Our Key Group Members

Sebastian Schaefer
Managing Principal & Founder

Sebastian Schaefer is the Founder of the Green Shoots Group of Companies, and is in charge of client relationship management for the Group. Previously he served as Regional Head at the largest listed hedge fund firm providing his clients with alternative investment management advice. Prior to entering the asset management industry Sebastian worked in investment banking.

Sean O`Boyle
Managing Partner

Sean O`Boyle is the Founder of Green Shoots Capital New Zealand, and is in charge of client relationships in Asia-Pacific. Prior to this, Sean worked with NZ Capital, Goldman Sachs, Eurekahedge and Credit Suisse First Boston with a focus on private equity, hedge funds, funds of hedge funds and research. Sean graduated from Brown University.

Mark Wolstenholme

Mark Wolstenholme is a Director at Green Shoots Capital UK and is the lead advisor for a limited number of clients. Mark has deep experience in illiquid alternatives and enjoys assisting his clients in diversifying such exposures via more liquid alternatives. Prior to Green Shoots, Mark worked at Anglo Irish Bank, KAS Bank and Euromoney Institutional Investor. He was a Research Analyst at the University of Oxford and graduated from Kingston University.

Melissa Stonard

Melissa Stonard is a Director at Green Shoots Capital UK and is the lead advisor for european clients. She also contributes to the overall firm strategy for business development and product selection. She enjoys helping her clients optimize their product selection. Prior to Green Shoots, Melissa worked at ING with a focus on Behavioral Economics and Hedge Funds.

Oliver Saban

Oliver Saban is a Director at Green Shoots Capital UK and is the lead advisor for a group of select clients. Oliver is passionate about liquid alternatives and enjoys brainstorming new concepts with clients. Prior to Green Shoots, Oliver worked at UBP, Amundi Pioneer Asset Management and Forsyth Partners. He graduated from The University of Northampton in Economics and Law.

Sameer Saifan
Chief Risk Officer

Prior to joining the Group, he was Head of Risk Management for Tages Capital, a $2.6bn Fund of Hedge Funds and Seeding firm. Sameer has also been Risk Manager at Eon Global, Sovereign Wealth Funds in Oman and Kuwait, and Stenham Wealth Management, where he oversaw $3.6bn in Fund of Hedge Fund Investments, as well Man Group-FRM. Sameer holds a M.Sc. Operations Research from the London School of Economics and a B.Eng. (Mechanical) from India.

Imran Kim
Fund Manager

Imran is an experienced portfolio manager, risk manager, market-maker, quantitative analyst and software developer. He was a developer at Carano Software (Berlin), served as financial manager of Procter & Gamble’s Swiss operation, was a Swiss equity options market-maker at AllOptions Helvetia (Zug), and then joined UBS (Zurich) as a quantitative risk control analyst. As portfolio manager and head of research, trading and IT he managed three funds and developed / implemented new trading strategies. Imran studied Mathematics and Physics at Humboldt University.

Petros Papathanasiou
Fund Manager

Petros has 30 years’ experience in asset management, institutional equity and derivatives sales and trading, and investment banking. Petros held senior management positions at three leading independent Greek broker-dealers and started his career in 1988 in London where he spent four years with Morgan Stanley’s M&A department, in which capacity he was involved in a series of prominent and much- publicized deals.

Kostas Boukas
Fund Manager

Kostas has 30 years experience in asset management, management consulting and banking (Treasury). Prior to his current roles, he set up and ran the asset management department of Artion Securities (Athens), catering to private clients via discretionary and advisory mandates. In his management consultancy career, Kostas served as corporate valuation specialist and as senior management advisor, responsible for the establishment of the Risk Management and Private Banking divisions. He held senior Treasury and asset management positions within the National Bank of Greece, and was Assistant Treasurer at ABN-AMRO Bank (Athens).

Jean-Noël Renard
Special Advisor

JN has worked for 20 years (14 whereof in Tokyo) in a variety of roles including quantitative modeling, derivatives structuring, proprietary trading & complex options risk management. He possesses significant experience in setting up trading businesses from the ground up. He headed Dresdner’s & CDC-IXIS's Tokyo Equity Derivatives Desks and oversaw AIG-FP’s equity-derivatives and commodity-index business for the entire Asia-Pacific region. He frequently lectures on derivatives and is a visiting professor at Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne University and holds degrees from Université de Lille.

Kyle Chuang
Kyle Chuang
Fund Manager

Kyle was Partner and Portfolio Manager at Vulpes Investment Management as well as Head of the Titan office in Asia managing the award winning Asia Volatility Fund with peak assets of over $300m. Kyle graduated with a BS from The Wharton School and BAS from The School of Engineering at University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a degree at Berkeley University with a focus on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

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