The team was founded by bringing together seasoned professionals with extensive knowledge, skills and experience in finance, development and environment in numerous developing countries in Asia and Africa
The core management team consists of:
Founder and Managing Director (Austria)
Peter spent more than 10 years working as a full-time staff member and consultant for international development and environmental organizations such as CARE, IUCN, WWF and UNDP. He developed and implemented projects for natural resource management, economic development and environmental governance in Africa and Asia. Peter has educational background in industrial engineering, received a MBA in Environmental Management from the Vienna University, Austria and a MSc in Protected Landscape Management from the University of Greenwich, UK. Peter lives in Austria and Nepal.
Investment Director (Austria)
Johannes has over 15 years of experience in investment banking, corporate finance and private equity. He previous worked with CA Investment Bank and the Erste Bank and was Founder and Managing Partner of a successful private equity firm. In his latest position, Johannes was Head of International Finance at Esterházy Foundation. Johannes has specialized skills in due diligence audits, market and business analysis, strategic realignment of portfolio companies and operational value added management. Johannes has lectured at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Institute for Corporate Finance, holds a degree in Business Administration from the Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria and is a certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA).
Director - Operations (Canada)
Allison has significant operational experience in the global microfinance, social venture finance and entrepreneurship sectors. She spent time managing the frontline operations of two socially-focused small businesses and participated in the establishment of CARE Canada's 'CARE Enterprise Partners' East African social venture fund. Following this, Allison worked with Engineers Without Borders to help manage marketing and communications across Canada, West and Southern Africa. Allison worked as a Lok Capital Fellow in India, building the social performance management systems for a medium-sized microfinance institution. Allison holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary's University and writes for several social finance-related sites.
Director - Ennovent Solutions (India)
Vipul has over twelve years of extensive experience in management consulting and as an entrepreneur. He co-founded and setup the Indian operations for a US-based research and consulting firm, EmergiSphere Inc., which helps clients enter and grow in emerging markets through conceptualization and pilot operations of innovative business models. Prior to this, Vipul co-founded PiVOT Consultants, a boutique management consulting firm advising clients across corporate strategy, investments and turnaround management. He has advised several companies in building business plans and to raise investments at early and growth-stages. He also spent over 7 years working with Infosys in USA, Germany and Japan. Vipul holds a B.E from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy and a post graduate degree in Management from ISB, Hyderabad.
Director - Ennovent Network (India)
Awanti has extensive experience in project management and strategy consulting for NGOs and the corporate sector. Awanti has a strong background in technology having worked for TCS and Motorola in India and the UK. Her role prior to joining Ennovent was managing the anti corruption initiative ipaidabribe.com, one of the fastest growing repositories of crowdsourced corruption stories. Awanti holds a B.Tech from NIT, Allahabad and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK.
Director - Ennovent Circle (India)
Digbijoy has over ten years of experience spanning diverse high-growth entrepreneurial startups. He started his career in education marketing and then joined TiE Delhi-NCR to promote and nurture entrepreneurship. He subsequently joined techTribe (funded by Canaan Partners), where he served as Director - Strategic Relations. Following techTribe, Digbijoy co-founded an online education start-up which is currently serving over 100K students in the US. Digbijoy regularly contributes to entrepreneurial publications and is a supporting evangelist to the TiE Delhi-NCR chapter and other start-ups. Digbijoy holds a B.A. Hons Economics, P.G. Diploma in sales and management and an MBA from MDI Gurgaon.
Director - Finance Services (India)
Saurabh has extensive experience in venture capital, private equity, corporate strategy, banking and financial services. Saurabh earlier worked with a venture capital fund wherein he played crucial role in placing investments in the education, manufacturing and technology sectors. Saurabh has also worked with Ashland Inc. (a Fortune 500 © company) wherein he was part of a small team developing significant growth strategies for Ashland’s in India. Saurabh is a B.Tech from Institute of Technology – Banaras Hindu University and a MBA from Ohio State University. Saurabh has also passed CFA© Level II.
Manager - Discover Services (India)
Archana brings significant project management, marketing and communications experience in the environment and sustainable development sector in India. She started her career with New Ventures India, a business accelerator and initiative of the World Resources Institute. Following this Archana worked with CleanStar Energy on the Rockefeller Foundation′s SPEED project to create decentralized renewable energy solutions for the world′s energy poor. She also worked on the International Climate Challenge (ICC) project for the Center for Development Education (CDE). Archana holds a Bachelor in Management from the Queen Margaret University, UK.
Amit Antony Alex
Manager - Startup Services (India)
Amit brings experience & passion for business led solutions for meeting low income market needs. During his time with Pepal & Palma Interface he helped set up partnership models between corporate, marginalized communities and NGOs in delivering social and commercial goals. He was part of the management team at Ziqitza Healthcare handling marketing, communication, operations and business development. Prior to moving to the social sector, he was a head hunter with leading search firms. Amit has an MBA from Hult International Business School, USA and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore.
Manager - Scale Services (India)
Manu has over 10 years of rich cross functional industry experience in public relations, customer services, business analysis, client servicing and relationship building across the globe. Manu has previously worked with the Gerson Lehrman Group, an expert network, as a Senior Analyst; United Nations Development Programme as a Communications Officer; Accenture and Harrods as a Customer Services Analyst; GE Capital as a Credit Controller; and ITC Computers as a Business Analyst spanning several countries including Romania, UK and South Africa. Manu holds a B.Sc (honours) Mathematics from Delhi University and B.Com (hons) Business Information Systems from University of Natal, South Africa.
Technology Manager (India)
Ajay previously spent more than 11 years with Infosys where he worked extensively on projects for Fortune 500 companies in USA, Canada UK, Japan and Malaysia. He managed the design and implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning software for Oracle, Microsoft and i2 technologies. He received CMM 5 certifications for all his projects. After joining Aditya Birla Retail, Ajay worked as Senior Manager in ERP implementation, reporting directly to the Chief Technology Officer. Ajay is certified in Oracle, Microsoft and i2 technologies. Ajay is a Mining Engineer IIT Banaras Hindu University.
Communications Manager (India)
Perzen brings experience in communications, marketing, event design and project management. She is passionate about communicating with people from different cultures, hosting and executing corporate events and writing. Perzen has previous experience at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand as an Events Manager and Marketing Coordinator. Perzen holds a Bachelor in Business Marketing and a Bachelor in International Hospitality Management from AUT University in Auckland, NZ and a Diploma in Event Management.
Online Community Manager (India)
Jayashree has extensive experience in developing and implementing digital marketing strategies. She has worked with Mid-day, Google and Publicitas where she provided strategic support in creating websites and executing online marketing campaigns. Her specialized skill sets include Search Engine Optimization (SEO), paid search marketing, website and social media management. Jayashree holds a Bachelor in Computer Science from Mumbai University and a P.G Diploma in Advertising and Marketing from the Xavier’s Institute of Communications, Mumbai.
Shivam brings experience scaling, incubating and nurturing various early-stage companies as well as a background in relationship management, social media, events and marketing. Shivam has previously worked with TiE Delhi-NCR and has also launched his own venture – 8Quantum with a vision to improve and enhance the engineering education system and processes. Shivam holds a Bachelor in Engineering, where he interned with BHEL and worked on a multi crore project of Main Distribution System.
Karan is an experienced environment and development professional with a career focus on the synergy between sustainability and business. He previously worked with WWF-India where he implemented partnerships with businesses on climate change and energy. Karan has been a core member of Carbon Disclosure Project’s India team and has co-authored publications on clean energy investment trends, sustainable energy policy and responsible investment. Karan holds management diplomas from Singapore and the UK, a Bachelor’s degree in business from Monash University, Australia, and an MSc Sustainability & Management from University of London.
Chandrakant brings with him over 3 years of work experience in the NGO and development sector. Previously, he along with his classmates started Books International an NGO working to address pressing social issues through the creation and delivery of education material. Managing a team to formulate the business model and conceptualizing and creating the organization’s website as well as guiding national chapters. Prior to this, he worked in Egypt with John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement on their youth leadership and NGO management programs, as well as helping with the rebuilding efforts post Egyptian revolution. Chandrakant has Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the American University in Cairo, Egypt and a Masters degree in Social Entrepreneurship from the Hult International Business School, UK.
Jayanth brings 2 years of experience in the analysis and research of private equity/venture capital investments in India. He has a keen interest in identifying companies of the future and brings a great deal of enthusiasm and creativity to the work place. Previously, he worked as a Senior Analyst at Venture Intelligence, where he was part of multiple cross-functional teams and played a crucial role in conceptualizing and delivering new and innovative research offerings. He believes in education as a key tool towards social and economic change and has actively volunteered with Teach for India. Jayanth holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from University of Madras, RKM Vivekananda College and an Executive Diploma from Loyola College, Loyola Institute of Business Administration.
During his career so far, Chrisjo has focussed on Business Development, Market Research, Business Analysis and Strategic Marketing to increase competitive advantage of firms. His latest venture was at a startup - ‘Jackson Drugs and Surgicals’ where Chrisjo was responsible for implementing growth strategies and developing a sustainable business model. Previously, he has worked in the manufacturing industry at Vredestein BV in England and the Pharmaceutical industry at Easy Solutions, Chennai. Chrisjo holds a B.E in Electronics and Communication from St. Joseph’s College (Anna University), Chennai and an MSc in International Business Management form the University of Bradford, England.