Chairman - Tom Whitehouse
Tom is LEIF’s founder and chairman. He has advised leading investment and technology businesses and NGOs over the last twelve years.
Before establishing LEIF, Tom was a journalist and actor. From 1997-1999 he was Moscow correspondent for The Guardian and from 1991-1997 he was a reporter and producer for the BBC World Service, based in Prague and Moscow. Before that he worked for leading British theatre and film companies including Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar-winning Renaissance Film Company. He is contributing editor at Global Corporate Venturing, for whom he writes specialist reports, and curates and moderates conferences. He has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and speaks English, Russian, Czech and bad French. He can swear in Albanian.
Researcher - Jeremy Raymond
Jeremy joined LEIF in 2017 after completing a Masters in International Relations at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. A dual citizen of both Holland and New Zealand, Jeremy was awarded the Lewis Fretz Prize in International Relations by Waikato University in New Zealand in 2011. In addition to his work for LEIF, Jeremy is a director and co-founder of Roisst P.E Ltd, an investment fund focused on investing within the education sector in New Zealand. He speaks Chinese and bad Dutch.
LEIF works with a team of associate who we use on an as-needs basis - financial modellers, designers, PR specialists, event organisers – so that we are able to provide a comprehensive service to our clients
“Participating in GCV’s mobility programme [curated and moderated by LEIF] was an efficient and enjoyable way to start doing business with the most senior decision-makers in the most active corporate venture capital companies.”
Felix Leuschner, Founder and CEO, Drover (a BP Ventures portfolio company)