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Centuries-old house in Arequipa, Peru.

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 financial institution in Palestine, to a third with fellows from financial institutions in Peru and Germany. Pisco Sour was served as a local string quartet played the Beatles’ “Yesterday” in a corner of the courtyard lit with a pleasant deep blue light reflecting on the volcanic sillar rock wall. The 10th annual meeting for the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) was truly a global affair.  Deetken Impact had the tremendous opportunity to attend as a guest of Cooperativa Abaco, one of 46-member institutions across the globe which together represent 42 million clients and $127 billion in assets.

The next day, after savouring a delicious lunch of ricoto relleno arequipeño, it was time for a break from participatory discussions and to attend a round of speeches and panel presentations. Tamara Vrooman, CEO of VanCity moderated a panel about the role of the financial sector with respect to gender equality. Participants discussed their experiences, including the success of  the First Microfinance Bank of Afghanistan, with their “by women, for women” branch where every employee and client is female. Others emphasized the critical role of collecting gender disaggregated data on hiring, promotions, retention, and pay as a fundamental step to demonstrating the business case for diversity and changing company culture.

As the sun set on day two of the annual meeting, Marcos Eguiguren, CEO of the GABV, addressed the gathered global audience and spoke about the need to broaden the financial sector’s focus beyond profit to include people, and the planet. He called for the CEOs and other institutional representatives to continue to “change finance to finance change”. As a manager of social impact funds, Deetken Impact is part of the social finance movement represented by the GABV to broaden the focus of the financial sector and integrate social aims deliberately and purposefully into our investment processes and business strategies. We’re looking forward to sharing more about our vision as we talk about “Private capital and the Sustainable Development Goals” in the evening on March 20th at the Liu Institute at UBC in Vancouver.


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Andre Powell, Chief Executive Officer at Deetken Impact



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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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 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 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

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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 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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