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Samir Shah


Samir has a deep passion for sustainability, and has built domain expertise in Peak's core sectors through his investments, operating positions and industry affiliations over the past decade. He enjoys working closely with entrepreneurs to help build real value in companies. 

Samir is the Managing Partner at Peak Sustainability Ventures, one of India's first institutional sustainability VC funds. He is a veteran in the field of climate investing, having made numerous investments in the space, and achieving a several exits. He has a deep knowledge of Peak's core areas - Energy, Food Systems, Water and Climate Tech, with specific expertise in sub-sectors including energy storage, hydrogen, waste-to-energy, water technology, climate measurement and other areas. Peak has since become known to bring strong value-add and a wealth of knowledge to its portfolio companies.

Samir has 28+ years of financial markets experience, in global public and private markets, and has spent the last 7 years actively investing in sustainability. He made his first climate investment in 2007 in VA Tech Wabag, a pre-IPO deal, now a public company and one of the largest water companies in the world. From then, he has gone on to be an early investor in some of the world's leading sustainability companies, including Waaree Energies, ION Energy, Drinkwell and GIST (Global Initiative for a Sustainable Tomorrow). 

Prior to Peak, Samir launched Sattva Capital - a private investment office - in 2014, through which he has invested in over 30+ companies (primarily early-stage) across sectors. Outside of Samir's sustainability investments, his portfolio includes several strong performers, including, Beardo (Exit), Venture Catalysts (Partial Exit), Caffe Nero (Unicorn) and Pixis (Exit).


Prior to Sattva, Samir ran a multi-strategy hedge fund in Hong Kong for ten years. He previously held senior principal risk-taking positions at Goldman Sachs (Hong Kong), Salomon Brothers (New York) and Deutsche Bank (New York). Samir holds an MBA from Wharton (with distinction), and holds a Law degree and Bachelor of Commerce degree from Bombay University. He is a certified Chartered Accountant. Samir is also an Adjunct Professor at Ahmedabad University, teaching an MBA course on "Sustainability, Business and Society".


Aakash is excited by the disruptive nature of technology-led innovations in sustainability, and the imminent need to decarbonize sectors. He spends time understanding emerging industries and new technologies, to identify their application to solving complex climate problems in unique ways. 

Aakash has been in VC for the past 7 years, across multiple VC funds globally, and he is the co-founder of neonVest (a VC-backed enterprise SaaS startup), which he has run for the past 5 years. Within sustainability, Aakash has core domain expertise in Energy, Water, Alternative Materials and Food Systems.

Prior to Peak, Aakash headed up the VC arm of Sattva Capital, a leading private investment office based in Mumbai, where he led deals in Energy Web Foundation (now listed on multiple crypto exchanges) and Shortlist (an HR SaaS startup). Prior to Sattva, Aakash was co-leading the Asia portfolio at Accion Venture Lab, a global fintech fund based in Washington D.C. At Accion, Aakash led deals in Smartcoin (consumer lending startup), CredRight (SME lending startup), and Toffee Insurance (micro-insurance startup). Aakash embarked on his VC journey at Contrarian Partners, a generalist tech VC in Mumbai.

Aakash started his career on the Investment Research team at Aksia, a $160Bn New York-based hedge fund advisory firm, where he evaluated funds across long/short equity, credit and quant strategies. Aakash holds a B.Sc. from NYU Stern School of Business, majoring in Finance and International Business, with a minor in Philosophy. 

Aakash Shah
Operating Partners


Aadil is inspired by the drive of entrepreneurs who look at creating sustainability-focused businesses in environments and legacy sectors that have been operating in a traditional manner. 


At Peak, Aadil focuses on deal screening and macro research. Prior to Peak, Aadil was involved on the deal-side at Baring Private Equity Asia (a $40 Bn Hong Kong based fund), where he also built out their ESG framework and Investment criteria. He also has experience working with a search fund and mid-market private equity fund. 

Aadil previously worked at BNP Paribas as a Manager. He has also led a US-based non-profit for the past 6 years, which currently operates in 9 countries. Aadil holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an B.Sc. degree from Boston University. He has also passed his CFA Level II.


Sarah is excited by the prospect of identifying innovative climate solutions at a grassroots level that large corporates can scale up. When she's off the clock, she likes to explore new areas and restaurants in Mumbai. 

Sarah is involved in investment evaluation, research and partnerships at Peak. She joined the firm in 2022, and has been involved in some emerging new verticals, including Hydrogen and Green Buildings. Prior to Peak, Sarah was a Manager in Financial Services at Ernst & Young in London. for five years. During her time at E&Y, she worked with large asset managers to review their responsible investing policies and ESG frameworks. 

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, with Management and Finance, from Kings College London. She is a CFA Charterholder and has attained a certificate in ESG Investing by the CFA Institute. 


Swaraj is passionate about helping alleviate the negative climate impact on distressed and low-income communities. He was also the youngest member of the Indian delegation to attend COP 26 & 27. 

Swaraj is involved as a generalist on the investment team at Peak, with specific interest in Food Systems, Plastics and Carbon Markets. Swaraj joins us with deep experience in climate policy, as a Green Financing Expert in the Government of India. During this time, he played a significant role in helping with carbon market implementation and negotiations at COP 26 & 27. He was a key part of the Indian negotiation team at COP 26 that worked on adopting Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Prior to this, Swaraj was a management consultant at EY (New York) for three years, working with clients across healthcare, consumer goods, energy, agriculture-technology and policy.

Swaraj holds a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from VIT, Vellore and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.



Leila is is dedicated to using technology to solve the climate crisis.

Prior to Peak, Leila conducted lab-based research on microplastic removal from waterways for a Princeton startup. She also has a background in global environmental governance, having interned for the both the US Department of State as well as the UN Environment Programme.


Leila holds a B.S.E in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University with a certificate in Sustainable Energy


Rishi is motivated to harness the power of capital in scaling up climate action through support and investment in bold and imaginative ventures.

Rishi is passionate about circular innovations at the intersection of technology and creative business models, particularly in the area of waste, water and alternate materials. His experiences range from working on a rural technology development project in the outskirts of Satara, Maharashtra to representing India at the Sustainable Transport Systems and Infrastructure Program in Hokkaido, Japan. While in college, Rishi was part of the founding team for a green lending focused FinTch startup. He has previously interned with Frost & Sullivan in the decarbonisation strategy vertical and worked as a climate finance analyst with ECube Investment Advisors.


Rishi graduated with a Bachelors and Masters from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, having completed his Master's Thesis at ETH Zurich in the area of environmental and human health impact modelling.



Brown University

JT is pursuing his Bachelors in Business Economics and Environmental Science at Brown University.

JT is driven to combat climate change through  investment and stewardship of paradigm-shifting entrepreneurs.

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Adya Bhargava  I  INTERN

Cornell University

Adya is pursuing her Bachelors in Economics & Information Science at Cornell University.

Adya is passionate about supporting socially responsible enterprises create sustainable development at an intersectional level on a global scale.

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Virpalsinh Zala I  INTERN

Ahmedabad University

Virpal is pursuing his Bachelors in Business & Administration at Ahmedabad University.

Virpal is passionate about reducing plastic waste and promoting sustainable packaging.

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Amira Singh  I  INTERN

Harvard University

Amira is pursuing her Bachelors in Statistics and Economics at Harvard University. 

Amira is interested in finding solutions to use energy more efficiently.


Aathiran Sabesan  I  INTERN

University of Manchester

Aathiran is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of Manchester. 

Aathiran is motivated to use impact investment as a tool to combat climate change while achieving high financial returns.

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