Yuri Navaro

Yuri Navarro

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

In his role as CEO, Yuri brings his unique mixture of public and private sector experience to help expand NACO’s role as the leading organization representing Canadian Angel Investors with industry and government.

At NACO, Yuri oversee the entire organization’s strategic and operational objectives.

Since 2012, Yuri has presided over the renewal and growth of the Canada’s National Angel Capital Organization with a mission to support the growth and professionalization of Canada’s Angel asset-class through valuable connections, resources, best practices and research.

Yuri has also supported the development of Canadian small businesses through his work in the Ontario Government, where he served as a Policy Advisor, then Chief of Staff, to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade, and as a Policy Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.

A graduate of Ryerson University’s Commerce program and George Brown College’s Financial Planning program, Yuri holds a number of designations with the Canadian Securities Institute.
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Raakesh Bharathi

Chief Operating Officer

At NACO, Raakesh manages the team and ensures the organization executes its strategic and operational objectives.

Raakesh is a performance driven business executive, with military leadership background, and experience in improving organizational performance.

He is driven by the belief that enabling the creation of economic opportunities has a strong positive impact on the development of our communities.

Raakesh graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada, and served as an Officer in the Canadian Reserve Army.
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Vanessa Wilson

Director, Events & Marketing

At NACO, Vanessa is responsible for managing all events and marketing related initiatives, including the Annual National Angel Summit and NACO Academy Events held across Canada.

Vanessa holds a BA from the University of Waterloo, and brings to NACO over 20 years of events and marketing related experiences.
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Pawan Agnihotri

Research Intern

At NACO, Pawan assists  with research and education initiatives, including the Angel Activity Report and NACO Academy.

Pawan is currently pursuing a MBA at the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.
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Baye Galligan

Research Manager

At NACO, Baye is responsible for developing and executing projects in support of NACO’s research strategy and related policy and education initiatives.
Baye comes to NACO from Maple Leaf Angels, one of Ontario’s most prominent angel groups, where she was their Associate Director. She has a passion for innovation and has previous experience as a researcher at both Harvard University and the University of Toronto.
Baye has an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Masters in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University.
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Elena Dudarenko

Operations Coordinator

At NACO, Elena is responsible for supporting operations and coordinating projects including the Angel Activity Report, Report on Early-Stage Support for Canadian Companies and NACO Academy.

Elena holds a Master’s degree in International Financial Management and graduated from the Centennial College’s Marketing Research and Analytics program.
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Diego Rauda

Marketing and Design Intern

At NACO, Diego is responsible for leveraging the data produced by the Marketing channels in order to extract useful insights. He is tasked with updating NACO´s website and producing designs for digital and print media, as well as with the alignment of the digital strategy with NACO´s goals.

Diego is at student of the Business Marketing program at Fanshawe College, and has been involved previously with the Angel Investing ecosystem through the creation of annual reports, newsletters, sponsorship decks and promotional videos.
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