September 2 - 3, 2020


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Founder, Avaana Capital

Anjali is the founder of Avaana Capital, a platform that invests in and supports scaling up of startups. Avaana backs exceptional entrepreneurs who leverage innovation to solve large problems and catalyze impact while generating returns. She has been an investor in and mentor to various startups including Delhivery, UrbanClap, Darwinbox, Coverfox, Loantap, MakeMyTrip, Nykaa, Safari, Fitternity, Lenskart. She is the chairperson of the Investment Council of NITI Aayog’s Fintech and Women Entrepreneurship Platform. She was appointed as the Non-Executive Chairperson by the Government of India to steer the merger of Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda. She was previously global Partner and Managing Director with TPG Growth PE responsible for India, SE Asia, Africa and the Middle East. She was the Global Partner, India CEO with Spencer Stuart and co-headed their Asia Boards practice. She was a strategy consultant with McKinsey and Co in New York and India. She chaired the India board of Women’s World Banking, a leading global livelihood-promoting institution and continues to be an advisor to SEWA. She serves as an independent non-executive director on the boards of Siemens Ltd, Tata Power, Voltas, Bata, Kotak AMC, and Delhivery. As an active contributor to the dialogue on corporate governance and diversity, Anjali co-founded and chaired the FICCI Center for Corporate Governance program for Women on Corporate Boards. She serves on the managing committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. She is a charter member of TiE, serves on the managing committee of the Indian Venture Capital Association, mentor to Facebook SheLeadsTech, NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission. She is on the Advisory Board of the Columbia University Global Centers, South Asia. She has been listed as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Indian Business” by India’s leading publication, Business Today, and by Fortune India. She is a frequent speaker at forums like Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, IVCA, BSE and jury member for awards including ET 40 Under 40, Women Ahead, CEO Awards, VC Circle, AIWMI Wealth Awards and others. She has a BE in Computer Engineering from Gujarat University and a Masters in International Finance and Business from Columbia University.