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Meet the team

The people behind ArchUp

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Ioana Manescu

Co-Founder

Ioana works as a Payments Consultant at American Express, where she previously completed the Business Strategy Graduate Scheme. She has experience working in Trade and Investment EU Policy from her time at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in Brussels.

Ioana graduated from Loughborough University with a BA in International Relations and has spent time at Zhejiang University in China; she also volunteered on Gender Equality missions in India.​

She is an avid reader, particularly of politics and psychology, and is an active promoter of gender equality!

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Katie Manescu

Co-Founder

Katie works in Investor Relations and Business Strategy at an impact investment Private Equity firm, and is passionate about investing with purpose. She previously worked at Deutsche Bank in the Institutional Wealth Partners team, across Investments and Trading and Private Markets.

Katie graduated with an MEng in Biochemical Engineering from UCL and was awarded a scholarship at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, as well as the prestigious McKinsey Women's Achievement Award in 2020.