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Ian Aaker
Partner
La Jolla

Ian Aaker

Partner
La Jolla

Mr. Aaker is a member of the private equity team, focusing on US-based middle, large, and global buyouts.

Prior to joining StepStone in 2008, Mr. Aaker was a vice president with Alternative Investment Capital in Tokyo, a private equity fund of funds and advisory firm. Before that he worked for Pacific Corporate Group, a private equity investment firm that oversaw over US$15 billion of private equity commitments for institutional investors.

Mr. Aaker received his BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Samar Abbas
Senior Associate
New York

Samar Abbas

Senior Associate
New York

Ms. Abbas is a member of the private equity team, focusing on middle and large-market buyouts and distressed investments.

Prior to StepStone, Ms. Abbas was a private equity investment manager with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund. Before that she worked for Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, where she supported front-office investment activities.

Ms. Abbas received her BCom from McGill University.

Alex Abrams
Director
New York

Alex Abrams

Director
New York

Mr. Abrams focuses on business development for StepStone Real Estate.

Prior to joining StepStone, Mr. Abrams was a principal at GCM Grosvenor, where he focused on business development for its real estate primary funds and co-investment businesses (previously part of Credit Suisse as the Customized Fund Investment Group). Before that he was an associate attorney at Goodwin Procter and Orrick where he focused on private real estate investments and fund formation.

Mr. Abrams received a JD from Boston College Law School and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ai Ai
Senior Associate
Beijing

Ai Ai

Senior Associate
Beijing

Ms. Ai is a member of the private equity team, focusing on Asian investments.

Prior to joining StepStone, Ms. Ai was a senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting where she focused on strategy & operations. Before that  she was with UBS Hong Kong.

Ms. Ai received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in finance from Renmin University of China.

Rebecca Ajavananda
Partner
New York

Rebecca Ajavananda

Partner
New York

Ms. Ajavananda focuses on marketing and investor relations across all asset classes.

Prior to joining StepStone in 2010, Ms. Ajavananda was a director and head of investor relations at Citi Private Equity, a US$10 billion equity co-investment, mezzanine and fund of private equity funds business. Before that she held various positions across the Citigroup organization in planning and analysis, corporate communications, and investor relations.

Ms. Ajavananda received her BA from the University of Buffalo.

Dami Alade
Associate
Toronto

Dami Alade

Associate
Toronto

Ms. Alade focuses on business development for StepStone Real Estate.

Prior to StepStone, Ms. Alade was an associate in business development and client relationship management at the Carlyle Group where she was involved in fundraising and client management for the firm’s multi-manager real estate business. Before that she was an associate director in the private funds group at UBS Investment Bank, where she advised financial sponsors on fundraising strategy, competitive positioning and marketing, and managed fundraises across US, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.

Ms. Alade received her BA in business administration with a concentration in finance from Howard University.

Mariya Aleksandrova
Director
New York

Mariya Aleksandrova

Director
New York

Ms. Aleksandrova focuses on investor relations and portfolio analytics and reporting.

Prior to StepStone, Ms. Aleksandrova was a consultant at Aurelis Capital, a real estate investment management company, where she focused on marketing and fundraising. Before that she was an analyst in Deutsche Bank’s investment banking group.

Ms. Aleksandrova graduated with honors with a BS from Rutgers University.

Yuki Asari
Director
Tokyo

Yuki Asari

Director
Tokyo

Mr. Asari is a member of the Asia team, focusing on business development and investments in Japan.

Prior to StepStone, Mr. Asari was an alternative product specialist at Neuberger Berman, where he focused on business development in private equity and hedge funds in the Japanese market. He was responsible for creating marketing materials, fundraising, cash flow analysis and reporting. Before that Mr. Asari worked at JP Morgan in the Investment Banking division.

Mr. Asari received a BA in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Szymon Badura
Director
Dublin

Szymon Badura

Director
Dublin

Mr. Badura* is a member of the operations team, focusing on middle office functions and fund accounting.

Prior to StepStone, Mr. Badura worked for Deutsche Bank and before that The Bank of New York Mellon.

Mr. Badura graduated from the University of Economics in Katowice, Poland.

*Employee of Swiss Capital Invest Holding (Dublin) Ltd.—subsidiary of Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG, which is an affiliate of StepStone Group LP.

Zifri Baharudin
Vice President
London

Zifri Baharudin

Vice President
London

Mr. Baharudin is a member of the portfolio analytics and reporting team.

Prior to StepStone, Mr. Baharudin was a performance monitoring manager at Greenpark Capital, a secondaries private equity firm. Before that he was a finance manager at Barclays Wealth Management and a product controller at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Mr. Baharudin graduated with honors with a BENG in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK and is a qualified Chartered Accountant in England and Wales.

Michele Barker
Vice President
Dublin

Michele Barker

Vice President
Dublin

Ms. Barker* is a member of the legal and compliance team.

Prior to StepStone, Ms. Barker was a senior associate at Dillon Eustace where she worked in the regulatory and compliance unit, specializing in Irish and European financial services regulation and advising a wide range of both domestic and international financial institutions. She also acted as in-house legal adviser at Mediolanum and at Mercer on a secondment basis.

Ms. Barker holds a BBLS from University College Dublin, is a qualified solicitor in Ireland, England and Wales, as well as as a chartered tax adviser.

*Employee of Swiss Capital Invest Holding (Dublin) Ltd.—subsidiary of Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG, which is an affiliate of StepStone Group LP.

Chris Barnes
Analyst
La Jolla

Chris Barnes

Analyst
La Jolla

Mr. Barnes is a member of the private equity team.

Prior to joining StepStone full-time, Mr. Barnes was an intern for the Firm. Previously he was a business analyst at Bainbridge Consulting and a research analyst at Coast Edge Partners.

Mr. Barnes received his BS from University of California, San Diego.

Lindsey Barnes
Human Resources Administrator
La Jolla

Lindsey Barnes

Human Resources Administrator
La Jolla

Ms. Barnes is a member of the human resources team.

Prior to joining StepStone full time, Ms. Barnes was an HR intern. Before that she was a national recruiter and administrative trainer with Smart Circle International in the roadshow division. Previously, Ms. Barnes was a teller operations manager at Bank of America.

Ms. Barnes graduated with a BA in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Alberto Basave
Managing Director
La Jolla

Alberto Basave

Managing Director
La Jolla

Mr. Basave is a member of the business development team, focusing on Latin America.

Prior to joining StepStone in 2013, Mr. Basave co-founded Carmel Group, a private equity asset manager focused on primary, secondary, and co-investment transactions. Before that he worked for ORIX Finance where he underwrote and purchased participation via the primary and secondary markets in middle-market leveraged loan non-investment grade facilities nationally and managed a portfolio of institutional leveraged loan assets.  Previously, Mr. Basave worked for Hunt Oil Company, where he sourced and evaluated direct private equity and real asset opportunities in Latin America.

Mr. Basave earned a BS in mechanical and electrical engineering from Universidad Anahuac (Huixquilucan, State of Mexico) and a MBA from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Basave also holds a Graduate Certificate in Financial Engineering and Simulation Models from Universidad de Las Americas (Mexico City).

Luke Bauer
Front-end Developer
La Jolla

Luke Bauer

Front-end Developer
La Jolla

Mr. Bauer is a member of the research team.

Prior to StepStone, Mr. Bauer was a web developer intern at NeuroPace. Before that he was a freelance photographer and graphic designer.

Mr. Bauer received his BFA in industrial design at the University of Kansas and is also a graduate of LEARN Academy, a full-time web development boot-camp.

Hans-Jörg Baumann
Partner
Zurich

Hans-Jörg Baumann

Partner
Zurich

Mr. Baumann* is a member of the private debt and hedge fund teams. He is also involved in various business development, investment, and management activities.

Before founding Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG, Mr. Baumann was a key function holder, head of trading and sales fixed income Switzerland for UBS. He was also a member of UBS’s global trading and sales management board in Zurich.

Mr. Baumann received his MBA from the University of Zurich. He is also the chairman of the Swiss Alternative Investments Circle.

*Employee of Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG—an affiliate of StepStone Group LP

David Beamish
Principal
London

David Beamish

Principal
London

Mr. Beamish is a member of the infrastructure and real assets team.

Prior to StepStone, he was a vice president at Partners Group and a member of the European infrastructure team. Previously Mr. Beamish worked in the UK M&A team at UBS Investment Bank and also at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he qualified as a chartered accountant (ACA).

Mr. Beamish holds a BA in economics from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from Cornell University.

Bryan Bedard
Vice President
New York

Bryan Bedard

Vice President
New York

Mr. Bedard is a member of the infrastructure and real assets team.

Prior to joining StepStone, Mr. Bedard spent 9 years at PSP Investments focusing on sourcing, executing and asset management of infrastructure assets globally and most recently held the position of Manager, Infrastructure Investments. Before that he worked as an associate at PSP Investments.

Mr. Bedard received his Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and is a CFA charterholder.

Simon Beer
Partner
London & Toronto

Simon Beer

Partner
London & Toronto

Mr. Beer is a member of the infrastructure and real assets team and focuses on analytics and investments.

Prior to joining StepStone, Mr. Beer was a portfolio manager in the infrastructure and natural resources group at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, where he focused on asset management and value creation across their $23 billion global portfolio. Before that he was a partner at KPMG in their advisory practice. Previously, Mr. Beer held positions for British Petroleum and KBR Halliburton.

Simon received his BSc in business management from University of London, King’s College.

Ana Bermudez Leon
Senior Analyst
La Jolla

Ana Bermudez Leon

Senior Analyst
La Jolla

Ms. Bermudez Leon is a member of the portfolio analytics and reporting team.

Prior to joining StepStone, Ms. Bermudez Leon was an analyst intern for the Firm where she assisted the team in completing various tasks in the investor relations process. Before that she was an administrative intern at Augen Opticos, S.A de C.V. in Ensenada BC, Mexico.

Ms. Bermudez Leon graduated with a BBA in finance from the University of San Diego.

Christopher Bernadino
Director
La Jolla

Christopher Bernadino

Director
La Jolla

Mr. Bernadino helps support the IT operations for the firm.

Prior to joining StepStone, Mr. Bernadino was a technical logistics coordinator at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, where he would source and oversee trial services including IT support.  Before that he was a senior systems engineer at Teracom Networks.

Mr. Bernadino received a BS in business administration with a concentration of management information systems from University of Vermont.

Vinay Bharadwaj
IT Support Engineer
London

Vinay Bharadwaj

IT Support Engineer
London

Mr. Bharadwaj helps support the IT operations of the Firm.

Prior to joining StepStone, Mr. Bharadwaj was an on-site engineer with Fujitsu UK in London. Before that he was a senior desktop consultant with Capgemini UK and an IT operations analyst with Schneider Electric.

Mr. Bharadwaj received his bachelor’s degree in media technology and digital broadcasting from the University of Hertfordshire.

Sophie Biesiadecki
Senior Executive Assistant
New York

Sophie Biesiadecki

Senior Executive Assistant
New York

Ms. Biesiadecki is a senior executive assistant in the New York office.

Prior to joining StepStone, Ms. Biesiadecki worked as an executive assistant at Citibank, N.A., Continental Bank and Aetna.

Ms. Biesiadecki received her associate’s degree from The Wood School.

Ted Black
Analyst
New York

Ted Black

Analyst
New York

Mr. Black is a member of the private equity team.

Prior to StepStone, Mr. Black was an analyst with Landmark Management, where he was involved in all aspects of investing and participated in the complete process of private equity fund investments. Before that  he was an intern for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s wealth management department.

Mr. Black received his BS from Hamilton College.

Candice Blackburn
Senior Associate
New York

Candice Blackburn

Senior Associate
New York

Ms. Blackburn is a member of the investor relations team, focusing on marketing and business development.

Prior to StepStone, Ms. Blackburn was a digital marketing strategist consultant with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Before that she was a marketing associate at Pomona Capital.

Ms. Blackburn received a BS in marketing & public relations at University of Texas at Arlington.

John Bohill
Partner
Dublin & London

John Bohill

Partner
Dublin & London

Mr. Bohill* is a member of the private debt team.

Since Mr. Bohill joined StepStone in 2013, he has also been a director at Kish Capital, a distressed debt, real estate opportunities, and non-performing loan investor based in Dublin and Lisbon. Before joining Kish he acquired and operated several businesses on his own behalf, and was co-head of European technology and communications at BancBoston Capital, a principal private equity investor.

Mr. Bohill graduated with first-class honors with a BBs in finance from Trinity College, Dublin.

*Employee of Swiss Capital Invest Holding (Dublin) Ltd. a subsidiary of Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG, which is an affiliate of StepStone Group LP

Timothy Bonnar
Associate
New York

Timothy Bonnar

Associate
New York

Mr. Bonnar is a member of the analytics team.

Prior to StepStone, Mr. Bonnar worked at Morgan Stanley in the asset management division. Before that he worked at Brown Brothers Harriman, a privately-held financial institution.

Mr. Bonnar received his BA from Hobart College.

Bruce Bornträger
Director
Zurich

Bruce Bornträger

Director
Zurich

Mr. Bornträger* is a member of the business development team and focuses on Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Prior to StepStone, Mr. Bornträger worked at ABN AMRO. Before that he was with Credit Suisse.

Mr. Bornträger received his master’s in banking and finance from the University of St. Gallen and is a CEFA charterholder.

*Employee of Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG—an affiliate of StepStone Group LP

Brian Borton
Vice President
La Jolla

Brian Borton

Vice President
La Jolla

Mr. Borton is a member of the private equity team, focusing on venture capital and growth equity investments.

Prior to StepStone, Mr. Borton was an investment banking associate at Focus Strategies, where he advised middle market clients on mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, private placements, and corporate strategy. Before that he was a member of the equity research associate program at Brandes Investment Partners, a leading investment advisory firm managing US$30 billion of global equity portfolios for institutional and high net worth clients.

Mr. Borton graduated with a BBA in finance from The University of Texas at Austin and is a CFA charterholder.

Sarah Boyd
Office Manager
Dublin

Sarah Boyd

Office Manager
Dublin

Ms. Boyd* is the office administrator for the Dublin office.

Prior to StepStone, Ms Boyd worked as a member of the administration team for Therapie Clinic, providing support for all offices and branches on a nationwide level.

*Employee of Swiss Capital Invest Holding (Dublin) Ltd.—subsidiary of Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG, which is an affiliate of StepStone Group LP.

Thomas Bradley
Partner
New York

Thomas Bradley

Partner
New York

Mr. Bradley is a member of the private equity team, focusing on US-based middle-market managers and secondaries. He is also involved in various investment activities.

Prior to StepStone, Mr. Bradley was a partner at Pomona Capital, where he helped oversee the firm’s secondary, primary, and co-investment practices, representing over US$6 billion in total commitments from a diverse group of global investors. He was a member of Pomona’s investment and management committees and sat on the advisory boards of various underlying investment partnerships. Before that, Mr. Bradley was a vice president at Hambrecht & Quist, a growth-oriented investment bank.

Mr. Bradley received his BA from Denison University.

Andrew Bratt
Transaction Counsel
La Jolla

Andrew Bratt

Transaction Counsel
La Jolla

Mr. Bratt is StepStone’s transaction counsel and focuses on secondary and co-investment transactions across all private market asset classes.

Prior to joining StepStone, Mr. Bratt served as in-house counsel and a private equity consultant with Pension Consulting Alliance—a full-service investment consulting firm. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bratt practiced law with several international law firms including Covington & Burling and O’Melveny & Myers.

Mr. Bratt received his JD from Brooklyn Law School and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He is licensed to practice law in New York and California.

Monte Brem
Partner
Beijing & La Jolla

Monte Brem

Partner
Beijing & La Jolla

Mr. Brem is the CEO of StepStone Group and a member of the private equity team, where he focuses on co-investments and Asian investments. He is also involved in various management activities.

Prior to co-founding StepStone, Mr. Brem was the president of Pacific Corporate Group, a private equity investment firm that oversaw over US$15 billion of private equity commitments for institutional investors. Mr. Brem also practiced corporate law with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he focused on complex corporate transactions and corporate governance matters.

Mr. Brem received his JD and MBA from the University of San Diego, where he was Valedictorian of the Law School.

Gert-Jan Breukink
Associate
London

Gert-Jan Breukink

Associate
London

Mr. Breukink is member of the real estate team.

Prior to StepStone, Mr. Breukink worked as an associate as well as an analyst with European acquisitions at Heitman, a global real estate investment management firm with $36 billion in assets under management. Before that he was a real estate private equity intern with Orange Capital Partners.

Mr. Breukink received his BSc in economics and business economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and completed the corporate finance and private equity program at the London Business school.

Nicholas Bruno
Talent Acquisition Coordinator
La Jolla

Nicholas Bruno

Talent Acquisition Coordinator
La Jolla

Mr. Bruno is a member of the human resources team.

Prior to StepStone, Mr. Bruno was a staffing professional at AMN Healthcare, the nation’s largest healthcare staffing firm. Before that he was a recruiter at SkillSet Group, a multi-industry recruiting firm. Before joining the private workforce, Mr. Bruno served six years in the US Navy, working overseas as a force protection specialist within one of the Navy’s global expeditionary units.

Mr. Bruno received his BA in intercultural communication at California State University San Marcos.

Alexandra Bryan
Senior Accountant
La Jolla

Alexandra Bryan

Senior Accountant
La Jolla

Ms. Bryan supports the Director of finance and accounting with various accounting functions of the firm.

Prior to joining StepStone, Ms. Bryan was an accounts receivable manager with Reputation Impression.

Ms. Bryan received her BS in accounting from San Diego State University.