After more than 20 years as a director of UK and Australian Stock Exchange quoted companies, mainly focused on the acquisition, structuring and financing of natural resources deals across Africa, in 2018 Melissa Sturgess turned her attention to medical cannabis.
Following a deep dive into the cannabinoid science gained in Israel, she founded UK based, AQSE quoted Ananda Developments Plc to invest in the sector and is its largest shareholder.
Melissa is also the founder of premium CBD brand Montana and was the recipient of the Executive of the Year at the Malta Cannabiz Awards in November 2019.
High on Ananda's list of priorities is growing high quality medical cannabis in the UK using sustainable practices that are line with patients' needs.
Melissa is a passionate advocate and mentor for women in business, and has some great advice for anyone, women or men, about raising capital.