Ranjit is Managing Partner and Co-founder of Gaja Capital, a leading mid-market growth capital in India. Gaja Capital’s aim is to help create India’s next generation of market leaders and has invested in sectors such as Financial Services, Consumer and Education. Ranjit has over 36 years of India based experience in consulting, financial services, CFO and CEO level positions and Private Equity.
Ranjit holds an MBA from The Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay.
Agustin is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of GAWA Capital, Spain’s leading impact investing arm. Agustin has been instrumental in introducing the impact investing asset class in Spain among private and institutional investors, having involved in this endeavour one of Spain’s leading banks and high calibre board members.
Agustin has more than 15 years of experience in venture capital and private equity investments, having served as the CEO of one of Spain’s largest family offices. As an investor, he has served as Board Member of 10 companies and 2 foundations. Previously he successfully launched and managed 6 new companies as Managing Director of New Businesses of the Spanish media conglomerate Grupo Zeta. These new companies employed more than 50 people, generated sales of over €30. Agustin started his career as an auditor and consultant for financial institutions at Deloitte.
Agustin earned a degree in Business Administration from Centro Universitario Villanueva (college ascribed to Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He has also completed Doctoral courses at the University of Manchester. Agustin teaches microfinance at the International Master in Microfinance Degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and is a founding member of REDIS, Spain’s Impact Investing Network.
Geoff “Chester” Woolley is a non-executive, nominee Director for Unitus Impact, a social venture capital arm headquartered in San Francisco, California, with regional offices in India and Cambodia. Geoff has been involved in impact investing and microfinance since 2001. During his time as Unitus Lab’s Capital Markets Chair, he was instrumental in the launch of Unitus Equity Fund, the first commercially focused microfinance equity investment fund, and Unitus Capital, the first investment bank focused on serving microfinance institutions and social enterprises throughout Asia. Geoff has been active in private equity investing for over 25 years, founding two successful venture funds in the United States and Europe. He pioneered the concept of venture debt and has invested in over 400 companies in his career, including Ciena, Coinstar, Hotmail, and Human Genome Science. He is a Founding Partner of Dominion Ventures, Inc. and European Venture Partners (now called Kreos Capital). In 1998, he assumed an advisory role at Dominion in order to pursue non-profit and other business interests. Geoff holds a B.S. in business management from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. from the University of Utah.
Rahil is a non-executive, Nominee Director for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Rahil is the Director of the Family Economic Stability team in India and oversees the foundation’s investments in the financial inclusion and livelihoods sectors. He spent over seven years at Bridgewater Associates, a global macro hedge fund, before making the transition to the development sector. Rahil has a bachelor’s in computer science from the University of Texas in Austin and a master’s in public administration with a focus on international development from New York University.
Ravi Pisharody is a corporate business leader and management professional with over 35 years of experience across diverse industries. He super-annuated recently, in September 2017, as a Whole-time Director on the Board of Tata Motors Ltd, where he was heading the Commercial Vehicles Business Unit. During his career, Ravi has held national/regional/global leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Business Management and Strategy Development. Currently, he is a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of 3 companies, and is an advisor to 2 other companies. He also undertakes Coaching and Mentoring assignments. At Tata Motors, Ravi was leading the large Commercial Vehicles Business with around Rs. 40,000 Crores revenue; the business footprint included a sizeable overseas presence across over 25 countries. He chaired Joint Ventures including Tata Cummins and Tata-Marcopolo, as well as overseas companies such as Tata Daewoo (Korea) and Tata Motors South Africa, and served on the boards of Indian subsidiaries like Tata Motors Finance Ltd.
Ravi’s previous corporate roles include an 18 year stint with Philips India, where his last role was Vice-President, Consumer Electronics; and 8 years in BP/Castrol, where he was a member of the Board of Directors of
Castrol India Ltd, and simultaneously Regional Director for Africa, Middle East and India, and subsequently based in Singapore as Head, Global Marketing for the Motorcycles and Scooters category.
Ravi is widely travelled, and is exposed to the business environment in most parts of the world, particularly in emerging markets as a result of overseeing the substantial growth in Tata Motors’ international business and also his global role with BP Singapore. He has considerable expertise in retail and distribution models in the automotive, auto accessories and consumer durables industries.
Ravi is a graduate engineer from IIT Kharagpur and did his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta. His expertise is in sales and marketing, as well as Business Strategy. He has also been active in industry bodies he has been a member of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), a Council member and subsequently Chairman of the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), and Vice-President of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) in 2016-17.
Bhavna Thakur is an Independent Board Director. Currently, Bhavna Thakur is Head of Capital Markets and Exits for Everstone Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Everstone in 2015, Bhavna had over 17 years of corporate finance, investment banking, M&A, and capital markets experience. Previously, Bhavna worked with Citi-Group, Morgan Stanley in Mumbai, and Paul Weiss, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and Davis Polk and Wardwell LLP in London and New York, respectively.
Sunil Gulati is the Chairman of Merisis Advisors, a boutique investment bank and is an Independent Director on the Boards of Varthana Finance, an NBFC focused on nancing affordable private schools; CoinTribe Technologies, a leading FinTech company providing financing solutions for SMEs; and Empays Payment Services, a RBI licensed player providing domestic and cross-border payment services. He is a Strategic Advisor to Suryo- day Micronance in their journey to become a Small Finance Bank and to Insense, a company that allows mer- chants to provide targeted offers to bank and credit card customers. Sunil is a member of the Investment Committee of Innity Alternative Advisors, a Charter Member of TiE, Mumbai and a founder member of their Fintech Special Interest Group.
Sunil Gulati has three decades of global experience in the banking industry across investment banking, corporate finance, relationship management, risk management and corporate strategy. In the last 15 years, Sunil was a key member of the management teams at RBL Bank, Yes Bank and ING Group at the stage of their rapid growth and transformation and establishment as mainstream players in the Indian Banking industry.
Sunil was the Chief Risk Officer for almost 6 years at RBL Bank during its transformation from a small regional bank to a national player. During this period the bank grew more than 15x across corporate, retail, capital markets and agricultural/financial inclusion sectors. Previously, he spent 5 years at Yes Bank, where he had a short stint as Chief Risk Ofcer followed by the role of Group President responsible for Wholesale Banking including Corporate & Institutional Banking, Emerging Corporate Banking, Transaction Banking, International Banking and Business Advisory.
Sunil headed the GE Commercial Finance business for a short period from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that he headed the ING Barings business in India and was part of the core team that helped ING acquire a controlling stake in Vysya Bank. After the acquisition, Sunil took on the entrepreneurial task of setting up the Wholesale
Banking business within ING Vysya Bank. He was also designated as Regional CEO for all their businesses in West India.
Sunil’s formative years in banking (1989-2001) were spent with Bank of America in India and Hong Kong across relationship management, corporate development and investment banking. This role included corporate restructuring and divestiture transactions for Bank of America across several countries in Asia. During the period that Sunil headed the investment banking practice in India, Bank of America was consistently rated as among the best corporate nance banks and M&A advisors in the country. Sunil holds a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (1982) in Electrical Engg/Computer Science and is a Gold Medalist from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1984).