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Passionate investors, marketing leaders and operations experts
Olivier Garel
Managing Director
Olivier Garel
Managing Director

Olivier leads Unilever Ventures Investment Committee and manages relationships with a number of Corporate and Venture Capital funds and Private Equity funds around the world. An M&A professional, Olivier has led a large number of transformative acquisition and divestment transactions for Unilever in different parts of the world. Over the last 20 years in Unilever, he has held senior positions in finance, strategy and business development.

Olivier manages Unilever Ventures’ investments in Be for Beauty (The INKEY List), Frank Body, FabFitFun, Instacart, Kopari, Sun Basket, Helpling, Nue Co, Grove Collaborative, Ioma Paris as well as our partnerships with a number of investment funds in Europe, Asia and North America.

Pawan Chaturvedi
Director - Asia
Pawan Chaturvedi
Director - Asia

An experienced finance professional and qualified Chartered Accountant, Pawan established Unilever Ventures direct investing arm in Asia. Based in Mumbai, he is responsible for leading investments across the region with a focus on beauty, personal care & wellness, consumer tech and enterprise tech.

Pawan manages Unilever Ventures’ investments in Milkbasket, Shop101, Peel-works, Cure.Fit, Khatabook, Plum and Scentials.

Prior to Unilever Ventures, Pawan worked in various finance & leadership roles at Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), Nokia and Britannia.

Rachel Harris
Director
Rachel Harris
Director

Experienced venture and growth capital investor, CEO and Non-Executive Board director specialising in beauty and wellness. In her role as an investor and Board director, Rachel brings first-hand operational and general management experience having previously been CEO of two beauty companies – REN Clean Skincare and a multi-site spa and salon business with operations in UK, Spain and Canada.

Rachel manages Unilever Ventures’ investments in Be for Beauty (The INKEY List), Frank Body, UOMA, SAIE, Rael, ZitSticka and Grown Alchemist.

Ian Lane
Director
Ian Lane
Director

Ian is an active investor in B2B and technology enabled companies, with experience across a range of sectors including SaaS, Data Analytics, CRM, Advertising, Payments Infrastructure, Knowledge Management and Machine Learning.

Ian manages Unilever Ventures’ investments in Skupos, CreatorIQ, Aera Technology, WeGift, Celtra, Machine Vantage, Blis, CognitionX, Mirriad, Limitless and Discuss.IO.

Ian was formerly a strategy consultant with LEK, working on business strategy and private equity due diligence.

Anna Ohlsson-Baskerville
Director
Anna Ohlsson-Baskerville
Director

Leveraging over twenty years of experience in venture capital investing in Europe and the US, Anna currently focusses on Unilever Ventures’ investments in beauty and wellness. Anna previously worked from investment to exit on a number of consumer-oriented companies as well as several specialty chemicals spin-outs from Unilever R&D.

Anna manages Unilever Ventures’ investments in True Botanicals, Trinny London, Beauty Bakerie, Curlsmith, SACHAJUAN, Gallinee and LXMI.

Anna is Swedish and lived twelve years in France prior to moving to the UK.

Stephen Willson
Director
Stephen Willson
Director

Stephen has fifteen years of venture and growth capital investment experience across consumer brands, eCommerce and technology enabled companies in Europe and North America. He has been particularly active across several of Unilever Venture’s investments in DTC brands, namely Gousto and Nutrafol, having invested at an early stage in both businesses.

Stephen manages Unilever Ventures’ investments in Gousto, Nutrafol, Jellysmack, Blow Ltd, BYBI, Volition, Thryve Inside, Songtradr (following acquisition of Big Sync Music) and Mira Beauty.

Prior to investing, Stephen worked in strategy consulting (Burlington / Deloitte) focusing on commercial due diligence for private equity and corporate clients.

Jelena Zec
Principal
Jelena Zec
Principal

Jelena invests in the consumer and technology space with a focus on wellness, femtech and healthtech. Jelena joined Unilever Ventures from Cassia Investments, a Hong Kong based private equity fund where she specialised in branded consumer goods, services and luxury products. In her career, Jelena has invested across a range of consumer and e-commerce companies across the US, Europe and Asia.

Jelena manages Unilever Ventures’ investments in Hero, Rael and Plant People and works closely with Kopari and Nue Co.

Jelena is fluent in English, Serbo-Croatian, and Italian (and is conversational in Mandarin and Spanish).

Devesh Papney
Investment Associate – Asia
Devesh Papney
Investment Associate – Asia

Devesh focuses on Asian venture and growth investments across beauty, personal care & wellness, consumer tech and enterprise tech.

Within Unilever Ventures portfolio, Devesh works closely with Cure.Fit, Khatabook, Milkbasket, Shop101, Peel-works, Plum and Scentials.

Prior to Unilever Ventures, Devesh worked at Avendus Capital on multiple private equity, M&A and private markets transactions in the consumer and digital sectors. He has also worked at The Royal Bank of Scotland Group in their Risk and Technology practices.

Devesh is based in Mumbai.

Paul Hart
Finance Controller
Paul Hart
Finance Controller

As the financial business partner on European and US Direct investments, Paul is responsible for portfolio performance processes as well as providing transactional support on specific deals.

Paul also serves as Unilever Ventures’ FCA Compliance and Money Laundering Officer and is responsible for UK accounting operations and systems.

Prior to joining Unilever Ventures, Paul worked across various Unilever FMCG operations in Europe. His roles have ranged from sales and marketing support, category finance, financial accounting operations, company planning and analysis to internal audit and business systems implementation.

Jay Miranda
Finance Controller - Funds
Jay Miranda
Finance Controller - Funds

As the financial business partner on global Fund investments, Jay is responsible for the evaluation, structuring, execution, management and reporting of Unilever Ventures’ global Fund investments.

Jay is a fellow of the ICAEW, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and brings with her over thirty years’ experience in financial, commercial, and manufacturing accounting.

Ted Stotzer
Tax Counsel – M&A / Ventures
Ted Stotzer
Tax Counsel – M&A / Ventures

Ted is the dedicated Unilever tax advisor to Unilever Ventures.

In his role, he focuses on the tax aspects of venture capital, alternative invest¬ments, mergers and acquisitions and international tax policy. Ted has been involved in all tax aspects of due diligence, structuring, and integration of multiple large Unilever acquisitions and dispositions, including the recent acquisitions of Hourglass Cosmetics, Shea Moisture/Nubian Heritage, Olly Vitamins and Tatcha Skincare.

Ted has published numerous articles on current tax issues, including the 2017 US Tax Reform, blockchain/ virtual currencies and M&A.

Tom Vaughan-Jones
Financial Analyst
Tom Vaughan-Jones
Financial Analyst

Tom studied for a BSc in Business Studies at Northumbria University graduating 2016. He has held positions in finance within the gaming industry prior to joining Unilever Ventures in early 2019.

Dafydd Farr-Jones
Office Manager / PA to Olivier Garel / Social Media
Dafydd Farr-Jones
Office Manager / PA to Olivier Garel / Social Media

An efficient, organised and conscientious Executive Assistant and Office Manager with over ten years’ experience. Dafydd holds an NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration.

Dafydd runs the Unilever Ventures Website and social media platforms.

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