Krishnan Neelakantan is Senior Director - Investments & Growth Strategy at Ankur Capital. Krishnan has extensive experience in financial markets and investment research, as well as social development consulting. He spent 17 years in equity markets, starting as an equity research analyst at ICICI Securities and then taking on the roles of Market Strategist and Head of India Research at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets; as one of the leading advisors to foreign institutional investors (FIIs) investing in Indian equities, he and his team were regularly rated at the top in the annual Investor Polls conducted by Asiamoney and Institutional Investor. He then changed tracks to join Samhita Social Ventures as Managing Director to build-up the organization’s profile as a specialised social consulting firm. Krishnan remains on the Board of Directors at Samhita, is on the Board of Mentors for IvyCapital Ventures and is a Patron of Adarsh, a Kochi-based NGO focussed on children with disabilities. He B.Tech degree from IIT, Bombay and a Post-graduation in Business Management from the XLRI, Jamshedpur and has completed executive development programmes of London Business School and University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.