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Markku Malkamäki, Chairman

Ph.D., Chairman and CIO at Northern Star Partners Oy. Markku started his career in 1989 at the Bank of Finland where he held several positions until 2000, including Head of Financial Market Policy Office and Senior Advisor. He played a vital role in establishing Evli’s Bank banking business and electronic services as Executive Vice President in 2000-2003. From 2004, Markku joined Pohjola Private as CEO, where he was responsible for establishing the private banking business of Pohjola Bank and growing it from infant stages into a successful family office business with €3.4 billion of AUM. He has also acted as a Vice Chairman of the Finnish Central Securities Depository and as a Board Member at the Helsinki Exchanges Group.

Antonio Thomas, Managing Director, Lux Branch Office

Antonio is well known in the Luxembourg Management Company and Funds Governance sector and frequently participates as a speaker in various events and panels. He has worked within the Asset Management industry since 1989 and has a deep and broad experience in the asset class. He spent 15 years in senior positions at F&C Asset Management Ltd in the UK. Then from 2006 onwards with RBS Group in Ireland and Luxembourg, where he is best known for leading RBS Luxembourg SA, which he grew to the largest 3rd Party Luxembourg ManCo at the time as the Managing Director and the Chairman. In 2014 he left to set up his own partnership and since then has been responsible for delivering several significant change management projects in the ManCo space, most recently for Nevastar Finance (Luxembourg) S.A.

Paavo Põld, Sales and Marketing

Paavo has, over the last 16 years, held a number of board level and managerial positions in regulated financial entities accumulating the experience required from directors to meet the high standards investors now require from fund boards. Between 1999-2001, Paavo served as CEO and member of the board of the small independent asset manager Suprema Fund Management (SFM). From 2001 until 2007 Paavo held various position at Swedbank and its different entities. In 2007 Paavo was one of the founders of Limestone Investment Management (later named to Northern Star), an Estonian registered management company that from the very start has been acting as appointed investment manager for a range of Luxembourg domiciled UCITS and SIF funds. Since 2014, Paavo served as a board member of Limestone Platform AS responsible for compliance issues.