Meet The Team
James began his career at ITV before moving to Latin America to write for local,
English-language newspapers. He eventually returned to Britain to write for Television Business International and cover the European equity markets for the Forbes.com London bureau. That was followed by another extensive spell in Latin America, covering the region for international energy magazines such as Oil and Gas Investor. He returned, again, to London to work for MoneyWeek and also wrote investment reports for Barclays, Aberdeen Asset Management and The Daily Telegraph. In 2013 he left MoneyWeek to become the Editor of LatAm INVESTOR, the UK’s only Latin America-focused finance magazine. He now splits his time between London and Latin America, interviewing CEOs, government ministers and presidents about how political and business trends impact investment opportunities in the region.
A qualified Lawyer in the Bar of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Carla has considerable experience of working in that country’s legal system. In a short but varied career she has had spells working in the Superior Court of Justice and the Galapagos Islands before moving to Argentina to specialise in International Private Law. Throughout her legal career she has maintained an interest in media, writing for Ecuadorian newspapers and producing Swedish policy research. In London for the last five years she specialised in online media, working for Unruly Media and Kantar Media Intelligence, before joining LatAm INVESTOR.
Upon graduating from the University of Southampton in Economics & Politics, Daniel moved straight to Madrid to join Ahorro Corporación Financiera as a derivatives sales trader. After proving himself on the dealing desk he later progressed to the investment banking division of Spanish/Latam bank BBVA. Initially spending four years selling plain vanilla equity derivatives to Spanish institutional clients, he has since returned to the UK to work for the bank’s London office. His current role, providing research and insight to hedge funds and asset managers, makes him an essential member of LatAm INVESTOR’s Editorial Advisory Board.
An experienced business journalist Sam Joll has travelled the world and delivered investment reports on everywhere from Singapore to Belgium. He has a host of titles on his CV, ranging from industry-specific magazines such as Chemical Week and Business New Europe to country profiles for the likes of the Commonwealth Business Council.
The UCL graduate cut his teeth Royal Bank of Scotland’s corporate finance division. After several years in the City he turned his skills to international financial journalism at Global Business Reports. Here, Ali worked with leading institutions, such as the Commonwealth Business Council, to develop valuable investment reports across emerging markets. Ali has also written several books, including the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking Guide.
Cris is a CFA charterholder with more than a decade of experience analysing investment, finance and business issues in emerging markets. As an independent researcher, he has produced research, commentary and analysis for a wide variety of clients, including asset managers, brokerages and financial information publishers. Prior to specialising in emerging markets, he worked in pensions and insurance consultancy at one of the Big Four accountancy firms and energy and commodity market intelligence at two leading analysis and data providers for the oil and gas industry. Cris’s diverse background gives him unusual insight into the many factors that drive EM capital markets and makes him a vital addition to the LatAm INVESTOR team.
Adriana Curiel – Finance Journalist
Adriana is a Mexican journalist with more than a decade of experience covering politics in her early days before switching to finance and business. She has extensive knowledge of the general business landscape in the region of Mexico and Latin America with a strong background covering small and medium business enterprises (SMEs). During more than five years she worked for the well-known financial newspaper in Mexico, El Financiero and collaborated in several specialized publications such as the infrastructure magazine Obras, which is part of Grupo Expansion. Adriana is currently focused on the M&A market in Mexico, she is a Mexican correspondent for Mergermarket, a Financial Times Group publication.
Louisa Reynolds – Finance Journalist
The Guatemala-based UCL graduate is a former editor of Central America Report. Freelancing since 2012 her work has been published in both Spanish and English in a variety of local and international media outlets including Plaza Pública, Estrategia&Negocios, El Periódico, Proceso, Revista Diners, Revista Avianca, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Noticias Aliadas, Inter-Press Service, Latin America Database, Jane’s Foreign Report, CBS and CBC radio. In 2013, Louisa won the Gold Standard Award for Excellence in Economics and Business Journalism for an article on inclusive and sustainable corporate models published by Estrategia&Negocios.
Darwin Cruz Fiestas – Finance Journalist
Darwin is a Peruvian journalist that has specialised in business and economics for more than a decade and written for several of his country’s leading financial papers. He has been recognised by the Thompson Reuters Foundation, which granted him a scholarship, and the Spain’s Institute of External Commerce (ICEX). He currently writes for Diario el Commercio and has a special focus in free trade agreement negotiations.
Victor Bulmer-Thomas – Academic Contributor
Victor is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, where he was Director from 2001 to 2006. He is Emeritus Professor of London University and Honorary Professor at the Institute of the Americas, UCL. He is the author of many books on Latin America and the Caribbean, including most recently The Economic History of the Caribbean since the Napoleonic Wars.
Manuel Cardozo – Academic Contributor
A historian from the Industrial University of Santander, where he specialised in the origins of the Latin American prison system, Manuel has practical experience in the field through several social projects in Colombia with international NGOs, such as ACNUR and MISEREOR. He has written many opinion pieces extensively about the conflict in Colombia and the consequences for the region.
Fluent in five languages, Felix has extensive experience in the Southern Cone. He headed up a real estate investment advisory firm for six years in Buenos Aires, gaining insight into the opportunities and challenges that face international investors in the region. Used to working across sectors – from residential to agricultural – Felix is a ‘hands-on’ advisor that specialises in taking deals from planning through to completion. He is now responsible for LatAm INVESTOR’s real estate coverage and Southern Cone stories.
Dr. David Grover works on the economics of innovation new technology under climate and energy policy. He is a Research Associate at the London School of Economics and an Honorary Research Associate at University College London. He helps LatAm INVESTOR readers understand the spread of renewable energy technology in Latin America.