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Who We Are

Our Mission: 
We prepare, connect, and accompany social entrepreneurs to raise the capital they need to scale up their impact. 

Our Vision:
A world where sustainable social businesses have access efficiently and fairly to good capital.

What does Kaya mean? 
Kaya means save and multiply in Mixteco, an ancient language and group of Mesoamerican people from Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Puebla. Kaya also has a positive significance in other languages around the world, including: home in Zulu, village in Swahili, prosperity in indonesian, and rock in turkish.  

Our Team

Antoine Cocle
Founder, CEO

Antoine is the CEO and founder of Kaya, where he leads the growth of the company as well as the investment advisory services. Before founding Kaya, Antoine led SVX Mexico's Venture Services and was the Managing Director and Co-Founder. Previously, Antoine consulted for a Mexican High Net Worth family helping them develop an impact investment thesis and was Director of Entrepreneur Services at Agora Partnerships, where he managed the accelerator and the Capital Advisory Services area. Before dedicating himself to fostering social entrepreneurship, he was working in the financial sector, at AXA and JPMorgan.

Antoine has a Master's in Public Administration from Columbia University and a Master in Business Engineering from the Solvay Business School (Belgium).


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Natalie Vergara
Director of Operations and Development

Natalie is Director of Operations and Development at Kaya, managing client relationships and investment advisory services. She has 9+ years of experience in finance and business consulting. Before joining Kaya, she worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO) promoting inclusive business models that generate social and economic value. Previously, she was at Accenture on capital market consulting services. She has also spent time as a business consultant for startups and provided advisory services on financial risk management.

Natalie has a Master's in Development Economics from Tor Vergata University (Italy) and a Bachelor´s in Industrial Engineering.


Iris Lau Castro
Associate

Iris is an Associate at Kaya, creating and validating financial models and statements. Iris has 4+ years of experience in finance with a focus in corporate finance. Before joining Kaya, Iris worked in Procter and Gamble Latin America headquarters for 3+ years where she held different positions doing financial analysis for Latin America beauty brands, managing the profitability of different countries and working in financial forecasting for Hair Care brands. Previously, she interned at Dinex Remittances, company located in Houston and at Hewlett Packard in the innovation department.

Iris has a Bachelor’s in Finance and a Business Model Innovation Certificate, both from Tecnológico de Monterrey.


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Héctor Mendoza
Associate

Héctor is an Associate at Kaya. He has 2+ years of experience working in management consulting. Before joining Kaya, he worked at Oliver Wyman advising various financial institutions across Latin America.

Héctor has a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and Systems from Tecnológico de Monterrey.


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Alger Torres
Financial Management Trainee

Alger is a Trainee at Kaya and is currently pursuing a degree in Financial Management from Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Alger manages our databases and performs other administrative tasks. He obtained the first place in "Fondo BBVA Bancomer", a university competition, where he designed an investment strategy that outperformed the "Indice Rentable".