Our Team

We believe great entrepreneurs coupled with the essential business building blocks leads to great companies. The team not only brings years of operational experience to support entrepreneurs but also brings an extensive network of leading professionals across India to the table. We are here to partner in every way to turn visions into reality.
Rema Subramanian
Rema Subramanian
Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Rema cofounded Ankur with a vision to use her multi decade CXO and entrepreneurial experience to bring the tools to young startups to become game changers. She has worked across education and IT/ITES taking young companies from scratch to midsize ventures. She is a cost accountant from ICFAI and when she has spare time she likes to travel and try her hand at growing plants.

Ritu Verma
Ritu Verma
Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Ritu is one of the co-founders at Ankur. She is passionate about bringing innovation from lab to the market and did that for a decade across corporates - Unilever and Philips. She has also worked globally investing in IP led renewable technologies. She has a PhD in physics from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from INSEAD. If Ritu had any spare time she’d love to travel to all ends of the earth and read a few books.

Krishnan Neelakantan
Krishnan Neelakantan
Managing Partner

Krishnan focuses on formulating strategic growth plans for Ankur. He has nearly two decades of experience across financial markets, investment research, and social development consulting. In his previous stints, Krishnan headed research for CLSA Asia-Pacific in India before turning to social consulting with Samhita Social Ventures.

Kamakshi Rao
Kamakshi Rao
Senior Investment Director

A qualified CFA, Kamakshi has over 16 years of investing in listed equities in a range of industries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the US. Currently based in New York, she has a BA degree from Harvard University and an MS from University of Pennsylvania.

Shiva Shanker
Shiva Shanker
VP, Portfolio

Shiva is responsible for portfolio management at Ankur & also provides strategic support to our portfolio companies. He has worked for 5 years with Grassroots Business Fund, an impact investor, in investment management and portfolio supervision roles across India, Indonesia & Africa. More recently, Shiva worked as a strategy & finance consultant for social enterprises in the education and renewable energy sectors.

Shreyansh Singhal
Shreyansh Singhal
Investment Associate

Shreyansh works on Early Stage Deals in the Investment Team at Ankur Capital, handling the Bangalore office. He has prior experience in consulting, market research and product development.

Deepak Bhatt
Deepak Bhatt
VP, Finance
Nikita Anand
Nikita Anand
Executive Assistant

Nikita has worked in variety of admin and support roles in her previous stints. A multi-tasker, Nikita ensures that the Ankur office runs like a well oiled machine.

Aditya Jahagirdar
Aditya Jahagirdar
Investment Fellow

Aditya Jahagirdar works on early stage deals as part of the Investment Team at Ankur. Previously, he was an Analyst at Villgro where he looked at healthcare investments and portfolio management.


Pavan Krishnamurthy
Pavan Krishnamurthy
Member, Investment Committee

Pavan has over 17 years’ experience across venture investing, start-ups and entrepreneurship advisory services. Pavan is a Co-founder and former Partner at Ojas Venture Partners. Pavan advises start-ups,incubators,investors and family businesses in the context of new business, venture creation, Next-Gen entrepreneurship and mentoring.

Pravin Gandhi
Pravin Gandhi
Member, Investment Committee

PravinGandhi has over 50 years of entrepreneurial, operational and investing experience in the IT industry in India. He was a founding partner of the first early stage fund India – INFINITY. Subsequently a founding partner in Seedfund I & II. With over 18 years of investing experience, he is extensively well networked in investment and entrepreneurial scene and is an active early stage angel investor in tech & impact space.