Ms. Hopkins leads Citi Ventures as both the Chairman of Venture Capital Initiatives and Chief Innovation Officer for Citi. She established Citi Ventures' first office in Silicon Valley in 2010.
Ms. Hopkins has served as Citi's Chief Innovation Officer since 2008. Her mission is client-focused innovation. Based in Palo Alto California, Ms. Hopkins focuses on building partnerships with venture capitalists, start-ups, corporations, universities and thought leaders to support the incubation of emerging technologies in the design, development, and implementation of disruptive customer-centric business models. In this role she works across all of Citi's business units to maximize creativity and to ensure operating efficiencies globally, across products, regions and the enterprise as a whole. Further, she serves as Chairman of Citi Venture Capital Initiatives seeking investment opportunities that support and enhance her mission.
Ms. Hopkins has held several senior roles at the company since joining Citi in 2003. From 2003 to 2005, she was Chief Operations & Technology Officer. Prior to that, she was Head of Corporate Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions. She has also served as Co-Chair of Citi's Women's Initiative.
Before coming to Citi, Ms. Hopkins' leadership roles included Chief Financial Officer for The Boeing Company and for Lucent Technologies. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Finance for General Motors Europe.
In addition to her positions at Citi, Ms. Hopkins is a Board Member at QlikTech Inc and also serves on the Advisory Board of Riverwood Partners. She was a member of the Board of Directors for DuPont between 2000 and 2005. Fortune magazine has twice named her one of the most powerful women in American business and in 2011 she was named to Institutional Investors top Tech 50 list.
GLOBAL HEAD OF VENTURE INVESTING
Vanessa leads the corporate venturing team in seeking, evaluating, investing in and working with start-ups to commercialize their technologies and drive growth for Citi. She joined Citi Ventures in April 2013 coming to the team from Citi's Consumer Business as Head of North America Marketing for the past three years.
Prior to Citi, Vanessa held a variety of leadership positions in venture capital, media and marketing, product development, and financial services innovation. She was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with US Venture Partners, leading efforts to evaluate investment opportunities in media, technology and financial services and advising portfolio companies on marketing, distribution and business models. Vanessa spent two years at Yahoo! restructuring B2B marketing and building a global data analytics and insights business as Senior Vice President, North America Marketing and Senior Vice President, Insights, respectively. In addition, Vanessa was a Partner at McKinsey and Co. working in strategy development and organizational change for media, technology and entertainment companies. She co-led the firm’s West Coast Organization Practice, including research focused on building teams to support innovation and growth.
A charter member of Teach for America, Vanessa received her BS in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and subsequently returned there for her graduate studies at the Media Lab, earning both her MS and PhD degrees. Vanessa resides in San Francisco with her husband and their son.
VENTURE LEADER, CITI VENTURES
Ramneek joined Citi Ventures in April 2011 to lead the strategic investing and incubation activitiesthat will contribute towards Citi’s goal of becoming the world’s leading digital bank. His focus is primarily on identifying opportunities and investment themes in an increasingly connected world and partnering with leading entrepreneurs as they change the way we interact, consume, purchase and otherwise engage with people, content and businesses around us.
Ramneek brings over a decade of investing and startup experience to the Citi Ventures team. Prior to joining Citi, he was a Partner at Battery Ventures where he helped develop the Online to Offline (O2O) Commerce theme and worked closely with portfolio companies including Groupon. While at Battery, Ramneek also led the India investment efforts for the firm and helped build out an investment team and portfolio in India. He started his professional career as a design engineer at PMC Sierra and also worked on the hardware design team at TiVo.
Ramneek has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a B-Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay where he graduated at the top of his class.
HEAD OF ASIA FOR CITI VENTURES
Wei joined Citi in 2010 to lead venturing activities in Asia for Citi Ventures. She identifies transformational opportunities and leads the efforts to, invest, partner, pilot and launch innovative business models with the potential to disrupt the financial services industry.
Wei has over fifteen years of experience in finance as an investor, investment banker and entrepreneur. Prior to joining Citi, she managed the China private equity practice at Winnington Capital. She established the China office for Jefferies & Company and was a technology investment banker in the Silicon Valley with Jefferies and Goldman Sachs. Wei began her investing career with Dimensional Fund Advisors where she helped to establish the firm's Asia presence and invested across eight Asian markets. She was also a co-founder of Asia Pacific Land, a real estate investment firm.
Wei has a BA in International Relations from Pomona College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She serves on the executive committee of Women in Leadership in China, a group of female VC partners and entrepreneurs. She also sits on the steering committee of AngelVest, a leading angel investment group in China. Wei is fluent in Mandarin, Shangainese and survival Cantonese and Behasa Indonesian. She loves traveling, be it trekking to Everest base camps or sailing on the Aegean.
VENTURE LEADER, CITI VENTURES
Arvind joined Citi Ventures in January of 2011 as a Venture Leader, responsible for leading strategic investments and incubations that are critical for Citi's future growth. He brings ten years of professional investment experience as a Silicon Valley venture capitalist.
Prior to Citi, Arvind was a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures for over nine years. At Menlo, he was an investor in a wide range of companies, including Cavium Networks, Intelligent Results (acquired by First Data), Jobfox, Kazeon (acquired by EMC), NCircle, Nexxo Financial, Solidcore (acquired by McAfee) and Vhayu Technologies (acquired by Thompson Reuters). Arvind started his career as a chip designer working on low power versions of the Pentium Processor® in the Mobile Group at Intel Corporation. Later he became the Program Manager of the Mobile Pentium II® Processor effort and contributed to several successful product launches.
Arvind has an MBA from Harvard, an MS in EE from Case Western Reserve University and his BTech in EE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He lives in Palo Alto, with his wife and two sons, and enjoys running, reading and photography in his spare time.
Rowena joined Citi Ventures in early 2011 as a Director in the Shanghai office. She focuses on new venture concepts and new market opportunities in Asia. Rowena brings a unique mix of experience to the CitiVentures team with over 14 years of marketing, operations, and management experience with blue chip companies including Electronic Arts, Disney, Orange, and Nike.
Prior to joining Citi, she was the deputy GM for EA China. In the 6 years with the company, she helped establish EA's presence in China and led the launch of its online games business in the market.
Rowena has a BA in International Relations from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA degree from London Business School. She also spent a year as an exchange student in Peking University, Beijing. She now lives in Shanghai with her husband and 2 daughters. She loves to cook, travel and enjoys photography as a hobby.
Brittany is a dynamic business builder and change leader. She brings 15 years of experience working at the crossroads of innovative new business models and existing legacy systems and thinking. Brittany has identified and invested in disruptive business models and has translated them into existing businesses across different industries and sizes.
Currently, Brittany is a Venture Director at Citi Ventures. Her mandate includes identifying and investing in next generation and disruptive business models in the commerce, payments, financial technology, and digital spaces. Brittany is also implementing these game-changers into the Citi businesses by enhancing existing and creating new business models and processes.
Prior to Citi Ventures, Brittany was Citi's Head of North America Business Development for the Treasury and Trade Services business at Citi. This division has over $8 billion in revenue and focuses on serving the world's largest global corporations and financial institutions in over 100 countries. Brittany's main focus was to impact the bottom line by identifying capabilities and trends that result in new business models and profit pools for Citi. Her responsibilities also included asset monetization, origination and execution of M&A transactions globally, and strategic partnerships. She has spearheaded multiple global transactions including deals in Asia and Latin America, interacting with the C suite of some of the leading innovative companies.
In earlier endeavors, Brittany founded an advisory practice, which she grew exponentially. She focused on individuals and small businesses to ensure they achieved their wealth and other strategic business goals.
Brittany holds an MBA from Cornell University, where she was a Forte Scholar and has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati.
VENTURE MANAGER, CITI VENTURES
Basil joined Citi Ventures in January 2011 covering sourcing, due diligence and portfolio management out of the Singapore office. He brings a variety of experience from investment banking, technology product development and entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining Citi Ventures, Basil was with Citi investment banking where he worked on M&A, debt and equity deals in emerging markets, part of which was the first Sukuk issuance in the history of Turkey. Prior to his MBA, he worked in product development at Analog Devices Inc for five years and was part of the team that launched the award-winning Blackfin® line of multimedia processors, the first of its kind to target the automotive industry. Basil started his career as a design engineer along with a team of entrepreneurs at Chinook Communications, a telecom startup that emerged out of MIT.
Basil has an MBA from the Wharton School in finance and entrepreneurial management, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, and a BS in EE from the University of Jordan. Basil is an avid traveler and has a taste for ethnic cuisine. He has lived and worked on four continents so far.
VENTURE MANAGER, CITI VENTURES
Nareg DerManuelian joined Citi Ventures in October 2012, responsible for sourcing and executing venture investments and portfolio management. Nareg brings a diverse background in financial services and investing to his role.
Prior to joining Citi Ventures, Nareg worked in investment banking, most recently at Morgan Stanley. He advised public and private companies on capital structure and strategic matters, including debt and equity financings as well as M&A. He also consulted for Morgan Stanley Venture Partners, evaluating growth equity investments. Nareg began his professional career at Countrywide Financial where he focused on strategic planning and internal consulting.
Nareg has an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BS from California State University, Northridge.
Maja Lapcevic has joined Citi Ventures investment team based out of New York. She is responsible for partnering with the investment team and driving commercialization efforts in support of the Cards organization. Maja joins Citi Ventures following over 2 years leading Citi’s consumer social marketing efforts where she focused on building digital partnerships and scaling Citi’s presence on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and You Tube. Prior to Citi, Maja spent 13 years in the branding and digital marketing space heading up Corporate Strategy at a London based mobile marketing startup, InternetQ, where she helped them grow their global presence and get listed on AIM. Prior to InternetQ, Maja founded SML Strategic Media where spent 9 years working with Heads of State and leaders of Fortune 500 companies in over 42 markets around the world leading nation branding initiatives and global brand campaigns. Maja graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Economics and International Affairs and enjoys running, cooking, and dancing.
Rei joined Citi Ventures Singapore office in January 2013. She is focused on venture investing and incubation, partnering with internal and external partners to develop and execute innovative ideas at Citi.
She brings to Citi Ventures a wide range of experiences. Rei began her career at Citi in 2005 as part of the Corporate Banking Analyst program in New York. She covered a wide range of clients in the Consumer, Healthcare, and Industrials space and was responsible for executing credit deals for debt-financed transactions, M&A, and refinancing. She also worked in Tokyo as a Relationship Associate in the Financial Institutions Group. Most recently, prior to joining Citi Ventures, she worked in Global Consumer Group India where she led the launch of Citi’s first smart banking branch in Mumbai.
She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with an emphasis on Finance and International Business. Rei was awarded the Merrill Lynch Award for Achievement in Corporate Finance. She also attended the London School of Economics and received her MBA from Kellogg School of Management, specializing in Marketing and Management & Organizations.
Rei is a native of Japan and has lived in 11 cities spanning across 6 countries and remains passionate about exploring new cultures.
Tiffany joined Citi from American Express, where she was most recently on the New Product Development team that built Bluebird by Walmart and American Express. Previously, she started as an analyst in reengineering for the Membership Rewards program. Tiffany also supported the development of the digital strategy integration of charge cards for US consumers.
Tiffany graduated with a BA from Columbia University. She lives in San Francisco and enjoys reading fiction, snowboarding, and being with kids.
GLOBAL HEAD OF INNOVATION NETWORK,
Debbie Brackeen is Managing Director, Head of Incubation in Citi Ventures. She is responsible for driving growth through innovation by identifying and executing new business incubations in partnership with Citi businesses globally.
Debbie joined Citi from HP, where she was most recently Vice President, Strategic Alliances responsible for HP’s worldwide relationship with Adobe. Prior to that Debbie was Vice President, HP Corporate Ventures, where her team incubated disruptive new business opportunities and managed HP’s relationship with the startup and VC community.
Debbie is a versatile technology executive with over twenty years experience at Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley including Apple, Sun, Cadence and eBay. She has founded new ventures within large companies, and held executive roles in two VC-backed startups.
Debbie graduated from Stanford University with a BA in American Studies. She serves on the board of directors of the SV Forum, a non-profit that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership around emerging technologies in Silicon Valley, and is an advisor and startup coach with Astia, a global not-for-profit dedicated to the success of women-led, high-growth ventures.
Alex joined Citi Ventures in January of 2013 and is chiefly responsible for designing and deploying an innovation lab network across Citi's global enterprise. This signature initiative is aimed at focusing Citi's businesses on driving new and more disruptive growth in the financial services industry.
Prior to Citi, Alex worked at Monitor Doblin as a Senior Manager and Innovation Strategist in the San Francisco office. As a design-trained business leader, she used innovation discipline and design thinking to help enterprises plan and execute transformational growth beyond their core businesses. She managed client relationships and led interdisciplinary teams across a variety of innovation projects (strategy setting, new business/offering development, capability building) and was actively involved in developing next generation ideas and methods to better serve the innovation needs of clients.
Alex has a Masters of Design from the Institute of Design in Chicago and her B.A. from Amherst College in Russian Studies. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband and daughter and is an avid hiker and gardener.
GLOBAL HEAD OF DESIGNWORKS,
Busy joined Citi in February, 2011 as Head of Disruptive Incubation. She is responsible for leading large scale, disruptive innovation initiatives in partnership with Citi businesses. Busy brings a unique background to Citi, having been a CEO of a Silicon Valley start-up, a technology investment banker, and a Global 500 senior executive.
Busy has over twenty-five years of experience as an innovative leader. Most recently, she served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at eBay, where she led the development of a new social e-commerce platform. Her investment banking career includes seven years at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston. She has served as Vice President of Global Brand Management at Gap, Inc., President of Homestead.com (now a division of Intuit), CMO of the global technology group at CSFB and CEO of Alterdot Technology.
Busy has a BA in Economics cum laude from Smith College and an MBA from Stanford. She serves on the Summit Preparatory Charter High School Board and on the President's Advisory Council of Smith College. Busy has studied Improv for four years and loves being a mom.
Chitra joined Citi from American Express, where she was most recently Senior Vice President and head of Strategy for the Enterprise Growth Division. In shaping the strategy for this new division, she helped to identify innovations, technologies, and business models that are most relevant to online and mobile payments as well as digital commerce. She also established strategic relationships with the startup and VC community as part of American Express’ outreach efforts in Silicon Valley.
Previously Chitra was a senior member of the Corporate Development group responsible or all types of M&A activities, including acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and divestitures globally across the Company. She completed a number of large strategic transactions at American Express including the sale of American Express Bank, the acquisition of Harbor Payments, the investment in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), and the spin-off of American Express Financial Advisors. She has also led various business development initiatives and was instrumental in establishing the Corporate Development group at American Express.
Chitra started her career in investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston focusing on real estate finance and fixed income securities. Chitra graduated from Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Columbia University. She lives with her husband and three children in Scarsdale, NY.
Tanya joined Citi Ventures in October 2013 as DesignWorks Director, focused on identifying and acting on breakthrough opportunities to radically transform the customer experience in targeted Citigroup businesses. In this role, she seeks to understand and capitalize on disruptive trends in the industry to create new ways of interacting with customers as well as new business models for Citi. She brings 18 years of experience in the Citi Cards business, most recently as Director of Inbound Customer Leveraging, where she and her team drove development and implementation of customer engagement, loyalty and retention strategies in the Customer Service channel. Previously, Tanya worked across a variety of functions and geographies within Citi Cards, including Transaction Services (Las Vegas), Marketing (New York & Kansas City), Customer Service (Toronto & Delaware) and Retention & Cross-Sell (San Francisco). Prior to joining Citi in 1995 as a Global Management Associate, Tanya earned her MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and her undergraduate degree in French and German from Wellesley College. She now lives in San Francisco with her husband and 2 middle-school-aged daughters. Outside of work, Tanya serves as a board member for Musical Theatre Works, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization providing Broadway theatre experience to K-8 youth.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
AND FINANCE OFFICER,
Mauricio serves as the COO and Finance Officer for Citi Ventures since August 2011. He is in charge of strategic planning, investment structuring and portfolio management, and delivery of best-in-class financial and operations infrastructure.
Prior to his current role, Mauricio headed the strategy and restructuring team at Citi Holdings, partnering with the executive team in key business improvement, restructuring and divestiture initiatives. At its peak, Citi Holdings encompassed over $800 billion in assets across 30 countries and 35 businesses. Prior to Citi Holdings, Mauricio was a Director in the Corporate Strategy and Principal M&A group at Citigroup, Inc.
Before joining Citi, Mauricio served as a Vice President in the Investment Banking group at Lehman Brothers in NYC. In this advisory capacity, he executed over $25B in M&A transactions, high-yield financings and equity offerings. Mauricio started his career as a management consultant at Analysis Group, a Boston-based strategy consulting firm advising Fortune 500 companies.
Mauricio received an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a BA degree with honors in Economics and International Relations from Brown University. Mauricio sits on the Board of the Harvard Business School Latino Alumni Association and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Gail joined Citi Ventures in April of 2012. She is focused on strategic planning, investment structuring and portfolio management, and delivery of best-in-class financial and operations infrastructure.
Prior to joining Citi Ventures, Gail spent six years in senior Strategy roles at Citi. Her roles in Strategy have spanned Citi's entire North America Consumer business, focusing at various times on the Retail Bank, Cards, and Mortgage businesses and allowing her to gain a deep expertise in these areas. In her most recent role, she was a Senior Vice President of Retail Banking strategy, responsible for driving strategic and new business development initiatives.
Before joining Citi, she worked as a Consultant at the Monitor Group, a leading Strategy Consulting firm, and as a Project Manager at Venture Architects, a company that specializes in helping startups raise investment capital.
Gail has BA in Economics and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She is an avid traveler, having recently visited her 50th country, and also enjoys hiking, volleyball, and photography.
Jeesun joined Citi Ventures in April 2012. She is responsible for Citi Ventures’ financial planning and analysis, and controller tasks, and portfolio management.
Prior to joining Citi Ventures, Jeesun completed Citi’s Financial Management Associate Program, after three rotations in ICG Controllers, Citi Holdings & Corporate Strategy, and FP&A in Korea.
Before to joining Citi, she worked as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company in both Seoul Office and New York Office, focused on Financial Services Industry.
Jeesun has an MBA degree from Columbia Business School and a BA in Business Administration from Seoul National University in Korea.
Ruby joined Citi Ventures in 2012. She is responsible for the financial planning & analysis for Citi Ventures, as well as the financial and legal vehicle management of Citi Ventures' China operation.
Prior to joining Citi Ventures, Ruby worked in the New York offices for Global Consumer Financial Planning & Analysis and North America Cards Securitization. Before that she was the Head of Business Planning for Consumer Finance in Hong Kong. Ruby joined Citi as a Management Associate and has worked on assignments in various countries including Singapore, India and Guam.
Before joining Citi, Ruby was a senior auditor at Arthur Andersen specialized in financial services industry. In this capacity, she had handled the restructuring and IPO of The Bank of China Group in Hong Kong. Ruby was also a senior analyst in a startup corporate finance company focusing on private equity investments in China.
Ruby is a CPA, she holds a MSc degree from the London School of Economics and a BA degree from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. Ruby speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghainese.