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Managing Director, Portfolio Operations
Abhijeet leads Zephyr Peacock’s portfolio management and operations group. He oversees the Fund’s engagement with portfolio companies. Abhijeet’s prior work experience includes product management and sales India and other emerging markets with Honeywell Flourine and as an operations consultant with McKinsey & Co. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Mumbai.

Abhijeet Kudva

Bengaluru, India

Vice President, Portfolio Operations
Abhilasha has over 12 years of professional experience building businesses, including running her own company for the past two years. She specializes in Go-To market strategy, sales channels, growth hacking, P&L management and team management. Prior to joining Zephyr, Abhilasha has worked with organizations like Manipal Health Enterprises and Adobe Systems. Abhilasha has a B-Tech in Electronics and Communication and an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur. She has also received an executive education certification in Healthcare Analytics from IIM Bangalore.

Abhilasha Srivastava

Bengaluru, India

Associate, Portfolio Operations
Amit is actively involved in the fund’s portfolio management activities. Amit has over eight years of relevant industry experience in Indian and overseas markets. His prior experience included industry research, business management and marketing. Prior to joining Zephyr, he worked at Standard Chartered as part of their Global Credit Team. Amit holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Delhi.

Amit Khetan

Bengaluru, India

Senior Advisor
Andrea serves as a mentor to the India investment team. He has over 30 years of investing experience and was a senior partner with some of North America’s largest private equity firms. He was a founder and managing director of Fenway Partners (1994 to 2006), a US$1Bn+ buy-out firm. Prior to that he served as a senior partner with Butler Capital, another US$1Bn+ private equity fund. During this period, Andrea executed investments representing over US$1bn in capital across a variety of industries with a focus on retail and consumer products. He has worked for the family office of the Agnelli family and was a portfolio manager with Lazard Freres. Andrea holds a PMD from Harvard University and a Bachelors in Economics from Bocconi University (Milano).

Andrea Geisser

New York, USA

Analyst, Investments and Research
Arpit is involved in investment research, deal sourcing, diligence and execution at Zephyr. Prior to joining Zephyr, Arpit was with a financial advisory firm where he worked on a range of early-stage to mature companies in India and overseas. He has advised financial institutions to drive investment decisions and has executed a diverse set of projects across private and public markets. Arpit started his career at Tata Steel after completing his engineering from IIT Roorkee. He is now pursuing a CFA charter.

Arpit Sharma

Bengaluru, India

Associate
Dhanushka has over 10 years of experience across tech entrepreneurship, private equity, strategy and equity research. Prior to joining Emerald Fund, he was with private equity firm, Ironwood Capital Partners. He also co-founded Insure.lk, a pioneer online insurance company in Sri Lanka. His other experience includes supporting the MD of a local pharmaceutical manufacturer and consumer good trader, JL Morrison PLC, in its strategic initiatives as well as supporting global bulge bracket investment banks in equity research for a local investment research outsourcing firm, Acuity Knowledge Partners (formerly known as Moody’s Analytics). He graduated with a BEng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London and an MSc. in Finance and Management at Loughborough University in the UK.

Dhanushka Liyanage

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Director
Eric brings over 20 years of experience in European and emerging markets private equity to Zephyr Peacock, including previous positions of Managing Director with Siguler Guff in London, Partner with Campbell Lutyens in London and New York, Vice President with H&Q Asia Pacific in San Francisco and Administrator with OPIC’s Investment Funds Group in Washington, DC. He began his career with the Marriott Corporation. Eric received an MBA from The George Washington University and a BS from the University of Nevada.

Eric Estes

New York, USA

Managing Director
Girish Patil is the Managing Director of Emerald Fund. He has over 12 years of experience investing in private equity and public equity on the investment and corporate banking side. Girish has invested across many sectors including media, consumer, manufacturing, power equipment, IT, and education. Previously, Girish has worked with some market leaders including Warburg Pincus (India), Nalanda Capital (Singapore) and Sage Capital (India).

Girish Patil

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Principal and Investment Manager
Herbert has over 18 years of experience in East Africa across functions in financial management, private equity investing, banking, strategy implementation and business operations. He is directly responsible for commercial assessment of portfolio companies, development and implementation of strategies for management support, financing and divestment. Herbert is in direct interface with company managers/owners, other investors and potential acquirers. Prior to joining Zephyr, Herbert was CFO of Millbridge Holding, SA and has held senior investment management and analyst roles at firms in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. He holds a Bachelor of Statistics from Makerere University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management from Uganda Management Institute.

Herbert Hatanga

Nairobi, Kenya

Information Technology
James Raymond joined Zephyr Management in September of 2004 to run their Information Technology Department. Prior to joining Zephyr, Mr. Raymond worked as a Computer Consultant for Metrosoft, Inc. providing networking, security, Internet and office automation solutions to a wide range of installations. Mr. Raymond received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rutgers University in June 1989.

James Raymond

New York, USA

Executive Assistant
Karen W. Held joined Zephyr in 1995 and is the Executive Assistant to Zephyr’s Chief Executive Officer and President. Prior to joining Zephyr, Karen worked with Thomas C. Barry at Rockefeller & Co., Inc. She is a Notary Public for the state of New York.

Karen W. Held

New York, USA

Marketing Communications Analyst
Laldinpuii (Din) is focused on marketing communications for Zephyr Funds in Asia. Prior to joining Zephyr, Din co-founded a business in the entertainment sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Management from National University of Singapore and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, specializing in marketing, from Christ University.

Laldinpuii Ralte

Bengaluru, India

Associate, Research and Investments
Monica is involved in deal sourcing, due diligence and execution of new investments. Before joining Zephyr, Monica worked at Goldman Sachs on the buy-side in Emerging Markets long-only fund and GSIP long-short fund. She focused on investments in the automobile sector in India, and the healthcare and homebuilders sectors in the U.S. She started her career as a Consultant at PwC in the Government Reforms & Infrastructure Division. She holds a B.Tech from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.

Monica Bhaskar

Bengaluru, India

Managing Partner
Mukul Gulati is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Zephyr Peacock Management India Pvt Ltd. He is responsible for the overall leadership of the Zephyr Peacock Funds. Mukul has over 20 years of experience in the investment business including private equity, investment research and general management. Previously, Mukul worked at Multex where he was involved in setting up and managing the firm’s quantitative equity research business. Mukul is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and serves on the Asia Council of Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA). Mukul has an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and is a cum laude graduate from the University of Maryland with a degree in Economics.

Mukul Gulati

New York, USA and Bengaluru, India

Associate, Accounts and Finance
Nikhil is involved in Accounting, Finance and Investor Reporting for Zephyr Peacock and Emerald Funds. Prior to joining Zephyr, Nikhil worked with S.R Batliboi & Associates LLP (a member firm of EY) providing assurance services to the corporates. Nikhil is a Qualified Chartered Accountant.

Nikhil Sultania

Bengaluru, India

Administrative Executive
Nisha handles administrative, finance and corporate compliance functions for Zephyr’s Bangalore office. She is also actively involved in client services for the Zephyr Peacock’s domestic fund. She has over 15 years of experience in the office management, administration and secretarial works. Prior to joining Zephyr, Nisha worked at Infosys BPO as Executive Assistant to the Executive Council Board members. She holds a diploma in Secretarial Practice and Office Administration.

Nisha Biju

Bengaluru, India

Managing Director, Research and Investments
Pankaj oversees Zephyr Peacock’s investment and research program. He has over a decade of experience in the private equity and investment banking industries. Prior to Zephyr, he worked as an Investment Manager at CapAleph Advisors where he focused on identifying and executing early stage buyouts in the consumer segment. He has also worked with Intellecap (part of the Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group) where he was responsible for identifying and executing investments in small and medium enterprises in the financial services, agri, food, and social infrastructure sectors. He holds a Masters in Finance from the London Business School and an MBA from IBS, Hyderabad.

Pankaj Raina

Bengaluru, India

Managing Director, Finance
Prasad leads Finance & Accounting, Investor Relations and Fund Administration for the Zephyr Peacock funds. Prasad has over 14 years of work experience in the banking and financial services sectors. Prior to joining Zephyr, Prasad worked with Kotak Investment Advisors overseeing fund administration. Prasad is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary.

Prasad Ramaswamy

Bengaluru, India

Executive Assistant
Preethiann (Ann) is Executive Assistant to Zephyr Peacock’s Managing Partner. She also provides support to department directors. Ann has over 15 years of experience in coordinating and leading administrative and operational functions for executive management. Prior to joining Zephyr, Ann worked at Fidelity National Financial. Ann has a Bachelor’s degree in English, and she holds a diploma in Secretarial Course with Commerce and Accounts.

Preethiann Gomes

Bengaluru, India

Vice President, ESG and Marketing
Priya oversees the environmental, social and governance program for Zephyr Funds in Asia and leads the marketing communications for Zephyr Asia Funds. She has nearly a decade of experience as a sustainability professional. Her past work includes sustainability consulting and social responsibility management. Prior to joining Zephyr, she was managing corporate responsibility at AXA in India. Priya holds a Master’s degree in environmental engineering from Stanford University and Nanyang Technological University and a Bachelor’s degree from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka.

Priya M. Krishnamurthy

Bengaluru, India

Vice President, Research and Investments
Before joining Zephyr, Sandeep worked with NephroPlus (India’s largest dialysis services chain) in the Strategy/M&A division. Prior Nephroplus, he worked as a Management Consultant in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations division. He started his career with Intellecap where he advised on several early to mid-stage private equity deals in the impact sectors. He has worked on consulting and investment advisory assignments in the Financial Services and the Infra Services industry segments. Sandeep is an engineer from IIT Kanpur and holds an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Sandeep Mishra

Bengaluru, India

Administrative Officer
Prior to joining NDB Zephyr, Sarangi worked as a senior member of the Administration and Human Resources team at TKS Securities (Pvt) Ltd.

Sarangi Thejani

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Associate
Sarith has seven years of relevant industry experience. Prior to joining the Emerald Fund team, Sarith worked as a Delivery Lead at Acuity Knowledge Partners (also known as Amba Research) – a UK based global offshore financial services provider, supporting a sell-side investment research team in Europe. Before that, he was employed at The Capital Maharaja Group, a Sri Lankan conglomerate with business interests in media, manufacturing and FMCG. Sarith is an Associate member of CIMA-UK.

Sarith Samarajeewa

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Associate, Portfolio Operations
Saurav is actively involved in the management of Zephyr Peacock portfolio companies. Prior to joining Zephyr, Saurav founded a start-up in the food sector. His past experience includes working as a brand manager for BlueStone.com, a jewellery eCommerce firm and as an engineer for Infosys. Saurav holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi and an Engineering degree from West Bengal University of Technology.

Saurav Singh

Bengaluru, India

Partner
Sean is a co-founder and Partner of Zephyr Acorn. Previously, Sean was a Principal at Kaizen Venture Partners, where he invested in and actively supported businesses in East and West Africa. During business school, he worked as a teaching assistant for the Private Equity in Emerging Markets and Business Strategy & Corporate Law courses. Prior to business school, Sean was a lawyer at Latham & Watkins in New York, where he practiced patent litigation. During law school, he won Notre Dame’s Bengal Bouts boxing tournament and his interests include plant-based nutrition and ultramarathons. Sean currently mentors entrepreneurs in Nairobi and the US through Nest Venture Capital and XL Africa. He has a BA from Wake Forest University, JD from the University of Notre Dame and MBA from the Wharton School.

Sean R. Nowak

Nairobi, Kenya

Managing Director
Senaka Kakiriwanagodage has over 10 years of experience in investment banking and IT services. He has extensive experience in valuations, IPOs, equity placements and M&A. Senaka has successfully added value to clients in diverse sectors through operational and financial restructuring. He is one of the founders of Achievers Lanka Business School and is a popular CIMA lecturer specializing in strategy.

Senaka Kakiriwaragodage

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Managing Partner
Shudhan Kohli is a Managing Partner of Zephyr Acorn. Shudhan has spent the last ten years working with startups as an investor, founder, executive and strategic advisor. His work has focused on commercial ventures within the emerging markets of Latin America and East Africa that deliver profitable solutions to their communities' most pressing challenges. Prior to joining Zephyr, Shudhan deployed and successfully returned capital for a Kenya-based seed fund targeting technology startups called Grey Elephant Ventures. Prior to this, he founded the Big Blue Bike - South America's first responsible supply chain company focused on sustainable textiles and fashion in Peru. Shudhan has a BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and engaged in advanced studies in International Business from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.

Shudhan Kohli

Nairobi, Kenya

Managing Director
Stephen is Managing Director for Zephyr Management, L.P. He is responsible for the overall general management of the firm’s finance, legal, marketing and client service functions. He is also Senior Advisor to Zephyr Peacock PE funds in India. Prior to joining Zephyr, he served as Chairman and CEO of The Dreyfus Corporation and as a Vice Chairman of Mellon Financial Corporation. He also served as CEO of Kleinwort Benson Investment Management Americas, Mitchell Hutchins Institutional Investments and Chase Investors Management Corp. Stephen has an AB from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the CFA Institute, New York Society of Security Analysts, Economic Club of New York and is a Trustee of Tuskegee University. Formerly, Stephen served on the Board of Governors for the Investment Company Institute and was a member of the Financial Services Roundtable.

Stephen E. Canter

New York, USA

CEO & President
Thomas (Tom) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zephyr Management, L.P. Prior to founding Zephyr, Tom was President and CEO of Rockefeller & Co., the investment management arm of the Rockefeller family. Previously, Tom was employed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. where he was President of Rowe Price New Horizons Fund and Director of Research. Tom has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from Yale University where he majored in Latin American Studies. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Tom is also a Director or Trustee for several not for profit institutions.

Thomas C. Barry

New York, USA

Head of Client Services
Tina Keriazes is the Head of Client Services at Zephyr Management. Prior to joining Zephyr, Ms. Keriazes served as a securities and financial analyst within Rockefeller & Co., Inc., a firm that provides financial counsel and investment management to members of the Rockefeller family, other high net worth families, and charitable institutions. Ms. Keriazes received an MM from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1991, a B.A. from Barnard College in 1986 and is a CFA charter holder.

Tina Keriazes

New York, USA

Associate
Wanjiru Chabeda is an Associate at Zephyr Acorn, primarily supporting portfolio companies. Prior to Zephyr, Wanjiru worked as a Consultant at Dynamo Advisors, working with numerous early-stage startups in East Africa to develop operational processes, go-to-market strategies and investment materials. She has project management experience at leading HR and marketing firms in Nairobi and led the launch of The Foundry Africa, a leading co-working space in Nairobi. Wanjiru has a Bachelor’s in Information Systems from Nelson Mandela University, South Africa and an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Business Project Management (with distinction) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Wanjiru Chabeda

Nairobi, Kenya