LISBON — iCapital1, the leading global fintech platform driving access and efficiency in alternative investing for the asset and wealth management industries, announced the hiring of Vanda de Jesus as Managing Director, Country Head of Portugal.
In this role, Mrs. Jesus will oversee and coordinate a team of more than 150 people based in iCapital’s Lisbon office across Technology and various operations and support functions. In addition, Mrs. Jesus will bring her extensive market knowledge and network to build relationships with local stakeholders and continue to attract new talent to iCapital. Mrs. Jesus will report to Marco Bizzozero, Head of International, based in Zurich.
Mrs. Jesus joins iCapital from the Portuguese Government where she was Executive Director of Portugal Digital and had the opportunity to lead efforts to accelerate the country’s digital transformation. Prior to her work with Portugal Digital, Mrs. Jesus worked for Microsoft Portugal for seven years, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer and Public Relations Lead. In this role, she created strategies and messaging to drive lead generation and transform Microsoft Portugal’s marketing approach to digital and cloud first. Prior to her tenure at Microsoft, Mrs. Jesus served as Marketing and Sales Director at Viatecla and Executive Director at APDC. Mrs. Jesus has a degree in Business Management from ISCTE, and a robust history of leadership positions with premier Portuguese government and non-government organizations focused on economic development through technology.
Portugal is of strategic importance to iCapital. In October 2020, iCapital acquired a 65-person Portugal-based product development company from Runtime, Group Ltd. This team of experts joined iCapital’s existing team of engineers, developers and designers dedicated to the ongoing technological innovation of iCapital’s offerings.
“We are pleased to welcome Vanda to lead our efforts in Portugal. The functions under her oversight are critical to further enhance iCapital’s industry-leading technical infrastructure and best-in-class client service,” said Mr. Bizzozero. “We are fortunate to have someone of Vanda’s profile and experience to further strengthen our local network and expand iCapital’s outstanding talent pool in Portugal.”
“iCapital is an innovator in the complex and rapidly evolving landscape of alternative investments,” said Mrs. Jesus. “I’m truly excited to be joining iCapital’s energetic team and help to transform the way the asset and wealth management industries leverage technology to provide access to the private markets, and proud that iCapital has chosen my home country to establish their global technology hub and invest in local talent.”
iCapital has had substantial success since its 2013 founding in New York and has garnered many awards, including being named to the prestigious Forbes Fintech 50 list in each year 2018 to 2022. Mrs. Jesus’ hiring is the most recent milestone in iCapital’s international expansion strategy that began in 2020. Since then, the firm’s growing international presence in Europe, Asia and Latin America has been met with enthusiasm from global asset and wealth managers partnering with iCapital to facilitate the provision of private market investment opportunities to high-net-worth investors. Recent accomplishments include:
- Expansion of iCapital’s global footprint with offices in Europe and Asia with a presence now in Zurich, London, Lisbon, Hong Kong, Singapore and Toronto.
- Growth of international headcount to 220 including its technology & operations hub in Portugal.
- New or expanded partnerships with global industry leaders including Allfunds, Altshuler Shaham, AXA IM Alts, Bank of Singapore, BlackRock, Mediobanca, Morgan Stanley, Pemberton, Tikehau Capital, and UBS, to drive access to private markets investments for a growing high-net-worth investor base worldwide.
Founded in 2013, iCapital is the leading global fintech company powering the world’s alternative investment marketplace. iCapital has transformed the way the wealth management, banking, and asset management industries facilitate access to private markets investments for their high- net-worth clients by providing intuitive, end-to-end technology and service solutions; education tools and resources; and robust diligence, compliance, and portfolio analytics capabilities. iCapital’s solutions enable organizations to streamline and scale their alternative investments operational infrastructure and to provide access to direct investments and feeder funds at lower minimums through simplified digital workflows. iCapital-managed platforms offer wealth advisors and their high-net-worth clients access to an extensive menu of private investments including equity, credit, real estate, infrastructure, structured investments, annuities and risk-managed solutions. iCapital has been recognized on the Forbes FinTech 50 list in each year 2018 through 2022, the Forbes America’s Best Startup Employers in 2021 and 2022, and MMI/Barron’s Industry Awards as Solutions Provider of the Year in 2020 and 2021. As of August 31, 2022, iCapital services more than US$138 billion in global client assets, of which more than US$31 billion are from international investors (non-US Domestic), across more than 1,100 funds. Employing more than 1,000 people globally, iCapital is headquartered in NYC and has offices worldwide including in Zurich, London, Lisbon, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Toronto.
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