Janera Soerel

Janera Soerel, is a former investment banker who today works as an independent program director; marketer, fundraiser, producer, and event host. She most recently served as the Program Director at the Urban Zen Foundation, created by fashion icon and philanthropist, Donna Karan.

Janera also curates conversations under her own brand JANERA, highlighting the human side of globalization. She organizes salons that include discussing the financial system, our energy consumption, religious beliefs, human-trafficking, Iran and more. She has hosted speakers such as Jeffrey Sachs, Matthew Bishop, Peter Buffett, Parag Khanna. To offer a full experience that deeply resonates with her guests, Janera enhances the intellectual content with poetry, dance, art, or music. See more on JANERA.com.

An economist by training, Janera has worked in investment banking in Amsterdam and Milan. She also holds an MBA and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. She thrives when developing and managing relationships as well as conceptualizing and executing ideas. Through her experiences, she has built a network across borders, cultures, and industries.

Currently residing in New York City, Janera was born and raised on Curaçao by Surinamese parents. She is fluent in English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, and Papiamento (the local language from Curaçao). She spends her weekends outdoors surfing, hiking, or skiing. When in the city she enjoys throwing dinner parties, yoga, live music, and movies.