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We came together as a team of London-based VCs and an academic committed to driving adoption of ESG within the VC world. Our original goal was to create value through operational best practice for our portfolios and our own funds.

Now we are building a strong team around this goal to push the industry forward as a whole.

Founding Team

Hannah Leach

Co-founder and Co-director, VentureESG; GP at Houghton Street Ventures

Dr Johannes Lenhard

Co-founder and Co-director VentureESG; Researcher and Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge

Dr Denise Xifara

Co-founder VentureESG; GP at Mercuri

Veronika Kapustina

Co-founder VentureESG; GP at Houghton Street Ventures

Ginny Watsham

Research Fellow (training); Co-Founder of VentureESG; Stanford MBA

Core Team & Research Fellows

Danika Patel

Programme Director

Oliver Nixon

General Lead;
Co-founder of supperclub

Zecheng Wang

Emerging Markets Lead

Dr Robert Quinlan

Research Fellow (Biotech/Life sciences); Postdoc at Oxford University; Senior Medicinal Chemist at the Francis Crick Institute

Alexandrine Royer

Research Fellow
(Emerging Markets)

Signe Kossmann

Research Fellow
(Emerging Markets)

Mikaela Murekian

Research Fellow (Maturity)

Mohammed Ali

Research Fellow (Environment)

Steering Committee

Christian Jølck

Co-founder and General Partner at 2150; Partner at UrbanPartners

Peter Hirsch

Head of Sustainability at 2150

Katya Pogudina

Head of Marketing at AlbionVC

Ashleigh Brown

Sustainability Manager at Atomico

Kasit Rochanakorn

General Counsel at Atomico

Rosalind Bazany

Partner, Head of ESG and Impact at Antler

Elodie Broad

Head of Impact and ESG at Balderton Capital

Dama Sathianathan

Partner at Bethnal Green Ventures


Partner and COO at Blisce

Melina Foehrenbach

Senior Director, Portfolio Impact & Strategy at Blisce

Dr. Carolin Althoff

General Partner, Investor & Head of ESG at Cusp Capital

Marie Bos

VP ESG at HV Capital

Anna Ott

VP People at HV Capital

Karen Swain

CFO at Kindred Capital

Rebecka Elming Saidac

Legal & Sustainability at Kinnevik

Claudia Levan

VP of Fundraising at Lightspeed Venture Partners

Angela Sibley

Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners

Yuna Sakuma

Principal at MPower Partners

Damien Didier

Head of Sustainability at daphni

Cecile Blilious

Head of Impact & Sustainability at Pitango Venture Capital

Abigail Johnson

Partner, Chief Operating Officer at Sapphire Ventures

Shaun Chaudhuri

Principal at The Westly Group

Former Research Fellows

Sarah Kiden

Former General Research Fellow; PhD Communication Design, School of Design at Northumbria University

Melissa Patel

Research Fellow (Emerging Markets)

Joanne Azem

Former Research Fellow (Human Rights); MSt. in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University

Dr Moriam Masha

Former Research Fellow (Limited Partners); PhD at Cambridge University

David Kampmann

Former Research Fellow (Limited Partners); PhD at London School of Economics

Elena Lutz

Former General Research Fellow; PhD at London School of Economics

Onyemaechi Dike

Research Fellow (Emerging Markets)

Cessiah Lopez

Research Fellow (web3/crypto); LLM University of East Anglia

David Coombs

Research Fellow (Materiality)

Want to work with us?

We have a number of projects in train, and are always on the look out for those with an interest in both the venture world and ESG.

Want to partner with or sponsor us?

We are supported by industry stakeholders to drive the agenda forward and are always open to collaboration.