Help us spread the word!
  • 7
    Shares

Beautiful colonial building in Merida.

Colonial building in Merida, Yucatan. Photo credit: Pixabay

 

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 pleasure to join over 400 entrepreneurs, investors and social and environmental change-makers at the 8th Annual Latin America Impact Investing Forum (FLII) last week.  The theme of this year’s agenda “Together for a Resilient Region” seemed only fitting given that so much of the news today centers around the violence, corruption, pollution, and inequality taking place in many of the region’s countries. These are all real problems that need to be overcome but they also desperately need affordable and accessible water supply systems, access to clean energy, affordable housing, and financial inclusion, all of which can contribute to reducing poverty and ensuring economic growth.  

It was inspiring to see so many people from such diverse organizations coming together wanting to lift some of the barriers to this region’s sustainable development. Notwithstanding those differences, there were two recurring elements that were present across panels and discussions, the first one being collaboration. We all know that a single organization, a single idea or a single entrepreneur, no matter how brilliant, cannot make a difference on their own; we need to work together to have an exponential effect in the communities that need it the most. Collaboration among public development funding organizations, NGOs, family offices and foundations, entrepreneurs, and private capital funds. We were all looking for creative ways to help these countries move forward and to get them closer to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). 

And that is where the second recurring element came in: innovation. Meaningful conversations took place surrounding innovation: from the use of new technologies such as blockchain to reduce transaction costs and improve use of education subsidies, to innovating in the way microfinance institutions serve their clients; from using behavioral science to improve voluntary retirement savings among those in the bottom of the pyramid, to putting together innovative financing structures and blended finance to catalyze more resources into the region. There were many interesting ideas that many of us will continue to assess and incorporate into our investment criteria. 

Deetken Impact is committed to continue to invest in the Latin American and Caribbean region and we will be incorporating more innovative ways to make social and environmental impact in our future projects, and we will certainly do that in collaboration with many of those we met at the FLII last week. 

 


Help us spread the word!
  • 7
    Shares

It is EASY to get started making an impact!

Simply send us your contact information and one of our investment specialists will contact you to personally walk you through the investment process. 

We will be in contact shortly

Magali Lamyin, Director of Communications and Development for Deetken Impact

MAGALI LAMYIN

Director of Communications and Development

 

Magali brings extensive market intelligence, business development and marketing experience from her work at the Central Bank of Mexico, the Canadian Institute for Market Intelligence, and the IESE-PWC e-Business Centre in Barcelona. She also co-led national marketing campaigns for businesses in the hospitality and early childhood education sectors for almost a decade before joining Deetken. In her current role, she is responsible for leading Deetken Impact’s communications, marketing and branding strategy. She is also involved in the due diligence process for project selection with an emphasis in Mexico.

Magali holds a BA in Economics from Mexico's ITAM and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Jose Lamyin, Managing Partner Deetken Impact

JOSE LAMYIN

Managing Partner

 

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.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Alexa Blain, Managing Partner Deetken Impact

ALEXA BLAIN

Managing Partner

 

Alexa is responsible for finance, operations and investor relations at Deetken Impact. She 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.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Fernando Alvarado, Head of Deetken Impact Sustainable Energy

FERNANDO ALVARADO

CEO

Honduras Renewable Energy Managers (HREM) and Caribbean Renewable Energy Managers (CAREM)

 

Fernando Alvarado leads the General Partner and Investment Advisor of two clean energy and energy efficiency project finance and venture capital funds: Honduras Renewable Energy Financing Facility (H-REFF) and Caribbean Basin Sustainable Energy Fund (CABEF), which he structured and runs with a combined target capitalization of $100m.

Development Investment Banker with 28 years of international credit and investment experience and 18 years of direct experience assessing diversified renewable energy portfolios in Latin America & the Caribbean. He has participated in more than 50 syndicated credit and investment transactions for renewable energy projects in excess of $250 MM. He led the creation, structuring, fundraising, legal closing and portfolio construction of several specialized renewable energy funds.

Costa Rican, based in San Jose, Mr. Alvarado has an MBA in Banking and Finance cum laude from Universidad de Costa Rica.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Carl Black, Portfolio Manager Deetken Impact

CARL BLACK

Portfolio Manager

 

Carl is a Portfolio Manager with Deetken Impact focused on analyzing and working with MSMEs, social enterprises, and renewable energy developers in Latin America and the Caribbean. His main responsibilities include supporting business development, managing technical assistance projects, leading investment due diligence, and monitoring portfolio performance. Prior to joining Deetken Impact, Carl worked for five years as a consultant, advising public sector clients an non profits in Canada and financial services companies in Latin America. He started his career at the Bank of Canada, where he researched 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.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Cristobal Aguirre, Investment Analyst at Deetken Impact

CRISTOBAL AGUIRRE

Investment Analyst

 

Cristobal has over 6 years of experience in the asset management industry, where his responsibilities have ranged from asset allocation and portfolio management to risk analysis and software development. Before relocating to Canada, Cristobal worked as a senior investment analyst in AFP Habitat—Chile’s largest pension fund—where he led the tactical asset allocation and macroeconomic research for emerging markets.

Cristobal is a CFA Charterholder, and completed a BA in Economics at Universidad de Chile.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Chad Parsons, Senior Investment Analyst at Deetken Impact

CHAD PARSONS

SeniorInvestmentAnalyst

 

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).

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from the Deetken Impact team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!