Danya Hakeem

Managing Director, Portfolio, Elemental Excelerator



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Danya is a longtime food system advocate, with a diverse background in impact investing, activism and storytelling. As a Managing Director at Elemental Excelerator, a global climate technology investor headquartered in Hawaii and California, she looks after a growing portfolio of over 130 climatetech startups representing nearly $50M in investment capital. Over her four years with Elemental, she has built the strategy and managed the startups working to transform the food and agriculture, materials and water sectors. Previously, Danya was the Program Director for Hawaiʻi Center for Food Safety and an Associate Producer for National Geographic and Discovery Communications. She is the recipient of Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the Next 20, Pacific Business News 40 Under 40, and Edible Hawaiian Islands Local Heroes Award, among other honors. 

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