ALEC MACHIELS, JD, MBACO-FOUNDER
Alec Machiels is the Founder and Managing Partner of CoLift, a new private equity platform bringing together a global network of leaders with bespoke investment opportunities. He was a Partner at Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P., a private equity fund manager with approximately $2bn in assets under management. Mr. Machiels was a member of the firm’s executive and investment committees. He has over 20 years of private equity investing and investment banking experience. Previously, Mr. Machiels was a financial analyst in the Financial Services Group at Goldman Sachs International in London and in the Private Equity Group at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York. Investments in which he has been highly involved include Pure Biofuel, Molycorp Minerals, Traxys, Slipstream Communications, Coffeyville Resources, and Merisant Company. He also co-founded and serves as a board member of Potentia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. which respectively have drugs in Phase III development to treat macular degeneration and rare diseases. He also served as a member of the board of trustees of the American Federation of Arts, where he chaired the endowment committee. Mr. Machiels is a graduate of Harvard Business School, KU Leuven Law School in Belgium, and Konstanz University in Germany.