Press release

Daniel Graf von der Schulenburg appointed managing director and head of infrastructure Germany at Ardian as well as member of the supervisory board of Ewe

  • 31 March 2020

  • Infrastructure

  • Frankfurt, Germany

Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, has appointed Daniel Graf von der Schulenburg as Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure Germany with effect from 1 April 2020. Schulenburg will be based in Ardian’s Frankfurt office where he will be responsible for its infrastructure investment activities. As part of his new role, he will also join EWE's Supervisory Board. At the end of February 2020, Ardian Infrastructure completed the acquisition of a 26 percent stake in EWE, 
a leading German utility. 

Daniel Graf von der Schulenburg most recently served as a Partner at 3i in London, where he was responsible for infrastructure investments in the energy, telecommunications and transport sectors. Previously, Schulenburg worked for the energy-focused investment company Hudson Clean Energy Partners in New York and London, where he also served on the infrastructure investment committee. He is a co-founder of Sunlight Financial, a specialty finance company for retail energy systems in the USA.

Schulenburg holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. Prior to this, he earned Master of Science degrees in Business Management from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris 
(EAP-ESCP) and in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.

Mathias Burghardt, Member of the Executive Committee at Ardian and Head of Ardian Infrastructure said: “We are very pleased to welcome Daniel in our senior leadership team. His track record and infrastructure expertise in particular in the energy sector and his knowledge of German speaking countries make him a great addition as we seek to reinforce our position in these regions as well to accelerate our contribution to the energy transition. The German infrastructure market is very interesting for Ardian, and we are confident that our disciplined and industrial-oriented approach will be able to create long-term value.”

Schulenburg said: “Ardian Infrastructure has an outstanding reputation and track record as one of the largest long-term infrastructure investors in Europe across sectors including utilities, renewable energy, electricity and gas networks, telecommunications, roads and airports. I am very excited to join such an exceptional firm and look forward to helping the team realize new investments and supporting EWE's long-term strategy.”


Ardian Infrastructure is one of the largest infrastructure investors in Europe and takes a conservative and long-term investment approach. Founded in 2005, Ardian Infrastructure currently manages US$16bn in infrastructure assets in Europe and America and has already invested in more than 40 infrastructure companies. Its holdings include utilities, renewable energy, electricity and gas networks, roads and airports across Europe. In June 2019, Ardian Infrastructure raised €6.1bn for its latest equity fund, Infrastructure Fund V, making it the largest infrastructure fund focused entirely on the European market. German investors represent the largest group in Ardian Infrastructure Fund, representing more than 20 percent of the €6.1bn in committed capital.


Ardian is a world-leading private investment house with assets of US$96bn managed or advised in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The company is majority-owned by its employees. It keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and focuses on delivering excellent investment performance to its global investor base.
Through its commitment to shared outcomes for all stakeholders, Ardian’s activities fuel individual, corporate and economic growth around the world.
Holding close its core values of excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship, Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 680 employees working from fifteen offices across Europe (Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich), the Americas (New York, San Francisco and Santiago) and Asia (Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul). It manages funds on behalf of around 1,000 clients through five pillars of investment expertise: Fund of Funds, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt.

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