Nela, as NIF’s fund-of-funds investment associate, collaborates closely with Thorsten to strengthen regional capabilities, foster ecosystem growth, and enhance global recognition for deep tech in emerging areas. Nela also works on connecting with relevant venture capital managers in the NATO region.

Previously, Nela worked at London-based venture capital firm DN Capital, which focuses on SaaS, marketplace, fintech, and consumer investments. At DN Capital, she supported finance, aided in due diligence, and forged LP partnerships. She also served as a Business Analyst at Silicon Valley-based insure-tech venture capital firm Sure Ventures. After graduating from The Hotchkiss School, Nela earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from UC Berkeley, focusing on entrepreneurship and technology. Nela’s enthusiasm for defence was sparked during her time in the US Military Air Force ROTC program where she trained as a cadet during her time at UC Berkeley. She also completed a competitive program at Haas Business School and recently obtained her Masters in Business Management from Imperial College Business School in London. Outside of work, Nela enjoys spending time with her dogs, animal aid volunteering, exploring new cuisines, spending time with family, and swimming recreationally.


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