Board and Executive Team
Sir Nigel Knowles was appointed Chairman at Zeus Capital in September 2014. Sir Nigel is DLA Piper’s former CEO and Managing Partner. During his term from 1996 to 2016, Sir Nigel led DLA Piper’s growth from a regional UK law firm to what is now the world’s largest global business law firm. Sir Nigel is now the firm’s Global Ambassador.
Sir Nigel is also Chairman of Sheffield City Region LEP and a Trustee of The Prince’s Trust.
Sir Nigel is a Fellow of Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, and a Visiting Professor of the University of Sheffield. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from the University of Sheffield in July 2011.
Babek has over 14 years of experience working as a credit derivatives, high yield and distressed debt trader at JP Morgan, Credit Agricole and Ixis. He is an experienced investor and has been actively involved in investing in high growth companies, high yielding debt and restructuring of distressed companies in the Consumer & Retail, Gaming, Real Estate and Travel sectors.
Babek has a BSc and MSc in Financial Engineering and MSc in Management from the University of Paris Dauphine. Babek also studied Economics and Finance in the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and London School of Economics.
Edward has over 20 years’ experience in investment roles. Mostly notably, his current position is as the Founding Partner and Portfolio Manager at investment management firm Pensato Capital, now part of RWC Partners. Previously, he was a Portfolio Manager at American Express Asset Management International, where he co-managed a European long/short strategy. Prior to this, he was at Bayard Partners, an established European long/short equity fund, and Fidelity International.
Edward also has a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Oxford.
Rustam has over 15 years of experience as a Systems Architect and Engineer at DataStax, Microsoft (Skype), TeliaSonera and Muzicall (RealNetworks), where he specialised in cloud, distributed systems and big data solutions. He has extensive startup expertise, having been Co-founder and CTO of Box.az and Limon. As Chief Technical Officer, his responsibilities include directing the development of all OneDome products.
Rustam has a MSc in Engineering and Management of Information Systems from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and a BSc in Computer Science from the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy.
With over 15 years’ experience in legal, regulatory and commercial roles, Elliott has worked for several professional membership bodies, including the Law Society of England and Wales. There, his roles included Head of Regulation, Head of Commercial Investments, and CEO of the Society’s online conveyancing portal, Veyo. He has also held directorships in Riliance Software Ltd and Six Clerks Insurance Services Ltd.
Elliott holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Essex and, as a qualified barrister, has been called to the Bar of England and Wales.
Rachel has over 15 years marketing and leadership experience, mainly in the luxury property sector. She was Head of Residential Marketing at Knight Frank, where she spearheaded a digital-first strategy. Prior to this, Rachel worked at Strutt & Parker implementing a challenger-brand approach, running award-winning campaigns that shifted the way national property brands approach marketing.
Rachel has also held several roles within the B2B publishing industry and holds a BA in Theology from King’s College London.
Oleg has over 13 years of experience in IT product development, managing implementation of complex solutions for big telecom providers all over the world, building e-commerce marketplaces and raising highly effective research and development teams. His skills and background also include establishing cultures of engineering excellence, value stream optimisation, stimulating innovation, and reaction to changes in fast-paced business environments.
Oleg was a Regional Engineering Manager for Netcracker Technology Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation.
Oleg has a MSc in Applied Mathematics and a BSc in Finances from the National Taras Shevchenko University of Ukraine.
Charles has over 18 years of product management experience in Telecoms (Proximus, Three and Vodafone) and then as Head of Product at Blinkbox/Tesco and Secret Escapes. Most recently he has worked with early-stage startups on product strategy, building engaging, habit-forming products based on behavioural psychology and analytical data.
Charles has a Bachelors degree in Public Management and Economics from Erasmushogeschool in Brussels and is currently finishing his MBA at Henley Business School, Reading University.
Tim has over 25 years’ experience in estate agency and property. He was Head of Estate Agency Network at Legal & General, Group Sales & Marketing Director at Live Organisation, and Director at Agent Butler. Tim’s experience combines strategic, sales and marketing knowledge and skills with extensive first-hand experience in the property market. He has led teams in B2B and B2C markets, as well as start-up and turnaround and growth environments, to exceed revenue and profit goals.
Skilled lead generation marketer with over 7 years’ experience in B2B (software and professional services)
Strategic and hands-on sales executive focused on the property sector
Creative with a BA from UAL specialising in design for digital, print and events marketing
Former Digital Content Consultant at Direct Line Group with over 10 years’ experience spanning publishing and digital
Extensive background in project management and product delivery for a variety of sectors
Track record in product strategy and delivery working for Accenture, Lamoda.ru and eCom and SAAS startups
Over 15 years of sales experience, previously at PayProp and The Digital Property Group.
Background in entrepreneurship and venture capital with a BA in critical theory from NYU.
University of Oxford grad specialised in financial, business and investment analysis
Holds a Master’s Degree in Informatics, former Business Solutions Developer at Terrasoft.
Previously worked at the world-leading Art.Lebedev Design Studio as a UI Web Designer, Graphic Designer and Technical Artist.
Holds a Master of Science in Computer Software Engineering, previously working for Luxoft.
Boris joined the team from Go IT, where he was a Professor of Front-End Development. He holds a BSc in the Problems of Physics and Power Engineering.
Previously worked for BlackBerry, SoftServe and Wallet One. Daniil holds an Msc in Project Management.
Over 7 years of experience as a UX Designer, previously at the Akademia Design House and, Profi-Studio, and at the world leading Art.Lebedev Studio.
Expertise in big data and web services, previously at CyberVision, Inc.
Extensive backend experience in JavaEE and Node.js. Formerly worked as a backend developer at NetCracker.
Previously at Kaushan Media Corporation, holds a Master’s Degree from The National Technical University of Ukraine.
Previously at Youwe and Web100 Technologies, holds a Master’s Degree from Kyiv National Economic University.
Previously at Netcracker, holds a Master’s Degree in Physics and Information Security Systems.
Previously at Softheme, holds an Msc in Itelligent Information Technology.
Previously at Zultys, Inc., Yandex and Ameria GmbH, Frontend lecturer at GoIT.
Previously at NetCracker, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science.
Previously at Se7ensky and Upwork, holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science.
Previously at Trembit, holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.
Previously at Eldorado, holds a BSc in Programming in Media Systems and Computer Design and a Master’s in Artificial Intelligence Systems.
Previously at NetCracker, holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.
Previously at DataArt and PocketBook Ukraine. Holds an MSc in Computer Science, National Technical University of Ukraine.
Previously at Ciklum and HamsterCoders, Alexey holds a Master in International Economy.
Previously Team Lead at NetCracker, holds a Degree in Computer Science.
Previously Head of the Data Science at Prom.ua, Igor holds a Ph.D. in Telecommunications.
Previously at Prom.ua and AT Consulting, Igor holds an Msc in Control Systems and Automation.