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

Sarah

Sarah Thompson – Head of Investor Relations

Sarah heads the Family Office and Private Clients team and is responsible for managing our relationships with our wide network of private investors. She also manages our direct deal pipeline and introductions for a number of our direct deal opportunities.

Sarah has over 20 years of experience in understanding investors’ needs and priorities through previous global roles in Private Equity and Corporate Investor Relations and M&A.

Sarah is ACA qualified and holds an eMBA from London Business School.

Her interests include

  • Sailing & windsurfing preferably somewhere warm & sunny 
  • Improving my piano playing
  • Being beaten on the tennis courts by my kids

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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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Nikolay Nekishev - Investor Relations 

Nikolay worked in the investment manager and family office service provider Omada Capital where he was responsible for the execution of private equity and venture capital deals.

Before Omada  Capital he has worked in corporate finance for the past 14 years with focus on the metals and mining industry in Russia and Central Asia. Previously he was CFO at a platinum and gold mining company within the Renova group. He was CIO for a COALCO Group-affiliated family office.

MBA from the Manchester Business School.

His interests include

  • Travelling 
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
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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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Richard Steele – Investor Relations

Richard specialises in making investor introductions in the private market. He started at Shell Trading before moving to The Children’s Investment Fund and then to Arbiter Fund Managers, a foreign exchange hedge fund, as Head of Sales. Richard has raised assets and introduced capital to VC funds, technology companies, hedge funds and alternative investment strategies. Richard holds CISI certificates in investment management and financial derivatives, attended Kingston University and The King’s School Canterbury.

 His interests include:

  • Competitive cricket in the Summer
  • Shooting in the Winter
  • Reading

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 – Business Development and Investor Relations

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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Laura Grover - Head of Operations

Laura heads the operations and events team, working to deliver high standard focused events for our investors and sponsors. Laura maintains and strengthens relationships leading up to and after our events. Laura has previous financial experience working at an asset managers on the FX Desk.

Her interests include

  • Travelling 
  • Socalising
  • Fitness

Ibriz

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

Lenka

 

 

Lenka Jackivova - Office Manager & PA to the CEO

Lenka’s role is to support our CEO Ankush Mehta on a business and personal level. Providing wide range of administrative and HR support as well as looking after daily office operations and employee and clients welfare. 

Her interests include

  • Animals 
  • Long Walks
  • Cinema