Leon John Hermann
Head of Corporate Development & Strategy
Leon is an investment professional and operator with a track record of more than ten years building, operating, and investing in category-leading technology companies in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He’s currently a Director at Rigel Capital, a multi-stage Emerging Markets investment company, as well as Head of Corporate Development & Strategy at Wingcopter. Over the course of his career, he invested in and built more than thirty technology companies in Asia and Europe of which two companies became unicorns, i.e. private market companies valued at more than US$1 Billion. He was recognized for his work by Forbes Magazine as part of Forbes 30 under 30 in 2022. Prior to Rigel Capital and Wingcopter, Leon was a Venture Partner at Kejora Capital, where he launched a US$30 Million Early-Stage Fund in partnership with SBI Holdings to invest in technology companies in Indonesia. Before that, he was with 500 Global, where he managed 15 General Partners across 10 funds in Asia and the Americas with combined more than US$300 Million in Assets Under Management. Prior to that, he was responsible for all investment activities in Southeast Asia for Global Founders Capital, a global investment firm with more than US$2 Billion in Assets under Management. He launched his career building eCommerce platforms in Asia Foodpanda (ETR:DHER) and Zalora (ETR:GFG), as well as Russian fashion eCommerce platform Lamoda (ETR:GFG). Leon is deeply rooted in the innovation ecosystem in Asia and Europe as a lead mentor of the German Accelerator in Southeast Asia, mentor at the GnB Accelerator, mentor at MDI Ventures and frequent guest speaker across leading conferences and institutions. He was speaking at global conferences such as the Future Investment Initiative, Dealstreet Asia, Tech in Asia, Echelon, Asia VC PE Conference, GMASA, Wild Digital, among others. Quoted by Bloomberg, Tech in Asia, Ebrun (China) and other regional/domestic publications and blogs.