Meet the Mouro Capital team
Alessandra focuses on UK and European investments for Mouro, with a keen interest in some of the new verticals we are exploring around insurtech, future of work and education. She is close to our investments in Crosslend, Nivaura and Edgify, where she serves as our Board observer. An Italian and American national, Alessandra joined Mouro Capital from Samsung Ventures where she led deal sourcing in fintech and insurtech. Outside of Mouro, you can often find her at an East London park playing with her puppy.Linked in
Education: BSc International Business, Marketing (University of Maryland, College Park), MSc Economics and Management (Bocconi University)
Alvaro runs the finance and operations function at Mouro, overseeing long-term investment strategy, portfolio allocation, fund reporting and investor relations. He takes care of the operations of the fund and supports the investment team in execution of new investments and through the investment lifecycle. Alvaro joined Mouro from a long career at Banco Santander, where among others he managed projects in the Blockchain Lab. Outside of Mouro, Alvaro is a keen runner and enjoys gastronomy.Linked in
Education: BEng and MSc Industrial Engineering (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – UPM), CFA charterholder (CFA Institute)
Álvaro Meliá NavarroChief Financial Officer
Carla oversees ‘all things’ legal for Mouro, whether in relation to our investments, our internal processes, or our relationship with our Limited Partner. She also makes sure we are always in compliance with our regulatory and contractual requirements. A qualified Spanish lawyer since 2014, Carla worked in the Corporate M&A area of Linklaters Madrid for five years prior to joining Mouro Capital. Outside of Mouro, Carla is a keen sports enthusiast.Linked in
Education: Double BA & MSc degrees in Law and Business Administration (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Carla Vega-PenichetLegal and Compliance
Chris advises Mouro on investments in the US. Chris is a specialist in all things technology and finance, and currently holds board responsibilities on behalf of Mouro at Upgrade, Blueprint and Trulioo. Prior to teaming up with Mouro, Chris was a Principal at Blumberg Capital for nearly 7 years investing across financial services and enterprise software. Before Blumberg, Chris was an investor with Menlo Ventures, after holding operating positions at early-stage, venture backed startups, advising technology companies as an analyst at Cowen and Company, and starting his career at Intel. Outside of Mouro, Chris enjoys traveling with his family.Linked in
Education: BA Economics and Political Science (University of California, Davis), MBA (IESE).
Chris GottschalkSenior Advisor
Francesco leads market research at Mouro, where he is responsible for identifying innovation trends and working with the investment team on qualifying different investment opportunities. Prior to Mouro, Francesco worked in the Mobile Money team of the GSMA, where he supported telcos in identifying, testing and launching products and solutions for merchant payments, SMEs and e-commerce.Outside of Mouro, Francesco enjoys playing a game of chess or tennis and cooking.Linked in
Education: BA Business Administration (Bocconi University), MSc Finance & Development (SOAS University of London)
Francesco PastiDirector, Market Research
Jillian advises Mouro on investments in the US. She has been close to our investments in Decent, as well as Blueprint and Upgrade, where she supports Mouro as a Board Observer. Prior to teaming up with Mouro Capital, she worked as an impact investor at Goldman Sachs and at the International Finance Corporation. Outside of work, Jillian enjoys exploring cities on foot and climbing the ranks in online Dominion.Linked in
Education: BA International Studies and BS Economics (University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School), MBA (Harvard Business School).
Julián takes care of the relationship between Mouro Capital portfolio companies and our LP. As part of the Engagement team, Julián spends time with the bank counterparties to understand business priorities first, and then assess the best way in which our portfolio can be strategically relevant for our LP. Julián has worked at Santander Digital managing digital partnerships for a while, so he knows well the nitty-gritties of partnering with such a big financial institution. Julián has been very close to the Santander partnerships with Personetics, Crosslend and Roostify, to mention some. Outside of Mouro, you will probably see Julián kitesurfing in Tarifa or sailing the Mediterranean sea.Linked in
Education: BSc Business Administration (University of Granada, Spain), MSc International Business (ICEX program)
Julián Martín CapotePortfolio Engagement
Manuel oversees Mouro’s strategy, investor relations, resources and processes as our General Partner authorised by the FCA, with his day-to-day investment activity focusing more on UK, Europe and Latam. Manuel sits on the boards of a55, bonify and Crosslend and, as observer, of Autofi, Creditas, Curve, Elliptic, Klar, Roostify and Tradeshift among others. Manuel has been investing in fintech since 2010, having spent 5 years in San Francisco with BBVA Ventures (now Propel VC) before moving to London in 2015. He is a hiking enthusiast, world traveler and wine aficionado.Linked in
Education: BA & MSc Business Administration and Audit (CUNEF), MPhil PPE, MPhil DevEcon, PhD ‘all but thesis’ Econ (Sciences Po Paris, Chinese University of Hong Kong).
Manuel Silva MartínezGeneral Partner
Matt focuses on UK and European investments for Mouro. An entrepreneur by background, Matt brings a unique mix of operational skills and deep knowledge in some of our core thesis around open banking and financial services infrastructure. He is close to our investments in Drivewealth and Uncapped. Matt joined Mouro Capital from the UK neobank Tandem, where he was Chief Product Officer. Prior to that, he founded Pariti, an open banking platform that helped customers save and pay off their debts (acquired by Tandem in 2018). In his spare time, Matt enjoys cooking.Linked in
Education: BA History (University of Durham), PG Dip in Entrepreneurship (University of Cambridge).
Melissa coordinates Mouro’s communication strategy and needs across print, digital and social media. She works closely with the investment team and our portfolio companies with content production and key stakeholders management. A born and bred Londoner, Melissa joined Mouro from Innovate Finance, where she was responsible for executing communication campaigns and diversity initiatives. In her spare time, she enjoys binge watching shows on Netflix.Linked in
Education: BA Politics (Queen Mary University of London), MSc Political Economy of Late Development (London School of Economics).
Rafael focuses on European and Latin American investments for Mouro, being close to our investments in a55, bonify, Creditas, MarketFinance, Personetics, Securitize and Klar. He also supports senior team members in investor relations with Santander. A Santander veteran, he started his career at Santander UK’s CEO office. Rafael is an avid runner, Valencia CF supporter, and occasional gamer.Linked in
Education: BA Business Administration and MSc Banking Management (Universitat de València).
Rafael Esteban CorreaPartner
Vaggelis supports our portfolio companies succeed in their engagement and collaboration with Santander (our LP), other portfolio companies and other key clients / partners in the fintech and financial services ecosystem. He brings c.20 years of experience in the field, as an investment banker (Credit Suisse), a corporate development & corporate venture specialist (HSBC) and a VC/PE investor (Fosun). Through these different capacities, he has developed a deep understanding of the growth challenges that fintech ventures face during their different growth stage. Outside of Mouro, you will probably see him in a London park playing football with his three young sons.Linked in
Education: BSc Business Administration (Athens University of Economics & Business), MBA (London Business School).
Vaggelis MakrisHead of Portfolio Engagement