Who are we:
Our team brings together an extraordinary wealth of experience:
Dr. Celeste Cecilia Moles Lo Turco
Celeste is Vice President Strategy for Future Holding, a Lebanese family office based in Dubai. She has been working for the SWFs Strategic Committee of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SWFs Law Centre in Rome and advised the Italian Municipalities National Association (Ancitel) on the industry. Prior to these assignments, she covered security affairs in the Middle East for the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).
She is a Georgetown University Fulbright Visiting Researcher and holds a Ph.D. in Political Theory and a Master Degree in International Relations, Markets and Institutions of the Global System from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, Italy
Kristian Flyvholm, MBA
Kristian served as inaugural CEO of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (ifswf.org) and established the global sovereign investor organization in the City of London. Prior to this assignment, he served at the International Monetary Fund (Sovereign Asset & Liability Management Division, MCM), European Central Bank (Investment Division), Danish Central Bank (Investment Division) and Bank of Botswana (Financial Markets Department) with emphasis on sovereign investment management.
Kristian brings 20+ years of institutional investor experience, including roles as Chief Investment Officer at Jyske Invest Fund Management, Head of Investments at the Danish Central Bank and Senior Advisor at Danske Bank.
Kristian holds an MBA from Aarhus University and B.Sc. (Business Finance) from Copenhagen Business School and is a research affiliate with the Fletcher School, Tufts University, Boston, USA.
Dr. Sven Behrendt
Sven is Managing Director of GeoEconomica, a political risk advisory firm. He has led consulting mandates on SWF governance and compliance with international and financial institutions, and has been a sought after commentator on the industry. He created an independent assessment framework allowing for the benchmarking of global SWFs against the Generally Accepted Principles and Practices for SWFs (GAAP), also known as the "Santiago Principles”.
Sven served in several management positions at the Bertelsmann Centre for Applied Policy Research, the Carnegie Middle East Centre, and the World Economic Forum, covering geopolitics, global risks, and Middle East policy.
Sven holds a Master in Public Administration and Policy and a Ph.D. in International Relations and International Public Law from the University of Konstanz/Germany, as well as a Diploma in Anti Money Laundering from the International Compliance Association.