Andrea Zanon– CEO & Founder
A specialist in providing strategic and investment advice to companies looking to grow via M&A, joint ventures and debt / equity raise across sectors, with a particular focus on technology, mining, and risk management. He has 20 years of professional experience as a senior risk manager and investment advisor advising heads of state, ministers of finance and global executives. He previously led The World Bank Middle East & North Africa Risk Management team, where he developed strategies and risk management portfolios for 15 Ministers of Finance in the region, raising over $2.8 billion in investment. In 2014, he launched the first global investment fund promoting female-led impact investment in emerging economies, which to date has worked with over 1.500 CEOs in more than ten countries.
Constanza Nieto– Co-founder
Over 25 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, founder, CEO, consultant, investor, and business executive focused on innovation and global expansions for corporations and government institutions in Latin America and the United States. She co-founded Global Tech Bridge and GaussSoft in the US, BBvA Horizonte in Colombia, AFP prevision in Bolivia and AFP prevision in El Salvador. She served as CEO for more than six years at BBvA Horizonte, and has also served as a Chief Information officer (CIO), Chief Operations Officer (COO), and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at several government institutions and financial corporations. During her professional life she has been university professor and counselor, international lecturer, and member and president of Boards of Directors of several companies and organizations. Currently she is CEO of GaussSoft Inc, the US subsidiary of a Latin American software company.
Andrew Don– Executive Director
Andrew has 10 years of professional experience as a senior strategy and operations advisor and entrepreneur with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. He currently specializes advising technology start-ups and growth companies on market entry, revenue growth strategy and the investment climate. He has experience in a variety of sectors, including extractive industries, logistics, tele-health, utilities, telecommunications, and agriculture. Formerly a financial advisor at the World Bank, he worked to improve the financial performance and service delivery of African state-owned enterprises. He also previously advised Ministers of Commerce and Finance on private sector development and customs and trade infrastructure.
Alejandra Linares-Rivas-Director of Partnerships & Advocacy
For the past 15 years, Alejandra has specialized in building partnerships across institutions, stakeholder relations, managing international projects, and communication. She previously worked at the World Bank, where she provided technical assistance, and policy and investment advice to governments in the Middle East and North Africa to improve the resilience of their populations and the risk management of their critical drivers of economic growth. Alejandra was formerly a journalist and foreign correspondent for Spanish-speaking media, covering a wide variety of topics.
Javier Garcia Madruga– Senior Digital Transformation Specialist
Javier is a Spanish executive with 25 years of experience as a President, CEO, and senior Manager, in Innovation, Telecommunications, Information Technology, Biotechnology, Food and Retail. He is currently leading the development of the Spanish entrepreneurship ecosystem as a co-founder of different Startups and as a subject matter expert since 2007 at the IE Business School Entrepreneurship Center. He advises CEO’s on business strategy, business development, digital transformation, innovation and fundraising to early-stage startups, large corporations and technology-enabled companies.