A strong team of dedicated professionals
BlueOrchard’s management and investment teams are comprised of the industry’s highest caliber professionals, with a wide range of backgrounds in finance and development, with commercial banks, banking regulators, rating agencies, microfinance institutions, asset managers and development financial institutions. Hailing from a multitude of national origins, members of the BlueOrchard team speak close to twenty different languages.
Philipp MüllerChief Executive Officer
Philipp Mueller is Chief Executive Officer of BlueOrchard. As CEO, he leads the executive and extended management team and has executive oversight of the firm’s client and business areas, including strategy and resource management. Prior to that, Philipp held the position of Head Investment Solutions, heading the Global Investment Committee, and overseeing the portfolio management and asset allocation of all funds and mandates. Philipp joined BlueOrchard in 2018 from Partners Group, where he worked for ten years in Switzerland and the UK, most recently as Senior Vice President of Investment Solutions.
Philipp holds an MBA from ETH Zurich and a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Zurich.
Maria Teresa ZappiaChief Impact & Blended Finance Officer, Deputy CEO
Maria Teresa Zappia is responsible for the Public Private Partnership (PPP) funds under BlueOrchard’s management and impact practice. Maria Teresa joined BlueOrchard in 2008 as Chief Investment Officer. Previously Maria Teresa worked as Senior Banker in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development financial institution team both in London and Central Asia. Prior to that she worked for the Asian Development Bank in Manila and was an ODI Fellow in Africa.
Maria Teresa holds a M.Phil degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Florence.
Felix HermesHead of Private Equity & Sustainable Infrastructure
Felix Hermes is responsible for BlueOrchard’s private equity and sustainable infrastructure practices. Prior to joining BlueOrchard as Chief Operating Officer in 2016, Felix was an Executive Director of Corporate Business Development at Bank Vontobel. He has over 20 years of experience in shaping asset managers and financial services organizations as consultant and member of management.
Felix holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Normunds MizisChief Credit Officer
Normunds Mizis leads BlueOrchard’s private debt investment team globally. Before joining BlueOrchard, Normunds worked for 18 years with the World Council of Credit Unions, where he held a variety of Chief of Party and Project Management positions and performed multiple short-term consultancy assignments in Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia.
Normunds’ academic research at the University of Liverpool focused on microfinance for micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses in Sri Lanka.
Daniel PerroudGlobal Head of Business Development
Daniel Perroud is responsible for business development at BlueOrchard. He has over 20 years of in-depth industry knowledge and extensive experience in business development for traditional and alternative investments. Before joining BlueOrchard in 2018, Daniel held various Director positions in Harcourt Investment Consulting, Muzinich & Co., and Franklin Templeton.
Daniel holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and attended an executive program of finance at INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
Sevara Mukhamet–AlievaRegional Director – Eurasia
Before joining BlueOrchard, Sevara Mukhamet-Alieva worked for 15 years with the USAID and ADB, where she held a variety of managerial positions. She worked on development projects focusing on reforms of the banking system and the development of microfinance in Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. She has been a board member of the Credit Union Association and a number of credit unions in Uzbekistan.
Sevara has graduated from the Tashkent Finance University with a Bachelor’s degree in Banking.
David BeguinHead of Information Technology
David Beguin is Head of Information Technology, overseeing the BlueOrchard’s technology and IT infrastructure. Prior to joining the firm in 2009, David worked as an IT consultant and software engineer specializing in the development and integration of business solutions based on Microsoft technologies. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the School of Engineering and Management Vaud, Switzerland. He is a certified ITIL Expert, Microsoft Solution Developer, Microsoft Database Administrator, and PRINCE2.
Ernesto CostaHead of Private Equity Investments
Ernesto Costa has over 20 years of experience in financial markets. He has worked in M&A advisory, structured credit and investment management in a number of institutions including Goldman Sachs and HSBC in London, Towers Watson and Credit Agricole CIB.
He holds an MBA from IE Business School and is a CFA charter holder.
Martin GahrHead of Corporate Development
Martin Gahr is responsible for BlueOrchard’s corporate development activities. In his role, he drives strategic growth initiatives and facilitates innovation and new products. Prior to BlueOrchard, Martin was a project manager with a leading international management consulting firm advising clients in the energy and transportation sectors on strategic topics.
Martin is a CFA® charterholder. He holds a Master’s degree in Energy Science and Technology from ETH Zurich and wrote his Master’s thesis at UC Berkeley.
Yann GroegerRegional Director – Africa and Latam
Yann Groeger is the Regional Director of Africa and Latam at BlueOrchard Finance. He joined BlueOrchard from ProCredit Group where he worked for 13 years in management of ProCredit banks in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. He has served on board of directors of ProCredit Ghana and Banco ProCredit in Colombia and has extensive experience in SME finance, among others having developed programs for agricultural and green finance in Mozambique and Colombia. Apart from his managerial positions, he has been involved in setting up a professional training institution in Africa and was teaching in Latin America and Germany on various finance related topics.
Yann has completed a Master’s degree in Economics at the Institute of Political studies in Paris (Sciences-Po), after having earned the Diploma from the same institution. He previously completed undergraduate studies in Economics and Sociology at Goethe University in Frankfurt.
Patricia JelkHead of Finance
Patricia Jelk is Head of Finance at BlueOrchard, supervising all the financial tasks and tax requirements of the company. Patricia has over 20 years of experience in financial accounting, tax reporting, payroll and audits for multinational companies with subsidiaries in various jurisdictions.
Patricia is a Swiss Certified Public Accountant.
Sébastien JuhenHead of Private Debt Portfolio Management
Before joining BlueOrchard, Sébastien Juhen worked in Paris for nine years for Réunica, a major French institutional investor. He was responsible for portfolio management, asset-liability management, asset allocation and mutual fund selection in multiple asset classes.
Prior to this, he held various roles at Caisse d’Epargne des Alpes in Grenoble for two years in the asset management team. Sébastien travelled by bicycle for two years on the American continent from Alaska to Patagonia to meet MFIs and microfinance customers on the way.
Sébastien holds a Masters Degree in Management from Grenoble Graduate Business School and is a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA).
Raphaël LambinHead of People & Development
Raphaël Lambin is Head of People & Development at BlueOrchard, overseeing the human resources function. Raphaël started his career in finance and subsequently gained multiple exposures to HR practices through various consulting assignments at a leading advisory firm specialized in corporate governance, risk & finance, compensation, and HR management. Raphaël is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master’s degree in finance from the Universities of Lausanne, Geneva, and Neuchatel and a Bachelor’s degree from HEC Montreal.
Ebony SattiHead of Investor Relations
Before joining BlueOrchard, Ebony Satti worked at Hyposwiss Privatbank AG for more than five years as an assistant manager for Latin America. Her responsibilities included account management and administration as well as relationship management with clients and external asset managers.
Ebony holds a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration in Zurich and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Brown University in Providence and IE Business School in Madrid
Matthew SparkesChief Risk Officer and General Counsel
Matt Sparkes oversees the risk management, legal and compliance departments of BlueOrchard. He joined the company from from impact investment pioneer Root Capital, where he built the in-house counsel function and a comprehensive framework for the management of legal and operational risk. He previously served as Special Counsel to the Division of Trading and Markets at the US Securities and Exchange Commission at its Washington headquarters. Among the few lawyers specialized in impact investment, he has been closely involved in the efforts to develop a specialized field of legal practice in this emerging field.
Matt began his career as an adviser on domestic and international policy for a senior Member of the US Congress. An attorney at law since 2008, he holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from Northeastern University School of Law and a B.A. in History from the College of the Holy Cross.
Tahmina TheisHead of Communications
Before joining BlueOrchard, Tahmina Theis worked for four years at the German development bank NRW.BANK as strategic assistant to the executive board and as parliamentary affairs manager.
Tahmina holds a Master degree in Political Science from the University of Bonn and a PhD from the University of Konstanz.
Sascha TernesChief Operating Officer
Sascha Ternes has over 20 years of experience in emerging markets, banking and finance. Before joining BlueOrchard, he established an investment fund in Georgia, the pioneer in collective real estate investments. He resides in Tbilisi since 2007, where he initially served as CFO and later as CEO of ProCredit Bank Georgia and subsequently as Deputy CEO of Bank of Georgia. Prior to that, Sascha held various senior executive positions in a German Technology Group, which focused on international development and investment.
He serves on a volunteer basis as Chairman of the German Business Association (DWV) in Georgia. From 2015 to 2017, Sascha was also elected by the Parliament as an independent Board Member of Georgia’s Financial Supervision Agency (FSA).
Sascha has a background in finance and business administration and was awarded with an honorary doctoral degree, affirmed by the German Ministry of Education and Science.
Evariste VerchereHead of Public Debt Portfolio Management
Evariste Verchere is the lead Portfolio Manager of BlueOrchard listed debt’s funds. Before joining BlueOrchard in 2017, Evariste worked for more than 12 years at BlackRock (formerly Barclays Global Investors) in London, where he was managing active investment strategies across fixed income with a focus on emerging markets. Evariste holds an MSc in Financial Markets and Investments from Skema Business School and a Master’s degree from Paris Graduate School Of Management.
Michael WehrleHead Investment Solutions
Michael Wehrle is Head Investment Solutions at BlueOrchard. In this function, he is heading the Global Investment Committee and overseeing the portfolio management and asset allocation of BlueOrchard’s funds and mandates as well as the development of product solutions. He has over 20 years of in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in public and private markets investment management and design and development of product and investment solutions. Prior to joining BlueOrchard, Michael held several management positions at Partners Group as Head Group Internal Audit and Co-Head Structuring Services in Switzerland and UK.
Michael is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master in Banking & Finance from the University of Zurich.
Ashwin WestHead of Sustainable Infrastructure Investments
Ashwin West is responsible for BlueOrchard’s sustainable infrastructure investment practice. Prior to joining BlueOrchard in 2021, he was an Investment Director at African Infrastructure Investment Managers, deploying equity into infrastructure investments across the African continent, with an energy sector focus. He has over 20 years of experience across the full infrastructure project lifecycle (project development, equity and debt investments, asset management).
Ashwin holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa.