Manpreet Singh is an Assistant Manager, Finance with NIF and joined the firm’s Delhi office in 2018. At NIIF Manpreet is responsible for Accounting, Tax Compliances, Management reporting of NIIFL (Fund Manager).
Prior to joining NIIF, Manpreet Singh was associated with Grant Thornton (GT) as part of the Compliance and Outsourcing Team. During his 10 Years stint with GT he worked on different project such as accounting setup and compliances of Multinational Pharma Companies, leading brand of POS terminals, Hotel industry, Manufacturing units etc.
Manpreet has also worked in CAS Engineers Private Limited an manufacturing unit of Air conditioners as part of their Finance team. He started his career with CAS Engineers in 2006 as part of their Finance team.
Manpreet has done his MBA Finance and Executive diploma in HR from IMT.
Saurabh has over two decades of rich experience across diverse sectors such as Private Equity, Healthcare, Consumer Durables and Consulting. His area of expertise includes P&L management, budgeting, forecasting, long term business strategy planning, financial controllership, tax restructuring and valuations. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of NIIF and is based out of the New Delhi office. At NIIF, he is responsible for managing financial operations of NIIF Funds and the Fund Manager, treasury, internal controls, compliances under Indian Tax Laws & AIF regulations, business planning, budget and forecasting and structuring of funds and investments, working with investment teams in establishing strong governance standards in portolio companies. Saurabh sits on the valuation committee of NIIF Funds and also heads the NIIF Delhi office.
Prior to NIIF, Saurabh spent 10 years with Actis, a leading private equity firm with presence across different continents. At Actis, he worked as the Group Chief Financial Officer in the firm’s UK and India offices. During his stint with Actis, he worked on Finance, Accounting and Internal Controls, fund raising, treasury management, business planning and forecasting and structuring of funds and investments from tax and regulatory perspective to name a few. He managed a team of 30 professionals and worked on some key projects such as implementation of vertical (asset class) wise P&L across business, setting up a carry and co-investment structures, setting up a centralised finance function for the firm in India and implementation of globally recognised financial ERPs. He joined Actis in 2007 as a Senior Manager – Finance and eventually rose to the position of being the first non-UK CFO for the group in a span of 10 years.
Saurabh has also worked with Max India Limited and LG during his career managing accounting and financial operations, business planning, cost rationalization and management of statutory compliances, product pricing to name a few. He started his career in Jan 2000 with EY’s Audit and Business Services vertical.
Saurabh is a Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds a Bachelor in Commerce from Delhi University and has done his Masters in Business Administration (Executive Program) from Indian School of Business.
Tejas has a total experience of over ten years involving underwriting closures of INR 50 Bn+. He joined NIIF in Feb 2019 as a member of the Master Fund team at NIIF and is responsible for direct investments coverage across Ports, Logistics and Renewables.
Prior to joining NIIF, Tejas worked with the Investment Banking Group at HDFC Bank, where he led pan-India coverage for Ports, Logistics, Warehousing and Shipping sectors. His product mandate included Project Finance, Structured Debt and Corporate Finance Advisory. His earlier assignments included Roads, Airports, LNG & LPG, Agri-warehousing and allied Transportation sectors. Prior to HDFC Bank, Tejas worked for YES Bank with roles across Infrastructure Finance and Strategy.
Tejas started his career at Infosys Technologies as a SAP-ERP technical consultant, prior to MBA from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE). He also holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University and has completed all three levels of the CFA programme administered by the CFA Institute, USA.
Nilesh has over two decades of experience across private equity, debt investments, banking and portfolio management. During his career, he has worked on several investments across South Asia as well as East Asia and Africa.
He joined NIIF in Dec 2019 and is currently the Partner of Strategic Opportunities Fund at the firm. In this role, he is responsible for working across investments, portfolio and fund raising.
Prior to NIIF, Nilesh spent 14 years with International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investing arm of World Bank Group. He started his journey with IFC in the financial institutions group where he led investments in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He then moved to being the Portfolio Manager for IFC where he was responsible for leading the financial sector investments portfolio of over USD 4 billion in the South Asia market. Some of the key assignments with IFC included working on large scale transformations of microfinance companies into small finance banks, early forays in affordable housing finance and working with infrastructure finance companies. He has worked on investments across early stage and mature banks, NBFCs and other financial institutions during his tenure at IFC.
Prior to joining IFC in 2005, Nilesh worked with HSBC, India in different roles including in corporate and retail banking. He started his career with Tata Consultancy Services in 1996.
Nilesh holds a Bachelor in Engineering degree from Lucknow University and has done his MBA from IIM, Kolkata.
Pawan joined NIIF in July 2018. He has over 14 years of experience of which he has spent a decade in deal development, negotiations, structuring, analysis and equity investments in Indian infrastructure sector. At NIIF, he is a part of the Master Fund team and is responsible for deal origination, analysis and negotiating investment opportunities across the core-infrastructure asset class and portfolio management of investee companies. He has rich experience in sectors like roads & highways, urban transportation, airports and ropeways
Prior to joining NIIF, Pawan worked with Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited (TRIL) as part of its Corporate Finance team and during his 10-year stint, he was involved in all aspects of deal origination, mergers & acquisition, business strategy, project bidding and investment management. Pawan was involved in closing deals aggregating $2 billion of enterprise value and evaluated deals aggregating to $10 billion. Some of the marquee assignments that Pawan has been a part of include Navi Mumbai Airport, Pune Metro, Mumbai Metro Line 2, Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link and Colombo Port.
Prior to TRIL, Pawan worked with Adventity Global Services and Gati during his career.
Pawan is an MBA from ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad and a Chartered Financial Analyst from ICFAI.
Sumit has an overall work experience of 10 years of which he has spent seven years in global investment banking. His areas of expertise include corporate finance, origination, business valuation, analytical modelling and strategic analysis. Sumit joined NIIF in 2017 and is a part of the Master Fund team, based in Mumbai. His role includes originating and analysing investment opportunities across the core-infrastructure asset class and is responsible for portfolio management of investee companies.
Prior to joining NIIF, Sumit worked with HSBC’s Investment Banking Division, based in London and was responsible for providing M&A advisory, capital market, and project financing solutions to clients across EMEA and APAC markets. Prior to joining the HSBC London team, he was working at the HSBC India Investment Banking team for over two years.
Sumit started his career with HSBC Investment Banking team in India.
Sumit holds a Bachelor in Technology degree from NITK, Surathkal and has done his MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. He has represented India at the APAC finals of the Global Investment Research Challenge 2011, organized by CFA Institute, Virginia.
Ankit Soni is a Senior Associate at NIIF. Ankit joined the firm in August 2018 and is based out of Delhi office. At NIIF, he works with the Fund of Funds team and is responsible for evaluating new fund commitments and monitoring existing portfolio.
Prior to joining NIIF, Ankit has spent three and a half years with Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services as a part of the investment banking vertical. Prior to Moody’s, Ankit worked with CDC in London where he was a part of South Asia Funds team and responsible for making new commitments in South Asia as well as overseeing existing portfolio of 60+ funds with commitments of over USD 2.4 billion across Asia.
Ankit started his career with Nomura, UK in 2010 and was based out of the London office as a part of their Industrial M&A team. At Nomura, Ankit was involved in several marque cross border M&A transactions, totaling up to over USD 1 billion. Ankit was also involved in varied origination activities ranging from acquisition financing to ECM and DCM offerings for Industrial clients across Europe.
Ankit has done his Master in Science in Management from Imperial College Business School, London, UK and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal University, Manipal, India.
Kishore has over 15 years of diverse professional experience across management consulting, operational execution and policy making. He joined NIIF in 2019 and is a part of the Strategic Initiatives and Policy Advisory team. At NIIF, he is responsible for leading strategic initiatives that translate to investment pipeline for NIIF’s funds and providing advisory inputs to the Government for catalysing investments in the economy.
Prior to joining NIIF, Kishore worked as an Officer on Special Duty in the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India (EAC-PM). In this role, he was responsible for identifying and recommending policy interventions for facilitating the development agenda of the Government. During his 3 years stint at the EAC-PM, he also co-edited 2 books – the first volume titled “On the Trail of the Black” traces the cross-sectoral prevalence of corruption & black money and was published by Rupa (2018) while the second volume titled “Making of New India” presented an analytical account of the impact of various reforms initiative by the current government in its first term. Besides, he has also written extensively on topical issues in leading national newspapers, periodicals and books.
Prior to EAC-PM, Kishore worked with GE – Transportation and with consulting entities like KPMG, Deloitte and PwC. Kishore started his career in 2005 as a consultant in the Government and Infrastructure advisory business of PwC.
Kishore has done Bachelors in Technology from IIT Bombay and holds an MBA from IIM Lucknow.
Pratik joined NIIF in December 2019 as a part of the Finance team and is based in New Delhi. Prior to joining NIIF, he was associated with ICICI Venture, an India focused private equity fund house, as a part of their Finance team. During his nine-year stint with ICICI Venture, he was responsible for administration of various private equity funds across different stages of fund life cycle. During this period, he has also worked as finance controller for the Investment Manager.
Prior to ICICI Venture, he has worked for 3 years with United Spirits Limited, an FMCG company, as Manager-Finance and Accounts at their head office.
Pratik started his career with Infosys as a part of their BFS outsourcing vertical. Pratik is a Commerce Graduate from Devi Ahilya University, Indore and a Chartered Accountant.
Ashok leads the NIIF’s approach to investing responsibly for impact while working closely with investment colleagues and company management to assess and manage ESG risks and opportunities and helping build “NIIF-way of business”. He has extensive experience in areas spanning project and private equity, consulting and research involving environment and social considerations.
Before joining NIIF in 2018, he was the Director & Head ESG at Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Prior to this, Ashok led IDFC Alternatives ESG practice, working with multiple stakeholders including investors, investee companies, sustainability forums and communities. During his ~17 years stint with the IDFC and its subsidiaries, apart from other key initiatives he was responsible for managing a USD 3.8 billion alternatives portfolio in project equity, private and real estate asset class and has gained practical hands-on experience in implementing the IFC Performance Standards / ESG requirements. He started his career with ERM India in 1997 with the Natural Resource Management & Social Development group.
Ashok is member of the ESG working group at Global Infrastructure Investors Association (GIIA).
Ashok is a recipient of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of UK Government for pursuing environmental management and sustainable development at University of Wales, Bangor. He holds M.Phil. degree in Applied Economics from Centre for Development Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University, a rank holder with distinction in MSc Environmental Sciences from Andhra University and a BSc Biological Sciences from University of Delhi.
Apoorv is an Analyst with the Fund of Funds team. He joined NIIF in September 2019 and is based out of the Mumbai office.
At NIIF, Apoorv is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities and monitoring existing portfolio commitments.
Apoorv started his career with KPMG India, initially with its Tax and Regulatory practice and most recently, was part of KPMG India’s Valuation practice. During his 6-year stint with KPMG India, Apoorv worked on diverse valuation engagements for both private and public entities, across sectors such as infrastructure, BFSI, industrials, start-ups, etc. He was also involved in advising clients on adopting transfer pricing policies.
Apoorv is a CFA Charter holder, holds an MBA from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and is a former professional cricketer, having represented the Mumbai Cricket Team at the junior levels.
Subhasree has over 12 years of Corporate Law experience in Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance. She joined NIIF in May 2017 and is currently the Deputy General Counsel of the firm. At NIIF, she is responsible for overseeing the legal aspects pertaining to fund raising and investments and providing operational and compliance support.
Prior to joining NIIF, she worked with Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (previously known as Amarchand Mangaldas) as a part of the M&A/Privat Equity team based in Mumbai. During her nine-year stint with the firm, she worked in different teams including private equity and mergers & acquisitions transactions. Some of the key engagements that Subhasree has worked on include the financing and refinancing of Tata Motors acquisition of JLR, acquisition by Natixis Global Asset Management of a minority stake in IDFC Mutual Fund, acquisition of Standard Chartered Mutual Fund by IDFC, acquisition by Warburg Pincus of a stake in Au Financier Limited along with co-investment by IFC, the setting up by Doha Bank of its banking operations in India.
Subhasree has also worked Warburg Pincus/Carlyle during her career journey as a part of their General Corporate team. She started her career with Amarchand Mangaldas in 2006.
Subhasree has done LLB from Nalsar University, Hyderabad and holds a LLM degree from Harvard Law School.
Saumya is an Associate and works a Special Assistant to CEO at NIIF. She joined the firm in February 2017 and is based out of the Mumbai office. At NIIF, Saumya is responsible for assisting the CEO on all organization wide business priorities. A typical day in her job includes managing the daily workflow for the CEO, ensuring appropriate follow through on actions, decisions, and commitments made by the CEO and providing substantive input and recommendations on issues brought to the CEO’s attention either for information or for action.
Saumya started her career with IDBI Capital Markets & Securities in 2013 and was as a part of the investment banking team. During her 4 years stint with IDBI Capital, she worked on different corporate advisory assignments including business consultancy, financial appraisal, syndication, and debt restructuring in the infrastructure sector and other.
Saumya is a commerce graduate, and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Prasad Gadkari has over two decades of experience in areas of private equity, principal investments, joint ventures, project finance, and corporate & policy advisory. He is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at NIIF and is responsible for the Strategic Initiatives & Policy Advisory function.
Prior to joining NIIF in 2017, Prasad was the Managing Director at TVS Capital, based in Mumbai. During his stint at TVS, he was responsible for driving the PE business with a specific focus on select consumer/industrial deals and finalisation of investment and fund-raise strategy of TVS – Fund 3.
Prior to TVS, Prasad was a Partner with IDFC Private Equity, focussed on investments in core infrastructure and social sectors. Over his almost decade long stint with IDFC PE, he handled several important deals including India’s first infrastructure holding company, an oncology care chain, largest airport privatisation deal, a water management business and India’s first student living solutions company.
Prasad has also worked with General Electric (GE), where he was responsible for infrastructure investing and joint ventures in South Asia, Middle East and North Africa region.
Prior to GE, Prasad was with IDFC Ltd in their project finance group, where he handled some of the earliest project financing transactions in the country. He was also a key member of the team that provided policy level inputs to the Govt of India (e.g. NHAI, JNPT) for their initial privatisation transactions.
Prasad started his career in 1996 with Larsen & Toubro’s infrastructure finance business, just around the time India started experimenting with infrastructure privatisation.
Prasad has a Bachelor’s in Commerce from Bombay University and a Master of Management Studies (MMS) from NMIMS, Mumbai. He is also a CFA Charter holder.
Apurva joined NIIF in June 2020 as a part of the Human Resources team and is based in Mumbai. She has over 8 years of experience in HR across Financial Services and Travel sectors. Her areas of expertise include performance and talent management along with talent acquisition.
Prior to joining NIIF, Apurva was associated with Edelweiss Financial Services as a part of their Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC). During her 5-year stint with Edelweiss, she worked with the Wealth Management and ARC business teams on building and implementing their People Strategy. She has worked extensively on Talent Acquisition for build-out of high performing teams; their engagement, development and retention.
Prior to Edelweiss, she worked with VFS Global Services in their Corporate HR team and worked on HR Analytics, Organization Effectiveness and Global HR Projects.
Apurva started her career with Motilal Oswal Financial Services as a part of their Corporate HR team. She has done her Bachelors in Economics and Masters in Management Studies (Human Resources) from University of Mumbai.
Ambalika is a seasoned professional with over three decades of experience in private equity funds management, equity investment, debt financing, structuring & restructuring advisory in India and across Asia. She joined NIIF in March 2020 as Executive Director – Direct Investments. At NIIF, she oversees all direct investments made by the funds managed by NIIF.
Prior to joining NIIF, she was the CEO & CIO of Neev Fund, managed by SBI Cap Ventures Ltd. At NEEV, she completed final fund negotiations with DFID, UK the majority sponsor, recruited and lead the Fund team and committed a third of the corpus in diverse investments in the renewables & social infrastructure space.
Prior to Neev, Ambalika had spent about 8 years with Macquarie Capital. She started her stint with Macquarie in Singapore and eventually rose to become the Managing Director of Macquarie SBI Infrastructure Fund. She was instrumental in conceptualising the fund, bringing in the sponsors, and raising the corpus of one of the largest India dedicated equity funds at the time, while also , setting up a team of high quality professionals and originating & committing a substantial portion of the funds corpus in marquee transactions in the airports and telecom infrastructure space.
She has worked with several other reputed organizations such as Dresdner Bank AG and Barclays Capital with pan Asian and Indian coverage, across several products from equity investing, PPP, debt advisory and restructuring.
Ambalika started her career with SBI and spent 10 years with the organization managing several large corporate customers of the Bank, their working capital and project financing needs as well as some restructurings.
She has done her Bachelor of Science (Microbiology major) from Mumbai University and holds a Masters in Financial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies.
Managing Director and CEO
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.
Saloni has over two decades of experience in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and strategy, having worked in the US and India. In her career, she has successfully negotiated, executed and closed several cross-border and domestic transactions involving mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity funding and entry-strategy assignments across sectors.
Currently based in Mumbai, she joined NIIF in its early days as the Chief of Staff and was instrumental in building several pillars of the institution. She has played a pivotal role in establishing NIIF’s offices, drafting the Governance Framework and Policies and Procedures for all the verticals of the firm, strategising for fund raising, chalking out the recruitment plan among others
She currently heads Investor Relations and Partnerships at NIIF and is responsible for fund raising for all three funds as well as building strong relationships with global investors, key stakeholders including Government of India representatives, global business leaders and Embassies and Consulates around the world. At NIIF, she has been responsible for successfully fundraising from several large, credible and reputed international and domestic investors.
Prior to joining NIIF, she was a Partner at SKP Business Consulting where she led a team of 15 in their M&A and Consulting practice. Saloni has also worked with KPMG India and HDFC Private equity. She started her career with Praxair in 1999, based out of their USA office.
Saloni holds a Bachelor’s in Commerce and Master’s in Commerce degree from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics and an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University.
Parag has 24 years of experience across private equity investing and fund management, as well as operating experience in project finance, management audit and commercial control. Prior to NIIF, he spent 15 years with IL&FS Investment Managers, where he led PE transactions across sectors such as Power, Roads, Logistics, City Gas Distribution, Waste Management etc, and was instrumental in crafting exits by way of IPO, strategic sale and sale to global PE players. He started his journey with IL&FS Investment Manager as a Manager and eventually rose to the position of Senior Vice President, heading the Infrastructure Private Equity vertical at the firm.
Parag also gained over 5 years of operating experience with Schoolnet India, an education technology company. Prior that, Parag started his career in 1996 with the Mardia Group, a manufacturing focused conglomerate.
Parag is a rank holder Science Graduate from University of Delhi and holds an MBA from University of Indore.
Ishita joined NIIF in April 2020 and has experience into valuation and corporate finance segments.
Prior to joining NIIF, Ishita worked with Duff and Phelps in the Portfolio Valuations Department for close to 11 months and with Trestvista Financial Services private equity practice for almost a year. At both the organizations, Ishita was amongst the youngest employees to be front leading comprehensive post transaction valuations.
In her two- experience, she has significant experience in working across multiple geographies, including the US and UK.
Ishita holds a Bachelor in Business Administration in Finance from NMIMS and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Indian School of Business.
Tamanna joined NIIF in May 2020 as an Associate in the Investments Team – Fund of Funds. She is responsible to evaluate investment opportunities and underwrite underlying portfolio investments for NIIF’s Fund of Fund.
Prior to joining NIIF, Tamanna was associated with J.P. Morgan as a part of the Private Equity & Private Real Assets Investment Due Diligence team. During her nine-year stint with the firm, she has conducted research and diligence on funds based in USA, Emerging Markets and Asia across various strategies including Buyout, Growth, Secondaries, Fund of Funds, Impact, Real Estate and Infrastructure sectors. She started her career journey with J.P.Morgan in March 2011 as an Investment Portfolio Specialist with the Fixed Income products and strategies team.
Tamanna holds a Bachelor in Management Studies (BMS) from Mumbai University and is an MBA from IBS (ICFAI Business School), Mumbai. She is also a CFA Level III candidate.
Devesh joined NIIF in Nov 2017 and is based out of the Mumbai office. At NIIF, he works with the Master Fund team and is responsible for evaluating direct investments.
Prior to joining NIIF, Devesh worked at Ambit, a mid-market Indian investment bank, as part of the infrastructure mergers & acquisitions team. During his two-year stint with the firm, he worked on some key buy and sell side transactions predominantly on road and power assets. Devesh started his career with Frapp, a pan-India student discount platform and was responsible for leading strategic alliances and operations.
He holds a Bachelor in Commerce degree from the University of Mumbai and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Prakash has over three decades of experience in the Indian financial system, in areas including corporate finance, project finance, infrastructure lending, infrastructure investments, and credit risk management. In his most recent role before joining NIIF, Prakash was the Chief General Manager at State Bank of India (SBI). He was also the Deputy CEO of SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Fund (USD 1.2 billion), where he was instrumental in the fund’s investments into airports, telecom towers, thermal power, small hydro, and transportation sectors.
Prakash is a Cost and Management Accountant, having passed with a Merit Certificate, and holds a Diploma in Business Finance.
Karthik has more than 8 years of experience in infrastructure including underwriting large ticket debt financing and thermal power project implementation. Prior to joining NIIF, Karthik was part of the Project Finance division at L&T Financial Services providing debt solutions to clients across renewable energy, roads, transmission and ports. Karthik has also worked in the Corporate Finance team of Yes Bank focusing on roads sector. Earlier, he has also worked in thermal power project construction as part of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd.
Karthik holds an MBA in Finance from NITIE Mumbai and B.Tech in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Bhopal.
Saurabh has 14 years of experience in 12 countries in Asia and Africa. His diverse portfolio includes public private partnerships, regional infrastructure planning, developing and advising on policies and regulations related to infrastructure, contract management and negotiations, feasibility assessments, risk analysis, investment strategy, bid and transaction advisory, and capacity building.
Saurabh has served as the Director of the PPP Unit at the Ministry of Finance in Namibia, prior to which he worked with CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory.
Saurabh has a degree in business management from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (Delhi University), and an MBA from T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI).
Vinod has 16 years of professional experience spanning private equity and strategic consulting. Prior to joining NIIF, he spent ~13 years with IDFC Alternatives. His investment management experience includes early stage, growth stage, and platform deals across diverse sectors, along with managing exits of portfolio companies through IPOs. Prior to joining IDFC Alternatives, Vinod worked with Credit Analysis & Research Limited (CARE), and the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).
Vinod holds a MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sardar Patel College of Engineering (SPCE), Mumbai.
Adhira joined NIIF in April, 2020 and works as an Analyst in the Master Fund team, based in Mumbai. In her role, she is responsible for evaluating opportunities in the renewable energy sector along with managing NIIF’s investment in their renewable energy platform, Ayana Renewables.
Prior to joining NIIF, Adhira has worked with L&T Infra Finance for two years in the capacity of a manager with the advisory services team. During her stint with the firm, she worked extensively on M&A transactions in the Infra space with special focus on Roads and Renewable Energy sectors.
Adhira holds an MBA degree from Symbiosis International University, Pune and a BBA degree from Auro University, Surat. She is also certified in Investment Foundations by CFA institute, USA.
Sona joined NIIF in June 2018. She brings with her six years of experience spanning Equity fundraise, M&A, Tax and Regulatory Advisory, and Audit. Prior to joining NIIF, Sona has worked with Mytrah Energy, ReNew Power and KPMG.
Sona is a Chartered Accountant and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Pratik has overall work experience of over six years, of which over three years have been in Investment Banking, Project Finance and Management Consulting. Prior to joining NIIF, Pratik had worked with YES Securities, SBI Capital Markets and PwC across the infrastructure space including power, transportation and energy efficiency sectors.
Pratik holds an MBA from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and a B Tech in Civil Engineering from Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat.
Anand has a total experience of 18 years, of which 9+ years is in infrastructure funds management in India. Prior to joining NIIF in March 2018, Anand worked for Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) in India, establishing MIRA’s funds management business in India. Before MIRA, Anand worked with KPMG for over 7 years in India and Australia, in the audit and financial advisory services divisions, and with the Universal Music Group in India as a Finance Manager.
Anand holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is an Indian Chartered Accountant. He has also completed his Certified Public Accountancy (US).
Aashish is an Analyst with the Master Fund team of NIIF and is based in Mumbai. Prior to joining NIIF, he was interned with Gaja Capital’s investments team. As a part of his internship, he worked on assignments including acquisition of preschool chains, exit for a sports management company and analysis of the logistic sector in India.
Prior to Gaja, Aashish worked with Goldman Sachs as a Senior Analyst with the fund accounting team for 2 years. His key responsibilities included preparation of fund financials, investor statements, cash and forex management for PE funds.
Aashish holds a Bachelor in Commerce from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta and is an MBA graduate from IIM Calcutta. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary and a FRM Charter holder. Additionally, he has successfully completed all three levels of the CFA programme.
Krishna Kumar has over two decades of experience in the Indian financial services industry with investment expertise across sectors through Alternative Investment Funds. He joined NIIF in April 2020 and is currently responsible for the Strategic Opportunities Fund
Prior to joining NIIF, he was the Chief Executive Officer of IL&FS Investment Managers Limited and has spent over 24 years with the business. During his stint, he was responsible for all aspects of the Alternative Investments business of IL&FS including opportunity mapping, conceptualising fund strategies, fund raising and investment management. During this period, Krishna Kumar also served as the Co-CEO of the Standard Chartered IL&FS Asia Infrastructure Growth Fund, a joint venture with Standard Chartered Bank, with assets under management of USD 0.7 Bn, having invested across infrastructure sectors in India, China and South East Asia.
In his career journey, he has been instrumental in spearheading several Alternative Investment Funds and initiatives in collaboration with global institutional investors such as AIG Inc., Lone Star Funds, Standard Chartered Bank and ORIX Corporation, who have been investing in India and Rest of Asia. He has led over 30 investments in his career journey which involved investing with leading multinational corporations, public sector undertakings and leading Indian corporate houses, along with being on the Boards of more than 20 companies.
Krishna Kumar started his career with a boutique financial services firm Synergy Credit Corporation Limited in 1992 in their Financial Accounting team, thereafter, moving on to being part of the Treasury team at Kotak Mahindra Group in 1994.
Krishna Kumar holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Mumbai and has also completed a Certified Course on Computer Applications from the Indo-American Society.
Radhika has over 10 years of experience into various gamut of communication including marketing, media relations, internal communications, crisis and reputation management.
She is currently associated with NIIF as AVP – Communications and is based in Mumbai. At NIIF, she is responsible for driving media relations, communications – online and offline and internal employee engagement initiatives.
Prior to joining NIIF, Radhika worked with Avendus Capital as Vice President, Corporate Communications and Marketing. During her two- and half-year stint, she was instrumental in setting up communication channels and outreach objectives for the organization including digital strategy, media & communication strategy and in building the CSR pillar for the firm. She is also the Internal Communications Lead for the organization and a core member of the crisis communication committee for the overall Group.
Before Avendus, Radhika has worked with PwC India and CRISIL, a S&P company as a part of their markets and investor outreach team respectively.
Radhika holds a Bachelor in Engineering degree from VTU University and has done her MBA from IILM, Gurgaon.
Ekta has over 15 years of experience across the entire spectrum of corporate affairs, corporate governance, compliance, legal, contracts and litigation and is based in NIIF’s New Delhi office.
She joined NIIF in Sep 2018 and as the Company Secretary for the firm, she is responsible for secretarial, compliance and governance related matters.
Prior to joining NIIF, she was associated with Hitachi Rail, India as the Company Secretary, General Counsel & Compliance Head. During her seven-year stint with the firm, she worked extensively with global stakeholders and was responsible for corporate and legal business affairs matters in the Indian sub-continent. She has also worked on several legal matters related to Indian Railways, Delhi Metro, Kolkata Metro, Bangladesh Railways etc.
Prior to Hitachi Rail, Ekta was associated with Fox Mandal & Associates, India’s oldest and a leading law firm. During her four-year stint with the organization’s corporate and commercial vertical, she handled several assignments in areas such as joint ventures, M&A, India entry opportunities and regulatory matters. She started her career with Ghari Detergents in 2004 in the secretarial and legal department.
Ekta is qualified company secretary from Institute of Company Secretaries of India and a chartered secretary from Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, London. She is a also a qualified lawyer from CSJM University, Kanpur and is a gold medallist in PG Diploma in Financial Management from IGNOU.
Simran Khanna joined NIIF in March 2020 and works as a Research Analyst with the Investor Relations team, based in Mumbai. In her current role at NIIF, she works on fundraising initiatives and investor interactions.
Prior to joining NIIF, Simran was associated with KPMG India for over a year. At KPMG, she was a part of the Mergers & Acquisitions Consulting vertical and has worked on various commercial due diligences for clients in the financial services, consumer, media and telecom sectors.
Simran holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from FLAME University, Pune.
Surabhi is an analyst with the Investor Relations team of NIIF, based in Mumbai. She joined the firm in Sep 2019 and is responsible for fundraising and partnerships. Her key areas of work profile include covered financial and economic research, regulatory reporting and operations.
Prior to NIIF, she worked with Moody’s Analytics for over a year and during her stint, she worked on statutory and performance reporting of exchange traded funds and macroeconomic research.
Surabhi started her career with Goldman Sachs in the Tax Operations division in 2014 and during her two years at Goldman, she supported withholding tax related functions for Japan, Hong Kong and EMEA regions.
She holds a Bachelor in Business Management from Christ University, Bengaluru and an MSc. in Economics from Singapore Management University.
Sonam is an Associate with the Investor Relations team of NIIF and is based out of Mumbai. She has an overall experience of over six year in strategy, investor relations, business finance and audit across diverse sectors.
Prior to joining NIIF in Feb 2020, she was associated with the Mahindra Group as part of their management development program and was deputed to Mahindra First Choice Wheels Limited as Senior Manager – Strategy. During her three-year stint with the organization, she worked on different projects such as fund raising, acquisition of a startup in the digital automotive space etc. She has also worked with Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited as part of their investor relations team.
Sonam holds a Bachelor in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and holds an MBA from S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research.
Malika has over 3 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining NIIF, Malika worked as Manager – Finance with Clix Capital Services Private Limited. Malika also has experience in credit & risk and audit roles with her previous organisations.
Malika is a commerce graduate from SRCC and is a member of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants of India.
Swarup has over 10 years of experience in multiple practice areas of ESG. Prior to joining NIIF, he worked with ERM India Pvt Ltd where he spent about 3 years as a Senior Consultant working in ESG practice areas such as Transaction Advisory Services, Post Transaction Integration, Compliance Assurance, Management Systems, Risk assessment and Mitigation, Regulatory Permitting Support, Training & Capacity building, etc. He also worked with AECOM as a Project Consultant for over 4 years. As a consultant has served clients across sectors such as Aerospace, Asset Turnaround, Automotive, Cement & Refractories, Chemical & Pharmaceuticals, Energy, FMCG, Food Processing, General Manufacturing, Lenders and PE Funds, IT& ITES, Mining & Metallurgy, Oil & Gas, Paints & Dyes, and Transportation etc.
Swarup holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Studies from School of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi; a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law from National Law School of India, Bangalore and a Bachelors in Zoology from Ravenshaw University, Cuttack. He is a trained lead Auditor for ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management System and ISO 45001: 2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management System. In addition to above Swarup is also member of the CFA Society India, i.e. India Association of Investment Professionals (IAIP).
Vikash has over 7 years of experience in Finance & Accounts. Prior to joining NIIF, he has worked for Actis, a UK based private equity fund, for about 6 years.
Vikash is a Commerce Graduate and a CA Inter.
Prior to joining NIIF, Rohit worked for over two years with Deutsche Bank as an M&A analyst. He has worked extensively on origination and execution mandates for clients in infrastructure, technology, media and telecom sectors.
Rohit holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Indore and a Bachelors in Chemistry from Sathya Sai University, Bangalore.
Amal has over 11 years of experience across various financial services institutions. Prior to joining NIIF, Amal worked as General Manager – Finance with India Mortgage Guarantee Corporation.
Amal has previously worked with Barclays Bank, Price Waterhouse Coopers & Religare Capital Markets in varied roles of Financial controllership, strategic planning, consulting and audit.
Amal is a commerce graduate and is a member of Institute of Chartered Accountant of India.
Manali joined NIIF in September 2019 and has over 5 years of corporate law experience in private equity and mergers & acquisitions. Prior to joining NIIF, Manali was with Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. Manali has completed her B.Com LLB (Hons.) from Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar.
Manali is also a qualified Company Secretary and holds a certificate of merit for an All India Rank-15 in the Company Secretary Course.
Guru brings in over 22 years of rich experience in leading information technology verticals across Indian Telecom, Financial services and IT industries and an international experience in Offshore IT Program Management. Before joining NIIF, he was heading IT for an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) company and was earlier leading IT Governance & Compliance at Reliance Technology Services. His prior experience includes senior information technology roles in Merrill Lynch, Tata Communications and Hutchison Max (now Vodafone).
Guru is an Engineering graduate with an Advanced Diploma in Software Export Technologies.
Ritika has over 12 years of experience across leading financial services firms with extensive exposure in organizational capability building, transformation management and leadership development. Prior to joining NIIF, Ritika spent over 7 years as a senior member of the Human Resources team at Avendus Capital. She has also spent time with ICICI Prudential AMC & ICICI Securities.
Ritika holds an MBA from International School of Business and Media, Pune (HR), and a Bachelors in Computer Application from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra.
Sheetal has over 6.5 years of experience in Investment Banking in the infrastructure space. Prior to joining NIIF, she was an investment banker with HDFC Bank, involved in credit appraisal, deal structuring, and term sheet negotiations. She successfully closed project financing/NCD deals of over INR 45 billion, primarily in the transportation sector. She has also worked with one of the largest investment banks of India, SBI Capital Markets Ltd., wherein she was involved in several projects.
Sheetal holds a MBA (Finance) from Mumbai University (N.L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research), and a B Com from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics.
Puneet has a career spanning over 11 years across investing, business planning, and operations in the infrastructure, and energy space. Prior to joining NIIF, Puneet worked with ReNew Power, one of the largest renewable energy IPPs in India spearheading their effort on foreign currency financing. His past experience includes working at Husk Power Systems, a start-up, in the distributed power generation space, and the International Finance Corporation (World Bank). He started his career with Axis Risk Consulting, the risk assurance division of the Ambit Group.
Puneet has a degree in business management from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (Delhi University), and an MBA from Indian School of Business.
Karthikeyan has over 13 years of professional experience involving around USD 500 million in Indian infrastructure across different sectors. Prior to joining NIIF, he was the Chief Investment Officer for Uniquest Infra – a subsidiary of UEM Group/ Khazanah (Malaysia), in JV with IDFC, India. Karthik has also previously worked with KPMG as Associate Director in Infrastructure Advisory (Transaction & Restructuring, Corporate Finance), and with L&T IDPL as Assistant General Manager.
Karthik has a Management degree in Finance and Strategy from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He won the Gold Medal during his Bachelors of Engineering from the Govt. College of Technology, Coimbatore.
Prior to joining NIIF in April 2019, Sidharth worked for 4.5 years with Barclays. Most recently, he was part of the Leveraged Finance team focusing on the Natural Resources and related Infrastructure space in North America and also worked with Barclays in India as part of the Debt Financing team. Before joining Barclays, Sidharth worked with a Chicago based proprietary trading firm.
Sidharth completed his MBA with Distinction from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and also received his BSE in Computer Science from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering.
Prior to joining NIIF, Naveen interned at Temasek with the India investments team. Before his internship, Naveen worked at PwC as Senior Associate in the accounting advisory team where he worked with clients from diverse industries including power, insurance and FMCG.
Naveen holds an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Sanket is part of the finance team and looks after financial accounting at NIIF. Prior to joining NIIF Limited, he has earlier worked with Grant Thornton and KPMG in the audit and assurance department and financial reporting and advisory services.
Sanket is a qualified Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and is IFRS certificate holder from Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, UK. He holds Bachelor’s degree in finance from CSJM University.
Ayushi has 6 years of experience in business development, policymaking, investment, and operations in renewable energy space. Before joining NIIF, Ayushi was Chief of Staff for SunEdison Asia-Pacific & Africa, headquartered in Chennai, India. She led the coordination of various aspects of the business across projects and countries. She ran key operational reviews, along with managing the recruitment for leadership roles, and the Investment Committee process. Ayushi also worked as a management consultant with Takshashila Consulting.
Ayushi has a MS in Statistics from the London School of Economics, and a BSc (Honors) in Statistics from Lady Shriram College, Delhi University.
Abhijit has over 18 years of experience in investor relations, fund raising, product development, communication and investment analysis across the financial services space. Prior to joining NIIF, he was the Director and Head of Investor Relations and Communication at India Ratings, the Indian subsidiary of Fitch Ratings. Previously, he was leading fund raising and investor relations at True North (earlier known as India Value Fund).
Abhijit has also worked with Fidelity Mutual Fund, AIG Investments, Tata Mutual Fund and Reliance Industries earlier in research, products and marketing & communication roles.
Abhijit has a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Calcutta and a Masters in Management from University of Mumbai.
Ria has over two years of experience working with the Deal Advisory team at KPMG India. While at KPMG, her role mainly involved transaction advisory and financial diligence (buy-side and vendor support), for clients in the infrastructure space encompassing highways and renewable power. She was also part of the team that led the due diligence for the acquisition of Welspun Renewable Energy by Tata Power in 2016.
Ria was the Mumbai University Gold Medalist in the Bachelors of Financial Markets stream at Jai Hind College, Mumbai. She has also completed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.
Nitin has overall work experience of 13 years, of which 7.5 years has been in private equity spread across buy-side investments and sell-side advisory with leading Indian financial institutions. He has led transaction closures across equity and debt for USD 2+ billion at SBI Capital Markets.
Prior to joining NIIF, Nitin played an instrumental role at SBICAP Ventures in setting up and managing an infrastructure fund in collaboration with a prominent UK-based investor.
Nitin holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He completed both his Bachelors and Masters of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Rajiv has over 30 years of experience in managing diverse business operations across multiple sectors, with a proven record of accomplishment in Corporate Finance and Investment Management (Venture and Growth Equity). Before joining NIIF, Rajiv was Executive Director with Omzest Group. Prior to that—from 1995 to 2009—Rajiv worked with the Tata Group, spending five years in the Group’s Head Office as Vice President of Tata Industries Ltd (TIL).
Rajiv is a commerce graduate, and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has attended the Executive Development Program at Wharton Business School and the Leadership Management Program at Harvard Business School.