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Santiago is co-founder and Managing Partner at ALIVE Ventures. Previous to ALIVE, Santiago was an Investment Manager at Bamboo Capital Partners where he was responsible for identifying, structuring and managing investments in Latin America, mainly in the sectors of financial inclusion, access to energy and education. Before joining Bamboo Santiago worked in London for the global private equity fund ACTIS, where he was focused on monitoring and structuring investments in the energy sector in Africa and Latin America. Santiago also worked on the launch of the Adobe Capital impact fund in Mexico and for many years was a consultant for Stratco, one of the leading consulting firms in Colombia. Santiago was also a researcher for Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, a consultant for Zoona, a mobile payment company in Zambia and co-founder of Prosperitas, a microfinance institution in Colombia.

Santiago has an MBA from the University of Oxford, a Master’s Degree in Poverty Reduction and Development from the University of Birmingham in the UK and an Industrial Engineer Bachelor Degree from the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. Additionally, Santiago was an Investors Circle Fellow and Skoll Center Associate Fellow.



Santiago has over 18 years of experience in investments, including 12 years dedicated to investments in emerging markets and impact investments across Latin America and Africa. Additionally, Santiago has extensive experience in management consulting, as well as in entrepreneurship. 

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