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Dan Pascariu (69)

Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Dan Pascariu

Dan Pascariu is one of the most renowned figures in Romanian banking. His career started at the Romanian Bank for Foreign Trade in 1973, attaining the position of Chairman and CEO. Mr Pascariu is a non-executive Board member of the leasing, investment banking and building society subsidiaries of the UniCredit Group, Romania. The founder and first President of the Romanian Banking Association, as well as a co-founder and associate professor at the Romanian Banking Institute, Mr Pascariu is currently on the board of directors at various financial institutions in Romania and abroad.

Alex Morar (36)

Chief Executive Officer
Alex Morar

Alex Morar graduated with a dual degree in finance and information systems from Stern School of Business, New York University, and began his career as an analyst at Julius Baer Investment Bank. He later joined the financial advisory practice of Deloitte Romania where he spent two years working on an energy related project as well as M&A transactions. He joined NEPI upon its founding in 2007 and has contributed to all aspects of the business since then. Mr Morar recently focused on the investments and acquisitions programme with a view to expand the Company’s portfolio throughout the CEE region.

Antoine Dijkstra (56)

Independent Non-Executive Director
Antoine Dijkstra

Mr. Dijkstra started his career at Credit Agricole in Rotterdam, Paris and Frankfurt. He had various managing rolls within NIBC (Netherlands), Harcourt Investment Management (Zurich), JPMorgan/ Bear Stearns and Gulf International Bank (Bahrain). He is founder and partner of Implexus Capital (Netherlands). Mr Dijkstra has extensive experience in investment management, with a focus on public sector related entities and financial institutions, and has advised numerous clients on financing.

Desmond de Beer (59)

Independent Non-Executive Director
Desmond de Beer

Desmond de Beer has significant experience in property investment and management. He spent several years in the banking industry, first at Barclays Bank, South Africa, where he was Bond Manager at the Barclays Trust. Subsequently, he was appointed General Manager, Corporate Equity and became a member of the Executive Committee at Nedcor Investment Bank. Mr de Beer has been the Managing Director of Resilient Property Income Fund ("Resilient"), since its listing on the JSE in 2002.

Jeffrey Zidel (69)

Independent Non-Executive Director
Jeff Zidel

Jeffrey Zidel is a successful property developer and investor, and has been involved in all aspects of the property industry for over 40 years. He is currently Chairman of Fortress Income Fund, listed on the JSE, and was one of the co-founders of Resilient Property Income Fund. Mr Zidel is director and Vice President of South African Council of Shopping Centres and director of South African Property Owners Association.

Michael Mills (72)

Independent Non-Executive Director
Michael Mills

Michael Mills is an experienced public company chairman and managing director with significant operating and financial experience. A chartered accountant, he has worked across a range of sectors, including technology engineering, service and distribution, paper and packaging, food and textiles. Notable recent positions include Chairman of Advance Value Realisation, Managing Director of Atlas Medical Recruitment, Chairman of Athanor Capital Partners, Chairman of Legacy Distribution Group and CEO of Drew Scientific Group.

Mirela Covasa (37)

Chief Financial Officer
Mirela Covasa

Mirela Covasa joined NEPI in February 2012 as Finance Manager and was responsible for financial reporting. Ms Covasa graduated with a finance degree from Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chamber of Financial Auditors of Romania (CAFR). She has worked in accounting and auditing for thirteen years. Prior to NEPI she was senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she spent eight years performing audit assignments in Romania, Slovenia and India.

Nevenka Pergar (57)

Independent Non-Executive Director
Nevenka Pergar

Nevenka Pergar is the owner and director of NP Consulting, an independent advisory company that offers legal and business consultancy mainly to foreign investors in Slovenia. She acts also as a local partner of PwC from Czech Republic. Ms. Pergar has acquired a wide experience in public services serving in Slovenia’s Ministry of Economy and she was a member of two Slovenian governments, first as a Secretary General of the Government and then as a Junior Minister for Public Administration. She is currently a member of AmCham and The Managers’ Association of Slovenia.

Robert Reinhardt Emslie (61)

Independent Non-Executive Director
Robert Reinhardt Emslie

Mr Emslie is a Chartered Accountant, with more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector and property management. He held various positions within the ABSA Group (currently part of Barclays) during a period of 21 years, latterly as Head of ABSA Corporate and Business Bank, Head of ABSA Africa and member of ABSA Group’s Executive Committee. Mr Emslie retired in 2009 and currently holds chairmanship and non-executive directorship positions in various private and public companies.

Andries de Lange (46)

Independent Non-Executive Director (alternate director to Mr Desmond de Beer)
Andries de Lange

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Mr de Lange joined the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited and then Nedbank Limited where he gained experience in debt finance, debt and equity restructurings and private equity. He joined Resilient REIT Limited, a South African based property focused company listed on the JSE, in 2004 and acts as Chief Operating Officer.