Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Isabelle is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Athena Technology Acquisition Corp. II (NYSE: ATEK) and the founder and Chairman of Athena Technology Acquisition Corp (NYSE: ATHN), the first all women SPAC to announce a combination. Athena Technology announced a combination with Heliogen in July. She is also the founder and Chairman of the board of Athena Consumer Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: ACAQ). She is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur.
Ms. Freidheim co-founded Magnifi, an artificial intelligence and machine learning fintech company which was acquired by The Tifin Group in December 2020. In addition to co-founding the company, Ms. Freidheim acted as the Chief Executive Officer of Magnifi and led the company’s early growth.
Ms. Freidheim is co-founder and managing partner of Castle VC (formerly Starwood VC), making investments in technology companies across stages with a current focus on late-stage investments in the sectors of financial technologies, data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Ms. Freidheim has led investments in both early-stage and late-stage, pre-IPO growth companies. Ms. Freidheim also co-founded The London Fund, a fund that invests in IP-rich high-growth companies with a particular focus on emerging technologies. Ms. Freidheim was previously the first female venture partner at VC fund MissionOG, where she sourced investments in high-growth technology companies.
Ms. Freidheim started her career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers and then joined one of Invesco’s private equity funds to invest in European assets. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
President and Director
Kirthiga Reddy brings over twenty years of experience leading technology-driven transformations. From December 2018 - October 2021, Ms. Reddy has served as the Investment Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers, a private equity firm headquartered in London (SBIA), and served on the Investment Committee for the SoftBank Vision Fund Emerge program, a global accelerator for companies led by underrepresented founders. Ms. Reddy is also a co-founder and since October 2018 has served as Investment Council of F7 Ventures, a female-led seed investment fund focused on enabling human operations and the investment themes of connected communities, future of work, and physical and mental health. From July 2010 to March 2018, Ms. Reddy held various executive roles at Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB). At Facebook, Ms. Reddy first served as the Managing Director for India and South Asia, and subsequently focused on emerging and high- growth markets including Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa and the Middle East. Additionally, Ms. Reddy has served as a member of the board of directors of several companies, including Collective Health, Inc. since December 2019, where she also serves on the compensation and audit committees, WeWork Inc. since February 2020, and Fungible, Inc. since April 2021. Ms. Reddy has also served on the Investment Advisory Council for Neythri Futures Fund, a South Asian female-led stage-agnostic tech fund since March 2021. Ms. Reddy holds an MBA from Stanford University, where she graduated with the highest honors as an Arjay Miller Scholar, an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and a B.E. in Computer Science from Marathwada University, India. She served on Stanford Business School Management Board from September 2014 to April 2019, including serving as Chair from September 2018 to April 2019. She has been recognized as Fortune India’s “Most Powerful Women” and as Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” among other recognitions.
Chief Financial Officer
Anna Apostolova brings over 13 years of investment banking and private equity experience. Since 2020, Ms. Apostolova is a private equity investor at 7RIDGE, sourcing and executing investments in the financial technology space, with a particular focus on early and late-stage growth companies within capital markets, market infrastructure, investment management and associated technologies. In her role, Ms. Apostolova is also involved in managing portfolio companies’ financial operations and implementing growth initiatives.
Previously, Ms. Apostolova was an investment banker at Evercore (NYSE: EVR) in New York focused on mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and restructuring transactions (2013-2018). She advised publicly traded and privately held companies across all insurance verticals and the broader financial services space. Prior to her role at Evercore, Ms. Apostolova was an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group at J.P. Morgan (NYSE: JPM) in New York and London (2008-2013). Ms. Apostolova advised clients on mergers & acquisitions and capital markets transactions across the insurance, specialty finance, market structure and banking industries. Ms. Apostolova holds a B.A. in Economics & Statistics from Mount Holyoke College.