Hugo Mendes, Chief Financial Officer for the Macauto Group, has been appointed as Senator to the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum. Senator Mendes represents Portugal in the International Finance Committee of the Grand Assembly.
Hugo Mendes is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Macauto Group, the second-largest producer of automotive sunshades in the world; the company is listed on the Taiwan OTC Exchange (TWO) and headquartered in Tainan, Taiwan. He serves as a senior strategy advisor to the CEO and senior executives. Prior joining Macauto, he was CFO of the Asia Supply Chain for the Hong Kong-based Vivarte Group, and North China CFO for Decathlon Group, where he was based in Shanghai. He is a national Certified Public Accountant (CPA) of the Portuguese Order of Certified Accountants (OCC). Having graduated from the Oporto Polytechnic business school with a double degree in Accounting and in Finance, Mr Mendes is also a real estate developer, investor and entrepreneur. He is the founder and Managing Director of a real estate boutique and consulting firm that is committed to helping foreign investors find the best investments in Portugal. Furthermore, he is a member of the Lisbon Business Angels Club and a regular panel speaker at CFO roundtables, the CFO Innovation Hong Kong Forum, the FP&A Innovation Summit–Hong Kong as well as in investing and business angel-related events.
Rui Falcao, Co-founder and Angel Investor at REDangels, has been appointed as Senator to the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum. Senator Falcao represents Portugal in the International Academic Committee of the Grand Assembly.
He is a professional angel investor, co-founder and managing partner of REDangels, the leading angel group in Portugal comprising more than 50 angel investors from 8 countries. Coming initially from a software engineer background, Rui was a serial entrepreneur of the internet booming days, participating as entrepreneur and angel investor in more than 20 startups in technologies and communications sector. Rui has the complete experience of the entrepreneurial cycle going from founding stage, validation, grow and internationalization, failure and successful exits. Rui has received several awards during his career, regarding entrepreneurship and creativity. He was founder and board member of professional associations such as multimedia, management and business angels, always committed with common good for society. Actually, his passion and effort is driven to develop a professional angel network brand and support gatekeepers and angel groups to become more professional, providing great angel experience and strong engagement. Rui was a university professor long time ago, before he decided to enter the entrepreneurial adventure. Recently, there is an extra life challenge to create taught and credibility about angel investing by finishing a PHD on angel investor perceived value.