Xavier Pierluca is a Managing Partner at SIMA, which finances off-grid solar companies operating throughout the value chain. Prior to SIMA, Xavier was the Chief Investment Officer of Financial Services for Bamboo Finance leading a team of 11 investment professionals based in Bogota, Nairobi, Singapore and Geneva. Xavier structured complex investment and divestment transactions involving co-investors and several counterparties, family offices, Development Finance Institutions, Private Equity Fund and NGOs. With his team, he supported the transformation in regulated banks of five microfinance companies in diverse geographies. He lately had designed the strategy of the Bamboo Financial Inclusion Fund II, targeting microfinance / SME banks and Fintech companies including mobile payments/remittances, correspondent banking and peer-to-peer lending. He raised the fund in 2015 prior to joining SIMA. Previously, Xavier worked for the Deutsche Bank Microfinance Investment Funds with Asad and Michael where he arranged senior and subordinated/mezzanine financings in several countries, and structured several funds targeting microfinance and eye care companies. Prior to that, Xavier worked for five years as management consultant for Deloitte Consulting and Ernst and Young Corporate Finance in the United States and in France. He specialized in mergers & acquisitions and access to financing facilitation for mid-cap companies.