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About us

Our Purpose

We make a positive contribution to society by helping Businesses connect better with their stakeholders to create tangible and long-term value

Our Approach

From noise to actionable insight
With millions of pieces of publicly-available content produced every day across print, online, broadcast and social media, there has never been a better opportunity for businesses to understand what their key stakeholders think, feel and expect from them, and to use this intelligence to make better informed decisions.

But making sense of what’s being said about you – from vast amounts of publicly available content – can be complex and challenging.

alva makes this simple. Our powerful content monitoring and analytics technology will tell you what’s happening in real time, 24/7, so you can make the right decisions, create value and drive positive change.

We help the world's leading companies answer their business questions, focusing on Media Monitoring, Media Analysis, Reputation Intelligence and Brand Insight.

People

We are very proud of the alva team, and we don’t mind saying so. Our team is the critical component of alva, it is what makes us strong.

Our team is made up of product and software engineers, data analysts, sector experts, editors and experienced marketing and communications practitioners. We are a truly diverse and international business representing more than 20 different countries amongst us.

Alberto Lopez-Valenzuela
Alberto Lopez-Valenzuela
Founder and CEO

Alberto has worked in the analytics and business information industry for the last 20 years. Prior to founding alva, Alberto held senior management roles at Datamonitor and Cision.

With alva, Alberto has developed business intelligence solutions for some of the largest companies in the world.

He is a regular speaker on corporate reputation and risk, a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School and sits on the USA Board of City University.

Alastair Pickering
Alastair Pickering
Co-Founder and Managing Director UK

Alastair has held management and leadership positions in the media intelligence and reputation management industry for the past 10 years.

Alastair is a passionate believer in the science of corporate reputation analysis and its practical application to drive stakeholder value. He works closely with customers, analysts and academics to ensure alva’s methodology remains leading edge and constantly evolving.

Richard Fleming
Richard Fleming
Co-Founder and CTO

Richard is a published research author and qualified financial analyst.

Prior to alva, Richard successfully built the first global infrastructure team for Clifford Chance, and co-founded a wireless tech company, taking the business from concept to profitability.

He also spent several years in equity research, with listed tech companies in the UK on M&A, strategy review and financial forecasting.

Calin Drimbau
Calin Drimbau
Director of Operations

Calin has more than 8 years’ experience in product and project management roles with tech companies.

Calin has created and overseen software projects throughout their entire life cycle and has extensive project management experience with design and development teams, agile methodologies and scaling-up technology enterprises.

Erika Alter
Erika Alter
CMO

Erika Alter is the Chief Marketing Office at alva, where she is responsible for overseeing the planning, development and execution of alva’s brand vision in alignment with our company culture and commercial objectives.

Erika is a seasoned marketer with more than 15 years’ experience positioning major global brands and industry start-ups, including Thomson Reuters, TradeWeb, Interactive Data Corporation (ICE), Data Explorers (Markit) and BISAM (FactSet).

Anna Whalen
Anna Whalen
CFO

Anna Whalen CMA, CPA joined alva in June 2017. She has more than 15 years' experience in Finance across a diverse range of organisations, most recently at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, where she served as Controller.

Anna is credentialed with both a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Public Accountant.

William Haney
William Haney
Chairman

William Haney is Director of Big Win Philanthropy, a global foundation that invests in children and young people in developing countries.

He formerly led several divisions at Thomson Reuters, the global information services company serving asset managers, bankers, and corporations, and was an economic consultant with The Services Group, advising developing countries in Latin America and Africa on export-led growth strategies.

William received a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA in Finance and Public Policy from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Quentin Boyd
Quentin Boyd
Non-Executive Director

Quentin Boyd is a Senior Adviser at Edmond de Rothschild where he has spent over 20 years as a corporate financier.

Quentin qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London and has an MA in History from Cambridge University.

Oliver Glyn Thomas
Oliver Glyn Thomas
Board Director

After a decade with leading growth company investment firms, Summit Partners and HgCapital, Oliver founded CIT Growth Capital to bring capital and partnership to profitable, growing businesses in three sectors: software, information services and online marketplaces. He also sits on the boards of Third Financial Software and Sportpursuit.

Oliver has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MA in Economics & Management from The University of Oxford.

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