We Grow Unicorns
We are Europe's only dedicated women's health investment fund. Investing since 2021 and now raising a £100mn fund, we invest in pioneering technology businesses built to offer personalised healthcare to the four billion women worldwide.
Goddess Gaia Ventures (GGV) is capitalising on the $1.1 trillion women’s healthcare market by investing in five core pillars - women's fertility; women's cancer; women's wellness; women's lifestyle diseases and Femtech products and services.
Women-centred healthcare has been historically overlooked and underfunded, despite women accounting for 51% of the population. With only 4% of all healthcare research and funding going to women’s health, and 65% of that is focused on fertility, there is a clear need to have a differentiated and specialised approach towards the healthcare needs for women.
Through our pre-series A investments, we invest in founders who want to build extraordinary companies that will be impactful and change the world.
FOUNDING GENERAL PARTNER
Oxford Alumni | Angel Investor | Entrepreneur and Founder | Ex Lawyer | Working Mother | Cancer Survivor
Priya is the General Partner of Goddess Gaia Ventures (GGV). Priya conceptualised and started to build GGV in 2021 after a long-held belief that women’s healthcare is greatly underserved and underfunded and there remains huge, untapped market potential in this investment vertical.
Priya is an avid angel investor and has demonstrated access and a winning formula when investing in promising start-ups.
Priya is also the founder of Oberoi Capital Partners, a regulated company she built from the ground up. She built, managed and ran the investment firm for over ten years, providing fund raising expertise, strategic business advice and multi-channel scale-up positioning across different asset classes and distinct investment strategies.
Priya is a finance and derivatives lawyer by background and training, attaining of-counsel recognition in 2010 at a magic circle law firm.
Priya holds a B.A. (Hons) and MA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford.
SECTOR SPECIALIST, PARTNER
Stanford Alumni | Health & Life Sciences Expert | Ex-Strategy Consultant | Start-up coach | Working Mother
With over 20 years of experience across research, implementation, strategy and innovation in both corporate and advisory roles, Alexandra brings a holistic view of the digital landscape and the innovation imperative in the Health and Life Science industry.
Alexandra’s relevant experiences include being Senior Director at Salesforce where she helped FTSE 100 CEOs. Prior to this, she was at Bupa where she was the Co-founder of the Customer Lab and the Head of Strategy and Innovation. Alexandra started her career as a Senior Chemist at Arkema before moving to McKinsey & Company.
Alexandra holds a MSc in organic chemistry from Trinity College, Dublin and a MBA from Stanford University
AYA SUZUKI, CFA
HEAD OF OPERATIONS, PARTNER
Waseda Alumni | Chartered Financial Analyst | Ex Capital Markets Banker | Cross Border Transactions | Working Mother
Aya is an experienced banker, having worked for 12 years at UBS Investment Bank in London and Tokyo. Aya worked as a Debt Capital Markets professional focusing on deal execution, business development and client relationship management experience.
Aya not only has an exceptional technical background, but also understands the importance of collaboration, out-of-the-box thinking, technology, mentorship and D&I.
She was most recently responsible for the origination, distribution and execution of private placements for a broad range of institutional clients worldwide and has extensive experience delivering cross-border solutions for her clients. She is bilingual in English and Japanese.
Aya holds a B.A. in Economics from Waseda University, Japan.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Columbia University Alumni | Co-Founder BeDoWin Institute | Partner Kidd & Company | Ph.D. International Economics, Japan | Working Father | PE & VC Expertise +25 years
James is the Chairman of Goddess Gaia Ventures where he manages and creates value for Goddess Gaia's Board and Investment Committee. He brings over 25 years of experience in VC and PE.
James is the Co-Founder & Chief Talent Officer at BeDoWin360 Capital. Prior to this, James was also a Co-Founder of Left Tackle Capital and a partner at Kidd & Company (KCO), a family office direct investment firm. James serves on the NextPhase Medical Devices & Colerain Family RV board of directors and is an observer on the Logistyx Technologies board of directors.
James holds a Ph.D. in International Economics from Columbia University, a B.A. from Baylor University, and a Certificate on Monetary and Fiscal Policy from the Japanese Ministry of Finance.
Robert E. Knowling, Jr.
SENIOR STRATEGIC ADVISOR
Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management Alumni | Chairman at Eagles Leading Partners | former CEO of Telwares, SimDesk Technologies, and Covad Communications | Working Father
Robert brings over 30 years of experience as a Senior Strategic Advisor to Goddess Gaia's Board, Investment Committee and Portfolio Companies.
Robert currently serves as Chairman of Eagles Landing Partners, which specialises in helping senior management formulate strategy, lead organisational transformations, and re-engineer businesses.
Robert has also held roles such as Chief Executive Officer of Telwares, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SimDesk Technologies, Inc. and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Covad Communications. Robert serves on the board of directors for CECO Environmental Corp., Citrix Systems Inc., Rite Aid Corporation and Stream Companies.
Robert holds a B.A. in Theology from Wabash College and an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.