Alternative Investments


What we are offering!

We design, build and manage high-performance risk-optimized private asset portfolios for our institutional clients.

Was wir Ihnen bieten!

Wir strukturieren, entwickeln und betreuen aktiv globale, hoch-rentierliche und risiko-optimierte Private Asset Portfolien für unsere institutionellen Kunden.

Our Alternatives Asset solutions offer our clients attractive high long-term returns as ideal complement to their investment portfolio.
 Dr. Ralf Schnell, Head of Alternative Investments
Mit unseren Angeboten im Bereich Alternative Assets können wir unseren institutionellen Kunden nun auch Anlage-Formen mit langfristig hoher Rendite als ideale Ergänzung zu ihrem Portfolio bieten. 
Dr. Ralf Schnell, Head of Alternative Investments

Investment philosophy 

Our investment approach is based on high-quality selection and systematic diversification to generate an optimal risk-reward profile for private assets.

We primarily invest in funds in Private Equity, Private Debt and Private Infrastructure and only occasionally sign co-investments with our fund manager.

Investment Philosophie

Unser Investitions-Ansatz basiert auf strikter Qualitäts-Selektion und systematischer Diversifizierung, um ein optimales Risiko-Chance Profil zu realisieren. Wir investieren vornehmlich in Fonds in den Asset Klassen Private Equity, Private Debt and Private Infrastructure und selektiv in Ko-Investitionen mit unseren Fonds-Managern. 

Core competencies

We have a proven track record as a team in joint fund investing and portfolio management since 2007 with consistent strategy. We rely on a huge personal network and long-standing relations to the best fund managers in the US, Europe and APAC regions. We work transparent , trustful and responsible with our investors and partners.


Unsere Erfolgsbilanz als Team basiert auf gemeinsamem Aufbau und Betreuung unseres Portfolios mit seit 2007 langjährig bewährter Strategie. Wir bauen auf einem außerordentlich reichen persönlichen Netzwerk auf und pflegen langjährige Beziehungen zu den besten Fonds-Managern der Branche. Wir arbeiten transparent, vertrauenswürdig und verantwortlich mit unseren Investoren und Partnern.


We have built a global private assets portfolio for the German Siemens pensions plans with €2bn Assets under management since 2007.

Since 2018 the Alternatives Team is an integral part of Siemens Fonds Invest.


Seit 2007 haben wir ein globales Private Asset Portfolio für die deutschen Pensionspläne der Siemens AG mit einem Volumen von €2Mrd. aufgebaut.

Seit 2018 ist das Alternatives Team integraler Teil der Siemens Fonds Invest GmbH.

We are a well diversified team with complementary backgrounds.

Unser Team zeichnet sich aus durch Diversität und Erfahrung.

Michael Aust 

Michael Aust joined the team in 2010 and is currently responsible for our buyout and growth fund investments in Asia.


Prior to Siemens, Michael worked for three years in strategy consulting at The Boston Consulting Group.


Michael earned a master's degree in business administration and economics from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. 

Martina Baer

Martina Baer joined the team in 2016. She provides administrative, operational and executive support to the team.


Prior to Siemens Fonds Invest she worked for the Siemens Historical Institute, the Siemens Corporate Communications Department and the Siemens Arts Program.


After training as a publisher, she began her career in 2005 at Siemens and had an opportunity to establish important contacts and build up a global network within the group.

Mark Barac

Mark Barac joined the team at the start of 2022 to support Venture and Growth Capital fund investments in the US, Europe, Israel and China.


Prior to Siemens, Mark gained professional experience in finance at UBS in London, as well as at Munich Venture Partners, a cleantech-focused venture capital firm in Munich. He also worked in the Automotive Innovation Center of Allianz Partners in Munich.


Mark holds a Master of Science in Politics & Technology from the Technical University of Munich and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Warwick.

Frederik Fahl

Prior to Siemens, Frederik gained professional experience in investment banking, transaction services, auditing and management at Lincoln International and Deloitte in Germany as well as at a Sino-British e-commerce startup in the UK and China.


Frederik holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (Finance & Insurance) from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and a bachelor’s degree with honors in Business Management & East Asian Studies from the University of Manchester.

Susanne von Gueltlingen

Susanne von Gueltlingen joined the team in 2008 and is currently responsible for strategic planning as well as the global portfolio of credit funds, infrastructure and secondaries.


Prior to this, Susanne was a spokesperson at Siemens Investor Relations. Before Siemens, Susanne held various positions in M&A and IPO advisory, private equity advisory and leveraged finance at Goldman Sachs, Triton, ABN Amro and HypoVereinsbank.


Susanne holds a master’s degree in business administration from WHU, Koblenz (Germany).

Michel Kairhoum

Michel Kairhoum joined the team in May 2020 to support buyout and growth fund investments across US, Europe and Asia.


Prior to Siemens, Michel gained professional experience in Private Equity at MEAG, a leading asset management company.


Michel holds a Master of Science degree in Business Administration and Economics from University of Hagen and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information-oriented Business Studies from University of Augsburg.

Vaishnavi Katamreddy

Vaishnavi Katamreddy joined the team in 2012 and is currently responsible for our buyout and growth fund investments in Europe.


Vaishnavi spent 5 years doing direct Private Equity investments in India with Peepul Capital and D. B. Zwirn, and prior to that, she was a part of the investment banking team at ICICI Securities.


Vaishnavi is a graduate of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and completed her Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from Shivaji University. 

Oliver Kneschewitz

Oliver Kneschewitz joined the team in 2013 and is currently responsible for our buyout and growth fund investments in the US.


Prior to Siemens, Oliver spent 4 years at vonBraun&Schreiber, a German Private Equity Fund of Funds. Before that, he held several Investment banking (Deutsche Bank, Houlihan Lokey) and Investment management positions in London, Frankfurt and Munich.


Oliver has a Diplom-Kaufmann degree from University of Mannheim and is a CFA® charterholder. 

Fabia Kowallik

Fabia Kowallik joined the team in 2018. She is responsible for financial and operational topics as well as the management of a fund of funds structure.


Fabia joined from Allianz Capital Partners where she was a finance expert in the alternative investments sector for 3 years. Before that, she spent one year in Luxembourg supporting the ramp-up phase of a multinational alternative investments structure.


Fabia holds a M.Sc. in Business Administration with tech. focus from Technical University of Munich.

Shruti Pattanaik

Shruti Pattanaik joined the team in 2019 and is responsible for Venture and Technology Growth Capital fund investments in the US, Europe, Israel and China.


Prior to joining Siemens, Shruti worked for a year as a scientist in a pharmaceutical start-up. She has also worked on scientific projects across universities and research institutes in Austria, Belgium and Germany.


Shruti earned a master’s degree in Management from the Technical University of Munich. Additionally, she holds an integrated master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the IIT Roorkee.

Vanessa Schmidt

Vanessa Schmidt joined the team in 2014 and is responsible for Venture and Technology Growth Capital fund investments in the US, Europe, Israel and China.


Prior to Siemens, Vanessa worked for two years as a research assistant within a newly established project group of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Augsburg. She was responsible for project management and operations of research and consulting projects in the area of energy and resource efficient manufacturing.


Vanessa holds a diploma degree in management and technology from Technical University of Munich.

Ralf Schnell

Ralf Schnell founded the Private Equity and Venture Capital asset management program for the German Pension Trusts of Siemens in 2007 and has been heading the team since then.


From 1997 to early 2018 he was Venture Capitalist, founder and CEO of Infineon Ventures, CEO of Siemens Venture Capital and Partner at next47. Prior to that, he worked as researcher and developer in microelectronics and software for Siemens and Infineon Technologies.


Ralf studied Physics in Munich and received his PhD in Physics. 

Yilan Wang

Yilan Wang joined the team in June 2020 to support buyout and growth fund investments across US, Europe and Asia.


Prior to Siemens, Yilan gained professional experience in investment management and auditing at Credit Suisse, Lombard Odier Investment Manager and PwC in Switzerland and China.


Yilan holds a Master of Arts degree in Banking and Finance from University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU).

Alexander Weisser

Alexander Weisser joined the Team in 2020 and leads the Buyout Asset Management.


Alexander started his professional career with Baloise Insurance and Deutsche Lufthansa AG before joining Siemens in 2010 where he worked as a Pension Consultant and in the Alternatives Investment Team for the Pension Fund afterwards.


He holds a diploma in Economics from University of Mannheim.