Meet the team

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Building a business like Octopus takes a lot of people. Today Octopus is home to over 800 employees, including more than 125 investment professionals across five alternative investment businesses.

The Institutional Funds team

Our Institutional Funds team work closely with institutional investors across the Octopus Group. They will be your first port of call if you’d like to find out more about our institutional investment capabilities.

Deniz  Sevincer

Deniz Sevincer

Co-Head of Institutional Funds
Deniz is responsible for leading Octopus Group’s institutional fundraising from investors globally.

Deniz joined Octopus in May 2014, working on institutional fundraising and strategic acquisitions in the renewables team.

Prior to Octopus, Deniz worked in Commerzbank’s structured finance team and arranged project finance for a renewables developer. Deniz has a Masters degree in Finance from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and is a holder of the CFA professional designation.
 Chris Hulatt

Chris Hulatt

Founder Octopus Group
Chris is one of the founders of Octopus and is responsible for the Group’s expansion into new areas. He is also on the investment committee of several Octopus funds. Before founding Octopus in 2000, Chris led one of the global equity research teams at Mercury Asset Management. He has a first class MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mark Williams

Mark Williams

Co-Head of Institutional Funds
Mark is responsible for leading Octopus’ institutional fundraising and developing its relationships with global institutional investors.

Mark joined Octopus in 2011 having spent the early part of his career in Private Client roles with HSBC Private Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Penny Chedzey

Penny Chedzey

Institutional Funds Analyst
Penny joined the Institutional Funds Team in July 2017 and is responsible for campaign management; CRM system implementation, investor onboarding and conference and travel scheduling as Octopus seeks to raise its global profile with institutional investors.

Penny joined the team having worked at Octopus for more than eight years. She was instrumental in planning, designing and project managing the move from Old Bailey to 33 Holborn.
Semi Kim

Semi Kim

Institutional Funds Investor Relationship Manager (Korea)
Semi is responsible for Korea coverage across Octopus Group on institutional fund distribution and investor relationship management.

In her previous role as an Inward Investment Manager at the UK Department for International Trade Semi provided strategic advice to large UK infrastructure fund managers on distribution to large Korean institutional investors such as pension funds, asset managers and insurance companies.

Semi has a degree in English Linguistics and Literature from Sahmyook University in Korea and an MA in International Relations from University of Warwick.
Jason Bermont-Penn

Jason Bermont-Penn

Institutional Funds Distribution Associate
Jason is responsible for developing Octopus’ relationships with institutional investors in the UK. He joined Octopus in 2017 having previously worked as an Equities Sales-Trader at UBS after which he spent four years running his own retail start-up.

Jason has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCL.

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