Vasileios Tsianos


Finalist of the EPIC Awards 2020

"The road to Excellence is always under construction."

Venture Partner at NextGen VC. MIF 2017.

Vasileios is a Management Consultant with StrategyCorp, advising clients in highly-regulated industries on corporate development strategy.

Concurrently, he serves as:
• Venture Partner at NextGen VC, where he sits in on investment due diligence committees, helps source deals, and provides operational advise to portfolio companies;
• Chair of the Canada Observatory (Transatlantic Relations Initiative) of the IE School of Global & International Affairs;
• Member of Board of Advisors of Stanbury Holdings;
• Member of Global Panel of the MIT Technology Review.

Previously, he served as:
• Vice President, Corporate Development at Keela.co;
• Investment Banking Analyst at IJW & Co;
• Strategy researcher at Carrot Rewards App.

He completed his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto, and went on to obtain his Masters in Finance at IE Business School, where he also developed the first quantitative methodology for development of large-scale Debt-for-Environment Swaps. He is one of the youngest to be awarded the Professional Risk Manager designation by PRMIA.

In the past, he served as the Policy Chair to Mitzie Hunter’s campaign for Leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario, and as Director of the Hellenic Canadian Board of Trade. He co-led the initiative to create a Modern Greece Studies program at the University of Toronto, and served as Head of Delegation at the COP21 UN Climate Summit. He has published articles on LSE ‘s EuroCrisis and the Huffington Post. He advised several political candidates for leadership in NA, EU, and the United Nations. Cumulatively, he has fundraised over $3M for various business and philanthropy causes.

He has been recognized as one of the 100 Future Global Leaders by the Web Summit and a Greek America’s 40 Under 40. He has been a member of the Concordia Summit, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the investor community Manual of Ideas, and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum.

How did IE help you get to where you are today?

As a Chemical Engineer by training, I am fascinated by catalysts.

IE Business School has been the greatest catalyst, the most transformational influence, in who I have become professionally as expert in ventures for highly regulated industries. The professors and my classmates at the Masters in Finance at IE Business School helped me developed a perspective of how to evaluate both business and personal opportunities in life that I use every day.

I am grateful for this and I always seek for ways to give back to the IE community.

What is the best advice you can give to a young individual starting his/her professional career?

It’s more meaningful to decide in what type of work and what impact you want to have in 10 years, than in what industry/function/role you want to be in. It’s easier (and in your control) to converge to the former, than to the latter.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

As a leading investor in and advisor to ventures in highly regulated industries. Also, teaching at IE Business School an elective course on Ventures in Highly Regulated Industries!


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