Jens Zimmermann

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ALMA Investments that matter

Venture Capital & Private Equity


United Arab Emirates

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Senior investment / PE / VC manager and entrepreneur across Western and Emerging Markets. 25 years of experience, led and co-led over 50 investments, served on over 25 boards, founded 20 companies in 4 countries. Since 2005, main focus on high growth markets. Special passion for education.

Current & recent boards include:
- Advtech, Africa's largest private education group, listed in Johannesburg.
- Beaconhouse, the world's second largest private school network with 330,000 K-12 students, mainly in Asia & Middle East.
- Hello Genius Inc, a disruptive tech platform for adaptive learning
- Varsity Management, the world's largest private school network with 550,000 K-12 students, mainly in India
- Mesh Holdings, a London-listed tech investment company
- Kaizenvest, Asia's premier education investment group.

From 2007 to 2017 Partner & Managing Director at New Silk Route Growth Capital, a USD 1.3bn fund focused on South Asia and other Emerging Markets. Investment sectors include education, healthcare, retail, hospitality, financial services, entertainment, telecom, media, technology and infrastructure.
Member of YPO and founding member of the HBS alumni clubs of Germany as well as the GCC.
Former professional athlete.

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