Alonso Díaz Etienne
Mr. Diaz is the Founding Partner of Gerbera Capital, an investment platform specialized in Private Equity/Venture Capital, Real Estate and Global portfolio management with a value focus. Prior to Gerbera Capital, Mr. Diaz was the CFO of Grupo Diestra, a leading private Mexican group with interest in the apparel, tourism and real estate industries. With more than 20 years of experience in investments, Mr. Diaz has founded several businesses in the last 15 years, including Metroscubicos.com and Rocher Holdings among others. Mr. Diaz worked as an Associate in New York with Bassini, Playfair + Associates (former arm of CSFB) in its Latin America Fund and as an analyst with Ferco Partners, the first LBO fund launched in Mexico in 1991. He has been a Board Member of Banco Bital and Grupo Financiero Bital, the fourth largest financial group in México prior to its acquisition by HSBC, and currently serves on the Board of several companies and funds, including 4 FICA (FOCIR) Funds and Vertex Private Partners CKD. Mr. Diaz was the first Chairman of the VC Committee and now serves as Chairman of the Board of AMEXCAP (Mexican Association of Private Equity and Venture Capital). He has been a professor of Securities Law at Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) where he received his Law Degree and also taught Economics at the Universidad Anahuac. Mr. Diaz is an Alum of the Directors Consortium Program of Stanford GSB, studied Economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), participated in the General Managers Program of the School of Hotel Management at Cornell University and holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.