Cannabis is an increasingly big business, even as its legal status remains murky. Join us for a conversation with Yale SOM alumni in the industry about the state of legalization in the United States and elsewhere, new technologies, sources of capital, and the role of social equity.
- Temi Ashiru ’20, Moderator
- Mauricio Agudelo ’14, Chief Financial Officer, Fotmer Life Sciences
- Tahira Rehmatullah ’14, President, T3 Ventures
When: March 25, 12-1pm ET
Temi Ashiru ‘20
Before enrolling at SOM, I was COO at Cafe Neo - a coffee start up in Nigeria. My main responsibilities were to develop quarterly business plans and evaluate cost projections; provide operations oversight; and support the CEO on capital raise initiatives. Prior to this position, I was a brand and innovation manager for Brand Guinness at Diageo Nigeria. I also worked in the Corporate Communications division of Oando PLC, the largest indigenous oil and gas company in Nigeria. I earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Birmingham, England. I consider Lagos & London to be home and enjoy traveling, yoga and watching episodes of Come Dine With Me.
Tahira Rehmatullah ’14
Tahira Rehmatullah is an investor and adviser to numerous cannabis businesses and entrepreneurs, with expertise in brand development, investment strategy, and operational growth. She has previously held positions at Hypur Ventures, MTech Acquisition Corp., Marley Natural, Privateer Holdings, City First Enterprises, Perry Capital, and Ernst & Young, and currently serves as President of T3 Ventures and on the board of directors of Akerna Corp. and Superette. An established thought leader in the space, Tahira is a frequent speaker at conferences and events around the world and has been featured in press outlets such as Forbes, Business Insider, Fortune, Marie Claire, and Rolling Stone. Tahira earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management and B.S. in Finance from The Ohio State University. She resides in New York City
Mauricio Agudelo ’14
Chief Financial Officer
Fotmer Life Sciences
Mauricio Agudelo is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Fotmer Life Sciences, a the leading cannabis cultivator in South America operating in Uruguay. Prior to joining Fotmer, Mauricio served as both Director of Business Development and CFO for Bedrocan International, the oldest continuously operating cannabis company in the world. Mauricio has enjoyed a successful and varied career in private equity, investment banking and law. He has a BA in English Literature and BS in Finance from the University of Connecticut, a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and holds a CFA Charter from the CFA Institute. Mauricio splits time between New York and Amsterdam where he enjoys riding his Harley Davidson and Vespa, respectively.