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.
    Education: BSc International Business, Marketing (University of Maryland, College Park), MSc Economics and Management (Bocconi University)

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    Alessandra Farnum
  • 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.
    Education: BEng and MSc Industrial Engineering (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – UPM), CFA charterholder (CFA Institute)

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    Álvaro Meliá Navarro
    Chief 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.
    Education: Double BA & MSc degrees in Law and Business Administration (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

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    Carla Vega-Penichet
    Legal 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.
    Education: BA Economics and Political Science (University of California, Davis), MBA (IESE).

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    Chris Gottschalk
    Senior 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.
    Education: BA Business Administration (Bocconi University), MSc Finance & Development (SOAS University of London)

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    Francesco Pasti
    Director, 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.
    Education: BA International Studies and BS Economics (University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School), MBA (Harvard Business School).

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    Jillian Cohn
  • 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.
    Education: BSc Business Administration (University of Granada, Spain), MSc International Business (ICEX program)

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    Julián Martín Capote
    Associate, Portfolio 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.
    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).

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    Manuel Silva Martínez
    General Partner
  • 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.
    Education: BA Business Administration and MSc Banking Management (Universitat de València).

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    Rafael Esteban Correa
  • 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.
    Education: BSc Business Administration (Athens University of Economics & Business), MBA (London Business School).

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    Vaggelis Makris
    Head of Portfolio Engagement