Jean-Noël Odier is a Senior Operating Partner at Bamboo Capital, where he focuses on Africa tech for impact investments and represents the company in the GCC countries. He enjoys two decades of experience as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, private equity investor and was involved in a leadership position at three venture capital and private equity firms.
Jean-Noël founded Mavericks in 2016, a company focused on business and project incubation, advisory work on investment in start-ups and more mature companies. Prior to Mavericks, he started and headed the private equity division of Gulf Islamic Investments, a private investment company owned by various members of the Abu Dhabi and Qatar ruling families and prominent local entrepreneurs. He was previously Managing Director at PCG Asset Management, a US-based private equity fund of funds, co-investment and advisory firm with $15 billion under management and advisory. Jean-Noël started his career in venture capital at US Trust Private Equity, managing $500 million in venture capital investments out of its New York and Palo Alto offices, focusing on healthcare and technology.
Jean-Noël has been involved with business ventures in different capacities, as co-founder, member of senior management, board member, advisor and investor. Jean-Noël was based out of India for a year and spent considerable time working on the development of metals recycling plants in various African countries. He also sat on the board of a natural ingredient trading company with operations in Africa.
Jean-Noël Odier is a graduate from Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and holds a degree from the Political Sciences Institute of Lyon. He speaks French, English, and Arabic. He published “Beast of the East”, a novel on the disenchantment of America’s Rust Belt.