GOLDEN Equator Capital (GEC), a Singapore-based fund management arm, has announced the appointment of Pooja Gurbani as a partner for its venture investments team. Her responsibilities include mentoring portfolio companies and maintaining strategic partnerships across the innovation and investment communities.
Gurbani joins GEC with more than 20 years of experience managing different types of investments in global financial hubs including London, New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Prior to joining GEC she managed her family office during which she oversaw investments in various asset classes and developed a keen interest to invest in new innovative businesses.
She also mentored and invested in successful startups including Canopy, an online wealth management platform and Amazin’ Graze, a healthy snacks and breakfast delivery company.
Gurbani is currently an advisor to Green Monday Ventures – a private equity fund investing in ventures that resolve existing and potential global issues such as climate change, food insecurity, health, and animal welfare.
She says, “With Southeast Asia being the focus of growth for VCs and startups, the next few years will see an exciting amount of growth and opportunities for startups and investors in this region.”
“I am thrilled to be a part of this dynamic team and community, and I hope to bring my network and leverage my experience gleaned from working across functions and financial hubs globally in helping GEC’s portfolio companies and in identifying opportunities,” Gurbani adds.
While managing her family office, Gurbani advised several family offices in her network on their investments and in securing private investment deals for them. She also helped establish two Asian multi-family offices: Crossbridge Capital and Fusang.
Daren Tan, managing partner, venture investments at Golden Equator Capital, says, “Pooja will be a valuable addition to the venture team with her global experience and perspectives, having strong track record working with and advising startups, and her keen personal interest in health- and impact-related investments would provide fresh perspectives for us in identifying opportunities.”