Press release


Nexxus Iberia managing partner Maite Ballester, has won a spot on Real Deals’ Future 40 Diversity and Inclusion Leaders list.

We are delighted to announce that Ballester made this year’s list for developing a diversity conscious firm by ensuring that women take on positions of prominence in portfolio companies managed by Iberia. Ballester is also paving the way for women with some firsts she has successfully achieved. She is responsible for bringing Level 20 to Spain and was the first female chairman of The Spanish Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (ASCRI).

The Real Deals Future 40 Diversity and Inclusion Leaders list, in association with Private Equity Recruitment (PER), showcases key individuals in the asset class who have made or are making a notable impact on improving diversity and inclusion practices across their firm and the wider industry.

In light of recent events across the globe and continued efforts to make the industry a more diverse and socially conscious industry, it’s certainly a very apt time to shine a light on this extremely important topic. This years’ list not only highlights key dealmakers, but also those working behind the scenes at private equity and venture capital firms to make a true difference to how we engage with gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality and disabilities and wider D&I policies.

Real Deals editor Talya Misiri said: “Private equity invests in all types of businesses across many different countries and societies, and yet, the people who invest, mainly share a similar race, sex or socio-economic background. Luckily, there is an increasing minority that are actively trying to change this.

“In this years’ list, we celebrate those who are breaking down these pre-existing barriers. Those who are opening the doors of the asset class to all, to make it an industry where people from all walks of life are accepted, welcomed and have the opportunity to succeed.”