our investment team come from diverse backgrounds with complementary skills and experiences, however we share a common vision, to create transformational value for our network of entrepreneurs and investors. we create an open environment where we encourage collaboration ensuring people’s skills are recognised, nurtured, and employed.
  • Ajit Puri

    Investment Director

    Ajit Puri

    Investment Director

    Ajit has extensive experience working with senior executives and management teams to develop corporate strategy, lead corporate development, and guide the overall transaction process. He comes from a Private Equity and Venture Capital background, having worked in India, USA, and UK.

    He currently serves on the board of The Conversion Group, The IWSC, The Whisky Lounge, and Gracie Events, amongst others. He is also a Trustee of The IWSC Foundation.

    Ajit holds a master’s degree in Accounting from Mumbai University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He is also a CFA® Charterholder.

  • William T. Comfort III

    Chief Investment Officer

    William T. Comfort III

    Chief Investment Officer

    Ty was a private equity investor with CVC Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm based in London, England, from February 1995 until December 2000. From February 2001 to February 2003 he served as a consultant to Citicorp Venture Capital (CVC). He is now principal of Conversion Capital Partners Limited, an investment fund he founded in 2003, with offices in London and New York.

    Ty joined the Ergo Science Corp. board of directors in January 2001. He was appointed to the Kofax, Inc. board in 2007. He has served as a member of the board of directors of Lyris, Inc. since June 2002 and has served as its chairman of the board since November 2002. Mr. Comfort also served as a stockholder and director of numerous public and private companies as a representative of CVC Capital Partners and CVC.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University and a Juris Doctor and Master of Law in tax law from New York University School of Law. He is also a member of the New York State Bar.

  • Richard Stoppard

    Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer

    Richard Stoppard

    Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer

    Richard is a senior marketing and strategy executive with 25+ years’ international blue-chip experience across a number of sectors including: Events, CPG, Retail and Consumer Electronics. Richard has a proven track record in implementation and the delivery of outstanding results across developed and emerging markets from UK/US to China, Mexico and Brazil.

    At The Conversion Group Richard leads strategy development and sits on the boards of The Conversion Group Inc, The Conversion Group Ltd, Nexus Media Events, Le Book and Columbus Media & Events.

    In addition to his roles at The Conversion Group, Richard is also the chair of the IWSC Foundation and Moniker Foundation trustee boards a non-executive director of Kathryn Sargent Bespoke Tailoring and the Chair of the Management Division Advisory Board at the University of Leeds Business School.