Top 50 Rising Stars 2021 continued (in alphabetical order by CVC unit): Cristina Moyano de Navascués, investment manager, Amadeus Ventures

Cristina Moyano is an investment manager at Amadeus Ventures, the corporate venture capital (CVC) arm of Spain-based travel software and technology services provider Amadeus. In her role, she sources new investment opportunities, manages portfolio companies and oversees the unit’s internal and external communication strategy.

Before CVC, Moyano served as a strategic consultant at Management Solutions and Korn Ferry for more than eight years. She moved from New York City to Madrid in 2014 to be part of the founding team of nonprofit entrepreneurial organisation Endeavor in Spain.

Since joining Amadeus Ventures in January 2019, Moyano has closed two deals: Refundit, which is working on digitising VAT refund for travellers, and Pana, a corporate booking tool for non-employees. She also worked on the exit of travel price-tracking software developer Yapta, which was bought by business expenditure management platform Coupa Software in early 2020.

In addition to Pana and Refundit, she manages two other portfolio companies: indoor positioning services company Situm and Betterez, a reservations and ticketing management software developer.

“It has been two years since I joined Amadeus Ventures, and I have the pleasure to be part of the industry-leading corporate startup investment programme in travel. CVC was a logical step to me where I could combine my over eight years of experience in big corporations as a consultant, and my four years previous work with technology startups,” Moyano said.

“It requires a varied skill set: on one side, strong analytical skills, strategic vision and the capacity to spot potential at its infancy but it also requires communication and people skills to do the internal sale of the investment opportunities. I am grateful to report to Suzanna Chiu from whom I learn every day and committed to finding the best startups that bring innovation to our sector, especially now that it is more important than ever.”