Alina Klarner is the Head of Ventures for Impact Shakers. Her mission is to grow the pie for everyone by diversifying the impact investor base and matching capital to overlooked founders who are building and scaling solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental and societal issues. Alina is the Investment Committee Lead for the Impact Shakers Microfund and an active angel investor and LP. She has been featured in Forbes for her contribution to investing in diverse founders and was shortlisted for the 2022 UK Business Angel Association’s “Investment in Diversity Champion” award.
Prior to joining Impact Shakers, Alina spent over a decade in Advisory Services and Private Equity, where she held roles including Operations Director, interim CFO, Board Advisor and Transformation Director. Most recently, Alina worked for a PE growth fund with $8bn under management globally, managing a portfolio of fast-growing B2B SaaS businesses in Northern and Central Europe. She is also an Accredited Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW in the UK.
Investing in an emerging manager means taking a bet on someone with less obvious track record. But there may be good reasons to invest – not least because a first- or second-time fund manager is likely also from an underrepresented background.