Kayalin Akens-Irby

Kayalin is an agile strategist that has worked with companies across stages and industries to develop environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and impact strategies to improve business operations and capitalize on new opportunities within an evolving market which increasingly values transparency, sustainability, and business ethics.

Kayalin has deep knowledge of ESG management to be able to advise private market investors and PE/VC-backed companies on how to develop and execute successful ESG programs. Further passion areas include climate tech, regenerative agriculture, decarbonizing our economy, and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI).

As Head of Partnerships at Planet FWD, Kayalin leads sales and go-to-market strategy for the platform. Kayalin is looking to connect with food brands that are interested in improving the sustainability of existing products or bring climate-friendly products to market, as well as industry partners to collaborate with.

As Head of Growth/VC at Malk Partners, Kayalin managed growth equity and venture capital accounts and worked directly with early stage companies to capitalize on ESG opportunities to create value as they scale.

"I believe not that we should invest in the future we expect to see, but rather that which we want to see - then make it happen."

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