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Debra Brackeen

Managing Director Global Head, Innovation Network, Citi Ventures

Debbie Brackeen is managing director of the Global Head of Innovation Network for Citi Ventures, Citi’s corporate venturing and innovation group. She is responsible for leading Citi’s Global Lab Network, investing in breakthrough solutions through the Acceleration Fund, and managing the global innovation portfolio. In addition, Debbie leads the Global Innovation Council comprised of senior executives across the firm. Debbie joined Citi from HP, where she was most recently vice president of strategic alliances responsible for HP’s worldwide relationship with Adobe. Prior to that Debbie was vice president of HP corporate ventures, where her team incubated disruptive new business opportunities and managed HP’s relationship with the startup and VC community. Debbie is a versatile technology executive with over 20 years of experience at Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley including Apple, Sun, Cadence, and eBay. She has founded new ventures within large companies, and held executive roles in two VC-backed startups. Debbie is chairman of the board of directors of the SV Forum, a non-profit that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership around emerging technologies in Silicon Valley, and is an advisor and startup coach with Astia, a global not-for-profit dedicated to the success of women-led startups. Debbie graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in American studies.