The City Mentorship Programme

A mentorship programme for young and aspiring professionals in financial services

Are you our next generation leader in financial services, and looking to build greater connections in the world’s financial centre? This programme offers a unique opportunity for young professionals to benefit from an exclusive twelve-months programme of group workshops and individual mentoring by experienced and successful senior industry professionals from across the Swedish-British financial services community. From banking to private equity and asset management, it gives you unique insight into the City of London at a time when the UK leaves the European Union.

The City Mentorship Programme, hosted by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK, will shortly open for applications.

Contents of the programme

The programme includes a series of four joint group workshops and seminars, facilitated by the course director involving both mentors and mentees. In addition, mentors and mentees meet for one-to-one mentoring sessions over the course of the year, whether it’s face to face or virtual. This is a mentorship programme dedicated to young finance professionals in Sweden and the United Kingdom. The programme will offer one-on-one mentorship from senior London-based professionals, and group mentorship on career development. It will provide mentees with a greater understanding of the industry and the financial centre in London.

Who should participate?

A great opportunity for young professionals in financial services in Sweden and the United Kingdom, at the start of their careers in the industry and looking for support in advancing their career goals. Ideal candidates will have at least a couple of years’ work experience from the industry.

Young Professionals members and team members of SCC member organisations are prioritised. More mentors to be confirmed shortly.

The Programme will help you to

  • Accelerate your personal and professional development in the financial services industry
  • Gain unique insight into the City, the financial centre and its business culture
  • Advance towards your existing career goals and aspirations
  • Identify new areas of professional interest and/or career paths
  • Develop new business skills, knowledge and tools
  • Develop your personal brand
  • Grow your professional network

Mentors 2021

Jonas Agesand

Jonas Agesand

Partner, Warburg Pincus

Jonas Agesand is based in London, joined Warburg Pincus in 2015 and heads Fundraising and Investor Relations in Europe. Mr. Agesand is also on the firm's ESG Committee and on the EPER Board of Invest Europe. Previously, Mr. Agesand was a Managing Director and Senior Fundraiser at Blackstone based in London. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Agesand worked at LGT Capital Partners as both an Investor and Fundraiser from 2001 to 2011. Mr. Agesand graduated from the University of Bristol with a B.Sc. in Economics and received his M.Sc. in Business and Management from Oxford University/HEC Paris.

Andreas Hansson

Andreas Hansson

Managing Director, Softbank

Andreas Hansson is a Partner in the investment team at SoftBank Investment Advisers. He received an MSc in computer science and engineering from Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden. The same year he joined Philips Research as part of an industrial PhD in electrical engineering. In 2009 he graduated, cum laude, from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. He then joined Arm Ltd, UK, where he held various leadership positions in the research organisation and commercial operations. In 2015 Hansson became a technical adviser to the Executive Vice President and later also the CTO, leading a number of activities around technology exploration and incubation in the Arm executive team. He was seconded to SoftBank Investment Advisers in 2017 and joined as an investor in 2018.

Alexandre Hökfelt

Alexandre Hökfelt

Director EQT Credit, EQT

Alexandre Hökfelt joined EQT Partners in October 2011 and is a Director of EQT‘s Credit Team in London. Prior to joining EQT Partners, Alexandre was involved in structuring financings for leveraged buyouts and levered corporates in the J.P. Morgan Acquisition and Leveraged Finance team in London. Alexandre holds an M.A. (Hons) in Management from the University of St Andrews.

Teemu Mattila

Teemu Mattila

Investment Manager, DN Capital

Teemu is a VC Investor at DN Capital, focusing on the Nordics and SaaS.   DN Capital looks to partner up with seed to Series B -stage companies in Europe and North America across technologies within SaaS, fintech & consumer tech verticals.  The firm thrives on supporting its portfolio companies - especially with recruiting to key VP+ level positions and with finding the best growth and GTM strategies.  

Johan Maunsbach

Johan Maunsbach

Head of Investment Operations, Partners Group

Johan Maunsbach joined Partners Group in Zug, Switzerland in 2011 as a legal counsel with a focus on transactions across private equity, real estate and infrastructure. He eventually worked in New York and Denver while heading up the firm's Legal & Transaction Services team in the Americas. Johan is now based in London and leading Partners Group's Investment Operations Business Unit. Prior to joining Partners Group, Johan worked as lawyer in Sweden and the Baltics. He holds an LL.M. from Uppsala University, Sweden.

Ola Nordbye

Ola Nordbye

Venture & Growth Investments, Kinnevik

Ola is based in Kinnevik’s London office and leads their fintech effort, investing in promising venture and growth-stage businesses. Before Kinnevik, Ola worked with growth investments in B2B companies across Europe for the UK based fund One Peak Partners. Prior to that, Ola spent 4 years as an M&A banker at J.P. Morgan in London, focused on the consumer and retail sectors. 

He is particularly passionate about how technology can make financial services accessible to under-served customer groups, and at lower cost. Ola is on the board as a director or observer across a range of companies, including fintech businesses Monese, Bread and Betterment. He is also an active angel investor.

Georgina Silvester

Georgina Silvester

Chief Operating Officer, Handelsbanken

Georgina Silvester was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Handelsbanken in February 2019, following a two-year role as head of Brexit implementation. In that role, Georgina successfully stewarded the Bank through its UK banking licence application, and conversion from a branch of its Swedish parent, to a public limited company and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Handelsbanken Group.

Joining Handelsbanken in 2015 as Head of Tax, Georgina was recruited to establish the function from new, and ensure that the Bank had the adequate controls and processes in place to meet growing demand within the tax area.

Georgina’s career spans over 20 years working as the head of tax in a variety of financial service groups, and FTSE 250 companies. During her career, she has often been brought in to set up new tax functions and to embed capabilities, drive compliance and support the business through specialist and technical guidance. Georgina is a qualified Chartered Tax professional and a qualified workplace mediator.

Outside of work, Georgina has three children that keep her very busy.

Marika Svärdström

Marika Svärdström

Head of Venture Capital Investing, Legal & General Capital

Marika is based in London, heading up Venture Capital Investing at L&G Capital. Prior to her current role she set up the European Investment office in London on behalf of Khazanah, a $40bn Sovereign Wealth Fund. In her role, she developed and led a diversified team of investment professionals in sourcing and investing in late-stage venture and growth equities across Europe focused on Tech Sector. Investments include Skyscanner, Farfetch,  Auto1, amongst others.

Prior to Khazanah, she led the day-to-day operations of a Scandinavian private investment office based in London, where she managed investments in private and public equities, real estate and fixed income on behalf of the Principal.

She has developed an international career; living and working in Hong Kong, Zurich and London, and has operated on board level the past 10 years’ and held non-executive roles in both private and publicly listed companies.

Marika is an active angel investor in UK innovation ecosystem with a portfolio of companies involved in Fintech, IoT, AI, and Cleantech. She holds an MBA from IMD, Switzerland, and MSc Eng. from Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Programme Director

Sophia Ahrel

Sophia Ahrel

Ahrel & Co

A strategist with career long experience in technology and a track record in helping UK origination teams and entrepreneurs fulfil their global potential. She has worked to build and change the shape of some of the world’s most known technology brands including Cisco, 3Com, SKYPE and Spotify.

Portfolio work spans a decade of successfully completed 3-4x multiple valuations through IPOs, M&As, MBOs and pre-deal investment readiness programmes. An advisory member of the British Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (BVCA) Sophia is an active investor and member of UK Business Angel Association (UKBAA)

Application

The City Mentorship Programme will shortly open for applications with a deadline of 25 January 2021. The programme will run from February 2021 – January 2022. The following will need to be included in the application:

• Full name and title
• Email and Phone number
• Company & description (one liner)
• Company turnover & geographical presence
• CV and relevant references

as well as short answers to the following questions:

•Explain in what ways a UK-focused programme and a mentor in the UK would support you in your career development.
• What would you hope to get out of The City mentorship programme?
• What would you hope to gain out of a close relationship with a mentor?

Participation fees

Young Professional or SCC member: £495 + VAT

Non-members: £990 + VAT

 

Get in touch

Are you interested in finding out more about The City Mentorship Programme? Please get in contact with Events & Programmes Manager Mathilda Börjesson.

Mathilda Börjesson

Events & Programmes Manager

borjesson@scc.org.uk
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