London and Bogotá – Global technology investor, Amadeus Capital Partners, today announces a major expansion of its investment team. Edward Kliphuis and Kai Schmitz have joined as Partners and Ana Bernardo-Gancedo as a Healthcare Analyst.
Amadeus appoints new Partners Edward Kliphuis and Kai Schmitz
With Managing Partner Andrea Traversone, Edward Kliphuis will lead the Amadeus “Scale” investment activities, supporting the next generation of Europe’s transformational companies.
Edward (pictured left) joins from M Ventures, the €400m AUM corporate VC-arm of Merck KGaA, where he was responsible for healthtech, frontiertech and sustainability investments. Edward led, among others, investments in Akili Interactive Labs (first FDA-approved prescription videogame), Wiliot (battery-free Bluetooth tags) and Sonde Health (voice-analysis for health and wellness). Prior to M Ventures, Edward was at Kempen & Co, covering listed small- and mid-cap Life Sciences equities. He started his career as an analyst in the biopharma investment team of M Ventures.
Edward Kliphuis comments on his appointment: “I’m really proud to be joining Amadeus with its 23-year track record in venture capital and growth investing. Amadeus has a long history of forward thinking with investments such as Vocal IQ, Solexa and Graphcore. The Scale team will be applying this knowledge and experience to backing entrepreneurial businesses in healthtech, industrial technology and agritech across Europe.”
Kai Schmitz (right), based in Bogotá, Colombia, will invest in growth opportunities in Latin America alongside existing Partner Pat Burtis. The team invests in emerging technology champions in Latin America, focusing on FinTech, EdTech, SaaS and Next Generation eCommerce.
Kai has 20 years’ experience in emerging markets. He joins Amadeus from IFC, one of the largest emerging market investors, where he was Regional Head Latin America for FinTech. Before that Kai was a senior expert at the World Bank where he advised central banks on payment market regulation and infrastructure. He is an independent Board member at Minka (Open Banking platform, Colombia), Movii (digital bank, Colombia), Koin (PoS Lender, Brazil) and RS2 (SaaS platform, USA). Earlier, he co-founded payment companies in the UK and the US focused on Africa and Latin America respectively. Originally a lawyer, he worked at law firms in his native Hamburg and London.
On becoming Partner, Kai Schmitz said: “I’m looking forward to working alongside my long-term ally Pat Burtis to capitalise on our previous experience in the booming Latin American technology market and provide badly needed growth capital for successful digital innovators. With a track record of $1 billion in commitments to over 160 global technology companies, Amadeus offers a tremendous platform for investing in Latin America’s leading tech companies.”
Ana Bernardo-Gancedo joins the Amadeus Early Stage Funds team as a Healthcare Analyst from OC&C Strategy Consultants, where she conducted due diligence and strategy projects for private equity and corporate clients.
Ana is Spanish and holds a PhD in Biophysics from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Chemistry from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
Amadeus Capital Partners is a global technology investor. Since 1997, the firm has raised over $1bn for investment and used it to back more than 130 companies. With vast experience and a great network, Amadeus’ team of investors and entrepreneurs share a passion for the transformative power of technology. We invest in consumer services, financial technology, artificial intelligence, cyber security, medical technology, digital healthcare and digital media.