Basma Kharrat appointed Vice President, External Venturing

Published July 27, 2023

With the retirement of Minas Apelian, vice president of Internal and External Venturing (NOVA), we are pleased to welcome Basma Kharrat as our new VP of External Venturing!

Based in Paris, France, Basma will oversee the global venturing efforts for Saint-Gobain. Under her leadership, NOVA’s investment focus will remain unchanged, along with the team’s strategic approach in building win-win collaborations, and our commitment of open innovation and supporting startups.

Basma started her career in strategy consulting at BearingPoint, France, before joining Saint-Gobain in 2017. She worked first as Director of Strategic Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions for the Saint-Gobain Innovative Materials business unit, then as General Manager for the company’s ZirPro business within the Ceramics activity. She is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris.

For any questions, please feel free to reach out to your NOVA team member contact or contact us via email at

Please join us in wishing Minas all the best in his retirement and in welcoming Basma to the NOVA team.

Basma Kharrat