CEO, Sangam Ventures
Karthik Chandrasekar, in June 2012 took charge of a project to create an early stage fund with a more than money approach to drive access to energy in emerging markets in partnership with Shell Foundation that is now Sangam Ventures. Karthik contributes actively to the seed early- stage clean-technology eco-system in India as part of the mentor/jury panel in the GEF-UNIDO Global Cleantech Innovation Program, the Lockheed Martin Innovation Growth program, Millennium Alliance program, The ET Power of Ideas program and the TiE Delhi Clean Technology SIG. Prior to Sangam he led clean-tech investments in India for Acumen Fund. During his time at Acumen he was focused on providing risk capital to companies providing products and services to the poor and engaged with portfolio companies at the board level to provide strategic advice and governance. Prior to Acumen, Karthik was with TVS Capital Funds where he focused on developing investment thesis for providing basic services in water, energy and agriculture for inclusive growth. As part of the fund MD’s initiative, he also assisted CII and Prof. C.K. Prahalad in developing vision for India@75. During his initial career in the US and UK, Karthik worked in the banking and financial services sector with Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch in their Investment Banking and Private Client groups. Karthik holds an MBA from Chicago Booth, MS in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon and a B. Tech from IIT Bombay.