At CEO (Boardroom Media) we track over 1,000,000 startups and over 5,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top Columbia based CEO’ operating in the Venture Capital space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Co-CEO, Co-Chairman, Founder & Managing Partner of Venture Global LNG
Michael Sabel is a Co-CEO, Co-Chairman and founder of the Company. Mike has over 24 years of experience in capital markets’ transactions including initial public and secondary offerings, public and private M&A transactions, and private equity and venture capital.Michael Sabel Additionally, Mike has experience in the energy, energy technology and financial service sectors in new company formation, technology licensing, and corporate business development. Mike also advised on private equity and M&A transactions for software, technology and real estate companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mike was previously Executive Vice President of First Sierra Financial, a publicly traded commercial finance company. He was responsible for leading business and e-commerce strategy, public equity market transactions, the company’s active acquisition program, and acted as President of the commercial finance companies acquired in the U.K. Prior to First Sierra, Mike was a Managing Director with Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. in the investment banking group, and Vice President, investment banking, with Sandler O’Neil & Partners.
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About Venture Global LNG: Venture Global LNG is a long-term, low-cost producer of liquefied natural gas pipelines.
Co-CEO, Co-Chairman ,Founder & Managing Partner of Venture Global LNG
Robert (Bob) Pender is the Co-CEO, Co-Chairman and founder of the Company. Bob previously served as a partner at Hogan Lovells, a global law firm, where he was Co-Leader of its global Energy and Natural Resources team and the Chair and Practice Group Director of its Project & International Finance Group for a decade. Bob is internationally recognized for his high profile transactional work, focusing on energy infrastructure projects and international power, including nuclear, hydro, gas, LNG, wind, coal and biomass. He has worked on more than $25 billion in transactions located throughout North America, Central and South America, and South Asia. Bob represented independent power producers, utility affiliates, lenders, equity investors and nation states, such as the Republic of Ecuador, Republic of Guyana and Peoples Republic of China (through SOEs, Sinosure and China Development Bank). Bob was ranked by Chambers as one of the most experienced and highly recognized attorneys in the global projects industry. Clients described Bob as “offering legal counsel that is ‘second to none’” in Legal 500. Upon joining Venture Global Partners, he also provided pro bono support to the Republic of Haiti, beginning with legal support to the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, the U. S. State Department and then serving as a counselor to the Minister Delegate for Energy Security, Republic of Haiti. Prior to law school, Bob worked as a staff assistant on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics and then on the White House Staff. During law school, he continued on the White House Staff as a law clerk in the Office of Counsel to the President
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About Venture Global LNG: Venture Global LNG is a long-term, low-cost producer of liquefied natural gas pipelines.
CEO of Paladin Capital Group
Dan Mudd is the CEO of Paladin Global. From 2010-2012, Mr. Mudd was the CEO of Fortress Investment Group, a global asset management firm with over US$50 billion invested in private equity, credit, and hedge funds. Under his leadership, the firm expanded its base to Asia and the Middle East, acquired new business, eliminated corporate debt while restoring shareholder dividends, and operated market-leading distressed debt funds. He had served on the Fortress board since the firm’s IPO in 2007. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Fannie Mae, the nation’s largest mortgage investor, from 2005-2008. From 1991-2000, he was a senior officer at General Electric. Daniel Mudd graduated with a B.A. from the University of Virginia. In 1980, he was a finalist in the Olympic Rowing Trials. He was a commissioned an officer in the U.S. Marines and was decorated for combat service in Beirut, Lebanon. After a tour in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he obtained his Master in Public Administration at Harvard.
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About Paladin Capital Group: Paladin is a global investor that supports innovative technology companies through venture investment and growth capital.
CEO of Omidyar Network
Mike is a partner at Omidyar Network, where he leads research and analysis to help the firm and others in the field direct resources to efforts with the potential for scale and social impact. Mike’s work spans the firm’s five global initiatives–Consumer Internet & Mobile, Entrepreneurship, Financial Inclusion, Government Transparency, and Property Rights, as well as broader trends and developments in philanthropy and impact investing. Based in Washington D.C., Mike brings Omidyar Network nearly 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, in addition to deep expertise in strategy, impact investing, and business at the base of the pyramid (BoP). Before joining Omidyar Network, Mike spent more than 10 years as a consultant at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). In 2007 he co-founded and led the Monitor Inclusive Markets practice. He and his team analyzed more than 1,000 innovative market-based approaches to poverty that serve BoP customers, suppliers, and distributors across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Mike also led many sector-based research and consulting efforts in financial services, health care, agriculture, water, energy, livelihoods, and impact investing for a range of commercial, donor, and investor clients. His work has been published in several prominent environments including Harvard Business Review, Brookings Institution, USAID, and reports by major U.S. foundations. In between stints at Monitor, Mike worked for the World Bank for more than five years, as part of the East Asia management team and directing the Bank’s flagship innovation grant program, Development Marketplace. Earlier in his career he worked in global telecommunications Mike earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University.
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About Omidyar Network: Omidyar Network is an investment firm.
CEO of Institutional Limited Partners Association
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About Institutional Limited Partners Association: Institutional Limited Partners Association is a member-driven organization dedicated to advancing the interests of private equity.
CEO, Chief Entrepreneur and Founder of InvestX Capital
Marcus New is the CEO, Chief Entrepreneur, and Founder of InvestX Capital.
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About InvestX Capital, Stockhouse: InvestX is the private equity marketplace for registered dealers to provide access to retail accredited investors.
President & CEO of GrowthWorks Capital
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About GrowthWorks Capital: GrowthWorks Capital is a Vancouver-based venture capital firm focused on the management of regionally-based venture capital funds.
President and CEO of Calvert Impact Capital
Jenn brings nearly 20 years of finance and community development work to her role as the President and CEO of Calvert Foundation. Since arriving at Calvert Foundation in 2009, Jenn has risen from the position of U.S. Portfolio Manager to Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, then Chief Strategy Officer and now President and CEO. In her role as Chief Strategy Officer, she led the organization’s Strategic Initiatives team and its work on raising capital, developing new products and initiatives and marketing and communications. Jenn has also overseen Calvert Foundation’s wholly owned Community Investment Partners subsidiary, which offers fund and asset management services for institutional clients. Prior to Calvert Foundation, Jenn worked with Nonprofit Finance Fund as the Director of the Washington Metro Area office. She has also held positions at Wall Street firms, working at Neuberger & Berman as an equity research analyst and Morgan Stanley’s London office in the Investment Banking division. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon, Africa and also worked at the Public Theater in New York City. Jennifer received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and a MBA from Columbia University. She serves on the Boards of Hitachi Foundation and Groundswell.
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About Calvert Impact Capital: Calvert Impact Capital is a non-profit investment firm that invests to create a more equitable and sustainable world.
Chief Executive Officer | Partner of 5Lion Ventures
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About 5Lion Ventures: Early stage venture firm providing capital, strategic guidance, and partnership to companies and platforms across a variety of industries.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Green Generation
Bradford H. Dockser is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Green Generation Solutions, LLC, which engineers and implements comprehensive integrated energy efficiency solutions that lower operating costs while improving sustainability on behalf of a diverse set of clients worldwide. GreenGen helps its clients use energy as a driver of value across all asset types in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Brad is the Chairman of GreenGen’s Executive Committee. During his more than two decades of real estate investing, Brad was a Principal with national real estate investment firm, MacFarlane Partners, overseeing activities of their mid-Atlantic business; Partner and Chief Operating Officer for Western Development Corporation, a leading retail and mixed-use property development firm in the DC area; and Managing Director for Starwood Capital Group’s international operations, overseeing direct investments, operating joint ventures and financing activities in Asia and Europe. Brad began his real estate career with JMB Realty, then the largest real estate firm in the United States, and later with CRI, Inc., which was the nation’s largest owner of multifamily residential properties at the time. While at CRI, he oversaw the creation of Capital Apartment Properties REIT (CAPREIT), a privately held real estate investment trust based in Washington, DC, that focused on market-rate apartments in the eastern US. Brad received an A.B. cum laude in Economics, as well as a Master of Business Administration, both from Harvard University. He serves as the Co-Chair of the Urban Land Institute Washington Sustainability Initiative and Vice Chair of the ULI Redevelopment and Reuse Product Council. He is also a member of the US Green Building Council, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), and the Asia Green Building Council Steering Committee. Brad is a mentor for the Cleantech Open, the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. He is a former Director of the Harvard Club of DC and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington and a past member of the Harvard University Asia Center Advisory Committee. He also was Founding Director of the Greater Washington Exploratory Committee, DC’s bid committee for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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About Conduit Capital Partners, Green Generation: Green Generation develops and implements customized, enterprise-wide energy solutions.
CEO of Union
Garrett is the Chief Executive Officer of Union. He is a former manager of the Startup Federation at 1776, a network of the world’s top incubators that together create a global ecosystem for entrepreneurs. Prior to his current role, he worked on the 1776 events team, where he developed original event content and managed a unique convening space for the growing DC tech community. Garrett comes to 1776 with broad previous experience – serving as a US Senate Page, curating open educational resources at the Saylor Foundation, facilitating donations for the No Kid Hungry initiative, and working on a political campaign in the Republic of Georgia. A Montgomery County, Maryland native, Garrett holds a dual degree in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan.
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About Union: Union is a community management platform that connects startup founders, mentors, investors, and corporate innovators around the world.
Chief Executive Officer of Ridge Resources
Mr. Hardy has been focused on building cashflowing businesses in the natural resource sector for over 14 years. He is a founder and former CEO of a large turnkey geosciences consulting and logistic management business with operations across Canada and Africa and founder of the Ridge Group of Companies. His experience includes startups, ongoing operations, raising capital, corporate and business development, short and long term planning, leadership, strategic partnerships and deal structuring
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About Ridge Resources: Ridge focuses on building and seeding new businesses. Management opportunistically deploys capital and services.
Chief Executive Officer, President & Director of Mundoro Capital
As CEO, Ms. Dechev’s executive management career covers running a growth orientated public company through strategic change including restructuring the company, divesting out of distressed assets, acquiring new growth assets and rebuilding a team to execute on the new strategy. Ms. Dechev lead the company through capital raising, proxy battles, change in strategic initiatives, corporate development and building joint venture partnerships. Ms. Dechev’s capital markets career has developed through positions held at well recognized Canadian investment banks. Her career in the capital markets has covered commodity trading, institutional equity research, corporate finance, and mergers & acquisitions. As an investment banker, Ms. Dechev primarily focused on resource companies and technology companies and various other sectors on financings, IPO’s and mergers & acquisitions mandates.
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About Mundoro Capital: Mundoro Capital is a Canadian based company which operates as a mineral acquisition, exploration, development and investment company.
Co-Founder & CEO of FundPaaS
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About FundPaaS: We help businesses raise capital online on their own website by turning their own customers into investors and by promoting their deals