Who We Are

About Kontaktsource
Established in 2010 by Marianne Halvorsen

Kontaktsource creates unique networking forums to support private equity deal flow and origination.

We connect hand selected active middle market private equity, family office, independent sponsors, lending investment banking professionals.

We offer an array of diverse events in an intimate and inviting environment designed for engagement.

Our services are innovative and designed by giving participants the ability to network freely in addition to being placed in one-on-one meetings to learn about current opportunities in the market.

With several major industry awards, and the backing of Fortune 500 firms, Kontaktsource has created an innovative approach to accelerating deal flow.

The Difference

2018-2021 Achievements + Partnerships

Deal source evening receptions for Private Equity, Independent Sponsors and Investment Banks in New York
Virtual events with leaders in various industries
Deal Source Receptions for Independent sponsors and Family Offices
Half-day Forums in partnership with law firms and other strategic partners
Turn around receptions in partnership with major consultants and law firms
Expanded to Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco and virtually to Europe and China

Industry Focused Events


Real Estate


Media, Tech & Telecom

Consumer Retail

Kontaktsource Partners

Event Sponsors

Meet Us

Our Founder

“My love of community is the reason I want to bring people together that otherwise may not make these connections. Kontaktsource is a place where I can make it happen.”

With extensive experience in global risk management insurance solutions, Marianne has held many key client relationship roles during her career. Since leaving Norway in 1999, she pursued an international career. After completing a BA at Washington State University, following two masters in business and marketing in Australia, she joined a Global insurance brokerage firm in New York City. To provide additional value to clients and the Private Equity community, she founded KONTAKTSOURCE, a unique forum to support private equity deal flow and origination.

Marianne has a passion for helping other women achieve career success, and founded the Growthsource Academy (GSA), a not-for-profit mentoring organization, to help New York City women achieve independence through entrepreneurship. Growthsource now supports women with workshops, mentoring and coaching worldwide. Prior to the inception of the GSA, Marianne also founded the Risk Leadership Development Program for Young Women at St. John’s University.

Event Host

“Kontaktsource gives me the opportunity to exercise my innate ability to work a room, connect with people, and connect people. It is when I am happiest!”

Interested in becoming a co-host and facilitating one of Kontaktsource’s future events like Kiara? Contact us to get in touch! Let’s get connected.

The 2023 Summer Leadership Team

Taylor George

Butler University | Class of 2024
Head of Sales and Operations

Chino Nicole Anyadiegwu

University of Pennsylvania | Class of 2026
Head of Software Development

Jerrad Fleck

Mercyhurst University | Class of 2022
Team Captain

Sanskriti Bandhu

Rutgers University | Class of 2026
Head of Communications

Samita Samnani

Barnard College of Columbia University | Class of 2026
Team Co-Captain
The 2021 Summer Leadership Team

Ali Rohrbaugh

Muhlenberg College | Class of 2022
B. A. in Business Administration & Theater

Cindy Peng

Fordham University | Class of 2021
M. S. in Global Finance

Katie Nugent

New York University | Class of 2022
B. A. in Marketing & Communications 

Kevin Noguera

Kean University | Class of 2022
B. A. in Media Film
The 2021 Spring Leadership Team

Jacey Chen

Parsons School of Design | Class of 2022
B.F.A. in Communication Design

Kate Lee

Simon Fraser University | Class of 2021
B.A. in Communication

Iklyl Sari

New York Digital Film Academy | Class of 2020
Film Director

Sissi Liang

Fordham University | Class of 2020
M.S. in Applied Statistics and Decision Making, Business Statistics and Analytics 

Zirui Lui

Fordham University | Class of 2021
M.S. in Global Finance 
The 2020 Fall Leadership Team

Jacey Chen

Parsons School of Design | Class of 2022
B.F.A. in Communication Design

Ran Chang

Fordham University | Class of 2020

Xiaochen Jia

Fordham University | Class of 2021

Jingyi Liao

Fordham University | Class of 2021
The 2020 Summer Leadership Team

Yuxuan Fan

Fordham M.S. Finance Program | Class of 2020
CFA level II candidate, FRM candidate

Sanjana Chowdhury

The City College of New York | Class of 2020
M.S. in Branding and Integrated Communications

Brad Stone

Bentley University | Class of 2021
B.S. in Finance, Double Minor in Economics and International Affairs

Cleo Pontone

University of Michigan | Class of 2022
B.S. in Information Science (User Experience), B.A. in Spanish