Our people

Alejandro A Tawil

Alejandro A. Tawil

Partner – Chairman
  • 30 years of experience in the global financial markets
  • Chairman of the Board of Machangulo S.A. a residential & tourism development in Southern Mozambique
  • Founder, President and CEO of The Confidas Group, a Multi Family Office based in New York and serving ultra high net worth clients in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East
  • Prior to this, Alejandro was a Partner and Managing Director at Oppenheimer & Company, an Investment Banking and Brokerage privately held firm based in New York with offices and operations worldwide
  • Passionate conservationist and wildlife photographer focusing on Africa since the 1990’s
Alejandro A Tawil

Alejandro A. Tawil

Partner – Chairman
  • 30 years of experience in the global financial markets
  • Chairman of the Board of Machangulo S.A. a residential & tourism development in Southern Mozambique
  • Founder, President and CEO of The Confidas Group, a Multi Family Office based in New York and serving ultra high net worth clients in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East
  • Prior to this, Alejandro was a Partner and Managing Director at Oppenheimer & Company, an Investment Banking and Brokerage privately held firm based in New York with offices and operations worldwide
  • Passionate conservationist and wildlife photographer focusing on Africa since the 1990’s

Gonçalo Neves-Correia

Partner – Chief Executive Officer
  • Over 50 years of family history investing in Mozambique
  • Former Executive Director at JP Morgan in London, leading Strategic Investments in Europe and participating in the Board of Directors of multiple portfolio companies
  • Prior to this, he was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. focusing on Strategy for Financial Institutions
  • Gonçalo started his Investment Banking career as Analyst in Equity Sales & Equity Research at Goldman Sachs in London
  • M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, graduating as a Baker Scholar and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude
Gonçalo Neves-Correia
Gonçalo Neves-Correia

Gonçalo Neves-Correia

Partner – Chief Executive Officer
  • Over 50 years of family history investing in Mozambique
  • Former Executive Director at JP Morgan in London, leading Strategic Investments in Europe and participating in the Board of Directors of multiple portfolio companies
  • Prior to this, he was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. focusing on Strategy for Financial Institutions
  • Gonçalo started his Investment Banking career as Analyst in Equity Sales & Equity Research at Goldman Sachs in London
  • M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, graduating as a Baker Scholar and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude
Rafael Sarandeses

Rafael Sarandeses

Partner – Chief Operating Officer
  • Former Executive Director at Morgan Stanley in London, heading Foreign Exchange Distribution for Southern Europe
  • Rafael started his Investment Banking career at Goldman Sachs in London in 2005. Prior to this, he was an entrepreneur in Italy and then worked as an analyst at Mobius Corporate Venture Capital in Spain
  • Passionate about Africa and in particular Mozambique, where he first travelled to in 2007
  • Former professional racing car driver, winning several national titles including Spanish Formula 3 in 1998 and retiring in 2002 from the World Series (current FR 3.5)
  • MA Law (LL.M) and MS Business Administration from Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE E-3)
Rafael Sarandeses

Rafael Sarandeses

Partner – Chief Operating Officer
  • Former Executive Director at Morgan Stanley in London, heading Foreign Exchange Distribution for Southern Europe
  • Rafael started his Investment Banking career at Goldman Sachs in London in 2005. Prior to this, he was an entrepreneur in Italy and then worked as an analyst at Mobius Corporate Venture Capital in Spain
  • Passionate about Africa and in particular Mozambique, where he first travelled to in 2007
  • Former professional racing car driver, winning several national titles including Spanish Formula 3 in 1998 and retiring in 2002 from the World Series (current FR 3.5)
  • MA Law (LL.M) and MS Business Administration from Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE E-3)
guy lafferti

Guy Lafferty

Partner – Chief Investment Officer
  • Over 35 years of investment banking and asset management experience
  • Guy developed his professional career in London and New York at National Westminster Bank and Royal Bank of Canada in Corporate Finance advisory and Mergers & Acquisitions, with a specific focus on Oil & Gas, among other sectors
  • Between 2000 and 2016, Guy was a Founding Partner of Gemini Oil & Gas, a series of private equity funds that invested in appraisal drilling in the oil and gas industry
  • In 1990 he founded Hoegh Capital Partners (HCP), the Hoegh family office in London. While at HCP, Guy was the Executive Chairman of Rift Valley Corporation, the direct investment vehicle for Africa of HCP, and as of today one of the largest agribusiness operators in Africa outside South Africa, with 9 agriculture and forestry related business verticals in Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Guy Lafferty

Partner – Chief Investment Officer
  • Over 35 years of investment banking and asset management experience
  • Guy developed his professional career in London and New York at National Westminster Bank and Royal Bank of Canada in Corporate Finance advisory and Mergers & Acquisitions, with a specific focus on Oil & Gas, among other sectors
  • Between 2000 and 2016, Guy was a Founding Partner of Gemini Oil & Gas, a series of private equity funds that invested in appraisal drilling in the oil and gas industry
  • In 1990 he founded Hoegh Capital Partners (HCP), the Hoegh family office in London. While at HCP, Guy was the Executive Chairman of Rift Valley Corporation, the direct investment vehicle for Africa of HCP, and as of today one of the largest agribusiness operators in Africa outside South Africa, with 9 agriculture and forestry related business verticals in Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
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lyne landry

Lyne Landry

Executive Director – Head of Impact & Development Finance
  • Over 15 years in strategic consulting in North America and Africa in sectors ranging from retail to telecoms
  • Lyne has worked across a number of countries in Africa, including Mozambique, Angola, Kenya and Morocco
  • Over the past 4 years specifically, Lyne has worked primarily with the donor / DFI / NGO community, including UKAid/DFID, SNV, World Bank, etc.
  • More recently, she focused on private sector development such as SMEs, rural development and impact investing
lyne landry

Lyne Landry

Executive Director – Head of Impact & Development Finance
  • Over 15 years in strategic consulting in North America and Africa in sectors ranging from retail to telecoms
  • Lyne has worked across a number of countries in Africa, including Mozambique, Angola, Kenya and Morocco
  • Over the past 4 years specifically, Lyne has worked primarily with the donor / DFI / NGO community, including UKAid/DFID, SNV, World Bank, etc.
  • More recently, she focused on private sector development such as SMEs, rural development and impact investing
paula jare

Paula Jares

Director – Operations and Finance
  • Over 10 years of international experience in planning, business development, operations and international trade & finance solutions, across countries in Latin America, Asia & Europe
  • Former HSBC Bank Manager leading the design and implementing of financial solutions for global companies in diverse industries across the world
  • Prior to that, Paula worked in the Business Planning & Analysis division of Telefónica Móviles
  • Paula is an Industrial Engineer (Universidad de Buenos Aires) & International MBA from ESIC Business & Marketing School
  • Native Spanish speaker. Fluent in English

Paula Jares

Director – Operations and Finance
  • Over 10 years of international experience in planning, business development, operations and international trade & finance solutions, across countries in Latin America, Asia & Europe
  • Former HSBC Bank Manager leading the design and implementing of financial solutions for global companies in diverse industries across the world
  • Prior to that, Paula worked in the Business Planning & Analysis division of Telefónica Móviles
  • Paula is an Industrial Engineer (Universidad de Buenos Aires) & International MBA from ESIC Business & Marketing School
  • Native Spanish speaker. Fluent in English
paula jare
Varun Giridhar Director

Varun Giridhar

Director
  • Over 13 years of experience in finance, with significant experience advising on M&A’s, financial investments and project financings in Africa, South East Asia and Europe
  • Strong sector expertise in energy, infrastructure and financial services, having previously worked at Grant Thornton and Arup Corporate Finance
  • Chartered Accountant and MBA from Cambridge Judge Business School
Varun Giridhar Director

Varun Giridhar

Director
  • Over 13 years of experience in finance, with significant experience advising on M&A’s, financial investments and project financings in Africa, South East Asia and Europe
  • Strong sector expertise in energy, infrastructure and financial services, having previously worked at Grant Thornton and Arup Corporate Finance
  • Chartered Accountant and MBA from Cambridge Judge Business School
James

James Egremont-Lee

Consultant
  • James has served as Head of Corporate Affairs for Rift Valley Corporation for the last 5 years. His work has focused on agriculture and renewable energy businesses in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, and most recently leading the development of the Niassa Natural Capital Association (ACNN) and the Luatize Integrated Resource Management Area (LAGRI) projects in Niassa.
  • Prior to this, James worked in the safari and tourism industry in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe for 12 years, working with conservation and wildlife management projects, as well as park management and tourism development specifically within the Niassa Nature Reserve ecosystem in Mozambique.

James Egremont-Lee

Consultant
  • James has served as Head of Corporate Affairs for Rift Valley Corporation for the last 5 years. His work has focused on agriculture and renewable energy businesses in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, and most recently leading the development of the Niassa Natural Capital Association (ACNN) and the Luatize Integrated Resource Management Area (LAGRI) projects in Niassa.
  • Prior to this, James worked in the safari and tourism industry in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe for 12 years, working with conservation and wildlife management projects, as well as park management and tourism development specifically within the Niassa Nature Reserve ecosystem in Mozambique.
James
raquel marin

Raquel Marín

Operations Manager for Europe
  • Over 10 years of experience in office management, admin support and business development roles across industries, both in the US and Spain
  • Bachelor degree in Advertising & PR from Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid
  • Native Spanish speaker. Fluent in English
raquel marin

Raquel Marín

Operations Manager for Europe
  • Over 10 years of experience in office management, admin support and business development roles across industries, both in the US and Spain
  • Bachelor degree in Advertising & PR from Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid
  • Native Spanish speaker. Fluent in English
vanda cardoso

Vanda Cardoso

Operations Manager for Africa
  • Over 10 years of professional experience within commercial, finance and accounting divisions of FMCG multinational companies in Mozambique (telecommunication and Food & Beverages industries)
  • Business Management Degree from Institute of Science and Technology of Mozambique
  • Native Portuguese speaker. Fluent in English

Vanda Cardoso

Operations Manager for Africa
  • Over 10 years of professional experience within commercial, finance and accounting divisions of FMCG multinational companies in Mozambique (telecommunication and Food & Beverages industries)
  • Business Management Degree from Institute of Science and Technology of Mozambique
  • Native Portuguese speaker. Fluent in English
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Julian

Julian Spezzati

Associate
  • MSc Strategic Management and BSc International Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Native French and English speaker. Fluent in Portuguese
Julian

Julian Spezzati

Associate
  • MSc Strategic Management and BSc International Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Native French and English speaker. Fluent in Portuguese
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Álvaro García

Associate
  • Double Bachelor degree in Law and Business Administration from Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE E-3), Madrid
  • Native Spanish speaker. Fluent in English and intermediate-level Portuguese

Álvaro García

Associate
  • Double Bachelor degree in Law and Business Administration from Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE E-3), Madrid
  • Native Spanish speaker. Fluent in English and intermediate-level Portuguese
alvaro garcia
joshua querido

Joshua Querido

Analyst
  • First Class Economics degree from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London
  • Native English speaker and intermediate-level French
joshua querido

Joshua Querido

Analyst
  • First Class Economics degree from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London
  • Native English speaker and intermediate-level French
Leif Sandhop

Leif Sandhop

Analyst
  • MSc in Economics and Business with specialization in Urban, Port and Transport Economics from Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • BSc International Economics and Business Economics from Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Native German speaker, fluent in English and intermediate-level Portuguese

Leif Sandhop

Analyst
  • MSc in Economics and Business with specialization in Urban, Port and Transport Economics from Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • BSc International Economics and Business Economics from Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Native German speaker, fluent in English and intermediate-level Portuguese
Leif Sandhop
Rebecca

Rebecca Reidy

Office Manager
  • Over 5 years of professional experience in customer service, project management and admin support roles in both the U.K. and Spain
  • First-Class Honours degree in Politics with Spanish from University of Buckingham, U.K.
  • Native English speaker. Fluent in Spanish
Rebecca

Rebecca Reidy

Office Manager
  • Over 5 years of professional experience in customer service, project management and admin support roles in both the U.K. and Spain
  • First-Class Honours degree in Politics with Spanish from University of Buckingham, U.K.
  • Native English speaker. Fluent in Spanish
Laurinda Jose Antonio

Laurinda Jose Antonio Mawelele

Office Assistant
  • Professional experience in office support and cashier roles
  • Educated to Grade 12 at Escola Secundaria de Laulane, Maputo
  • Native Portuguese speaker and proficient in English

Laurinda Jose Antonio Mawelele

Office Assistant
  • Professional experience in office support and cashier roles
  • Educated to Grade 12 at Escola Secundaria de Laulane, Maputo
  • Native Portuguese speaker and proficient in English
Laurinda Jose Antonio
Jamila Cossa

Jamila Cossa

Office Assistant
  • Professional experience in secretarial and office support roles
  • International Relations and Diplomacy student at Higher Institute of International Relations, Mozambique
  • Native Portuguese speaker and intermediate-level English
Jamila Cossa

Jamila Cossa

Office Assistant
  • Professional experience in secretarial and office support roles
  • International Relations and Diplomacy student at Higher Institute of International Relations, Mozambique
  • Native Portuguese speaker and intermediate-level English

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