Our team

Herius Capital has a proven and dedicated team of investments professionals and industry experts operating in the space market that previously worked together at leading Hungarian investment management companies. The Team also has many years of experience in supporting portfolio companies and has an extensive network of M&A advisors.

Dr. Kornél Szabó

CEO
Kornél has 20 years of experience in the international capital market, M&A and private equity transactions gained in top tier law firms in Budapest and Brussels (Allen&Overy, White&Case, DLA Piper). A veteran space and STEM enthusiast with over 100 deals worth over 30 billion USD, he regularly advises local and multinational groups in the aviation, technology, and financial sectors with a specific focus on venture capital and private equity firms.

Andrea Novák

CFO/COO
Andrea has more than 12 years of finance and private equity experience. Before Herius, Andrea served as the Head of Fund Administration at Oriens Investment Management, a middle-market private equity firm investing in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia with $150 M of AUM. Andrea also worked at BlackRock, the world’s leading asset manager. She started her career at the Budapest Stock Exchange where she spent 7 years and held the Deputy Financial Director position.

Sebastian Misurak

Investment Manager
Sebastian is an innovation enthusiast and financial expert with more than 3 years of experience in the venture capital industry. Before joining Herius, Sebastian earned an MSc degree in Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship from the University of Gothenburg and worked as a business developer in the energy industry. Sebastian wrote his MSc thesis on Silicon Valley’s VC landscape and has wide-ranging working experience along the specific financial and investing value chains.

Kaja Hopej

Advisor

Kaja is a space lawyer and an advisor on the Polish space sector. Kaja is associated with the Polish Space Law Task Force operating at Kozminski University. She holds an influential position at Greenberg Traurig Poland, focusing on the capital markets. She is a Law graduate at the University of Kraków and has a degree from EDHEC Business School. She is currently writing her Ph.D. in cooperation with the Ferenc Madl Institute of Comparative Law in Budapest.

Marcell Sitányi

Investment Director
Marcell has more than 8 years of finance and private equity experience. Prior to Herius, Marcell served as Senior Investment Manager at HiVentures, a leading Hungarian VC with $520 million of AUM. At HiVentures, he led 10 investments in various sectors, deploying nearly $20 million and was a board member of 9 companies. Marcell started his career at the Budapest Stock Exchange and also worked in London as a financial analyst.
Advisory Board
The Fund is supplemented by an international Advisory Board creating genuine value through their significant industry expertise and experiences, networks and ideas to further strengthen Herius’ “bridge” function between East and West.
The members of the Board have a deep knowledge of the entire space ecosystem and the value chain in general, the latest macro trends, both in global and local/CEE terms. Thanks to their unique experience and wide network, they play a key role in the future success of investment targets.

Dr. hab. Katarzyna Malinowska

Board member
Professor of Kozminski University, attorney at law, and an expert in risk management and insurance, including space insurance. Author of at least several dozen publications on the above. Her main book concerns Space insurance. International legal aspects’ (Kluwer Law International, 2017). A frequent speaker at Polish and international academic and industry conferences. Head of the Centre for Space Studies at Kozminski University and leader of the postgraduate studies ‘Entrepreneurship in the space industry. Expert at the Committee of the Enterprise Risk Management at the International Astronautical Federation. Head of Working Group on Polish Space Law at Kozminski University, advising Ministry of Development and Polish Space Agency in the works on the Polish law on space activity. Member of the International Institute of Space Law.

Pedro Duque

Board member
Aerospace Engineer at the Madrid Polytechnic University UPM. Pedro started his career at GMV, where he acquired expertise in Orbital Computations and led the corresponding team at ESOC, the Operations Centre of ESA. As a selected Astronaut, he underwent multiple training courses, acquiring experience in Russia, the USA, Japan, and Canada in addition to Europe in 1992. He is a veteran of two space flights; Discovery STS-95 and Soyuz TMA-3. He became the CEO of Deimos Imaging, an Earth Observation company with its satellites, a position he held until 2011. He was a board member of AENA (the largest airport operator in the world) for almost three years. The Board oversaw the listing of the Company on the stock exchange after being fully state-owned. He served in the Government of Spain as Minister for Research and Innovation for 3 years until very recently.

Jan Wörner

Board member
ESA Director General from 2015 until 2021. He studied civil engineering at the Technical University (TU) Berlin and TU Darmstadt. In 1994, he founded his own civil engineering office, Woerner Nordhues engineering, being active in many fields including safety, earthquake, and glass engineering. He has received honorary doctorates from multiple universities worldwide, from New York to Paris. He was a member of the administrative boards of École Centrale Paris, École Centrale de Lyon, TU Berlin, the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, the Arts and Music University in Frankfurt and has been a member of several supervisory boards including Carl Schenck AG, Röhm GmbH, TÜV Rheinland AG and Bilfinger SE. From 2007 to 2015, he was Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Before joining ESA as Director-General, he was head of the German delegation to ESA. Currently, he is the president of acatech, the German Academy of Science and Engineering.

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