Kirsten Bartok Touw
Kirsten Bartok Touw has a long history as an entrepreneur and investor. Since coming to the Silicon Valley in mid 90s to attend Stanford’s GSB, she has founded and built companies (XOJET, AirFinance), worked in emerging tech investing (New Vista Capital, H&Q and JP Morgan Partners), investment banking (Goldman Sachs), and run strategy and corporate development for a global aerospace manufacturer (Hawker Beechcraft) where she also led their expansion into Asia and China. Kirsten has also served as a board member and advisor to numerous technology companies during her 25+ years in the San Francisco Bay Area and now Washington, DC. In the last decade, Ms. Bartok Touw has been an active investor focused on emerging technologies in A&D.
Currently, Ms. Bartok Touw is co-founder of both New Vista Capital and New Vista Acquisition Corp, a publicly listed investment platform (NASDAQ: NVSA), both groups are focused on emerging technology investing in aerospace, defense, space, communications, logistics and transportation. She is also co-founder and a Managing Partner of AirFinance, which has provided more than $1.5 billion in credit financing to the aerospace and defense industry globally.
Ms. Bartok Touw received a BA, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She was a Council Foreign Relations term member, a French American Foundation Young Leader, a German Marshall Fellow and a Committee on US China Relations Young Leader Fellow. She is currently a member of the French American Foundation Board of Directors, an advisory board member of the National Business Aviation Association and the Silicon Valley Defense Group and previously served as a member of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) Management Board.