Graham Gullans

Co-Founder, Founding Managing Director

Graham is the Founding Managing Director of Empire Angels, an angel fund and network focused on millennial investors. Empire Angels has invested in 20+ companies and takes an active role leading rounds and holding board positions.

In 2014, Graham co-founded LiftMetrix, a social media analytics software company focused on proving the value of social media. Hootsuite acquired LiftMetrix in 2017 and Graham remained with the company as Director of Customer Analytics.

In 2013 Graham led the Series Seed round in Zoomcar and has subsequently invested $5mm into Zoomcar in follow-on rounds. Zoomcar has raised $50mm+ from investors such as Sequoia, Ford Motor Company and Our Crowd. Zoomcar is the largest self-drive company in India and was named one of the top 10 most innovative companies in 2017 by Fast Company. Graham sits on the Board of Directors.

Previous., Graham was a Vice President at Citigroup. He developed and implemented a quantitative trading strategy, managing $1.5B in a statistical arbitrage equity portfolio. With his early years at Citigroup, Graham was an equity derivatives trader, solely managing the energy and risk-arbitrage portfolios. He graduated cum laude from the honors program of Boston College with a B.S. in Finance and Information Systems.

Christina Bechhold

Co-Founder, Managing Director

Christina is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Empire Angels, focused on sourcing and leading group investments as well as supporting portfolio companies. She is a Regular Contributor  for the Wall Street Journal on startups and small business, a columnist for Inc.com, a mentor at The Brandery and Venture for America and a member of VFA’s Rise Committee focused on increasing diversity in entrepreneurship. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at events in the U.S., Europe and Asia and, a TedX speaker and was recognized by the New York Business Journal as a 2016 Woman of Influence.

Christina is also a Principal at Samsung NEXT Ventures, based in New York, focused on early stage investments in software and services, particularly in mobility, consumer IoT and fintech. She was previously a Vice President at Citigroup with background in capital markets, emerging markets and structured finance. She serves on the board of Hope on a String, a non-profit, grassroots organization that seeks to foster an environment of social transformation and economic development in Haiti through participation in music as well as Vice President of the Board of Governors of the Hotchkiss School Alumni Association. Christina graduated cum laude from the honors program of Boston College with a B.S. in Management and majors in Finance and Philosophy.



Rishi Nangalia


    Rishi Nangalia is currently serves as the CEO of REDI, a financial technology consortium that he conceived of and spun out from Goldman Sachs in 2013, and which is now owned by 6 industry institutions.  He is charged with leading the team to achieve the strategic objectives of the innovative trading technology company and making REDI an integral part of the capital markets.  The REDI team is building a company that bridges the expertise of Wall Street with the innovation of a start-up, providing superior trading technology to institutional traders.

    In addition to his full time job, Rishi is very active in the start-up community investing, advising and (at times) incubating new concepts.  Like many angels, he got started by investing in people who were committed to changing the world, and he wanted to participate in that vicariously. Starting with a friend’s spa venture in 2006, his portfolio has grown over the past few years to include indie movie projects, innovative consumer finance, a farm to table restaurant chain, consumer electronics recycling, an RIA management platform, a fantasy sports trading platform, a custom clothing manufacturer, a parent social sharing platform, a parents-coaches matching marketplace, real estate ventures, and  others. He is actively working on other projects, including incubating a real-time performance review system which is currently in beta.

    Prior to REDI, Rishi managed Business Development and Strategic investments for Electronic Trading at Goldman Sachs. In his 13 years with the firm, he helped build an electronic trading business that grew from $150mm in 2001 to an over $1bn global business spanning across equities & derivatives.  He was promoted to Vice President in 2004 and Managing Director in 2007.

    Rishi earned an MBA in Finance & Entrepreneurship from Columbia Business School, an M.S. in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a BBA from St. Xavier’s College, India.

    Chitra Narasimhan

    Managing Director, Citi Ventures

      Chitra Narasimhan joined Citi Ventures in January 2012 as part of the Incubation team based in NY.  She is responsible for leading new innovation initiatives in partnership with Citi businesses. Her areas of focus include customer service, digital engagement and commerce and payments.

      Chitra joined Citi from American Express, where she was most recently Senior Vice President and head of Strategy for the Enterprise Growth Division. In shaping the strategy for this new division, her primary focus was to identify innovations, technologies, and business models that are most relevant to online and mobile payments as well as digital commerce. Previously Chitra was a senior member of the Corporate Development group responsible for all types of M&A activities, including acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and divestitures globally across the Company. She completed a number of large strategic transactions including the sale of American Express Bank, the investment in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), and the spin-off of American Express Financial Advisors. Chitra was also instrumental in establishing and building the first Corporate Development team at American Express.

      Chitra started her career in investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston focusing on real estate finance and fixed income securities. She serves on the Board of Bottomline, which supports low income NYC students to get in and through college. She is also a member of the Well, which supports the operations of Charity Water, an organization that brings clean water wells to global communities. Chitra graduated from Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Columbia University. She lives with her husband and three children in Scarsdale, NY.