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Co-founder & Managing Director

Rodolfo founded MainStreet Partners in 2008 to invest in businesses that generate a combination of financial returns and positive impact on society and the environment. Prior to this he served as an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, in charge of developing business opportunities with institutional investors, distributors and consultants across southern Europe. Rodolfo covered a similar position at Franklin Templeton Investments, co–heading the Italian institutional department. He also held positions at Salomon Smith Barney and started his career at the Italian Trade Commission in Hong Kong as market analyst. He graduated at Bocconi University in Milan. Rodolfo is a Chartered Financial Analyst, member of the UK CFA Society, member of the Italian advisory board to the G8 impact investment taskforce, and board member of Opes Foundation. A keen cyclist, he took a year off in 2007 to realize his dream of crossing South America by bicycle, from Quito in Ecuador to Ushuaia in Argentina across Peru, Bolivia and Chile.

Research Associate

Enrico joined MainStreet Partners in 2014. His previous professional track record includes positions at the Brunswick Group, KAE, and Nardello&Co where he provided management consultancy, operational due diligence and country analysis to clients in the financial industry. He obtained a Master degree in International Policies from the Catholic University of Milan and a Master of Arts in Global Political Economy at City University London, with final dissertations concerning the economic development of Next Eleven and BRICs countries. He is member of nonprofit organizations and contributor to different think tanks, in which he writes about international economics, economic policy and sustainable development.

Investment Associate

Daniele joined MainStreet Partners in 2015 during his studies at ESCP Europe. At ESCP Europe he completed a Master in Management with major in Finance. Prior to this, he obtained a Bachelor degree at the University of Turin in Business Administration with distinction. During his studies, Daniele completed an internship at Indesit Company and Quadrivio SGR and collaborated in different student associations.

Investment Analyst

James joined MainStreet in August 2017. Prior to joining MainStreet Partners, James consulted for an offshore impact investment advisory firm after graduating with distinction from the MBA Programme at INSEAD in July 2016. Previously, he was a corporate lawyer at Allen & Overy Hong Kong focusing on M&A, restructuring and capital markets. James also holds an LLB (Hons) with Chinese Law from the University of Nottingham with his final dissertation concerning the enforcement of intellectual property rights in China.

Senior Business Development Advisor

Luca started his career in London in 1991 at Minerva Consulting, a derivative training and consulting firm. In 1996 he joined the Italian Stock Exchange in Milan as Co-Head of its Equity Derivative Division. In 1998 he returned to London to join Schroders in Institutional Equity Derivative Sales and from early 2000 he ran the Italian Corporate Derivative desk at Citigroup. In late 2001, Luca joined the Equity Capital Markets team of Goldman Sachs and subsequently in 2003 set up the Milan branch of Nexgen Group (now Natixis Corporate Solutions). In 2005 he joined Barclays Capital to expand its Strategic Equity Derivative business and in 2008 he became Head of Italian Investment Banking, a position he held until the end of 2011. In February 2012 he joins Eidos Partners, a Milan-based independent advisory boutique focused on mid-cap corporate finance and capital markets advisory services. Luca holds a Degree in Economics from “Ca Foscari” University in Venice.

Research Associate

Susana joined MainStreet Partners in August 2018. Her previous professional track record includes ten years of international experience in sustainability analysis and ESG rating, having previously worked for ECPI Group in Milan and BlueBay in London, where she developed research methodologies and analytical tools to evaluate the sustainability aspects of corporate entities in many different sectors and geographies. She also has previous experience in accounting at Siemens in Lisbon. Susana graduated in Economics at the University of Porto and holds a Master in Management of Social Enterprises from Bocconi University in Milan.

Marketing and Operations Analyst

Cecilia joined MainStreet in October 2017. She graduated in International Economy from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice with final dissertation concerning the economic impact of small and medium enterprises in the European Union. She moved to London during her studies in 2015 to complete an internship within the furniture sector and soon after specialised and worked as sales administrator and customer advisor in an Italian furniture company. Because of her keen interest in social and environmental matters, she decided to enter the sustainable investment industry.

Senior Investment Advisor

Rogers has worked for over 35 years in emerging markets with leading financial institutions. This included 15 years with Deutsche Bank in Asia where he was the Managing Director of Deutsche Bank (Asia-Pacific) Ltd in Hong Kong and Singapore. He also held the position of Director, Financial Institutions at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development from 1996 to 2004. There he designed and managed EBRD’s successful Trade Finance Program. He joined IFC in 2004 as a Senior Advisor to establish its Global Trade Finance Program. He also designed and established IFC’s recently implemented Supply Chain Finance Program. The Trade Finance programs at EBRD and IFC have provided over $30 billion in guarantees and financing to over 250 banks in more than 90 developing countries and have received several industry awards. Rogers has been a non-executive Director at FIMBank in Malta since December 2006.

Vincent Gradt
Senior Investment Advisor

Vincent has over 15 years’ experience in investing across several sectors, regions and instruments, focusing primarily on innovative solutions. He has a proven track record (8 years +) as lead portfolio manager across different market cycles. Prior to this, he worked at AXA Investment Managers (one of the top 20 asset manager in 2017, with more than 700 bn EUR under management), where he served as Head of Impact and Thematic Investing. During his time there, he led the impact investing program, structuring, sourcing, analyzing and executing one of the largest initiative in the space. Vincent also gained on the ground operational experience in Emerging Markets. He embarked his family on a long South East Asian trip in 2016 and first settled in Cambodia, where he worked for leading rural Microfinance Institutions and volunteered as a mentor for local Impact Incubation platforms. Graduated from the ESSEC Business School, Vincent is a CFA Charter holder.

Marketing Director

Steve brings over 19 years of experience in finance across a wide range of areas including traditional capital markets, SME finance, as well as pioneering work in impact investing. Prior to Main Street Partners, Steve worked with Geneva Capital, an advisory boutique based in Geneva specializing in ESG investment and impact investment upon moving to Switzerland. Recently, Steve was the head of finance of ByFusion, an environmental technology startup which converts plastic waste into a 100% recycled building material. He co-founded Mission Markets, a pioneering fintech startup focused on capital raising for impact companies and funds. Previously, he was part of the investment team with the Media Development Investment Fund, a mission-driven investment fund for independent media businesses. Prior to his work in the impact space, he spent 7 years in institutional equities and fixed income sales with Bank of America Securities as well as time with Citibank and Goldman Sachs. Steve began his career in microfinance with FINCA International in Washington, DC and Ecuador, and then worked in Los Angeles with a community development financial institution (CDFI). Steve holds a Masters in International Affairs in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in International Political Economy from UC Berkeley. Steve is married with two, small children.

Co-founder & non-executive Director

Andrea founded MainStreet Partners in 2008. Andrea started his career at Goldman Sachs where he joined the Private Wealth Management department in London as a Financial Analyst focusing on High Net Worth Individuals. He then joined the Asset Management division, first in the New York office, and then in the Milan office as Associate in charge of developing the Italian and southern Swiss institutional, corporate and retail business focusing on mutual funds, alternative investments and separate accounts. Andrea graduated as Industrial Engineer from the Milan Polytechnic.

Senior Investment Advisor

Joe Colombano is currently Economic Advisor in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Joe is an economist with over fifteen years of experience in emerging markets, and his work focuses on addressing the macroeconomic challenges of low- and middle-income countries. Joe’s experience covers a wide range of sectors and regions, including international finance and banking in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Previous to his current position, Joe built a career in development finance, first at the World Bank in Washington DC., and later in London, at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, including as advisor to its Board of Directors. As a banker, Joe worked with corporate parties and governments to co-invest in project finance transactions in the infrastructure sector. He also lived in the Congo, where he advised the Central Bank on monetary policy. He received his graduate degrees from the University of Warwick in the UK and Harvard University in the U.S.