Ajey Kaushal is a senior investment associate at JLL Spark, responsible for sourcing, evaluating, investing, and scaling early-stage PropTech startups. Prior to joining JLL Spark, he held roles across strategy, tech investing, commercial real estate, and management consulting, most recently serving as Chief of Staff at Anderson Holdings and as an investment associate at PLG Ventures prior to that.
Ajey holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he served as student body President. After graduating with his MBA, Ajey has been an official mentor for current UCLA Anderson MBAs looking to launch startups post-graduation.
Chris is the managing partner of JLL Spark China Ventures, focusing on strategic PropTech investments in the China market and developing JLL Spark’s presence in mainland China.
Chris brings more than 20 years of experience in direct investment and business development with on-the-ground venture investment practices in China, East Asia, Southeast Asia, India, and the United States. Before joining Spark, Chris served as General Partner and Head of China for Telstra Ventures. Prior to that, Chris worked at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley and Beijing, overseeing investments in mobile internet, communications, and enterprise software and services in Asia.
Chris holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, and an MS in Control Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Javier is a senior investment associate at JLL Spark based in New York City, where he is focused on sourcing, evaluating, and investing in early-stage companies, with a particular emphasis on the intersection of PropTech and FinTech. Javier comes from an entrepreneurial family and is passionate about empowering ambitious founders.
Prior to joining JLL Spark, Javier worked as a senior investment associate at GPT Ventures, an early-stage fintech & payments focused fund. Earlier in his career, he worked as a banker at J.P. Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Javier holds a B.A. in Economics and M.S. in International Real Estate from Florida International University, and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.
Kitty is an investment principal with JLL Spark, a strategic venture fund that invests in early-stage PropTech companies. She previously worked at carpooling startup Scoop, LinkedIn, and management consultancies Bain and The Monitor Group. Kitty is passionate about mentoring and collaborating with startups of all sizes on strategy, business operations, and growth.
Kitty holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Laurent is an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist collaborating with start-ups to successfully build scalable teams, strong company cultures, and disruptive products. Laurent believes there is a need for additional support within the early-stage ecosystem in budding technology hubs in the US and globally. His desire to support these growing tech communities led to his current role as Partner at JLL Spark in April 2021, focusing on strategic PropTech investments.
Laurent has founded, expanded, and managed multiple start-ups ranging from a tech-enabled corporate catering company, Eat Club, to a leader in the mobile health and wellness space, Zeel. His experience working in the early-stage startup scene has given him the tools necessary to understand the needs of founders in the infancies of their companies.
Laurent holds a B.A. in International Relations and Occupational Science from the University of Southern California. He is based in Los Angeles.
Raj is the managing partner of JLL Spark, the corporate venture capital group of JLL, focused on strategic PropTech investments. Previously, he was interim co-head/managing director of investments at JetBlue Technology Ventures, the corporate VC of JetBlue Airways.
Prior to that, Raj served as CEO and co-founder of London-based Sooqini, an on-demand economy task delegator for small businesses. Before that, Raj co-founded and led a Geneva-based consulting firm and worked with various governments to foster entrepreneurship. As a general partner and co-founder of Pervasive Technology Ventures—and also as a principal for the New York-based VC arm of Investcorp—he was responsible for sourcing, negotiating, and closing new investments in tech startups. At Booz Allen Hamilton (now Strategy&), Raj led strategy and technology projects in ecommerce; technology, media, and telecommunications; and financial services. He also held multiple positions at IBM at the start of his career.
Raj holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and a B.S. in computing science from Imperial College London. He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sean is an investment principal at JLL Spark, covering the EMEA region. Previously, he served as a managing director at Stanley Ventures and Check24 Ventures.
Prior to working in corporate venture capital, Sean founded Carden Capital, an investment firm which managed a hedge fund and sub-advised several mutual funds. He was also at Allianz Capital Partners, where he completed leveraged buyouts and mezzanine debt investments in Western Europe. Sean began his career as an investment banking analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.
Sean holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, and a Masters in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds Business Administration and German language degrees from Pepperdine University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is based in Frankfurt, Germany.
Tanguy is an investment principal and offers more than 15 years of experience in real estate innovation and transformation. Prior to this role, Tanguy joined JLL Spark as a growth principal for EMEA in September 2018.
Tanguy has helped scale JLL’s online leasing business in EMEA (in six countries) while managing JLL’s partnership with Concrete VC to bring startup innovation into the JLL Core pillar. Tanguy was CMO, CDO, and a board member of JLL France from 2006 to 2015 with a track record of establishing data-driven innovation programs to generate incremental business and drive cultural change.
Achievements include building a data and business intelligence platform foundational to marketing and business transformation, the digitalization of the customer journey with the launch of the first GIS on the French real estate market (now NxT Office), and a joint venture with Se Loger Group on Webimm.fr. Before joining JLL, Tanguy started his career at Arthur Andersen, where he held digital marketing and brand management roles.
Zhixue is an investment principal at JLL Spark, based in China.
Zhixue has over ten years of experience in investments and financial services, including CVC, VC, corporate development, and investment banking in China, the U.S., and Europe. She also held operational roles such as B2B commercial strategy and supply chain management. Prior to joining JLL, Zhixue worked as an investment manager at ING Ventures, the venture arm of ING Bank in Amsterdam.
Zhixue holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an M.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.M. in management science from Fudan University.