Manuel Roumain

FOUNDER

MANUEL ROUMAIN HAS AN EXTENSIVE INVESTMENT EXPERIENCE AND A STRONG NETWORK OF TRUSTED FAMILY OFFICES.

He managed direct and LP investments across all asset classes during his 10-year tenure as the chief investment officer in a prominent family office in Geneva, The Edmond Safra Philanthropic foundation, after having gained extensive capital market experience with major wall street firms, Goldman Sachs, UBS, Citigroup.

Manuel serves as a non-executive board member of BK SEE, and Managing Partner of le Club B, a leading non-profit family office forum, connecting over 250 prominent families.

His strategic thinking, focus and accountability have also allowed him to establish and foster key relationships with Fund Managers and long term investors.

The founders

The founders bring a unique combination of private equity expertise and years of experience managing and partnering with prominent family offices

The team

Our investment and support team comes with relevant investment, advisory and operational backgrounds, and is located in our offices in Switzerland and Belgium

Laurent Vermer

Investments

Laurent Vermer is an experienced investment executive and operator with specific sector expertise in consumer goods and the agroindustry. He joined Kharis Capital to lead selective investments in the consumer space, while maintaining his own consulting and investment activities in the global food- and agroindustry.

Prior to joining Kharis Capital, Laurent was an investment director with BeCapital, a private equity fund launched by Cobepa, which he helped raise and focused on European cleantech companies.

From 2004 to 2009, he served with AB InBev in M&A and sales management roles. Prior to that, he was working in M&A and Project Financing for Suez Energy, first in Brazil, then in Italy.



Laurent holds an M.B.A. from INSEAD and a BA degree from Solvay Business School. He is fluent in Dutch, French, English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

Alexander Carlier

Investment

Alexander Carlier* joined Kharis Capital in September 2015. He participates in the analysis and valuation of new investment opportunities, develops financial models for operational and investment purposes and provides support to the management of portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Kharis Capital, Alexander worked as Manager Business Modelling at E&Y in Brussels. Prior to that, he held similar positions in the consultancy and banking industry. During his career he was involved in many transactions on behalf of private equity funds and corporate clients across several industries (energy, consumer goods, infrastructure, etc.).



Alexander holds a Master’s degree in Commercial Sciences with a major in Accountancy and Taxation, in addition he is a Charted Financial Analyst.

*as permanent representative of Calibrated Capital bvba

Rajaa Mekouar

Investment

Rajaa joined Kharis Capital to lead the Equity Syndicate and Partnerships and be part of the Investments team.

She brings 20 years of the international experience in PE as a GP and Family Office advisor.

Rajaa is the founder of Maera Capital, a boutique dedicated to private investors and families with a focus on consumer and agribusiness sectors. She sourced, executed and monitored a number of direct investments in this space including Terra Magna Capital, which she co founded with Massena Partners.

Prior to founding Maera Capital, Rajaa was a founding Principal at Lazard European Private Equity Partners and an Associate Director at Change Capital Partners, a PE fund originally backed by the Halley family, where she worked on a range of European mid cap investments in the consumer/FMCG/retail sectors.



Rajaa started her career at Procter & Gamble in the brand management division of Household Products in France, the UK and Germany.

She is a graduate of HEC in France and holds an MBA from INSEAD. She speaks French, German, Spanish and Arabic.

Rajaa is an active Board Member of the Luxembourg Private Equity Association (www.lpea.lu) as she is based in Luxembourg, where she will represent Kharis Capital in selected investment structures domiciled there.

David Douénias

Compliance officer

David is in charge of administration, finance and data management.

David created a consultancy company in 2012, which focuses on organizational and finance support, assisting companies in a variety of sectors, including in computer retail sector (Redcorp) in cobalt production (GTL) and in the finance industry (Kharis).

David started his professional career as Sales & Finance Manager in Solbena, a textile company in Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo). After 10 years in DRC he founded a Brussels-based trading company, CRE, in 1999 and then 4 years later Zefood , a food production factory specialized in “dietary” meals.

He is also a co-founder and member of the board in PaperBrick, an investment company focusing on real estate certification.



David holds a master degree in management (“ingénieur de gestion”) from the Solvay Business School, which is part of the Université Libre de Bruxelles , and a “post graduate in international trade.

David is a member of Rotary club since 1989 and golfing is his main hobby. *permanent representative of Douenias C. & T. sprl

Lionel Schreiber

Investments

Lionel Schreiber joined Kharis Capital in 2016. He is a seasoned investment professional with cross industry and functional experience.

Prior to Kharis, Lionel worked for McKinsey & Company (management consulting), Cobepa (private equity) and Engie China (investments in energy projects).

Lionel graduated from Imperial College London and HEC Paris and is a Certified International Investment Analyst. He is fluent in English, Dutch and French.



Jüry de Wulf

Investments

Jüry started his career in audit and changed to Ernst & Young's transaction service department after one year. During his 10 years' career at EY Brussels, he managed several buy and sell side due diligence assignments for large and succesfull private equity companies active in Belgium. Jüry has a strong financial background and established a sound reputation as a business minded transaction specialist, looking beyond the financials of a company. Jüry was defined by his clients as a go-getter, energetic and a high achiever, but also as pragmatic when needed and supportive to management.



Jüry holds a master in commercial sciences, which is currently being complemented by an executive MBA at Vlerick.