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Dawn HinesDawn Hines, WG'91

Co-founder & Partner
Aventura Investment Partners

Dawn is Co-founder and Partner of Aventura Investment Partners, an early stage investment fund targeting the rural food-system value chain in Africa.        

Prior to launching Aventura, Dawn worked for 7 years in the venture capital industry.  She was an Investment Manager with Vanenburg Ventures and Fortis Group in the Netherlands, and went on to found a venture consulting practice, working with early-stage companies in Europe, the U.S. and Africa.  Since 2000, she has been involved in various roles in technology and industrial firms, including fund-raising and international expansion for 10 companies, turn-around of a U.S. manufacturing company and acquisition and change management of a European IT services firm.  

Dawn began her career in the Investment Banking group of PaineWebber (now UBS) in New York. Following MBA studies, she joined Reuters European headquarters in Geneva, as manager of business development for mobile applications. There she launched the first financial information text messaging service in Europe.

She completed an MBA at the Wharton School, including a semester at IESE Business School in Spain, and holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. Languages spoken include: English, French, Spanish, Dutch and German.

Dawn sits on the boards of Hines Industries, a family-owned company in the U.S., OOIP BV, a Dutch technology firm, Agrina Senegal, an agricultural production and management company and Clinique Borom Daara-J, a maternity clinic in Senegal. She currently divides her time between Amsterdam, Dakar and various Air France/KLM flight lounges.












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