Afina is an international financial and business advisory boutique. The Firm provides specialized services to family office and institutional clients through a global network of relationships built directly in Latin and North America and extended through major strategic partnerships to Europe, Australia and South East Asia. Through this global network, Afina has developed a highly differentiated business of strategic, private, relationship-driven advisory services focused on cross border and intercontinental investment.
In parallel with its core business activities, Afina is also committed to invest time, skills and capital in the development of social impact projects throughout its markets.
Mr. Godfrey-Thomas has more than 35 years of business experience in finance and international trade. He is a founding partner of Afina and serves as the firm’s President and CEO.
Prior to co-founding Afina in 2011, Mr. Godfrey-Thomas worked extensively throughout Europe and the Americas as a special advisor and consultant on Latin American strategy to multilateral organizations, including the Organization of American States, and to international institutions, corporations and private sector clients. In 2001, Mr. Godfrey-Thomas founded INCO Americas, an international advisory firm based in Mexico City that specialized in Latin American business development. He advised a broad variety of sectors on projects ranging from the development of new cross border trade capabilities for international remittances (financial services sector) to the development of alternative vehicle manufacturing capabilities for Britain’s iconic London Taxi (automotive sector).
Prior to that Mr. Godfrey-Thomas held executive positions managing international business intelligence for risk analysis at risk management firms J&H, Marsh, and Jardines. Mr. Godfrey-Thomas began his career in London at Darwin Clayton, a financial services firm, where he led the firm’s first international expansions into Liberia and the US.
Mr. Godfrey-Thomas was born and educated in England.
Ms. Innocent joined Afina in 2014 and leads the firm’s operations management, client communications, and corporate governance. She also serves as an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. and was a foreign policy analyst at Cato from 2007 to 2013.
Ms. Innocent has appeared as a guest analyst on CNN, CBS, BBC, Fox News Channel, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, CNBC Asia, and Reuters. She has published reviews and articles on national security and international affairs in journals such as Survival, Congressional Quarterly, and Harvard International Review. She has also written for Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal Asia, Christian Science Monitor, Armed Forces Journal, the Guardian, Huffington Post, the Washington Times, and other outlets in the United States and overseas. In 2011, she was awarded the distinction “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders” by global affairs magazine Diplomatic Courier. With Ted Galen Carpenter, she is the author of Perilous Partners: The Benefits and Pitfalls of America’s Alliances with Authoritarian Regimes.
Ms. Innocent earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Mass Communications and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Leavenworth has over 20 years of professional experience in Latin America, from governmental roles to entrepreneurial ventures and finance. He is a founding partner of Afina and is primarily focused on managing and developing the firm’s relationships. Mr. Leavenworth also serves as Honorary Consul of Chile in Philadelphia with a jurisdiction that includes the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey.
Prior to co-founding Afina in 2011, he founded Chispa Group LLC, an international consulting services firm, where he was involved in many different sectors and consulted on multi-billion dollar mining, energy, agriculture, and government projects. Previously, Mr. Leavenworth developed the first Chilean branded beef program for the US market, successfully establishing it as the largest supplier of grass-fed beef to Whole Foods Market. In addition, he co-founded Cono Sur, an affiliate of Chile’s largest wine company, where he developed distribution channels throughout Latin America and Canada. Cono Sur currently exports more than one million cases of wine per year and is one of the top four wine companies in Chile. Leavenworth also helped lead the creation of the small business banking unit at Citibank while based out of Santiago, Chile.
In 2005, the President of Chile appointed Mr. Leavenworth the Honorary Consul of Chile in Philadelphia. He also serves on the boards of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, Global Interdependence Center, Pan American Association and the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia. In 2016, Leavenworth was appointed president of the board of Pata Foods, a leading organic baby food manufacturer. Mr. Leavenworth graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies. He was born in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish.
Mr. Ortiz has over 20 years of experience in trading and financial markets. He is a founding partner of Afina and leads the development of Afina’s global asset management business.
Prior to co-founding Afina in 2011, he was a private client portfolio manager at Chapin Hill Advisors Inc., an independent financial advisory firm with US$65 million of assets under management. Mr. Ortiz was responsible for creating and implementing asset allocations and conducting portfolio reviews for 150 clients. He analyzed new products and funds from wholesalers to select investments consistent with the firm’s investment philosophy and best suited for clients. Previously, he was a managing director at HCP Global, a long/short hedge fund, where Mr. Ortiz was responsible for day-to-day research, analysis, and trading in the technology and bio-technology sectors. In addition, Mr. Ortiz had a successful 12-year career as a senior proprietary trader for Oppenheimer & Co, where he managed markets in 90+ securities on Nasdaq with a sector concentration in semi-conductor, bio-technology, software, internet, and telecommunications companies. He was also responsible for supervising and training assistant traders.
As the son of a Bolivian diplomat, Mr. Ortiz lived in many parts of the Americas during his youth. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Economics. Mr. Ortiz is fluent in English, Spanish and French.