Team

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Wenyi Cai

Managing Partner

Wenyi was most recently the COO of Milo.com, a consumer internet startup that sold to eBay in 2010. Prior to Milo, Wenyi was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, working primarily in telecom, banking, and innovation clusters. Wenyi graduated cum laude from Harvard College, and studied philosophy and physics.

Craig Edelman

Partner

Craig was most recently Founder & Executive VP of Switchboard, a nonprofit that uses mobile phones to create nationwide networks of health workers in West and East Africa. He holds a Masters in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School and graduated summa cum laude in Environmental Systems from UC San Diego.

Kevin McElroy

Partner

Kevin most recently ran a design studio in New York, focused on human-centered design innovation. He collaborated with organizations like Hasbro, Plum Organics, Smart Design and Columbia University on projects in the USA and Africa.  He holds a bachelor of industrial design from Pratt Institute and studied Scandinavian design and architecture in Copenhagen.

Ash Kirvan

Partner

Ash was most recently Director, Non-Technical Risk Management at WorleyParsons, working as a risk and sustainability consultant in the oil & gas and mining sectors, as well as leading strategy and business planning for the Canadian sustainability division. Ash graduated with first class honors in Environmental Engineering and Physics from the University of Western Australia.

Carlos Fernández de la Pradilla

Partner

Carlos was most recently Partner at N+1 Mercapital. He spent 9 years at the Spanish PE firm, and led its operations in the Andean Region. He holds a MBA from IE Business School, a Master in Corporate Finance from IEB and a degree in Law from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Carlos has been a founder and angel investor of start-ups in Spain and Colombia.

Sergio Pinzón

Chief Financial Officer

Sergio was most recently Finance Development Manager for SABMiller’s HQ, following his leading role as Capital Optimisation Manager for LA. He has an MBA from Vlerick Business School and a BS in Finance and International Relations from Externado University.  He held various finance positions of increasing responsibility in FMCG companies over the last 12 years.

Lukas Friedemann

Team Lead

Lukas Friedemann most recently founded a coffee innovation lab focusing on automated coffee processing for small-holder farmers in Colombia. He previously worked with Innovations for Poverty Action in Tanzania and the UNHCR on redesigning refugee camps. Lukas holds an MA from Stanford University in International Policy Studies.

Jorge García-Luengo

Team Lead

Jorge most recently founded a software company in Spain, Smoobility. He previously consulted in the startup ecosystem and worked for a decade in real estate development. Jorge holds an MBA from I.E. Business School, a Master in International Business from La Sorbonne-Paris, and a degree in Law from Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Rosanne Koning

Business Designer

Rosanne most recently worked for the City of Rotterdam, where she initiated and built the first Dutch Social Impact Bond. Prior to that she worked as a corporate trainer and assessment psychologist for organizations like Rabobank, Kids Rights and Rockwool. She graduated cum laude from Radboud University Nijmegen and holds an MSc. in Organizational Psychology.

Greg Krimer

Director of Technology

Greg is a software engineer with over a decade of experience in startups and established companies in Silicon Valley, most recently at eBay. He is passionate about code quality, software testing and corrientazo. Greg holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ralph van Krimpen

Technologist

Ralph most recently founded The Webmaker, a web development company in the Netherlands. He is a passionate photographer, and has initiated very successful arts and retail projects in Rotterdam. He holds an MSc. in Biology from Wageningen University and worked as a researcher for well known institutions in Amsterdam, Panamá and Cameroon.

Jesús Aguilera

Technologist

Jesus was most recently the Head Developer for an e-learning startup in LatAm and previously was the Founder and IT Director of ARAGMEDIA in the US. He’s passionate about coding to solve real-life problems and loves traveling and surfing.  Jesus holds a BS in Computer Science and has 8+ years of experience as a software engineer.

Saral Kaushik

Technologist

Saral most recently worked at Citymapper, and has worked at many tech startups in London, including Zipcar and Openbet. Saral enjoys yoga, cycling and running. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from King’s College, London.

Carlos Pinto

Technologist

Carlos recently worked for Itaú BBA as a Finance Intern. He spent most of 2015 travelling around Canada where he was learning not only spoken languages, but programming languages. He loves soccer and technology. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes.

Marcela Pérez

Finance & Administration Manager

Marcela was most recently a data research analyst for Laing & Buisson in the UK. She was recently an assistant of research studies in development, gender economics and history for the National University of Colombia. Marcela holds an MBA from Cardiff University and a Bsc. in Economics from the National University of Colombia.

Juan Pablo Roa Beltrán

Graphic Designer

Juan Pablo recently worked with McCann Erickson and Uvée on branding and motion graphics projects for global brands such as Redbull, Terpel and Renault. He spent 2012 traveling Australia pursuing his passions for food and design, designing for and cooking in restaurants. He holds a bachelor of Design from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano.

Luisa Ruge

Product Designer

Luisa is a human centered designer that most recently worked in leading the content creation of the 2015 World´s Fair US pavilion. She has worked at Steelcase, Whirlpool, Kikkerland and Chamberlain in the US, Europe, Australia and México. She holds an MFA in Product Design and is passionate about creating, communicating and translating design value in context driven scenario.

Maria Garpestad

Startup Operations Fellow

Maria recently worked with Deloitte on large-scale projects in supply chain transformation, quality systems and organization design. She also served as a 2015 Net Impact Service Corps fellow, partnering with a social enterprise that builds clean energy markets by seeding and supporting women entrepreneurs in emerging Asia. She holds a BS from Vanderbilt University.

Joselyn Lai

Startup Operations Fellow

Joselyn most recently worked for Bain & Company, where she worked in the private equity, healthcare, and industrial practices. She also has served as a consultant for non-profit organizations in agriculture, food justice, and education. Jos graduated with a BA in economics from Harvard University, where she focused on agricultural development and the environment.

Leonardo Díaz

Business Analyst

Leonardo was mostly recently at VincuVentas. Prior he was working AXON CONSULTING SAS as a Cost Consultant. He studied Chemical and Industrial Engineering at Universidad de los Andes, and traveled to Germany to earn his Masters in Process Engineering. Has also worked in the Logistics and Marketing Department in the Gerencia Internacional de Crudos in Ecopetrol.

Sebastian Ordoñez

Accountant

Sebastian most recently worked for Banco de la República, Colombia’s central bank, on a cost saving project on banknotes production. He was also an intern at Codensa, subsidiary of Enel in Colombia. He holds two bachelor degrees from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, one in Accounting and one in Business Administration.

Sonia Moyano

Accountant

Sonia most recently worked at Banco de la República, Colombia’s central bank, on IFRS adoption, concentrating on property, plant and equipment standards. She is experienced in taxes and controlling. She holds two bachelor degrees from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in Accounting and in Business Administration.

Alejandra Guevara

Accountant

Alejandra recently worked at the professional services firm BDO Colombia, in accounting advisory for clients like IADB, USAID and Fupad Foundation. She is currently finishing her degree in accounting at the Universidad Politécnico Gran Colombiano.

Mónica Vargas

Office Manager

Mónica recently worked at Open English as payment analyst and currently she is studying international business at the Universidad Politécnico Gran Colombiano.