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SAMIR SHAH

Managing Partner

Samir is passionate about solving complex problems in large markets, particularly within the field of sustainability. He enjoys working closely with entrepreneurs to help build real value in companies. 

Samir began his career in venture capital after moving to India 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 exits. Some of his notable investments include Arya.ai, ION Energy, iNICU, Beardo and Drinkwell. The investment office has since become known to bring strong value-add and a wealth of knowledge to its portfolio companies. 

Previously managing a multi-strategy hedge fund for ten years in Hong Kong, Samir has been involved in global public and private markets for the past twenty six years. Samir was previously responsible for fixed income trading and structured products at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong, after working at Deutsche Bank and Saloman Brothers. He graduated with an MBA (with distinction) from Wharton, and holds a Law degree and Bachelor of Commerce degree from Bombay University. He is a certified Chartered Accountant. 

GOVIND LOHIA

Senior Investment Associate

Govind has an entrepreneurial mind set and loves brainstorming about new ideas with founders. He has been part of the startup ecosystem in India for more than six years and has found his passion here. 

Govind was most recently the Associate Principal at Contrarian Drishti Partners, leading deals in Enterprise SaaS, Consumer Internet and Fintech. He was primarily responsible for deal evaluation and ongoing engagement with select founders, and led deals in six startups including Squad and Crediwatch. 

Previously, Govind was an Associate at Kshatriya Ventures, a family office involved in direct investing in Indian startups. Govind has also held roles at HDFC Life, where he focused on corporate strategy and strategic partnerships, and HSBC. He holds an MBA from Nirma University and has cleared all three levels of the CFA program.

SOMAK GHOSH

Managing Partner

Somak is passionate about engaging with and supporting entrepreneurs at various stages of their journey. He loves discussing business plans and will spend hours brainstorming with the team to identify key challenges and come up with creative solutions.

Somak founded Contrarian Drishti Partners in 2014, a Mumbai-based venture capital fund focused on seed-stage, tech-enabled ventures, with several successful exits and a strong network of co-investors. Some of his notable investments include Pratilipi, Progcap, Signzy and Botmetric.

 

Somak was previously one of three professional co-founders of Yes Bank, heading up Corporate Finance and Development Banking. As a Co-Founder, he was a key member of the Bank’s Executive Management, the Management Credit Committee and the Asset Liability Committee for over eight years. He previously held positions at ICICI Bank, Reliance, Arcelor Mittal and Rabo Bank. Somak holds an MBA from FMS University, a Public Service Fellowship from Harvard, and a Bachelor of Engineering from Bombay University.

AAKASH SHAH

Partner

Aakash is passionate about building for the future. He spends time understanding emerging industries and new technologies, and thoroughly enjoys speaking to companies in niche sectors.

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 and Shortlist. Prior to Sattva, Aakash was on the Asia portfolio at Accion Venture Lab, where he led deals in consumer credit and SME lending. He also co-founded NeonVest, a platform that sources high-quality startups in emerging sectors for a global investor base.  

Aakash previously spent three years as an Investment Research Analyst at Aksia, an $80bn AUA New York-based hedge fund advisory firm, where he evaluated funds across long/short equity, credit and quant strategies. He holds a Bachelor of Science from NYU Stern, with a minor in Philosophy. 

CORE TEAM

The Peak investment team is key to our performance. We come from investment and operating backgrounds, but years of experience working with inspiring individuals has given us a deep level of appreciation and respect for each one of our portfolio companies. The single most important trait that ties our core team together is its passion to make a meaningful difference in the world by supporting game-changing entrepreneurs. 

 
 
 
 

AKSHITA SHAH

Analyst

Akshita is an out-of-box thinker and our resident communications expert. She loves to expand her horizons by reading incessantly and reaching out to companies that catch her eye.

Akshita was previously an Analyst at Sattva Capital, covering multiple sectors including Agri, Mobility, Energy and Education. In addition to deal analysis and meeting new companies, Akshita was responsible for sending out a regular macro monitor on the VC industry in India. 

In her previous role as a Research Analyst at Acuris Global, Akshita was conducting valuation and data analysis on global M&A deals, and writing macro reports on various sub-sectors, like autos in the U.S. and healthcare in Europe. She previously worked as a Management Trainee at L&T Infotech prior to their IPO. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Somaiya University and has cleared all three levels of the CFA program. She is a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.