BOARD OF ADVISORS

 

Dr. Redouane Chafei

BOARD MEMBER

Redouane Chafei is the Founder, Chairman and CEO at Falcon Americas Group. Founder at Venus Management Group and Former CEO at ACG Worldwide Investments. Dr Chafei started his 32 plus years old financial career at The Center of Studies and Forecasting at The University of Paris Dauphine and at the National Center of Economic Scientific Research. His accolades include being named Head of Private Banking at Group Pallas Stern – Banque Privee de Gestion Financiere (B.P.G.F.) and also Senior Banker at The International Bank of Luxembourg. In the late 1990’s he was member of the French Senior Management Team at Credit Agricole – Indosuez Bank, Henin Bank and WafaBank Group. Dr Chafei holds a PhD. In Economics, Mathematics and Specialized Econometrics from University of Paris Dauphine & CES, specializing in Financial and Currency Market Modeling and Prospective and aldo holds an MBA in Applied Econometrics & Modelling, Statistical Engineering and International Finance. Redouane is fluent in English, Arabic and French and is currently living in Mami with his wife and two children.

 


Victor Park

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Park is a Principal and Founder of Alternative Assets, a hedge fund capital raising firm with offices across the United States. He is also a Partner at Prodigy Partners, a fund of funds that invests in Tiger Management seeded “cubs” and affiliated managers. Mr. Park is a Founding Partner of the globally renowned SALT Conference, hosts the Third Thursday Hedge Fund industry Socials around the world, and produces the Annual Alternative Asset Summit in Las Vegas. A featured speaker at numerous industry events, Mr. Park served on II Magazine’s Hedge Fund Awards Selection Committee, and is a member of several industry advisory boards including The Alliance of Alternative Asset Professionals. Previously, Mr. Park held marketing and sales positions at Drexel Burnham Lambert, Morgan Stanley & Co., Daiwa Securities and VZB Capital. He also built and directed an equity sales and trading group that earned Euromoney Magazine's Award for Eastern European Brokerage House of the Year. A member of Mensa, Mr. Park holds a B.A in Economics from Trinity College and an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School.

 


Alan Gandelman

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Gandelman is widely acknowledged to be among the most preeminent financial executives in Latin America, as well as a seasoned expert in the global capital markets and trading in Latin America. Currently Mr. Gandelman is Head of Sales at INTL FCStone Brasil DTVM, a leader in the development of specialized financial services, and also serves on the board of ANCORD, Brazil’s National Association of Broker dealers. Previously, Mr. Gandelman served as President at ATS Brasil, a joint venture between NYSE and ATG, and served as president at ICAP where he launched ICAP Brasil, which has subsequently become one of ICAP´s largest global revenue centers.Earlier, Mr. Gandalman served as managing partner at Ágora, and held senior roles at both Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs. He was also a member of the Brasil-US Business Council, sat on Bovespa’s Board of Directors, and served as president of the International Affairs Commission. Mr. Gandelman was also president of the Bovespa Futures Index Chamber and held a similar capacity at BM&FBovespa’s Equities and Equity Derivatives Chamber following the merger.

 


Victor Hugo Rodriguez

BOARD MEMBER

He is the Founder and CEO of LatAm Alternatives. Mr Rodriguez has over 19 years of experience in Management, Sales, Marketing and Business Development within the securities industry in the US-LatAm region. He was Partner and Head of Latin American Prime Brokerage for Merlin Securities (Mid Tier Prime Broker) and Director of Global Institutional Sales at Trade Station Securities (Monex Group). Before he worked as Director of Latin America for Terra Nova Trading (now LightSpeed Trading) and in the late 90’s he was the Founder President & CEO of Pristine.com Latin America. He started his career at The Caracas Stock Exchange and was President & CEO of a mid tier local Broker Dealer. He has been a live TV Economics News Anchor and is well know as the Founder and Former Head of The Hedge Fund Association (HFA) – LatAm Chapter. Mr Rodriguez was elected STA (Security Traders Association) National Board LatAm Advisor. He lives between NYC, South Florida and Latin America. He is married with 2 children.

 


MANAGEMENT TEAM

 


Victor Hugo Rodriguez

President & CEO

He is the Founder and CEO of LatAm Alternatives. Mr Rodriguez has over 19 years of experience in Management, Sales, Marketing and Business Development within the securities industry in the US-LatAm region. He was Partner and Head of Latin American Prime Brokerage for Merlin Securities (Mid Tier Prime Broker) and Director of Global Institutional Sales at Trade Station Securities (Monex Group). Before he worked as Director of Latin America for Terra Nova Trading (now LightSpeed Trading) and in the late 90’s he was the Founder President & CEO of Pristine.com Latin America. He started his career at The Caracas Stock Exchange and was President & CEO of a mid tier local Broker Dealer. He has been a live TV Economics News Anchor and is well know as the Founder and Former Head of The Hedge Fund Association (HFA) – LatAm Chapter. Mr Rodriguez was elected STA (Security Traders Association) National Board LatAm Advisor. He lives between NYC, South Florida and Latin America. He is married with 2 children.

 

Mike Felix

Senior Partner & CMO

Mike Felix brings over 25 years of experience in the capital markets. Mike was Head of Marketing for TeraExchange, an independent startup Swaps Execution Facility (SEF) and was also Director of Global Marketing at Lime Brokerage, a leading technology-focused agency broker specializing in low-latency electronic trading. Mike served as SVP, Director of Global Marketing for RealTick, a leading independent EMS trading technology provider and subsidiary of Lehman Brothers and subsequently Barclays Capital. Mike was also a cofounder of Hottrend, an algorithmic trading services provider acquired by RealTick and his other experience includes positions at KPMG Peat Marwick in the Czech Republic, Conoco Phillips in Venezuela and analyst positions at JP Morgan Chase. Mike lives in New York and received his MBA from Harvard Business School, BA in Economics, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University where he was also elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

 

Jose Abbo

Partner

Mr. Abbo has authored numerous articles about the financial markets and the Global economy. He has researched and written for such well-recognized publications as The Economist Intelligence Unit and America Economia. In 2000 Mr. Abbo published “Divisando Wall Street Desde el Sur de America” (a comprehensive guide for the Spanish-speaking community that explains the workings of the stock market). He makes regular guest appearances on various radio and television programs and has served as an expert witness in financial trials and forensic cases. He was Managing Director Corporate Finance at SFC Investment Panama and before he was Vice President International Capital Markets at Credit Suisse Panama. Mr. Abbo holds a degree in Professional Management from Nova University and has served as an MBA tutor for Tecnológico de Monterrey/ Thunderbird University Panama-based Global MBA programs. He is married with 4 children.

 

Ruben Cabrera

Partner

Before joining LatAm Alternatives LLC, Mr. Cabrera was The Head of Institutional Sales US Markets & Portfolio Manager at CM Capital Markets in Madrid, where he ran the program trading desk with an specialty in Pair and L/S Equities Trading and CFD, previously was the founder and CEO at Bolsagest Global Investments where his team developed an Electronic Execution Management System in Spanish for retail high frequency traders. Mr Cabrera was Head of Trading at Pristine Capital Management and was responsible for the trading floors in Caracas, Santiago and Miami. He is currently based between Caracas and Madrid and is an acting member of the Global Investment Committee for M&A activities in Spain, LatAm and Qatar. He is married with 2 children.

 

Simon Brad

Partner

Mr. Brad has been an institutional trader specializing in US securities for several internacional firms where he developed diverse strategies in the trading and arbitrage of stocks, ADRs, Bonds and futures. Currently and in parallel with his role at LatAm Alternatives Mr. Brad is the President of Excelis Capital Management LLC, a Commodity Trading Advisor firm specializing in the intraday trading of Metals, Energy and Fx futures. He resides in Miami Fl and is an experienced practitioner of the Pristine Method where he has been a Pristine Trained Trader and Pristine Instructor since 2001. Mr. Brad organizes and teaches Pristine Seminars in Spanish for the US hispanic community and spanish speaking countries around the world. In 1999 he was one of founders members of Pristine.com Latin America. He is married with one child

 

Dr. Mark Munoz

Partner

Dr. Mark Munoz is a professor of International Business at the Millikin University in Illinois. He is also Chairman/CEO of an international management consulting and finance firm with affiliates in over 20 countries. A graduate of MBA and PhD in Management, he handled senior international management roles and directed consulting projects in all continents in the world. He has authored several business books including ³Winning Across Borders², ³Handbook on the Geopolitics of Business² and ³Handbook on Business Plan Creation.² Working closely with academics and students, he facilitated cross-cultural business projects in locations such as China, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Zambia. He directed a 35 country study on business globalization and was a recipient of several Best Research Awards. In 2012, he was honored as ³Distinguished Scholar² by the Academy of Global Business Advancement. He serves in the Advisory Board of three financial funds and consulting firms.

 

Ana W. Rodrigues

Partner

Ms. Rodrigues is a well known Brazilian Business Development Executive and strategic investor. She has been personally chosen to join LatAm Alternatives for her expertise within her extensive business network. In addition to joining LatAm Alternatives Group Ana continues with her role as Founder and CEO at Miami International Asset Consulting Group as well as Monumental Properties, specializing on Luxury Real Estate Development in Miami Beach and emerging growth areas such as Midtown/Design District. Ms. Rodrigues obtained an MBA at Coppead UFRJ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also studied International Commerce at The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry in England, graphic design specializing in advertising at the Digital Media Arts College in Boca Raton and for her MFA (Master in Fine Arts) at The Miami International University of Art and Design. Ms. Rodrigues is the founder of The Anatome Health Platform where together with The Anatome Team, she’s developing an app that combines full body workouts with nutrition. She lives with her daughter between Miami, Rio de Janeiro and Europe.

 

Chouaib Tamar

Partner

Mr. Tammar oversees the in-house due diligence analyst team for alternatives investments funds at LatAm Alternatives and concurrently serves at Executive Vice President at Falcon Americas Brothers Advisors. Mr. Tammar commenced his career as a financial analyst in Casablanca, Morocco at Atijjariwafa Bank. In 2010, he relocated to Canada to start an independent consultancy practice targeted at startup and mid-tier financial firms. Mr. Tammar also served as a Senior Project Manager at Alasys, and had taught financial management classes at CDI Montreal. Mr. Tammar received his MBA from Ecole de technologie superieure in Montreal, Canada and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, business and personal/financial services, marketing and operations at Universite du Quebec a Montreal. He is an avid runner and lives between Canada and USA.

 

Eduardo Iturbe

Partner & VP of Technology

Mr. Iturbe is in charge of The LA Group¹s Technology Platform based on web services and oriented on Software as a service (SaaS) and before joining LatAm Alternatives LLC; Mr. Iturbe was an external consultant for several major Telecom Companies in Venezuela and Miami, where he assisted in Program Management areas as Data, Security and Storage Management. From 2002 to 2012 Mr. Iturbe was VP of Technology at CSR Consulting Services, during his tenure in this position Mr. Iturbe was in charge of several framework validation projects across different ever-expanding databases, he was interesting in expert systems to mimic unique data analysis using latest technologies to match patterns that delivered compelling results. Since 2004 Mr. Iturbe has been affiliated with The Project Management Institute Venezuelan Chapter. Earlier in his career he was Program Manager at Motorola in Venezuela and Telecommunication Manager at World Tel-Fax Electronic. Mr. Iturbe earned his degree in Electrical Engineering bias Telecommunications in 1994 from Universidad Metropolitana (UNIMET) in Venezuela and other specializations in the same area. He lives between Miami, Bogota and Caracas where his wife and 2 kids are based.

 

Alejandro Jose Rodriguez

Partner

Alejandro studied Systems Engineering with a special bias in process control. Mr Rodriguez is also Partner of LatAmFinance, a boutique Introducing Broker of financial products and services. Mr Rodriguez was founder and COO at Pristine.com Latin America and the Operations Manager of the Miami Brach for its broker dealer. Mr Rodriguez worked as the Head of the LatAm Division of Terra Nova Trading. He has over 16 years of experience running Equities, Options, Futures Trading Desks as well as the Client Service aspects of the Brokerage Business. Mr Rodriguez started his career in 1997 as an FX trader for a Mid Tier Broker Dealer in Latin America. Mr Rodriguez lives in South Florida but loves to spend part of his time in Colorado where he is an avid Mountain Biker and Snowboarder.