Bracket Capital / Bracket Foundation
Yalda Aoukar is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Bracket Capital, a leading private markets investor based in Los Angeles. Bracket Capital pursues a value driven strategy in growth and late stage technology companies via Primary and Secondary transactions, capitalizing on the asymmetries and dislocations that exist in this emerging asset class. Yalda is also the President of Bracket Foundation, the philanthropic venture arm of Bracket Capital. She is a fierce advocate of technology for social good especially as it relates to solving the world’s most pressing global challenges. In 2019, Bracket Foundation issued a leading publication on how Artificial Intelligence can combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse. The publication was presented on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly that same year and resulted in a multi-year partnership with UNICRI (the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute). In 2022, Bracket Foundation published the sequel to its initial whitepaper which explores the dangers and vulnerabilities on children of the Metaverse and Online Social Gaming Platforms. The paper prompted Big Tech companies to review their user experience practices to make sure their products were safer by design for children and teens. Yalda is a champion for women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship in Venture Capital and other financial sectors, where women are traditionally underrepresented. In addition to investing in leading technology companies, she serves as an adviser to governments and policy makers on digital development in diverse fields such as Biotech, Food Security, Artificial Intelligence Integration and Education Technology. She sits on the board of the United Nation’s AI for Safer Children Initiative, as well as the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Accelerator. Yalda holds a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Yalda spends her time between London, Los Angeles and the Middle East with her husband and three children.