Thomas is a co-founder of LDS Partners and a Shimomura Fellow of the Development Bank of Japan’s Research Institute of Capital Formation. He is a nonexecutive director of the Bahrain Development Bank’s SME Fund 1 (to be launched end of 2015).
After 12 years in the German Air Force he worked for the German insurance group Allianz AG in corporate finance and as the regional Chief Financial Officer of Allianz Asia Pacific in Singapore. He created the European Investment Fund’s risk management function and served as director of the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association.
He is a member of the EVCA Private Equity Risk Working Group, the ALFI Risk Management for Alternative Investment Funds Working Group, a member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association’s (CAIA©) private equity subcommittee and had been co-directing the Oxford Said Business School’s CIPEI course for institutional investors in private equity.
Thomas studied computer science at the Bundeswehr Universität in Munich followed by doctoral studies at the University of Trier. He holds an MBA from the London Business School as well as an MA in Japanese Language and Society from the University of Sheffield.
Thomas authored and co-authored several books: “Beyond the J Curve: Managing a Portfolio of Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds” (2005, translated into Chinese and Japanese), “J-Curve Exposure: Managing a Portfolio of Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds” (2007), “Mastering Illiquidity: Risk Management for Portfolios of Limited Partnership Funds” (2013), all by John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK. “Private Equity Unchained: Strategic Insights for the Institutional Investor” (2014) by Palgrave Macmillan, Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK.