Divya Gugnani acquired a taste for her future in culinary arts while building a career in finance. In addition to a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, Divya holds a degree from the French Culinary Institute, where she discovered her inner chef. Divya started her business career at Goldman Sachs and then moved on to Investcorp International and Millennium Technology Ventures. Most recently, as a venture capitalist and Principal at FirstMark Capital, Divya provided companies with strategic and operational guidance to achieve their visions. Additionally, Divya has catered numerous events and worked in several restaurant kitchens while managing her corporate boardroom responsibilities. With the creation of Behind the Burner, Divya blends her long-time passion for culinary arts with her expertise in business ventures.
Divya currently advises several startups and established brands with board level roles. She appears on MSNBC: Your Business, WNBC The Weekend in New York and NBC New York Nonstop. She has been a guest on FOX & FRIENDS and has been featured in BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, The Deal, Crains, Hi!Blitz, Khabar, Eat.Drink.Better, among several other publications. Divya is also the author of the upcoming book Food Slut: My Little Black Book of Tips from Behind the Burner, a no-nonsense guide to staying slim, fit and fabulous for women who live to eat. She is also working on the launch of the online lifestyle media property What Not To Do 101.