Dr. Sabine Schaffer – Managing Partner, Pro-invest Group. Sabine is a Founding Partner and CIO at Pro-invest Group. She started her career 16 years ago at 3i where she focused on investments in FMCG and retail. Following her MPA program at Harvard University, she joined McKinsey & Company focusing on Finance and Public Affairs in Europe and the GCC region where she worked on high profile projects 2000-2005. Most recently, she worked as Director of Investments at Evolvence Capital, from 2005-2010, a GCC based asset manager, where she was involved in setting up and managing Private Equity Funds, supported the team on sourcing co-investment opportunities and as well as helping on capital raising. Believing in the benefit of Private Equity Real Estate, Sabine soon focused on the Real Estate side, she worked on the set up of a Real Estate Development Fund in the GCC for newly built office buildings as well as mixed use development. At Pro-invest Group, she is looking after the Private Equity investment side of the business and also worked on a number of retail as well as office projects in the UK, Germany and Australia. In Germany, she was involved in preparing the sale of one of the biggest Retail assets to an Asian SWF. Her primary responsibilities are on assisting in the structuring of Real Estate investment vehicles into Australia for German Institutional investor for whom she was in charge for the pre-selection of various assets and assisted in running the Due Diligence. She was also advising a number of German institutions on how to restructure assets after in Australia following the GFC. Her extensive experience in structuring as well as asset managing of investment vehicles, allow her to guarantee tax efficiency as well as a controlled administration of all investments. Sabine holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University as well as PhD in Economics from University of Austria.