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Joanne Wedderspoon

Development Manager

Charities Aid Foundation

SPOTLIGHT ON SARA FELIZARDO

8 February 2021

We're delighted to announce that Sara Felizardo has recently joined the CAF Venturesome team as an Investment Executive.  Sara manages a portfolio of social investments across all funds, with responsibilities ranging from assessing investment applications to monitoring existing investee performances.

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TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR BACKGROUND

Born in sunny Portugal,  I studied Economics (BSc) and Finance (MSc) in my home country with short stints in really great places like Vienna and Maastricht. After that, I started my career in the financial sector with a focus in analysing credit risk. I interned in risk management of an asset management company and at the European Banking Authority, looking closely into the European Banking sector. This led me to London where I worked as a sovereign credit analyst first at Moody’s and then at Citigroup for the past five years, analysing mostly developing economies. While these experiences gave me an useful view of how markets operate and investors perceive risk, I realised that I wanted to use my skills to directly support organisations whose aim is to improve social outcomes. This perfectly aligned with CAF Venturesome‘s goal to support charities and social enterprises through social investment and help them achieve the change we want to see in the world, so I am very happy to embrace this challenge!

WHAT TYPES OF CAUSES ARE YOU MOST ATTRACTED TO?

Though I am very keen to work with charities and social enterprises from all sectors, as they all contribute and do their best to make our planet a better and fairer place, I am particularly interested in organisations that work directly towards tackling homelessness, promoting gender equality and supporting international development.

Want to know more? Talk to our team on 03000 123 300 or email us at venturesome@cafonline.org and we’ll be happy to help.

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