Valla Vakili

Director & Head of Ventures Studio, Citi Ventures

Valla Vakili, Director & Head of Ventures Studio, Citi Ventures

Valla Vakili has spent his career driving digital transformation across industries by identifying growth opportunities for companies and developing products and teams that win. As Head of Ventures Studio at Citi Ventures, Valla engages with external ecosystems and Citi colleagues to develop solutions that meet the evolving expectations that people, businesses and cities have for the banking industry.

Valla began his career at Yahoo, where he built new profit streams and products that were instrumental in Yahoo becoming the web’s dominant content portal. After Yahoo, Valla founded a startup and new platform for exploring and consuming digital content across all media. His founder experience gave Valla valuable insight into how to manage startup peaks and valleys, which has influenced his work at Citi Ventures today.

Valla is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and conducted doctoral research at the University of Oxford. In addition to holding patents for inventions in interactive television content delivery and commerce, Valla is fond of fine whiskey, great fiction, and good movies.