Leslie has over 30 years experience building, advising and investing in new companies, in the US and across the globe. As the Founder and CEO of Different, she led the first platform designed and built for investing in venture funds. Prior to that, she was a Partner in Sawari Ventures, LLC, a Cairo-based early stage venture capital firm investing in entrepreneurs across the Middle East/North Africa. She continues as an advisor to Flat6Labs, Sawari Ventures’ dedicated startup accelerator for seed stage investments.
Leslie has served on the Board of UP Global, a network of entrepreneurs and startup community leaders, and Ubongo, a leading children’s edutainment company reaching over 440M children in Africa. She is an alumna of St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD/Santa Fe, NM), and serves as the Vice Chair on its Board of Visitors and Governors.