Shivani Bhasin Sachdeva is the Founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of India Alternatives. Shivani has over 17 years of venture capital and private equity experience in the USA and in India at top venture capital and private equity funds including IDFC Private Equity, Lightyear Capital and GE Equity where she has been responsible for deal sourcing, execution and monitoring companies across various sectors. Shivani has helped shape strategy at various companies at both the startup stage and growth stage through board level involvement and been instrumental in generating superior returns for her investors. Shivani is an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts).
Ms. Shivani Bhasin Sachdeva is the Founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of India Alternatives Private Equity (“India Alt”). India Alt is a leading private equity fund focused on making mid-growth stage investments in India. Leveraging certain underlying themes such as women’s empowerment, India’s consumption story and developing healthcare, the primary focus remains to generate superior IRRs.
The Fund has made marquee investments till date, which include: Gokaldas Intimatewear - India’s fastest growing market leader in the women’s lingerie space which owns the brand “Enamor”; CIBIL - India’s dominant credit information bureau; Seclore - a rapidly growing software product company in the area of Information Rights Management; and Ideacount – an animation training company.
India Alternatives has attracted top talent in the industry and includes industry veterans such as Mrs. Ranjana Kumar (Ex CVCI; Ex Chairperson Indian Bank and NABARD); Kiran Nadkarni (a pioneer in the private equity space with over 25 years of experience, having started ICICI Ventures); Dr. Ajai Kumar (Founder, HCG Multi-specialty Hospital with over 30 years of experience in Radiation & Oncology) and Ms. Veronica John (Ex ADB and CDC; listed as one of Asia’s most influential women in Finance).
Prior to founding India Alternatives, Shivani was a key member of the senior management at IDFC Private Equity where she was responsible for deal sourcing, execution and monitoring in fast growing companies in India. Shivani has made investments and managed portfolio companies in various sectors including infrastructure, real estate (managed the Chalet Hotels of the Raheja’s), domestic consumption, healthcare (first PE investor in HealthCare Global), telecom (invested in Hutchison Essar and Vodafone Essar) and water solutions (invested in Doshion Water Solutions). Her investments have yielded IRRs for investors of between 23% - 171%.
Before IDFC Private Equity, Shivani spent 14 years in the US where she completed her education at two Ivy League institutions and worked at top notch global venture capital and private equity funds. Immediately prior to IDFC Private Equity, Shivani worked with Lightyear Capital, a private equity fund based in New York, where she was responsible for evaluating both growth equity and venture investment opportunities in sectors including education and financial services. Before Lightyear Capital, Shivani worked at the private equity arm of General Electric and the Investment Banking division at Credit Suisse First Boston, New York.
Shivani has been an active member on the boards of all her portfolio companies where she has been instrumental in guiding management teams and shaping strategy. Shivani has been on the Board of HealthCare Global (South Asia’s largest cancer care provider), and currently sits on the Boards of Gokaldas Intimatewear (India’s leading women’s innerwear company that owns the brand “Enamor”), Seclore Technology (rapidly growing software product company) and Ideacount Education (an animation training company).
Shivani is a frequent speaker at multiple domestic and international conferences on private equity including the Indian Venture Capital Association, AVCJ, and SuperReturn in Europe.