Oryx Impact

A Little change
can add so much.

Make a difference with Oryx Impact

The story of the Oryx is a story of success, cooperation and collaboration between the private and public sectors on an international level: the reintroduction into the wild of an animal species that neared extinction by human action.

At Oryx Impact, we believe that we can address and alleviate some of the world’s challenges by investing with purpose. As we have seen with the Oryx, if we join all our talents and efforts, we can achieve great outcomes. So, let’s embark on building a better world for us all.

Our Mission

Oryx Impact mobilizes capital for investments in the African Continent, unlocking Africa’s growth potential and promoting sustainable and resilient societies, with the aim of reducing forced migration and regional and global inequalities.

Oryx Impact fosters the eco-system of impact fund managers investing in Africa, with a substantial focus on women-led and emerging fund managers.

Oryx Impact will channel funding to enterprises that generate local and regional jobs and economic development, mitigate climate change and promote gender equality, while generating attractive financial returns.


We are a global and diverse team combining passion, investment experience and determination to ensure maximum impact.

Our group of dedicated investment professionals have a significant financial track record and ample social and environmental expertise. Our team is comprised of people with diverse personal and professional backgrounds who share the conviction that building a better future for people and the planet is not only an opportunity to foster profitable and sustainable economic growth but also a responsibility to those around us and the generations to come.

Teresa Guardans

Founding Partner
More than 25 years of experience in investment banking, wealth management, and impact investing with SBC Warburg, UBS, Rothschild and Pictet. Driving the transition from traditional financial return driven portfolios into net positive impact investments.

Sebastian Waldburg

Founding Partner
Seasoned impact investor with significant experience in climate finance and venture capital. More than 25 years in the financial sector related to energy investments and private equity, with relevant exposure to emerging markets.

Lisa Hehenberger

Chief Impact Advisor – Advisory Committee Member
Professor at ESADE Business School and a recognized expert on impact measurement, impact investing and social entrepreneurship. Active in expert groups (EU, OECD, GSG, etc.) and advisory boards (Rubio, Creas) and former research and policy director of the European Venture Philanthropy Association.

Elena Pons

Investment Manager
Impact investment professional with over Impact investment professional with over 11 years of experience in impact investing, including roles as a Portfolio Manager and Director at MCE Social Capital, where she oversaw portfolios of impact investments across Africa, LatAm, and Asia.

Eva Abel

Investment Manager
Investment professional with over 11 years of investment experience, including Investment Banking in Nigeria, Venture Capital with Giza Polish Ventures, a Polish-Israeli VC firm, and Fund of Funds investing with the European Investment Fund in Luxembourg.

Maria del Mar Alberti

More than 30 years of experience in investment banking, wealth management with AB Asesores (Morgan Stanley), SBC Warburg and UBS. Founding Partner of a multi-family office offering governance and generational transition advisory to Spanish families.

Kanini Mutooni

Senior Executive Advisor – Advisory Committee Member
Renowned Impact investment practitioner. MD at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Senior Adviser at Toniic EMEA, Chair of AMREF Africa. Recently retired Chairperson of the Global Innovation Fund.

Timothy Llewellyn-Davies

Emerging impact investing professional with over 7 years of work experience in Impact Investing, Social Consulting, Business Development and IT Consulting. Timothy has worked and/or studied across five continents and holds an MBA from ESADE.

Beril Dora

7 years in investment banking covering power, utilities & renewables, financial institutions, EMEA real estate & structured finance and Sub-Saharan Africa corporates credit risk at J.P.Morgan in New York & London.

- Advisory Committee -

We are supported by an international and multidisciplinary advisory committee with extensive experience in the fields of entrepreneurship, business, asset management, impact investing, and technical assistance. The members of the Advisory Committee have set up and worked for a myriad of companies and institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Lisa Hehenberger and Kanini Mutooni are both part of the Executive Team and the Advisory Committee.

Nasser Ali Khasawneh

Chairman of a renown international law firm for the Middle East. Head of the Firm’s TMT Sector.

Xenia Hohenlohe

Successful entrepreneur with significant experience in sustainable management, Founding Partner at Considerate Group.

Alexander Sainsbury

Experienced financial investor and entrepre-neur with significant personal initiatives in the cultural field. Initiator of numerous philanthro-pic endeavors in education and development.

Julio Garrido Mirapeix

Former KPMG Partner and founder of the International Development Advisory Services Unit (IDAS), which managed over US$1,5bn in programs involving Global, Africa-wide, regional and country-specific Challenge Funds.

Grace Obado

Political Scientist with expertise in Internatio-nal Relations and Sustainable Development. Serves on the boards of Africa 2.0 International Foundation, Choiseul Institute, IE sustainable development club and Spain’s Casa Africa.​​