The inaugural Alicorn Leadership Summit 2020-21 presented three mega events with global leaders from investing and entrepreneurship. Held virtually, the summit live streamed across multiple platforms and was viewed by an audience of 1000+. Participating firms included ADB, Apax, Automation Anywhere, AZB & Partners, CDPQ, IFC, Gaja Capital, Kalaari Capital, KKR, Multiples PE, NIIF, Sequoia, Softbank, Warburg Pincus, Zilingo
10th December 2020 Scale of Success
A discussion with four powerful and inspirational women who have built unicorns. The speakers discussed the idea, the process and the journey using a professional and personal lens.
Co-Founder and CEO, Zilingo
At 23, Ankiti co-founded Zilingo in 2015 with the vision of bridging the technology gap within the fashion and lifestyle supply chain to help small merchants and traders truly poise themselves for digitization.
Under her leadership, Zilingo has raised US$308 million from investors including Temasek, EDBI, Sequoia Capital, Sofina and notable angels such as Tim Draper and Kunal Shah. With offices in 8 countries and over 500 employees, through Zilingo, Ankiti sets out to level the playing field in the global supply chain and empower businesses with tools and software which allow them to scale their business efficiently.
Ankiti has been featured on the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30, Global Fortune 40 Under 40 and Global Bloomberg 50 lists in the last 2 years. Recently, she made it to the Singapore 100 Women in Tech List in the company of some esteemed women achievers. In her position, Ankiti also acts as a mentor on Surge, an initiative by Sequoia Capital designed to supercharge early-stage startups.
Ankiti has been a headline speaker at industry-leading events and webinars, sharing her insights and expertise at the World Economic Forum Virtual Briefing, Milken Institute Asia Summit, World Economic Forum India Economic Summit, Fortune MPW Next Gen Summit, Harvard Business School Asia Business Conference, Forbes Asia Next Frontiers Webinar, and accelerateHER Asia.
At Zilingo, Ankiti launched SheWorkz, an initiative to finance and skill/re-skill women factory workers and empower them to be financially independent by letting them work at their own time and space from their homes. SheWorkz has been launched in Indonesia and Thailand.
In more recent times, Ankiti swiftly responded to the widespread shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic by repurposing and expanding Zilingo’s network of buyers and sellers to procure and supply PPE to hospitals and governments worldwide. Adapting to changing consumer demands during mass lockdowns across countries, Ankiti spearheaded the company to expand its B2B offerings to multi-categories in health, household and other essential items, on its business solutions platform, Zilingo Trade.
Investment Partner, Softbank Investment Advisors (Moderator)
Neeti is a Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Automation Anywhere, leading brand and culture strategies, and initiatives across the company. An avid strategist, she brings over 20 years of business management, marketing and entrepreneurial experience from a wide variety of industries, including technology, business consulting, and advertising. Neeti thrives on holistically negotiating the continuously evolving character of marketing programs and loves to “play customer” personifying the voice of the customer. She is the company’s thought leader and vocal advocate of “bot ethics” in a world moving decisively towards AI. Neeti influences business strategy in scaling and driving company success. She defines and develops the Automation Anywhere brand as the world's leading intelligent Digital Workforce provider. She is also responsible for working across company divisions in maintaining focus on superior user experiences, helping to drive customer success.
What you didn’t know: If Neeti was trapped on a desert island, she’d have to have music, chocolate, coffee, and books (the paper kind) to even consider survival.
Managing Partner, Kalaari Capital
Vani Kola is the Managing Director at Kalaari Capital, an early stage venture capital firm based in Bangalore. She is a renowned investor and a visionary known for identifying emerging markets. Her leadership at Kalaari centers around her commitment to the development of entrepreneurs and her conviction that Indian companies are poised to become global players. Vani is a technology focused investor with many of her investments having now become very successful, validating her aptitude for picking the best young minds and mentoring them to build high growth enterprises. Some of Kola's notable venture capital successes include: Dream11, Cure.fit, Snapdeal, Myntra among others.
Vani is profiled in numerous books and has been identified as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business. She is actively involved in various organizations focused on fostering entrepreneurship and women leadership. Outside of work, Vani enjoys spending time with her family, practices yoga and heartfulness meditation devotedly. She believes in sustainable living and grows enough organic produce in her garden to meet her family’s needs.
21st January 2021 Upping the Stakes
A dialogue between GPs and LPs to take stock of the state of gender diversity in the private equity/ venture capital ecosystem, reviewing the progress made, and ideating on the way forward to building gender balance in investing and entrepreneurship.
Founder and Managing Partner, Gaja Capital
Gopal Jain is Managing Partner and Co-founder of Gaja Capital (www.gajacapital.com), an India-focused growth & buyout firm based in Mumbai. Founded in 2005, Gaja is a leading player in India’s private equity market with an exceptional track record of 20+ investments and an AUM of over $500m. Gaja has invested consistently in India’s mid-market across themes in education, financial services & consumer. Gaja Capital has been adjudged as the best Indian mid-market PE firm thrice in the last 10 years (Venture Intelligence). Home grown, Gaja Capital is one of the few indigenous PE firms in India to operate at scale.
Gopal leads both the executive and investment functions at the firm and has personally led several of the Firm’s investments. Gopal has been investing in Indian equities since the age of thirteen and has been a professional investor in the Indian capital markets for almost thirty years. He is one of the more experienced private equity investors in India, having led or co-led over 25 private equity investments since his first investment in TV-18 in 1995. Several of the companies Gopal has backed have grown 10x in value since the investment. Prior to Gaja Capital, he was country head for the Boston-based View Group one of the pioneers in Indian private equity.
Gopal is an active columnist and is currently member of SEBI’s Alternative Investment Policy Advisory Committee and Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association’s Executive Committee. He has a deep interest in the social sector and leads Gaja Gives which supports a wide and growing number of philanthropic efforts in India.
Gopal is a Graduate in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi. He is remembered on the campus for being one of the first graduates from the institute to turn entrepreneur before graduating. He currently lives in Mumbai with his mother Sudesh, wife Chitra and daughters Srishti and Ira.
Gaja Capital’s investments include : Eurokids, RBL Bank, TeamLease & John Distilleries. A longer list is available on their website.
Managing Director, Sequoia
GV Ravishankar is a Managing Director at Sequoia Capital India. At Sequoia, GV Ravishankar advises on both technology as well as non-technology investments. He’s deeply interested in technology’s role in helping to drive efficiencies, reduce costs and improve access in consumer and healthcare markets.
He currently serves on the boards of BYJUs, Capital Float, Eruditus Learning, Faces Cosmetics, Five Star finance, Finova Capital, HomeLane, India Shelter Finance Corporation, Indigo Paints, K12 Technoservices, Prataap Snacks (NSE: DIAMONDYD), Rebel Foods, Rupeek, Suburban Diagnostics and Turtlemint. I have also served as board member/observer of companies like Via (sold to NASDAQ: EBIX ), Manappuram (NSE: MANAPPURAM) and Equitas (NSE: EQUITAS).
Prior to this, GV worked at McKinsey & Company, where he advised senior management of top Indian companies on a variety of issues including business building, channel management and leadership development. He also had a prior stint with Wipro Technologies in their Embedded and Internet Access division.
GV has an MBA from IIMA and holds a BE in Computer Science and Engineering from NIT Trichy.
Managing Director, CDPQ
Harsh is Managing Director at CDPQ, responsible for the externally managed investing program in India. Prior to joining CDPQ, Harsh worked with International Finance Corporation (IFC) in New Delhi. Prior to joining IFC, Harsh has worked with Boston Consulting Group and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he worked on diverse topics ranging from investment structuring, M&A and operational improvement in companies.
Harsh is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (Indian CPA) and an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Director, Investment Funds and Special Initiatives Division, ADB
Janette Hall is a Director in ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department in charge of the Bank’s private equity funds and blended finance program. She joined ADB in January 2011.
Previously, Mrs. Hall was a senior banker in the Investment Banking Group at Bank of America San Francisco as well as in the Corporate Finance Group at KPMG New York, where she focused on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, debt capital raises and public/private equity capital raises. Ms. Hall began her career as an audit associate with Ernst & Young LLP, USA.
Mrs. Hall obtained her bachelor in arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, after which she obtained her MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Private Equity Investor & Founder, WinPE
Nupur Garg is a leading investor in private equity and venture capital and an expert advisor to large institutional investors. Nupur’s experience spans private equity investing, operations and finance in leading global organizations like IFC – an arm of the World Bank Group, Discovery Networks and PwC.
Nupur is an external expert on the investment committee for the INR 10,000 crore Govt of India Fund of Fund for Start-ups and an independent member of the investment committee at the Fund of Funds managed by NIIF, the quasi sovereign wealth fund in India. She is an advisor to and a member of the investment committee for the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) investment funds mandate given by the Dutch government for investments in SMEs in frontier markets across 75 countries. Nupur serves as an independent director on the boards of three companies, including SIDBI, the Indian DFI. She advises select fund managers on a confidential basis on matters related to institutionalization, best practices and governance. She also mentors female entrepreneurs across various platforms.
Nupur was listed among Forbes India W-Power; Self-Made Women 2020, India’s top 100 Women in Finance (AIWMI 2019) and awarded the Business Excellence and Innovative Best Practices - Academia Award 2019.
In her last and most recent full time role, Nupur led the private equity and venture capital funds business in the region for IFC and is widely credited with establishing IFC’s brand and credibility as one of the most respected institutional investors in this space. Under her stewardship, the portfolio doubled in size and returns, moving from a negative IRR to delivering gains for the first time in its history.
Nupur is a CA and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, with executive education from Harvard Business School.
Nupur loves to spend time with her mother, husband and 5 year-old son, travel to new places, read and do 1000/ 1500 piece puzzles.
CEO of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund
Sujoy is a business leader with over three decades of extensive experience in emerging markets investing and project finance, covering infrastructure, industrials and services sectors. During his career, he has worked on projects covering over 50 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.
He joined NIIF as the MD & CEO in 2016 and is currently based in Mumbai.
Prior to joining NIIF, he spent over 25 years at International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment and financing arm of the World Bank Group. During his tenure at IFC, he has held several leadership positions, with his last position being Director and Global Co-Head, Infrastructure and Natural Resources, based in Washington DC, managing a USD 14 billion portfolio.
Prior to this position, he also served as the Chief Investment Officer and Head of IFC’s African Latin American and Caribbean Fund, based in Washington DC, where he managed and led a USD 1 billion regional growth fund to selectively co-invest with IFC.
From 2006-2010, Sujoy led IFC’s Mumbai office and was responsible for managing its growth and building a strong team of 40 investment professionals as an important part of IFC’s goals for localization of its business. He started his career as a Management Associate with Citibank in Chennai in 1991 as part of the Credit Cards business within the Consumer Banking Group.
Sujoy holds a Bachelor’s in Commerce from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India and is an MBA in Finance from Rice University, Houston, Texas.
Managing Director, Warburg Pincus
Vishal Mahadevia is a Managing Director, Head of India, and member of the Executive Management Group. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus in 2006, he was a Principal at Greenbriar Equity Group, a fund focused on private equity investments in the Transportation sector. Prior to that, Mr. Mahadevia worked at Three Cities Research, a New York-based private equity fund and as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. He currently serves as a Managing Director of Warburg Pincus India Private Limited. Mr. Mahadevia is also a Director of Gangavaram Port Limited and IDFC First Bank Limited. He received a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
18th February 2021 Unlocking the Power of Diversity | Finale Event
Global perspectives and context on gender diversity with an inside view on how leading investors across the world are leveraging the power of diversity to build powerful and successful businesses.
EVP and Deputy Head - CDPQ Global
Anita M. George is Executive Vice-President and Deputy Head of CDPQ Global. She fills a key role in developing CDPQ’s activities in its three priority international areas: the United States/Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific. She actively participates in positioning CDPQ internationally, as well as developing and executing its globalization strategy. In addition to her role managing the international offices, Ms. George contributes to diversifying the portfolio by taking a holistic view in approaching the various markets. She sits on CDPQ’s Investment-Risk Committee.
Ms. George joined CDPQ in April 2016 as Managing Director, South Asia. She was then appointed as Executive Vice-President, Growth Markets and prior to her current role was Executive Vice-President and Head of Strategic Partnerships, Growth Markets. She has extensive knowledge of several of these markets, in addition to possessing a strong ability to develop and strengthen enduring and quality partnerships.
She has a strong track record in managing infrastructure investment portfolios on a global scale. Prior to joining CDPQ, she was Senior Director of the World Bank’s Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice. She also held the positions of Director, Infrastructure and Natural Resources of the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, and Head of Siemens Financial Services in India. Her various roles have led her to work in several regions of the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
Ms. George holds a BA in Economics and Spanish from Smith College, in Massachusetts, and a Masters in Economics and an MBA in Finance from Boston University.
Partner, Global Head of Public Affairs & Co-Head of KKR Global Impact
Ken Mehlman has spent a quarter century working at the highest levels of public policy, business, philanthropy and social change. He is a KKR Partner, Global Head of Public Affairs & Co-Head of KKR Global Impact where he has architected & leads KKR’s responsible investment efforts. Ken spent a dozen years in national politics and government service, including as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Campaign Manager of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, the only Republican presidential campaign in 30 years to win the popular vote. Ken graduated with a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a trustee of Mt. Sinai Hospital of New York, Franklin & Marshall College, Teach for America, and Sponsors of Educational Opportunity (SEO). Mehlman was active in the successful effort for marriage equality and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Co-CEO, Apax Partners
Mitch Truwit is co-CEO of Apax Partners and Chairman of Apax Digital.
Prior to joining Apax Partners in 2006, Mitch was the President and CEO of Orbitz Worldwide between 2005 and 2006 and was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of priceline.com between 2001 and 2005.
Mitch is a graduate of Vassar College where he received a BA in Political Science. He also has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
He serves as a Board member of Boats Group, KAR Global, Quality Distribution Inc and Trade Me. Prior boards include Advantage Sales & Marketing, Assured Partners, Dealer.com, Answers, Bankrate, Garda World, Hub International and Trader Canada.
Mitch serves on the charitable boards of the Apax Foundation, the John McEnroe Tennis Project, Posse and StreetSquash.
Founder, MD & CEO, Multiples Alternate Asset Management
Renuka Ramnath is the Founder, Managing Director and CEO of Multiples Alternate Asset Management, a private equity manager and advisor to funds of ~ USD 1.5 bn. She has over 30 years of experience in the Indian financial sector across private equity, investment banking and structured finance.
For close to three decades in financial services, Renuka successfully built several businesses in the ICICI Group including Investment Banking, e-commerce and private equity. As the MD & CEO of ICICI Venture for close to a decade, she led that firm to become one of the largest private equity funds in India.
She is a Board member of EMPEA, the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets. She is also the Chairperson of the Executive Committee of Indian Venture Capital Association. Renuka has been featured in many prestigious listings, including the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business (Business Today, India); India's most Powerful CEO's (Economic Times), the Top 25 Non Bank Women in Finance (US Banker's global list), Asia's Women in the Mix: The Year's Top 50 for Achievement in Business (Forbes), Top 25 women in Asian asset management (Asian Investor) and most recently has been awarded the AVCJ Special Achievement Award, 2019.
Interim MD, EVP & COO, IFC
Ms. Stephanie von Friedeburg is the IFC Interim Managing Director and Executive Vice President. She leads the implementation of IFC’s strategy to create projects and attract private investment in developing countries while increasing opportunities for women, scaling up investments to fight climate change, and promoting digital development. She is also IFC’s Chief Operating Officer and leads all investment operations and advisory services, managing a $59 billion debt and equity portfolio in more than 100 countries. Ms. von Friedeburg began her World Bank Group career almost three decades ago and developed strong expertise in Africa and Central and Eastern Europe and in sectors such as telecom, manufacturing, and a wide array of technologies. In addition to an MBA from the Wharton School, she holds a Master of Arts from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Founder and Managing Partner of AZB & Partners
Zia J. Mody, Co–Founder and Managing Partner of AZB & Partners, is one of India’s foremost corporate attorneys. Zia is widely acknowledged for her expertise, ranking No. 1 in Fortune India’s ‘India’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business’ list in 2018 & 2019, on which she has consistently ranked in the top 10 since 2011.
Zia has held and continues to hold several prestigious positions at global and national levels. She currently serves as a Member, Governing Board – International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and Member – CII National Council. She was the Vice President & Member – London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and Member – World Bank Administrative Tribunal, Washington D.C.. In addition, Zia has served in various capacities on several committees and panels set up by Indian regulatory bodies including SEBI, RBI, Law Commission of India and Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
Zia has been a recipient of numerous awards recognizing her individual and professional achievements as a legal practitioner and leader. She completed her masters in law from the Harvard Law School and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Zia’s practice areas include Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Restructuring and General Corporate, Compliance & Investigation, Dispute Resolution, and Regulatory & Securities Law.