Senior staff.

Founders of Axxeltrova:
Rick Phillips ( left )
Faisal Ahmed ( right )

Rick Phillips


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 Ahmed


Faisal has over 20 years of experience in the tech and telecoms sector. Faisal works across the tech value chain from deep tech to Software and telecoms and Digital infrastructure and has led consulting projects in fixed and mobile technologies (including spectrum valuations, auctions, 2G, 3G, 4G, C-Band, 5G, Wi-Fi, M2M, IoT, White Space and Broadband and Fibre technologies).

Faisal has built up an extensive network of contacts across the tech value chain including VC/PE, Corporate Venture Funds, DFIs, HNWs, family offices as well as tech and telecoms firms. 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 and gets involved in capital raising (debt and equity) as well as strategy consulting.

Faisal 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 program at the London Business School. Faisal is also a mentor on the Cambridge University Judge Business School MBA programme.

Meet our team

The strength of our business lies in the expertise of our people.

Russel Vowles

Senior Consultant

Danilo Barreto


Evagoras Eliades


Yifei Yang


Ruta Jamantiene

Senior Consultant

Ducan Wall

Operating Partner