The nd GROUP’s highly experienced leadership team is dedicated to meeting the needs of its customers, partners, and the business community at large. All members have strong international managerial and operational backgrounds and were responsible for the start and successful growth of nd’s first venture, Ecolog, and its successive businesses. They are entrepreneurs themselves, setting the direction of the Group, managing growth, and supporting the companies of the Group.
A team of experienced investment directors is responsible for achieving the business objectives of the investment portfolio and exploring the market for future acquisitions. The investment directors are specialists in their respective fields and have broad managerial and entrepreneurial backgrounds across Europe, the United States, the Middle East, and Asia, reflecting the Group’s global scope.
Over the years, nd GROUP has built a strong network of senior advisors and partners with diverse industrial and commercial backgrounds. They bring great experience, complementing nd GROUP’s management and investment experts and benefiting the Group companies.
Nazif Destani is the Founder and CEO of nd GROUP.
He started his entrepreneurial career with the founding of Ecolog, almost two decades ago. Ecolog rapidly grew from a single life-support service business into a large global enterprise supporting governments, humanitarian organizations, and commercial market sectors around the world.
Nazif served as Ecolog’s Chief during the buildup and expansion phase. In 2007, he stepped away from a day-to-day role in Ecolog and, in 2008, he established the nd GROUP, with a vision to develop a portfolio of new business ventures internationally.
Nazif continues to support Ecolog as a Chairman.
Thomas Wachowitz is CEO of nd GROUP. He has served nd GROUP in various executive roles since he joined Ecolog and became part of the founder’s core team. Thomas was responsible for strategic planning, financial and economic affairs, and corporate restructuring and contributed to the strong development of the company.
Thomas adds decades of experience to the nd GROUP through his broad-based knowledge of finance and economic affairs. Moreover, his strategic and economic expertise, with strong qualifications in business tactical planning, has been instrumental to the Group’s development and growth. In addition to his leadership roles at Ecolog and nd GROUP, Thomas’ career includes consulting for major German companies in the areas of corporate strategy and cross-border corporate restructuring.
Ivan Racic is Chief Financial Officer of nd GROUP. Ivan started his professional career in the financial sector (WestLB bank) in 1995 and joined PwC in 2003. As a senior tax manager he gained extensive experience in financial, legal and international tax. He worked in Düsseldorf and New York and supported customers with structuring and transaction services.
Ivan studied Business Administration at the University of Bielefeld, the University of Mannheim, and the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Studies and is a certified German tax advisor.
Dr. Michael Linnhoff is Chief Administrative Officer of nd GROUP and of various affiliated companies. He joined nd GROUP in 2008 as Managing Director of nd GROUP GmbH. Along with Nazif Destani and Thomas Wachowitz, he focuses on long-term portfolio development in buy and build strategies and investments based on venture capitalist and private equity approaches.
Before joining nd GROUP, Michael worked for two decades in business development and consulting. After completing his engineering degree and his doctorate in production management, he was active in the capital goods industry as head of corporate and organizational development. In this field, his focus has been on restructuring and efficiency improvement in organizational development and the optimization of business processes. Subsequently he became partner and member of the management at Kienbaum Management Consultants with a focus on international growth, restructuring, and efficiency improvement processes.
Islam Ceka has been General Portfolio Manager for nd GROUP since 2015. Islam brings rich experience and in-depth corporate knowledge to the Group. He has managed various corporate-wide programs for cost optimization, operational risks mitigation, IT implementation, and restructuring activities.
He joined Ecolog in 2003 and started his career in the Finance Department. He was promoted as Director of Finance and Control in 2005 and to Vice President of Finance in 2007. After his appointment as Investment Director at the affiliated holding company nd GROUP Gmbh, Islam returned in 2012 to Ecolog to take the role of General Manager of Finance and Administration. He studied Business Administration and holds an Executive MBA degree.
Abraham Sabbagh is General Portfolio Manager and joined nd GROUP in 2016. Abraham has held senior finance and operational roles with multinational corporations touching nearly every aspect of the business in diverse industries, mainly in construction and healthcare.
Besides his leadership role, he has focused on enhancing the strategic direction of the business, improving business and finance practices, and optimizing profitability. In these diverse environments, he has succeeded by practicing sound business acumen, effective communication, and cross-functional collaboration.
Abraham joined Ecolog International in 2012. holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Lumri Bexheti has been Investment Director for the Energy sector at nd GROUP since 2016. His primary responsibilities include sourcing and executing new investments and contributing to the firm’s investment strategy.
Lumri brings a wealth of experience and extensive corporate knowledge in the area of corporate development, identifying and assessing investment opportunities, and strategic communication.
Prior to joining nd GROUP, Lumri held at Ecolog International, starting in 2005 and including roles in Marketing and Communications, Sales, and Contracts, and as Vice President for Business Development. After his appointment as Investment Director at nd GROUP’s Ventures in 2011, he returned to Ecolog in 2014 in the position of Managing Director, overseeing the company’s Business Development and Mergers and Acquisitions programs.
Lumri studied Communication Science and Technology.
Cem Dalgic is Investment Director for the Technology sector of nd GROUP. He is a serial entrepreneur and has many years of experience as a founding member of a venture capital fund based in London.
Cem was also a senior adviser to a German family office, where he was responsible for the European Tech Mergers and Acquisitions deals. From there, he founded Arcadius Advisors, a tech-focused M&A boutique based in Munich, where he led the European tech investments and the M&A team. For one of the portfolio companies, he acted as an interim CFO of a listed satellite company based in Hamburg. His business network includes the US and European tech sectors. Cem holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Munich University of Applied Sciences.
Christoph Schafer is head of the Food and Beverage investment division of nd GROUP. Christoph also has led the Supply Chain Management of the Group’s company Ecolog International since 2015.
Christoph’s career spans more than 25 years in Global Supply Chain Management with a focus in Food Services, Retail, and Real Life Support. in a variety of positions, including general management and other senior executive roles for multiple companies operating in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
Christoph holds a degree in Economics, Social, and Political Science.
Ulrich Krockenberger joined nd GROUP in 2016 as Chief Legal Officer. He has overall responsibility for nd GROUP’s legal, compliance, and governance matters.
Ulrich most recently was a senior manager at PwC Legal, advising large Japanese-based multinational corporations on their corporate legal affairs and Mergers and Acquisitions projects in Germany and Europe.
He has specific experience in M&A and large-scale Pan-European structuring projects and is also a German-qualified attorney-at-law.
Ulrich studied law at the University of Muenster and the University of Potsdam.
As Chief Marketing Officer of nd GROUP, Kaan Savul is focused on building the firm’s reputation, developing stronger relationships, innovating marketing approaches, and ultimately fostering the growth of nd GROUP.
Partnering with senior executives across the organization and its affiliated businesses, he leads nd GROUP’s marketing initiatives and programs to drive the reputation of the group worldwide in alignment with the Group’s companies.
Kaan is responsible for raising the company’s profile and visibility to help meet core business objectives and to enhance its brand identity with internal and external stakeholders.
He brings more than 20 years of international marketing communications experience to the role after holding leadership positions in UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Turkey, and Germany, where he also consulted on multinational companies’ marketing and communication strategies.
Kaan studied at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and has obtained numerous certificates and awards in the marketing field.