Founding Team

K. Shelly Porges
Co-Founder & Managing Partner

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K. Shelly Porges is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds pledged to invest in women-founded firms. She is also a Board Member of the Global Banking Alliance for Women and on the Advisory Board for Cornerstone Capital, Mindshift Capital and Different Funds. Ms. Porges also serves as an Expert on Call for Georgetown University’s Entrepreneurship Program.

Ms. Porges also served as President of the North American Jury for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards and as the former Senior Advisor, Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the U.S. State Department, a program she expanded to almost 150 countries, under Secretary Hillary Clinton. Before joining the State Department, she had a distinguished career in the private sector, including both corporate and entrepreneurial ventures. She served as executive head of marketing for American Express Canada and as chief retail marketing officer for Bank of America during a historic turn-around. Ms. Porges then founded or co-founded a number of start-up ventures including one sold to Wachovia Bank; Third Age Media, the leading Internet portal for baby boomers; Scudder Weisel Capital LLC, a joint venture between Thomas Weisel Partners and Zurich Scudder Investments; and Global Payments Experts LLC, a payments industry advisory firm.

Ms. Porges is a compelling speaker who has inspired audiences globally at such gatherings as the Gender Smart Investing Summit (London), High Water Women Investing for Impact Symposium, the World Bank THK Blended Finance Forum (Bali),Web Summit (Lisbon), Inspirefest (Dublin), WOMEN UP/McKinsey (Stockholm), The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (Istanbul, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur), Disrupt Conference (Athens), The Women’s Forum on the Economy (Deauville), WEConnect International (London), UnConference (Israel) and at universities such as American, Babson, Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, George Washington and Harvard in the U.S. and others outside the U.S.

Ms. Porges holds both a BS with Honors and MPS degree from Cornell University.

Sarah Chen

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

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Named Forbes 30 Under 30, Sarah’s leadership career spans across venture capital and innovation, in both emerging markets in Asia and in the United States. She is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds mobilizing $1Bn towards women-founded companies. She is also Principal at FedTech, a private venture firm backed by the  U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) where she focuses on bridging the gap between venture and deep tech, inspired to commercialize great innovation developed across DoD, NASA and other laboratories.

Prior to these roles, she pioneered a corporate venture capital unit within $13Bn publicly traded Asian conglomerate, Sime Darby, investing into later-stage biotechnology companies. Since then, she has been at the forefront of multi-million cross border investments, including a $30Mn deal signing witnessed by former President Obama. She was integral in the structuring and executing commercialization plans for her portfolio companies, from project financing to market opportunities across Southeast Asia.

On a mission to see more women in the frontline, she sits on multiple boards including 131 & counting, a bipartisan effort backed by among others, Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight to fete the unprecedented number of women serving in the House and Senate in the United States; and Lean In Malaysia, which she co-founded, a platform accelerating women into leadership, recognized as the voice of credibility for professional women issues in Muslim- majority Malaysia.

She is a recognized speaker, commentator and advisor on venture capital, innovation and women in leadership, having been featured among others on Der Spiegel, the Wall Street Journal and at the United Nations. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B (Hons.) from King’s College London. A proud Malaysian, she spends her time between US- Asia.

Nathalie Nebelius
European Lead

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Nathalie Nebelius’s acts as European Lead at The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, is currently Venture Partner at Capital A Partners and Principal of Wermuth Asset Management GmBH. Her previous employment as Growth Manager enabled her to work closely with a large group of international investors, industries and corporate VC’s. Her assignments included everything from marketing, fund raising,  business development, event coordinating to networking. She also previously worked at Lund University in the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics and holds a BA within the Environmental Field as an Environmental Assessor from Linnaeus University in Sweden, therefore she has a green fundamental base to complement her business experience.

Lally Rementilla
Canadian Lead

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Lally Rementilla is an accomplished finance leader and angel investor with more than 25 years of driving the profitable growth of leading technology companies – from startups to global businesses – and for advocating the advancement and inclusion of women in innovation-based companies.

Currently, she serves as President of quantius, a commercial lender that attributes value to both tangible and intangible assets of innovative companies. As a true believer in the power of human potential, innovation, and creativity, quantius works with North American enterprises whose leaders have a clear vision for the future and finances companies that are positioned for substantial growth. Concurrently, Lally has a personal angel investing practice geared towards investing in companies targeting high-growth female markets and advising female tech entrepreneurs.

Prior to joining quantius, she served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Nulogy Corporation, an award-winning (Deloitte Fast 50 and North America Fast 500) and fast-growing supply-chain software solutions provider that has been building a platform for personalized products. Prior to Nulogy, Lally served as Vice President of Finance at Lavalife Corp., where she played an instrumental role in selling the company for more than $152 million. Her career started in the telecom industry at AT&T/Lucent Technologies Canada, holding progressive positions leading up to Area Vice President Finance and Contract management, where she helped drive more than $1 billion worth of telecom network buildout contracts.

Lally is currently a board director and investment committee member of Vancouver-based Pique Ventures Investments (VCC). She has also served as a director on the boards of the Information Technology Association of Canada, Canadian Women in Communications, and Innoversity.

Lally has a BA in Communications from the Ateneo de Manila University, earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, and is a CPA, CMA.

Jonathan Hera
Toronto Lead

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Jonathan Hera has nearly 10 years’ impact investment experience – domestically and within lower and middle income countries – having worked with and for government agencies, multilateral organizations, large financial institutions, venture capital and private equity funds, angel groups, enabling intermediaries (accelerators/incubators), collective impact platforms, and universities.

He has led the development of investor relations, impact reporting and investor reporting at Sarona Asset Management; investor relations, due diligence and portfolio construction and management at the Royal Bank of Canada and the Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund; and most recently the investment strategy, due diligence, portfolio management and funder relationships at Grand Challenges Canada. It is here where Jonathan co-led the development of the organization’s gender strategy and its implementation throughout its investment process and entrepreneur supports.

In addition, Jonathan founded and teaches an MBA course on impact investing at the Schulich School of Business and serves as Board Director, Advisor Board Member, Advisor and Mentor to various organizations within the impact investing ecosystem.

He lives in the west end of Toronto with his partner and two young daughters, who helped inspire his approach to impact investing – and Marigold itself. For more on Jonathan’s ‘why’, please see How to invest with a Gender Lens where he shares pieces of his personal journey.

Karina Chan
Associate

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Karina is an Associate at The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, and has been fundamental to our “Success Stories” campaign, and is also the author of “Women in Venture Capital: How to Break into the Boys Club of Venture Capital: Lessons Learned from the Best of the Best” in which she illustrates how to pursue a career in an exclusive industry through the stories of a dozen female partners and managing directors. She is passionate about shortening the gender investment gap in both representation of female partners in venture capital as well as dollars invested in female founders.

A Computer Science major at Georgetown University, Karina seeks to understand the business of startups and technology from the ground up.

Anousheh Ansari

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Dr. Anousheh Ansari is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm. When she launched her new company in 2006, she also blasted off for an 11-day space expedition, capturing headlines around the world for accomplishing her childhood dream of becoming the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, first Muslim woman in space, and fourth private explorer to visit space.

As a successful serial entrepreneur and active proponent of world-changing technologies, Ansari, along with her family, sponsored the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million cash prize that ignited a new era in private space industries. She published her memoire, My Dream of Stars, to share her life story as inspiration for young women around the world.
Ansari is a Board of Directors Member & Chair of Management at the XPRIZE Foundation. She serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council and has received numerous honors, including the WEF Young Global Leader, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and STEM Leadership Hall of Fame, among others.

Ansari is a UNESCO Good Will Ambassador and serves on the board of Jabil (NYSE: JBL) and Peace First, as well as several other not-for-profit organizations focused on STEM education and youth empowerment. She currently works to enable social entrepreneurs to bring about radical change globally, with organizations such as ASHOKA, which supports social entrepreneurship around the world.
Ansari holds a BS in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, an MS in electrical engineering from George Washington University; and honorary doctorates from George Mason University, Utah Valley University, and International Space University.

Anu Jain

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Anu Jain is an entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to make a positive impact in the world. She is passionate about empowering girls and women.
Anu is a Founding Member of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, Founder of the Anu and Naveen Jain Women Safety XPrize and President of the Anu Jain Family Foundation. She is also the Co-Founder of InfoSpace and Lavish Life and currently the VP of Community Relations at Viome, a company focused on disrupting healthcare with the goal of making chronic illness elective.
Anu recently launched a $1 million XPrize competition to incentivize innovators to design a technology-based solution that sets a new safety standard for women and awarded the winner at the United Nations in June 2018.

Anu sits on several boards including UCSD Health and their Science, Technology and Global initiatives committee. She is a trustee at the X-Prize Foundation focused on using exponential technology to solve problems. Anu is also a founding member of the investing circle and advisory board member of the UN Foundation Girl Up focused on empowering adolescent girls in the US and around the world. Anu is also a member of Women Moving Millions.
Anu holds a BA in business administration and economics from SUNY, Stony Brook, NY, and an MBA from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Nadereh Chamlou

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Nadereh Chamlou is an international development advisor. She was formerly a Senior Advisor at the World Bank. In her three decades with the World Bank Group, she held technical, coordination, managerial, and advisory functions in diverse sectors and geographical regions. She authored seminal publications on topics of corporate governance, women’s entrepreneurship, and gender and economic development.

More recently, Mrs. Chamlou has engaged with organizations focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship while stressing women’s potential in these domains. Among others, she is a member of the Board of Berkeley University’s iBridge initiative for IT entrepreneurship; member of the Board of the Arab International Women’s Forum; founding member of the World Bank-sponsored Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis for Middle East and North Africa; advisor to the Board of the Center for Arab Women’s Training and Research; advisor to the Center for International Private Enterprise; member of International Advisory Board of Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands. She speaks frequently at international conferences and appears in the media on women’s economic empowerment issues. She attended Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Graduate School of Economics. She is the 2015 recipient of The Global Alliance for Women’s “Making a Difference” Award.

Global Advisors

Cassandra Harris

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Uk’s top VC’s to watch list. TopTech100 list. Great British Entrepreneur finalist. Founder/CEO of Corporate Venture Development Studio Venturespring. Ex WPP/GroupM.

Cassandra us Currently CEO and founder of Venturespring, a venture development studio and digital transformation firm that match makes the biggest corporate brands and the best entrepreneurs. In 2017 Cassandra and her team launched Venturespring Ignite a corporate accelerator designed to collect resources from corporations in association with by Tata CommunicationsSingularity University and Sir Richard Branson through their affiliation with Virgin Unite. The startups that join gain exclusive access to hard-to-reach corporate resources including capital that allow them to scale quickly and the corporates get to fully embrace innovation in a way that future-proofs their business. Besides obtaining investment and free resources to scale, selected startups are also invited to Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island to pitch their business models.

 

Cassandra was featured in the Sunday Times in 2018 for her contribution to angel investing. She was named on the UKs Top VC’s to watch list in 2017. Named on the Innovate Finance Women in Fintech Power list 2016. Selected as the Top Tech 100 people redefining digital business in UK & beyond as part of the Techcity 100 list 2015. Nominated as Great British Entrepreneur finalist 2015 & 16, the Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the year 2015 and selected as O2 Smarta Female Entrepreneur of the year 2014.