Our Team

Chris Newman

Managing Partner, CIO

Over 12 years of experience and deep expertise in commodity finance, structured solutions, derivatives and physical trading. Previously at BNP Paribas and, most recently, founded a physical trading firm.

Prior to founding Audentia in 2018, Chris established a Singapore-based physical trading company that delivers oil products globally to major oil companies. He began his career at BNP Paribas’ commodity business where he was initially responsible for building derivative structures for oil producers, refineries, utilities and traders in order to help them manage and optimise price risks. He was later responsible for originating all new business within BNP Paribas’ trade finance franchise, creating an integrated strategy combining derivatives with the physical financing business globally. Chris then set up and led a team that pioneered technical derivative structures within physical pricing contracts which enabled BNP Paribas to offer effective risk management solutions to their clients.

Chris holds an MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh.

Our Team

Chris Newman

Managing Partner, CIO

Over 12 years of experience and deep expertise in commodity finance, structured solutions, derivatives and physical trading. Previously at BNP Paribas and, most recently, founded a physical trading firm.

Prior to founding Audentia in 2018, Chris established a Singapore-based physical trading company that delivers oil products globally to major oil companies. He began his career at BNP Paribas’ commodity business where he was initially responsible for building derivative structures for oil producers, refineries, utilities and traders in order to help them manage and optimise price risks. He was later responsible for originating all new business within BNP Paribas’ trade finance franchise, creating an integrated strategy combining derivatives with the physical financing business globally. Chris then set up and led a team that pioneered technical derivative structures within physical pricing contracts which enabled BNP Paribas to offer effective risk management solutions to their clients.

Chris holds an MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh.

Mikael Bonalumi

Head of Physical Risk Management

Over 30 years of experience in physical oil markets and derivatives, including running one of the biggest oil products businesses globally.

Mikael joined Audentia in 2018 from Litasco, the Geneva-based international marketing and trading company of Lukoil. As Director of Trading, he was responsible for developing and growing several oil businesses and overseeing all derivatives trading. Prior to joining Litasco, Mikael was General Manager of Total Oil Trading SA (TOTSA) where he was responsible for their global products business. Mikael began his oil career in 1987 with OK Petroleum after having served as an officer in the Royal Swedish Air Force.

Mikael graduated from KTH Royal Institute of Technology with an MoE in Aeronautical Engineering and holds an MBA from IHM Business School.

Mikael Bonalumi

Head of Physical Risk Management

Over 30 years of experience in physical oil markets and derivatives, including running one of the biggest oil products businesses globally.

Mikael joined Audentia in 2018 from Litasco, the Geneva-based international marketing and trading company of Lukoil. As Director of Trading, he was responsible for developing and growing several oil businesses and overseeing all derivatives trading. Prior to joining Litasco, Mikael was General Manager of Total Oil Trading SA (TOTSA) where he was responsible for their global products business. Mikael began his oil career in 1987 with OK Petroleum after having served as an officer in the Royal Swedish Air Force.

Mikael graduated from KTH Royal Institute of Technology with an MoE in Aeronautical Engineering and holds an MBA from IHM Business School.

Chris Slaboszewicz

Head of Trade Finance Risk Management

Over 35 years of commodity finance experience across leading financial institutions in this sector, including BNP Paribas, Bank of America, Banque Indosuez, and UOB/UEB.

As Head of BNP Paribas’ commodity finance platform, Chris oversaw more than 60 relationship managers and a loan book of $20bn. Building on a successful track record of identifying, supporting, and developing major relationships for the bank, Chris has served as an Advisory Board member to a number of commodity trading firms and played an instrumental role in the creation of two successful oil companies.

Chris Slaboszewicz

Head of Trade Finance Risk Management

Over 35 years of commodity finance experience across leading financial institutions in this sector, including BNP Paribas, Bank of America, Banque Indosuez, and UOB/UEB.

As Head of BNP Paribas’ commodity finance platform, Chris oversaw more than 60 relationship managers and a loan book of $20bn. Building on a successful track record of identifying, supporting, and developing major relationships for the bank, Chris has served as an Advisory Board member to a number of commodity trading firms and played an instrumental role in the creation of two successful oil companies.

Nimesh Gupta

Head of Structured Credit

Over 20 years of experience in structured credit and asset-based lending. Previously at Citigroup and Deutsche Bank.

Nimesh joined Audentia in 2020 from Citigroup, where he was Director and Head of Special Situations EMEA in the global structured finance and securitisation business. Nimesh started his career at Deutsche Bank in the credit structuring team within fixed income in London. Since then, he has worked at various international banks in structured credit trading and executed numerous structured finance transactions.

Nimesh holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and a Masters in Finance from the University of Delhi, India.

Nimesh Gupta

Head of Structured Credit

Over 20 years of experience in structured credit and asset-based lending. Previously at Citigroup and Deutsche Bank.

Nimesh joined Audentia in 2020 from Citigroup, where he was Director and Head of Special Situations EMEA in the global structured finance and securitisation business. Nimesh started his career at Deutsche Bank in the credit structuring team within fixed income in London. Since then, he has worked at various international banks in structured credit trading and executed numerous structured finance transactions.

Nimesh holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and a Masters in Finance from the University of Delhi, India.

Brigitte Ford

Head of Compliance

Over 20 years of experience in compliance and regulatory oversight positions across asset management, banking and commodity traders. Previously at Freepoint Commodities, JP Morgan and the UK Financial Services Authority.

Brigitte joined Audentia in 2018 from Freepoint Commodities, where she worked in the global business compliance team. Prior to Freepoint, Brigitte was Vice President in JP Morgan’s global commodities compliance team, working on regulatory queries alongside the macro team. Previously, she worked in a wide range of compliance roles for Olam Europe, Rapaport Group, PetroIneos and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Brigitte has also worked for the UK Financial Services Authority as Lead FSA Supervisor of ICE and LME, and Barclays Capital as commodities sales and trading adviser.

Brigitte holds a LLB (Hons) from the University of Westminster, London.

Brigitte Ford

Head of Compliance

Over 20 years of experience in compliance and regulatory oversight positions across asset management, banking and commodity traders. Previously at Freepoint Commodities, JP Morgan and the UK Financial Services Authority.

Brigitte joined Audentia in 2018 from Freepoint Commodities, where she worked in the global business compliance team. Prior to Freepoint, Brigitte was Vice President in JP Morgan’s global commodities compliance team, working on regulatory queries alongside the macro team. Previously, she worked in a wide range of compliance roles for Olam Europe, Rapaport Group, PetroIneos and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Brigitte has also worked for the UK Financial Services Authority as Lead FSA Supervisor of ICE and LME, and Barclays Capital as commodities sales and trading adviser.

Brigitte holds a LLB (Hons) from the University of Westminster, London.

Nick Makin

Chief of Staff

Over 12 years of experience in resource management across multiple investment sectors specialising in commodities, with an early career in professional sports.

Nick joined Audentia in 2018 from Armstrong International, where he was Executive Director and Head of Commodities. During this period, he developed a wide range of clients spanning hedge funds, commodity traders, family offices, and investment banks. His earlier career was in professional sports, where he played professional rugby for nearly a decade.

Nick holds a BA (Hons) from Durham University.

Nick Makin

Chief of Staff

Over 12 years of experience in resource management across multiple investment sectors specialising in commodities, with an early career in professional sports.

Nick joined Audentia in 2018 from Armstrong International, where he was Executive Director and Head of Commodities. During this period, he developed a wide range of clients spanning hedge funds, commodity traders, family offices, and investment banks. His earlier career was in professional sports, where he played professional rugby for nearly a decade.

Nick holds a BA (Hons) from Durham University.

Elliott Flynn

Chief Operating Officer, Head of Quantitative Analysis

Over 20 years of experience in asset management specialising in quantitative research, analytics, and risk analysis across multiple asset classes. Previously at Mako Europe and Armajaro Asset Management.

Elliott joined Audentia in 2018 from Mako Europe, where he was responsible for establishing and leading a systematic trading portfolio. Prior to Mako, Elliott was a Founding Partner of Merx Capital, where he managed a portfolio of systematic and fundamental strategies focusing on commodities. Previously, Elliott spent several years at Armajaro Asset Management, where he was responsible for overseeing the credit portfolio and providing quantitative analysis, and Gartmore as senior quantitative analyst and a member of the Quantitative Strategies team managing assets of $600m. Elliott began his career as a quantitative analyst for ING Barings and later moved to Citigroup Smith Barney.

Elliott holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Elliott Flynn

Chief Operating Officer, Head of Quantitative Analysis

Over 20 years of experience in asset management specialising in quantitative research, analytics, and risk analysis across multiple asset classes. Previously at Mako Europe and Armajaro Asset Management.

Elliott joined Audentia in 2018 from Mako Europe, where he was responsible for establishing and leading a systematic trading portfolio. Prior to Mako, Elliott was a Founding Partner of Merx Capital, where he managed a portfolio of systematic and fundamental strategies focusing on commodities. Previously, Elliott spent several years at Armajaro Asset Management, where he was responsible for overseeing the credit portfolio and providing quantitative analysis, and Gartmore as senior quantitative analyst and a member of the Quantitative Strategies team managing assets of $600m. Elliott began his career as a quantitative analyst for ING Barings and later moved to Citigroup Smith Barney.

Elliott holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Sophia Vanco

Head of Investor Relations

Over 15 years of investor relations and marketing experience within asset management across alternative and UCITS funds, investment trusts and venture capital.

Sophia joined Audentia in 2019 from City Financial where she helped establish their Investor Relations team and was responsible for all client onboarding and reporting across global alternatives and UCITS strategies totalling $4bn in assets under management. Previously, Sophia was at Systematica Investments, Polar Capital, Advent Capital Management and Conduit Ventures.

Sophia holds a BA (Hons) Journalism, First Class Honors, from the University of Westminster, London.

Sophia Vanco

Head of Investor Relations

Over 15 years of investor relations and marketing experience within asset management across alternative and UCITS funds, investment trusts and venture capital.

Sophia joined Audentia in 2019 from City Financial where she helped establish their Investor Relations team and was responsible for all client onboarding and reporting across global alternatives and UCITS strategies totalling $4bn in assets under management. Previously, Sophia was at Systematica Investments, Polar Capital, Advent Capital Management and Conduit Ventures.

Sophia holds a BA (Hons) Journalism, First Class Honors, from the University of Westminster, London.

Kat Grant

Executive Assistant to Managing Partner

Over 7 years of experience as an Executive Assistant and Marketing Co-ordinator within the media and creative industries.

Kat joined Audentia in 2018 having previously worked for Mood Media, a global media company, in their Marketing and Communications division, where she oversaw and coordinated large-scale workshops, events and exhibitions.

Kat holds a BA (Hons) in Art and Design Interdisciplinary from Leeds College of Art and Design.

Kat Grant

Executive Assistant to Managing Partner

Over 7 years of experience as an Executive Assistant and Marketing Co-ordinator within the media and creative industries.

Kat joined Audentia in 2018 having previously worked for Mood Media, a global media company, in their Marketing and Communications division, where she oversaw and coordinated large-scale workshops, events and exhibitions.

Kat holds a BA (Hons) in Art and Design Interdisciplinary from Leeds College of Art and Design.