Our team

Mark Kavelaars
Founding Partner

Managing Partner and Co-founder of Swanlaab. Part of the Investment Comittee

Mark has +25 years managerial experience in tech, marketing and investments. He is the owner of IVC and Venture Partner of Crescendo VP.

Board Member of Sales Layer, Smart Protection, Coowry, Predictiva and Mysphera

Verónica Trapa
Partner

Verónica is Managing Director and part of the Investent Comittee at Swanlaab

Verónica has +10 years of experience as an entrepreneur as founder of Life&Colors and Tu Chef. Se has as +8 years experience in Venture capital and is Professor of Negotiation at ICADE.

Board Member of Unnax, Predictiva and Mysphera

Juan Revuelta
Partner

Juan is a General Partner and part of the Investment Comittee at Swanlaab

Juan has +14 years of Venture Capital Experience and +5 years as an engineer at LSI Logic and Texas Instruments. 

Board Member of IriusRisk, Odilo, Landbot and Observer at Kompyte

Yuval Avni
Partner

Yuval is General Partner and part of the Investment Comittee at Swanlaab

Yuval has +15-year experience in Venture Capital with roles in Giza Venture Capital, Crescendo VP and GPV. He is a Medical Doctor with 4-year clinical experience and has served in the Israel Defense Forces as an officer in an elite intelligence unit

Zvi Schechter
Partner

Zvi is General Partner an part of the Investment Comittee at Swanlaab 

Zvi co-founded Giza Group in 1985 and Giza Venture Capital in 1992, following 20 years of experience in private equity, investment banking, research and company valuations.

Jaime Gil-Delgado
Principal

Jaime is Principal at Swanlaab

Jaime has +4 years of Venture Capital and +4 years of Investment Banking & Amazon experience.

Board Observer at Odilo, Sales Layer, Landbot and Pulpo

Tal Mizrahi
Partner

Tal is General Partner and part of the Investment Comittee at Swanlaab

Tal joined Giza Venture Capital in 2005 and is responsible for finance, accounting, administration and tax issues, and contributing his financial expertise to the different funds investment activity. 

Zeev
Zeev Holtzman
Founding Partner

Zeev is General Partner and Co-founder of Swanlaab

Zeev co-founded the Giza Group in 1985 and Giza Venture Capital in 1992. He was also a representative of Credit Suisse First Boston and Alex Brown in Israel; held top positions in the largest Israeli financial institutions and in Technion.

Juan Orbea
Analyst

Juan is an Analyst at Swanlaab Venture Factory.

While he obtained his Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Business Administration (E-3) from ICADE, Juan worked as an Analyst at multiple alternative asset managers in Spain and Israel, the last two of them being VC firms.

As a side project, he is a Content Curator on Sublime Internet Inc. (formerly known as Startupy), a human-curated search engine for meaningful intellectual insights. Juan spun-off a Substack (Infopunk) from his contributions to Startupy.

Paloma
Team Assistant

Paloma is a Team Assistant at Swanlaab. Prior to joining Swanlaab, Paloma worked for over 20 years as a Team Assistant. For the past 14 years, she has worked in and supported various departments, including General Management and Presidency, Project Management, Administration, Quality, Human Resources, Reception, Purchasing, Sales, and Marketing. Her responsibilities have also extended to organizing events and managing travel arrangements.

    Angel Santos
    General Partner

    Angel is General Partner and part of the Investment Committee of the Agri-Food Tech Fund.

    Angel has +12-year experience investing in scientific technology-based innovation across 2 funds, with €50m AUM. He was Managing Partner at CRB Inverbio.

    Dr. Xana Belastegui
    Partner

    Xana is Partner and Chief Investment Officer of the Agri-Food Tech Fund.

    Xana has+ 15-year experience in the public and private biotech and Agri-Food sector. She has a solid R&D, soft financing, IP, regulatory, product development, business and operations expertise.

    Dr. Nora Alonso
    Partner

    Nora is Partner and Chief Investment Officer of the Agri-Food Tech Fund.

    Nora has +15-year experience in the biotech and Agri-Food sector. She has been CEO & Co-founder of an Agri Tech company during different stages of growth. Vast experience in strategic, funding and day-to-day operations with cross-functional teams.

    Mark Kavelaars
    General Partner

    Mark is General Partner and part of the Investment Committee of the Agri-Food Tech Fund.

    Mark has +25 years managerial experience in tech, marketing and investments. He is the owner of IVC and Venture Partner of Crescendo VP.

    Board Member of Sales Layer, Smart Protection, Coowry, Predictiva and Mysphera

    Roger Salameh
    Partner

    Roger is Partner and part of the Investment Committee of the Agri-Food Tech Fund.

    Roger has+ 30-year experience in the agricultural technology sector. He has been COO of a publicly traded company and Board Member in multiple technology ventures. He proves balanced experience on the needs of growth-oriented companies. 

    Verónica Trapa
    General Partner

    Verónica is General Partner and part of the Investment Committee of the Agri-Food Tech Fund.

    Verónica has +10 years of experience as an entrepreneur as founder of Life&Colors and Tu Chef. Se has as +8 years experience in Venture capital and is Professor of Negotiation at ICADE.

    Board Member of Unnax, Predictiva and Mysphera

    Claudia Jiménez
    General Partner

    Claudia is General Partner and member of the Investment Committee of the Agri-Food Tech Fund. She has a proven record in the development and scale up of companies, leading through to successful exits for investors (TiGenix 2018, Algenex 2022). She is skilled in Business & Corporate Development, Fundraising, M&A, Investor Relations, Communications and Corporate Governance.

      Paloma
      Team Assistant

      Paloma is a Team Assistant at Swanlaab. Prior to joining Swanlaab, Paloma worked for over 20 years as a Team Assistant. For the past 14 years, she has worked in and supported various departments, including General Management and Presidency, Project Management, Administration, Quality, Human Resources, Reception, Purchasing, Sales, and Marketing. Her responsibilities have also extended to organizing events and managing travel arrangements.

        Aitor Sancho
        Co-founder and Director

        Fund Manager with a long background analyzing companies and supporting entrepreneurs and > 15 years investing in micro-caps and tech startups. Seasoned in entrepreneurship and board leadership.

        Sara Pérez
        Partner & Operating Manager
        >10 years experience as Commercial Banking Relationship Manager in Banks and Insurance Companies, and back-office operations in Prevention of Money Laundering and Investment Companies. MBA.
        Monte Davis
        Partner

        Serial Entrepreneur with > 25 years leading both early stage and multinational companies in US, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Seasoned in growth through acquisition and post-merger integrations. MBA, Stanford GSB MSc, IESE.

        Alejandro Moya
        Co-Founder & Director

        Operator with > 5 years of experience in Management Roles in S&S distribution businesses and PMI activities. During +7 has lived a full cycle in succession and management of a SME. Co Founder of a Startup and IESE EMBA.

        Juan Revuelta
        Partner

        Juan is a General Partner and part of the Investment Comittee at Swanlaab

        Juan has +14 years of Venture Capital Experience and +5 years as an engineer at LSI Logic and Texas Instruments. 

        Board Member of IriusRisk, Odilo, Landbot and Observer at Kompyte