We are always looking
for new talent and
to add diversity to our team

Federico Canciani

Managing Partner

Federico most recently spent c. 14 years with Oaktree Capital Management in the Opportunities Funds in London, focusing on a broad spectrum of investment styles.

Tianzhi Li

Investment Partner

Tianzhi most recently spent c. 10 years with Volaris Group, an operating company of Constellation Software Inc., specializing in mid-market software and technology buyouts across Europe and North America.

José Vidal de Sousa

Vice President - Origination

José holds a horizontal role focused on origination, building and maintaining relationships with management teams, advisors and investors, and helping with deal execution when needed. 

Jack Walker

Vice President

Jack joined GTO Partners in 2021 after working at Thomas H. Lee (THL) Partners in Boston and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York.

Emilia Studencka


Emilia joined GTO in 2021 after spending four years at ING in Warsaw and London.

Ruwanthie Jayakody

Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer

Ruwanthie joined GTO Partners in 2022. With over 10 years’ experience in Private Equity, Ruwanthie joined GTO from NEO Investment Partners where she was the Head of Finance, responsible for the Investor reporting and administration for the Fund and other underlying investment vehicles.

John Herr

Operating Advisor

John has served as CEO, Senior Executive, Board Member and Non-Executive Chair for many growth-stage software and technology companies backed by private equity, growth equity and venture capital firms.

Ian Hurst

Operating Advisor

Ian Hurst is currently an Advisory Board Member for several technology growth equity companies, including companies in digital banking, crypto asset accounting and payments.

Eduardo Sanchez

Operating Advisor

A global technology veteran, Eduardo Sanchez brings more than 30 years of strategic, operational and technical leadership in Data, Analytics, Ecommerce and MarTech.

Nils Schander

Senior Advisor – Nordics

Nils, a Swedish national, is GTO’s Senior Advisor for the Nordic Region, based in Stockholm.


Joost Schardijn

Senior Advisor – Benelux

Joost is a Senior Advisor for GTO covering the Benelux market. 

Mads Jensen

Technology Advisor

Mads is the Managing Partner and founder of Superseed, an early stage venture fund based in London, UK. 

Hussein Kanji

Technology Advisor

Hussein is a Founding Partner at Hoxton Ventures, an early stage venture investor that backed early rounds of unicorns such as Darktrace, Babylon Health and Deliveroo.

Angelica Donati

Industry Specialist – Property and Infrastructure

Angelica is a real estate entrepreneur and a property technology founder, investor, and contributor to some of the most prestigious property publications.

Toby Triebel

Industry Specialist – Fintech

Toby is currently a member of the Executive Board and Head Digital Investing at Vontobel, a global investment manager specialising in wealth management, active asset management and investment solutions.


Carla Vass

Industry Specialist – Transportation and Logistics

Carla has experience in transportation and logistics and her role is to work with GTO to identify trends and opportunities as well as help with due diligence in such industries.