Advisory board

Imke Rodriguez Messmer

Imke Rodríguez Messmer is a Managing Partner at Diamond Robertson Associates in Madrid. Specializing in Financial Services, Private Equity, Industrial Sectors and Life-Sciences, Imke benefits from over two decades of international search experience in Germany, Spain, the UK and the US.

Before joining Robertson Associates, she was a Managing Partner at her own executive search boutique and she also worked in the Financial Services practices among others of  Odgers Berndtson, Hudson, Alexander Mann and Korn/ Ferry.

She is a Board Member of the SBIC Fund (Shadow Bankers Investment Club) that invests in start-ups in the Fintech, Health and Energy sector.

Imke Rodríguez acts as chair of the Advisory Board.

Luis Pérez

Founding partner of Benow, Luis’ role included dealing as Tax Advisor with corporates at global level , supporting his clients to achieve their objectives through a continuous advice throughout the cycle to optimize the fiscal structures/polices (IUR Abogados, KPMG, PKF Attest and Benow)

He has participated in several business restructuring  deals as well as in investment analysis and decision making, both during the due diligence process  and through to the implementation of the new tax optimization structures/policies.

He is currently a Corporate Tax professor at the Master of International Tax Advisors at ISDE and in real estate taxation in various training programs.

Silvina Capello

With more than 20 years of experience in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, both in the public sector and in the private sector; International financial sanctions and anti-corruption and bribery policies. Specialized training in Criminal Law, particularly in Economic Crimes and International Cooperation and active participation in International Organizations (UN, CFATF, IMF, IADB, World Bank, OEA/CICAD). As well as coordination of Mutual Evaluations of the national anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing systems of FATF and GAFISUD member countries and of the Legal and Police Working Groups. She has been responsible for the creation of the Technical Unit for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing of KPMG Spain.

She is currently a partner of Capello & Focanti International, an IMF external consultant, external expert on AML/CTF of the International Union of Notariats and a professor associated with IE University and Business School.

Rafael Elorza

Rafael is the Managing Director of a group of companies and associated activities grouped under the ELORZA brand, dedicated to the logistics & port services activities from one side, and   consultancy services for the internationalization and cross border trade of corporate clients  by the other.

The group accounts for more than 50 years of experience. Rafael is the second generation , having spent over 30 years within the group.

During these 30 years, Rafael’s focus was to take ELORZA from being a domestic leader in Spain to become a global player following ELORZA’s clients’ footprint in the international market.

Ricardo Zión

30 years of experience at leadership roles level, in Business Banking, Corporate Banking and Investment Banking (WestLB, Deutsche Bank, BNP Fortis, Citibank, KBC, Barclays and Caixabank).

He was a Board Member of Barclays Factoring.

Additionally to his banking working experience, Ricardo was a managing partner at One to One, a boutique specialized in corporate finance and M&A, as well as a founding partner of Dansa Finance, a company specialized in corporate finance, trade finance and corporate advisory.

Ricardo is an associate professor of Finance at the EAE Business school.

Baihas Baghdadi

Baihas is the CEO and Founder of Trade & Working Capital (TWC), after 25 years of banking experience in corporate banking at executive level, Baihas decided to launch TWC together with a group of top professionals from different sectors, an NBFI fully dedicated to complement the banking product proposition.

Throughout his professional career, Baihas has led the Global Trade Services and Specialized Financial Services areas at Fortis Bank, has created the Cash Management and Trade Finance areas for Barclays Bank in Spain and led the corporate products area for Barclays Spain. He has been the President and CEO of Barclays Factoring before moving to work for Barclays Bank in London to lead the International Trade & Working Capital at a first step before becoming the Managing Director in 2012 and the Global Head of Trade & Working Capital in the 2015.