Our people


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

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 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 currently remains a non-executive Director of RVC and is the Chairman of RVC’s Mozambican subsidiaries Rift Valley Forestry and Matanuska
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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

Francisco Martins

  • Over 8 years of professional experience
  • Former Fund Manager at F&C Investments in Lisbon
  • Started his career as an equity research analyst covering banks, telecoms and construction companies, gaining significant exposure to opportunities in Africa
  • BSc in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and MBA from the Darden School of Business
  • Native Portuguese speaker. Fluent in English and Spanish
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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

Raquel Marín

Operations Manager for Europe
  • Bachelor degree in Advertising & PR from Universidad San Pablo CEU
  • Native Spanish speaker. Fluent in English
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Vanda Cardoso

Operations Manager for Africa
  • Business Management Degree from Institute of Science and Technology of Mozambique
  • Experienced professional within commercial, finance and accounting divisions of FMCG multinational companies in Mozambique (telecommunication and Food & Beverages industries)

Julian Spezzati

  • Part of TWA’s Execution Team in Maputo, Mozambique
  • MSc Strategic Management and BSc International Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam
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Nicolas Baumgartner

Nicolas Baumgartner

  • Four years experience in development finance with CDC Group Plc and the Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets covering Africa and Latin America
  • Prior to joining ThirdWay Africa, Nicolas co-developed and launched a short-term lending online platform for low-income individuals in the UK, helping raise over GBP 1m from social investors. He also advised a South-Wales microfinance institution lending to individuals on benefits to start their own business
  • BA in Economics from the University of St. Gallen and MA in Theology & Religion with Distinction from Durham University
  • Currently finishing a PhD in Theological Ethics & Empirical Economics at Durham University
  • Native French speaker, fluent in English and German, and intermediate Spanish

Alvaro García

  • Part of TWA’s Execution Team in Madrid, Spain
  • Double Bachelor degree in Law and Business Administration from Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE E-3)
  • Native Spanish speaker. Fluent in English and intermediate-level Portuguese
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Joshua Querido

  • Part of TWA’s Execution Team in London, UK
  • First Class Economics degree from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London
  • Native English speaker and intermediate-level French

Leif Sandhop

  • Part of TWA’s Execution Team in Maputo, Mozambique
  • 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
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Rebecca Reidy

Office Manager
  • First-Class Honours degree in Politics with Spanish from University of Buckingham (UK)
  • Native English speaker with proficiency in Spanish

Laurinda Jose Antonio Mawelele

Office Assistant
  • Fluent in Portuguese and proficient in English
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Jamila Cossa

Jamila Cossa

Office Assistant
  • Fluent in Portuguese

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