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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).


Natalie Vergara
Senior Associate

Natalie is a Senior Associate 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

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 Tec de Monterrey.

Tania Rodriguez Riestra
Strategy & Partnerships

Tania leads strategic partnerships at Kaya and is a founding member and director of  CO_Plataforma, a non-profit organization that supports the growth of innovative social and environmental impact initiatives through shared services. Tania´s main focus is to strengthen the quality of support infrastructure and technical assistance available to social enterprises in México in order to increase their impact across regions. She is co-founder of Connovo, a company focused of scaling successful social enterprises. She sits on the boards of Makesense, a global citizen volunteering platform, Socialab, a social challenges platform and Sistema B, the B-Corp entity in Latin America.

Before her work at CO_Plataforma, Tania co-founded and directed a social, environmental and design consulting firm working in large scale projects for government for more than 8 years.