Taranis Capital, the ethical, fintech-focused investment fund, appoints Dirk Burmann as chief financial officer (CFO). In addition, it has unveiled Change Gap as its strategic environmental, social and governance (ESG) partner to provide advisory, consulting and collaboration services to facilitate onboarding, due diligence and community management for selected fintech investments.
With more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector, Burmann brings a wealth of expertise to the team. His extensive knowledge spans the CFO agenda, private equity, funds industry and due diligence practices, particularly within the financial sector.
Throughout his career, Burmann has honed his financial management skills through management consulting roles, including at two of the Big Four accounting firms, as well as in various senior positions within the financial sector.
As a certified public accountant and former fund manager of a multi-billion-dollar fund business, he is also well-versed in regulatory requirements, fund administration and stakeholder management, including investor communication.
Furthermore, he has shared his expertise as a lecturer at universities on valuation and delivered keynote speeches on diverse financial topics.
Commenting on the appointment, Nicholas Bingham, founder and CEO of Taranis Capital, said: “I am pleased to welcome someone with such extensive experience in senior finance roles within private and public companies to our team. Dirk’s expertise will prove invaluable as we continue to scale our business and expand into new markets.”
Burmann, CFO at Taranis Capital, said “I’m thrilled to be joining such an exciting business at this crucial stage of its growth. The team’s dedication to ethical investing is truly inspiring.”
In line with its commitment to ethical fintech, Taranis Capital has partnered with regtech consultancy Change Gap and Co-Labs, as strategic partners that offer a comprehensive range of services supporting the mission. Getting to the heart of what ‘ethical’ means and how to apply this in decisions clearly and consistently, is key to driving ethical fintech initiatives forward.
Change Gap’s services and business model have been created to address the gaps it has identified in the fintech industry. Co-Labs offers curated and benchmarked data on fintech companies, tailored to specific geographical, functional and sector coverage requirements.
This valuable data allows it to make informed decisions and identify the most suitable fintechs for the fund. The careful curation and analysis of this data provide valuable insights, enabling alignment of investments with ethical goals in a clear and qualified manner.
Furthermore, Change Gap and Co-Labs offer advisory, consulting and collaboration services to support the onboarding process, initial due diligence, and ongoing management of selected fintechs.
Bingham emphasised the benefits of partnering with Change Gap and Co-Labs, adding: “By collaborating with Change Gap and Co-Labs, we gain access to a comprehensive suite of services that align with our ethical fintech goals. Their expertise, curated content, benchmarking data and advisory support will empower us to make informed decisions and create a positive impact in the fintechs we invest in.”
Sarah Sinclair, co-founder and CEO of Change Gap, also said: “Change Gap partnering with Taranis Capital to support ‘ethical fintechs’ is well timed. Support for responsible, ethical fintechs will assure sustainable success for all parties. Our work will draw on the expertise of a global ecosystem of partners and experts, and clearly demonstrates our mission to help create a stronger future for the industry.”