Venkat is a Partner with Aavishkaar Capital ? a part of the Aavishkaar Group ? which manages third party funds; and co-manages the Aavishkaar Frontier Fund (AFF). He joined Aavishkaar in 2013 ? to take the Aavishkaar investment thesis broader into South and South Easit Asia, thru raising and managing AFF. He focuses on AFF?s activities in Indonesia, and is a member of the Board on the Indonesian investments. Venkat is also actively engaged in the operations of the Technical Assistance Facilities which are working alongside AFF. In addition to this he is actively engaged in the startup eco-system in India and Indonesia. Prior to joining Aavishkaar Group, Venkat has executed multiple M&A transactions, project finance & special situation deals as a senior investment banker across a range of buy/sell side transactions. In his past roles, spanning over 25 years, he has been involved with a variety of business situations from start-ups, project financing, infrastructure, private equity, fund launch and new business development as well as an experience as a CEO of growth stage companies. Venkat is a Management Graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), and also has a Bachelor of Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS-Pilani).