TEAM
Investment Advisors' Team
Samara India Advisors acts as an investment advisor to the Fund. Samara India Advisors bring with themselves a rich experience, understanding and knowledge of the Indian and global economy and financial markets, as well as management experience and best governance practices from global financial institutions.
 
 
Sumeet Narang
Gautam Gode
Paurush Roy
           
Manish Mehta
Vikram Agarwal
Girish Bhat
           
Abhishek Kabra
Anchit Gupta
Nilay Pratik
           
Debobroto Das
Varun Parikh
Manas Bajaj
           
 
 
 
 
Sumeet Narang
Founder and Managing Director
 
Prior to founding Samara Capital in late 2006, Sumeet briefly worked at Goldman Sachs, NY in their Proprietary Investments Group. During 2001-04, he worked with Citigroup India across various functions based out of Delhi and Hyderabad. He also has worked with the Fiat group in Italy and India.

Sumeet earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar and John Loeb fellow. He also earned a Masters in Business from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM), where he was an Aditya Birla Scholar and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, where he received a “University Blue” for outstanding contribution to University Squash team, of which he was the captain.
 
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Gautam Gode
Co-Founder and Managing Director
 
Before joining Samara Capital, Gautam was a Director with Citigroup’s Corporate & Investment Banking business, and he has had more than 13 years of experience in different leadership roles in this business in different geographies looking after client relationships, origination and investing. This includes heading the South India business and the Public Sector franchise.

His experience spans origination and working on deals spanning M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, distressed debt, structured fundraising, and derivatives. The deals covered a gamut of industries – technology, pharmaceuticals, cement, industrials, manufacturing, textiles, infrastructure, oil & gas, telecom, and power.

Gautam is a cum laude graduate from Princeton University followed by an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad.
 
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Paurush Roy
Managing Director
 
Prior to joining Samara Capital in 2008, Paurush worked with Deutsche Bank Global Markets, India during 2007-08. At Deutsche Bank, Paurush was heading the coverage function for Eastern India and a large state in South India.

Paurush also has work experience with Citigroup Corporate & Investment Bank, where he worked from 2004-07 in the Eastern India market as a senior banker. Paurush started his banking career with HSBC, India in 2000 and worked in various functions and markets from 2000-04. During his career he has worked with leading and emerging corporates across multiple sectors like energy, consumer goods, industrials, retail, and infrastructure, providing innovative, and customized financial solutions across the capital structure.

Paurush holds an MBA degree from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow and also received his B.E. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee.
 
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Manish Mehta
Managing Director
 
Prior to joining Samara Capital, Manish worked with the Private Equity Fund at Lehman Brothers in New York. Before that, Manish was a Principal in a $10 billion multi-strategy hedge fund at Barclays Global Investors. Manish also briefly worked in Real Estate Private Equity at Grove International Partners (Soros Fund) where he was covering India investments primarily in the hotel sector. Manish began his finance career with Lehman Brothers in 2001 in New York.

Manish earned his Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School where he graduated with Distinction. Manish also has a Master of Science in Transportation & Logistics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and received his Bachelors degree in engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorke where he was the top ranking student in his class. Manish is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
 
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Vikram Agarwal
Operating Partner & CFO
 
Vikram joined Samara India Sub Advisor in November 2007 from PwC where he worked in the Tax and Regulatory Services Group. Vikram has around nine years of experience in domestic and cross border taxation in consulting as well as industry. At PwC, he handled assignments pertaining to domestic and cross border M&A transactions, inbound and outbound investment structuring, due diligence, corporate restructuring - holding and capital structuring. He has conducted tax planning studies for large Corporates including Public Sector Undertakings. His experience spans sectors such as Energy, Infrastructure and Real Estate, Engineering, Telecom, and Manufacturing.

He is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Graduate in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University.
 
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Girish Bhat
Operating Partner
 
Prior to joining Samara Capital on 1 Jan 2017, Girish was an independent consultant and PE advisory for international businesses.
Girish is a Senior Finance / Management professional with 35 years of experience (12 years internationally) in leadership roles across diverse businesses. He was CFO & Commercial Director for Cadbury India, Finance Director for Cadbury Schweppes Europe, Director Assurance Cadbury Plc. UK and Group CFO for Gammon India (Infrastructure business).
He has worked as Executive Director on Boards for over 15 years and has accomplishments covering raising funds, strategic planning and business development, mergers & acquisitions, capital structuring, business integration, sourcing, IT & systems, corporate governance and best in class management accounting and finance practices.
In 2010 and 2011 he is recognized as “Top 100 CFO” in India and in 2014 as “CFO Lead of Excellence” by CFO Magazine.
Girish is a Fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (FCA -national rank holder), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA-USA), FCMA (CIMA -UK), Associate member of Cost and Management Accountants of India (ACMA), B.Com (Hons) Mumbai University and has Independent Director Certification by Evaluation Board UK/ Hunt Partners India.
 
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Abhishek Kabra
Director
 
Before joining Samara in mid 2008, Abhishek was an equity analyst in Reliance Mutual Fund where he was actively analyzing and recommending listed companies in the infrastructure, cement, textiles and mid cap space for over 2 years. He has also worked as a credit administrator with Citifinancial Retail Services India Ltd for a year.

Abhishek holds an MBA degree from S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai.

He is also a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Certified Treasury Manager from Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India.
 
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Anchit Gupta
Director
 
Anchit has over 7 years of experience in Private Equity and Management Consulting in India. Prior to joining Samara Capital he was part of the investment team at Kubera Partners, a mid- market Private Equity firm.

At Kubera, he was involved in seven investments and two exits with more than $100 million at work across sectors such as technology, media services, automotive ancillary, education and biotechnology. Prior to Kubera, he was an analyst with the corporate finance practice at Mckinsey & Co.

Anchit has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Chicago and a B.Sc in Computer Science from Delhi University. He also holds a MS(Finance) and Chartered financial analyst (CFA) Charter from ICFAI University, Hyderabad.
 
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Nilay Pratik
Vice President
 
Nilay joined Samara in 2016, prior to which he was with Aumentis Consulting, a boutique management consulting firm. At Aumentis, Nilay primarily worked on client engagements across consumer & retail space. He was also a part of the team which handled India operations of Mitsui Global Investments, the PE/VC arm of Mitsui Corporation of Japan. Prior to joining Aumentis, he worked with Manhattan Associates in their supply chain planning practice.

Nilay holds an MBA from IIM Kozhikode and a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Roorkee.
 
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Debobroto Das
Vice President
 
Debobroto Das joined Samara Capital in 2017. He was previously with New Silk Route Advisors, where he actively managed and exited consumer companies in F&B, Education, Retail and TMT. He closely managed Varsity, Adiga's, Moshe's and Ortel, supporting and advising the management teams around roll-out strategy, corporate structuring, financing and cash-management and led several operational initiatives at Adiga's and Moshe's. He led the strategic sale process at Moshe’s and has been actively involved in Varsity's and Coffee Day’s public listing processes.

He was previously with Actis, where he was an Associate with the South Asia Consumer & Retail team for over two years. He closed two transactions at Actis, one in Supermax, the second largest global razor blade manufacturer and at Asiri, the preeminent chain of private multi-speciality hospitals in Sri Lanka. He was part of the portfolio management teams at Nilgiri’s, a notable convenience store operator in South India focusing on regional tastes and at Avtec, the leading integrated automotive power train manufacturer and was involved in the exit process, liaising with advisors and company management.

At SUN Group, he was an Investing Associate at its Real Estate division and helped create both principal business and investing platforms. Previously, at McKinsey & Company, he served top-management clients across various business sectors, including Energy (Renewable Energy, Power Generation equipment), Automotive, Travel and Logistics and Financial services.

Debobroto has a MBA from Harvard Business School (Class of 2011) and an Economics (Hons) undergraduate degree from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
 
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Varun Parikh
Analyst
 
Varun comes with about three of experience. He worked for two years in Transaction Advisory at Deloitte (In Mumbai and London) where he primarily worked on deals in the Financial Services & Technology sector. Prior to joining Samara he also worked at an early stage health-tech startup in Mumbai where he analysed the healthcare sector in India and potential investment opportunities therein.

Varun is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and is a Commerce graduate from the University of Mumbai.
 
 
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Manas Bajaj
Analyst
 
Manas has two and half years of experience in investment banking and startups. He spent one and a half years at Credit Suisse in Hong Kong as a APAC coverage banker in the consumer and healthcare team and subsequently TMT. Prior to Samara he worked at an early stage education startup where he drove strategy and operations.

Manas graduated from Wesleyan University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics
 
 
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