People

  • David Giampaolo

    CEO

    David Giampaolo

    CEO


    David is the founder and Chief Executive of Pi Capital. David previously founded, built up and sold several businesses and health club chains in the US and Europe. He has financial interests in several other businesses and industries and has been involved as an investor, advisor and board member of some of the largest and most successful health & fitness companies in world including Fitness First,24 Hour Fitness, Zumba Fitness and Sarva (India’s largest chain of yoga and mindfulness). He is on the board of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, Chairman of Gousto, and a senior advisor to AMG (Affiliated Managers Group, Inc.), and BC Partners. David is a member of YPO, the Chief Executives Organisation and the Global Leadership Circle of ONE. He is a trustee of Speakers4Schools.org and Pro Bono Economics.

  • Diana Fox Carney

    Executive Director

    Diana Fox Carney

    Executive Director


    Diana is responsible for all Pi’s programming and content. Prior to this she held leadership roles at think tanks in both Canada and the UK. Diana has worked for a range of development organisations and policy think tanks – including the Institute for Public Policy Research (UK) and Canada 2020 – focusing particularly on climate and energy issues and identifying pathways for a more sustainable capitalism. She supports a number of green economy and initiatives and sits on the board of the Shell Foundation as well as being a WWF-UK Ambassador. She has a first in PPE from Oxford and advanced degrees from both Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Tania Rotherwick

    Head of Membership

    Tania Rotherwick

    Head of Membership


    Tania is Head of Membership at Pi. She is also Chair of the International Advisory Council of APQ Global, an international emerging markets company. She has a background in finance, having worked for 16 years in equity derivatives, both in London and Paris. She sits on the board of Modern Art Oxford, is a fellow of The Sutton Trust and an active Patron of the charities ROSY and SpecialEffect.

  • Michelle Choi

    Events Manager

    Michelle Choi

    Events Manager


    Michelle is the Events Manager at Pi, joining in 2017. Previously she worked events for the Public Affairs department at the High Commission of Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a degree in Political Science.

  • Ellen MacWhirter

    Events and Membership Coordinator

    Ellen MacWhirter

    Events and Membership Coordinator


    Ellen is the Events and Membership Coordinator at Pi, who joined in 2019. Her previous role was with Cushman & Wakefield and she has held several roles in the hospitality industry. Ellen is a graduate of the University of Westminster, with a degree in Tourism and Events Management.

  • Claudia Wintergerst

    Chief Administrative Officer - Office of David Giampaolo

    Claudia Wintergerst

    Chief Administrative Officer - Office of David Giampaolo


    Claudia joined Pi as Office Manager and Executive Assistant to David Giampaolo in March 2018. Previously she worked at Citi where she held a number of roles in both London and New York, most recently the role of M&A Business Manager. Claudia is a linguistics graduate and is fluent in German and French.

  • Paul Thomas

    Managing Director

    Paul Thomas

    Managing Director


    Paul has over 30 years of private equity experience and joined Pi in 2003 to head up its activities in alternative assets. Prior to Pi, he spent 19 years with ECI, the London-based mid-market buy-out house, after qualifying as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse. He is also on the board of Ventus 2 VCT PLC, a listed renewable energy fund, and is a managing partner at Seraphim Capital, an early stage technology investor. Paul is a physics graduate.