SAMIR SHAH I MANAGING PARTNER
Samir is extremely passionate about sustainability, and has a deep knowledge of our 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 began his career in venture capital in 2014, through his private investment office - Sattva Capital. Sattva has invested in over 30 companies across stages and sectors in the past five years, with several strong performers in sustainability including Drinkwell, ION Energy, GIST and HST Power. Within the space, water purification, solar, EVs, batteries and measurement of natural capital impacts are core areas of investment and expertise. The investment office has since become known to bring strong value-add and a wealth of knowledge to its portfolio companies. Samir is also an Adjunct Professor at Ahmedabad University, teaching a course on Sustainability.
Samir has been involved in global public and private markets for the past 28 years. Prior to Sattva, Samir ran a multi-strategy hedge fund in Hong Kong, and previously held senior principal risk-taking positions at Goldman Sachs (Hong Kong), Salomon Brothers (New York) and Deutsche Bank (New York). He graduated with 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.
AAKASH SHAH I PARTNER
Aakash is excited by the disruptive nature of technology-led innovations in sustainability, and the imminent need to decarbonize the economy. He spends time understanding emerging industries and new technologies, to identify their application to solving complex problems in unique ways within Peak's core markets.
Aakash previously headed up the early-stage ventures arm of Sattva Capital, where he was responsible for sourcing, deal evaluation and ongoing monitoring of the portfolio, leading deals in Energy Web Foundation (an energy blockchain platform) and Shortlist (an HR tech startup). . Prior to Sattva, Aakash was jointly responsible for the Asia portfolio at Accion Venture Lab, a Washington D.C.-based, global fintech impact fund, where he led deals in consumer credit, SME lending and micro-insurance. He is also the co-founder of NeonVest, a mentorship platform that connects early-stage founders with luminaries in their field, which counts individuals from Canaan Partners, Innovation Global and Azure Capital as mentors.
Aakash previously spent three years as an Investment Research Analyst at Aksia, a New York-based hedge fund advisory firm with $150bn AUA, where he evaluated funds across long/short equity, credit and quant strategies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business from NYU Stern, with a minor in Philosophy.
KARAN MEHTA I PRINCIPAL
Karan has been involved in sustainability for most of his career, and is driven by an inherent desire to "rewild the planet". He is an ocean and agriculture enthusiast, and has found his passion in sustainability investing.
Karan's journey into the field of sustainability started with responsAbility Investments AG, a $3.4Bn, Zurich-based asset manager providing debt and equity financing to private firms in emerging markets, where he spent 8 years. At responsAbility, he was an Investment Officer in the Sustainable Food & Agriculture investment practice for Asia Pacific. His responsibilities spanned across the entire deal lifecycle, and he led deals in India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Sri Lanka and parts of the Middle East. Karan prides himself on this engagement with portfolio companies, being able to strike up relationships across the company and working closely with them to unlock value. He was also part of the stressed asset and deal restructuring team at responsAbility, heading the function across APAC.
Prior to responsAbility, Karan worked with the Investment Banking team at Allegro Capital, as a Portfolio Manager for their listed equity fund. He managed the auto and FMCG sectors for the fund, and headed the research of other investment products sold to private banking clients. He holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Wales and has completed all three levels of the CFA program.
AISHWARYA GUPTA I ANALYST
Aishwarya is a budding venture investor, that is excited by the prospect of identifying game-changing innovations that will have a meaningful impact on nature. When she's off the clock, she likes to volunteer at beach cleaning drives and NGOs.
Aishwarya was previously on the investment team at 100x.vc, a domestic pre-seed fund that helps catalyze very early ideas into a set of venture-backable companies. She was primarily involved in sourcing, screening and further evaluating companies that were a fit for the portfolio, in addition to working closely with portfolio companies to accelerate their conversations for the next funding round.
Prior to 100x.vc, Aishwarya was a Senior Analyst at KPMG, in Risk Consulting. She graduated with a Commerce degree from H.R. College, Mumbai. She has completed Level I of her CFA.