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Luís Folhadela

Luís Folhadela

Associate Director for Administration and Finances

Associate Director for Administration and Finances
Member type
Administrative Staff
CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
I am a Venture Capital / Impact investing and Corporate Development C-level professional, with an over 25-year professional career combining a broad sectorial exposure and a strong international experience in Western Europe & sub-Saharan Africa. Over the last 10 years I have become increasingly involved in the field of responsible investment (with a focus on social innovation & conservation finance initiatives).

• VC experience: Management team member of several venture capital, private equity and impact investment funds in Portugal, UK and SSA, with direct involvement in their setup and fund-raising processes, and also holding financial management roles in both the funds and invested companies.

• Advisory experience: I have successfully established and led Corporate and Business Development Advisory units for a Big-4 firm and a large banking corporation, executing and supervising complex advisory projects encompassing, among others, M&A deals, greenfield investments, turnaround plans and the formulation and implementation of public initiatives and agencies.

• I have also headed the Corporate Credit Risk division of Angola’s largest private bank, leading a 35-people team and successfully implementing a business processes reengineering project in the division.

International Experience: Lived in Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom and Angola. Additional relevant working experience in Luxembourg, Mozambique, South Africa and Brazil.
Education: International MBA from IE Business School (#1 in class ranking)

Hobbies: outside job, I am a fitness addict, an experienced traveler, passionate about indie music and an avid reader.
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