Team
GAWA has built a strong team of enthusiastic investment professionals, whom are truly committed to creating tangible and sustainable social impact. 

AGUSTÍN VITÓRICA

Co-Founder and Co-CEO

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LUCA TORRE

Co-Founder and Co-CEO

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CAMILLA COOKE

Senior Investment Officer

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IRENE VÁZQUEZ, CFA

Senior Investment Officer

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TERESA BOADA

Senior Investment Officer

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Board
 

Eduardo is the Co-Founding Partner and Chairman of Samaipata Ventures, a leading Spanish venture capital firm, having played a key role in the founding of GAWA Capital as one of its Co-Founders. As a business angel, Eduardo has helped launching several companies including MásMóvil (4th largest Spanish telecommunications operator), Canalmail and Bodaclick. He is currently Chairman of MásMóvil Ibercom and 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.

Eduardo was previously Senior Partner at Apax Partners, where he headed Spain’s Media group. 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. Eduardo 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.

Board and Investment Committee member

EDUARDO DIEZ-HOCHLEITNER

David is currently the Chief Restructuring & Strategy Officer of Abengoa Group, Chairman of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee and Lead Independent Director of Bolsas y Mercados Españoles, SA, and Board Member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Árima Real Estate, SOCIMI, SA. He became involved in GAWA Capital in 2009, due to his high interest in microfinance, impact investing and poverty alleviation.

Prior to Abengoa, David served as CFO of World Duty Free Group, as a partner at the private equity firm BK Partners and as Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse in investment banking. From 2006 to 2009, David held the role of Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch in Spain and Portugal.

David worked at Goldman Sachs from 1995-2006 and Salomon brothers from 1989-1995. During his investment banking career, David advised the largest Spanish and Portuguese companies in their most important strategic and financial transactions, including Telefónica, Endesa, Banco Santander, Repsol, ACS, Ferrovial, EDP, Portugal Telecom. 

David holds a Business Administration degree from CUNEF (ascribed to Universidad Complutense Madrid).

Board and Investment Committee member

DAVID JIMÉNEZ-BLANCO

Rafael is senior advisor of the Real Madrid football club, identifying business opportunities of the New Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Rafael was President and Chairman of EY Servicios Corporativos (TAS) for over 6 years. He holds over 30 years of experience in corporate finance and strategy. Rafael is the former founder and chairman of Ambers&Co, a leading independent financial advisory firm operating in Spain since 2002 which is currently operating under Ernst&Young Spain. Gawa Capital was established at its inception as a partnership between the GAWA's management team and Ambers&Co.

Rafael worked in Arthur Andersen for over 18 years, becoming the Partner of the Corporate Finance Group specializing in Technology, Media & Communications for EMEIA. 

He holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Universidad Complutense Madrid and postgraduate degrees from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE).

Independent Board member

RAFAEL ROLDÁN RITUERTO

 
Partners
Since its founding, GAWA has created strong links within the industry and participated in key initiatives which help to promote impact investing and socioeconomic development in general.
Magallanes Value Investors

Magallanes Value Investors SGIIC is one of the leading independent asset managers in Europe. Magallanes manages EUR 1.8 billion in assets, seeking investments that create long-term value.

Magallanes has a strong interest in social development, having launched alongside GAWA Capital the first open-ended impact investing fund in Spain - "Magallanes Impacto FIL". Magallanes Impacto is managed by Magallanes Value Investors and regulated by the Spanish National Securities Market Commission (CNMV). GAWA Capital acts as investment advisor to this Fund, which focuses on promoting financial inclusion in developing and emerging countries across the globe.

Click here to find out more about Magallanes Impacto FIL.

Magallanes Value Investors SGIIC

Banco Popular Santander

Popular Banca Privada (PBP) has been a key distribution partner in Spain. PBP is the wealth management arm of Grupo Banco Popular, one of the main banking groups in Spain. Grupo Banco Popular was acquired by Banco Santander in 2017, at which point the PBP managed a total volume of assets of EUR 5.3 billion euros in Spain. Banco Popular has now been absorbed by Banco Santander, the 5th largest bank in Europe ranked by total assets as of 2019, with EUR 377 billion in AUM in its Private Banking arm (as of 1H 2019).

PBP has played a fundamental role in attracting investors to the first two funds advised by GAWA Capital, providing large private investors with a socially responsible investment option, including companies, family offices, private banking clients and non-profit and religious organizations.

Popular Banca Privada (Santander Group)

AECID

The Fund for the Promotion of Development (FONPRODE) is an instrument of Spanish International Cooperation with the primary aim of eradicating poverty, reducing social inequalities between individuals and communities, while promoting equal gender, protection of human rights and sustainable human development in poor countries. FONPRODE has invested in GAWA's second fund - Global Financial Inclusion Fund - and will be investing in GAWA's third fund - Huruma Fund - via EUR 20 million in concessional debt. Read more...

FONPRODE stands as one of the main financial instruments of the Government of Spain’s International Cooperation, run by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID). FONPRODE ensures responsiveness of Spanish International Cooperation to the needs and objectives for its development cooperation policy, making it one of the main channels of implementing development aid.

AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development)

COFIDES

COFIDES is Spain's Development Finance Institution, providing medium and long-term financing for private investment projects that contribute both to the development of emerging and developing countries and the internationalization of the economy and of Spanish companies.

COFIDES lends support to the AECID in managing FONPRODE (described above), as well as managing the combined financing of the European Union (blending finance) and mobilizing resources from the United Nations Green Climate Fund.

COFIDES will be managing the EU funds granted to GAWA's third fund - Huruma Fund - in the form of a EUR 10 million first loss facility and EUR 8 million of Technical Assistance. Read more about this collaboration here.

COFIDES (Spanish Development Finance Institution)

MFX

MFX Solutions is the microfinance industry’s first and only dedicated currency (foreign exchange risk) hedging facility. The organization was founded in 2008 and is dedicated to providing microfinance lenders with affordable and accessible hedging instruments and the know-how to better manage currency risk.

It was launched by a group of microfinance organizations that came together to seek an answer to the growing problem of currency risk in the microfinance industry. This initiative was led by ACCION International, Calvert Foundation, MicroRate, Global Partnerships and Calmeadow Foundation, along with many of the most prominent organizations in microfinance. Through MFX, the funds hedge its currency risk in debt investments.

MFX Currency Risk Solutions

GIIN

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. By convening impact investors to facilitate knowledge exchange, highlighting innovative investment approaches, building the evidence base for the industry, and producing valuable tools and resources, the GIIN seeks to accelerate the industry's development through focused leadership and collective action.

The GIIN addresses systemic barriers to effective impact investing by building critical infrastructure and developing activities, education, and research that attract more investment capital to poverty alleviation and environmental solutions. The GIIN is currently a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

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