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Xavier Pierluca is an investment professional with 25 years’ experience, 18 of which in the field of impact investing managing both private equity and debt funds. He has structured and raised several funds in access to energy, microfinance, fintech, SME finance, and healthcare for over USD 700 mn with family offices, DFIs and Institutional Investors through plain vanilla and blended finance structures.
Prior to launching EQ, he was a founding Partner at SIMA where he structured, raised and managed one of the largest solar off-grid solar debt fund. He also engages in Corporate Finance Advisory and has led the valuation and fundraising of one of the largest global microfinance group.
Xavier was CIO for Bamboo Finance, and structured, raised and managed innovative PE funds including one of the first impact and emerging market fintech fund. Previously, Xavier worked for the Deutsche Bank Impact Investing Division which pioneered the structuring and fundrasing of the first ever commercial microfinance funds. He also worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting and Ernst and Young Corporate Finance in the United States and in France. He specialized in strategy & operations, mergers & acquisitions and access to financing facilitation for mid-cap companies.
After graduating from a double-master’s degree in Business, Finance and International Affairs in France and Switzerland, Esther Altorfer worked in impact investing in Germany, microfinance in Bolivia, and corporate investment banking in Mexico.
In 2014, her path crossed Sistema.bio, a promising Mexican start-up in the waste-to-energy sector in rural areas –it was love at first sight. She joined as Finance Manager, focusing on strengthening the in-house lending program, and successfully led Sistema.bio’s first round of fundraising. She transitioned to the COO role and opened Sistema.bio’s new offices in Central America, East Africa and India offices between 2016 and 2018. From 2019 to 2022, she held the role of Director for East Africa, during this time she consolidated the Kenya operations, built a strong African team and opened projects in 8 African countries. In December 2022, she transitioned again to a global position, this time as the Chief of Strategy Officer.