Chief Financial Officer
Claudia Woerheide comes to Kaiju with more than 20 years of experience in finance, including deep knowledge in multiple facets of the investment industry, including fund set-up, compliance, regulatory matters and business administration.
Claudia has served as a fund administrator (as CEO of Transcontinental Fund Administration since 2001), investment manager, and fund consultant. Her areas of expertise include the hedge fund industry, accounting and valuation, and a wide array of funds, including private equity, real estate, venture capital, and cryptocurrency.
Claudia’s path to the finance sector was as diverse as it was circuitous. Before moving into the industry in the mid-1990s, Claudia’s life was one of scholarship. Her areas of graduate-level study include literature, music, and Middle Eastern languages.
She holds a master’s degree in music education, with majors in voice, cello, and piano from University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She also holds master’s degrees in literature from both University of Vienna and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Claudia studied Arabic and Middle Eastern Cultures at The University of Chicago, Ain Shams University in Cairo, and the Mahad al-Ajanib in Damascus. She is a native speaker in German and also speaks English and French fluently.
After many years as a dedicated scholar, Claudia decided to change course. Simply put: “I was tired of being poor,” she says. She audited finance classes at The University of Chicago and accounting classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology and as such reinvented herself to become a professional player in the Finance Industry.
She continued to make use of her humanities background by writing weekly articles on Foreign Exchange for the “Wirtschaftsblatt” financial newspaper in Austria for several years and by authoring a chapter for hedge fund start ups in the Cayman Islands in a book published by Elsevier Finance in 2001.