Our Team

Our team is made up of individuals with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experience, but what we have in common is a desire for Latin America to achieve its full potential. We’re committed to helping builders and innovators in Latin America develop enduring businesses that will create greater opportunity for the entire region.

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Leadership
Masayoshi Son Masayoshi Son Chairman & CEO, SoftBank Group Corp, Tokyo A visionary entrepreneur and investor, Masa, Representative Director, Corporate Officer, Chairman & CEO of SoftBank Group Corp, likes to go where everyone has not yet gone, but will eventually go. He was early in broadband, early in mobile, early in China, early in India, early in AI, with great success. We are bringing this same approach of being “early” to Latin America.
Rajeev Misra CEO, SoftBank Investment Advisers; Executive Vice President, SoftBank Group Corp, London As CEO of SoftBank Investment Advisers, Rajeev leads the SoftBank Vision Funds. Previously he was a Senior Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group. Prior to that, he was the Global Co-Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities at UBS, and Global Head of Credit and Emerging Markets Trading at Deutsche Bank, where he built a successful global fixed income business.
Michel Combes President, SoftBank Group International, New York Michel Combes leads Latin America Funds operating as distinct funds within the Vision Funds family. He joined SoftBank Group International as President in April 2020 and serves as a director on the boards of several SoftBank portfolio companies. Prior to joining the SoftBank Group, Michel was President and CEO of Sprint. Before Sprint, Michel was CEO of Altice, as well as Chairman and CEO of SFR Group.
Alex Szapiro Managing Partner, Operations Group, and Head of Brazil, São Paulo Alex co-leads the Latin America Fund with Juan Franck. Alex leads portfolio support and value creation initiatives for the Latin America Fund. He brings more than 25 years of experience managing corporate and entrepreneurial ventures at leading technology companies across Brazil. Most recently, he was country manager of Amazon Brazil, where he was responsible for initiating startup operations in the country and executing long-term expansion strategies Prior to that, he was country manager of Apple and Palm in Brazil. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of leadership and managerial positions at Submarino, OfficeNet, Motorola, and Citibank.
Juan Franck Managing Partner, and Head of Mexico, Mexico City Juan co-leads the Latin America Fund with Alex Szapiro. Previously, Mr. Franck was a Partner of SoftBank Latin America Fund and head of the Mexico Investment Team. He has been at SoftBank since 2019. Prior to SoftBank, he led growth investments in Spanish-speaking Latin America for Temasek in Mexico City and worked at Barclays Capital in New York. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree in Industrial Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).
Our Team
Artur Gushiken Investment Lead, Miami Artur is an Investor at SBLA. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs in the Tech, Media and Telecom group in New York. Prior to that, he worked on the M&A team at Banco Fator (São Paulo).
Benjamin Lizana Associate, Miami Benjamin is an Associate at SBLA. Prior to SBLA, Benjamin was an Investment Professional at Southern Cross Group, overseeing Chilean investments and portfolio management. Prior to that, he worked for three years on the JP Morgan Latin America Advisory team.
Beny Alcalay Associate, São Paulo Beny is an Associate at SBLA. Prior to SBLA, he worked at G5 Partners, a local M&A boutique, and Constellation Asset Management, one of the largest public equity funds in Brazil.
Eric Dolman Associate, Miami Eric is an Associate at SBLA. Prior to SBLA, he worked in the Latin America Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan, where he focused on Technology and FinTech
Fabiana Scionti Associate, Miami Fabiana is an Associate at the SoftBank Latin America Fund. Prior, she worked on SoftBank’s $100M Miami Initiative focused on investing in Early-Stage start-ups, and building the community of tech start-ups in Miami. Before SoftBank, she worked at Goldman Sachs for three years where she was part of the Investment Banking, Latin America Financing Group focused on debt financings across several sectors.
Felipe Sinisterra Associate, Miami Felipe is an Associate at SBLA. Previously, he worked in Investment Banking in Goldman Sachs’ Financial Institutions Group, where he focused on financial technology, and for the Latin America Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Fernando Varella Associate, Sao Paulo Fernando is an Associate at SoftBank Latin America Fund. Previously, he worked in the Private Equity Investment Team at BTG Pactual, and in Venture Capital at Garin Investimentos, a local multi-family office.
Germán Rosales Associate, Mexico City Germán is an Associate at SBLA. Prior to SBLA, Germán worked as an Investment Banking Analyst for Goldman Sachs' Latin America Group, focused on the Consumer/Retail and TMT industries.
Isabela Lopes Associate, São Paulo Isabela is an Associate at SBLA. Prior to SBLA, she worked in the Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan, where she focused on Latin America M&A Advisory, and prior to that at Goldman Sachs as part of the Investment Management division.
Isabella Goldman Associate, Sao Paulo Isabella is an Associate at SoftBank Latin America Fund. Previously, she worked as an intern at WE Ventures, a corporate venture capital fund dedicated to startups led by women and joined SBLA as an intern before graduating.
Jasi Kamody Chief of Staff, Investment Team, Miami Jasi is the Chief of Staff of SBLA. She was previously an HR Strategy & Execution Leader at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Jasi was at McKinsey for 12+ years as an Associate Partner, where she was a consultant serving clients on talent strategy and an internal People Leader for McKinsey’s Organization and Operations Practices. Prior to McKinsey, Jasi was an attorney at Akin Gump.
Lucas Vassalo Associate, São Paulo Lucas is an Associate at SBLA. Previously, he worked at Principia Capital, a Brazilian private equity firm, on the investment team.
Lucía Llosa Associate, Mexico City Lucía is an Associate at SBLA. Prior to SBLA, she worked in the Latin America Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse, where she focused on financial institutions. Prior to that, she worked for Credit Suisse’s Debt Capital Markets team in London.
Maria Tereza Azevedo Investment Lead, São Paulo Maria Tereza Azevedo is an investment leader. Prior to joining SoftBank, she was an Executive Director at Santander and UBS Investment Bank responsible for TMT strategy and as the head of LatAm Education and the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sectors. She has extensive experience in helping LatAm companies accessing the equity capital markets and holds a masters degree in Corporate Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from IBMEC.
Oscar Guerra Associate, Miami Oscar is an Associate at SBLA. Previously, he worked in Investment Banking at Shea & Company, where he focused on enterprise software.
Raphael Cohen Associate, São Paulo Raphael is an Associate at SBLA. Previously, he worked in Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan’s Financial Sponsors Group, and prior to that in the Latin America Advisory team.
Regina Diaz Giral Associate, Mexico City Regina is an Associate at SBLA. Prior to SBLA, she worked as a Private Equity investor at Advent International, where she was part of the Latin America deal team, and at UBS Equity Research as part of the Latin America division.
Rodrigo Costa Investment Lead, Miami Rodrigo is an Investor at SBLA. Previously, he worked as an investor at TPG Growth and L Catterton. Rodrigo began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst for Goldman Sachs in New York.
Amanda Ferracini Marketing Leader, São Paulo More than 15 years of experience in Marketing, Growth and eCommerce. Partners with our companies to grow their traffic with a strong emphasis on performance and LTV:CAC optimization. Previously worked for Amazon, Whirlpool, Groupon, MercadoLivre and B2W.
Carlos Cima Technology Leader, Miami 25+ years of web development experience in several languages and frameworks. Partners with our companies to bring best in cybersecurity, analytics, tech-recruiting, architecture, and infrastructure. Previously, was CTO at Linio, a leading e-commerce marketplace in Latin America and CTO of Rocket Internet Latin America.
Cibele Abrantes Sr Executive Assistant & Office Manager, São Paulo Cibele is executive assistant to Alex Szapiro, managing partner of Operating Group and head of Brazil. She also manages SoftBank offices in São Paulo. Before joining SoftBank, she worked for Amazon from 2013-2021 assisting the CEO Brazil. She was the second employee of Amazon in the country and managed the set-up of the Corporate Offices in São Paulo, overseeing the implementation of administrative processes for the regional business development.
Connie Grossi Talent Acquisition Leader, Buenos Aires Talent Acquisition Leader with 25+ years of global experience in Tech sector. Partners with our companies bringing the best Leadership Talent & Recruitment practices for growth, scale & geo expansion. Previously served Prosus, Google, Korn Ferry and IBM.
Ed Laroche Operations Leader, Miami More than 10 years of experience in consulting and business operations. Partners with companies to provide access to the Softbank platform and execute value creation initiatives. Previously at Deloitte and in Business Operations for SBGI.
Giahna Gonzalez Executive Assistant, Mexico City Giahna is Office Manager for Mexico and supports Juan Franck, Partner and the Head of the Mexico Investment Team. Previously she worked at O’Donnell as Asset and Property Manager. Prior to that, she joined Deutsche Bank in Mexico as Executive Assistant to the Director of Investment Banking.
Ivan Ribeiro Product and Operating Leader, Seattle 10+ years of global experience in Strategy, E-commerce, Logistics, Product Development. Partners with our companies to provide e-commerce and logistics expertise, execute value creation initiatives and help scale product solutions and organizations. Previously worked at Amazon and The Boston Consulting Group.
Karla Berman Mexico Operating Leader, Mexico City She has 15+ years of experience in the digital sector. Partners with our companies to bring best practices in Digital Transformation, E-Commerce, Sales & Marketing, Pricing, GTM, and General Management for growth, scale & geo expansion. Previously worked for Yalo, Google, Time Warner and McKinsey & Co.
Kelly Matika HR Leader, New York HR leader with 20+ years of experience. Advised founders/CHROs on hypergrowth, geographic expansion, leadership development, retaining top talent/culture, and org design. Previously at McKinsey & Company and Creative Artists Agency.
Laura Gaviria Halaby Ecosystem Development and Crypto Value Creation Leader, Miami 15+ years of experience supporting companies grow and scale through strategic partnerships. Equipping current and potential SBLA portfolio companies with the needed skills to grow and drive change. Previously served as Chief Acceleration Officer at the Venture City and Global Head of Fintech Acceleration at Deutsche Bank.
Silvia Filgueiras Director, Head of Strategy and New Business Creation, São Paulo Silvia is Director, Head of Strategy and New Business Creation at the SBLA OpsHub. Previously, she was a Partner at BCG, leading the Private Equity and Principal Investors practice area in Brazil and a core member of the Strategy and Corporate Finance group.
Victoria Bertasoli Ecosystem Development Associate, São Paulo Previously worked on the Innovation Team at AB InBev, in Mountain View (CA), and was founding team at Alice.
Masayoshi Son Masayoshi Son Chairman & CEO, SoftBank Group Corp, Tokyo A visionary entrepreneur and investor, Masa, Representative Director, Corporate Officer, Chairman & CEO of SoftBank Group Corp, likes to go where everyone has not yet gone, but will eventually go. He was early in broadband, early in mobile, early in China, early in India, early in AI, with great success. We are bringing this same approach of being “early” to Latin America.
Rajeev Misra CEO, SoftBank Investment Advisers; Executive Vice President, SoftBank Group Corp, London As CEO of SoftBank Investment Advisers, Rajeev leads the SoftBank Vision Funds. Previously he was a Senior Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group. Prior to that, he was the Global Co-Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities at UBS, and Global Head of Credit and Emerging Markets Trading at Deutsche Bank, where he built a successful global fixed income business.
Michel Combes President, SoftBank Group International, New York Michel Combes leads Latin America Funds operating as distinct funds within the Vision Funds family. He joined SoftBank Group International as President in April 2020 and serves as a director on the boards of several SoftBank portfolio companies. Prior to joining the SoftBank Group, Michel was President and CEO of Sprint. Before Sprint, Michel was CEO of Altice, as well as Chairman and CEO of SFR Group.
Alex Szapiro Managing Partner, Operations Group, and Head of Brazil, São Paulo Alex co-leads the Latin America Fund with Juan Franck. Alex leads portfolio support and value creation initiatives for the Latin America Fund. He brings more than 25 years of experience managing corporate and entrepreneurial ventures at leading technology companies across Brazil. Most recently, he was country manager of Amazon Brazil, where he was responsible for initiating startup operations in the country and executing long-term expansion strategies Prior to that, he was country manager of Apple and Palm in Brazil. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of leadership and managerial positions at Submarino, OfficeNet, Motorola, and Citibank.
Juan Franck Managing Partner, and Head of Mexico, Mexico City Juan co-leads the Latin America Fund with Alex Szapiro. Previously, Mr. Franck was a Partner of SoftBank Latin America Fund and head of the Mexico Investment Team. He has been at SoftBank since 2019. Prior to SoftBank, he led growth investments in Spanish-speaking Latin America for Temasek in Mexico City and worked at Barclays Capital in New York. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree in Industrial Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).
Artur Gushiken Investment Lead, Miami Artur is an Investor at SBLA. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs in the Tech, Media and Telecom group in New York. Prior to that, he worked on the M&A team at Banco Fator (São Paulo).
Benjamin Lizana Associate, Miami Benjamin is an Associate at SBLA. Prior to SBLA, Benjamin was an Investment Professional at Southern Cross Group, overseeing Chilean investments and portfolio management. Prior to that, he worked for three years on the JP Morgan Latin America Advisory team.
Beny Alcalay Associate, São Paulo Beny is an Associate at SBLA. Prior to SBLA, he worked at G5 Partners, a local M&A boutique, and Constellation Asset Management, one of the largest public equity funds in Brazil.
Eric Dolman Associate, Miami Eric is an Associate at SBLA. Prior to SBLA, he worked in the Latin America Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan, where he focused on Technology and FinTech
Fabiana Scionti Associate, Miami Fabiana is an Associate at the SoftBank Latin America Fund. Prior, she worked on SoftBank’s $100M Miami Initiative focused on investing in Early-Stage start-ups, and building the community of tech start-ups in Miami. Before SoftBank, she worked at Goldman Sachs for three years where she was part of the Investment Banking, Latin America Financing Group focused on debt financings across several sectors.
Felipe Sinisterra Associate, Miami Felipe is an Associate at SBLA. Previously, he worked in Investment Banking in Goldman Sachs’ Financial Institutions Group, where he focused on financial technology, and for the Latin America Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Fernando Varella Associate, Sao Paulo Fernando is an Associate at SoftBank Latin America Fund. Previously, he worked in the Private Equity Investment Team at BTG Pactual, and in Venture Capital at Garin Investimentos, a local multi-family office.
Germán Rosales Associate, Mexico City Germán is an Associate at SBLA. Prior to SBLA, Germán worked as an Investment Banking Analyst for Goldman Sachs' Latin America Group, focused on the Consumer/Retail and TMT industries.
Isabela Lopes Associate, São Paulo Isabela is an Associate at SBLA. Prior to SBLA, she worked in the Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan, where she focused on Latin America M&A Advisory, and prior to that at Goldman Sachs as part of the Investment Management division.
Isabella Goldman Associate, Sao Paulo Isabella is an Associate at SoftBank Latin America Fund. Previously, she worked as an intern at WE Ventures, a corporate venture capital fund dedicated to startups led by women and joined SBLA as an intern before graduating.
Jasi Kamody Chief of Staff, Investment Team, Miami Jasi is the Chief of Staff of SBLA. She was previously an HR Strategy & Execution Leader at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Jasi was at McKinsey for 12+ years as an Associate Partner, where she was a consultant serving clients on talent strategy and an internal People Leader for McKinsey’s Organization and Operations Practices. Prior to McKinsey, Jasi was an attorney at Akin Gump.
Lucas Vassalo Associate, São Paulo Lucas is an Associate at SBLA. Previously, he worked at Principia Capital, a Brazilian private equity firm, on the investment team.
Lucía Llosa Associate, Mexico City Lucía is an Associate at SBLA. Prior to SBLA, she worked in the Latin America Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse, where she focused on financial institutions. Prior to that, she worked for Credit Suisse’s Debt Capital Markets team in London.
Maria Tereza Azevedo Investment Lead, São Paulo Maria Tereza Azevedo is an investment leader. Prior to joining SoftBank, she was an Executive Director at Santander and UBS Investment Bank responsible for TMT strategy and as the head of LatAm Education and the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sectors. She has extensive experience in helping LatAm companies accessing the equity capital markets and holds a masters degree in Corporate Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from IBMEC.
Oscar Guerra Associate, Miami Oscar is an Associate at SBLA. Previously, he worked in Investment Banking at Shea & Company, where he focused on enterprise software.
Raphael Cohen Associate, São Paulo Raphael is an Associate at SBLA. Previously, he worked in Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan’s Financial Sponsors Group, and prior to that in the Latin America Advisory team.
Regina Diaz Giral Associate, Mexico City Regina is an Associate at SBLA. Prior to SBLA, she worked as a Private Equity investor at Advent International, where she was part of the Latin America deal team, and at UBS Equity Research as part of the Latin America division.
Rodrigo Costa Investment Lead, Miami Rodrigo is an Investor at SBLA. Previously, he worked as an investor at TPG Growth and L Catterton. Rodrigo began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst for Goldman Sachs in New York.
Amanda Ferracini Marketing Leader, São Paulo More than 15 years of experience in Marketing, Growth and eCommerce. Partners with our companies to grow their traffic with a strong emphasis on performance and LTV:CAC optimization. Previously worked for Amazon, Whirlpool, Groupon, MercadoLivre and B2W.
Carlos Cima Technology Leader, Miami 25+ years of web development experience in several languages and frameworks. Partners with our companies to bring best in cybersecurity, analytics, tech-recruiting, architecture, and infrastructure. Previously, was CTO at Linio, a leading e-commerce marketplace in Latin America and CTO of Rocket Internet Latin America.
Cibele Abrantes Sr Executive Assistant & Office Manager, São Paulo Cibele is executive assistant to Alex Szapiro, managing partner of Operating Group and head of Brazil. She also manages SoftBank offices in São Paulo. Before joining SoftBank, she worked for Amazon from 2013-2021 assisting the CEO Brazil. She was the second employee of Amazon in the country and managed the set-up of the Corporate Offices in São Paulo, overseeing the implementation of administrative processes for the regional business development.
Connie Grossi Talent Acquisition Leader, Buenos Aires Talent Acquisition Leader with 25+ years of global experience in Tech sector. Partners with our companies bringing the best Leadership Talent & Recruitment practices for growth, scale & geo expansion. Previously served Prosus, Google, Korn Ferry and IBM.
Ed Laroche Operations Leader, Miami More than 10 years of experience in consulting and business operations. Partners with companies to provide access to the Softbank platform and execute value creation initiatives. Previously at Deloitte and in Business Operations for SBGI.
Giahna Gonzalez Executive Assistant, Mexico City Giahna is Office Manager for Mexico and supports Juan Franck, Partner and the Head of the Mexico Investment Team. Previously she worked at O’Donnell as Asset and Property Manager. Prior to that, she joined Deutsche Bank in Mexico as Executive Assistant to the Director of Investment Banking.
Ivan Ribeiro Product and Operating Leader, Seattle 10+ years of global experience in Strategy, E-commerce, Logistics, Product Development. Partners with our companies to provide e-commerce and logistics expertise, execute value creation initiatives and help scale product solutions and organizations. Previously worked at Amazon and The Boston Consulting Group.
Karla Berman Mexico Operating Leader, Mexico City She has 15+ years of experience in the digital sector. Partners with our companies to bring best practices in Digital Transformation, E-Commerce, Sales & Marketing, Pricing, GTM, and General Management for growth, scale & geo expansion. Previously worked for Yalo, Google, Time Warner and McKinsey & Co.
Kelly Matika HR Leader, New York HR leader with 20+ years of experience. Advised founders/CHROs on hypergrowth, geographic expansion, leadership development, retaining top talent/culture, and org design. Previously at McKinsey & Company and Creative Artists Agency.
Laura Gaviria Halaby Ecosystem Development and Crypto Value Creation Leader, Miami 15+ years of experience supporting companies grow and scale through strategic partnerships. Equipping current and potential SBLA portfolio companies with the needed skills to grow and drive change. Previously served as Chief Acceleration Officer at the Venture City and Global Head of Fintech Acceleration at Deutsche Bank.
Silvia Filgueiras Director, Head of Strategy and New Business Creation, São Paulo Silvia is Director, Head of Strategy and New Business Creation at the SBLA OpsHub. Previously, she was a Partner at BCG, leading the Private Equity and Principal Investors practice area in Brazil and a core member of the Strategy and Corporate Finance group.
Victoria Bertasoli Ecosystem Development Associate, São Paulo Previously worked on the Innovation Team at AB InBev, in Mountain View (CA), and was founding team at Alice.