Fellows Directory

Alexandre Lazarow

Cathay Innovation

Alex is an Investment Director with Cathay Innovation’s San Francisco office, a global venture capital firm. Cathay Innovation is part of Cathay Capital, an investment firm with over $2.5B AUM and offices across San Francisco, New York, Paris, Munich, Tel Aviv, Shanghai and Beijing. In his personal capacity, Alex is also a Board Advisor to MPOWER, a P2P lender focused on financially underserved students at U.S. colleges and universities.

Previously, Alex was a member of Omidyar Network’s investment team where he helped structure and manage Omidyar’s for-profit investments and nonprofit grants. Alex invested across the entrepreneurship and financial inclusion initiatives with a focus on Africa, Southeast Asia, and other emerging markets. He was a deal team member for innovative companies including Cignifi, Lenddo, MicroEnsure, Offgrid:Electric, Pagatech, RUMA, and Zoona.

Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Alex was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co.’s Brussels and Washington, DC offices, focusing on the intersection of finance, economic development, and strategy. He served clients across Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and North America in the private, public, and social sectors. Earlier, Alex worked with the Bank of Canada’s Financial Stability Department, Bridges Ventures, and the Royal Bank of Canada M&A Investment Banking team.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Alex earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. He has a Bachelor of Commerce in international business and finance from the University of Manitoba, Canada.

Alex served his fellowship at the Omidyar Network under the mentorship of Arjuna Costa as a member of Class 19.