch Corporate & Brand Communications.

She holds a M.A. in Communication, Law, and American Studies from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Konstantin Baaske

Head of Finance

Konstantin is Pelion’s Head of Finance and is responsible for the group’s accounting, taxation, and all finance-related matters.

Konstantin worked with KPMG, auditing renewable energy and manufacturing companies. He is a certified Tax Consultant and German Public Accountant (on leave). He holds a M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Business Administration from WFI - Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.

Benedikt von Bary

Investor

Benedikt coordinates all project exit and M&A processes across the portfolio and leads new growth activities in Europe. He is closely involved in supporting and advising the companies within Pelion’s infrastructure platform.

Benedikt worked at McKinsey & Company as Engagement Manager, focusing on strategy, sustainability, and M&A within the automotive industry.

He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Management and Technology from the Technical University Munich (TUM) and a PhD from the TU Dresden in information systems.

Filipa Brandão de Menezes

Operations Analyst

As Operations Analyst, Filipa supports our Operating Office, focusing on process efficiency and optimization.

She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Porto and a M.Sc. in International Economics and Business from the University of Utrecht.

Christoph Herig

General Counsel

Christoph is General Counsel and advises the Pelion group on all legal matters.

Christoph worked as a lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. As part of the private M&A and corporate team, he focused on M&A transactions in regulated markets.

He concluded his studies with the first state examination at the Universities of Heidelberg and Muenster and gained his second state examination (admission to the bar) in Munich. He also holds an MBA from ESCP Business School.

Konrad Horvath

Investor

Konrad builds up Pelion’s hydrogen investments and is closely involved in our Australian project portfolio. He supports the strategy for the Pelion New Energy Platform.

Konrad was Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group, creating sustainability strategies for private-equity-owned companies in energy-intensive sectors.

He holds a B.Sc. and M.A. in Petroleum Engineering from the Technical University Clausthal and a M.A. in China Studies from Zhejiang University in China.

Martin Körner

Investor

Martin leads the battery storage activities within the Pelion group and advises our partner companies in Central Europe.

Martin founded a start-up within the Recycling and AI space and worked at Bain & Company as a consultant within the Industrial Goods and Services sector.

He holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Munich (TUM) and a B.Sc. from Karlsruher Institute of Technology.

Markus Lauko

Transactions & Operations Manager

As Transactions and Operations Manager, Markus leads deal-closing processes and the integration of new portfolio companies and partners to the Pelion group.

Markus worked as Head of Operations at Arvantis Group.

He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics and Management from the University of Ulm.

Carla Polo

HR Manager

As HR Manager, Carla manages all HR-related topics from recruiting to offboarding.

Carla worked at Oliver Wyman as a Graduate Recruiting Manager.

She holds a M.Sc. in Human Resource Management from FOM Hochschule für Ökonomie & Management.

Katharina Prantl

Investor

Katharina supports Pelion’s portfolio companies with a distinct focus on Battery Storage.

Katharina holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Management and Technology from the Technical University Munich (TUM).

Florian Steffen

Investor

Florian works closely with our development partners in the UK, the US, and Germany. He advises on and supports investment decisions, project divestment, and new technologies.

Florian worked with the Boston Consulting Group advising clients from the Construction Chemicals, Metals & Mining, and Energy industries.

He holds a M.Sc. in Technology & Management from Technical University Munich (TUM) and is Industrial Engineer for Process and Power Technology.

Raffaela Krestan

Accountant

Raffaela works as an Accountant in Pelion’s Finance, Accounting and Tax team and supports our subsidiaries.

Raffaela worked at Personio as a Junior Accountant before.

She holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration with focus on "Accounting & Controlling" and "Technology & Innovation" from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU).

Cooper Wetherbee

Investor

Cooper manages Pelion's relationships with our North America partners and contributes market research and investment diligence to identify and pursue new Americas opportunities. He is based in our New York office.

Cooper has prior experience in infrastructure private equity, venture capital, development banking, and energy markets consulting.

He holds a B.A. from Northwestern University with majors in Economics and Environmental Sciences, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Gijs Wilbers

Investor

Gijs advances our development activities in Italy and New Zealand. He advises on and supports with investment decisions, project divestment, and new technologies.

Gijs brings a legal background from working at Loyens & Loeff as M&A lawyer, specializing in renewable energy transactions.

He holds a MBA from INSEAD Business School and LL.M. from Leiden University.

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Our Values

Investing in what matters

Our core value serves as compass when we assess our potential investments, but it also plays a crucial role in our recruiting and development process.

Because what matters to us is

1) Investing in and partnering with like-minded entrepreneurs, companies and technologies tackling the climate crisis at its root cause.

2) Building and growing a diverse team of ambitious, driven, and passionate people that want to make an impact.

Based on this, we co-created three values to live by in our day-to-day business, to use as guidelines for our professional development and to apply when it comes to recruiting new talents to join our team.

01

Grow by growing others

Team spirit and appreciation lie at the core of this value. We know, we can only achieve excellence together. Our business is a people business - that’s why we invest time in giving feedback, coaching and learning (from) each other and leave our egos at the door.

02

Strive for excellence

We aim for top quality in our deliverables and are constantly willing to improve. Convinced that a fixed mindset is the death of excellence, we encourage all of our team members, independent from status or seniority, to come up with initiatives and innovative ways to get better day by day.

03

Act as if it's your own company

We believe in entrepreneurship and value integrity and commitment. We want each team member to identify as an important part in our joint mission - by showing initiative, owning projects and stepping up when resources are not allocated effectively.

Careers

Together, we can achieve change.

We are continuously looking for bright and committed minds to join our team, for people who share our vision: A clean and green future – powered by sustainable resources.

Joining Pelion will allow you to be part of a sustainably growing company at the forefront of the energy transition. You will get insights into the most exciting companies and technologies in the green energy and decarbonization space.

With us, you will experience a high degree of responsibility and creative freedom from day one, working in a passionate and collaborative international team atmosphere with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Available roles