Our Team

Jochen is heading the team with his main focus on the (ad-)venture side. Concerning especially the financial and legal issues, Christian is keeping things together. For operational questions, Laura is the one to talk to. Annegret and Nanette are out there buying buildings and keeping them from falling apart. Paul is finding and supporting ventures. Ventures are also Saskia’s and Aljoscha’s field of interest when media values  come into play – with support and advice from Katja.

Christian Wessel

CFO Raffay
RI Digital Ventures

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Christian Wessel

Christian is CFO and – along with Jochen Gutbrod – Managing Partner of Raffay. Previous to Raffay he was CFO of Hamburg based HGV, a Holtzbrinck service provider, and before that Senior Controller of Holtzbrinck’s newspaper division and advisory board member of Saarbrücker Zeitung. His business career started at Axel Springer with over ten years work for the senior management of BILD and AUTO BILD in Hamburg and Essen. He studied Business Administration at Nordakademie (Elmshorn) and his thesis focused on business process optimisation at Axel Springer.
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Aljoscha Kaplan

Founder & Managing Director
Raffay Media Ventures

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Aljoscha Kaplan

Aljoscha is Founder and Managing Director of Raffay Media Ventures and GMPVC German Media Pool, Germany’s leading independent Media for Equity fund. Previously, Aljoscha worked for mayato, a business analytics and business intelligence consultancy, for M10-Partners, an investor partnership, and as a senior consultant for Ernst & Young in both Washington D.C. and Stuttgart, Germany. Aljoscha holds a dual degree in Business and Economics from Humboldt-University Berlin.
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Nanette Fritz

Assistant to Managing Director
Raffay Real Estate

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Nanette Fritz

Nanette is working since 2012 as Assistant of the Managing Director at Raffay Liegenschaften GmbH + Co.KG. Originally from Berlin, she got a degree in Medical engineering (Dipl.Ing.) from the TU-Berlin and a master degree from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne (France). She developed her skills working in the market of medical applications and furthermore in marketing before moving during 15 years abroad (Luxemburg and Switzerland) and coming back to Germany in 2011.
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Annegret Schwindt

Managing Director
Raffay Real Estate

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Annegret Schwindt

Annegret came on board of Raffay Group in 2011 and since 2012 she is Managing Director of Raffay Wohnungsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG as well as Raffay Liegenschaften GmbH + Co. KG. She is holding a degree in Business Administration. She has spent over 20 years in the airline and logistics world occupying various managerial positions in Finance in Germany and abroad, on EMEA level as well with responsibilities including the USA, Europe and Latin America.
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Ronny Otte-Krüger

Head of IT
Raffay Group

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Ronny Otte-Krüger

Ronny is Head of IT at Raffay since 2016. He started his career in information technologies at Säemann IT-Services, followed by  six years as DP coordinator at Faurecia Automotive (former SAI Automotive AG) and res services in Sontra. Thereafter, Ronny was working as  IT systems administrator and since 2011 as IT project leader in the IT department of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group in Stuttgart. He holds a bachelor in IT Business Systems (VWA Stuttgart).
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Luise Gruner

Principal
Raffay Media Ventures

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Luise Gruner

Luise is Principal at Raffay Media Ventures and GMPVC German Media Pool. She started her career within the digital investment holding of Axel Springer SE where she was responsible for various operational projects. After, Luise co-initated the Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator and was amongst others responsible for deal-flow and investments. In her last position, Luise founded an equity crowd funding platform for a Swiss VC. Luise holds Master in Management (MIM ) from ESCP Europe. Besides UK and France, she studied one semester in Israel at Tel Aviv University.
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Dr. Jochen Gutbrod

CEO Raffay
RI Digital Ventures

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Dr. Jochen Gutbrod

Jochen is CEO of Raffay, where his primary focus lies on its venture activities. In the past, Jochen has developed the venture and digital business as Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board, CFO and Head of Digital Media at Holtzbrinck. Furthermore he co-found amongst others ifund services AG and fundinfo AG and occupied leading positions as an investment professional at Schroder Investment Management Ltd. and Lombard Odier & Cie. Jochen has studied and gained his PhD in economics, management and finance at St. Gallen, LSE and Fribourg.
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Prof. Dr. Katja Nettesheim

Venture Partner
Raffay Media Ventures

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Prof. Dr. Katja Nettesheim

Katja is Venture Partner for Raffay Media Ventures and an Advisor to GMPVC German Media Pool. She is the founder and Managing Director of _MEDIATE, a strategic consultancy focused on the media and digital industry. Katja, a trained lawyer, has in the past worked for Axel Springer’s M&A division, and was part of the Managing Board of Hamburg’s regional newspapers. Previously, Katja worked as a business consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. She also is a Professor of Media Management at a private university in Berlin and Munich.
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