A recent report by DealStreetAsia found that 77% of venture investors headquartered in Southeast Asia do not have a single female investment decision-maker. In comparison, about 66.6% of the Asian and global investment firms with a presence in the region had no female decision-maker at all.
Visa Kannan, a partner at Saison Capital, says the gender gap does not stem from a lack of talent. “It’s all about intentionally reaching out. In my experience trying to build the team at Saison Capital, I have not come across this yet. At all levels, I have interviewed very talented women operators and VCs across SEA,” she said.