Joana Bekerman


Joana Ryan Bekerman is a senior managing director at SVB Capital. She is a member of the Income Investment Committee and is responsible for executing technology and healthcare investments.

Prior to joining SVB Capital, Joana was a managing director in the communications banking and capital markets team at CoBank, where she sourced, structured and underwrote transactions, and developed relationships with investors. Joana spent 20 years at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, leading large cap financial sponsor coverage and deal origination for leveraged finance transactions. A founding member of the investment banking team at SMBC Nikko, Joana’s primary responsibilities included cross-border and advisory assignments and capital raises for portfolio companies. Joana also co-founded and led the middle market leveraged finance group at SMBC in North America with a portfolio of more than $1.7 billion. She began her career in infrastructure and project financing, including conventional and renewable energy financing.   

Joana holds bachelor’s degrees in history and political science from Boston College and an MBA in international finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Born and raised in Brazil, she now lives in Denver with her family.
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