Inspirefest 2017

Barbara Clarke

Angel investor, Astia Angels (Fri, Stage 2)

Armed with a BA in quantitative economics from Tufts University, and an MA in international economics and finance from Brandeis University, Barbara Clarke has worked as a management consultant, including as senior manager, for KPMG and PwC in New York, London, Washington, DC, and Boston.

There, her speciality areas included intellectual property analysis for global, high-technology companies, transfer pricing, and global supply chain strategies to maximise profits and earnings after tax. Her client base ranged from venture-funded start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. As a senior leader, Clarke was often called on to ‘represent the women’, which led to a heightened sensitivity to the climate for diversity in the corporate domain. This continues to feed her commitment to diversity management, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because she thinks it is a profitable investment strategy.

After her time in corporate, she spent 10 years in a variety of executive positions in the social impact sector, which she approached as “growth opportunities for good”.

Now a full-time investor, Clarke focuses on funding and mentoring women-led start-ups in tech. “I want no less than an overhaul of the socially embedded system that continues to funnel money and opportunity down only one rivulet. I see this as not only the opportunity of investors, but also as their responsibility.”