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Our People

Our diverse expertise and experience across industries including in finance, conservation, soft commodities trading, law and fund management means we can connect our investors with outstanding investments in the Amazon rainforest that genuinely make a difference. 

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Aldo Soto

Co-founder and Managing Director

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Aldo brings over 15 years’ experience supporting indigenous communities in the Amazon to protect their lands from illegal logging, mining, deforestation and improve their livelihoods through production of sustainable cocoa, coffee and fisheries. Aldo is a biologist with studies in forest conservation, development of rural enterprises and social finance. He structured the first Development Impact Bond in Latin America to support indigenous farmers and has led conservation and sustainable livelihoods programmes in the Amazon for WWF and the Rainforest Foundation UK.

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Pajani Singah

Co-Founder and Investment Director

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Pajani has over 15 years investment management experience.  He is a partner and COO of Inflection Point Investments, a boutique fund management company investing in listed global technology companies. He is a Certified Chartered Accountant, President of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) UK and Executive Board Member of Cybernaptics Ltd.

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Carla Koffel

Governance and Impact Director

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Carla is a corporate lawyer and international development professional with more than 20 years’ experience working with the private sector, international development organisations and philanthropic initiatives. Areas of expertise include promoting good corporate governance practices within both global companies and SMEs, ethical supply chain management and human rights. She has conducted social impact assessments across multiple jurisdictions and managed grants for international donors such as United Nations agencies. 

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Adam Smith

Sustainable Trade Director

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   Adam is an experienced business development professional. He co founded, developed and successfully exited a soft commodities business focused on trading, transport, storage and warehousing of commodities from Latin America. He is currently a director of two listed Real Estate investment funds and is a member of the audit and investment committees of both companies.

Our advisors

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Gayle Peterson
 

Gayle is Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, Oxford University, where she is programme director of Oxford Impact Investing and Social Finance Programmes. 


With more than 20 years’ experience as a strategist, philanthropist, and trusted adviser to social investors worldwide, Gayle has managed and assessed more than US$15 billion in philanthropic and impact investments.
She has advised social investors in more than 45 countries and has taught social investing classes worldwide.

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Juan Carlos Jintiach
 

Juan Carlos is a member of the Shuar indigenous people from the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador. He is the coordinator of international economic cooperation and autonomous indigenous development for COICA (Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin). 


He is also the elected official representing the indigenous peoples of Latin America in the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Green Climate Fund as well as a focal point in the indigenous peoples caucus within the UNFCCC and in the World Bank’s Forest Investment Programme.

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Dieter Wittkowski
 

Dieter has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of rural and agriculture finance, impact investing, innovative financing mechanisms, green finance, financial inclusion and social entrepreneurship, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

He recently retired from a 23-year career at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where he worked at the IDB Lab investment unit, Social Entrepreneurship Program and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Division. He holds a master’s degree in International Development from Harvard University. 

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Marc Weissgerber

Marc is strategy adviser to global start-ups, investment funds and institutions on scaling climate solutions and investments. He is co-founder and partner at Bauhaus Earth, the international organisation focused on transforming the built environment.

 

He has worked as an international executive for one of the world's leading energy groups, was the Managing Director and CFO of one of the largest environmental services companies in Europe and Managing Director of Climate-KIC, Europe`s leading climate innovation organization. He holds an MBA from Cambridge University. 

Our values

Our values guide the approach adopted by AIV’s global team, emphasising the importance of working collaboratively with indigenous communities and our other partners, challenging the status quo and finding opportunities for finance to overcome environmental and social challenges.

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Empower People

Empowering indigenous and forest people is key to protect their lands and forests.

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Innovation Approach

Promoting innovation and entrepreneurship leads to solve social and environmental challenges.

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Long-Term partnerships 

Building meaningful long-term partnerships, based on sharing responsibilities, risks and returns.

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Finance for Good

Using finance for good to invest in social enterprises and maximize their impact.