German Vegarra

German Vegarra

Founder & CEO

German’s investment experience cuts across Asia, Latin America and Africa. He is a veteran of the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. German-invigorated IFC’s presence in Indonesia re-building IFC’s team and investing US$1 billion post Asia crisis. He was IFC’s Senior Manager Financial Sector where he developed and launched the G20 endorsed Global Trade Liquidity Program raising US$2billion from IFC, DFIs and various governments. He led IFC’s entrance into the commodity finance market and launched new SME products like the Supply Chain Finance Program and the Global Warehouse Finance Program. He was IFC’s Global Head Agribusiness where he launched the multi-donor $300 million Global Agriculture Food Security Program, IFC’s first agribusiness impact investment fund. He was last responsible for IFC’s real sector business in Africa where he pushed to develop equity platforms in the healthcare, housing and education sectors. German is a founder and CEO of Tiserin Capital, a founder of Savia Trade, and a member of the board of Kwanji, an international payments platform directed to lower the cost of international payments for SMEs in Africa. He sits in the Board of the Gulf Investment Bank Trade Opportunity Fund.

German is a Peruvian national and has an MBA from IMD, in Lausanne, Switzerland


Carmen Gutierrez

Carmen Gutierrez

Co-Founder

Carmen is an education expert that worked for over a decade to close the education gap for hundreds of low-income students. She is an accomplished NGO executive responsible for donor relations and community outreach. An American citizen, Carmen is a board member of the All Hallows Guild at the Washington National Cathedral and has an MA in Latin American Studies from the American University in Washington, DC. Carmen is passionate about public-private-partnerships in education and the role that the private sector and new technologies can play in closing the educational gap for Africa’s growing youth.