LAVCA Welcomes New Executive Leadership
Angela Maria Tafur Joins LAVCA as Executive Director
New York, April 13, 2022 – LAVCA, the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America, today announced that Angela Maria Tafur, a non-profit entrepreneur and seasoned governance expert, has joined LAVCA in the position of Executive Director.
Tafur brings a wealth of experience in philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and legal governance to the Executive Director role. She has served as In-House Counsel to Bancolombia, as well as legal advisor to the Superintendent of Securities for the government of Colombia, where she implemented the legal framework for international investment in Colombian capital markets. She also sits on a number of global boards, including GNB Sudameris Bank in Panama and heads their risk committee.
Tafur is also a founding member and Chair of the Board of Give to Colombia (G2C), a US-based philanthropic platform that has channeled more than USD26m to Colombia and improved the lives of more than three million people. Since 2004, G2C has executed more than 400 projects in the areas of education, health, economic development, environment and humanitarian aid. Tafur is also a trustee for the Nature Conservancy.
“I am excited to count on Angela’s great experience and energy on behalf of LAVCA members in Latin America and around the world. She will be working in close collaboration with the LAVCA Board and our industry partners as the team produces new research, venture capital content and live programming, and prepares for a return to an in-person LAVCA Week in 2022,” said Nicolás Szekasy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of KASZEK, and LAVCA Board Chair.
“The impact of LAVCA’s work is indisputable, influencing investors who have committed over USD120b to companies, projects and startups in Latin America over the last decade,” said Tafur. “I have seen first-hand that private capital investments are key to stimulating economic growth, entrepreneurship and good governance. I am looking forward to leading LAVCA through a new period of expansion.”
New additions to the LAVCA team include Marcelo A. Pizzato Dantas who will be joining LAVCA as Director of Programs and Partnerships and Franco Caputo as Research Analyst working under Associate Director of Research Emanuel Hernandez.
LAVCA Week 2022 will take place on October 12-14 at the Conrad New York Downtown. The organization’s flagship annual event is designed exclusively for the Latin American private equity and venture capital community. Visit LAVCA’s website for a full list of LAVCA team and board members.
LAVCA is the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America, a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the growth of private capital in Latin America and the Caribbean. LAVCA’s membership comprises over 200 firms, from leading global investment firms active in the region and local fund managers to family offices, global sovereign wealth funds, corporate investors, and international pension plans. Member firms control assets in excess of USD65b, directed at capitalizing and growing Latin American businesses. LAVCA’s mission – to spur regional economic growth by advancing private capital investment – is accomplished through programs of research, networking forums, education and advocacy of sound public policy.
Visit www.lavca.org for more information.