Emma-Jane McCormack is a private investor with over 20 years' experience in Business Development within Private Equity and Venture Capital. She created her consulting business in 2011 after over a decade of experience of working for investors doing M&A, angel and mezzanine investments initially in the technology sector and later in developing Renewable Energy solutions. Today Emma-Jane co-investing in projects and is working on leveraging growth in order to create a positive impact on top and bottom lines of businesses.
Emma-Jane's expertise is creating growth, strengthening sales, and sourcing and analyzing investments. Her extensive experience in environmentally friendly solutions provides a platform for identifying opportunities. She regularly travels between Europe, the Unites States, and to the Middle East and the Gulf region and her extensive network globally has been built up over thirty years. She has a network of qualified partners with whom she collaborates with on a project to project basis including governmental & political contacts, investment bankers, lawyers, accountants and tax advisors covering all aspects of business implementation.
Emma-Jane has a BA (hons) in French literature with Arabic from University College London (UCL) and the School of Oriental and African studies (SOAS) in London, and an Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) from IUM in Monaco. She was awarded a distinction for her thesis on the effect of Climate Change on the rainforest in Panama and its Marine biodiversity.
Abigail E. Laufer is the CIO of her family office and prior to that was the CEO and founder of Virid Capital Management a firm devoted to investments in public cleantech companies. She oversees the investment philosophy and management of the firm. Ms. Laufer has over 27 years of investment experience.
Ms. Lauferís career has spanned a broad cross-section of the institutional investment industry. Following her early days as a securities analyst with the National Bank of Detroit she was appointed Director of Mutual Fund Research for Merrill Lynch in New York. She later worked for the Frank Russell Company as a consultant serving Russellís Fortune 500 clients, providing strategy and conducting investment manager research for their pension funds and high net worth clients. In 1997, she co-founded Hanover Square Associates to represent managers and provide marketing consulting services on a contractual basis. Her successful fundraising venture led to her involvement as a partner at the New Energy Fund, a hedge fund devoted to public and private investments in the renewable energy sector. She formed Virid Capital Management in 2009 to focus exclusively on public market investments in the cleantech sector. She is actively sought as an expert on clean energy and speaks frequently on this topic. More recently she has managed money for individuals and families and acted as a business consultant to a number of smaller developing businesses.
She has an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. She holds a current Series 7 and 63 brokerage registration.