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Meet Deetken Impact’s newest Investment Analyst

Meet Deetken Impact’s newest Investment Analyst

Deetken Impact is excited to welcome Cristobal Aguirre as an Investment Analyst to the team. Cristobal brings over five years of experience in the asset management industry. His responsibilities have ranged from asset allocation and portfolio management to risk...

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“Change finance to finance change”

“Change finance to finance change”

At the GABV 2018 Annual Meeting in Arequipa, Peru. On a pleasant March evening in the courtyard of a centuries-old home in Arequipa, Peru, I moved from a conversation about value-based banking in Nepal, to another one with a colleague based in Chile who works with a...

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How do we achieve sustainable development in Latin America?

How do we achieve sustainable development in Latin America?

  An evening stroll down Paseo Montejo, a beautiful boulevard that maintains its colonial architectural charm near downtown Merida, makes you reflect on what many Latin American towns aspire to be: safe, clean and prospering communities. That's where we had the...

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How Pragmatiqus is increasing access to credit in Ecuador

How Pragmatiqus is increasing access to credit in Ecuador

It is a cool morning as I hop out of the car in northern Quito, the beautiful capital of Ecuador. Quito is nestled on the Eastern slopes of Pichincha in the Andes mountains nearly 3,000 meters above sea level. We’re in an industrial district of the city and stroll...

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Why We Invest in Impact and How You Can Too

Why We Invest in Impact and How You Can Too

Deetken Impact has received the MaRS Social Finance “Impact Investor of the Year” award, which “is presented to a Canadian organization or initiative that has created—or demonstrated the potential for creating—positive social or environmental impact through direct investment”.

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Deetken Impact at FOROMIC 2017

Deetken Impact at FOROMIC 2017

Deetken Impact has been supporting financial inclusion in the LAC region with loans to microfinance companies for over a decade. During this time, we have seen a remarkable growth in the industry.

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My Journey Through Three Impact Success Stories in Mexico

My Journey Through Three Impact Success Stories in Mexico

On my most recent visit to Pro Mujer Mexico I had the opportunity to meet with three inspiring entrepreneurs and learn up-close how our investments impact real lives.  Pro Mujer is an outstanding microfinance organisation with operations across 5 Central and South...

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Measuring the Impact of our Investments

Measuring the Impact of our Investments

Sharing our quest to measure the social and environmental benefits of our investments Effective measurement of the social and environmental benefits of our investments is a significant challenge for all impact investors. In fact, more than one article has referred to...

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ANDRÉ POWELL

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

With over 20 years of experience, André has a long track record of successfully advising public sector clients on significant private sector transactions, including strategic guidance on funding models, complex procurements, economic development and negotiations. Prior to co-founding The Deetken Group, André was a senior Associate at Booz & Co and an Analyst with Accenture’s strategy and finance practice. André is a seasoned investor having been actively involved in the Deetken Capital Investment Pool since inception. André received a BA from Queen’s University and an MA in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

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Jose Lamyin

Chief Investment Officer

José has extensive experience as a business advisor for clients throughout Canada, Europe and Latin America in mining, telecommunications, and finance. Prior to co-founding The Deetken Group, José worked for Teck Cominco in Peru and Canada and Deutsche Bank in London (UK). José has spearheaded much of the strategic growth of Deetken Asset Management since inception and is currently focused on investment selection.

José received his BS in Engineering from the University of British Columbia and MBA from IESE School of Business (Barcelona). Born in Peru, José is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Alexa Blain

Chief Operating Officer

Alexa brings over 10 years of experience in financial consulting and asset management, with specific expertise in company and investment analysis, business valuation and securities/corporate finance. Prior to joining Deetken, she spent three years with African Alliance, a pan-African financial services group, where she focused on expanding the firm’s retail financial services operations as well as on the origination and negotiation of new capital. In addition, Alexa has six years of asset management experience with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Macquarie Group and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Alexa is a CFA Charterholder. She has also completed an MA in Financial Economics and an Honours BA in Economics, both at the University of Toronto.

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German Matzumura

Regional Director

German began his banking career in 2006 as an Executive in Banco Financiero’s Personal Banking Division and was then promoted to Branch Manager. In April 2008 he joined Abaco, serving as a Manager of the Regional Division, where has worked in various capacities. In 2013, he was appointed as Head of the Regional Division and in 2016 was appointed as Deputy CEO.

 

German graduated in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration IPAE (Lima, Peru) and holds a Diploma in Marketing & Sales Management at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. He also holds an MA in Marketing & Sales Management from the ESIC Business and Marketing School (Spain).

 

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Carl Black

Principal

Carl has over 5 years professional experience successfully working with clients to develop and improve policy, strategy, and operations. He has advised public sector clients and non-profits in Canada and financial services companies in Latin America. Prior to joining The Deetken Group Carl worked at the Bank of Canada, where he focused on issues related to household and business credit. 

Carl completed an Honours BA in Economics at the University of British Columbia. He also holds an MSc in Economics & Development from the University of Oxford, where he earned distinctions in quantitative and development economics.

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Samir Shah

Chief Growth Officer

Samir is a seasoned professional with a 15 year track record of success working with private and public sector organizations in the areas of strategy, business transformation, technology commercialization and financial analysis/due-diligence. Prior to co-founding The Deetken Group, Samir was a senior manager responsible for early stage technology commercialization at BlackBerry and NEC Electronics.

Samir received his BS in Engineering from the University of British Columbia and his MBA (Finance) from Queen’s University.

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CHAD PARSONS

SENIOR ANALYST

Chad has worked as a consultant in business and technology for 20 years – often helping clients with their business transformation initiatives.    He has worked with start-ups, government, and established businesses to further their product and service offerings with a balanced approach.   After pursuing a research degree on leveraging technology for social and economic development; Chad has found a valuable alignment of his background with Deetken’s innovative impact investments.

 

Chad completed a BS in Engineering from the University of British Columbia and has a MSc with distinction from the University of Manchester (UK).

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