Nino Mendiburu

CEO & founder

Nino is a seasoned trading professional with more than 15 years of experience in trading of physical oil, refined products, oil derivatives & credit derivatives. Prior to founding Element, Nino held several trading & management positions at companies such as Maddox (former PS Trading SA), SET Select Energy, Citigroup, JP Morgan, or Mendex.

Gregor von la Valette

CFO & founder

Gregor brings significant experience in both commodity trading and corporate finance. Prior to founding Element, he traded middle distillates at Maddox (formerly PS Trading SA). He started his career at Morgan Stanley London in the Leveraged Finance Team where he developed extensive skills in business analysis, financial and legal due diligence and credit syndication.

Dr. Cristoph Beckmann

Chairman of the Board

Christoph has a long track record of serving in top management positions in first class international companies, such as Swiss International Airlines and Deutsche Bahn AG. In his last role at SWISS he served as Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer and Member of the Management Board contributing to the successful sale of SWISS to Deutsche Lufthansa AG. He is co-founder of Turgot Ventures AG, a venture capital firm investing in and helping build innovative early stage companies. In 2016, Christoph joined Element in an advisory role and as an investor.

Simon Collins

Member of the Board

Simon has over 25 years experience in the commodities industry having held senior management positions from an early stage. In 1995, he was General Manager of the Gerald Metals Hong Kong office after which he was promoted to become the General Manager of the Lausanne office in 2000. Simon subsequently joined Trafigura Trading Shanghai in 2006 as manager of the Greater China business. In 2009, he came back to Europe as Trafigura's Global Head of Refined Metals. In 2011, Simon was appointed Member of the Management Board of Trafigura in Geneva where he took responsibility of all trading activities of metals and minerals. He was also named Member of the Board of Impala, Trafigura's key subsidiary covering global logistics and warehousing. Simon retired from Trafigura in 2015 and joined Element Alpha SA in an advisory role and as an investor.