PEOPLE

Our People

The Lighthouse ecosystem begins with the team in Mumbai, but extends far beyond what one sees at our Bandra East offices, to our CEO Council and Global Advisors.

OUR
TEAM

Sachin Bhartiya

Sachin is a Partner at Lighthouse. Prior to Lighthouse, he held senior positions at IL&FS, GE Capital and IDBI Ltd, where he led and managed more than USD 2.0 billion of transactions. At Lighthouse, Sachin leads the agri and consumer verticals and presently sits on the Boards of Bikaji Foods, one of the largest ethnic snack food companies in India; Dhanuka Agritech, the second largest agro-chemical company in India; and Indian Herbs, the largest herbal medicine and feed supplement company in India mainly focused on cattle and poultry. Sachin also on the Board of the Rotary Club of Mumbai, Nariman Point.

Sachin earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calcutta and is a Chartered Accountant.

Mukund Krishnaswami
Sean Sovak

Mukund is a Partner at Lighthouse, having co-founded the business in the mid-2000s. Prior to forming Lighthouse, he was an Associate at Lehman Brothers, Private Equity Division, and a Business Analyst in McKinsey & Co.’s Corporate Finance and Strategy Practice. He has worked extensively in all aspects of private equity including growth capital, LBOs, private transactions, recapitalizations, early to mid-stage venture capital investments and structured transactions, having over USD 1.5 billion of investment experience. Mukund is also a Co-Founder the Linneman Letter, a leading economic research publication. Mukund currently serves on the Boards of XSEED Education, a learning system that aims to transform rote memorization into activity based education and Miles Software, a financial services software product company for brokerages, portfolio management solutions, wealth management and treasury functions.

Mukund earned a dual, Bachelor of Science in Economics and Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Science (summa cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Sean is a Partner at Lighthouse, having co-founded the business in the mid-2000s. He is responsible for all aspects of sourcing, underwriting and managing portfolio investments, as well as team and organizational development. Previously, Sean was a Managing Director at W. P. Carey & Co., a NYSE-listed finance company, where he served in various capacities since 1994, lastly as Managing Director and Chief Acquisitions Officer, responsible for over $1.5 billion of financings to companies across industries. Sean serves as a Director to Kama Ayurveda, one of India’s leading luxury personal care brands, as well as Fabindia, India’s leading ethnic wear retailer and purveyor of other home and personal care products which celebrate India’s uniqueness. In his personal time, Sean is an Advisory Board Member to the Muktangan Education Resource Center, which provides world-class education solutions for students of low income households; he has also served on the Board of the New York Philharmonic and The American School of Bombay in past years.

Sean earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics (summa cum laude) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Sachin is a Partner at Lighthouse. Prior to Lighthouse, he held senior positions at IL&FS, GE Capital and IDBI Ltd, where he led and managed more than USD 2.0 billion of transactions. At Lighthouse, Sachin leads the agri and consumer verticals and presently sits on the Boards of Bikaji Foods, one of the largest ethnic snack food companies in India; Dhanuka Agritech, the second largest agro-chemical company in India; and Indian Herbs, the largest herbal medicine and feed supplement company in India mainly focused on cattle and poultry. Sachin also on the Board of the Rotary Club of Mumbai, Nariman Point.

Sachin earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calcutta and is a Chartered Accountant.


Sean is a Partner at Lighthouse, having co-founded the business in the mid-2000s. He is responsible for all aspects of sourcing, underwriting and managing portfolio investments, as well as team and organizational development. Previously, Sean was a Managing Director at W. P. Carey & Co., a NYSE-listed finance company, where he served in various capacities since 1994, lastly as Managing Director and Chief Acquisitions Officer, responsible for over $1.5 billion of financings to companies across industries. Sean serves as a Director to Kama Ayurveda, one of India’s leading luxury personal care brands, as well as Fabindia, India’s leading ethnic wear retailer and purveyor of other home and personal care products which celebrate India’s uniqueness. In his personal time, Sean is an Advisory Board Member to the Muktangan Education Resource Center, which provides world-class education solutions for students of low income households; he has also served on the Board of the New York Philharmonic and The American School of Bombay in past years.

Sean earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics (summa cum laude) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Mukund is a Partner at Lighthouse, having co-founded the business in the mid-2000s. Prior to forming Lighthouse, he was an Associate at Lehman Brothers, Private Equity Division, and a Business Analyst in McKinsey & Co.’s Corporate Finance and Strategy Practice. He has worked extensively in all aspects of private equity including growth capital, LBOs, private transactions, recapitalizations, early to mid-stage venture capital investments and structured transactions, having over USD 1.5 billion of investment experience. Mukund is also a Co-Founder the Linneman Letter, a leading economic research publication. Mukund currently serves on the Boards of XSEED Education, a learning system that aims to transform rote memorization into activity based education and Miles Software, a financial services software product company for brokerages, portfolio management solutions, wealth management and treasury functions.

Mukund earned a dual, Bachelor of Science in Economics and Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Science (summa cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Tarun Pande
Rochelle D'Souza

Tarun is the Chief Financial Officer at Lighthouse. Prior to Lighthouse he held several senior positions. Tarun was a Principal and Chief Financial Officer at Kubera Partners LLC; Associate at A. T. Kearney, Inc.; Chief Financial Officer at ConnectCapital Management LLC; and a Consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co.

Tarun earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the Mumbai University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is also a Chartered Accountant.


Rochelle is a Principal at Lighthouse. Prior to Lighthouse, she was a Manager at SBI Capital Markets, Investment Banking Division, where she focused on equity capital market transactions.

Rochelle earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Communication from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE) and an MBA from S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research. She is also a CFA Level III candidate.

Anshul Jain
Vivek Kumar

Anshul is a Principal at Lighthouse. Prior to joining Lighthouse, she was a Vice President at ICICI Securities, where she focused on M&A, PE and capital market transactions in Consumer Sector. Previously, Anshul also worked at the investment banking division of ABN Amro.

Anshul earned an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore.


Rochelle is a Principal at Lighthouse. Prior to Lighthouse, she was a Manager at SBI Capital Markets, Investment Banking Division, where she focused on equity capital market transactions.

Rochelle earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Communication from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE) and an MBA from S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research. She is also a CFA Level III candidate.


Anshul is a Principal at Lighthouse. Prior to joining Lighthouse, she was a Vice President at ICICI Securities, where she focused on M&A, PE and capital market transactions in Consumer Sector. Previously, Anshul also worked at the investment banking division of ABN Amro.

Anshul earned an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore.


Vivek is a Vice President at Lighthouse. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Vivek was an Investment Banker with Edelweiss, where he focused on mid-sized Indian corporations in the consumer and healthcare sectors. Previously, Vivek worked with Bajaj Auto in their R&D four wheeler division and helped design the first quadri-cycle from their stable.

Vivek earned a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Roorkee and has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta.


Vivek is a Vice President at Lighthouse. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Vivek was an Investment Banker with Edelweiss, where he focused on mid-sized Indian corporations in the consumer and healthcare sectors. Previously, Vivek worked with Bajaj Auto in their R&D four wheeler division and helped design the first quadri-cycle from their stable.

Vivek earned a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Roorkee and has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta.


Tarun is the Chief Financial Officer at Lighthouse. Prior to Lighthouse he held several senior positions. Tarun was a Principal and Chief Financial Officer at Kubera Partners LLC; Associate at A. T. Kearney, Inc.; Chief Financial Officer at ConnectCapital Management LLC; and a Consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co.

Tarun earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the Mumbai University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is also a Chartered Accountant.

Yatin Mohane
Yishaan Patel
Noel Matthew Paul
Vishvesh Varma

Vishvesh Vishvesh is an Analyst at Lighthouse. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Vishvesh worked in the investment banking division at Avendus Capital and Deutsche Bank, where he worked across sectors with a focus on technology and financial services respectively

Vishvesh earned a Bachelor of Commerce from SRCC, Delhi University


Yatin is a Vice President at Lighthouse. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Yatin was an Investment Banker with Avendus Capital, where he focused on mid-sized Indian corporations in the consumer and financial services sectors. Previously, Yatin worked with Aarayaa Advisory Services, a boutique investment bank covering the FMCG and IT sectors.

Yatin earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Mumbai University and has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore. He is also a Chartered Accountant.


Yatin is a Vice President at Lighthouse. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Yatin was an Investment Banker with Avendus Capital, where he focused on mid-sized Indian corporations in the consumer and financial services sectors. Previously, Yatin worked with Aarayaa Advisory Services, a boutique investment bank covering the FMCG and IT sectors.

Yatin earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Mumbai University and has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore. He is also a Chartered Accountant.


Yishaan is an Associate at Lighthouse. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Yishaan was an Investment Banker with Axis Capital, where he worked across sectors and teams, slightly more focused towards Financial Services. Yishaan was also a part of the Institutional Equity Research team at Axis Capital. During his CA internship he was a part of the tax litigation team at A. J. Shah & Co.

Yishaan is a Chartered Accountant and has earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) from Mumbai University. He has also completed his LLB and Masters in Commerce (Accounting & Finance) from Mumbai University.


Noel is an Analyst at Lighthouse. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Noel worked with the investment banking teams of Rothschild & Co and Deutsche Bank, where he worked across sectors with a focus on infrastructure, capital goods and industrials.

Noel has a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from IIT Kharagpur.

Nitya Khemlani
Shraddha Banka
Santush Thaakur

Nitya is the Head of Investor Relations at Lighthouse. Previously Nitya worked as a Conference Producer for PEI Media (Hong Kong), organizing conferences and investor round tables across the private equity, private real estate and infrastructure asset classes in Asia. Nitya was also earlier a Research Associate for Linneman Associates, where she focused on researching and analyzing economic trends with a focus on the U.S. housing sector.

Nitya earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business Management and Economics (magna cum laude) from the University of Tampa and a Masters in Economics from the University of Warwick.


Nitya is the Head of Investor Relations at Lighthouse. Previously Nitya worked as a Conference Producer for PEI Media (Hong Kong), organizing conferences and investor round tables across the private equity, private real estate and infrastructure asset classes in Asia. Nitya was also earlier a Research Associate for Linneman Associates, where she focused on researching and analyzing economic trends with a focus on the U.S. housing sector.

Nitya earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business Management and Economics (magna cum laude) from the University of Tampa and a Masters in Economics from the University of Warwick.


Shraddha is a Finance & Compliance Manager at Lighthouse, Prior to joining Lighthouse, Shraddha worked with the Audit and Assurance Services Practice of KPMG, where she handled audits, tax and compliance related assurance engagements of companies across sectors including financial services and manufacturing.

Shraddha is a commerce graduate from the University of Mumbai.


Shraddha is a Finance & Compliance Manager at Lighthouse, Prior to joining Lighthouse, Shraddha worked with the Audit and Assurance Services Practice of KPMG, where she handled audits, tax and compliance related assurance engagements of companies across sectors including financial services and manufacturing.

Shraddha is a commerce graduate from the University of Mumbai.


Santush is an Executive Assistant at Lighthouse. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Santush held Executive Assistant positions at Banc of America Equity Partners, Morgan Stanley and Perpetual Growth Capital.

Santush earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Mumbai.


Santush is an Executive Assistant at Lighthouse. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Santush held Executive Assistant positions at Banc of America Equity Partners, Morgan Stanley and Perpetual Growth Capital.

Santush earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Mumbai.

CEO
COUNCIL

Ravi Chaturvedi
P.K. Hariharan

Ravi has several prominent, global leadership positions. He is a Former President of P&G and the Former Group Chief Executive of Jet Airways. He is a Consultant and Advisor to the President and Chief Learning Officer of the Nitto Denko Corporation, Osaka, Japan. Ravi’s area of expertise spans across the consumer and food industries.

Ravi is a Senior Fellow, Management Department, Wharton School of Business and Lecturer, Organizational Dynamics Program, University of Pennsylvania; teaching "Globally Capable Leadership".


Ravi has several prominent, global leadership positions. He is a Former President of P&G and the Former Group Chief Executive of Jet Airways. He is a Consultant and Advisor to the President and Chief Learning Officer of the Nitto Denko Corporation, Osaka, Japan. Ravi’s area of expertise spans across the consumer and food industries.

Ravi is a Senior Fellow, Management Department, Wharton School of Business and Lecturer, Organizational Dynamics Program, University of Pennsylvania; teaching "Globally Capable Leadership".


Hari'sexperience spans nearly 40 years, first at Procter and Gamble (P&G) and then at Coty, leading some of the best known consumer and personal care brands in India and the region. He brings extensive experience in sales and distribution, marketing, and leadership training, with an expertise in the FMCG and Beauty industries to Lighthouse.

Hari has received the “William Procter Sales Master” award, one of only 45 recipients globally. He has also received awards for leadership and coaching excellence at the Asia region and national level in P&G.

GLOBAL
ADVISORS

Richard Celeste

Richard is the former US Ambassador to India, the former Governor of Ohio and the former President of Colorado College and Director of Peace Corps. He serves as Senior Advisor to Lighthouse.

Brian Larcombe
Barbara Vogelstein

Barbara is a former partner at Apax Partners & Co. Ventures, and Warburg Pincus. Her board memberships include Vassar College, the School of American Ballet and Third Way. Barbara is a Senior Advisor to Lighthouse and the Advisory Board Chair for Fund I and II.


Brian is the former CEO of 3i Group plc, a FTSE 100 company operating in 14 countries, with USD 15 billion under management. His Directorships include Kodak Alaris and Cape plc. Brian is a Senior Advisor to Lighthouse and serves on the boards of Fund I and Fund II.


Richard is the former US Ambassador to India, the former Governor of Ohio and the former President of Colorado College and Director of Peace Corps. He serves as Senior Advisor to Lighthouse.


Brian is the former CEO of 3i Group plc, a FTSE 100 company operating in 14 countries, with USD 15 billion under management. His Directorships include Kodak Alaris and Cape plc. Brian is a Senior Advisor to Lighthouse and serves on the boards of Fund I and Fund II.


Barbara is a former partner at Apax Partners & Co. Ventures, and Warburg Pincus. Her board memberships include Vassar College, the School of American Ballet and Third Way. Barbara is a Senior Advisor to Lighthouse and the Advisory Board Chair for Fund I and II.