Simi Shah

is a passionate leader, mission-driven entrepreneur,

and budding investor.

Simi currently serves as Head of Business Development at Paperwork Studios, a media startup backed by the NYC-based venture studio, Create. She contributes regularly to their slate of publications, covering diversity in tech and the world of venture capital and private equity. Prior to Paperwork, Simi spent time in private equity as an Investment Analyst with the Audax Group. While there, she covered portfolio companies across tech and consumer and helped the firm's investors diligence M&A targets across industries. Simi holds a BA in economics and government from Harvard. She hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and is the daughter of two entrepreneurial Indian immigrants.

Beyond the workplace, Simi serves as Founder and Head of Trailblazers, a content platform dedicated to trailblazing in the South Asian community. She also currently serves as a Fellow for Yard Ventures, a fund that invests in Harvard alumni-led startups. Additionally, she continues to serve as one of eight elected Class Marshals for the Harvard Class of 2019 and as Secretary of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Association, heading up South Asian alumni relations. Her passion for empowering women in finance has also inspired her to take on leadership as a Founding Board Member of the Boston Synergist chapter and as an active Girls Who Invest alumna. In her spare time, you can find her writing, podcasting, and traveling.