Our Team

We count on a dedicated, full-time team of professionals that are involved in the sourcing and analysis of startup projects for our Partners.

Leadership

With a passion for entrepreneurship, investment and innovation, Gonzalo founded Faraday Venture Partners in 2011 to promote and manage early stage investments for private investors.

Isaac, in turn, with relevant experience as a Business Angel, joined Faraday in 2012 as a Strategic Partner, gradually becoming one of our most important shareholders and clients.

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Managing Partner & CIO

Gonzalo Tradacete, CFA

Prior:
M&A Strategy Consultant: KPMG
Financial Analyst: Ecofin Ltd
Tech Consultant: Alternative Investments Funds
Investment Fund Auditor: PWC

Gonzalo became inspired to found Faraday in 2011 on the verge of becoming a father. After 10+ years of working in investment banking, strategy consulting and hedge funds in London and Madrid, 2011 was the year he decided to embark on his passion of becoming an entrepreneur. Having started out working from his family’s apartment, Faraday has since gone from strength to strength and today has offices in 3 European countries, over 220 Partners, over 28 portfolio companies and 3 Exits under its belt.

In his spare time, when Gonzalo is not spending time with his 2 girls, he’s usually composing or recording another of his many songs that usually passes their first audience test here in Faraday’s offices.

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Competition and exit strategy analysis

Isaac Benzaquen

Prior:
Founding Partner: Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund
Investment Manager: Arcano European Credit Fund
Investment Associate: Babock & Brown

Isaac came onboard at Faraday in 2012 and became an equity partner shortly afterwards. During the following years he also became an angel investor in several start-ups in Israel and Spain and founded Ben Oldman in 2013.

Isaac has an outstanding personal track-record as an independent investment manager and was awarded the 'Best European Emerging Manager' in 2014 for his role as Portfolio Manager of Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund. Additionally, Ben Oldman's funds have received several awards, amongst them, 'Best European Distressed Credit Fund' of 2016.

Managing Directors

Faraday’s communicating vessels between Clubs involves a network of Managing Directors in selected countries/regions, each of them a part of the Investment Committee and responsible for sourcing deals, managing investments made in their regions and empowering portfolio Startups.

Our Managing Directors are successful senior professionals with ample experience and wide-reaching connections in their local early stage investment/innovation ecosystems.

Jaime-Biel
Partner & Managing Director Spain

Jaime Biel, MBA

Prior:
M&A Strategy Consultant: KPMG
Financial Analyst: Procter & Gamble

Education:
Executive MBA: IESE
PhD Economics: Rey Juan Carlos University
BA, Law & Business: CUNEF

Jaime joined Faraday close to a year after it was founded by Gonzalo straight out of KPMG where he spent nearly three years in the M&A department and where he was able to forge his professional connection with Gonzalo. For Jaime, Faraday provided an opportunity to combine two of his biggest passions: entrepreneurship and finance, the former an aspect he was exposed to since childhood and which was instilled in him by his entrepreneurial family.

Jaime is our very own quintessential “Iron-Man” and sport junkie with a golf handicap that makes us green with envy.

Photo FX Fanard Managing Director Benelux
Managing Director Benelux

FX Fanard, MBA

Prior:
CFO: Cloudalize
Manager Transactions Advisory: EY

Education:
MBA: Solvay Business School
Master in Finance: ICHEC Enterprises
MSc in Civil Engineering Electromechanics: Univ. Catholique de Louvain

François-Xavier joined Faraday in 2021 as Managing Director Benelux. François-Xavier has worked both in the technical areas of Software Development, as well as in Transaction Advisory Services for Ernst & Young. In the last 7 years, François-Xavier has been immersed in the Belgian and Dutch ecosystems as Manager for the Access to Finance department of EIT Digital, backed by the European Union, as Business Angel and as CFO and CRO for a Deeptech Startup, Cloudalize.

François-Xavier, with extensive experience and network in both Belgium and the Netherlands, will help us build, leverage and develop our Faraday business model in three of the most interesting ecosystems in Europe.

Leading our Junior Team

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Investment Associate

Diego Ruiz-Orfila Chapa

Prior:
Corporate Finance: Crédit Agricole CIB
Search Fund Analyst: Namencis Capital

Education:
Business Administration: CUNEF

Diego joined Faraday as an Investment Associate in January 2022 after an internship with our Investment team.

Prior to joining Faraday, Diego was able to gain valuable experience at Crédit Agricole in the Corporate Finance department and at Namencis Capital as an analyst.

Diego, like many of us, is also multilingual and speaks Spanish, English and French fluently. He also speaks some German. Diego joins our long list of company sports aficionados with an excellent golf handicap and counts paddle tennis and skiing among his favourite sports.

From Faraday’s headquarters in Madrid, we provide operational support to our Managing Directors and analysis team, allowing them to focus on deal sourcing and portfolio companies’ empowerment. We divide this support into 3 core areas, each of them led by experienced senior professionals: Finance, Compliance & Legal Affairs and Communications and Marketing.

Composing our Finance Team

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Chief Financial Officer

Lucía Marinelli, MBA

Prior:
National Tax Supervisor: América Móvil
Sr. Tax Consultant: Deloitte Argentina

Education:
Master Finance: ESERP Business School
MBA: IME Business School

Lucía joined Faraday by way of Argentina having fulfilled a live-long dream of hers to study abroad and work in Europe. Lucía is our team’s financial accounting whiz having acquired substantial financial experience in Deloitte and América Móvil (Claro), as well as experience in Venture Capital, through her work at Iberdrola in the I+D+I department as a part of her MBA’s internship program with the University of Salamanca. Lucía is the heart of the Faraday family, and aside from handling the financial side of our business also provides tax and administrative support to our Partners and shareholders.

Lucía is exceptionally diligent and has a passion for solving problems and does not rest until solutions can be found. In her free time, Lucía loves to dance to any type of rhythm and aims to perfect her Italian language skills given her Italo-Argentine roots.

Luis Silva Gómez
Finance & Accounting Analyst

Luis Silva Gómez

Prior:
Investment Coordinator: Quálitas Compañía de Seguros, S.A.

Education:
Actuarial Science & Finance: Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
MBA: IMF Business School

Luis joined Faraday in January 2022 after an internship as Accounting and Finance Analyst to strengthen our Finance and Accounting department, led by Lucía Marinelli.

Prior to joining Faraday, Luis gained valuable experience with Quálitas Compañía de Seguros in Mexico as Investment Coordinator, having studied Actuarial Science and Corporate Finance at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

Luis is our "Master Genius" in all things Excel and our creative soul. In his spare time, he likes to draw and paint, mainly faces, which we later find on the whiteboards in our office.

Heading up our Compliance & Legal Affairs Team

Javier Contreras
Head of Compliance & Legal Affairs

Javier Contreras, MBA

Prior:
Head of Projects & Intern. Relations: ADICAE
Expert Group Counsel: Bank of Spain, EBA & EC

Education:
Executive MBA: ISNIB
BA, Law & Business: UAM

Prior to Faraday, Javier has spent over 10 years within the Finance and Legal sphere during which he’s worked with ADICAE providing financial and legal assessment to consumers. During this period, he was also asked to collaborate and lend his expertise legal counsel to several national and European institutions such as the European Commission, the European Banking Authority, the Bank of Spain and Better Finance.

Javier, much like Jaime, is a bit of a sports-fanatic having run Madrid’s 10k New Year’s run in professional time (35min 45sec). He’s now taken on his next challenge and is training for an “Iron-Man”. Aside from his exceptional achievements in sports, he also fulfils a vital role in our office as the main supplier of the cookie stash in times of need.

At the helm of our Communications & Marketing

Nicole S. Dobianer
Head of Communications

Nicole Dobianer, PhD

Prior:
Account Manager: Gong Communications
Media Consultant: Sterling Media & Bell Pottinger

Education:
PhD, Hispanic Studies: Kent
BBA, Marketing: Kent

Nicole joined Faraday in 2018 as Head of Communications and Marketing after she moved from London to Madrid. Nicole gained valuable experience as a Communications, Marketing and Public Relations professional having worked more than 5 years with a range of full-service PR and Marketing agencies in central London for clients in the financial and professional services sector.

Furthermore, Nicole, who’s Austrian, is multi-lingual and has lived in 4 European countries. She’s known to bring the most creative lunches to work, enjoys gardening, watching “Narcos” and had a moment of fame in the blockbuster Quantum of Solace next to Daniel Craig.

Álvaro Victori Rosa
Head of Marketing

Álvaro Victori Rosa

Prior:
Performance Marketer: EasyToys
Digital Marketing Executive: Foison Textile

Education:
Master in Marketing Management: Seville Chamber of Commerce
BBA: University of Seville