Kirthiga Reddy | President and Director of Athena Capital
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Kirthiga Reddy

President and Director of Athena Capital
Isabelle Freidheim, Founder and Chairman of Athena Capital

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Kirthiga Reddy is a renowned technology executive and growth-stage investor, currently serving as the President and Director of Athena. With a career spanning approximately three decades, Reddy has established herself as a formidable force in the tech industry. Her role at Athena highlights her commitment to innovative technology and strategic leadership.

Earlier Professional Life

Reddy's professional journey is marked by her tenure as Managing Director at Facebook India and South Asia, where she played a pivotal role in the company's expansion in emerging markets. She was Facebook's first employee in India, demonstrating her trailblazing spirit. Prior to Athena, she was SoftBank Investment Adviser’s first female Investment Partner, focusing on frontier, enterprise and health tech investments.

Additionally, she has served as Chair of the Stanford Business School Management Board, contributing her expertise to the academic field.

She has been recognized as Fortune India’s “Most Powerful Woman” and as Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” among other recognitions.

Education

Kirthiga Reddy holds a Bachelor's in Computer Science and Engineering from MGM's College of Engineering. Following this, Reddy moved to the United States, where she completed her Master's in Business Administration from Stanford University, graduating with highest honors as an Arjay Miller Scholar and an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University.

 Kirthiga Reddy and Saurabh Doshi celebrate the close of a $8M seed round for their web3 startup Virtualness.
 Kirthiga Reddy and Saurabh Doshi celebrate the close of a $8M seed round for their web3 startup Virtualness.

Quick Facts

Name: Isabelle Freidheim

Current Title: President and Director of Athena Capital

Industries: Technology and Investment

Education: 

  • B.E. in Computer Science from Marathwada University, India
  • M.B.A., Stanford University, Arjay Miller Scholar
  • M.S. in Computer Engineering, Syracuse University

Previous Roles:

  • Managing Director, Facebook India and South Asia (Jul 2010 – Feb 2016)
  • Managing Global Client Partner and Emerging Markets Lead, Global Partnerships, Facebook (2016 – 2018)
  • Investing Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers (2020 – 2021)
  • Board of Directors, Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Collective Health (2019 – 2021)
  • Board of Directors, WeWork (2020 – 2023)
  • Communications Chair, YPO (2022 – 2023)
  • Member, Chief (Jul 2022 - present)
  • Member, YPO (May 2021 – present)
  • Founding Investment Partner, f7 Ventures (2018 – present)
  • Board Of Directors, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Pear Therapeutics (2021 – present)
  • Co-founder & Interim CEO, Liftery (Mar 2022 – present)
  • Co-founder & CEO, Virtualness (Jul 2022 – present)

Prior Board Member:

  • (NYSE: ATHN), (NYSE: ACAQ),(NASDAQ: GFGD)

Current board member:

  • (NASDAQ: EGOX)(NYSE: ATEK)Member, YPO