Irena is a co-founder and Partner with Highland Capital Europe focusing on expansion stage investments in internet and mobile enabled businesses.
Irena joined Highland Capital Partners as a Principal in 2007 and opened the Geneva office alongside Fergal. She remains involved in investments in Privalia, Spartoo.com and wooga.
Before joining Highland, Irena spent two years at Flybridge Capital Partners in Boston where she invested in and worked closely with several early-stage technology start ups. At Flybridge, Irena was involved in such investments as Brontes Technologies (acquired by 3M), BzzAgent (acquired by Tesco), Cartera Commerce and VidSys.
Irena has also worked at Index Ventures where she identified investment opportunities in Eastern Europe; as a strategy and private equity consultant at Bain & Company; and at Tata Interactive Systems developing e-learning applications in Mumbai, India.
Irena grew up in the Ukraine and speaks English, Russian, and French. She holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S., Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.