Suzanne Biegel is the founder of Catalyst at Large and a global leader in gender-smart investing.
She leverages her deep networks in finance, philanthropy, development, research, and entrepreneurship to connect public and private investors to the people and information they need to move their capital in a gender-smart way.
Suzanne’s mission is to increase the flow of global capital to gender-smart investments and initiatives, to make sure this capital is used in ways that will generate the most impact, and to ensure that it reaches the entrepreneurs and innovators who need it in the most efficient way possible. To do this, she works with actors spanning the entire spectrum of investment to forge catalytic relationships, build collaboratives, and transform the entire system of global capital.
Her work has influenced hundreds of funds and institutional investors, and billions of dollars of capital to move with a gender-smart lens.
Suzanne has more than 25 years experience as an entrepreneur, investor, board member, and consultant. She has worked with CDC Group (the UK’s Development Finance Institution), UBS, IDB Invest, DGGF, Glenmede, OPIC, Tara Health Foundation, Linked Foundation, Tribe Impact Capital, Cornerstone Capital, and many others. Suzanne is a fellow of the Aspen Institute and a senior advisor to the Wharton Social Impact Initiative. See Suzanne’s LinkedIn and a selection of Catalyst At Large’s Projects for more information.
Suzanne began her career at IBM in the early 1980s, and subsequently played pioneering roles in two IBM-funded startups. In the 1990s, Suzanne was the CEO of IEC, an education technology firm. Since exiting IEC in 2000, Suzanne has been an active angel and venture capital investor, philanthropist, and board member, and has played leadership roles in a variety of companies and projects.
Suzanne is a dual citizen of the UK and United States. She and Catalyst at Large are based in London.
ON MY RADAR
Gender Lens Investing, by Jackie VanderBrug and Joseph Quinlan
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
LeapFrog, by Nathalie Molina Nino
New Power, by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms
The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig
Watching: Favourite films/television of the moment
Battle of the Sexes
Queen of Katwe
The Handmaid’s Tale
Florence and the Machine