Thomas' focus is the development of risk measurement models and investment strategies for private equity funds, funds-of-funds and institutional investment programmes. Related to this, he has years of practical experience and has researched and published on public policy approaches to the development of venture capital markets.
Thomas is a member of the Risk Management for Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) Working Group of ALFI (Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry) and of the Private Equity Fund Risk Measurement Guidelines Working group of Invest Europe (former EVCA, European Venture Capital and Private Equity Association).
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 was responsible for the creation of the risk management function at the European Investment Fund. He is a Shimomura Fellow of the Development Bank of Japan and was a visiting researcher at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.
Thomas was a director of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. He is a member of the private equity subcommittee of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst® Program.
He authored the recently released "Private Equity Unchained - Strategy Insights for the Institutional Investor" and he further co-authored a series of books, e.g. “Beyond the J Curve” that has been translated in Chinese and in Japanese, “J Curve exposure” and two CAIA Level II books, the required readings of the level II of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst® Program.
Thomas studied computer science at the Bundeswehr Universitaet in Munich and holds a Dr.rer.nat. from the University of Trier. He graduated with an MBA from the London Business School and with an MA in Japanese Language and Society from the University of Sheffield’s School of East Asian Studies.