WHO CAN HELP
Rafael Sarandeses joined Talengo in 2019 as a Principal to lead the financial services practice.
With a combined 20-year multicultural track record as a professional athlete, investment banker and entrepreneur, and a passion for career development, Rafael brings a deep understanding of performance and change management to the firm.
His career began as a professional racing driver (Spanish Formula 3 Champion in 1998). In 2005 Rafael joined the world of financial services in London, first at Goldman Sachs and later at Morgan Stanley, where he was the head of foreign exchange sales for Southern Europe until the end of 2013.
In 2014, he co-founded ThirdWay Africa, a merchant banking services firm focused on impact investment opportunities with offices in London, Maputo (Mozambique) and Harare (Zimbabwe). He served as Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer from inception, transitioning to an advisory role as an Affiliate Partner in 2019.
Rafael is an executive coach (Columbia Coaching Certification Program) and a certified habits coach (BJ Fogg's Behavioral Model). He is also an Associate Professor at IE Business School, where he collaborates with the IE Talent & Careers division in the development of professional and self-management skills, and as a career coach for students in their Master and MBA programs.
He holds a double master´s degree in law and business management from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE E-3). In addition to Spanish, his native language, Rafael is fluent in English, Italian and Portuguese, having worked and founded businesses in 5 countries in Europe and Africa.
Andrea Lowndes joined Talengo in 2014 as a Principal within the financial services practice both in Spain and Latam.
She began her professional career in the financial sector working in London for the Fund Manager F&C Asset Management and then in Rio de Janeiro for the Investment Bank BTG Pactual. In 1996, she joined the Executive Search market and, since then, has worked in New York, London and Madrid for leading companies within Wholesale Banking, Asset Management and Private Banking.
Boasting an international career spanning over 27 years, Andrea has an uncanny ability in management evaluation and search from a cultural diversity and different executive style perspective.
Andrea has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, USA, and works regularly in English, Portuguese and Spanish. She is a Bethencourt-certified Executive Coach and combines her professional activity with the practice of Executive Coaching. Andrea is a lecturer at the IE Business School.
Jorge Matiz Obregón
Jorge Matiz joined Talengo in 2014 to lead the Colombia office. With a professional track record spanning over 25 years, he specialises in the search for senior management positions for the finance sector.
For over 8 years, he worked for a renowned global executive search firm, where he led the finance practice advising local and international firms. He previously spent 16 years in different executive positions in the finance industry, in the corporate banking segments for entities such as Bancolombia, Leasing Sudameris and Banco GNB Sudameris. He spent his recent years working as a Private Banker, supporting the Banco General de Panamá in strengthening, developing and consolidating the business in Colombia.
Jorge holds a Business degree from the Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración CESA and studied Investment Banking at Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano and Top Management at the Universidad de los Andes.