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Danya Hakeem

Managing Director, Portfolio

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Danya Hakeem

Danya looks after Elemental’s core accelerator functions: our portfolio of nearly 120 companies and our dealflow engine. She strives to facilitate key commercial inflection points for portfolio companies in the form of new revenue opportunities, pilots, investments and acquisitions. Over the past three years at Elemental, Danya has led our food and agriculture, circular economy, carbon tech and water portfolios.

Prior to Elemental Excelerator

Danya previously managed Elemental Excelerator’s agriculture and water portfolio. Before Elemental, Danya was the Program Director for Hawaiʻi Center for Food Safety, a non-profit organization that serves as an advocate for local and regenerative food systems. Danya also worked with Elemental portfolio company, Kunoa Cattle Company, as their Outreach Manager. She has a background in freelance filmmaking, where she worked for over five years producing television programs and web-based video for National Geographic and Discovery Communications.

She holds an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, where she focused on resource-based conflict, and a B.A. in Communications and Business Management from Virginia Tech University. She is originally from Washington, D.C. and resides in Honolulu.

Outside of the office

You can find her exploring – whether it be hiking in the woods, sailing across the islands, or (attempting) to cook some delicious Syrian food.