Alex Knaster

Alex Knaster is Chairman and CEO of Pamplona Capital Management, an investment management firm he founded in 2004, with private equity, hedge fund and fund of funds operations. Alex has more than 25 years of experience in the investment banking industry, having previously held senior positions at Simmons and Co., Bankers Trust, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Credit Suisse First Boston, and Alfa Bank in cities such as Houston, New York, Moscow and London.  

Alex holds a PhD in Economics from the Russian Academy of Science, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. Alex serves as an Executive Fellow at the London Business School and as a member of the faculty at their Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Alex is currently pursuing a graduate program in Molecular Biology at New York University. 

Alex is a co-founder and Board Member of Genesis Philanthropy Group, a Member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, and serves on the President’s Global Advisory Council at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to The Mark Foundation, Alex actively supports select other educational and healthcare-focused charities.