Founders of Axxeltrova:
Rick Philips ( left )
Faisal Ahmed ( right )
Rick has a long standing expertise in corporate ﬁnance and in directing the origination and execution of strategic debt and equity opportunities in both European and emerging markets. He also has a long record in structuring complex ﬁnancial solutions by utilizing an array of ﬁnance products such as equity, mezzanine debt, structured debt, leveraged ﬁnance as well as other debt and equity products. He has strong knowledge of the institutional investor base in both developed and emerging markets and a close working relationship with hundreds of funds and family oﬃces.
Rick has served as the Area Director of Cisco Capital for the Middle East and Africa, which is a fully licensed entity at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Prior to Cisco, Rick has worked in senior positions at several multinational companies including GE Capital, HP Financials Services and JP Morgan Chase. He has a BSc and an MSc in Computer Science and Finance from Columbia University in New York and an MBA from Oxford University.
Faisal has over 20 years experience in the tech and telecoms sector. He has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Manchester University, a Masters in Computer Science from Cambridge University and has completed the Corporate Finance programme at London Business School. Faisal is a mentor on the Cambridge University Judge Business School MBA programme.
Faisal has built up an extensive network of contacts across the tech value chain including VC/PE, DFIs, HNWs, family oﬃces, equipment makers and operators. Faisal’s tech and consulting background enables axxeltrova to provide the highest calibre advisory to clients including strategy and structuring advice, technical input and production of investment material. Faisal has extensive experience of emerging markets including Sub-Saharan Africa and CEE.
Meet our team
The strength of our business lies in the expertise of our people.