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Actis promotes Neda Vakilian and Davi Carvalho Mota to partner

02 April 2024
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LONDON, 2 April 2024:  Actis, a leading global investor in sustainable infrastructure, has announced that Neda Vakilian, Head of Actis’ Investor Solutions Group, and Davi Carvalho Mota, Director in Actis’ Long Life Infrastructure strategy, have both been promoted to partner effective 1 April 2024.

Neda joined Actis in January 2022 and is based in London where she is responsible for leading Actis’ capital raising initiatives and strategic investor programmes. Neda plays a key role in building and managing relationships with investors and delivering the growth ambitions of the firm. Neda was also instrumental in forming Actis’ partnership with General Atlantic, which signed in January 2024.

During her near 20-year career, Neda has worked across private capital markets, business development, and fundraising. Before joining Actis, Neda was Co-Head of Capital Solutions and Investor Relations for Amber Infrastructure. In this role, she was responsible for sales, client servicing, and product development, and was an investment committee member and board director across strategies. Prior to this, Neda worked at Macquarie Capital and the Green Investment Bank (now the Green Investment Group) where she was a leading member of the team, responsible for raising what was, at the time, the largest renewables fund in Europe.  She began her career as a solicitor, working at Clifford Chance and SJ Berwin in the private equity, fund formation teams. Following her promotion, Neda will join Actis’ leadership team.

Davi joined Actis in 2019 and is based in Sao Paulo in Brazil. He has over a decade of experience in the infrastructure sector in Latin America. Alongside his role at Actis, Davi also sits on the boards of three of Actis portfolio companies in Latin America, El Pelicano, HRZ Transmissoras and Eolicas Babilonia, a solar generation business, an energy transmission business and a wind energy generation business respectively. At Actis, Davi has played a key role in expanding and growing Actis’ assets in Latin America, most notably with the launch of a new transmission lines platform in Brazil.

Before joining Actis, Davi was an Investment Director at Patria Investimentos where he was responsible for leading investments in infrastructure sub-sectors including power, toll roads, and sanitation. During his time at Patria, he led or played a key role in several acquisitions in the infrastructure space. Davi also had the responsibility of managing and monitoring portfolio companies’ performance. Prior to Patria, Davi worked for AT Kearney and Bain & Company, leading strategic consulting projects in different industries, including airlines, textile manufacturing, and export agriculture. Davi holds a BSc. in Aeronautical Infrastructure Engineering from ITA (Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica) and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.

Torbjorn Caesar
Torbjorn Caesar, Chairman and Senior Partner at Actis, said: “As Actis continues to drive returns for its Limited Partners through investing in critical sustainable infrastructure, I’m delighted to announce these two very well-deserved promotions. Our investors are looking for deeper, more strategic GP relationships and Neda’s energy, leadership and technical expertise is invaluable to cultivate these crucial relationships that underpin our fundraising efforts. Finding the best risk adjusted opportunities for our investors is the driving force behind our investment strategy and we’ve seen Latin America become an increasingly important market for us. Davi’s deep knowledge of the market in Brazil coupled with his deal-making expertise will help us continue to expand our footprint in the region. Congratulations to them both and I look forward to my continued work with two such talented colleagues.”
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