Board and Advisors

Board

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P R Ganapathy is the Chief Operating Officer at Villgro. As COO, Ganapathy has operational and strategic responsibility for all major programs that make Villgro’s vision a reality. In addition to running Villgro’s programs, Ganapathy directly mentors several social enterprises in the Villgro portfolio, spending significant amounts of time helping entrepreneurs overcome their challenges and scale. He is also actively involved in building the social enterprise ecosystem in India, through organizations like the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, by active participation in various industry bodies and working groups, and by giving inspirational talks at forums like TEDx. Prior to Villgro, Ganapathy co-founded a venture-funded startup and held leadership positions at small and large corporations in India and the US. He has an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, and an Honors degree in Mathematics from Hindu College.

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Vikas Raj is the Director of Investments at Venture Lab, leading the group’s work on sourcing, evaluating and structuring investments. Prior to joining Accion, Vikas worked in investment banking at Evercore Partners, where he advised on multiple corporate transactions with aggregate value of over $45 billion. Previously, Vikas worked in microfinance, primarily in India, at Ujjivan and Catalyst Microfinance Investors (CMI). At Ujjivan, Vikas co-led the establishment of the firm’s first lending branches in Delhi and helped lead the firm’s Series B financing round. At CMI, Vikas was responsible for establishing and investing in the Fund’s greenfield MFIs in India, Nigeria and the Philippines. Vikas also co-led Columbia Business School’s student-run Microfinance Investment Fund. Vikas started his career at Deloitte Consulting, where he was in the Corporate Strategy group. Vikas has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia University.a


Advisors

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Bindu Ananth worked with ICICI Bank in the microfinance practice between 2001 and 2005 and was the head of the new product development group within the bank’s rural finance business in 2007. She is also the founder of the Centre for Micro Finance, IFMR where she worked briefly as the Coordinator. Bindu is a Fellow of the Global Economic Society and the President of IFMR Trust. Bindu has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Madras University and Master’s degrees from the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) and Harvard University’s Kennedy School. She has published in the Small Enterprise Development Journal, the Economic and Political Weekly, the OECD working paper series, the IFMR working paper series, Brookings Working Paper Series, Mint and Wall Street Journal.

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Baskar S is the co-founder of Amagi. Prior to Amagi he was the co-founder and CTO of Impulsesoft, a Bluetooth technology company acquired by SiRF Tehnologies (SIRF:NASDAQ). He has spent the last 15 years figuring out how to build technology companies out of India. Baskar had a brief stint at Texas Instruments writing VLSI design software, after he dropped out of his Masters in Computer Science from IIT-Mumbai.