La Mancha combine diverse individuals with a wide range of expertise spanning technical, finance and business disciplines, experience in various industry sectors and, most importantly, diverse cultural backgrounds and personalities. Our values emphasise internal promotion, respect, transparency, and team work above individual performance. We are proud of our team, of the way our individual strengths combine, where together, we are greater than the sum of our parts.
Managing Partner & Co-Chief Investment Officer
Karim worked closely with Mr Sawiris for over 20 years, initially in telecoms, then as a fund manager and finally by joining La Mancha in 2018 as CFO, becoming CEO in 2019.
From 2011 to 2017, Karim was CEO of Digital World Capital LLP, an alternative asset manager specialised in TMT. At DWC Karim managed the Cross Comms fund, a long/short equity & credit investing in Telecom & Media securities, and advised clients on special situation investments.
From 2001 to 2011, Karim was a member of the Executive and Investment Committees of Wind Telecom and Orascom Telecom, where he was in charge of Corporate Finance. During this tenure, he raised US$68bn in debt and equity, and closed US$67bn in M&A transactions. In particular, Karim led the 2011 US$25bn merger with VEON, was one of the two executives responsible for the 2005 US$17bn Wind Telecom Leveraged Buy-Out and managed the 2009 EUR3.8bn debt restructuring of Wind Hellas in Greece. Karim joined Orascom Telecom in 2000, working on the acquisition of greenfield mobile licenses.
From 1995 to 1999, Karim was CEO of a Lebanese IT firm. He started his career in 1994 as a financial analyst in a Lebanese media group.
Karim currently serves on the Boards of Golden Star and Altus Strategies. He holds a Master’s in Management from the University of Paris IX. He is fluent in English, Arabic, and French.
Partner - Co-Chief Investment Officer
Vincent is a seasoned executive, with 30 years of corporate finance, business development and M&A experience in the mining, telecom, and energy sectors.
Vincent began working with Mr Sawiris in 2012 when he identified the opportunity to buy La Mancha and joined the company as Head of Strategy & Business Development. Between 2013 and 2015, he led La Mancha’s portfolio restructuring and contributed to the enhancement of its mines performance in Australia and Africa. Vincent identified and executed the combinations with Evolution and Endeavour, which positioned La Mancha as a leading private investor in the gold mining sector. From 2016 to 2019, Vincent was CFO and EVP Corporate Development at Endeavour where he reshaped the strategy, improved the mine portfolio quality, and enhanced the balance sheet to fund the organic growth. Endeavour’s market capitalization was quadrupled by the time he left at the end of 2019. In early 2020, he re-joined La Mancha to oversee investments and fund raising.
Previously, Vincent was at Orange (2006-2012) where he served as EVP M&A. He led the development of the group’s footprint in Africa and Europe and formed strategic partnerships with key European telecoms players. Prior to this, Vincent held various finance positions including with Orano (ex-Areva), Bull Information Systems and PwC. Vincent holds a MSc from Kedge Business School and is a Chartered Accountant.
Vincent currently serves on the Boards of Horizonte Minerals PLC, SRG Battery Minerals, Pearl Infrastructure Capital. He is fluent in French and Spanish.
Partner - Chief Technical Officer
Gérard de Hert
Gérard is an experienced mining executive with over 24 years in the industry. Beyond being a seasoned geologist, Gerard has considerable experience spanning from greenfield exploration to mining operations.
Gérard joined La Mancha in 2020 to formalise and oversee technical due diligence processes, and support portfolio company from a technical and geological expertise standpoint. From 2012 to 2020 Gérard was Senior Vice President of Exploration for Endeavour Mining where he contributed to the transformation of the company from a junior single asset producer to a >1mozpa multi-asset intermediate miner with 6 mines and 2 projects through his involvement in exploration and support of M&A processes.
Prior to Endeavour, Gérard was General Manager at Vale-ARM from 2010 to 2012, Chief Geologist at Teal Mining from 2007 to 2009, Regional Exploration Geologist at IAMGOLD Corporation in 2006 and Chief Mine Geologist at AngloGold Ashanti from 2002 to 2006 at the Sadiola gold mine. Gérard began his career at Randgold Resources Limited in 1997 where he worked on the Morila gold mines and Syama gold mines.
Gérard holds an MSc in Geology from the University of Louvain (Belgium) and an MSc in mineral exploration from the University of Leicester (UK). He is fluent in French and English.
Prior to joining La Mancha, Graham was Chief Operating Officer at Golden Star Resources Limited, he was also a Director of Golden Star Wassa Limited and previously a non-executive director of Golden Star Resources.
Prior to this he was General Manager Mining for Barminco Limited, an internationally renowned underground mining services provider with accountability for Operations in Australia, Egypt and India.
From 2010 to 2015 he was Operations Manager for La Mancha Resources Australia with accountability for the Frog’s Leg Underground Mine, White Foil Open Pit Mine and the Mungari Processing facility. These operations were significantly expanded from 2012 to 2015 following the acquisition of La Mancha Resources by Naguib Sawiris and were eventually sold to Evolution Mining underpinning La Mancha’s investment in the company.
He began his career with Western Mining Corporation at Olympic Dam and Leinster Nickel Operations and has worked extensively in Australia, Africa and Asia.
He holds and B.Eng (Mining Engineering) from the West Australian School of Mines (WASM) and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors (AICD) and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (AusIMM).
Michael is a corporate lawyer with expertise in M&A, capital markets and litigation, gained across EMEA, the US and Australia. He has been involved in M&A transactions totaling over $16bn, debt and equity capital raises totaling over $9bn, and numerous disputes from inception through to resolution.
Michael joined La Mancha as General Counsel in 2021 to support its investment team to negotiate, structure, and execute investments and divestments. Michael is also responsible for overseeing the group’s legal, regulatory and governance activities.
Prior to joining La Mancha, Michael was a lead in-house deal lawyer at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, one of the world’s largest energy and infrastructure investors. Prior to ADNOC, Michael was a corporate lawyer at Latham & Watkins and then WilmerHale in New York City specializing in M&A and capital markets transactions. Prior to New York, Michael worked as a commercial litigator at leading Australian law firm, Minter Ellison, in Sydney.
Michael was admitted as a legal practitioner in Queensland, Australia in 2005 and as an attorney-at-law in New York, USA in 2010. He holds a Master of Laws with Distinction from The Australian National University, where he graduated first in his class, and bachelor’s degrees in Arts, Business and Law.
Andrew is a corporate finance lawyer with expertise in global M&A and leveraged finance. He has been involved with M&A transactions totalling over $20bn and has represented large banks, debt funds, financial sponsors and their portfolio companies on a wide range of complex acquisitions and financings with a focus on domestic and cross-border syndicated credit, acquisition finance and other leveraged finance transactions.
Andrew joined La Mancha as Legal Counsel in 2022 to support its investment team to negotiate, structure, and execute investments and divestments. Prior to joining La Mancha, Andrew was a corporate finance lawyer at Latham & Watkins LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in London specializing in leveraged M&A transactions.
Andrew was admitted as a legal practitioner in England and Wales in 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Laws with Distinction from Queen Mary, University of London and bachelor’s degree in Arts from St Thomas University in Canada.
VP - Financing, Trading, Valuation & Diligence
Simon El Beze
Simon has over 8 years of mining and finance experience. He joined La Mancha in 2018 and is responsible for structuring and executing investment, financing and exit transactions. As part of the investment team, Simon also supports ongoing assessment of existing and new investments, and portfolio companies developments projects.
Before joining La Mancha, Simon worked at BMO and Société Générale practicing M&A advisory in their respective natural resource teams, advising mining and oil and gas companies on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. Notable transactions Simon was involved with include: CITIC investment of C$723m in Ivanhoe, the restructuring of Glencore’s assets in DRC ($6.1bn), the buyout of Glencore’s minority partner in DRC for $960m, the sale of Nyrstar’s mining assets in the Americas for $185m, Endeavour mining C$144m equity raise and the spinoff of Lundin Petroleum international assets (C$440m). Prior to his banking days, Simon was a Research Analyst with Wood Mackenzie in their copper research team.
Simon holds a Master’s in Metals and Energy Finance from Imperial College London and a Master’s in Engineering from Centrale Supélec. Simon is also fluent in French.
Head of ESG
Emma has 15 years of mining and sustainability & social performance experience. She joined La Mancha in August 2022 to oversee all ESG aspects.
Emma has extensive operational experience in managing ESG challenges throughout all stages of the mining life cycle, from evaluation, exploration, construction, operations to closure.
Prior to joining La Mancha, Emma was the Director of Sustainability at Centerra Gold, responsible for site level social performance at their British Columbia sites.
Prior to working with Centerra, Emma was working at Agnico Eagle most recently with the Nunavut division on the community relations team.
Emma holds an MBA from University of McGill and HEC and can speak English, French and Spanish.
VP Marketing & Investor Relations
Sanam has over 15 years of capital markets experience, primarily providing specialised investment advice on companies in the natural resources sector. She joined La Mancha Capital Advisory in 2022 and is responsible for fundraising and managing investor relations.
Before joining La Mancha, Sanam worked for Berenberg Bank on their specialist sales desk covering the Metals & Mining space. Prior to this she was a sector analyst at BMO Capital Markets in London where she specialised in gold listed companies. Earlier in her career she held various roles at both bulge-bracket and niche advisory firms across Europe and the Middle East where she built a significant client base as well as participated in structuring, execution, and placement of equity products.
Sanam serves as an active member of Women in Mining (UK) having organised and participated in various panel discussions and events as part of her role held on the Events committee since 2017.
Sanam holds a Master’s in Metals and Energy Finance from the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College London and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Bath. Sanam is fluent in German and Farsi.
VP - Geological Resource
Jack has 11 years of Geology and mining experience. He joined La Mancha in January 2021 and is responsible for assessing Geology and Mineral Resource Models.
Prior to La Mancha, Jack was a Consultant Geologist for SLR Consulting (formerly RPA), where he performed countless due diligence reviews and audits on various projects across the world, and generated NI 43-101 compliant Mineral Resources and Technical Reports for several clients.
Jack has previously worked for Micromine, a major Geological Software company, developing in depth knowledge of advanced resource modelling. Jack’s resource skills are backed by solid geological exploration experience across Africa, the Middle East, and Australia, working for world class mining companies such as Barrick Gold Corporation.
Jack is an expert in manipulating geological models and has recently obtained a Citation in Geostatistics with the University of Alberta.
Jack holds a Master of Geology (MGeol) degree from the University of Southampton, UK, and is a Chartered Geologist (CGeol) with the Geological Society of London, as well as a registered professional geologist (EurGeol) with the European Federation of Geologists.
VP - Corporate Finance, Valuation & Diligence
Ben has 6 years of experience in metals and mining. He joined La Mancha in 2020 and is primarily involved in reviewing new investment opportunities, supporting diligence processes, building financial models and valuations. Ben also supports ongoing assessment of La Mancha’s existing investments and portfolio companies development projects.
Prior to joining La Mancha, Ben worked as an investment analyst for private equity group CD Capital. He was responsible for reviewing new opportunities, diligence processes, valuations and financial modelling across a range of commodities including, gold, copper and PGM’s. Bens role also involved continuing assessment of CD Capital’s portfolio of development stage projects across the Americas, Europe and Africa.
Ben previously worked as a base and precious metals broker for a market making member of the London Metal Exchange, and also successfully ran an LME warrant trading book. Ben has also spent time working for MRI trading, a leading swiss based metals concentrate trader.
Ben holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Newcastle and a Master’s in Metals and Energy Finance from Imperial College London.
VP - Mining Engineering
Oscar has over 16 years of experience in world class open pit and underground mining operations with multiple commodity exposures across Africa, Latin America, Europe and South Asia. Oscar joined La Mancha in 2021 to expand technical diligence capabilities, bringing a wealth of mine planning and engineering experience.
From mid-2020 to 2021, Oscar was Project Director at Raffaella Resources, a Tin and Tungsten project in Spain which he successfully advanced to Feasibility Stage. From 2017 to mid 2020, he was Senior Advisor for Mine Planning at the Guelb Moghrein Copper Mine in Mauritania for First Quantum Minerals. Prior to these senior management roles, Oscar gained technical experience in silver, lead & zinc at the El Escobal UG mine in Guatemala. His experience in gold came from the Masbate Gold Mine in the Philippines for B2Gold and his copper experience was gained with Rio Tinto in Spain and for Penoles in Mexico. Oscar started his career as a Mine Engineer at the Orcopampa UG Gold and Silver Mine in Peru.
Oscar holds an Executive Program in General Management (Spain), a Diploma in Economic Analysis and Investment Decision Methods in Mining (Colorado School of Mines) and a MEng Mining Engineering, (Madrid School of Mines).
Analyst - Valuation & Diligence
Ahmed has 12 years of experience in emerging markets, public policies, mining and telecoms. Ahmed joined La Mancha in 2019, initially to handle greenfield projects in Africa, then moved to the investment team to participate in investment reviews, and support diligence processes.
Prior to La Mancha, Ahmed was Project Director for Orascom Telecom, Media, and Technology at the time of the company’s transformation into an investment group. At OTMT, Ahmed took part in different M&A transactions in the agriculture and financial sectors.
Ahmed joined La Mancha for the first time in 2013 as Deputy General Manager of La Mancha Sudan, to manage the company’s presence in country and support the mines’ development. During his tenure he played a pivotal role in the completion of La Mancha sale of its shares in Ariab Mining in 2015.
Prior to joining La Mancha, Ahmed was an electrical and site engineer in several cement factories in Egypt including El-Arabia and Suez Cement. Ahmed completed an MBA at Maastricht School of Management and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical power engineering. Ahmed is fluent in Arabic and English.
Joseph joined La Mancha in 2022 and has four years of experience in the metals and mining sector. He is primarily involved in reviewing new investment opportunities, supporting diligence processes, building financial models and valuations. Joseph also supports ongoing assessment of La Mancha’s existing investments and portfolio companies’ development projects.
Prior to joining La Mancha, Joseph worked as an Equity Research Associate for BMO Capital Markets, within its top ranked global metal and mining research team. During his time at BMO Joseph’s coverage had a geographical emphasis on Africa, but included a range of commodities, including gold, PGMs and diamonds.
Joseph is a Mining Engineering graduate of the Camborne School of Mines and holds a Master’s in Metals and Energy Finance from Imperial College London.
Emma Le Ster
Emma has 7 years of experience in metals and mining. She joined La Mancha in 2022 and is involved in reviewing investment opportunities, due diligence processes, building financial models and valuations, as well as ongoing management of the existing investments portfolio.
Prior to joining La Mancha, Emma worked within Société Générale’s metals & mining team based successively in Paris, Toronto, Hong Kong and London. She has had strong exposure globally to project, acquisition and other hybrid financings. She was covering precious, base and battery metals, as well as diamonds.
Emma holds a Master’s in Finance, a Master’s in Business Management and a French law degree from Grenoble Graduate School of business. Emma is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
Chief Technology Officer
Michał is responsible for the construction and development of La Mancha’s database systems in support of investment, middle and back office activities. He worked closely with Karim and Iona for 4 years at Digital World Capital.
Prior to La Mancha, Michał was Technology Manager at PwC, where he assisted international banking clients in cloud migration processes. From 2014 to 2018, Michał was Chief Technology Officer at Digital World Capital designing and implementing a suite of front to back office systems to support investment, risk management and back-office activities.
Prior to DWC, Michał was Senior Analyst Programmer at Citigroup in Dublin. Previously he held similar roles developing software for financial services clients such as CITCO Fund Services and Bank of Ireland.
Michał has a Master’s in Computer Engineering from Koszlin University of Technology and is fluent in Polish and English.
Head of Finance
Benjamin has 20 years of finance and fund operations experience. He joined La Mancha in 2022 as a CEO and oversees all finance functions. He is responsible for accounting, budget control, reporting, treasury, consolidation and audit process management.
Prior to joining La Mancha, Benjamin was a Systems Projects Manager with Langham Hall Luxembourg, an alternative funds service provider.
Previously Benjamin had prior experiences in the PERE alternative funds industry in Luxembourg with BBH and Aermont Capital. Benjamin holds a Postgraduate degree in Management from the University of Strasbourg, France. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
Finance & Operations Manager
Ryan joined La Mancha in 2022 and has over 7 years of experience in Alternative Investments. He is primarily responsible for fund treasury and middle office. Ryan also oversees the Fund’s NAV and operations.
Prior to joining La Mancha, Ryan worked as VP for J.P. Morgan, within its middle office and fund services team. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Ryan was a Fund Controller responsible for a EUR 15 billion buyout fund and two venture capital funds at private equity group EQT Group.
Ryan holds an honours degree in Finance and Accounting from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Accounting & Budget Management
Iryna has over 9 years of finance and administration experience. She joined La Mancha in 2020 and is involved with the day to day booking of cash movements, assisting with the month closing processes, accounts payable/receivable, bank reconciliation and other daily administrative tasks.
Prior to La Mancha, Iryna worked in Job Today as a Financial and Administrative Assistant where she was responsible for following up on the aged debtors, day to day book keeping and supporting in month end processes. Prior to Job Today, Iryna held a variety of roles including office management, data analytics and PR.
Iryna has a degree in Applied Statistics in Economy from Dnipropetrovsk State University and is fluent in English, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish and French.
Accounting & NAV Production Management
Xavier has 4 years of auditing and accounting experience from various international firms. He joined La Mancha in 2021 and is responsible for daily book-keeping, overseeing monthly and quarterly investor reporting, financial reconciliations, producing financial statements and assisting with audit support.
Prior to La Mancha, Xavier was a fund accountant at Alter Domus Luxembourg. At Alter Domus, Xavier assisted European private equity clients in accounting and reporting of funds in the IT sector.
Working with clients across various industries, Xavier was an Audit Senior at BDO Cape Town where he was in charge of audit fieldwork. In 2017, Xavier started his career with Grant Thornton Cape Town as an Audit trainee accountant.
Xavier has a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting from the University of the Western Cape. He is fluent in both English and Afrikaans.
Accounting & Reporting
Brahim joined La Mancha in 2021 as the UK based Financial Controller, with over 15 years in accounting experience. He worked for various companies in the UK and France within the retail, property, wholesales and food sectors. Brahim started as a cashbook Assistant for Groupe Holder ( Paul UK Ltd ), and after 3 years moved to work for Carluccios in both the UK and Dubai, then gained additional accounting experience working for AY Holdings, a Wholesales Export and property group.
Prior to this, Brahim worked for Pret a Manger UK as a Treasury Accountant dealing with banks, loans repayment, and cash accounting. In 2012 he took the role of a Finance Manager for the newly created French subsidiary Pret a manger France for 3 years. He set up the accounting team and implemented all the processes and reporting. Between 2016 and 2021 Brahim worked for different sectors including Food/retail (Bills Restaurant), property (Bourne Capital) and not for profit charity (National Theatre). Brahim helped streamline processes, improved reporting and also led team training. Brahim enjoys travelling, sports activities and spending time with family.
Brahim holds a BA BSc in Accounting and Finance from University of Greenwich and has achieved various professional qualifications. Brahim speaks 3 languages including Arabic, French and English.
Tax & Legal Counsel
Katarzyna has over 5 years of experience in tax and corporate law. She joined La Mancha in 2020 and is responsible for international tax structuring & reporting as well as advising on legal matters concerning investments.
Before La Mancha, Katarzyna was an Associate at GSK, where her practice focused on international tax law. During her tenure, she was seconded to the international commercial arbitration department. Prior to GSK, she worked at PwC Luxembourg where she advised regulated investment fund clients. She began her career within the M&A department of Deloitte, Warsaw and completed a traineeship at European Parliament in Brussels prior to this.
Katarzyna graduated with an LL.M. in International and European Tax Law, and an LL.B. from Maastricht University and is finishing her second LL.M. in European Private Law from the University of Luxembourg. She completed the “Cours Complémentaires en Droit Luxembourgeois”.
Caomhán Ó Neachtain
Caomhán has over 7 years of auditing and assurance experience. He joined La Mancha in 2022 and is involved with the budget management, day to day booking of cash movements, assisting with the month closing processes, accounts payable/receivable, bank reconciliation and consolidations.
Prior to La Mancha, Caomhán worked in Deloitte Luxembourg for 6 years as a manager in financial auditing where he was responsible for auditing a wide range UCITs, SPVs, Private Equity funds and management companies.
Caomhán has a degree in Commerce Accounting International experience from National University of Ireland, Galway and is fluent in Irish and English.
Office Manager - Marketing & HR
Lucy has over 7 years experience within Marketing, Commercial Partnerships, Sales and Account Management. She joined La Mancha in January 2022 building on her marketing experience, HR and administrative skills. Lucy is involved in all aspects of office management with a particular focus on HR and Marketing for both the London and Luxembourg offices.
Lucy combined her passion for Olympic Sports and understanding peoples behaviours by joining the Marketing Team at British Cycling, to work alongside the Great Britain Cycling Team in a fast paced and elite environment.
Discovering an interest in Sponsorship and Sales, Lucy progressed into the Commercial Partnership team, managing the HSBC UK Lead Partnership to execute their Commercial Rights, whilst using her knowledge in Marketing to strategically drive initiatives.
Lucy holds a BSc Hons Degree in Psychology from Sheffield Hallam University.
Head of Shared Services
Paulina has 14 years of administrative, legal and hospitality experience. She joined La Mancha in 2022 to support the team in various administrative tasks, including legal and accounting.
Before joining La Mancha, Paulina worked at Linklaters within the Health and Safety department, where she supported the team in their tasks, and coordinated tasks with different departments and contractors. Prior to Linklaters, Paulina worked at UnitedLex as an Administrative Assistant, managing the London office and assisting individuals located across the globe in their activities, relating to travel and expenses. Paulina also worked in various hotels within meetings and events teams in London. Before moving to the UK, she worked in Poland as an Office Manager and Paralegal.
Paulina graduated from Silesian University in Poland receiving her Master of Laws diploma in 2012. She is fluent in English and Polish.
Josipa joined La Mancha in 2022 as an Administrative Assistant and is involved in all daily office management duties including booking travel, managing office suppliers and assisting both the front house and back office.
Josipa previously worked as an office manager in a land surveying company, where she supported senior managers and gained administrative skills and experience.
Josipa enjoys being active and has a strong background in swimming, winning multiple medals and trophies.
Josipa has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from J.J Strossmayer university in Osijek, Croatia and speaks fluent Croatian and English.
Investment Analyst Intern
Will joined La Mancha in 2022 as an intern within the Investment Team. He primarily assists in market data analysis, maintaining bespoke databases and financial models for monitoring metals pricing trends, broker consensus forecasts, mining costs, trading multiples and M&A transactions. He also supports the team on investment presentations and due diligence.
Previously, Will worked for three years as a geologist for London-based building design consultancy FMDC, advising developer and architect clients on natural stone engineering, project management, and procurement from quarries across Europe.
Will holds an MSci in Earth Sciences from University College London and in September 2022 will conclude a Master’s in Metals and Energy Finance at Imperial College London.