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Partners Committee

Dr. Bastian Runge
Founding Partner │ Managing Director

Bastian is Founding Partner, Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at The IC Research Institute. He has more than 20 years of experience in institutional asset management, most recently as the Head of Consultant Relations for Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe at UBS Global Asset Management. Prior, he had been a Managing Director, Institutional Clients and the Head of Consultant Relations at cominvest Asset Management. Before that, he worked at SEB Asset Management as the Head of Corporate Development, being also a member of the International Institutional Clients‘ Board in Stockholm.
Bastian received an MBA and a PhD in Economics from the University of Wuppertal, Germany, and a Master of Finance from St. Gallen Management Institute (SGMI), Switzerland. He is a Certified EFFAS Financial Analyst (CEFA) and Certified Credit Analyst (CCrA) of the German Society of Investment Professionals (DVFA). Bastian is a member of the Investments & Wealth Institute (formerly IMCA).

David P. Pfleger
Founding Partner │ Managing Director

David is Founding Partner, Managing Director and the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at The IC Research Institute. Previously, he had been a member of the audit team, Analyst for “Big Data” and responsible for the entire IT infrastructure at HLB Treumerkur in Germany, a company providing audit, tax and advisory services to renowned small- and medium-sized financial services institutions and other enterprises. Prior, he had his own company providing sales database solutions.
David received an MBA from the University of Wuppertal, Germany. He is a member of the Investments & Wealth Institute (formerly IMCA), USA, and the German Society of Investment Professionals (DVFA). David has both German and US citizenship.

Michael Kohl
Senior Partner │ Private Investor

Michael is Senior Partner at The IC Research Institute. He is also a Partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, one of the world’s leading corporate law firms, and the head of the German Banking & Finance practice group, Frankfurt. In his role at Weil Michael advises on all legal aspects of financing transactions, with a particular emphasis on cross-border private equity, leveraged and acquisition financing, as well as on finance aspects of distressed situations. Michael is also the Founding Partner of metropol incubator, a business angel and start-up incubator in Berlin, which assists founders and invests in start-up companies.
Michael received his law degree from the University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and was a research fellow at the University of Madrid (UAM), Spain, the University of Florence (European University Institute) in Italy, and at the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He has been admitted to practice in Germany in 2002. He is fluent in German, English, Czech, Spanish, and Italian.

Global Advisory Board

Markus Ohlig
Senior Advisor | Zurich | Singapore

Markus is Senior Advisor to The IC Research Institute and a Member of the Global Advisory Board, based in Zurich, Switzerland and Singapore. He is a Managing Director at Greenwich Associates where he heads the Investment Management Practice in Europe and Asia ex Japan and advises senior executives among major asset management firms on their sales and distribution strategy. Prior, he was the Head of Corporate Development at Bank Vontobel where he oversaw corporate development, marketing and communication at group level. Before that, he had been the Head of Asia ex Japan at Greenwich Associates, and held senior positions in London, UK and New York, USA. Markus started his career at McKinsey & Company in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France. He is also an investor and a Non-Executive Director at Izicap, a pioneering startup in payment card based loyalty solutions.
Markus received an MSc in Finance from London Business School (UK), and a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from RWTH Aachen (Germany). He is fluent in English, German, French and Spanish, and has a good level of Italian, Portuguese and Chinese.

Richard A. Pustorino
Senior Advisor | New York

Richard is Senior Advisor to The IC Research Institute and a Member of the Global Advisory Board, located in New York, USA. He has more than 25 years of experience in institutional asset management and consultant relations previously being the Head of North America Consultant Relations at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, New York, USA. Prior, Richard had been a Director and the Head of U.S. Consultant Relations at Credit Suisse Asset Management, New York, USA. Before that, he worked at Neuberger Berman, New York, USA as a Vice President, Consultant Relations.
Richard received an MBA in Finance from Pace University, Lubin School of Business (USA), and a BBA in Finance from Pace University (USA).

John M. Carmody
Senior Advisor | New York | Chicago

John is Senior Advisor to The IC Research Institute and a Member of the Global Advisory Board, located in New York, USA and Chicago, USA. Prior, he had been the Global Head of Sales & Marketing at Gulf International Bank (UK). Prior to GIB, he had been a Managing Director at Piper Jaffray, Chicago, USA leading capital-raising for private alternative investment funds. Previously, he had been the Global Head of Financial Institutions at Aviva Investors, London, UK and a Global Sales Director at BlackRock, London, UK with global leadership responsibility for distribution of all asset classes. Before that, John worked at UBS Global Asset Management, Chicago, USA being responsible for leading the U.S. market launch of the LDI and institutional risk solutions business.
John received an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (USA), and a BSc in Business Administration from Drake University (USA). During his studies at Kellogg he spent visiting semesters at HKUST Business School – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong), and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany).

Prof. Dr. Rainer Bernnat
Senior Advisor | Frankfurt

Rainer is Senior Advisor to The IC Research Institute and a Member of the Global Advisory Board, located in Frankfurt, Germany. He is also a Partner at strategy& (Formerly Booz & Company) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He leads the European IT business and supports clients in the financial services industry in restructuring and transformation regarding operational and organizational structures and procedures, business models, and change management. He is a member of the Executive Board of the German Initiative D21 – a joint venture of leading enterprises chaired by Germany’s Chancellor – which promotes the German Information Society. Prior, he worked for IBM in Germany.
Rainer received an MBA after his studies at the Universities of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and Pamplona, Spain and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Ralf Spettmann
Senior Advisor | Frankfurt

Ralf is Senior Advisor to The IC Research Institute and a Member of the Global Advisory Board, located in Frankfurt, Germany. He is also a President at BASF – The Chemical Company – in Ludwigshafen, Germany, heading the Construction Chemicals division. Prior, he was a Partner as well as a Director with The Boston Consulting Group in Munich, Germany, with long term postings to Paris, France and Toronto, Canada. His first position was with IBM in Germany.
Ralf holds a BA in Business Administration and Software Engineering as well as an MBA from IESE in Barcelona, Spain in cooperation with Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.

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