Sunish Sharma is the Managing Partner of Kedaara Capital Advisors LLP, a private equity investment advisory firm focused on India that he co-founded. Kedaara partners with strong entrepreneurs and management teams to build enduring value in growth-oriented businesses, and supports them to achieve higher levels of performance. Kedaara also actively engages with family owned business to identify and create carve-out plays, with a focused approach to create a win-win situation for promoters and Kedaara. Kedaara offers solution oriented capital combined with deep strategic and operational expertise in focused sectors, leveraging consultative approach and global connectivity to deliver superior returns. The firm has a strategic tie-up with Clayton Dubilier and Rice.
Prior to co-founding Kedaara, Sunish served as a Managing Director at the global private equity firm, General Atlantic, where he was a senior member of the India investment team since the start of 2004 and the second employee hired in the Mumbai office. Over the course of almost eight years at GA, Sunish played a critical lead advisory role in the majority of GA’s investments, and in the latter part of his career with GA played a key role in building GA’s local Indian investment program into a $1 billion portfolio by late 2011. He has extensive private equity investment experience in business services and technology, healthcare, financial services and the energy and resources sectors.
Prior to GA, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey in India for over six years. He spent the majority of his time on strategic issues serving several Indian and MNC clients on multiple engagements and M&A transactions. He co-authored the first two NASSCOM-McKinsey reports on the information technology and business process outsourcing sectors. These reports are generally regarded as the authoritative research reports on each respective industry sector.
Sunish is a gold medalist from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta where he did his MBA after graduating with honors from Delhi University. Sunish also holds a cost accounting degree.
Sunish currently serves on the boards of Mahindra Logistics Limited, Manjushree Technopack Limited, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Limited and Vedant Fashion Private Limited (Manyavar). In the past, he has served on several other boards including that of Bill Forge Private Limited, Hexaware Limited, Cyient Limited, and IBS Software Services Limited amongst others. Sunish strongly believes education is the best way to give back to the society, and accordingly is one of the Founders of Ashoka University, a philanthropic initiative to provide a liberal education on par with the best universities around the world. He is also one of the founders of Young India Fellowship, launched in 2011 in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to develop change agents for India through a multi-disciplinary programme.
In 2011, he was profiled as one of the “25 hottest young executives below 40 in India” by Business Today, the leading business magazine in India. In December 2011-January 2012, in the 20th anniversary issue of Business Today, he was also profiled as one of the Top 20 professional which represent the future of Indian Business “The Next Big Guns”. He has spoken at various conferences on PE in India and the region.