"The journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step - in the right direction."
Leesa Soulodre is the founding General Partner of R3i Group and the Managing Partner of R3i Capital, a deeptech cross-border venture capital firm focused on artificial intelligence and sustainable development.
Leesa is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in cutting-edge innovation, technology, and strategy consulting. She has advised more than 400 multinationals and start-ups in 19 sectors across Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas and led companies from the seed stage to $14B USD into new markets, raising more than 270M in capital for portfolio companies. Leesa holds expert industry expertise in smart cities, cybersecurity, medtech and healthcare, and artificial intelligence.
Leesa is a Clinical Professor of Practice at SMU Cox Business School in Strategy and Entrepreneurship and an adjunct faculty member at Luxembourg Business School, Singapore Management University and IE Business School. She serves on the advisory board of the global Think Tank, The AI Asia Pacific Institute, an independent, interdisciplinary research institute examining the implications of artificial intelligence.
Leesa holds a Global Executive MBA from TRIUM (NYU Stern, HEC Paris and the London School of Economics and Political Science) and a Masters in Management (Marketing) from the University of Southern Queensland.
CIO Magazine recognized Leesa as one of the Five Most Rising Women Leaders to Watch in 2023, 10 Transformational Business Leaders in 2023, EliteX - 10 Elite Business Women to Watch in 2023, and CIO Times' Top 5 Empowering Women Leaders to Follow in 2023.