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LAVCA Appoints Three New Board Directors

13 November 2023

Qualcomm Ventures, Astella Investment and Farellones Capital Join LAVCA Board 

NEW YORK, 13 November 2023 – LAVCA, the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America, announced today that Carlos Kokron, Vice President and Managing Director at Qualcomm Ventures, Laura Mello de Andrea Constantini, Co-founder and Managing Director at Astella Investimentos and Dieter Hauser, CEO of Farellones Capital, joined the LAVCA board.  

Kokron leads Qualcomm Ventures’ investments and business development teams in the Americas and serves as a board director or observer at multiple AI and IoT companies. Prior to joining Qualcomm Ventures, he was responsible for Intel’s business with Service Providers in Latin America.  

Prior to co-founding Astella Investimentos in 2008, a Brazilian early-stage VC firm, Constantini held positions at Cicerone Capital. She is a pioneering woman in Venture Capital in Latin America and holds several board director roles in investments such as Cayena, Croct, Jota, Estoca, Traive and Destaxa.  

Hauser serves as the CEO of Farellones Capital, an investment manager born as a spin-off of Megeve Investments and the Family Office of the Solari Donaggio Family. Prior to his current role, Hauser held positions at Megeve Investments and was Chief Investment Officer of Penta Vida, a Chilean life insurance company.  

“Carlos, Laura and Dieter are at the forefront of the private capital industry in Latin America, and I am delighted to welcome them to the LAVCA board,” said Nicolas Szekasy, LAVCA board chair and Managing Partner of KASZEK.  “Qualcomm has been an active corporate investor in the region for over a decade, a similar period that Astella has been seeding startups in Brazil. Dieter’s track record as a family office investor represents a best-in-class commitment to the region.” 

Directors completing their terms are Susana Garcia Robles, Senior Partner at Capria Ventures and Flavia Almeida, CEO of Península Participações. 

“We would like to thank Susana and Flavia for their many years of dedication on behalf of the industry and region,” added Szekasy. 

LAVCA’s current Board includes: 

  • Nicolás Szekasy, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Kaszek Ventures (Chair)
  • Mauricio Salgar, Managing Director, Advent International
  • José María Zertuche, Managing Director, Infrastructure, BlackRock
  • Bruno Zaremba, Private Equity Chairman and Head of Investor Relations, Vinci Partners
  • Cate Ambrose, CEO, Global Private Capital Association
  • Michael Harrington, Partner, Actis
  • Dirk Donath, Managing Partner, L Catterton
  • Jose Sosa de Valle, Partner, Lexington Partners
  • Tania Chocolat, Managing Director, Global Leadership Team and Head of São Paulo Office, Head of Direct Equity Investments, Latin America, CPP Investments
  • Johanna G. Posada, Founder and Managing Partner, Elevar Equity
  • Carlos Kokron (CK), Vice President and Managing Director, Qualcomm Ventures
  • Laura Mello de Andrea Constantini, Co-founder and Managing Director, Astella Investimentos
  • Dieter Hauser, CEO, Farellones Capital