Raj is a pioneer of the Indian Private Equity industry. He was one of the two founders of Chrys Capital, India’s largest independent private equity fund. At Chrys, Raj was responsible for several of the successful investments of the firm’s initial funds including the breakthrough investment in Spectramind - an investment that returned the entire first fund.
Raj also founded and was a former CEO of Nirvana Business Solutions, a leading Business Process Outsourcing firm based in Bangalore. Prior to that, Raj spent several years with Morgan Stanley in New York dividing his time there between the Princes Gate private equity fund, and the M&A, and High Yield teams. He also worked for two years with A T Kearney’s Atlanta office helping the firm’s consulting clients with strategy and operations issues. Prior to that, Raj spend a brief while on the men’s professional tennis circuit soon after graduating from college.
Raj has a BBA from Georgia State University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Outside of Ascent, Raj enjoys tennis, music, and reading. He is also actively involved in non-profit organizations in India including his role as a founder and Trustee of Akshaya Patra, a school based mid-day meal program that feeds over 1.2 million children in needy areas across India every day. He is also a Board member of Video Volunteers, a rights organization that helps communities use video journalism to highlight and solve local issues.