Vana Koutsomitis is a master networker that believes that culture, wine and fashion are important for connecting people. She has conducted business in these three areas in order to facilitate connections and strengthen relationships. Vana is the Co-Founder of VinobyVana, a fruit flavoured wine drink company, that focuses on innovative and modern approaches to marketing in order to make wine accessible to everyone.
Vana was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. From a young age, Vana has loved connecting people. She moved to London in 2009 to pursue a career in financial services. Born to a Colombian mother, from Cali, and a Greek father, from Kalamata, Vana grew up in a multicultural environment. After a couple of years working in finance, Vana left to start her own networking company for financial services professionals called The CityStreet. The idea was to bring together bankers from around the world, from “The City” in London to “The Street” in New York.
Vana has always been passionate about people and relationships. In 2013, Vana began matchmaking and put together dozens of couples – three of which are now married! Vana is passionate about entrepreneurship and startups, especially in Colombia, where she has been exploring the startup space and identifying companies that are high growth and seeking investment. Vana is an advisor for Alexa Sofia accessories, a New York based company that produces 100% silk scarves.
Vana holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in New York and a Masters in Business Administration from Oxford University. She speaks five languages: Spanish, Greek, French, Mandarin and English. In 2015, Vana was the runner-up on BBC 1’s The Apprentice.
In the future, Vana plans to continue her passion of connecting people – professionally, personally and through products that she loves.