Ariel Pfeffer
Venture Capital - Marketing

Ariel Pfeffer, founder and CEO of the Group, has been actively involved in the Direct Marketing business in Latin America for the past thirty years.

From 1984 to 1989, as the CEO of Office Generale Publicitaire for Latin America, he created catalog companies in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Uruguay and Brazil. From 1990 to 2004, Ariel was based in Brazil and was the chairman and CEO of his own Direct Response TV company, which included catalogs, credit card syndication programs, print advertising and e-marketing. Since 2005, he has founded several companies like and, among others.

Ariel has spoken at several high profile business events, including conferences and trade shows of the Electronic Retailing Association, the National Infomercial Marketing Association, the Direct Marketing Association and the Brazilian Direct Marketing Association. Additionally, he is involved in several community service organizations. Ariel was formerly the President of the Junior Chamber of Uruguay (Jaycees), Vice President of the Fundo Comunitario do Estado de Sao Paulo, Director of the FISESP in Brazil, and a current board member of Piso 40 Club of Executives of Uruguay and Endeavor Uruguay. He is an active member of the Club of Business Angels of IAE in Argentina, co-founder of the Punta Tech Meet Up, and international board member of the Young Presidents' Organization - World Presidents' Organization (YPO-WPO).

Since 2013 he has been a dedicated columnist of marketing strategies at newspaper El Observador and in 2015 he was elected by Ernst & Young as a Global Growth Coach. Ariel was born in Montevideo and graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Uruguay.  

You can follow him on twitter @arielpfeffer.

Roberto Saint-Malo
Venture Capital - IT

Roberto is the Founder and Managing Partner of Beta Angels Management LLC and is based in Madrid. Since 1995, he is dedicated to venture capital, having led 20 investments directly and supervised many others. Roberto has invested in companies based both in the US, Europe, Israel and Latin America. Direct operations have returned several times the invested capital, and include efforts such as eDreams (Spain), Eyesquad (Israel) and Global Energy (US/Costa Rica). Roberto currently manages the investments of BetaAngels in Corephotonics (Israel) and Clover Food Lab in Boston, US, where he is also a board member.

Roberto was born and raised in Panama. He graduated from Dartmouth College (BA, Computer Science with honors Summa Cum Laude) and Harvard Business School (MBA). He has been a member of YPO / WPO since 1992 and recognized as Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is a citizen of Panama and Spain, proud father of 3 children and tries to keep his golf handicap in a one figure score.

Stephan Lobmeyr
Disruption and Innovation

Stephan Lobmeyr is currently Partner at Capital D and Managing Director of Change Capital Partners. Before joining Change Capital, Stephan was director of Hicks Muse, Tate & Furst, which he joined in 1999 and was part of the team that started the European operations of Hicks Muse and its European Fund invested EUR 1.5bn. During his years at Hicks Muse, Stephan held several public offerings, financings, mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Hicks Muse, Stephan spent six years as a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, later as Director at its offices in Paris and Buenos Aires. Stephan has an MBA from IESE, Barcelona and a degree in commerce Wirtschaftsuniversität, Vienna.

Bettina Karsch
HR / Strategy

Bettina was part of Boltendahl International at the operating level from 1997 to 2005, now maintaining an External Advisory role. Before Boltendahl she has worked at Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt, and Roche Laboratories in Montevideo. After Boltendahl, Bettina has worked in Penna PLC, in Vestas as HR Director and lately as HR Director of Vodafone Spain and Germany. She specializes in human resources and strategy.

She concluded her studies of economics at Brown University, US, with an acknowledgment "Magna Cum Laude" and a Masters in International Business at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, France. She speaks and writes fluent German, English, French and Spanish.

Roger Roessink
Food Sector / Export-Import

Roger began his career in 1984 at Price Waterhouse in London, later moving to Madrid. The main activities performed within Price Waterhouse where the audit of the banking sector and the work of "due diligence" in different shopping and MBOs. In 1990, he joined the Department of International Finance Bank to develop programs Hispano debt conversion and privatization in South America. Participates in the privatization of telephone services, airlines and highways in Argentina and Chile.

In 1994, he joined as International Director of Leche Pascual Group's strategy to develop exports and investments abroad. In 1999 creates a foreign trade company specializing in export and trading of dairy and meat products.

Roger holds a degree in Biology from Imperial College - University of London and Chartered Accountant in England and Wales.