Speaker Profile

Heather Henyon

Heather Henyon has 18 years of experience in venture finance, entrepreneurship, emerging markets, angel investing, financial technology, crowdfunding, credit and impact investment. She is an activist investor with a passion for global fintech and women-led start-ups. She is a Founding Partner of Athena CFO, now known as Growth Partners, an outsourced CFO and finance advisory firm for start-ups, SMEs, growth companies and investors in Dubai. Previously, she was Investment Director with Eureeca, a regulated global equity crowdfunding firm, where she was responsible for curation, products, and investments. Heather founded Balthazar Capital, a social enterprise investment advisory firm for the Arab region in 2010. She was the founding general manager of Grameen-Jameel, a regional microfinance social business jointly owned by Grameen Foundation and Abdul Latif Jameel Group. In 2013, Heather started the Women's Angel Investor Network (WAIN), the first women's angel investment group in the Middle East. She is an investor in Rising Tide Europe and Dubai Angel Investors, where she is an Investment Committee member, and a cofounder of Rhodium 45, an impact angel investor club in Dubai. She is on the Investment Committee of NextWave US Impact Fund and a member of the Board of Directors of the Sekem Holding Group in Egypt. Heather started her career on Wall Street. She holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University and a BA from Oberlin College. Heather lives in Dubai, UAE.