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Company Introduction & Vision

ThinkSuite was founded on the premise that meaningful relationships can transform our lives, careers and businesses. We believe that targeted high-quality connections can make the process of finding deals faster and more efficient. We are creating an intentional community for private equity and venture capital professionals, built on the principles of enduring relationships and personal growth.

The need for such a next-level community and finding relationships beyond the next deal has never been greater. We are creating a global networking platform that provides thought leadership, deep insights and game-changing connections. We facilitate relationships so that our members can find curated insights, investors, leads, clients and deals.

Our extraordinary network includes limited partners, general partners, leading experts, entrepreneurs, board members and C-suite executives. We seek to engage the brightest minds and facilitate an exchange of ideas in an intellectually stimulating environment.

Our influential and high-powered communities bring exceptional people with complementary interests into the same room. We are reimagining the way human beings interact by fostering an environment that helps you find great transactions without being transactional. These groups are potent catalysts for targeted interactions and collaboration that result in tangible value for members on our network. You make a small investment of time and get a big return in outcome – discussions that lead to deals.

We believe that when you bring to the table really good people, magic happens. It is our mission to create networks where that magic happens on a consistent basis. We prepare the table and give you a seat at the table. Come join us

Our Mission

Our mission is to build a global community for private equity and venture capital professionals, where you can find exceptional limited partners, general partners, talent and acquisition opportunities. We are confident that you will find ThinkSuite to be the smartest place to do deals.

Team

John Tilak

Cofounder & CEO

John is the cofounder and CEO of ThinkSuite. A former Canadian M&A reporter at Thomson Reuters with expertise covering dealmaking and financial services, he has a proven track record of success in various high-stakes projects.

Richard Mak

Vice President and Partner, Asia

Richard is Vice President and Partner, Asia at ThinkSuite. He is the Chief Investment Officer of a Single Family Office based in Singapore, and he is leading ThinkSuite’s foray into Singapore and South East Asia, with the goal of building networks and investment opportunities between two continents, as well as connecting North American capital with major governments and institutions in Asia. He has had three decades of investment and capital markets experience in the family office space, with specializations in asset allocation and portfolio management. He has invested in public equities, private equity, automotive manufacturing, high-tech ventures, real estate development and hedge funds.

Felipe Cotrim

Director of Community & Leadership Development

As Head of Community, Felipe leads community building and drives the planning, strategy, and execution of ThinkSuite’s virtual events, pods, and private dinners.

Previously, Felipe cofounded Life Questions Academy, a global emotional intelligence community whose membership has expanded to 18 cities around the world. He is currently pursuing a PhD in management at the University of Lisbon, where he researches leadership development. He is also a lecturer at EU Business School.

Fulya Kocak

Partner, Climate Strategy

Fulya Kocak is Partner, Climate Strategy at ThinkSuite. She is a multiple award-winning sustainability thought leader, educator and author. She speaks widely on sustainability issues and teaches multiple sustainability courses on LinkedIn. A pioneer of the green building and ESG movement, Fulya’s experience spans more than two decades as a change agent and subject matter expert in the real estate, design and construction industries. She was previously the SVP of ESG issues at Nareit, the national association representing real estate investment trusts in the United States.

Jonah Larkin

Partner, Strategic Leadership

Jonah is Partner, Strategic Leadership at ThinkSuite, driving our efforts to build peer groups of preeminent investors. He is a Facilitator and Executive Coach at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. With a background as an entrepreneur with a successful exit, he brings a wealth of experience to his role as an executive coach. His specialization lies in elevating C-Level executives and their teams by enhancing communication, accountability, and team unity, driving them towards extraordinary achievements. Jonah wears dual hats at Stanford, both as a facilitator for the Interpersonal Dynamics Program and as a leadership coach for the LEAD business program, with a focus on honing communication and leadership acumen. Beyond the professional sphere, he is a passionate advocate for self-discovery through adventures, meditation, surfing and travel.

Steven Koinis

Partner, Private Equity

Steven is Partner, Private Equity at ThinkSuite. He was Head of Private Equity, Direct Investments and Special Situations at Abu Dhabi Investment Company, a sovereign wealth fund. He has accelerated investments and financial returns in private equity portfolios with enterprise valuations up to $1B.
He has been Practice Leader and Managing Director, Strategic Growth Advisory and Restructuring at Huron Consulting Group (HURN); Managing Director and CEO of Makan Capital Group, a family office of a prominent royal family; Operating Partner and President of Portfolio Companies at Washington Gas Venture Group; and Chairman and CEO at the Octagon Group of Companies. He has held multiple C-level positions with investment firms. Steven has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Angie Wang

Partner, Venture Capital

As Partner, Venture Capital at ThinkSuite, Angie helps in identifying venture partnerships and advising startups in the ecosystem. She is the Investment Lead at VU Venture Partners, a global multi-stage venture capital fund. With a career spanning over 15 years, she has held roles as a thought leader in disruptive technologies research & advisory, corporate strategist, head of strategic partnerships and innovation center of excellence at renowned corporations such as Gartner, Hewlett Packard, Alibaba and Lenovo. Her extensive global exposure stems from her work and academic experiences in the United States, Canada, China, UK, Hong Kong, Israel and Dubai. She holds dual MBAs from Columbia University and London Business School, along with an Honors BSc and a Master’s degree in Statistics from The University of Western Ontario. An enthusiastic lifelong learner at heart, Angie takes pride in fostering trust-based relationships, empowering teams and spearheading the commercialization of groundbreaking business ideas.

Sara Dahan

Lead Community Strategist

Sara is ThinkSuite’s key strategist in the development and implementation of the pods, communities, and overall engagement.

As founder and principal at Catalyst Solutions, she has given 3 TEDx talks about community and empathetic leadership. Sara uses her science background – with degrees from MIT and NYU – to integrate the analytical and human elements of community strategy.

Junyu Yang

Director of Data Analytics

Previously Junyu worked as a senior data scientist at LinkedIn, Nike, and VSCO, using data to guide mission-critical decisions for business lines worth billions of dollars. At ThinkSuite, as the Director of Data Analytics, Junyu informs data strategy so ThinkSuite can use data to better serve its community. Junyu is also the cofounder and CEO at innercircle.ooo, building the definitive web3 talent network.

Diana Lam

Director of Marketing

Diana was a key partner in the developing ThinkSuite’s branding and communications operations. She now drives ThinkSuite’s marketing, sponsorship, and content activities.

Additionally, she provides operational support for ThinkSuite’s events.

Diana is passionate about working closely with organizations to optimize their branding strategy and digital communications. Her experience includes working with large international tech companies and local businesses to create effective communication and user experiences.

Christian Hensley

Senior Advisor

Christian is a seasoned investor, with deep experience developing and leading investment programs. Most recently, he was Senior Managing Director of Equities & Credit at the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO), an Ontario pension fund with over $70 billion in assets under management. He oversaw a $35 billion portfolio that included IMCO’s private equity, public equity, global credit and hedge fund strategies. His direct investing experience and relationships with leading global alternatives platforms contributed to IMCO’s rapid growth and strong financial performance.

Before joining IMCO, Christian was Managing Director and Head of Relationship Investments, a global $10+ billion direct equity investment strategy at CPP Investments. Prior to this, he spent 11 years in the private equity and growth capital industry at Charterhouse Group and Planier Capital. He has served on the boards of public and private companies in the US and Europe spanning the Industrial, Healthcare, Business Services, Communications and Technology sectors.

Christian began his career in the Investment Banking division of Salomon Brothers in New York City. He graduated from the MBA program at Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

Advisors

Eileen Raney
Las Vegas

Former Board Member, Deloitte Touche

Ker Fong Kwee
Singapore

Principal, Kwee Investment Office, Pontiac Land Group

Raj Kothari
Toronto

Board Member, IMCO and Jarislowsky Fraser
Chair, UHN Foundation
Former Vice-Chair, PwC Canada

Sandra Rosier
Toronto

Founder, Rosier Tax Advisory

Allen Lau
Toronto

Founding Partner, Two Small Fish Ventures Founder, Wattpad

Lisa Rowsell
Toronto

Former Head, Refinitiv Canada

Thomas Park
Montreal

Partner, BDC Deep Tech Fund

Juliette-Marie Somerset
Menlo Park

CEO, Somerset Capital

Amir Banifatemi
Newport Beach

Chief Innovation & Growth Officer, XPRIZE

Get In Touch

Feel free to reach us at contact@thinksuite.co with your inquiries and a ThinkSuite community success member will be in touch.