Natasha Azar

VP of Investor Relations & Marketing,
University Relations


Why OUP?

What attracted me to OUP was the focus on academia, and the long-term societal impact of investing in university-founded technologies. The university research ecosystem is a key driver of the US economy - and OUP plays a key role in supporting it.

Natasha is focused on fundraising, marketing, LP communications and relationship management across the firm. She joined OUP in 2016 as a university relations manager where her main focus has been maintaining and enhancing relationships with academic partners and Limited Partners. Prior to OUP, Natasha was a Communications and Government Affairs Specialist at Siemens Corporate Technology, the company’s central research & development unit. She is an active member of Women in VC, Women’s Association of Venture & Equity, and AUTM, and served as Chair of AUTM’s Volunteerism Committee for several years. She is a frequent speaker at the BAM VC Comms Con and the PEI Investor Relations, Marketing & Communications Forum.

Natasha has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Villanova University, and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Exeter. She resides in New Jersey and enjoys playing classical piano, baking, and golf.


  • BA, Villanova University
  • MA, University of Exeter