IMAGINE Leaders – Rui Barros
Ubuntu Ventures, Founder & CEO
Husband of an amazing woman and the father of two fun and energetic boys. Born and raised in northern Portugal, left at the age of 27 and spent 18 years abroad, having lived in London, Lisbon and Maputo while working with and regularly travelling to many parts of Europe, US and Southern Africa. Finance professional for 20yrs+ spanning capital markets, investment banking and commercial banking (Euronext, Fitch Ratings, Lehman Brothers, Standard
Bank, Barclays / Absa). Former university lecturer and eternal researcher. BSc Economics and MSc Finance. Insead AMP 2013 (Singapore) and Stanford SEP 2018 (Palo Alto). Speaker at many conferences including Cambridge University, Imperial College London and FT.
After 8 years as CEO of a USD 1 billion bank in Mozambique, I decided to step- down and focus on Sustainable Finance. Currently, I’m an active YPO member, holding ExCo roles for the Financial Services Network, Sustainable Business Network and Impact Investing Initiative. Having been an angel investor (in impact) for some years, I am now setting up Ubuntu Ventures as the parent of a new platform for sustainable finance. I love doing exercise early in the morning, hosting friends at home on weekends and enjoying the beauty of life with the family, at any time!