Our Team

Rema Subramanian
Co-Founder, Managing Partner
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Rema cofounded Ankur with a vision to use her multi decade CXO and entrepreneurial experience to bring the tools to young startups to become game changers. She has worked across education and IT/ITES taking young companies from scratch to midsize ventures. She is a cost accountant from ICFAI and when she has spare time she likes to travel and try her hand at growing plants.

Ritu Verma
Co-Founder, Managing Partner
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Ritu is one of the co-founders at Ankur. She is passionate about bringing innovation from lab to the market and did that for a decade across corporates - Unilever and Philips. She has also worked globally investing in IP led renewable technologies. She has a PhD in physics from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from INSEAD. If Ritu had any spare time she’d love to travel to all ends of the earth and read a few books.

Krishnan Neelakantan
Senior Investment Director
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Krishnan focuses on formulating strategic growth plans for Ankur. He has nearly two decades of experience across financial markets, investment research, and social development consulting. In his previous stints, Krishnan headed research for CLSA Asia-Pacific in India before turning to social consulting with Samhita Social Ventures.

Kamakshi Rao
Senior Investment Director
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A qualified CFA, Kamakshi has over 16 years of investing in listed equities in a range of industries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the US. Currently based in New York, she has a BA degree from Harvard University and an MS from University of Pennsylvania.

Yashwanth Sandupatla
Analyst
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An IIT Bombay graduate, Yashwanth works in our investment team to find the right companies for Ankur to invest in. Outside of work, he’s passionate about wildlife conservation.

Ankit Ruparel
Investment Associate
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Ankit works towards bringing new startups in our fold. His speciality is deal sourcing, evaluations , due diligence and financial modeling. A qualified CA with experience in consulting, he has also been a Teach for India fellow.

Shreyansh Singhal
Investment Associate
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Shreyansh works on Early Stage Deals in the Investment Team at Ankur Capital, handling the Bangalore office. He has prior experience in consulting, market research and product development.

Shiva Shanker
Portfolio Associate
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Shiva is responsible for portfolio management at Ankur & also provides strategic support to our portfolio companies. He has worked for 5 years with Grassroots Business Fund, an impact investor, in investment management and portfolio supervision roles across India, Indonesia & Africa. More recently, Shiva worked as a strategy & finance consultant for social enterprises in the education and renewable energy sectors.

Keshab Chandra Goswami
Portfolio Acceleration Services, Human Resources
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With over 16 years of diverse experience across education, banking and pharmaceuticals, Keshab heads the HR practice at Ankur. He helps the portfolio companies develop their organization structure and recruit key personnel. While he has experience handling the entire spectrum of people management, his passion lies in personal coaching & developing leadership.

Megha Singh
Portfolio Acceleration Services, AVP Marketing
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Megha has been a marketing professional in media and education for 9 years and has managed transformational projects contributing significantly to revenue and profit growth over the long term. At Ankur, Megha leads and drives marketing and branding efforts to achieve our portfolio companies’ aggressive awareness and growth targets. When not at work, she’s fond of travelling to new places and reading fiction.

Vaishali Anandkumar
Portfolio Acceleration Services, Operations and Finance
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Vaishali works with our portfolio companies on the finance and processes side. She comes with over 15 years of experience across accounting and finance functions at leading MNCs and Indian companies.

Nikita Anand
Executive Assistant
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Nikita has worked in variety of admin and support roles in her previous stints. A multi-tasker, Nikita ensures that the Ankur office runs like a well oiled machine.

Tejas Merh
Finance Manager
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Tejas has worked in various finance and accounting roles with different types of organisations for over 15 years. While she has extensive experience in Financial management her speciality lies in Financial Information Systems.

Lalitha Vaidyanathan
Member, Investment Committee
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Lalitha is currently the Managing Director at Foundation Strategy Group. With her extensive experience in a combination of strategy consulting, business operations, and nonprofit management roles, Lalitha seeks to help increase the effectiveness of the social sector at solving complex social problems.

Pavan Krishnamurthy
Member, Investment Committee
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Pavan has over 17 years’ experience across venture investing, start-ups and entrepreneurship advisory services. Pavan is a Co-founder and former Partner at Ojas Venture Partners. Pavan advises start-ups,incubators,investors and family businesses in the context of new business, venture creation, Next-Gen entrepreneurship and mentoring.

Vikas Arya
Member, Investment Committee
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A social entrepreneur and educationist, Vikas is a former Investment Officer at International Finance Corporation. A CA and an IIM Bangalore alumnus, Vikas is focused on developing programs to promote value education in schools across India.