The rest of the 50 (in alphabetical order): Sidra Ahmed Lefort, investor, Munich Re Ventures

Sidra Ahmed has been an investor at Munich Re Ventures (MRV), the corporate venturing subsidiary of reinsurance firm Munich Re, since February 2019. She invests globally in cybersecurity, digital health, deep tech, IoT, tech and insuretech.

She said on MRV’s website: “We are finally at a point where technology and data science are being integrated for actionable insights in every vertical.

“I am excited to meet the next generation of healthcare and tech entrepreneurs that are going to lead the charge in bringing these innovations to reality.”

Munich Re Ventures managing director Jacqueline LeSage Krause said in her nomination of Ahmed: “Sidra joined MRV as an Investment Principal at the beginning of 2019 to focus primarily on cyber and health, with prior experience leading Singapore’s Economic Development Board’s venture activities in the US.

“Sidra’s zen persona and positive energy belie her sharp wit and serious expertise. She is rapidly becoming a partner of choice for entrepreneurs and an exemplary mentor for the younger associates on the team.”

Before MRV, Ahmed worked at VC firm EDBI for seven years – the first four of which she was between Singapore and the US, holding senior investment manager and assistant vice-president positions.

She became US centre director and vice-president of investments in March 2016, investing across enterprise tech – cybersecurity, data analytics, software infrastructure and fintech – healthcare and frontier tech – internet of things, augmented reality and virtual reality, robotics and autonomous vehicles.

As a strategic investor, Ahmed supported EDBI’s expansion efforts into Asia through Singapore. The portfolio she oversaw at the time included RNA therapeutics developer Moderna Therapeutics, e-signature platform DocuSign, digital therapeutics software developer Pear Therapeutics and online education platform Coursera.

Ahmed holds a bachelor’s of science degree in biomedical science, with a minor in technopreneurship from the National University of Singapore.

Edison Fu

Edison Fu is a reporter and Asia liaison at Global Corporate Venturing.