Aru is a Bangalore-based independent investor, venture advisor and corporate director. He has had an 18-year career in PE and investment banking in Asia, most recently as MD of JRE Partners, an Asian PE partnership between Rothschild, Jardine Matheson and Exor, that he set up and led out of Singapore and India. Prior to JRE, he was with Standard Chartered PE (and its JV with Temasek), AIG’s PE business and ICICI Securities (an ICICI-JP Morgan JV). Aru studied engineering and science at BITS, Pilani, earned his MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad, is a Chevening Gurukul Scholar from LSE and a Fellow of the Australia India Institute at the Univ. of Melbourne. He currently serves on the Board of the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM, Ahmedabad and is an independent member on the Investment Committees of Infuse Ventures, India's first early-stage cleantech fund, and Ascent Capital's India-focussed late-stage PE fund. He also serves as a Non-Executive Independent Director on the Board of TVS Srichakra Limited. His interests include value investing in listed equities, start-up mentoring, impact and early-stage investing.
Start-up ecosystems in Asia and Australia.