Simon Commander is Altura's Managing Partner, he has extensive experience working with both public and private sectors in an advisory capacity. His focus has mainly been on emerging markets. He has worked in senior positions over an extended period of time in both the World Bank in Washington DC and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. At the latter, he was editor of the EBRD’s Transition Report from 2002-2009 and then, on a part time basis, Senior Adviser. Aside from his involvement with a large number of country lending programmes and policy discussions, he has had extensive experience working with investors and companies operating in emerging markets. He holds an undergraduate degree from Oxford University and a doctorate from Cambridge University. He has held faculty positions at Cambridge University and London Business School where he was the Director of the Centre for New and Emerging Markets between 1999 and 2008. He is also currently Professor of Economics at IE Business School, Madrid where he teaches a MBA course in Emerging Markets and the International Economy.
Zarela Feeney is Altura's Projects Director. She has many years experience in investment banking and management consulting. She held senior positions at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in London, Ernst & Young and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC where she worked in corporate finance, public-private sector transactions and project management in emerging markets in Latin America and Asia in the agribusiness, energy, telecoms, consumer services, transport, hotel and tourism sectors. She has considerable experience in working and negotiating with high-level management of major corporations, senior officials in governments and international financial institutions. She holds a MA from Marymount University and a MBA from George Washington University.