About The Speaker
Misbah Naqvi is General Partner and Co-Founder at i2i Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund focusing on tech-enabled high-growth startups in Pakistan. i2i Ventures has invested in 8 companies in Pakistan since 2019. i2i Ventures takes an evidence-based approach in its work, and provides a unique value proposition to its portfolio companies by leveraging its founders’ experience in the Pakistan startup space, and its sister entity Invest2Innovate's ongoing startup entrepreneurship support programs and comprehensive ground-breaking research on the market. Misbah has 20+ years of global experience in corporate finance, entrepreneurship, impact investing, fintech and development in Pakistan and the US. Previously, Misbah was Head of Global Market Development at Boloro Global Limited, a US-based fintech startup licensing a multi-factor and multi-channel authentication and payment service platform, where she worked extensively with the company’s partners in Pakistan, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Misbah has worked at Acumen (in Pakistan and the US) an impact-focused global venture capital fund investing in social entrepreneurs, and a pioneer in the impact investing space. Misbah started her career at Citibank in 1998, where she worked in Transaction Banking and then Corporate Banking, managing a portfolio of over $100 million in credit relationships with multinational companies for the bank. She was subsequently the Public Affairs Officer for Citigroup Pakistan for several years. Misbah has been closely involved with Invest2Innovate (i2i) as an Advisory Board Member since its inception in 2011 and is currently on its Board of Directors. Misbah is a Board Member at U Microfinance Bank Ltd, a leading microfinance bank in Pakistan and a Trustee on the Board of AAS, a non-profit that provides treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare to adults and children suffering from substance abuse and/or addiction. She has also recently joined the Board of Advisors for NOWPDP, a leading disability inclusion organization in Pakistan.