Arturo Alvarez-Demalde is an internationally renowned venture capital and private equity expert whose academic and professional endeavors have allowed him to enjoy immersive cultural experiences throughout the Americas and much of Western Europe. These truly enlightening and enriching experiences helped to further reinforce Alvarez-Demalde’s belief in the importance of making a difference in the lives of people all over the world, especially those who are disadvantaged in any way, shape, or form.
Beginning with an example set in the private sector, Alvarez-Demalde has worked diligently to bring about meaningful change through the use of public works as well. The private equity expert has lent his experience and expertise to a wide range of critical causes, with a particular emphasis on education. Through his work with Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies as well as with ARIS (Asociación Civil de Apoyo a la Rehabilitación e Integración Social), Alvarez-Demalde has helped create educational opportunities for those who would not otherwise have access to such outstanding academic programs.
Given Alvarez-Demalde’s own exceptional academic background, it should be no surprise that Alvarez-Demalde has championed numerous causes dedicated to the expansion of educational opportunities to reach those lacking in access to these critically important opportunities. Alvarez-Demalde possesses firsthand knowledge of the opportunities created through academics, and he took full advantage of his own academic experience that began at the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires. Alvarez-Demalde then went on to earn a degree in economics from the University of Buenos Aires before completing his MBA at Harvard Business School.
Alvarez-Demalde has consistently demonstrated exceptional executive leadership capabilities throughout a professional career that includes previous experience with Siemens AG and Leadgate. As a manager with Siemens AG and a partner with Leadgate, Alvarez-Demalde possessed a strong track record of success and his wealth of specific expertise in matters involving due diligence, LBO, financial structuring, mergers, and valuation proved to be a remarkably beneficial resource.
1. What is your favorite thing about traveling?
I’ve lived all over the world — Argentina, Germany, the United States — so traveling makes it possible to visit and reconnect with friends and family.
2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?
It is a lifestyle that began with the opportunity to work with Siemens AG in Germany and study at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?
Argentina — whether it is Buenos Aires, the Andes, the grasslands of the Pampas, or the glacial lakes — will always be most beautiful in my eyes.
4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?
I’ll be heading to Germany to visit some old friends I have not seen in quite some time.
5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?
If possible, take advantage of any opportunity to be completely immersed in another culture. This is the best way to learn a new language and gain a new and valuable cultural perspective.
6. Where would you like to go?
I’d like to see the Far East — Japan especially.
7. Where would you like to revisit?
It has been a while since I last visited the Northeastern part of the United States, so I’d like to revisit New England as soon as possible — but hopefully during the autumn months.
8. Do you travel alone? Why?
Most of the time, yes, I do travel alone. I tend to prefer extended travel experiences, which is not necessarily convenient for most people.
9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Munich, Germany; San Jose, Costa Rica.
10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?
It depends on the length of the trip, but I rarely bring much more than a single carry-on bag.