Souheil Badran, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
Souheil Badran is Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Northwestern Mutual. He is responsible for identifying opportunities in innovation communities and overseeing Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, Cream City Venture Capital, and the Wisconn Valley Venture Fund.
Before beginning at Northwestern Mutual, Badran served as president of Alipay Americas, the world’s largest third-party payment platform, where he was responsible for enhancing the buying experience of millions of Chinese consumers who shop annually by bringing mobile and online payments to merchants in North and South America. Prior to his beginning at Alipay, Badran served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Edo Interactive, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital River, and Senior Vice President and General Manager for First Data Corporation’s E-Commerce Solutions Group. He began his career in Milwaukee at M&I Data Services.
Throughout his career, Badran has had experience with organizations that ranged from venture capital-funded, private equity-owned to various public companies. His career has led him to gain global experience across the e-commerce, big data, security, and payment industries.
Badran, born in Lebanon, graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1988, and went on to receive a master’s degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch in 1997. He currently serves as a board member for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
Craig Schedler, Venture Partner
Craig Schedler serves as a Venture Partner with Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, the company's corporate venture capital arm.
Craig is responsible for managing NM’s strategic venture capital investments in financial technology, digital health, data analytics
and client experience.
Previously, Craig was a Director in the Corporate Strategy function at Northwestern Mutual. His team provided analysis on current
competitive threats and opportunities, and how the strategic actions of those competitors affect NM.
Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Craig was a member of the healthcare investment banking team at B.C. Ziegler and Company executing
both merger and acquisition and capital markets transactions.
Marie-Christine Razaire, Venture Associate
Marie-Christine (MC) is a Venture Associate at Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures. Marie-Christine focuses on deal sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio monitoring for NMFV.
Prior to joining NMFV Marie-Christine was a Scouting Manager for State Farm Labs in Silicon Valley. Here, she was responsible for
identifying relevant startups for partnership opportunities. While there she co-founded Insurtech SVSF- an insurtech networking group.
She started her career in Catastrophe Insurance, where she spent 7+ years as a Property Underwriter
and Catastrophe Modeler, underwriting commercial deals ranging from $1M-$16B.
Marie-Christine graduated from McGill University with a B.S. in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences. While there she rowed varsity crew for four
years. In her free time she likes to explore Milwaukee with her dog Mini, make ice cream, and watch British detective shows.
Christian Mitchell, EVP & Chief Customer Officer Northwestern Mutual
Beth Rodenhuis, EVP & Chief Transformation Officer Northwestern Mutual
Jeb Bentley, VP Investment Strategy Northwestern Mutual
Karl Gouverneur, VP Digital Workplace & Corporate Solutions Northwestern Mutual