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Erika Wiese.

Head of Portfolio Management

Erika Wiese is Head of Portfolio Management at Innovation Edge. Her role involves managing the overall portfolio pipeline; identifying and sourcing investment opportunities, managing deal flow to match impact targets and providing incubation and acceleration support to enable growth and scale. In order to grow the platform and ensure sufficient funding flow as investee’s transition to scale, she works with a range of investors and funders in the impact and venture philanthropy spaces to identify opportunities for collaboration.

Prior to joining Innovation Edge, Erika was part of a startup that built an online marketplace platform to connect promising graduates to career opportunities. Erika has more than 10 years of experience working in the management consulting industry across multiple sectors. Based in Amsterdam, she worked for one of the largest Dutch banks, managing a global compliance risk assessment roll-out across several countries. A key part of her role involved supporting senior management in aligning operational controls with strategic objectives and developing and delivering training on Anti-Money Laundering, Fraud, Client Identification and Verification and Systems Integrity.

Erika was also one of the lead trainers in the PWC European Training Academy, training PwC recruits within Europe on strategy, change management, process improvement and consulting skills.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a Psychology Honours from the University of Stellenbosch, a Masters in Financial Management from Nyenrode University in the Netherlands and an Executive Coaching Diploma from the University of Cape Town.

 “I believe that innovation happens when there is curiosity, creed and need!”