About Us & Team

The team at Mondrian Alpha come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, this gives us perspective and context. We are all proud to deliver what we believe to be an industry leading service.

About Us

Mondrian Alpha was founded in 2010 to provide buy-side managers with organic growth solutions and opportunities for acquisitions. The business works holistically across investment managers, with specialists in investment, asset raising and non-investment. Our product is based on detailed research into each function that we cover and this is supported by current maps of all business lines.


Alongside which we produce detailed research into the commercials that drive each strategy. This allows us to truly understand the best performing ‘human capital’ in the market. The business is based in London but works across Europe and the US to allow us to provide a centralised search for more complex global searches.

Loris Adamo
Loris is a consultant within our front office advisory division, working closely with Valerie on all Macro focused investment mandates. Loris is also our lead for Treasury and Portfolio Finance searches within alternatives, having developed a comprehensive product that articulates the London fund financing market. This product is used to help our clients deliver an active treasury function and to strategically develop existing functions. A native Italian speaker, Loris speaks Spanish, French and English proficiently and chose to study in the U.K. reading Law and international relations at the University of Kent, where he was awarded an Upper Second-Class honors degree (LLB).

loris.adamo@mondrian-alpha.com
Giorgia Bellocchio
Giorgia is an Associate working alongside James Hurst in the quantitative search practice at Mondrian Alpha. She specialises in front office searches across Quantitative Analytics, Research and Development for our Hedge Fund clients. She is also responsible for conducting in-depth research covering the dynamics of the quant market, which has helped her to develop extensive knowledge of the market structure. Giorgia focuses on building successful, long-term relationships with candidates and clients. Prior to joining Mondrian Alpha, Giorgia worked in Capital Markets research at Anson McCade. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Human Resource Management from Middlesex University.

giorgia.bellocchio@mondrian-alpha.com
Benji Bennett
Benji works alongside Darren and focuses on a variety of roles within hedge fund operations. His strong people skills and analytical approach were developed during his time as a broker and more recently, in his prior role, as generalist search consultant. Originally from Zimbabwe, Benji has visited 50 countries around the world.

benji.bennett@mondrian-alpha.com
Jessica Cohen
Jessica leads our fundamental buy-side equities practice having spent her career establishing in depth relationships across both North America and Europe. She partners with top buy-side institutions seeking to build out their equity platforms, particularly at the Portfolio Manager and Senior Analyst levels. Her comprehensive and thorough approach coupled with a dynamic edge in identifying and maintaining top relationships allow her to create meaningful connections that have proved to be invaluable for investors from leading multi manager platforms to growing boutique funds. With a deep knowledge of compensation norms and risk metrics across the market, Jessica is able to advise her clients and quickly assess where a natural fit between client and candidate exists. Prior to joining Mondrian Alpha, Jessica built out the fundamental equities desk for a boutique search firm across New York and Edinburgh. Jessica holds an MA Honours in History & Politics from the University of Edinburgh.

jessica.cohen@mondrian-alpha.com
Josh Costello
Josh is an associate responsible for leading our investment banking. Having engaged with the majority of investment banking professionals in London, Josh produces extensive and continuous research on banking teams and trends in the space. Josh read Law at undergraduate and postgraduate level, graduating with Distinction in his International Commercial Law Master’s degree.

josh.costello@mondrian-alpha.com
Craig Courtman - Principal
Craig looks after our finance practice which covers the entire alternatives space including hedge funds, private equity, real estate and credit. His main focus is on Finance Director and CFO searches whilst overseeing a team that focuses on junior to mid-level mandates. He began his career in London at Foxton’s before a move to Goodman Masson where he developed their investment management desk. Craig holds a BA in Management and MSc in Marketing from the University of Leicester.

craig.courtman@mondrian-alpha.com
Yasmine Dargahi - Principal
Yasmine leads the asset raising search practice at Mondrian Alpha, having built up strong relationships across the market. Those relationships and deep market knowledge allow her to quickly and efficiently execute on mandates. In addition, she creates quarterly market commentaries on key distribution themes as well as detailed compensation benchmarking & analysis. Yasmine graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University’s School of Management with a BSBA in Finance. She is a native French speaker.

yasmine.dargahi@mondrian-alpha.com
Matt Diss
Matt is an Associate on the credit desk, working closely with Peter Peacock (partner). Matt specialises in the distressed debt/special situations space. His clients include a wide range of private equity firms, hedge funds and asset managers. He recently completed a comprehensive market map which fully outlines the London distressed space. He holds an MA with distinction in Philosophy from the University of York.

matt.diss@mondrian-alpha.com
Matt Ellis - Principal
Matt is a practice head and runs our change and transformation division. He is responsible for delivery and execution of business originated change transformation initiatives, across both New York and London. Matt operates at the client relationship manager for all our large investment banking clients. Prior to this Matt helped to grow a start-up recruitment business and trained at Huxley Associates.

matt.ellis@mondrian-alpha.com
Matt Foggo
Matt is an Associate within the finance team at Mondrian, which covers the entire alternatives space, including hedge funds, private equity, real estate and credit. He focuses on sourcing candidates for junior to mid-level mandates. Matt joined Mondrian Alpha soon after graduating from the University of Leeds, where he read History.

matt.foggo@mondrian-alpha.com
Darren Gordois - Partner
Darren leads the team responsible for non-investment searches within hedge funds, debt funds and private equity. Darren’s rigour and diligence are well noted and has cemented his position as a market leader in alternatives search. Prior to this Darren was one of the most successful consultants at Goodman Masson and Huxley Associates during his tenures. Darren holds a First class Business Management degree from Newcastle.

darren.gordois@mondrian-alpha.com
James Hurst - Principal
James leads the quantitative search practice at Mondrian Alpha. He is responsible for the origination and delivery of searches within hedge funds across London and New York. Over James’s long tenure in the front office quantitative market he has developed lasting relationships which are supported by a fundamental understanding of the changing dynamics of the space. This experience is leveraged to identify opportunities and execute mandates on behalf of his clients. Prior to this James built up the front office business for a niche quantitative search firm. He trained at Huxley Associates and worked with Talal (Partner) at Capital Chase.

james.hurst@mondrian-alpha.com
Silvan Jenzer
Silvan is a consultant in Mondrian Alpha’s private debt practice, mainly covering mandates in the distressed credit/special situations space. His clients include a number of asset managers, investment firms and hedge funds. Silvan is focused on building a strong network of investment professionals and providing detailed research on the latest developments in the market. Before joining Mondrian Alpha, he headed the Swiss desk at Huxley. Silvan studied English Literature & Linguistics and History and speaks fluent German.

silvan.jenzer@mondrian-alpha.com
Joshua King
Joshua is a Consultant on the asset raising team at Mondrian Alpha, working closely alongside Yasmine Dargahi (Principal). With a track record of placements across all alternative asset classes, Joshua leads investor relations, product specialist and client services mandates. His remit also extends across asset raising hires. Having engaged with the vast majority of investor relations professionals in London and across the continent, Joshua produces extensive research on funds, teams, trends and compensation in the space. Prior to Mondrian Alpha, Joshua worked for a Member of Parliament in Westminster. Joshua holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the University of Maastricht.

joshua.king@mondrian-alpha.com
Valerie Kosenko
Valerie is a member of our advisory team and looks after global macro and equity markets. She is focused on building long-term relationships and understanding the latest trends in the industry. This allows her to successfully execute key strategic placements across the practice area. Valerie holds a MSc degree from Cass Business School and BA (Hons) Business and Finance degree from the University of Exeter. She is a native Russian and Ukrainian speaker.

valerie.kosenko@mondrian-alpha.com
Talal Lashab - Partner
Talal is a founding partner at Mondrian Alpha responsible for Structured Solutions & Acquisitions. Talal helps clients make off market direct or indirect investments into alternatives businesses across a broad portfolio tailored to their client’s demands. His responsibilities include management of the investment and asset raising search functions. Prior to this Talal lead a similar practice at Capital Chase and trained at Huxley Associates. Talal read Politics at Nottingham University.

tl@mondrian-alpha.com
Sophie Morris
Sophie works alongside Valerie Kosenko, specialising in global macro and equity hedge fund investment hires. Through comprehensive mapping of the funds she has built up detailed knowledge of the market, giving her the resources to execute on mandates with speed and precision. Sophie strives for long lasting relationships with both her clients and candidates and provides regular insight from a strategic perspective. She holds a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Oxford.

sophie.morris@mondrian-alpha.com
Peter Peacock - Partner
Peter is a founding partner of Mondrian Alpha. He was instrumental in building out the credit function and now leads a team which specialises in direct lending, distressed, CLO, high yield and private equity space. In addition to search, Peter also oversees the firm’s compensation surveys which are recognised across the alternatives space in London. Prior to Mondrian Alpha, Peter spent a number of years working within the banking practice at Huxley Associates. He supported clients from a corporate strategy perspective through building out internal teams to formulate and execute on strategies for change and growth. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Manchester.

peter.peacock@mondrian-alpha.com
Alexa Rowlands
Alexa works closely with Valerie Kosenko, covering macro investment mandates ranging from mid to senior level candidates. Focused on in-depth research and analysis, she has helped develop our market leading business intelligence product. Alexa read Business Studies and Politics at the University of Manchester.

alexa.rowlands@mondrian-alpha.com
Jasmine Williams
Jasmine is our Operations Manager & EA recruitment consultant. Her responsibilities include recruitment and management of tier 1 assistants to our buy side clients. Operationally, Jasmine leads our graphic design function and supervises most administrative activities across the business as well as any special projects. Previously, Jasmine worked as an administrator at a stockbrokers, helping her to gain valuable organisational and administrative skills as well as an understanding of the finance industry. Jasmine has completed an NVQ Level 2 in Business and Administration.

jasmine.williams@mondrian-alpha.com