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AVP Adds Warda Shaheen and Pedro Barros as Partners

AXA Venture Partners

In the context of the launch of the €1.5 billion late stage fund, AXA Venture Partners, a Paris, France-based venture capital firm investing in technology- enabled companies, reinforced its team adding Warda Shaheen and Pedro Barros as partners.

Warda Shaheen joined as General Partner to take a prominent role in the new Late Stage Fund in Europe. Prior to joining AVP, Warda Shaheen held the position of Director at OMERS Growth Equity, where she conducted investments in prominent software companies such as Coveo, TouchBistro, PandaDoc, Clio, Celigo and GitLab. Previously, she worked in public markets at CPP Investments where she ran a $500M public markets portfolio in the thematic investing team. She also worked at Point72 Asset Management, Bain & Company and Deutsche Bank. Warda has experience working in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong and Germany. Shaheen holds an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of Oxford, a BESc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western University and an HBA in Business Administration the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Pedro Barros joined as Partner in charge of investor relations. Barros brings extensive experience in fundraising of technology funds, from his tenure at Target Global, where he played a key role in fundraising multiple tech funds and fostering investor relationships. Barros has also held senior positions at MVision and Hamilton Lane. Having started his career in the venture capital arm of FINEP, the Brazilian innovation agency, Barros holds an MBA and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro.

AXA Venture Partners is a venture capital firm specializing in technology-enabled companies, managing more than $2 Billion in assets across four investment strategies: Venture, Growth, Late Stage, and Fund of Funds. Since its establishment in 2016, AVP has invested in more than 60 technology companies in Venture and Growth stages in the US and Europe. With offices in New York, London, and Paris, AVP supports companies in expanding internationally and provides portfolio companies with tailored business development opportunities to further accelerate their growth.

The firm operates under AXA IM- Alts, the alternative investment business unit of AXA IM.