Manuel is a Partner at Santander InnoVentures, which is part of Santander Group's global corporate venture capital fund, focused on early stage FinTech investments. Prior to joining Santander, Manuel spent nearly a decade at BBVA based in San Francisco where he was the founding member of BBVA Ventures. As such, he was responsible for leading a variety of verticals including lending, new platforms, selected customer segments such as Financial Inclusion, Private Banking and also oversaw activities in Latin America and Europe. Prior to that, Manuel occupied positions in BBVA as part of the Corporate Development and Innovation teams. Manuel holds a BA in Business Administration from CUNEF University (Madrid), an MSc in Political Sciences and MPhil in Development Economics from Sciences Po (Paris), and pursued PhD-level research on Chinese economy in Hong Kong and China.