Mon 2 Oct 2017
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Welcome to ILA

We invite you to meet and learn a little bit about some of our new members, welcome to the ILA network!

Vassilis Damouras
Vassilis holds a BSc in Mathematics from University of Athens (Greece) and an MSc in Finance from University of Leicester (UK).
He started his career in Ergasias Bank S.A in Athens at the Treasury department., later in EFG Eurobank-Ergasias Bank S.A in the newly established Market Risk and Measurement department.
He joined Piraeus Bank Group S.A, at the beginning as a Head of Risk Management and Compliance in the Asset Management area and then as a Chief Operating Officer (COO) and executive BoD member. Lately as a Conducting Officer & director (BoD member) at the Luxembourgish domiciled investment arm of Piraeus Bank Group. In parallel with his duties in Piraeus Bank Group in Luxembourg he had an assignment in a SICAV fund as a Conducting Officer under the umbrella of PICTET FUNDS S.A. Currently he acts as an Independent Director and Conducting Officer.
With 15 years of experience in Risk and Regulatory areas, he is recognized as an expert in these areas. His expertise lies in the whole operating model of the fund industry as well. Apart from his native language (Greek), he is fluent in English and he speaks French and Italian in a conversational level.

Thierry Drinka
Thierry Drinka is an independent director. He serves on the Board of Directors of a number of clients (among which Starwood Capital Group Funds and Balbec Capital LP) and also provides some consulting, administrative and liquidation services.
Between January 2010 and September 2017, Thierry also managed the structuring and execution of European Real Estate projects (hotel, office, retail, industrial, residential), debt vehicles (in particular securitization vehicles) and managed resources related to operational activity of the Starwood Capital Group Funds platform for Europe located in Luxembourg. During this period, Thierry also extended his services to portfolios of commercial debts and distressed credit investments.
Between 1998 and 2009, Thierry held a senior position in the corporate finance division of JPMorgan Asset Management in Luxembourg. In parallel to this role, he acted as a Director for the Luxembourg based Highbridge Capital Management hedge funds vehicles, esp. Mezzanine funds and securitization vehicles.
Thierry holds a MBA in International Management of Financial Services from the Royal Holloway College (University of London) and is resident in Luxembourg since April 1998. Thierry’s interests relate to the Finance industry in general (Funds and Banks in particular), alternative investments strategies of which predominantly real estate, digital currencies and related fintech, and… show jumping.

Gerd Gebhard
Gerd Gebhard is a director of PECOMA Actuarial and Risk S.A., a firm of consulting actuaries and risk management advisors, as well as an independent director. He specializes in occupational pensions and related financial services areas such as life assurance and the fund industry. He is co-chairman of the ALFI working group on pensions and is also a member of the CSSF working group on pensions.
He was previously a partner with a local audit and accounting practice and has held a number of managerial positions in a large banking and fund management group in Luxembourg. Besides focusing on finance, he has acquired broad experience of regulated financial services, industry and the service sector.
Gerd is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He also qualified as Réviseur d’Entreprises and an Expert-Comptable in Luxembourg. He holds an MBA from Cranfield and the ESC Lyon and speaks fluent English, German, French and Luxembourgish.