Gilbert von der Schulenburg Ahrens
Three decades of Wall Street experience as investment banker and navigator of venture capital ecosystem. Currently Managing Director and Global Head of Venture Capital and Growth Company Coverage at Deutsche Bank. Earlier, managed pioneering ecommerce deployment at a Fortune 50; was a strategic planning manager in Japan; and co-founded an award-winning global consumer electronics start-up.
Throughout, helping companies and executives optimize outcomes.
Degrees from New York University (BA, Psych), Boston University (MBA). Studied music at the New England Conservatory.
author of Shattered, Shaken and Stirred
Heros, Scoundrels and Spies
Several relatives played significant roles during dramatic turning points in the histories of the United States and Germany. Direct descendant of Israel Bissell, who has been credited with performing the real midnight ride in 1775 (while Paul Revere slept in a tavern) that warned American colonists of the British invasion. Another relative, Daniel Bissell, was the second U.S. soldier awarded a Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington. The medal was a predecessor to the Purple Heart, given originally to soldiers who exhibited unusual courage.
Grandfather Maximilian was a decorated pilot, a master of aerial reconaissance and instrumental in targeting Hitler's "Wolf's Lair." Uncle Fritz-Dietlof preferred the title "Scoundrel" over "Count" when addressed by Hitler's henchmen and executioners. Uncle Friedrich Werner was Ambassador to Russia and architecht of the Hitler-Stalin Non-Agression Treaty. They were all executed for their roles in "Operation Valkyrie", the July 20, 1944 assassination plot against Adolf Hitler.
Lives in San Francisco Bay Area with family, including an unusually beneficent Scottish Terrier, Bella.
Supports New Canaan Society and the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Factoids & Tidbits
CHILDHOOD DREAM PROFESSION
Formula 1 Racing Driver
RETIREMENT DREAM PROFESSION
NHL Hockey Coach
MOST UNLIKELY PROFESSION
Connecticut Tobacco Farmer
Equestrian: 1936 Berlin Olympics
FAVORITE VACATION SPOT
Just about anywhere in Italy
There's only one God...and its not me