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Alex is the Founder and Managing Partner of Melitas Ventures, which he launched in November 2017. He serves on the boards of Kin Euphorics, RIND Snacks, Nurture Life, NomNom and Verb Energy. Alex was a senior member of the investment team at Indus Capital (seeded by Soros) and Tyrian Investments (seeded by Tiger Management), where he invested in global consumer companies. Alex co-Founded Philox, European networking website, in 2006, and began his career in Morgan Stanley’s New York and London offices. Alex received his MBA from Wharton, with a Major in Finance, and BA in Political Science, with honors and distinction, from Stanford University.



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Michael joined Melitas Ventures as a Partner in September 2019. He has more than twenty years of experience advising and investing in consumer products companies around the world. Michael previously worked at Artisan Partners, where he invested in consumer products companies in the US, Europe and Asia. He started his career in 1994 in Morgan Stanley’s Mergers & Acquisitions department. Michael then led Morgan Stanley’s European consumer equity research team for nine years before relocating to the US. From 2012 – 2015, he managed Credit Suisse’s consumer products research in the US. Michael holds an MBA degree from ESCP Europe. He studied in Berlin, Paris and Oxford.



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Jacques joined Melitas Ventures in July 2018. From 2014 through 2017, Jacques led fundamental change across KIND Healthy Snacks as EVP of Strategic and International Development. Prior to joining KIND, Jacques created and led the Private Equity Investments Division for the Inter-American Development Bank Group. Until 2002, Jacques was a partner with McKinsey & Company. Jacques’s board service includes the Fondo de Fondos, a private equity fund-of-funds with close to $1BN under management, and of Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service. He earned an MBA from the Wharton School and the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree, with honors and distinction, from Stanford University.



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Florian joined Melitas Ventures as a Venture Partner in January 2020. He previously worked in UBS’ Leveraged Finance & Financial Sponsors Group where he analyzed, underwrote and structured Levered Loans and High Yield Bonds primarily for LBOs and Refinancings across various sectors. Florian has also originated, led and successfully executed capital raises for global private equity managers, including US consumer focused funds, while at MVision Private Equity Advisers. He began his career in Credit Suisse’s Investment Bank in New York. Florian received his MBA from INSEAD and BA in International Relations from Brown University.



Former Global CEO of Burger King & Smirnoff

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Dennis has served as the CEO and/or Chairman of global brands such as Burger King, Smirnoff, Priceline Europe, PepsiCo Italy and several Brand Management positions with Procter & Gamble. He has served on several Boards as a Director or Chairman: Diageo Plc (Director), Reuters (Director), Priceline Europe (Chairman), Saxo Bank (Chairman), Metro Intern. (Chairman) and others. He has been an Industrial Advisor to EQT (Swedish Private Equity firm with a global footprint. EQT has raised over $45 billion raised across 25 funds) and is a member of the Board at MidOceanPartners. Dennis was appointed as one of the five founding members of President Clinton’s Welfare to Work Partnership. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago.



Board Certified Gastroenterologist at NYU Langone

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Dr. Roshini Raj is a board certified gastroenterologist and internist. She is an attending physician at NYU Medical Center/Tisch Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Raj has a special interest in women’s health and cancer screening and has published several research articles on colon cancer screening. Dr. Raj a Good Day NY Medical Correspondent (Fox5), a Today contributor and the Medical Editor of Health Magazine. She also contributes regularly to Dr.Oz, CNN, FNC, Inside Edition and several other national shows/networks. In August 2010, she released her first book, What the Yuck?! The Freaky & Fabulous Truth About Your Body. Dr. Raj has discussed a wide variety of health topics on a range of network and cable shows, including NBC’s Today Show; ABC’s The View, Good Morning America and World News Tonight; CNN’s American Morning, Nancy Grace, and Larry King Live; The Discovery Health Channel; The Tyra Banks Show; The Dr.Oz Show and The Doctors, among others. She has medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and an undergraduate degree from Harvard College.



Head of Industry for Food & Beverage at Google

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Bhavin is the Head of Industry for Food & Beverage at Google. He leads a team that helps large brands leverage Google’s marketing and technology solutions to grow market share, penetration and revenue. At Google, he has also worked with companies in Pharma & Consumer Health, CPG, Branded Apparel and has been an SMB Marketer. Bhavin began his career as a consultant at Oliver Wyman. He has an MBA from Wharton, and an MA from the University of Cambridge.


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