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Kartik Desai

Visiting Faculty, Department of Entrepreneurship, Ashoka University

Kartik Desai is considered a pioneer of social finance in India with a demonstrated track record of successful impact investments and exits in the last 15 years. He has almost two decades of experience in investment banking, private equity, venture capital, social entrepreneurship, development finance and economic policy.

He graduated in 2002 with a BSc in Economics (Finance and Management) from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and in 2004, with a Masters in International Affairs (International Finance & Business) from SIPA, Columbia University.

Kartik is a Partner at KOIS, a global innovative finance firm with asset management and advisory businesses focused on impact investment and blended finance across education, skilling and employment, healthcare and climate and sustainability, leading the firm’s advisory business across Asia. He founded and led Asha Impact for 7 years, one of India’s pre-eminent multi-family offices and think tanks focused on impact investment.

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