Mott MacDonald has appointed Kelly Klein as investment director for its newly-launched business, Mott MacDonald Digital Ventures. Kelly’s role will involve managing investment funds and creating an accelerator to enable investment in start-ups developing pioneering digital technologies. She will also lead negotiations with potential co-investors, as well as being responsible for developing efficient investment processes and procedures.
Kelly joins Mott MacDonald from her role of head of strategic partnerships and business development at the Singulariteam Venture Capital Fund & Alignment Blockchain Hub in Israel. During this time, she identified new investment opportunities, performed due diligence and negotiated contracts and played an active part in the management of portfolio companies. Prior to this Kelly was a principal at Disruptive Venture Capital and was responsible for fundraising £78 million of investment. She built a network and pipeline of leading start-ups and also met regularly with a accelerators and innovation partners to maintain a pulse on market developments. Kelly was also fundraising and investor relations manager at DN Capital in the UK, where she managed £200m fundraising and investor relations and prior to that founded Student@Home UK, an award-winning social enterprise employing IT students to teach digital skills.
Commenting on her appointment, Kelly said: “I’m excited to join Mott MacDonald, a first-class business who work hard to do the best for their clients. Population growth, urbanisation and economic expansion are likely to present huge infrastructure challenges in the near future. Current and future technology will hugely change the way in which industry professionals plan, design, build and maintain infrastructure assets. I look forward to embracing the challenge and help to create innovative technology solutions for our clients.”
Mott MacDonald Digital Ventures was launched in 2018 to combine the creativity of tech start-ups with the consultancy’s engineering, management and development knowhow. Operating across the company, the business is developing cutting-edge digital technology solutions to real challenges, with the aim of achieving radically better performance and value in the face of increasing cost, resource, social and climate pressures.