International private equity and venture capital expert Arturo Alvarez-Demalde has enjoyed a remarkable professional career in which he has leveraged his success in the private sector to support critical public works. Emphasizing the importance of economic empowerment and access to academic opportunities, Alvarez-Demalde has played a pivotal role in the expansion of these opportunities through his efforts with ARIS and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
As a board member with ARIS — an acronym for the Asociación Civil de Apoyo a la Rehabilitación e Integración Social — Alvarez-Demalde has helped provide greater educational opportunities in Uruguay while fostering a sense of economic empowerment. As an advisory committee member with Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Alvarez-Demalde has been instrumental in support of the center’s mission to “contribute to democracy, social progress and sustainable development throughout the hemisphere.”
Alvarez-Demalde, whose education began in Argentina and continued in the United States, is a graduate of Harvard Business School and earned his MBA from the prestigious institution in 2002. Prior to his studies at Harvard, Alvarez-Demalde studied economics while attending the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires as well as the University of Buenos Aires. Alvarez-Demalde has previous experience with Siemens AG and Leadgate, relying on his expertise in private equity and venture capital while serving in executive leadership positions with both companies.
Do you know what steez is? If so, how do you express your steez?
English is not my first language, and, despite my fluency in the language (I also speak Spanish, Italian, and German), I have never heard of the term “steez” until this interview. Now that I have reviewed the term, I think that I express my steez through my philanthropic efforts — especially through the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
When you were younger what was your dream occupation?
Family has always been a priority to me, so my primary motivation was to seek a career that would allow me to comfortably support my family.
Who/What inspired you to get into your current field?
After studying economics and business administration, I felt a strong desire to pursue a field in which I could best utilize my expertise in private equity and venture capital.
What is one current trend that excites you?
I’m encouraged by the increasing focus on social entrepreneurship and the need to address systemic inequality.
What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?
I’m proud of the fact that I have been able to use my position of privilege to create increased access to educational opportunities and to demonstrate the possibilities associated with greater economic empowerment.
What do you think of social media? Has it made an impact on your professional career?
Social media has made it so much simpler to communicate on an international level. I only wish that social media had been available on such a massive scale when I first began my professional career.
If you were ever to start again, would you do anything differently?
I think I might have spread myself too thin when I first started out as a professional, so I would have sharpened my focus just a bit more from the outset.
What do you see for the future?
I see a future in which widespread equality results in improvements that benefit everyone and allow us to accomplish so much more as a society.
What’s one piece of advice you can tell our readers?
It is important to recognize that your success is the product of more than just your own hard work and talent. We all benefit from the support of others, so it is critical that we remain committed to giving back by supporting others in the same way we have been supported.