Irina Haivas is a Partner on the investment team based in London. She leads on investments in enterprise/B2B businesses, with an interest in enterprise SaaS, communication, productivity and collaboration tools, data stack tools and infrastructure and applied AI/ML. She also leads on health tech and computational biology.
Irina looks for bold, mission and product-driven founders that use first principles to architect a version of the future that changes the status quo and tackles high-stakes problems – whether it’s the way we work, evolve products and businesses, transform industries or drive human potential itself.
Previously, Irina was a late stage investor at GHO Capital Partners, where she invested in enterprise software, tech-enabled services, and applied AI/ML at the intersection of technology and life sciences. Before that, Irina was part of the leadership team of Bain & Co. in Europe and the U.S., where she worked directly with over 30 companies on innovation and product strategy, go to market, and M&A. She also spent time building a regional sales strategy at Medtronic, one of the world’s largest medical engineering companies.
While her first love was mathematics, Irina trained in medicine and was a surgical fellow at Harvard Medical School before completing an MSc (Dist) in International Health Policy at London School of Economics. Irina speaks Romanian, English, German, conversational French and enough Italian to get around.
Irina is into all things health and wellness; she is an all round fitness lover whether it’s HIIT or yoga, and likes to try out new (science backed) biohacks. A self-declared ‘global citizen’ from an early age, she worked in 10 countries and travelled to over 50; she loves to dive into new places and cultures, and is always planning the next adventure to a far away destination with patchy network but great photography captions.