Executive Team

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Guna Mahalingam

Executive Chairman

Mr. Mahalingam is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Strategic Swiss Partners. With roots in Switzerland and Malaysia Mr. Mahalingam has over 30 years' entrepreneurial experience building a successful career in the investment and financial services industry. With his extensive international exposure, he has developed a truly multicultural sensitivity and has created an enormous global network of trusted financial specialist and business partners. His expertise is setting up new companies and scaling them into profitable businesses. He is Executive Board Member and Senior Advisor of Finance and Investments for the Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce in Zurich and a certified Private Equity Specialist (CPRES) and member of the International Academy of Business and Financial Management (IABFM). Apart of SSP Group he is the Executive Board Member and Financial Advisor for the upcoming Burel Industries Project in Lahad Datu, Sabah Malaysia and Member of the Investment Advisory Board for Gulf Islamic Investment in the United Arab Emirates.

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Dr. Urs Lustenberger

Managing Partner,

Legal Affairs

Dr. Urs Lustenberger is Executive Director and Managing Partner at Strategic Swiss Partners. Dr. Lustenberger is the long-serving president of the Swiss Asian Chamber of Commerce frequently consulted by governmental, legal and economic councils and frequently speaks at governmental and legal conferences on Asia-Pacific business topics and regularly holds presentations in the field of international commercial arbitration in Asia and Europe. Dr. Lustenberger was admitted to the Zurich bar, and all Swiss Courts in 1988. He has also acted with several law firms across the course of his expansive career. Since 1993 he holds the PhD in Law from the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Dr. Lustenberger is Partner at Lustenberger Attorneys at Law with his main practice area in International Commercial Arbitration and Litigation, Competition Law, Trust and Estates Law, General Corporate Law, Real Estate and Insolvency Law.

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Dr. Michael Nawrath, MD PhD

Managing Partner,

Health Care Investments

Dr. Michael Nawrath, MD PhD, is Executive Director and Managing Partner Health Care Investments at Strategic Swiss Partners. Dr. Nawrath started his career in the HealthCare sector at the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin as scientist. At the University of Berlin and as physician at the Havelklinik he then completed his MD degree, specialised on glaucoma research, intensive care medicine and orthopedic surgery. His strong analytical skills brought him 1994 to the University of Zurich as a Senior Scientist and Project Leader in Medical Virology, Oncology and experimental Rheumatology. In the year 2000 he then changed to the financial sector applying his in-debt qualifications of the Healthcare industry as Fund Manager Global Biotech at CS First Boston, managing funds over US$ 150 million and becoming spokes person for TV and PR articles as well as leading investments in the Private Equity and stock markets. From 2007 till 2020  Dr. Nawrath was heading the Fundamental Research Pharma / Biotech at Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB) in Zurich as director.

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Fabian Mahalingam

Managing Partner, 

Head of Business Development

Mr. Mahalingam is Executive Director and Managing Partner at Strategic Swiss Partners . He heads the Business Development Team at Strategic Swiss Partners. He accomplished his education in the Assurance & Financial Services industry at Skandia Leben Zurich with distinction before moving to the Wealth Management industry with 1291 Switzerland Group. Later he joined Engel & Völkers, a renowned luxury Real Estate Agency and gained profound knowledge of the international Real Estate industry. Since 2017, Mr. Mahalingam is heading SSP's worldwide business development team. Client Relations and Business Development, specializing in Private Equity and M&A transactions, are his expertise. High multicultural sensitivity and excellent communication combined with strong organizational and negotiation skills are his strengths.

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Sylvie Zhou

Managing Partner,
Business Development China

Mrs. Sylvie Zhou is Executive Director at Strategic Swiss Partners and Managing Partner for Business Development between China and Europe. Mrs. Zhou is also co-founder and President of SSP China – Gu Ruilai Consulting Management Co Ltd, SSP Medical & Life Science Co Ltd and SSP Sports – Gu Ruilai Sports Culture Development Co Ltd. Growing up in Shanghai, Mrs. Zhou has later been living and working for over 20 years in Europe. Studying in Switzerland for several years she accomplished her bachelor in hotel management at the Les Roches hotel management school in Lausanne and her traditional Chinese background combined with strong pioneering, entrepreneurship spirit lead her to invest in her own gastronomy business in the French part of Switzerland. Mrs. Zhou has built many years of investment experience in various industries and her focus lays in the promotion of cooperation's and technical exchanges between China and Switzerland, especially in the medical & life science, elderly care sector and Sports. Nevertheless, her passion for charity and interpersonal, human connection always play a major role in all her project selection.

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Dr. Mathias Rodenstein

Managing Partner, 

Senior Project Manager

Dr. Mathias Rodenstein is Executive Director and Managing Partner, heading the Project Management team at Strategic Swiss Partners. He holds a PhD in Science from ETH Zurich and a Master of Science in Physics from TU Dresden having spent part of his studies at EPFL Lausanne and St. Petersburg State University. His professional skills expand over a vast field of business sectors. Dr. Rodenstein began his professional career at a Swiss strategy consultancy company, leading the development of an international CHF 500m+ business expansion project before joining PwC, Zurich as Senior Project Manager in the Financial Services. His analytical risk management approach combined with his passion for technology and science and his strong networking skills led him to head large scale company projects. As Senior Investment Manager at the British Embassy in Berne, besides leading 50+ yearly projects, Dr. Rodenstein maintained public relationships, the coordination of official events and ministerial visits as well as the support of business development for large Swiss companies, such as Nestlé and UBS, overseeing a combined project portfolio of over CHF 1.5 billion.

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Markus Helbling

Managing Partner,

Marketing & Communication

Mr. Markus Helbling is Executive Director and Managing Partner, heading the Marketing & Communication at Strategic Swiss Partners and SSP Sports. Markus is Founder and Managing Director of CLUE Solutions Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and worked as a Director Media and Communications at Asian Football Confederation (AFC). His company CLUE offers Swiss companies business consultancy and offshoring services in Southeast Asia, including marketing, public relations and communication in various industries (e.g. energy, health care, media, sports). Markus has years of proven experience in the areas of general management, business development, marketing and communication. In Switzerland, he worked for big name media companies like CH Media, Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) and Ringier in the media and sports industry for over twelve years. Markus holds a master's degree from the University of Bern and an executive master in communications management from the University of Lugano. He served as a Board Member of the Swiss Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (SMCC) between 2017 and 2021, from 2020 to 2021 as a Vice Chairman.

Partners

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Professor Rob McCusker

Senior Partner Compliance

Professor Rob McCusker is a Senior Partner for Compliance and member of the Global Advisory Board of Strategic Swiss Partners. Mr McCusker is also the Transnational Crime Director at Global Risk Alliance Ltd in the UK and an independent Transnational Crime Consultant. Rob has demonstrable professional expertise in transnational (cross-border) crime, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and counter-procurement fraud and is the co-convenor for a prospective International Standard (ISO) on fraud control management systems. Mr McCusker is recognized and utilized as a provider of lateral rather than vertical thinking and is valued by clients for advocating proactive rather than reactive solutions. Rob has proven ability to design, manage and disseminate the results of a variety of projects within budget and within allotted timeframes and has a highly developed and recognized capacity to identify, create and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders within government, law enforcement, intelligence and business organizations both nationally internationally.

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Ivan C. Lima

Partner,

CFO

Mr. Ivan C. Lima is a partner and CFO of Strategic Swiss Partners. Mr Lima has more than 15 years of experience as a finance expert in international companies. He began his career at Hälg Group, a major Swiss building services engineering company, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in various divisions and locations. From 2011 on he established the finance organization for Comet Group in the Silicon Valley. For Saurer Group, a world leading manufacturer in the textile machinery building industry, he worked as senior financial manager and Head of Compliance. In 2019 he joined Weytec Group, a global leader of workplace solutions, as Group CFO at the Zurich headquarters.

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Maurus Bossi CFA

Senior Advisor Investments

Mr. Maurus Bossi is Business Advisor to Strategic Swiss Partners. Mr. Bossi is CIO of Pactum AG, a FINMA regulated Swiss asset manager. He is also the founder, chairman and CEO of Valinor and has more than 20 years of experience in institutional asset management (traditional and alternative investments) and has gathered vast experience in business and project management and as a board member of various companies over the years. Mr. Bossi started his entrepreneurial career 2001 as a co-founder, chairman and CEO of AlphaSwiss Group, after leaving his senior management position at Zurich Cantonal Bank Asset Management. He holds a degree in economics and business administration, awarded by the University of Zurich and is a CFA charter holder. His expertise covers all aspects of the traditional & alternative investment management business from investment advisory to product development/structuring & implementation, portfolio & risk management, manager selection & due diligence as well as quantitative & qualitative analysis. His interests include new disruptive technologies (AI, blockchain, crypto-currencies, VR, cloud, etc.) and digitalization.

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Davide Pinna CFA

Advisor Investments

Mr. Davide Pinna is Investment Advisor to Strategic Swiss Partners. Mr. Pinna is an investment professional with more than 20 years in private banking. He is deeply knowable in professional management of private wealthy and institutional client portfolios with a strong proven track record across all asset classes. Further he has gathered in-depth knowledge in financial analysis as well as research of global investment markets. In his capacity, Mr. Davide Pinna was sitting in various investment committees as a member or advisor for the company's tactical asset allocation (TAA). Mr. Davide Pinna is fluent in four languages – German, Italian, English and French and is a CFA charter holder.

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Daniel Gilgen

Partner,

Senior Relationship Manager

Mr. Daniel Gilgen is a partner and responsible for business  development and relationship at Strategic Swiss Partners. Based in Switzerland Mr. Gilgen has over 30 years professional experience in the capital goods industry, including assembly-, robotic and packaging automation supplying the manufacturing industry of automotive, medical device & pharmaceutical, electronics, photovoltaics and consumer goods. He has held leadership roles in global organizations as COO, GM, VP Sales, Engineering Manager with in depth knowledges in organizational development & strategy, international expansion, operations, sales & business development, Key Account Management, Project Management, engineering and is rounded up with broad business experience in multicultural markets; EMEA, North America, Southeast Asia, China region. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, an Executive MBA in International Management and other certificates in Business Administration and Management, Marketing and Supply.

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Céline Kawohl Ohlmeyer

Partner,

Senior Relationship Manager

Mrs. Céline Kawohl Ohlmeyer, having  studied in France, Germany and Switzerland, began her career in Germany, where she became a retail expert in the luxury industry, gaining profound commercial skills and international experience. She has over 20 years' experience and a strong track record of building customer relationships and new businesses. Open-minded, curious and lively, Mrs Kawohl Ohlmeyer's  personality and skills have always led her to forge relationships across backgrounds and cultures, listen to what people have to say and connect the dots. She is as interested in people as in business, and took this to a professional level by becoming a certified coach (accredited by the International Coaching Federation). Based in Switzerland since 2014, Mrs Kawohl Ohlmeyer has travelled extensively to support a number of new Swiss and international projects, with a focus on the renewable energy and health care sectors.

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Benedikt Rieger

Partner,

Relationship Manager

With long-time experience heading projects across numerous markets, Mr Benedikt Rieger has made the valuing, negotiating and closing of international business deals an expertise. Latest, he was responsible for the organisation and business development of Switzerland's largest and most prestigious sports event the ATP Swiss Indoors Basel. Currently he is running a fast growing consultancy and is partnering with some of the very best companies in the fields of M&A, private equity, asset management and real estate. Excellent communication skills, a high profile network and relations to international investors across different sectors have made him a sought-after partner for many widely ranging projects. To date, the list includes investment advisory, private equity, Mergers and Acquisitions, real estate, business development, sponsoring, project leadership, marketing and sales.

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Lucius Giese

Partner,

Relationship Manager

With over 10 years in the financial industry, Mr Giese has an outstanding know-how in the areas of insurance and banking. The last few years before joining the SSP team, he led a sales organization at one of the largest Swiss insurance companies. His extraordinary network of investors and within the start-up scene makes him a sought-after person for both sides. In addition to the European and Asian markets, he also has a good understanding of developments in the US market due to his lengthy stay in Silicon Valley.