Mohandas Pai General Information
Mr. Mohandas Pai is a Co-Founder and a Partner at Aarin Capital. He is a Co-Founder & Advisor at Exfinity Venture Partners. He also serves as Chairman and Board Member at Manipal Education and Medical Group. Until June 2011, he served as a partner at The habit fund. He was Elevate Innovation Partners a Member of the Board of Directors of Infosys, and the Head of Administration, Education and Research, National Stock Exchange of India, FinacleSM, Human Resources, and the Infosys Leadership Institute. He also served as Investment Committee Member at 3one4 Capital. Over the span of a decade, he has been actively working with the innovation ecosystems of India to help cultivate and grow startups and funds in the country. The ecosystem that Mohan has helped create and invested in spans 250+ startups across multiple geographies (India, USA, Israel, and Singapore), as well as 35+ funds across multiple asset classes and geographies. Mohan is the Co-Founder and Partner of Aarin Capital, a USD 150 Mn fund dedicated to direct investments in startups as well as investments into 15+ funds that span multiple asset classes such as early and growth stage venture capital, public markets, real estate project financing, hedge funds, and PE funds. Mohan has helped launch 10 of these funds as a prime LP via Aarin Capital. The funds that have been launched via Aarin manage a combined corpus of USD +450 Mn. They attract a deal flow of over 3,000+ startups from India and the US every year. Mohan's family office is also amongst the top capital allocators to venture capital funds and startups in India. The family office has invested in over 22+ funds across multiple geographies and strategies. Mohan is also an Investment Committee Member and prime LP of 3one4 Capital, one of India's fastest-growing early-stage VC funds. 3one4 Capital manages 4 funds and a combined corpus of INR 750 Crores (USD 100 Mn), with a portfolio of 55+ startups in India and the USA. Mohan has also been a primary contributor to the policy and regulatory progress that India has made to encourage startups and remove friction from the ecosystem. He helped design and was the Investment Committee Member of the SIDBI India Aspiration Fund and the $1.8 Billion India Fund of Funds which has invested in 80+ domestic funds and committed over USD 450 Mn already. Mohan has also helped draft policies across multiple areas such as electric vehicles, capital controls, listing regulations, financial reporting standards, IT standards, and corporate governance. In particular, he has worked with the Union Government of India to launch the Startup India policy. He has also worked with multiple State Governments, including Karnataka and Rajasthan, on Startup Policies at the state level. Until June 2011, he was a Member of the Board of Directors of Infosys and the Head of Administration, Education and Research, FinacleSM, Human Resources, and the Infosys Leadership Institute. He joined Infosys in 1994 and served as a Member of the Board since May 2000. He was the Chief Financial Officer from 1994 to 2006. As the CFO, he played a strategic role in transforming Infosys into one of the world's most respected software services companies. He played a key role in branding the company among the investor community and enhancing transparency and disclosure levels. He was an integral part of the Infosys team that enabled the first listing of an India-registered company on NASDAQ and the first sponsored secondary offering of American Depositary Shares by an Indian company. He also formulated the country's first publicly articulated company financial policy. The Infosys Annual Report, under his supervision, has won the top awards consistently from the Institute of Chartered Accountants and from the South Asian Federation of Accountants. He was voted 'CFO of the Year in 2001 by IMA India. He won the 'Best CFO in India' award from Finance Asia in 2002, and 'Best Chief Financial Officer in India' in the Best Managed Companies poll by AsiaMoney in 2004. He was a member of the Kelkar Committee, constituted by the Ministry of Finance, GoI, for reforming direct taxes. He also works with Central and State governments in the fields of education, IT, and business. In 2000, he spearheaded the foundation of the Akshaya Patra Foundation, Bangalore, to start a mid-day meal program for school children. Today, the mid-day meal program feeds over 1.2 million children across seven states in India. The program aims to feed 5 million children by 2020. He is also a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). He holds an LLB from Bangalore University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore. He serves as Board Member at GoSavvy.