Andre Ramirez is the Investment Manager for Arowana Impact Capital (AIC), where he oversees different key investment projects for the company. He has more than a decade of experience in finance, particularly in banking and private equity.
Prior to joining Arowana, Andre worked for the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), one of the largest universal banks in the Philippines. He worked his way up through the ranks, taking on various roles that primarily focussed on credit and financial analysis. However, Andre’s desire to do more than just generate returns led him to leave banking and enter the impact investment space. He went on to join the Makati-based investment management firm, Pasudeco, where he was tasked with looking for business ventures aimed at improving people’s lives. His tenure at Pasudeco involved transitioning its management team towards impact investing.
Andre earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management at De La Salle University, Manila (Philippines).
Andre is a Manileño through and through, having spent most of his life in the Philippine capital. He speaks fluent Filipino and English, and because of his Spanish heritage, he has also learned how to speak a little bit of Español.
Though he got his start in the banking industry, Andre considers his transition towards private equity as his best career achievement so far. He is proud of being able to make a difference in the companies he has worked in by contributing to the growth and improvement of their businesses.
Andre expects that his work in Arowana will enable him not only to utilise all the skills he has learned throughout the years, but also let him fulfill his need to make a better world around him.
The secret to success? Being part of a team who has a common goal and to dedicate yourself to an idea, putting in the hard work until it’s fulfilled.
The best part about working at Arowana? Arowana has cultivated a culture where the individuals are all committed and driven towards a common goal. A bit like a sports team but with familial camaraderie.