Nomads Team1

Wouter Gort

Wouter leads Nomads. Prior to this, he spent 10+ years in venture as founding partner at Greyhound Capital, and as MD at Atomico leading value creation. Wouter is also the founder of The Big Search, Europe's leading executive search firm for technology.

Wouter has an MSc in Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Barend Van den Brande

Barend is the founder of Hummingbird Ventures (2010) with 15+ years of venture capital experience.

He is involved with Showpad, Deliveroo, Elder and Automata, Pristyn Care and Khatabook.

Previously, he started his career in the US as a financial analyst for SG Cowen in Boston, Massachusetts, focusing on internet and data-networking companies.

Barend holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Louvain, Belgium.

Firat Ileri

Firat is a Partner at Hummingbird Ventures. His current portfolio includes Armut, Argent, Aspire, Billiontoone, Brigit, Ciceksepeti, Instacarro, Kernal Biologics and Layer.

He previously worked with Frontier Car Group, Gram Games, Peak Games and Merlin prior to their acquisition. He is interested in marketplaces, frontier tech, fintech and gaming.

Previously, he worked at J.P. Morgan at the Emerging Markets Structuring and Solutions group. He received B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Management Science and a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Yavuzhan Yilancioglu

Yavuzhan leads the investment activities as a part of the Nomads team. Prior to Hummingbird, he was an early-stage investor focused on CEE and Turkey. He also worked at Oliver Wyman where he advised financial institutions on strategy and risk.

He studied mathematics at Bogazici University and did his graduate studies in finance at the London School of Economics

Jordan Nel

Jordan leads the research activities as a part of the Nomads team. Prior to Hummingbird he founded Vineyard Holdings, a long-short public markets firm, and worked as a strategy consultant advising financial institutions on corporate development and digital strategy.

He studied Law and Economics at Stellenbosch University

Siya Chandrie

Siya joined the Nomads team in 2022 to manage investor relations and fundraising. Prior to this, she was an early product manager at a venture-backed digital health startup in India.

Siya holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from New York University, where she spent four years across Abu Dhabi, New York City, and London. She is a classically trained singer, actor, and occasionally dabbles in documentary filmmaking.

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