Our team

At NJF Capital, we have created, built and sold our own companies. We have a seasoned, international team with a track record of successful venture investing across Europe, the USA and China.

We are here to invest in entrepreneurs with big ambitions and we are respectful as to what our role is in that process. We believe that entrepreneurship can happen anywhere and seek to always remain open-minded about where talent can emerge.

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Nicole Junkermann

Founder

Nicole Junkermann is a self-made, international entrepreneur and investor, who has built and sold media businesses, invested in disruptive, cutting-edge tech companies and raised her own sports private equity fund. Based in London, but a speaker of six languages with experience of living and working in Europe, Asia and the US, Nicole is Founder of NJF Holdings, an international finance and investment company with extensive interests across venture capital, private equity and real estate.

NJF Capital is the venture capital arm of NJF Holdings. Junkermann is among a new group of well-connected, successful entrepreneurs with a common vision that transformative technologies in areas such as genomics, virtual reality and artificial intelligence will create major breakthroughs in healthcare, financial infrastructure, security and premium content. It is within these areas, where the old and the new converge through innovation and the potential to disrupt existing industries, that we look to discover the companies of tomorrow.

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Chris Hopkins

Head of Venture Capital

Chris is a former business advisor to British Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May.

He started his career capital raising at Dawnay, Day International. He joined the UK Government in 2008 and later established a venture capital team to help attract more overseas capital into the UK’s tech and life science sectors. In 2014, Chris was appointed as David Cameron’s business adviser, acting as the principal conduit between the domestic and international business communities and the Prime Minister and his office. Chris also worked on a number of tech and infrastructure policy initiatives as part of his role and continued this for Theresa May when she became Prime Minister in July 2016. Chris joined NJF Capital in July 2017 as Head of Venture Capital.

Chris holds a BA in International Business from the University of the West of England, Bristol.

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Nikolajs Smirnovs

CFO

Nikolajs holds a BSc. in Accounting from Bedfordshire University and a MSc. in Finance and Investments (Distinction) from CASS business school. He is also a Chartered Management accountant (ACMA, CGMA) and holds an Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

Nikolajs started his career in accountancy practice where he looked after various SME clients. From 2010, Nikolajs worked for private investment groups/family offices providing financial leadership and investment advice.

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Adithya Sreekumar

Associate - Venture Capital

Prior to joining NJF Capital, Adithya was an entrepreneur, focusing on market entry options for electric vehicles in New Zealand and on a social enterprise involving the traceability of textiles across complex supply chains in India. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, he worked at the National Grid of New Zealand across a range of functions, including engineering, commercial and M&A.

Adithya holds an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor in Engineering from the University of Canterbury, NZ.

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Luciano Caruso

Senior Executive Assistant

Luciano has fifteen years' experience as the Executive Assistant to CEOs, main board members of substantial PLCs and ultra-high net worth individuals. He started his career in 2000 at J.Rothschild Assurance, now St James's Place.

Prior to joining NJF Capital, Luciano worked for António Horta-Osório over a period of six years, both at Santander UK and when he took office as Group CEO of Lloyds Banking Group.

Luciano holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Translation from London Metropolitan University and speaks three languages.

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James Stephens

Executive Assistant & Operations Manager

James spent twelve years working across Whitehall and the Government Office for London. Notable roles included Private Secretary to the Minister for London and programme and project management specialist at the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

James holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from Brunel University, London. James is Executive Assistant to the Founder and, as Secretariat to the Investment Committee, provides operational management support to the rest of the NJF Capital team across the portfolio.