Michael Spies is a Venture Partner at Navitas Capital. In his 30 years at Tishman Speyer, Michael led its businesses in Europe and India, created and headed Global Innovation, and was Chair of the Investment Committee. He serves on the boards of or as an advisor to numerous startups within and outside the Navitas portfolio. He is a Global Governing Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), serves on the board of TechnoServe, a non-profit organization reducing poverty in the developing world, and is also on the Advisory Board of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. Michael has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s in City & Regional Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School.