Chrys Vakla, Chair of the Business Angels Committee
Chrys is currently the Head of Business Development and Partner of a PE/VC Investment Manager, Susten, which allocates capital in unlisted and listed opportunities related to Energy Transition. Before joining the VC world, Chrys spent over 20 years in financial markets, in both Investment Banking and Wealth Management. Chrys worked in Tier 1 Banks such as Royal Bank of Canada, Credit Suisse, Citi and Deutsche Bank. During her career, Chrys has been advising Institutional and also Private investors in various financial matters such as investment portfolios, wealth structuring and financing. Chrys’ expertise is within Hedge Funds and Private investments.
Having worked with numerous successful entrepreneurs, Chrys has a passion for new businesses and has been mentoring several European based start-ups in areas related to business development, partnerships and funding. In her spare time, Chrys is contributing to Greece’s FDI efforts by advising foreign companies that wish to do business in Greece. In March 2022 Chrys became a member of the Investment Committee of The British School of Athens (The BSA), a 150 year old British Foundation and Institute for advanced scientific Research in archaeology.
Chrys holds an MBA from University College Dublin and a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Piraeus. She’s a Chartered member of the CISI (Institute for Securities and Investments) and a Fellow of the RSA.
Alexandra Choli, Member of the Business Angels Committee
Alexandra Choli is an ecosystem pioneer and early stage tech startup investor. For over a decade she has been working with and investing in ground-breaking tech companies across industries, including healthtech, e-mobility, and edutech, and has founded and operated high-impact ventures in Greece and Europe.
In 2011, Alexandra founded Metavallon, a model social enterprise that spearheaded the formation of the startup ecosystem in Greece, and four years later she launched Metavallon Ventures Limited, a micro-fund and that introduced pre-seed investments and startup acceleration in the country. As such, Alexandra and Metavallon have been featured in publications, including the “Female Entrepreneurship: An Approach to Greek Reality”, and have inspired case studies taught in the Athens University of Economics and Business. In 2018, she co-founded and became a Partner at Metavallon VC, a €32mm venture capital firm investing in very early stage technology companies in Greece and Europe, with the European Investment Fund as an anchor investor in its inaugural fund. Prior to all ventures Metavallon, she worked in operations, management, and business development at several early-stage & small- to medium-sized businesses, both for-profit and non-profit, in Greece, UK, United States, Nicaragua and India.
In recognition of her pioneering work and entrepreneurial achievements the past decade, Alexandra was featured among Fortune’s 40 Under 40 in 2020 and was presented the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award in 2018 by the British Council. She holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College London and a Master of Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business, where she specialized in entrepreneurship, social innovation, and strategy.