Heather Henyon has 18 years of experience in venture finance, entrepreneurship, emerging markets, angel investing, financial technology, credit and impact investment. She is an activist investor with a passion for fintech and women-led businesses in emerging markets. She is a Founding Partner of Athena CFO, now known as Growth Partners. 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. As the founding general manager of Grameen-Jameel, she originated, structured and closed $44 million in leveraged commercial debt financing for microfinance institutions in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. In 2013, Heather started the Women’s Angel Investor Network (WAIN), the first women’s angel investment group in the Middle East, and is currently CFO of NeedsList, a refugee aid matching platform. Over the last 20 years, she has lived and worked in the UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine. Heather is on the Investment Committee of Next Wave US Impact Fund; Board Director and Investment Committee Member of Dubai Angel Investors; cofounder of impact angel investor club Rhodium45; and advisor to CoFund, a Dutch microfinance private equity fund. Heather is a mentor for start-up companies at in5, Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi, 1776 and the Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Center (DTEC). She serves on the Advisory Council of BR Microcapital, Cornell University’s microfinance fund; is a Board member of the Cornell Club of the UAE and co-founder and past Chair of the Dubai Microfinance Club.