The Team

 

Ankush

Ankush Mehta – Founder & CEO

Ankush was born in northern India. He moved to the UK in 1999 while completing his MBA from Oxford Brookes University. He founded Bespoke Connections (“Bespoke”) in 2012 and has developed it organically, growing the team to 15 people. Bespoke is now active in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, working closely with institutional Investors, family offices, ultra - high net worth and high net worth individuals, asset managers, private bankers, lawyers and general counsel. Prior to establishing Bespoke, Ankush launched and headed up the Investments & Legal division for a leading international business development consultancy.
Ankush holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce and MBA from Oxford Brookes University, UK.

His interests include

  • Family 
  • Sports - played Badminton at semi-pro level
  • Travelling
 

 

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Lyndon Miles - Head of Real Estate

Lyndon was born in the then Rhodesia. He lived in South Africa for a number of years where he qualified as a solicitor before settling in the UK in 1997. During his time in the UK Lyndon has been involved predominantly with UK and cross - border corporate finance for multinational clients as well as debt finance for real estate and SMEs. He has been involved in originating, structuring and executing debt transactions in the UK and Europe with a total value exceeding £500m. Clients have included property investment funds, property companies, multinational companies and numerous SMEs. Lyndon has worked in various senior roles including with KGAL Group, a German fund manager, UK and South African banks (ABSA, Investec UK and Hampshire Trust Bank) and international corporate finance, tax and legal advisers (PricewatehouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen).

Lyndon holds a LLB equivalent degree and post graduate taxation diploma from the University of South Africa as well as a MBA (Finance) from Manchester University's business school.

His interests include:

  • Family 
  • Ultra-running
  • Motorcycles and classic cars

 

 

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Mohamed Mughal - Investor Relations Middle East

Mohamed is a seasoned multi-lingual International Investment Banker, based in Dubai - UAE, with an established presence in the Gulf Counsel Countries: UAE, OMAN, BAHRAIN, QATAR, KUWAIT and SAUDI ARABIA. Mohamed is British and earned his Bachelor of Sciences Degree with Honors from Imperial College at Wye, University of London. 

Mr. Mughal worked for nearly a decade at JPMorgan in their London Offices and brings almost twenty years of banking experience and relationships that span most of the important business centers around the globe. He has covered the GCC and Middle East for more than seven years and is the rare Banker who has experience across the full panoply of Corporate Finance and Financial Services, including but not limited to Investment Banking, Asset Management, Brokerage, FX, Derivatives and Credit & Rates. He couples incisive perspectives as an Intermediary and as a Principal drawing from experience at blue chip groups where he managed assets in excess of a billion dollars. Mr. Mughal understands sensitive cultural and business differences in the international arena. He excels at managing relationships and developing client business across a wide array of industries and enabling him to access well-established institutions as diverse as Sovereigns, Financial Groups, Conglomerates and Family Office offices. 

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Joao Gomes Teixeira - Investor Relations 

Joao worked as an independent agent raising capital for European and North American Energy and Sustainability Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds.

Joao’s diverse background allowed him to be exposed to different industries and asset classes in his last 15 years of professional experience – real estate, fintech, energy and sustainability. He accumulated extensive experience in several senior management roles: CEO/Founder of UCEA, energy and sustainability; Business development director at Capital Edge, identity authentication solutions and cryptography; Head of sales and marketing at TopHouse – real estate ltd.

MBA from the Lisbon Business School.

His interests include:

  • Travelling 
  • Fitness
  • Literature
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Pekka Nordmark - Investor Relations & Nordics Specialist

Pekka has more than 25 years of experience in marketing various types of investment strategies, targeting and liaising with the global institutional investors’ landscape. His professional background includes ten years as a money market and government bond broker in the Nordic region. He also has broad experience working as a fundraising consultant and placement agent for CTA, Hedge, Real Estate, Venture Capital and Private Equity Fund managers. His studies include Business Administration from Stockholm University, Life Insurance Advisory Diploma from Stockholm School of Economics (IFU), Competence License for Securities Dealers (SwedSec), and an approval by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority for Leadership Proficiency – listed companies.

His interests include:

  • Proud dad of two sons both at prestigious Technology Universities.
  • Languages and travel – The Nordics and Spain
  • Keeping the Bespoke office chuckling with his trademark irreverent sense of humour.

 

Sydney

Sydney Kofiloto - Family Offices & Private Clients

With over 13 years’ experience in investments. Sydney started his career as an analyst with Bordier UK|Bordier & Cie a discretionary boutique asset manager in London. He then joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a Portfolio Officer and then spent several years at HSBC Global Asset Management on the wholesale marketing platform and worked on the charity desk at Newton Investment Management.Prior to joining Bespoke Connections, Sydney worked with Royal London Asset Management, managing IFA relationships.

His interests include:

  • Cooking 
  • Cycling
  • Family
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Muboriz Muborakshoev –Family Office and Private Clients 

He started at Informa Group as a Business Analyst working in Emerging Markets desk. Having worked in the city, Muboriz set up a distribution company focused on reselling market research data to Russia, Brazil and Eastern Europe, which he then sold. Muboriz has worked in Venture Capital space for 4 years working with investors in the UK and Internationally to help them with allocations of funds in to early stage and late stage start-ups.  He has worked in a boutique fund focused on working with entrepreneurs who were looking to scale their companies by connecting with investors and advisers.    

He has BA from Oxford Brookes University in Business Management.

His interests include 

  • Football
  • Traveling
  • Martial Arts 

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Barbara Brudenell-Bruce - Head of Membership BConnect Club 

Barbara’s career has been defined by a series of successful start-ups including the creation of the iconic Fabric Nightclub, the New York based celebrity-driven fashion brand Spoylt and an early Telecoms reseller IPO’d on NASDAQ.  She moonlights as a dating industry expert with exclusive offline Matchmaking agency Vida and combines a high-powered guest list of UHNWs to matchmake luxury brands to aspirational events in both London and Monaco. www.bconnectclub.com

Her interests include:

  • Columnist for Monaco Life @Monacomatchmaker
  • Foodie and wine enthusiast
  • Formula One voyeur and previous winner of Spirit of the Gumball

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Ibriz Akhtar - Events, Operations & Marketing

Ibriz sits on the operation and events team, driving to deliver high standard focused events for our investors and sponsors. She also is responsible for building and strengthening our marketing and company reflection. Ibriz has previous experience in management and training within luxury brands.

Her interests include

  • Travelling 
  • Family
  • Sports & Fitness