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Gabriela de Salles van der Linden

in transition

Gabriela is part of the founding team of Yaya Capital. She is responsible for the Venture Capital strategy and focuses on seed to Series B investments in digital health and medical devices startups.

Gabriela has worked in venture since 2007. She was a partner at CRP Companhia de Participações, a pioneering VC firm in Brazil, founded in 1981. At CRP, Gabriela spearheaded early-stage investments and participated in more than 20 deals in the south of Brazil. Afterward, she launched the Open Innovation area of the D´Or Institute, a non-profit organization focused on research, education, and innovation in health, maintained by the largest hospital network in Latin America, Rede D´Or São Luiz.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Gabriela grew up in the countryside of southern Brazil, and now lives in Rio de Janeiro. She graduated in Business Administration with an emphasis in leadership and innovation, earned an Executive MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral, and a specialization in Finance. Gabriela attended executive training from Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, and Babson College, in the areas of Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship, and Digital Transformation.

Passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, and a cutting-edge science enthusiast, Gabriela is a board member of Impacto por Elas, a network of well-connected women that advocates on impact investment, diversity, and ESG practices. She is also a Reality Experience Alumni and a volunteer of Rede Postinho a NGO that provides mental health support to the most vulnerable women in Rio de Janeiro.

Gabriela, mentored by Susana Garcia Robles (Partner at Capria VC) and Brian Treslstad (Partener at Bridges Fund Management), is a member of Class 26 serving at Yaya Capital.