Lok Capital's team is diverse in talent, skills and experience, but is unified in our end goals. Our team members include high achievers from the industry who have proven skills in managing projects, and bringing about meaningful change.
Vishal Mehta Co-Founder and Partner
Vishal is co-founder of Lok Capital that started its impact investment operations in India in late 2004. Since then, apart from building Lok Capital as a premier venture capital fund, he has played a key role in fostering Impact Investing space in India including as founding executive director of Impact Investing Council (IIC). Prior to Lok, Vishal worked for a decade in financial services and telecom sector in Asia, Europe and the US. Vishal holds an Engineering degree from Delhi University and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Venky Natarajan Co-Founder & Partner
Venky Natarajan is the co-founder & partner in Lok Advisory Services which advises the funds of LOK Capital, Prior to Lok Advisory Services, Venky was with Intel Corporation and Intel Capital doing early stage technology venture capital investments. For the last 10 years, Venky has been involved with the Financial Inclusion space in india as an investor and member of the Board . Venky was also chair of the Small Finance Bank transformation Committee in Ujjivan Financial Services.
Venky is part of Ujjivan, Suryoday, QED, Aurowell and Dr. Mohans.
He completed his MBA from Cornell University and also has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State in Tempe.
Rathinam Ganapati Partner
Rathinam, a Partner, is a seasoned private equity professional with close to 18 years of PE and 10+ years in the corporate function in all facets of investing, fund raising, portfolio management and exit negotiations. During his tenure in the PE space he has also been instrumental in setting up the back end operations of Actis in India including putting a team of 15+ professionals together. He also has been on various boards representing the investor and has proven ability of successfully working with promoters, boards and businesses with a view to working out a solutions for all involved. His experience has been across sectors, with all constituents of the PE industry including managing the regulatory environment. Some of investments where he played a key role include, Punjab Tractors Limited (sale to Mahindra) , Paras Pharmaceuticals, UTI Bank, Halonix Limited, Jyothy Limited, LMKR, Supermax.
Sidhartha Suri Director
Sidhartha (aka Sid) is a Lawyer with a background in accountancy and having over 20 years of working experience in diverse roles.
Prior to joining Lok, Sid worked with Actis for 8 years with the Mumbai office. His responsibilities were a mixed bag comprising of advising on risk, negotiations on deals, legal documents, compliance, representing Actis on the board of companies et all.
Having started his career with Deloitte, Sid was a Tax litigation lawyer, banker and a member of the core team that founded a prepaid debit card business with voice as a biometric before joining Actis.
Sid holds a Bachelor degree in commerce and law from Allahabad University.
Rajesh Babu Director
A director at Lok Capital, Rajesh Babu has over 15 years of experience as an investment professional.
Prior to Lok, Rajesh worked with Everstone Capital for six years and invested in businesses across consumer, financial services and industrial sectors. He comes with a significant experience in evaluating agri companies in general and dairy in particular.
Rajesh has also spent 4 years in JPMorgan’s investment banking team where he covered the consumer and retail sector across Asia.
Within Lok, Rajesh serves on the board of Siddhi Vinayak Agri and HR Foods.
He holds an MBA from T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal and B.Tech in Dairy Technology from Gujarat Agricultural University.
Priyamvada joined Lok in 2014. She has over 12 years of experience across investing, investment & commercial banking. She spends a large part of her time at Lok in developing and executing the financial inclusion thesis for the fund. She has evaluated many deals across the NBFC and housing finance space and manages Lok’s investments in these areas.
Prior to Lok, she worked with Veda Corporate Advisors, a boutique investment bank, for 6 years, advising companies across sectors on private equity and M&A transactions.
A gold medallist, Priyamvada completed her Bachelors in Commerce from Stella Maris College. She holds an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Dheeraj Kapoor Head of Funds Administration
Dheeraj Kapoor has 2 decades of experience in Finance and is Head of Funds Administration at Lok Capital.
Before joining Lok, Dheeraj worked with BT Global in their shared services centre where he was leading service delivery for processes in finance and accounting.
Other than BT Global, he has worked with NCB Capital(DIFC); Macquarie and Actis ensuring service delivery for fund administration; reporting and transformation.
Dheeraj holds a B.Com. (Hon’s) from Delhi University
Rini Singhal Vice President
Rini joined Lok in November 2014. She has over 7 years of experience across venture capital and investment banking industry. She primarily focuses on agriculture, small finance banks and housing finance space and has evaluated multiple deals and manages investments across these sectors.
Prior to Lok, Rini was a part of the investment team at Aavishkaar, where she worked on early stage investments across sectors. Before Aavishkaar, Rini spent close to three years in Investment Banking at Nomura working across a wide range of deals.
Rini is an MBA graduate from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai and has a Bachelors degree in Economics from Hindu College, Delhi University. She has also completed Level I and II of the CFA program of CFA Institute, USA.
Shivathilak Tallam Associate
Shiv has over 8 years of experience in investment banking with a focus on venture capital and private equity. Prior to joining Lok, he worked with Sprout Capital Advisors where he led the early stage venture advisory team and helped companies across sectors raise over USD 200mn in venture capital. Previously, he worked with Deutsche Bank in the Japanese investment banking division and fidelity investments.
Shiv holds an MBA from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management – Pune (SIBM) and did his Bachelors in Electronics & Communication Engineering from MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore.
Nikita Assistant Manager, Finance
Nikita began her journey with us in May 2015. She has over three years of experience, including her internship, in Risk, Advisory and Statutory Assurance domain.
Before this, she was a part of the audit team at S.S. Kothari Mehta & Co. There she worked on assurance services and internal control aspects in various real estate companies and other service sectors.
She holds a Chartered Accountant degree from the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India. Nikita also has a Bachelor degree in Commerce from Indira Gandhi University.
Namit Chugh Associate
Namit has over 5 years of management consulting experience across healthcare and infrastructure sectors with a focus on commercial due diligence for private equity investments. Prior to joining Lok, he worked with Alvarez & Marsal and PwC in their consulting practice. He has also worked with CRISIL Advisory where he advised multi-lateral agencies and infrastructure companies on investments in water, solid waste management and hospital projects.
Namit holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and a Bachelors degree in Electronics and Communications from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. He has completed Level I and II of the CFA program of the CFA Institute, USA.
Ambika Narayanan Analyst
Ambika joined Lok Capital in August 2018. Prior to Lok, she worked with KPMG's Deal Advisory function for two years where she performed financial due diligence for M&A and PE transactions across sectors. She also has internship experience with JM Financial Investment Banking and Goldman Sachs Operations.
Ambika has a Masters in Banking and Finance from the University of St Gallen, Switzerland and a Bachelors in Economics from Stella Maris College, Chennai.