Mafia SusTalks # 20 - 'Investing in Sustainability Ventures' : w/ Leena Dandekar & Disha Kapadia Gandhi
Time & Location
About the Event
Topic : Investing in Sustainability Ventures
- 15 minutes : A brief introduction of the speaker(s)
- 25 minutes : Q&A led by Mafioso + SusMafia Director Arjun Gupta
- 20 minutes : Open SusMafia Community Q&A
About Mrs. Dandekar:
Leena Dandekar is co-founder and principal of Raintree Family Office and Raintree Foundation. She oversees as a strategist, a portfolio focused on balancing social and economic returns. Leena co-founded Raintree Family Office along with her children, Abha Dandekar and Vivek Dandekar.
The Raintree Family Office portfolio spans ESG conscious alternate assets, impact investments as well as private philanthropic investments in the family’s foundation – Raintree Foundation. Our hybrid model focuses on tackling India’s chronic social issues through a combination of strategies all aimed maximising impact.
Raintree Foundation is the outcome of the family’s deep-seated passion and commitment to actively contribute to the country's inclusive and sustainable development. Raintree Family Office is building a socially conscious investment portfolio which is diversified and includes ESG conscious alternate assets, impact investments as well as public market equities. Equity investments in innovative for-profit ventures that address critical social issues is also a focus area.
Before starting the Raintree Family Office and Foundation, Leena served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Camlin Group, where she helmed various strategic and operational initiatives.
In addition to working closely with social entrepreneurs and the family foundation, Mrs. Dandekar loves gardening, and is a voracious reader.
About Ms. Gandhi:
Disha Kapadia Gandhi is an investment manager at Aavishkaar Venture Management Services (AVMS) in the Mumbai office. She is responsible for new investments and deal execution as well as working with select portfolio companies and managing exits.
She has been part of the AVMS team since January 2016 and prior to that, worked with Intellecap with its Investment Banking team for 2.5 years. She has over 8 years of experience in the corporate finance and investment banking space having worked with companies like JP Morgan India Services Private Limited, Lehman Brothers India Services Private Limited, IDBI Capital Markets Private Limited and Antique Capital Market Private Limited on transactions in public and private equity markets. She has wide experience ranging from IPOs, QIPs, Buyback, PE and restructuring deals. She has completed her MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai and an undergraduate degree from N.M. College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai.