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.

María José González

Partner

María José previously worked for Belcorp, a major direct sales company, in Perú and Colombia, leading the launch of their first micro-insurance product. María José was a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Latin America, working in financial services for lower income consumers and higher education. She holds a degree in economics from CIDE in Mexico.

Craig Edelman

Partner

Craig was most recently Founder and 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 MPA 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

Executive Advisor

Carlos was most recently Partner at N+1 Mercapital. He spent 9 years at the Spanish Private Equity firm where he most recently 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 founder and angel investor in several start-ups both in Spain and Colombia.

Bart Verschoor

Business Designer

Bart was recently a consultant at McKinsey, where he worked in financial services, telecom and consumer electronics. Bart gained an expertise in emerging markets through his work in South Africa, Russia and China. Bart holds a Msc. in Quantitative Finance & Actuarial Sciences and a Bsc. in Econometrics & Operational Research, from Tilburg University.

Lukas Friedemann

Business Designer

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.

Marcela Pérez

Operations 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.

Andrea Falcón

Graphic Designer

Andrea was most recently a graphic designer at Young Marketing. She was an art director for TEDxBogotá 2013. She holds a bachelor of advertising from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano with emphasis in illustration-focused graphic design. She has studied art direction with Jorge Restrepo, creative director of ph3/estudio and Wonkside Studio.

Francisco Gómez

Office Manager

Francisco most recently worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, in the advisory service line consulting clients like Louis Vuitton, Google, Toshiba, Hospira, Tepma, and Daymon on outsourcing accountancy. Prior to PWC, he worked in the accounting department for Sporte Vital SA, a Bogotá based company that leases and sells medical equipment in Colombia. He is currently finishing his degree in Public Accounting at the Universidad Politécnico Gran Colombiano in partnership with the Whitney University System.