Steve is the Chief Executive Officer of Oxentia ltd. He joined Isis Enterprise, the innovation management consulting division of Isis Innovation in 2011 as a senior consultant and became head of the group in 2014. In 2017, he led the management buy-out of the division to form Oxentia Ltd and commenced his role as CEO. Under his leadership, Oxentia has continued its strong global growth, with its first international subsidiary being established in Madrid, Spain, and new service offerings being launched across all its service lines. Steve has over 24 years of experience in sales, marketing, and product development, developing market entry strategies and launching new products and services. A significant amount of Steve’s work is for government agencies and supporting SMEs in the UK and abroad.
Juan Sebastian Moreno Blanco
Juan is an international banking executive with 34 years of dedicated financial experience and demonstrated success in bank transformation, business development, and P&L turnaround. Top skills include strategic thinking, problem solving, and team building. Selected experience includes Senior Executive Vice President Retail Bank Banco Santander Brasil, a position Juan holds since 2014. Prior to this, Juan was Senior Executive Vice President Retail & Commercial Bank, Banco Santander México, President & CEO of Santander Bancorp, Regional Head for LATAM in the Division American, Banco Santander Headquarter Madrid, Director General Business Development & Corporate Banking for Banco Santander Mexico. Prior to joining the Santander Group, Juan was Senior Associate in the Financial Industry Group at Booz Allen & Hamilton. Juan holds a B.S. in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Houston, USA.
Cath is currently Deputy Head of the Physical Sciences group at Oxford University Innovation, Oxford’s Technology Transfer Office. She works with a team in licensing and venture creation of projects arising from both University IP. She also supports the incubator and leads a student entrepreneurship programme Cath studied physics & electronics and worked in a number of multinational companies prior to setting up her own business providing strategic input for early stage startups. She has spent the last 14 years in tech transfer. Outside of work Cath has a number of interests and loves to learn new things; she is a pilot, currently training for further qualifications beyond the original pilot's license. She is also a keen musician, playing in a number of bands and helps lead a group of local churches as part of a team of ministers.
Alejo Nitti is a serial entrepreneur and ex professional polo player. Alejo is the co-founder of Toms Shoes, Idea.Me, and many other startups globally. Alejo was born in Argentina, and has a background as a professional accountant. After seeing poverty around the world, Alejo founded Toms Shoes in 2006, with the novel business model of giving away a pair of shoes to someone in need for each pair the company sold. This achieved worldwide impact, providing over 90 million pairs of shoes to kids in need. Alejo now runs Idea.Me, through which he supports entrepreneurs in Latin America and Europe.
Ana Bakshi is the Executive Director of the Oxford Foundry (OXFO), an entrepreneurship centre at the University of Oxford. Ana has been instrumental building award-winning entrepreneurship centres within centuries-old educational establishments, and has enabled the University of Oxford to be ranked top in the Guardian’s rankings for the first time in a decade. Ana has built and launched centres and accelerator programmes supporting tens of thousands of people, and accelerated hundreds of high-impact ventures in areas including climate change, healthtech and cybersecurity. Ana is intent on democratising entrepreneurship. She played a key role in establishing Oxford’s first scholarship for Black British students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and launched the University’s first women-focused startup programme, Elevate Women. Ana has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in International Development.
Priya is a Venture Partner at Merian Ventures, investing in women-led innovation, a Member of the Innovate UK Council, NED at the Digital Catapult & GB Badminton and Adjunct Faculty at the Ashridge Hult Business School. She was previously GM for RocketSpace, launching their UK operations. Priya used to be a career diplomat, most recently as British Consul General to San Francisco and previously in India and Spain. She is on the Althea Foundation Board, Tech London Advocates Advisory Board and Royal Academy of Engineering International Committee. She also Chairs the Board of Trustees of Modern Muse and is an Advisor to The Youth Group. Priya was named in the 2020 Top 50 Most Influential Women in Technology for the 3rd year running.
Kathryn Ross has enjoyed a 26+year career with Accenture focusing on emerging disruptive technologies and helping industry-leading clients prepare for, combat, and understand how these new functions and capabilities will impact their businesses. Kathryn is passionate about working with cutting edge technologies and has translated that interest into delivering innovative solutions in a variety of industries including financial, retail and public services. Kathryn is the global lead for Open Innovation where she works to connect Accenture’s ecosystem partners to clients to drive growth, and to help clients innovate and rotate to the new. She is also the lead for the Black Founders Development Program, which is helping to level the playing field for Black technology startup founders and entrepreneurs through investment, mentorship, community, and support. Kathryn is a strong leader, focused on closing the gap between clients and entrepreneurial start-ups helmed by minority or women founders/CEOs as well as ventures in the sustainability or social impact space.
Matias Sanchez is Head of Retail Products, Europe and Spain, at Banco Santander since April 2021, prior to which he was Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Retail and Digital Banking, and a member of the executive committee at Banco Santander Chile. Matias is in charge of 3 million customers, 8.500 employees, 450 branches, 2,4 billion USD in income and 600 millions USD in profit. In the past, Matias has also held roles as Chairman of Klare insurance company Inc., member of the board of Santander Consumer Finance Chile, Santander Chile Leasing Inc., and the Spanish Trade Chamber in Chile, amongst other toles in financial institutions in Chile and Spain
Lewis Schiff is the Executive Director of Moonshots & Moneymakers: The Oxford Innovation Conference for American Entrepreneurs, and is Chairman of Birthing of Giants Fellowship Program hosted at MIT, aimed at supporting Business owners who create, nurture and scale companies are the most dynamic and impactful contributors to domestic and global economies. Lewis is also author of several books on success including Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons From the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons. Furthermore, Lewis is the Founder of Inc. Magazine's Business Owners Council, and of two further media start-ups, The Armchair Millionaire and Main Street, sold to publicly traded companies.
Manuel Silva Martinez
Manuel oversees Mouro’s strategy, investor relations, resources and processes as our General Partner authorised by the FCA, with his day-to-day investment activity focusing more on UK, Europe and Latam. Manuel sits on the boards of a55, bonify and Crosslend and, as observer, of Autofi, Creditas, Curve, Elliptic, Klar, Roostify and Tradeshift among others. Manuel has been investing in fintech since 2010, having spent 5 years in San Francisco with BBVA Ventures (now Propel VC) before moving to London in 2015. Education: BA & MSc Business Administration and Audit (CUNEF), MPhil PPE, MPhil DevEcon, PhD ‘all but thesis’ Econ (Sciences Po Paris, Chinese University of Hong Kong). https://www.mourocapital.com/our-team/