Founder, The Cycladic Group
Dimitri Goulandris is the founder of The Cycladic Group – an investor in, and creator of, businesses. He created the group in 2002 to invest capital on behalf of his family and other investors. The group has invested in over 40 businesses and founded five in the U.S., Europe, India, Africa and Latin America. Cycladic works closely with its investee partners to help them achieve their ambitious goals. The Group’s current portfolio include the following – Knightsbridge School, London, co-founded by Dimitri in 2006 is a school which has gone on to become one of the leading preparatory schools in London. Gemini Equipment and Rentals (Private) (“GEAR”) Limited set up by Cycladic India Rentals in Mumbai India in 2007 to build the leading equipment rental business in India.
MonuRent co-founded by Dimitri in 2008 in Nigeria is a business which is now the leading mining services business in west Africa. In 2008, Dimitri also founded Knightsbridge Schools International to build premier IB international schools in attractive emerging locations. Dimitri’s interests also hold significant stakes in a number of small public companies including Volex plc and Journey Group plc and he sits on a number of public and private boards.
Dimitri has also been active in non-for-profit activities including sitting on the Council of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and setting up the Knightsbridge School International Foundation that seeks to provide high quality education to talented children from less-fortunate backgrounds. Previously Dimitri set up and ran the European operations of the private equity firm, Whitney & Company, and spent eight years at Morgan Stanley in its private equity group, structuring derivative products and executing mergers and acquisitions both in New York and in London. Dimitri has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Masters in Electrical and Information Sciences from Cambridge University.