Basil Darwish

Basil Darwish

Senior VP at Citi Ventures

Startupbootcamp FinTech New York Mentor

    Basil is a Senior VP with Citi Ventures, Citigroup’s strategic venturing and innovation unit. Basil is based in New York and covers strategic venture investing and portfolio management, with particular interest in Big Data Analytics, Info Security, and Fintech. Until 2013, Basil was based in Asia where he also partnered with entrepreneurs, Citi Innovation Labs and business units on incubating initiatives that are critical for Citi’s future growth.

Basil has a wide range of experiences in financial services and technology product development. Prior to Citi Ventures, he was with Citi Investment Banking where he worked on financial advisory covering Technology & Emerging Markets. He has also worked for eight years in the technology industry in various positions along the industry’s value chain, from semiconductor design up to system integration. Basil discovered a love of entrepreneurship early in his career. Right out of school, he joined a team of entrepreneurs at Chinook Communications, a tech startup that emerged out of MIT.

Basil holds an MBA from the Wharton School in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management, an MSc in EE from Tufts University, and a BSc in EE. Outside of work, Basil is an avid traveler and has lived and worked in six countries. He enjoys his new role as a father.