Rubelyn (Ruby) Alcantara

Rubelyn (Ruby) Alcantara

(MBA) CEO, Supivaa Medical

For over a decade Ruby’s been supporting businesses, entrepreneurs and funders/investors in Africa, the US, UK and Europe. She recently came back to Canada to found Vancouver-based Supivaa Advisory Group, a boutique consultancy firm, rooted in women’s inclusiveness and gender-lens perspectives, and Supivaa Medical, a supplier, consultant and funder focused on the world’s global medical challenges.

Ruby is a seasoned entrepreneur, impact investment practitioner and executive business consultant focused on entrepreneurship, women’s inclusiveness/gender-lens investing and Africa’s growth across a variety of sectors including renewable energy, agriculture, and fintech. She’s held roles as Managing Director, CEO, COO and CMO for companies benefitting from commercial, impact and/or blended finance from the likes of USAID, the EU Commission, DFIs, and European-based impact investors.

Truly global by nature, she has lived in 16 countries through her career in UK, Europe and Africa including Tanzania, Nigeria, Madagascar and Kenya.

Ruby’s a passionate speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, diaspora investments and the potential in Africa for prominent events globally.

She currently sits as a Senior Advisor and Head of Entrepreneurship Uhusiano Capital, a UK-based impact investment firm which bridges UK & European impact capital into Africa. She is the Co-Treasurer and Board Director for The HiVE Vancouver, a social impact-focused co-working community. Ruby’s also an Activator of SheEO (UK Ventures), and a voting member of the Canadian Forum for Impact Investment & Development (CAFIID).

She holds an MBA from IE Business School and a BA in Communications and Political Science from Simon Fraser University