Rob Thielen is Chairman and founder of Waterland Private Equity Investments, a private equity group which focuses its investments on Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Poland and Switzerland, and a co-founding partner of Russia based private equity group Elbrus Capital.

For a number of years, Rob was a non-executive member of the board of RPS Plc, an LSE quoted company active in environmental consultancy. He also served as a non-executive board member of Arxes NCC AG, an IT service provider quoted at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Before starting Waterland, Rob gained extensive experience in numerous cross-border mergers and acquisitions as partner and shareholder of RWP Corporate Finance advisors (later acquired by the Investec group). Prior to that he worked as a turn-around management consultant with the Investment Management & Consulting Group (IMCG) and as account manager with the International Corporate Finance Group of ABN AMRO Bank.

Rob is active in the wildlife conservation area and is a sponsor of the ShadowView Foundation and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Rob graduated in tax law at the University of San Diego in California, USA, and obtained a degree in tax law at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, the Netherlands. He is a member of the visiting faculty of the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University), where he has taught on mergers and acquisitions for the RSM MBA program.