Meet the team

Big picture thinking meets decades of experience

Mark Badyra

Founder, CEO

Prior to launching Appital, Mark worked with the UBS Equity Capital Markets syndicate desk, successfully placing multiple IPOs and follow-on transactions across sectors. He began his career at Bank of America as a Foreign Exchange Analyst before moving to Debt Capital Markets.

Pete Correia

Co-founder, CTO

Pete led teams from startups to big corporations, building complex data-driven products within the financial services, business consulting and Internet of Things industries. Former clients include Xively (acquired by Google), Barclays, EY, Commerzbank, AlixPartners, Aimia and Access Fintech.

Brian Guckian


An experienced equity markets specialist and sales trader with a 25 year track record, Brian most recently founded Astrum Partners, a placement agent for alternative funds. Brian was formerly in Global Equities and Private Equity for Tradition (TFS) and Head of Sales and Sales Trading for SEB, in addition to working with Nordic banks in London early in his career.

Philipp Eberle

Head of Strategy

An Equity Capital Markets specialist, he has worked extensively with issuers across the full life cycle of the equity offering process. Prior to joining Appital, Philipp was a Vice President at Barclays’ ECM team, covering clients in the DACH and Norcic regions. He has also worked for Nomura, SEB and STJ Advisors.

Sam Mulube

Principal Engineer

A technical leader with over 10 years experience in delivering successful IT engineering projects. Prior to joining Appital, Sam was a partner and CTO for Umbrellium Ltd and its spin out, Thingful Ltd, working on Internet of Things (IoT), and urban technology projects. Earlier in his career Sam was Senior Engineer for Xively (later acquired by Google).

Our board and advisors

Greg Bennett

Non-Executive Chair

As the former Head of Capital Markets for EMEA and the Americas for Fidelity International he has first-hand experience of the liquidity challenges faced by the buy-side. In addition he brings sell side expertise gained as Partner and Managing Director in Equity Capital Markets and Equity Syndicate for Cazenove and JPMorgan Cazenove.

Stephane Carty

Non-Executive Director

Stephane has more than 24 years investment experience in trading and financial derivatives. He founded Fir Post Capital, a global volatility fund in 2010 and subsequently Blackheath Capital Management. Previously he was head of European Principal Strategies at Wachovia Bank, and his early career included trading both agency and proprietary books at Commerzbank, Lehman Brothers and Bankers Trust.

Matt Palmer

Board Advisor

Matt is a cyber risk and technology specialist working with financial services and fintech companies on operations, risk and innovation. A former KPMG consultant, Matt has led global functions across banking, capital markets and insurance - most recently as Chief Information Security Officer and then Senior Director at global risk advisor Willis Towers Watson.

Graham Hobson

Board Advisor

Graham is an experienced entrepreneur who has held a variety of senior roles including CTO, board member, investor, social impact supporter and advisor. In 2000 he created Photobox which grew to become the largest personalisation company in Europe. He started his career in finance working for the London Stock Exchange, Baring Securities and UBS.