The Team


Hamish Magoffin

Hamish Magoffin

managing partner

Hamish is Founder of HRM Global Investments, a diversified alternative investment and consulting firm, and through this company Hamish is involved in a variety of deals across industries and geographies in both the public and private markets. Examples of deals Hamish has worked on includes fund raising and M&A advisory for an East-African business services company, feasibility for a low-cost airport near Madrid, commercialisation of a composite materials company in Spain, and due diligence on a North-Sea oil investment platform.

Prior to founding HRM Global Investments, Hamish was in the Institutional Equities Division at Morgan Stanley in London where he traded equity derivatives and worked on proprietary structured transactions. Whilst based in London he worked closely with teams in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Hamish holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oxford (2011), and a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) from the University of New South Wales, Australia (2006). During his studies at Oxford, Hamish was an active member of the Finance and Entrepreneurship Oxford Business Networks, and the Oxford University Athletics Club. In addition to university studies he is also a CFA Charterholder.

hmagoffin@breakoffcapital.com

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Ricardo Celaya

Ricardo Celaya 

operating partner

Ricardo is co-founder of PIECE, a Mexican boutique consulting firm focused on Strategy, Innovation and Financing for Governments and Enterprises.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oxford (2011), and graduated with honors from a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from the Technological Institute of Monterrey, Mexico (2005). During his studies at Oxford, he served as president of the Social Entrepreneurship Oxford Business Network. Also, during his time in Oxford, he worked at Swicorp, a Private Equity fund in the Middle East. In 2010, he had the honor to be recognized as one of the Top 100 entrepreneurs of the Northeast of Mexico during the Monterrey Venture Capital Conference.

Ricardo's professional career started in 2006 at Xignux Group in Monterrey, Mexico. He worked for two years as a process engineer, implementing lean manufacturing systems in Mexico, Nicaragua and Brazil. In 2008, he worked in strategic planning, leading several commercial intelligence projects for the company in the US, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia. In 2011, he became the Strategic Intelligence Manager for the Group, obtaining a certification from the Academy of Competitive Intelligence in Boston.

In 2009, Ricardo cofounded ARTO, an art, design & communication agency. Today, ARTO has three successful business branches: ARTO Studio, a strategy and creativity boutique studio; Celaya Brothers Gallery, a contemporary art gallery; ALL CITY CANVAS, a street art media and production platform. Ricardo has a degree in Art & finance from the Sotheby's Institute in New York.

rcelaya@breakoffcapital.com

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Victor Hugo Celaya

Victor Celaya

Investor Relations Partner

Victor is President of the Board & co-founder of PIECE, a Mexican boutique consulting firm focused on Strategy, Innovation and Financing for Governments and Enterprises. 

From 2013 to 2015, Victor served as Creative and Innovation Director of the transnational direct sales company Omnilife, which has presence in more than 21 countries. He currently serves as member of the board of the Angelica Fuentes Foundation, a non-governmental organization devoted to empower women economically in Latin America. 

He holds a Masters Degree in Politics & Mass Media from the University of Liverpool (UK). Through his studies, he worked to understand the relationship between the mass media and politics in modern democracies, with special emphasis on Britain.  After his Masters, he worked in the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service at the Headquarters in New York. Prior to his studies in the United Kingdom, Victor received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science from the Technological Institute of Monterrey (Mexico).

In 2009, Victor also cofounded ARTO, an art, design & communication agency with three business branches: ARTO Studio, Celaya Brothers Gallery and ALL CITY CANVAS.

vhcelaya@breakoffcapital.com

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Corporate Advisers


Ricardo Villanueva

Ricardo Villanueva

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR ADVISER

Career Diplomat for over 35 years with a focus on Economic promotion. BA Management & Economics. Puebla University. Former Mexican Ambassador to Finland, Chile, Perú, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Poland. Trade Consultant for the Middle East and South America. Fluent in Spanish, English and French.

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Scientific Advisers


Shervin Kamkar, MS

APPLIED GENETICS AND BIOTECHNOLOGY ADVISER

Sales and Market Development Leader with 18 years experience in the Biotech and Clinical Diagnostics space.  Currently, Market Development Director at Illumina, the leading genomics company in the world with over 90% market share of next-generation sequencing.  Passionate about bringing the best minds together to revolutionize the way healthcare is practiced.  Masters of Science in Molecular Biology, UCSF Cancer Center/SFSU.

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Evan Williams

Evan Williams, PhD

ADVANCE MATERIALS ADVISER

Evan Williams joined the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency for Science Technology and Research, Singapore in 2008 as a research scientist and engineer. Since 2013 he has served as an Innovation Lead in the Materials Centre of Innovation (MCOI), a partnership with Singapore’s Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board (SPRING), focused on translating IMRE technology to local enterprises.

Evan has been an active member of the Materials Research Society of Singapore since 2011, having held positions of joint-treasurer, joint secretary and secretary.  He served as the executive chair of the inaugural International Union of Materials Research Societies International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (IUMRS-ICYRAM) in 2012, bringing together 900 attendees, primarily under the age of 40, from over 30 countries.

Evan completed his BS and MEng degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.  He earned a MS degree in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona and, in 2007, a PhD in Material Science and Engineering from Arizona State University under the supervision of Professor Gahssan E. Jabbour at the Flexible Display Center.  Evan spent three summers during his graduate studies in the Research Participant Program at the National Renewable Energy Labs.

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Salvador Venegas, PhD

Quantum Computing and Artificial intelligence ADVISER

Professor of Computer Science, Tecnológico de Monterrey. Leading scientist in the field of quantum walks and cofounder of the field Quantum Image Processing. Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. Senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery. Science and technology consultant for SMEs. PhD in physics, The University of Oxford.

Scientific research areas: quantum walks, quantum algorithms, classical and quantum image processing, classical and quantum pattern recognition, classical and quantum computer vision, quantum cryptography, quantum radar technology, NP-completeness, and digital computer simulation of quantum algorithms.

Entrepreneurship research and practitioner fields: technology transfer, technology commercialisation, data science, intellectual property (particularly patents), solar systems, energy efficiency, and software development.

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