Claire Lee

Claire Lee is global brand ambassador at SVB Capital after leading SVB’s early-stage startup group from 2014 to 2020. Claire is responsible for creating awareness of the SVB Capital platform, bringing a global perspective and cultivating new partnerships within the Limited Partner community to support SVB Capital Investor Relations.

Claire joined SVB from Microsoft, where she spent a decade working in emerging markets, with emerging technologies and emerging businesses (startups). During her time at Microsoft, Claire co-created and led the Local Software Economy initiative with the chairman of Microsoft Europe, engaging government, academia and private sector partners. Later, in Microsoft’s Emerging Business Group, Claire was part of the team that brought Microsoft BizSpark and Microsoft Ventures (Microsoft for Startups) to market.

In addition to SVB, Claire is also a long-standing advisor to the US Department of State, Office of Global Partnerships, where she orchestrated the first DEMO Africa event under Secretary Clinton’s leadership, among other programs. Claire worked with the White House during the Obama administration and was part of President Obama’s delegation to Nairobi, Kenya, in 2015. This involvement led Claire to become a core partner in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in 2016.

Claire is native to Ireland and currently resides in California. She sits on the board of directors of the FreeFrom organization — a group devoted to supporting victims of domestic violence.
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