Our agile and innovative team has funded more than 180 projects totaling nearly US$1.5 billion. CIFI (Parent of CIFI AM) is one of the few permanent local players across the region with a specialization in middle market infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The team diligently carries out the CIFI AM Investment Process, which outlines the necessary steps to identify sound investment opportunities that adhere to the Equator Principles and the IFC Perfomance Standards for sustainability.  


    César Cañedo-Argüelles is a founding member of CIFI with extensive experience in the financial sector, infrastructure and investment banking. In 2015, he was appointed CEO of CIFI, responsible for leading the growth and expansion of the company, including the formation and launch of CIFI Asset Management. Cañedo-Argüelles earned a degree in Business Administration and Finance at the University of Saint Louis (Missouri) and a Master’s Degree in Finance from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain.

    CARLA CHÍZMAR Head of Environmental, Social and Governance

    Carla Chízmar is Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) at CIFI Asset Management. She has over 13 years of experience in environmental and sustainable development in Latin America. Chízmar received her Masters in Environmental Sciences from Yale University.



Born an entrepreneur amid infrastructure projects, my 25-year transformative professional journey has led me to becoming a banker. As a founding member of CIFI, I have witnessed its continual growth as we develop fresh ideas and turn them into positive impact projects that add value to society. I view CIFI AM as an engine for sustainable development in the region, as we bring excellence in the execution of projects that seeks to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns for interested investors. Our team works within the highest standards and values to build a relevant and positive environment that our investors can take comfort in.


As a biologist, I was trained to ask questions and solve problems. This prepared me for my role as a coordinator at the United Nations Environmental Program. After working to strengthen environmental governance across Latin America, I decided to apply my skills in the private sector. I feel passionate about what I do, but above all I believe in how we do it. Every day, we work closer with our clients to bring the best possible projects to our portfolio. CIFI has presented me with a platform in which I feel I can contribute to a larger goal.