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 an associate responsible for Treasury and Portfolio Finance searches within alternatives. Working alongside Darren (Partner), Loris has 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).

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.

Josh Costello
Josh is an Associate within the finance team at Mondrian, which covers the entire alternatives space, including hedge funds, private equity, real estate and credit. His primary focus is sourcing high quality candidates for junior to mid-level mandates, alongside extensive and continuous market mapping throughout the finance space. Josh read Law at undergraduate and postgraduate level, graduating with Distinction in his International Commercial Law Master’s degree.

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.

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.

Ben Dennison
Ben works alongside Ryan Graham (Principal) in the legal and compliance search practice. His focus is to engage with compliance professionals across the alternative investment space including hedge funds, debt funds, private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, real estate firms and quant trading houses. Ben continuously updates our product suite which includes comprehensive market mapping, compensation and peer group analysis. Before joining Mondrian Alpha, he worked for Novartis as part of their cardio-metabolic franchise. Ben read Business and Politics at Newcastle University.

Matt Diss
Matt is an Associate on the credit desk, working closely with Peter Peacock (partner) and Maria-Christina Litina (associate). 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 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.

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

Ryan Graham - Principal
Ryan leads the legal and compliance search practice at Mondrian Alpha and is responsible for assisting clients with sourcing senior regulatory professionals. He leverages a diverse global network to execute retained searches within the alternative investment community servicing hedge funds, debt funds, private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, real estate firms and quant trading houses. Prior to this, Ryan successfully built and led an EMEA regulatory practice for a boutique executive search firm.

Nicholas Harrington
Nicholas is an associate specialising in private equity, focussing on new strategy buildouts and consultation. With an emphasis on market-leading adaptation, recession-proofing, and trend capitalisation. Nicholas undertakes specialist and team searches delivering buy-and-build, impact investment, and emerging markets execution. Nicholas holds a First-Class degree in Government and International Relations from the University of Sydney and was awarded the Michael W Jackson prize for study in Government.

Robi Henderson
Robi is part of our front office offering, leading the team on real estate hires in the debt, equity and NPL markets. Robi provides detailed knowledge on team structures across the real estate space. Prior to Mondrian Alpha, he covered investment hires at Huxley Associates.

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.

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.

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.

Maria-Christina Litina
Maria – Christina is an associate in the credit team. She works with Peter Peacock (Partner) covering direct lending, distressed, loans & high yield and structured credit markets. Her role is very research focused, ensuring we can provide candidates and clients with the best market intelligence and market mapping. Maria holds a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Bath. A native Greek speaker, Maria speaks English and Russian fluently.

Charlie Mee
Charlie supports our clients across private equity, growth equity and venture capital firms. His focus examines the market from the perspective of Sector Heads & Partners. Charlie adopts a researched-based approach and offers in-depth knowledge of this market across a broad spectrum of candidates. Charlie read Politics at Newcastle University.

Sophie Morris
Sophie is an Associate based on our change and transformation desk. Working with both London and New York based large investment banking clients, she aids Matt (Principal) in placing candidates in a wide variety of roles both, within and heading transformational teams for the clients. Sophie graduated with a BA in History from the University of Oxford.

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.

Thomas Phillimore-Kelly
Tom is an associate in the real estate team, focussed on experienced front office hires. He is responsible for sourcing talent across debt, equity and NPL markets. Prior to Mondrian-Alpha he worked in both hospitality and investment management. Tom holds a BSc in Finance from Durham University.

Jasmine Williams
Jasmine is our Office Manager, she handles the operational side of the business to facilitate the smooth running of our practice areas. Jasmine also assists the Partners with various Ad Hoc tasks when required. 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.