Board of directors of GAWA Capital

Antonio Garrigues Walker 
Non-executive Chairman of GAWA Capital. Honorary Chairman of law firm Garrigues Abogados and Chairman of Garrigues Foundation

Mr. Garrigues is currently Chairman of law firm Garrigues, Spain’s largest law firm and one of the most important firms in Latin America. He also serves as Honorary Chairman of United Nations High Commissioner for Refuges in Spain, Executive Committee member of Trilateral Commission Asia-Europe-North America, Chairman of the Foundation Council Spain-Japan, Honorary Member of the Foundation Council Spain-USA, Member of the Foundation Council Spain-China, Honorary Member of the American Bar Association and Chairman of the University of Navarra Global Law Chair. Mr Garrigues is “Doctor Honoris Causa” by Universidad Europea de Madrid, Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales de Buenos Aires, Universidad Pontificia Comillas and Universidad Ramon Llull.


Esther Giménez-Salinas
Board member at Banco Santander 

Ms. Giménez-Salinas is the former president of Universidad Ramon Llul, one of the most prestigious private universities in Spain. She is currently an independent director at Banco Santander. She has been Chairman of the “Mona i Ciencia” Commission of the Catalunya Interuniversity Council and an Advisor to Spain Ministry of Education. She has been member of the Consejo General del Poder Judicial (Highest Spanish Judicial Body) and General Manager of the Centre d’Estudis Jurídics of the Justice Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya. She has been board member of the Fundación Catalunya Oberta, Member of the Spanish Group of the Trilateral Commission, member of the Scientific Committee of Criminal Policy of the Council of Europe. She is an advanced researcher and publisher of many academic papers related to justice for the youth, poverty, education, delinquency and immigration. She was Professor of Criminal Law at ESADE, and holds a PhD in Law and a degree in Psychology.


Eduardo Diez-Hochleitner
Chairman of MásMóvil Telecom and of Samaipata Ventures

Mr. Diez-Hochleitner holds more than 30 years of experience in general management and corporate finance. He has played a key role in the founding of GAWA Capital as one of its Co-Founders. As a business angel Mr. Diez-Hochleitner has helped launching several companies including MásMóvil, Canalmail and Bodaclick. He has been Vice Chairman and CEO of 20 Minutos España (publisher of Spain's leading free newspaper). He is also an advisor and board member at several companies. 
He has been a Partner at Apax Partners for 5 years, where he was heading the media investment group in Spain. Before Apax Partners, Mr. Diez-Hochleitner was the COO and CFO for the largest media group in Spain, Grupo Prisa, where among other responsibilities he led the expansion of the group in Latin America and the group’s IPO process.
Mr. Diez-Hochleitner started his career in banking, where he held various responsibilities at the Dresdner Bank and BNP Paribas group, including heading Banexi in Spain.
He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from IESE (Universidad de Navarra) and a BA from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.


David Jiménez-Blanco

Group Strategy and Chief Restructuring Officer, Abengoa

Mr. Jiménez-Blanco has over 25 years of management and investment banking experience at top global institutions in London and Madrid. During his investment banking career he advised the largest Spanish and Portuguese companies in their most important strategic and financial transactions, including Telefonica, Endesa, Banco Santander, Repsol, ACS, Ferrovial, EDP, Portugal Telecom.
Prior to joining  Abengoa he was CFO at World Duty Free Group (the European leader in airport travel retail with global sales of over €2bn in 2012). Previously he was a partner at the private equity firm BK Partners, which manages among other funds the Balam Fund, specializing in investment in the renewable energy sector in Mexico. Mr. Jiménez-Blanco was from 2006 to 2009 the Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch in Spain and Portugal. He became involved in GAWA Capital in 2009, due to his high interest in microfinance, impact investing and poverty alleviation. Before joining Merrill Lynch in 2006, David served as Head of the European Industrials Group at Goldman Sachs' London Office, having been Co-Head of the Spanish Investment Banking Team in Madrid. He worked for Goldman Sachs from 1995 to 2006. Before Goldman Sachs, Mr. Jiménez-Blanco was a Director of Investment Banking at Salomon Brothers in London, where he worked from 1989 to 1995.
Mr. Jiménez-Blanco holds a Business Administration degree from CUNEF (ascribed to Universidad Complutense Madrid).


Santiago de Torres
Chairman of the Economic Commission of the Fundación Albéniz

Mr. de Torres is the Chairman of the Economic Commission of the Fundación Albéniz, Vice-Chairman of the Alzheimer International Foundation and Board Member of Fundación Solidaridad Internacional.

Over 30 years of experience in public service, social organizations and as board member of several corporations. He was Deputy Secretary of State of Culture and of Social Affairs, Delegate in Madrid of the Generalitat de Catalunya and General Manager of Public Health.

He holds a MD degree from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.


Rafael Roldán

Chairman of Ernst&Young Corporate Services

Over 30 years of experience in corporate finance and strategy.

Former founder and chairman of Ambers&Co. He holds a chemical engineering degree from Universidad Complutense Madrid and postgraduate degrees from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and ICADE.

Ricardo Gómez 
Secretary of the Board
Senior Partner and Chairman of the Board of Managing Partners at Garrigues Abogados 

More than 30 years of experience as an attorney, Ricardo Gómez-Barreda, is a specialist in M&A and financial taxation. Throughout his career at Garrigues, Mr Gómez-Barreda has specialized in providing tax advice to financial institutions and multinationals, as well as in M&A. He has widely advised ongroup reorganizations and international deal structuring. He is also a renowned expert in management buy-out and leveraged buy-out transactions, project finance, acquisitions and productdesign for the banking industry. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences both in Spain and abroad.

He holds a law degree and an economics degree from Deusto University.

Alfredo Soriano
Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking at JB Capital Markets

One of the founding partners of Ambers&Co, Alfredo has more than 15 years of professional background in M&A practice, with specialization in TMT and renewable energy industries. He has also done consulting work in the definition, development and analysis of business plans for start-ups and lectures on Corporate Finance topics at various institutions.

Alfredo Soriano has a law degree with further education in finance, and is a member of the Madrid Bar Association.