Ian Cooper is Managing Director and Head of CVC Europe at National Grid Partners, who he joined from Ardent Capital where he was Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure at Ardent Capital, Ian oversaw new and follow-on investments into more than ten early-stage companies.
Prior to Ardent, Ian spent ten years with Intel Capital based in their London, UK office, where he made investments into 13 companies, which resulted in 1 IPO and 7 M&A exits, one of which was a Unicorn.
Before joining Intel Capital, Ian worked for four years in corporate finance with Paris-based investment bank Bryan Garnier and Associates, was Founder and CEO of cybersecurity startup Cequrux and worked in consulting for IBM. Ian holds an MBA from HEC Paris and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Psychology from the University of Cape Town.