Jean Keller

Chief Executive Officer

QUAERO - Jean Keller

Jean Keller joined Quaero Capital SA in 2011 as CEO and Partner.

Prior to joining Quaero Capital SA in February 2011, Jean Keller was CEO of 3A (Alternative Asset Advisors), the alternative investment division of banking group SYZ in Geneva. From when he joined 3A in 2005, the group grew significantly from around USD 1bn to over USD 4bn at its peak. Jean Keller was also responsible for the development of the group in Asia, with the purchase of Oria Capital in Hong Kong.

Before joining the SYZ group, Jean Keller spent 11 years assuming various responsibilities within the Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch (LODH) Group in Geneva, New York and London. From 2002 to 2004, he was CEO of LODH Asset Management Ltd in London and a member of the group’s Management Committee. He also co-headed LODH’s institutional asset management division and sat on the Asset Management Board.

From 1988 to 1992, he was Investment Manager and Investment Analyst with Baring Asset Management in London and Hong Kong, where he was involved in the management of various mutual and institutional funds. Jean Keller holds a Degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, with a major in Finance.

Philip Best

Chief Investment Officer, Fund Manager

Philip Best

Philip Best co-founded Quaero Capital SA in 2005 and is a Partner, Fund Manager and Shareholder.

Philip started his career as a fund manager at Warburg Investment Management in 1983, managing the Mercury European Income Fund. In 1987, he joined Enskilda Securities as a broker specialising in European small cap companies. In 1994 he established and ran the Paris office of The Europe Company Limited, a specialist research-driven European small cap brokerage (purchased by Jefferies & Co in 2000).

Philip launched The Argonaut Fund in 2003 and in the 14 years since then the fund has achieved an annualized return over 14%. He is also a non-Executive Director of UK publicly listed investment fund Jupiter European Opportunities Trust, an investment company with assets of over GBP 630m.

Born in 1960, Philip graduated from Oxford University in 1982 and worked in London for six years before moving to Paris in 1988 and then to Geneva in 2003. He is bilingual in English and French.

Francesco Samson

Group Chief Operating Officer

Francesco Samson

Francesco Samson joined Quaero Capital SA on April 1st, 2017, as Group COO.

Francesco Samson started his career in 1990 with DuPont de Nemours in Geneva where he became head of sales of three products in Europe. He subsequently joined McKinsey in Geneva in 1996 where he focused on business development and restructuring related projects. From 1998 to 2004 he led the strategy for the EMEA region, building and leading two front office teams for the Citigroup Private Bank in Geneva. Francesco Samson then spent 10 years at EIM in Nyon, where he was Partner, Group COO and member of the Executive Committee, also overseeing business development and investment services. He joined Brevan Howard in 2014 as Head and COO of the Geneva office and a member of the Executive Committee of Brevan Howard Investment Products Limited in Jersey.

Fluent in French, Italian, English and German, Francesco Samson has an MSc from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (“EPFL”) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and an MBA from INSEAD in Paris with a major in Finance.

 

Anou Berhanu

Chief Compliance Officer

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Anou Berhanu joined Quaero Capital SA in 2016 as Chief Compliance Officer. Anou started her career in the Banking and Finance Department of a large corporate law firm based in Geneva where she was involved in the structuring, registration and distribution of a number of investment products with the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA.

In 2008, Anou joined SYZ Asset Management, the asset management division of the Swiss banking group Syz.  At Syz, she was responsible for the adherence to regulatory and legal requirements of the Swiss branch.  Anou also advised the business in legal and regulatory matters, negotiated contracts, set up new products and held an array of compliance tasks.

She holds a Masters in Law from the University of Geneva and is a Swiss Fund Officer FA/IAF.