Team

Our team combines a diverse set of complementary capabilities spanning investing acumen to engineering.

Joel Albarella

Head of New York Life Ventures

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.

— Charles Darwin

Founder and leader of New York Life Ventures, Joel steers the direction of the group’s activities, oversees the venture investments portfolio and guides technology partnerships and alliances to enhance New York Life's existing businesses. He also oversees the R&D Lab and Innovation Services. Joel believes that the only sustainable competitive advantage for an organization is the speed at which its employees can learn.

Tim Del Bello

Investments

We are only bound by the limits of our own conviction.

— Robert F. Smith

Tim heads venture investment activities for New York Life Ventures. He is responsible for sourcing, recommending and managing investments in emerging technology companies. He resides in Manhattan but prefers spending free time in the mountains or on the water with his wife and their dog.

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Rohit Katti

R&D Lab

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle, or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running.

— Thomas L. Friedman

Rohit heads the R&D Lab for New York Life Ventures. Rohit is responsible for building proprietary technologies and services with New York Life and a diverse team of engineers and innovators. Rohit became interested in programming at the ripe age of 10 years old after his father bought him his first personal computer.

Sean Madgett

Business Development

The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.

— Arnold Palmer

Sean is the head of business development for New York Life Ventures. He and his team build trusted alliances between New York Life and our broad, trusted network of startups, VCs, accelerators, and thought leaders. Outside of the office, Sean can be found at the playground with his children or playing a quick nine holes of golf.

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Sahar Omrani

Chief of Staff

Our heads are round so thought can change direction.

— Allen Ginsberg

Sahar is the chief of staff of New York Life Ventures, responsible for coordinating the team’s strategy, objectives, operations, and key messaging. She believes diverse skills and perspective create the most impactful and innovative teams.

Puja Samuel

External Innovation

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

— André Gide

Puja is head of external innovation where she is focused on identifying, developing, and executing on new opportunities that drive value for New York Life. She believes dramatic change is possible when you bring together ideas, talent, and passion.

Elizabeth Yenko

Innovation Services

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

―Thomas Edison

Elizabeth is responsible for the strategy and development of a comprehensive set of programs and processes aimed at helping New York Life embrace new ways of thinking and working, discovering new possibilities, and bringing new ideas to life.