Ute Theel

Investor Relations Manager

Ute joined btov in June 2021 as Director of Investor Relations for btov’s fund investors. Previously, she worked in the investment team of LINUS Digital Finance where she structured private debt deals for real estate projects in the DACH region. Prior to that she worked in the structuring team for DWS Xtrackers ETFs and was an equity and structured products trader at DWS in Frankfurt am Main for 4 years.

Her academic education did not start in finance but in Middle Eastern Studies which she studied at Free University Berlin and The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. From there she graduated with two M.A.s in Middle Eastern Studies and International Law. Courses in Islamic banking and finance led her to pursue a career in Finance and to the decision to study the Master in Advanced Finance (MIAF) at IE Business School (Instituto d’Empresa) in Madrid.

Having lived in London, Syria, U.A.E. and Spain has manifested a broad international and cultural expertise and a sustained curiosity and open-mindedness which are key to both, Venture Capital and Investor Relations.

In her free time, she is a passionate boxer, cyclist, and high alpinist. When travelling she enjoys food and gastronomy and tries to visit a supermarket wherever she goes to understand what people like to eat. By the way, Ute always has a good book at hand – mostly, socially critical Anglo-American literature of the 20th century.

For me, venture capital always has an optimistic view of the future with the will to learn and make a positive impact. Talking about this with our investors and hearing their experiences and stories excites me.

  • With btov since: June 2021

  • Expertise in/interested in: Private Debt in Real Estate, Asset Management, Islamic Banking and Finance, FoodTech, AgriTech, SustainTech

  • Favorite quote: “You may not be able to change a situation, but with humor you can change your attitude about it.” (Allen Klein)

  • Your “favourite futuristic technology”: supersonic travelling without emmissions

Q -Which values are important to you and drive you?
A -Warm-heartedness, authenticity, integrity, respect, humor
Q -Which SciFi "technology" are you missing in the real world?
A -Teleportation – we just need it.
Q -Which technology or trend excites you the most?
A -Meat and dairy alternatives and waste management.
Q -What technological progress do you hope for most?
A -Resource-saving production methods that protect animals, the environment and people.
Q -What do you do in your spare time? Do you have a passion that you pursue outside of work?
A -I am passionate about boxing and being on the move (high alpine activities like skiing, climbing and hiking are always welcome). I love animals (elephants, tapirs, giraffes, etc.) and food in all shapes and colors.
I also like to read modern socio-critical Anglo-American literature (preferably near future dystopias) and remain interested in the MENA region.
Q -What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A -Winemaker or dentist (in primary school I painted pictures for my mother: Ute in her vineyard and Ute in her dental practice).
Q -What are you particularly good at, what is your "superpower"?
A -Perseverance
Q -What are your top 3 books, podcasts, etc.?
A -Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand), Candide: Oder der Optimismus (Voltaire), Neuromancer (William Gibson)
Q -What are indispensable tools in your everyday life?
A -Weather apps, DeepL, all digital tools that prevent paper
Q -Which investor do you value most?
A -I value our investors, who maintain an active partnership with us on an equal footing.
Q -What are your sources of information on the net?
A -Deutschlandfunk, TheNewYorker, Economist, Financial Times
Q -Which person would you most like to work with?
A -Jane Goodall, Angela Merkel and Janet Yellen.
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