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Chief of Staff to the Supervisory Board, NATO Innovation Fund

Kate O’Brien

Biography

NATO Innovation Fund (NIF) is the world’s first multi-sovereign venture fund that invests in cutting-edge science and engineering startups to strengthen the defence, security & resilience of our allied nations. NIF’s first sub-fund is backed by 24 allied governments to deploy EUR 1 billion+ over a 15-year time horizon.

In her role at NIF, Kate works closely with the board on all strategic and operational aspects relating to the business and provides a key point of liaison with the senior leadership team. She is also a qualified lawyer. She has spent most of her career working at the intersection of critical technologies and venture, and previously held positions as General Counsel and Company Secretary at Oxford Science Enterprises, a billion-pound investment company that creates transformational businesses via its relationship with the University of Oxford, and as an advisor to Lansdowne Partners on their non-listed investment portfolios in deep tech and defence tech.

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