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

Sachinis a founding partner of Lighthouse. Born and brought up in Bihar, he has a unique understanding of rural and urban India. His corporate banking experience brings depth to both access and approach on new business development. His deep analytical skills and rustic style connects well with the founders. He sits on four portfolio company boards.

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

Mukund Krishnaswami
Sean Sovak

Mukund is a founding partner of Lighthouse. He has 23 years of investment experience, including 16 years in India. Mukund previously worked for McKinsey & Company in New York, and Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Partners. He is also the co-founder of the Linneman Letter, a leading macro research publication and a member of the YPO.

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 founding partner of Lighthouse and a member of the firm’s investment committee. He was an early believer in the “Great Indian Entrepreneurial Revolution” and has called the country home for nearly two decades. He loves to find and build companies that will define India’s global leadership. He thrives on helping founders through their growth, with every day being a learning opportunity. Sean currently serves on the Board of Kama Ayurveda, and previously served on the Boards of Nykaa, Fabindia, Tynor Orthotics and Suraksha Diagnostics, amongst other firms. He is also on the Steering Committee for ARMMAN, a leading, tech-enabled NGO for maternal healthcare.

Sean graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Sachin is a founding partner of Lighthouse. Born and brought up in Bihar, he has a unique understanding of rural and urban India. His corporate banking experience brings depth to both access and approach on new business development. His deep analytical skills and rustic style connects well with the founders. He sits on four portfolio company boards.

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


Sean is a founding partner of Lighthouse and a member of the firm’s investment committee. He was an early believer in the “Great Indian Entrepreneurial Revolution” and has called the country home for nearly two decades. He loves to find and build companies that will define India’s global leadership. He thrives on helping founders through their growth, with every day being a learning opportunity. Sean currently serves on the Board of Kama Ayurveda, and previously served on the Boards of Nykaa, Fabindia, Tynor Orthotics and Suraksha Diagnostics, amongst other firms. He is also on the Steering Committee for ARMMAN, a leading, tech-enabled NGO for maternal healthcare.

Sean graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Mukund is a founding partner of Lighthouse. He has 23 years of investment experience, including 16 years in India. Mukund previously worked for McKinsey & Company in New York, and Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Partners. He is also the co-founder of the Linneman Letter, a leading macro research publication and a member of the YPO.

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 a Partner and the Chief Financial Officer. He oversees Lighthouse’s financial operations with additional oversight on responsible investing as designated ESG Officer. Tarun previously worked for Kubera Partners, A.T. Kearney, Connect Capital and Arthur Andersen.

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 Managing Director and co-leads the investment team. She specializes in food, healthcare and agri sectors. She also serves the boards of Wow! Momo Foods, Tynor Orthotics and V2 Retail.

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 Managing Director and co-leads the investment team. She specializes in lifestyle, beauty & personal care and home improvement sectors. She serves on the board of Duroflex. She previously led consumer sector coverage at ICICI Securities including M&A, PE and capital market transactions.

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


Rochelle is a Managing Director and co-leads the investment team. She specializes in food, healthcare and agri sectors. She also serves the boards of Wow! Momo Foods, Tynor Orthotics and V2 Retail.

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 Managing Director and co-leads the investment team. She specializes in lifestyle, beauty & personal care and home improvement sectors. She serves on the board of Duroflex. She previously led consumer sector coverage at ICICI Securities including M&A, PE and capital market transactions.

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


Vivek is a Principal 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 Principal 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.


Tarunis a Partner and the Chief Financial Officer. He oversees Lighthouse’s financial operations with additional oversight on responsible investing as designated ESG Officer. Tarun previously worked for Kubera Partners, A.T. Kearney, Connect Capital and Arthur Andersen.

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.

Nitya Khemlani
Shraddha Banka
Santush Thaakur
Shiv Bansal

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.


Shiv is an Associate at Lighthouse. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Shiv worked in the investment banking division at Spark Capital, where he worked across sectors with a focus on Technology and Healthcare. Previously, he also started a hyperlocal logistics business in tier II cities for doorstep delivery of essential items which was very appreciated during the COVID-19 imposed lockdown.

Shiv earned a Bachelor of Commerce from SRCC, Delhi University and has cleared two levels of CFA.

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's experience 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

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


Ms. Vogelstein has over 25 years of experience in venture capital and specialized equity investing. She was formerly a partner at Apax Partners & Co. Ventures (“Apax”), where she was responsible for the firm’s media investments and chaired the firm’s international media investment group. Prior to joining Apax, Ms. Vogelstein was a partner at Warburg, Pincus & Co., where she was the firm’s first woman private equity partner and was responsible for co-founding the firm’s London office. Currently, Ms. Vogelstein is Chairman of the Board^ of the Brooklyn Museum and former Chairman of the Board of The School of American Ballet. She also serves on the boards of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts ^ and Third Way, a progressive think tank, and was a longtime Trustee of Vassar College. Ms. Vogelstein has an Economics degree from Vassar College and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.