An entrepreneur with extensive experience in international business, Arturo Alvarez-Demalde is able to bring an impressive degree of venture capital and private equity expertise to his role as managing partner. Alvarez-Demalde’s most recent venture clearly plays to his many strengths and his specific entrepreneurial skill set, with AD4 enjoying rapid growth in the relatively short period of time since it was founded. Considering his previous professional experience and his wide-ranging areas of expertise, Alvarez-Demalde’s responsibilities as the managing partner represent an incredibly ideal fit.
Alvarez-Demalde’s professional career has taken him all over the world, including seven years spent near Munich, Germany, while working as a manager with Siemens AG. Alvarez-Demalde followed that experience with Siemens AG by taking a role as partner with Leadgate, where for seven years he leveraged his unique business acumen to lead the firm to impressive growth and near-immediate success in all aspects of its operations. With a consistent track record of exceptional achievement in all facets of the industry lasting for over a decade and a half, it is only makes logical sense that Alvarez-Demalde would continue to thrive in his current role as the managing partner.
The entrepreneurial success Alvarez-Demalde has enjoyed as a professional is at least due in part to his longstanding commitment to continuing education, which began in Argentina while attending and then graduating from both the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires and the University of Buenos Aires. Alvarez-Demalde then went on to earn an MBA from the Harvard Business School and continues to remain involved with his alma mater as an advisory committee member for the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. A constant supporter of programs and organizations that work to create educational and economic opportunities, Alvarez-Demalde remains involved with several non-profits, including ARIS, the Asociación Civil de Apoyo a la Rehabilitación e Integración Social.
What was your best/favorite subject in school?
It has always been economics, especially the role economic empowerment can play in creating opportunities and promoting social justice.
What was your first job?
I worked in agriculture in a number of different roles before I went off to college in Buenos Aires.
Where and how did you first get into the industry you currently work in?
Entrepreneurship, venture capitalism and private equity have always been interests of mine, and those interests really grew at an exponential rate while I attended Harvard Business School.
How have those jobs prepared you for what you do now?
I’ve held many diverse roles and responsibilities relating to international business over the years, and that has certainly helped prepare me for my current role.
Describe the best day of work you’ve ever had.
Every day is enjoyable in so many ways, and I always look forward to connecting with our clients and beginning a mutually beneficial professional relationship.
How do you keep yourself motivated?
I know the kind of impact my company is capable of generating, so I am motivated to ensure all of our clients are able to experience the greatest potential outcome across every circumstance.
What kind of business ideas excite you most?
Profitability goals are obviously critical, but I am most excited about ideas that strive to provide a solution to larger societal issues.
Have you ever tried any unorthodox techniques to attract attention to your business?
I wouldn’t characterize it as unorthodox; let’s just say our preference is to utilize unique marketing strategies.
What personal achievement are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being able to remain involved with volunteer efforts and charitable causes throughout my professional career.
What wisdom you would have liked to share with yourself when you first started out?
Take some time to step back and enjoy progress no matter how incremental it may be.
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