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Ruzgar Barisik
Managing Director at Next Billion Ventures


Ruzgar Barisik is Managing Partner of Next Billion Ventures, a technology investment firm focused on global emerging markets. NBV invests in early-to-growth stage technology businesses in select emerging markets including (EMEA, LatAm, Southeast Asia).

Previously Ruzgar served at IFC / World Bank, leading the organization's Venture Capital business in EMENA and co-Lead for Global Consumer Internet. At IFC he was responsible for developing and launching Startup Catalyst, an LP investment program into early-stage VC funds, and, a market-entry accelerator for tech companies.

Prior to IFC, Ruzgar was a Partner at GTI Group, where he led growth-stage tech investments in the US and India. Earlier in his career, Ruzgar was Director of Corporate Development at KCI. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with honors and Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics and Economics from Cornell University.

Agenda Sessions

  • Connections: Digitalisation of the economy in emerging markets