We envision a robust impact investment sector that capitalizes on Latin America’s thriving entrepreneurial spirit and capital (social, financial, and natural) to achieve the transition to a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
Our mission is to support this transition, enabling capital to align behind companies and projects that seek to achieve positive impact and returns.
Including investors, banks, government representatives, academics and impact investment practitioners in Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia.
We advise funds, banks, coprorations and governments on how to integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria into their operations and business strategy, and how to monitor and report on progress against their ESG targets.
We speak both ´languages´: that of investors and that of companies or projects seeking financing. We connect investors looking for viable impact investment opportunities to suitable companies and projects. We advise and support companies to get investment ready. We structure innovative impact investment opprtunities like Social Impact Bonds and tailored made deals for private investros.
We have a multidisciplinary team with expertise ranging from investment, economics and manangement to development and impact specialists and sociologists, together we are able to support the multi dimensional needs of our clients and projects we work in, from governments to investors,and companies we deliver value across the board.
THE INVISIBLE HEART OF MARKETS
Harnessing the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and capital for public good
IN ARGENTINA 2017
Challenges and opportunities
MARÍA LAURA TINELLI
María Laura Tinelli is the Director and Founder of Acrux Partners (www.acruxpartners.com). She leads the company's advocacy and network development work, market research functions, and manages large scale projects. She is also responsible of client development. She founded and heads the Impact Investment National Advisory Board for Argentina and Uruguay (www.gsgii.org), and is an Investment Committee Member for NXTP Impact Investment Fund in Latin America. Together with Acrux Team she has designed the first Social Impact Bond for Argentina.
She has previously worked for the UN Principles for Responsible Investment managing the UN PRI Regional Networks in 8 countries, advising investors and regulators on ESG incorporation from Asia to South America. She has co- founded the Latin American Sustainable Investment Forum (Latin SIF). She is a well-seasoned project and people manager with 14 years of experience designing and overseeing the execution of global sustainable development projects and teams for the NGO and corporate sectors. Maria Laura is proficient in the use and development of environmental and social impact measurement techniques. She has an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London SOAS; a Degree in International Relations from Belgrano University in Argentina, and has completed two specialization programs on: Finance for ESG Professionals at the University of Saint Andrews Scotland, and Private Equity Programme at Said Business School, Oxford University.
MARÍA JOSE CASTELLI
Maria Jose Castelli is Project Manager at Acrux Partners. Maria Jose has a vast experience in the private sector (Banks Santander Rio and Chase Manhattan Bank/Companies TNX working for Unilever and Prosegur) managing different projects for local and foreign markets and analyzing companies to grant credits. She also worked for ONG (BID Network) as matchmaker between investors and entrepreneurs; and had her own business (handmade knitted clothes for children up to 5 years old). This experience has helped her better understand the interests and necessities of the different players in the market.
Maria Jose has a bachelor degree in Economics from the UCA and a Masters degree in Finance at CEMA. She also took entrepreneurial classed at the University of North Carolina (UNC, USA).
Advisor to Acrux Partners since 2015, and Partner at Altment Capital Partners. Juan has more than 9 yrs of experience in fundraising and the PE/VC industry in Latin America. He was Head of Sales in Latam at Sabertia (2014-2017). Senior Advisor of the Latin American PE & VC Association. Advisor of the ARCAP Worked for Bloomberg as Research Analyst and for LAVCA as Director of Research ( 2009-2014), and has a BA degree from U. San Andrés and Msc in Finance from UCEMA (Argentina).
Damián Gerbasi was Senior Investment Associate for 2 years before becoming Acrux Strategic Partner and Advisor. His work focused on the optimization of companies operations to receive investments, and in the design and implementation of all Financial Models for the structuring of the first Social Impact Bond in Argentina.
Before Acrux Damian has financial and management analyst for Volkswagen Argentina, supporting the company's production line in Argentina, and before that he was a financial analyst for IBM Argentina. Damián completed an Economics Degree at Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina and has a Masters degree in Finance from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. Damian is Level II CFA.
Santiago has more than 15 years experience developing and managing impact projects in Latin America. He has worked at NESsT, investing and managing a portfolio of 20 social impact companies in Latin America. Santiago has also worked for different international organizations in impact measurement and resource development in Latin America. He has authored several papers and publications on social enterprises and their ecosystem in Argentina He has graduated as Industrial Engineer from the Catholic University in Argentina and has completed a postgraduate specialization on Public Policy and Social Organizations at Saint Andrews University in Argentina. Santiago is an advisor to Acrux Partners since 2018 supporting the organization in the development of innovative impact investment vehicles in Argentina.
MÓNICA PINA ALZUGARAY
Monica is an advisor to Acrux since 2017, she has worked at the intersection of social impact and business for nearly 10 years. Most recently, she was part of the Multilateral Investment Fund, the innovation lab of the IDB, where she conducted and supervised a $70M portfolio of socially responsible investments in VC and PE funds, and built partnerships with the tech ecosystem to fuel entrepreneurship and innovation in Latin America.
During her time at the MIF she also co-founded WeXchange, Latin America's first pitch conference for women entrepreneurs and a platform to connect LAC women entrepreneurs to the resources that will help them grow. She continues to be an active advisor for WeXchange, which is on its 5th edition. Prior to the MIF, she worked on a number of strategy and research projects at the intersection of business and social impact, both in the US and abroad. Although she eventually found a way to marry her business training and impact aspirations, she started her career in management consulting advising international banks on financial regulation adaptation. Monica is now a co-founder and interim VP of Branding and Business Development of mixallogy, an organic cocktail mixer company bringing authentic ingredients and fun into home-made cocktails. She holds a Master’s from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Management from Universidad Loyola de Andalucia.