Independent investment firm founded in 2017

About Us

Ardinall is an independent financial sponsor established in 2017, with presence in New York, Houston and Mexico City.


Ardinall’s investment strategy focuses on the energy and infrastructure sectors across the Americas.


Maria Jelescu, Partner & Co-founder. Prior to Ardinall, Maria spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as a managing director and portfolio manager for Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, focusing on energy, industrials, transportation and infrastructure investments across the capital structure, in both public and private markets. She currently serves as a director on the board of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation, a NYSE listed infrastructure company. Currently, Maria is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Maria earned a dual degree in economics and management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Maria is based in New York

Alberto Alonzo, Partner & Co-founder. Prior to Ardinall, Alberto was head of the Mexico City office and member of the investment team at Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, where he focused on Mexico’s energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to that, Alberto worked at Baseline Partners, a private equity firm focused on energy and infrastructure projects in emerging markets, and in the Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch, focused on energy and industrial clients. Alberto started his career at Alpek, a Mexico-based petrochemical conglomerate, as a business development and strategic planning manager. Alberto earned an industrial and systems engineering degree from ITESM and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Alberto is based in Mexico City

Felipe Alonso, Partner. Prior to Ardinall, Felipe was a Vice President at the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley in Mexico City, where he advised clients in the energy, infrastructure, industrials and telecom sectors, in both capital markets and M&A transactions. Previously, Felipe was an associate at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, a New York-based law firm, and a public policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD). Felipe earned a law degree with honors from the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City and an MBA with concentrations in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Felipe is based in Mexico City

Robert Haugen, Senior Operating Advisor. Robert has 39 years of experience in the refining and petrochemical industries. Prior to joining Ardinall, Robert was SVP Refining at Limetree Bay Terminals. Previously, Robert held several senior positions at CVR Energy, a US-based refining company, including executive VP for refining operations (responsible of full ops. of two refineries), crude transportation, capital projects and ESH. Robert served as the Senior Oil Consultant to the Iraqi Reconstruction Management Office for the U.S. Department of State. He previously worked for El Paso Corporation and Coastal Corporation (merged in 2001) for 14 years, where he served in a variety of senior roles including VP Engineering & Construction, VP Chemicals, VP/GM Coastal Corpus Christi Refinery, VP/GM of the Coastal Aruba Refinery, VP Coastal Catalyst & Chemicals, VP Petrochimie Coastal du Canada and VG/GM Coastal Refining - Kansas. Robert earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas. He is based in Houston