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As Head of Private Investments at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), Guthrie Stewart oversees a growing portfolio of more than CA$27 billion invested in Private Equity and Infrastructure. The Private Investments group seeks to build long-term relationships and co-invests with operating platforms and other funds worldwide.
Prior to joining PSP Investments in September 2015, Mr. Stewart was a partner at one of Canada’s largest private equity buy-out and venture capital firms. He also held several executive roles in the telecommunications industry (international and mobile networks), including CEO, Teleglobe Canada and EVP, Global Development of Teleglobe Inc., and was a founding officer of what is now Bell Mobility. In addition, Mr. Stewart acted as a corporate director and advisor for various public and private enterprises, and was an Adjunct Professor and member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the McGill Desautels Faculty of Management.
Mr. Stewart has an MBA from INSEAD (Europe) and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto), and he studied Honours Science at Queen’s University (Kingston). He also completed the ICD certification program for corporate directors through Rotman-McGill.
Raj Rao is a founding member and Partner at GIP. He leads GIP’s energy, power, water and waste related efforts in Europe and is based in London.
Mr. Rao led GIP’s investment in Borkum Riffgrund 2, CLH SA, East India Petroleum Limited, Vena Energy, Hornsey 1, Naturgy, Gode Wind 1, Saeta Yield / Bow Power and Transitgas.
He is also serves as the Chairman of the Investment Committee for GIP India’s infrastructure funds.
Prior to joining GIP in 2006, Mr. Rao was a Director with Credit Suisse, in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group specialising in energy and utilities transactions. Before joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Rao was a member of the project finance team within Barclays Capital in London, where he worked on several project and acquisition financing transactions in Europe. Previously, Mr. Rao worked within the Asian equity sales team of Kotak Securities (then an affiliate of Goldman Sachs) in Mumbai, India.
In his 24-year career, he has completed multiple transactions, including a number of complex mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, and financing transactions across the energy, waste and transport spectrum, in both OECD and emerging market countries.
Mr. Rao holds a Masters in Finance degree from the London Business School and an M.B.A. from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. He is also a qualified electronics and telecommunications engineer.
Sanjay Nayar (Mumbai) joined KKR in 2009 and is a Member and CEO of KKR India. He is also a member of the Asia Portfolio Management Committee and Asian Investment Committee. He is on the board of KKR's portfolio companies Radiant Healthcare, Bharti Infratel, Magma Financial Services, and Coffee Day Holdings, and has had significant involvement with KKR's investment in Apollo Hospitals. He also supports expanding the range of KKR's credit and capital markets offerings across the region.
Prior to joining KKR, he served as CEO of Citigroup's Indian and South Asian operations and as a member of Citigroup’s Management Committee and Asia Executive Operating Committee. Currently, he is a member of the board of USISPF, and SEBI’s NISM Board of Governors. He serves on the boards of Washington D.C.-based EMPEA and the Indian School of Business (ISB), and is a founding member of the Brookings Foundation, India.
Mr. Nayar was additionally the deputy chairman of the Indian Banks Association (IBA) and served on the Committee of the Reserve Bank of India tasked with building the bank’s Centre for Advanced Financial Learning (CAFRAL). He was the co-chairman of the Banking Committee for the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and served as the chairman of the Indian Private Venture Capital Association.
Juan is a Vice Chairman and Head of International at Hamilton Lane, based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, where he oversees the firm’s Asian and European investment activities and client relationships.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2005, Juan was an Investment Manager at Baring Private Equity Partners Ltd. in London, where he focused on mid-market private equity in Europe. Previously, Juan held senior research positions at UK institutions such as the University of Essex and was a lecturer and Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University. Juan began his career as an analyst in Madrid at the SEPI (formerly known as lnstituto Nacional de Industria).
Juan received a Ph.D. in Research Methods/statistics and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Institute and the Securities Institute.
Khailee Ng is a Managing Partner of 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Beyond investing in Silicon Valley, 500 has set up more than a dozen funds in emerging markets, providing seed capital and growth programs to countries in the Middle East, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Since 2010, the firm has invested in over 2,000 startups in 70 countries, in line with its goal of developing an inclusive and globally connected innovation economy.
With the firm, Mr. Ng has led over +100 investments in Southeast Asian tech startups, including Grab, Bukalapak, Carousell, and other regional champions. Prior to this, he was the founder of Groupsmore (acquired by Groupon) and Malaysia's largest online media company, Says.com (acquired by Media Prima).
As every industry continues to be disrupted by new technology and evolving consumer landscapes, Mr. Ng and 500 Startups specialize in discovering patterns of economic opportunity and investing in the entrepreneurs who will realize them. His investment activity and industry opinions are featured by Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, and Fortune, and the 500 Startups portfolio of companies have collectively raised over $10Billion USD.
Madhur Deep heads Strategy & Corporate Development for Alibaba Group in India where he builds and oversees the group ecosystem in India. Alibaba ecosystem in India today comprises payments (Paytm), B2C e-commerce (Paytm Mall, Big Basket), cross-border B2C (AliExpress), logistics (XpressBees), B2B e-commerce (alibaba.com), content (UC Web) and Alibaba Cloud. He led the expansion to markets of Turkey/Middle East and South Asia by investments in Trendyol and Daraz respectively.
Prior to joining Alibaba, Mr. Deep worked with McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, Mr. Deep advised CXOs in leading organizations in India, US & SE Asia in achieving their strategic and operational aspirations. Before McKinsey, Mr. Deep worked with Goldman Sachs where hefa led buyouts in Europe and Asia.
Mr. Deep holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, with a major in strategy and finance. Mr. Deep earned his bachelor’s in technology from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy.
In a career spanning over 30 years, Mohandas Pai has served in the areas of finance, accounting, information technology, human resources, education, social impact innovation, environmental conservation, policy formulation, heritage preservation, philanthropy, and the venture and startup ecosystem.
Mr. Pai is currently the Chairman of Aarin Capital, Chairman of Manipal Global Education, an Advisor to the Board of Manipal Education and Medical Group, a Member of the Board of Havells India, a Member of the Board of Ascendas Property Fund Trustee, the Trustee-Manager of Ascendas India Trust, Member of the Boards of Manipal University and the Institute of Public Enterprises, Chairman of FICCI Skills Committee, President of the All India Management Association, Chairman of the Regulatory and Financial Technology Committee of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”), Founder-Trustee of the Akshaya Patra Foundation, an Investment Committee Member of the SIDBI India Aspiration Fund and the India Fund of Funds, and a Member of the Board of the National Stock Exchange of India.
He was awarded the Padma Shri award by the President of India in 2015 and the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award in 2004.
He is the co-founder and Chairman of Aarin Capital, a private equity fund, that invests in companies and funds that focus on innovation in technology, education, health care, and life sciences. He has helped launch over 14 different investment vehicles across private equity and venture capital which have cumulatively invested in over 250 companies with a capital base of $400+ Million. He has worked with the Government of India to bring in a Startup Policy for the country, and the Governments of Karnataka, West Bengal, and Rajasthan on their respective Startup Policies for innovation and entrepreneurship. Mr. Pai is also an Investment Committee Member of the SIDBI India Aspiration Fund and the India Fund of Funds which has a corpus of $1.8 Billion. His family office has invested in over 30 different investment vehicles to grow the startup ecosystem in the country. He is consistently named as one of India’s top angel investors.
Mr. Pai currently serves on the Board of Manipal University, one of India’s leading educational institutions. He also serves on the Board of Institute of Public Enterprises in Hyderabad. He is the Chairman of Manipal Global Education Services Private Limited, which owns and manages technology, engineering, business, and medical universities in Malaysia, Nepal, Dubai, and Antigua. He headed the FICCI Higher Education Committee for over three years that created the Higher Education India 2030 report, now acknowledged as the leading thought paper in this domain.
Until 2011, Mr. Pai was a Member of the Board at Infosys, one of India’s largest software services companies. Mr. Pai joined Infosys in 1994 and was CFO from 1994 to 2006. He was voted ’CFO of the Year’ multiple times - ‘CFO of the Year’ in 2001 by IMA India, the ‘Best CFO in India’ award from Finance Asia in 2002, and ‘Best Chief Financial Officer in India’ in the Best Managed Companies poll conducted by Asia Money in 2004.
Mr. Pai has a keen interest in education, health, policy, heritage conservation, philanthropy, and civic engagement. In 2000, he co-founded the Akshaya Patra Foundation, Bangalore - a mid-day meal program for school children. Today, this program feeds over 1.6 million children each day in 13,500+ government schools across twelve Indian states. The mid-day meal program stands out as an exemplary private-public partnership program and has served over 2.5 Billion meals so far. It aims to feed 5 Million children daily by 2020, and is currently the largest mid-day meal program in the world.
Deepak Bhawnani is the founder of Alea International Consulting Pvt Ltd in 2003. Owing to the superior service standards provided to its clientele, Alea has built a far-reaching corporate intelligence gathering network that spans across Asia and other parts of the world.
Mr. Bhawnani began his career in 1987 in London, UK and garnered unique expertise in due diligence, fraud investigations, international asset searches, hostile takeovers and security consulting. From 1994 to 2003, he was based in Asia with Kroll Inc., for whom he strategized and personally launched the first ever multi-national corporate intelligence set up in India.
A member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), Mr. Bhawnani has been a speaker at venture capital groups, banks, senior managements, Chambers of Commerce and other groups in Hong Kong, India and Japan. Currently, he is actively involved in major assignments at Alea International Consulting.
Since its inception, Alea International Consulting has delivered due diligence and fraud investigation services in a discreet and effectual manner. Alea has successfully extended its network and built partnerships with companies in major cities of India, along with Hong Kong for South East Asia.
Mr. Bhawnani’s experience, spanning 25 years in partner due diligence, proves invaluable to clients across Asia.
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Kanchan Jain has 22 years of experience across financial markets in Europe & Asia across deal origination, structuring, underwriting, portfolio & risk and fund raising. Prior to joining BPEA Ms. Jain spent 8 years focused on the mid-market corporate sector in India, most recently heading & managing Indian Private Debt Fund at Religare Credit Advisor Private Limited (RCAL), and prior to that as Chief Risk Officer & Board member for Religare Finvest Limited, a mid-market focused NBFC, responsible for managing risk across all businesses. Before joining Religare, Ms. Jain worked for 10 years in London as Managing Director at HSBC, and prior to that as Director at Barclays Capital in the Structured Credit business. Before her time in London she worked in debt capital markets covering Asia, based out of Hong Kong with Peregrine Fixed Income Limited across debt syndication, loan trading & risk function.
Ms. Jain has lived and worked in India, Hong Kong & the UK and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from VNIT and MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
Pramod Kumar is the Managing Director and Head of Banking for Barclays in India, and is based in Mumbai.
Pramod has over 25 years of investment banking experience spanning across M&A, ECM and Leveraged Finance. During his long career in banking, Pramod has had the responsibility to cover several sectors, including Industrials, FIG, Infrastructure, Consumer/Retail/Real Estate, Metals/Mining, etc. Prior to joining Barclays, Pramod spent over 9 years with Citigroup and was the Managing Director responsible for Industrials and FIG sectors, based in Mumbai.
Having worked on several complex transactions across a variety of sectors, Pramod has an impressive experience and knowledge across M&A and equity capital markets. Some of his notable transactions include Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart, Sale of logistics business in India to DP World (Dubai), Yokohama’s acquisition of Alliance Tires, Sale of Welspun Renewable to Tata Power, ADIA’s investment into a toll road platform in India, Abertis’ acquisition of toll road assets in India, Sale of Tasty Bites to Kagome, Japan, Cipla’s acquisition of Invagen in the US, KKR’s acquisition of Alliance Tires, Advent’s acquisition of Crompton Greaves Consumer business, Carlyle’s sale of Tirumala Milk to Lactalis of France, Tata Motors' acquisition & financing of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), MSAD’s acquisition of NY Life stake in Max New York Life, Metlife’s induction of PNB into Metlife JV in India, JV Advisory for UB Group with Heineken, Sale of L&T's RMC business to Lafarge, and several equity and convertible bond raisings for clients including Tata Motors, State Bank of India, L&T, HDFC, Axis Bank, GMR, United Spirits, Ranbaxy, DLF, etc. Besides, he also structured and executed several innovative instruments like NCD +warrants issue for HDFC, NCD + warrants + Equity issue for Bharat Forge and FCCB +GDR issue and Exchange offer of FCCBs for Tata Motors.
Pramod is a graduate in Commerce (Hons) from SRCC, and an MBA in Finance, both from Delhi University
Eric Marchand is Principal within the Private Equity team. He joined Unigestion in August 2012. Mr. Marchand began his career in 2003 with General Electric in the company's corporate finance and audit departments across various businesses. He then took over responsibility for GE Capital Equity's European funds portfolio and financial services investments. In 2010, Mr. Marchand joined CDC Group as Investment Manager focusing on the firm's Asian funds portfolio. Mr. Marchand holds a MSc in Management from EM Lyon business school in France and an undergraduate degree in Management and Applied Economics from the University of Paris Dauphine.