Interviews Arturo Alvarez-Demalde

Published on March 16th, 2016 | by Chad T.

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Arturo Alvarez-Demalde – Managing Partner

Arturo Alvarez-Demalde is a managing partner, a role in which he is able to draw on his exceptional expertise with regard to all aspects of venture capital and private equity. A Harvard Business School graduate, Alvarez-Demalde brings years of practical experience along with specific expertise in financial structuring, mergers and due diligence, and he has developed a longstanding reputation as an accomplished leader in his field.

While his efforts in venture capital and private equity have consistently yielded exceptionally positive outcomes along with countless unqualified successes, Alvarez-Demalde has also continually demonstrated a deep commitment to philanthropic endeavors and is a frequent volunteer in support of a variety of causes, including as a board member for ARIS and as an advisory committee member for Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

What are some things that you love?

I love to travel and to develop a deeper understanding of cultures all over the world, and I am certainly grateful that my professional work has expanded my international travel opportunities. I am also quite proud of the fact that my role has provided me with the opportunity to work on and support projects aimed at generating a wide range of positive outcomes through the use of economic empowerment.

What’s your favorite T.V. show?

It’s not all that often that I get the opportunity to watch TV, but I really enjoyed a recent documentary called “Humanity From Space,” and, for as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of the PBS series, “Nature.”

Describe your typical day

It’s fairly rare that any single day is similar to another, or that it could be considered typical in any way, but I always look forward to those initial in-person meetings that occur at the outset of any project. Getting to understand a vision and then having the opportunity to develop a plan on bringing that vision to life is always a rewarding experience.

What’s one thing you’ve learned since you started your career?

I’ve learned that strong collaborative processes are critical to success in any industry, and that few things are as rewarding as addressing critical social issues in a manner that yields a wholly positive outcome. I’ve also developed a deep understanding that every professional will always have to face difficult decisions and must be able to engage in the kind of deep reflection that ensures the best possible result regardless of the circumstance.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

I believe in the importance of efficiency, so I am often peeved in any instance in which a simple lapse in communication results in time being misused. While inefficiency is indeed a pet peeve of mine, I also understand that there is nothing that can be gained by overreacting to any situation or circumstance. All that can be done is to first recognize the source of the troublesome issue and then commit to doing everything possible to correct it in the future.

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