Karthik Varada

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About Karthik Varada
  • Project Coordinator, Asia Women Impact Fund, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Karthik is a Project Coordinator at the Gender Investment and Innovation Department at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. His work entails the development and implementation of investment and grant strategies for Asia Women’s Impact Fund – a carve-out from the foundation’s endowment dedicated to pursue social investments. Prior to this, he was involved with the innovative finance project and tasked at finding means to leverage philanthropic funding and program capabilities to drive more capital for social investing.

Karthik had previously worked with ARUN Seed - a Japanese Impact Investing organization with portfolio across South East Asia and South Asia. He was responsible for deal sourcing, investment analysis and due diligence of potential investment opportunities.

He is concurrently a doctoral candidate at the University of Tokyo researching on means to unlock mainstream financial capital towards impact investing. Karthik holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Tokyo where he developed a mathematical model to explain Social Impact Bonds. He finished his undergraduate education in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT H). While in his final year at IIT, Karthik was elected as the President of its student body. He also has prior experience working with a Japanese venture capital firm in shaping their overseas investment strategy.