LUNCH REGIONAL DISCUSSION: South Asia

THURSDAY, 1 nOVEMBER

12:45-1:45PM

Location: TBD

 

Discussion Leaders:

Anjali Bansal, Avaana Capital

Shalaka Joshi, IFC

Bios:

 Anjali Bansal

Anjali Bansal

 Shalaka Joshi

Shalaka Joshi

Anjali Bansal is the founder of Avaana Capital, a platform that invests in the scaling up of growth stage businesses. She was previously global Partner and Managing Director with TPG Growth PE, Spencer Stuart India CEO, and strategy consultant with McKinsey and Co in New York and India. She has also been an active angel investor in India with investments in various early and growth stage consumer companies. She started her career as an engineer. She serves as...

...non executive independent Chairperson of Dena Bank, and as independent NED on the public boards of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals India, Bata India Limited, Tata Power as well as Delhivery. She is on the Advisory Board of the Columbia University Global Centers, South Asia. Previously, she chaired the India board of Women's World Banking, a leading global livelihood-promoting institution and continues to be an advisor to SEWA. Anjali is committed to promoting gender inclusion. She is Chair of NITI Aayog Women Entrepreneurship Platform Investment Council and mentor to Facebook SheLeadsTech. Anjali co-founded and chaired the FICCI Center for Corporate Governance program for Women on Corporate Boards. She has been listed as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Indian Business” by India’s leading publication, Business Today, and as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune India She has a Bachelors in Computer Engineering and a Masters in International Finance and Business from Columbia University.

Shalaka Joshi is the Gender Lead, South Asia for the International Finance Corporation (IFC)- the private sector focused arm of the World Bank- where she works on gender in the private sector. Shalaka has 15 years of global leadership experience in early-stageinvesting, social venture, financial inclusion, livelihoods and market-based solutions to poverty in emerging markets, especially in Asia. Her social enterprise work includes...

...UNICEF and Ashoka, and her private sector experience includes ICICI Bank - India’s largest private sector bank. Shalaka’s investment experience includes being part of the early team at the IFMR Trust and serving as a Managing Director of Unitus Impact (now Patamar Capital)- an early-stage fund which supports the growth of scalable livelihood ventures in Asia. Shalaka also served as Managing Director, Asia-Pacific for Toniic- the world’s most active network of portfolio impact investors, supporting ventures and funds across 28 countries. She led Toniic’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region and as its Chief Investment Officer globally, across asset classes. A Chevening scholar and an Aspen Global Leadership fellow, Shalaka serves on the Boards of Toniic Global, the IEF Entrepreneurship Foundation and UnLtd, India. She is based out of Mumbai, India and enjoys poetry, travel and dance.