Ravi Venkatesan

Venture Partner at Capria Ventures LLC

Ravi Venkatesan

Ravi Venkatesan

Venture Partner at Capria Ventures LLC


Ravi Venkatesan - Business experience, including experience in Hitachi, and functions7/1999 Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cummins India Ltd. (India)(Retired in March 2004)
1/2004 Chairman, Microsoft India Pvt. Ltd. (India)(Retired in September 2011)
4/2011 Independent Director, Infosys Ltd. (India)(Retired in May 2018, served as Co-Chairman from April 2017 to August 2017)
4/2013 Venture Partner, Unitus Ventures LLC. (India)(currently in office)
8/2015 Chairman (Non-Executive), Bank of Baroda (India)(Retired in August 2018)
9/2018 Special Representative for Young People & Innovation, UNICEF (currently in office)
7/2020 Director, Hitachi, Ltd. (currently in office)

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Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship
Social Venture Partners - India

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President at The Rockefeller Foundation

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Chief Operating Officer at Infosys Ltd.

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Co-Founder at Infosys Ltd.

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Co-Founder at Global Talent Track Pvt Ltd.

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Managing Partner at ClearVue Partners Management Ltd.

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Co-Founder at Accolade, Inc.

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Vice President at Music Academy

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Vice Chancellor, NYU Shanghai at New York University

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Partner & Managing Director at Omidyar Network

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Co-Founder at American India Foundation

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Ravi Venkatesan
Venture Partner at Capria Ventures LLC
BS in Engineering

A public engineering institution located in Powai, Mumbai, India


Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, is the flagship university of the six-campus Purdue University system. Purdue was founded on May 6, 1869, as a land-grant university when the Indiana General Assembly, taking advantage of the Morrill Act, accepted a donation of land and money from Lafayette businessman John Purdue to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students. The university was founded with the gift of $150,000 from John Purdue, a Lafayette business leader and philanthropist, along with $50,000 from Tippecanoe County, and 150 acres (0.6 km²) of land from Lafayette residents in support of the project. In 1869, it was decided that the new school would be built near the city of Lafayette and established as Purdue University, in the name of the institution’s principal benefactor. The West Lafayette campus offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 master’s and doctoral programs, and professional degrees in pharmacy and veterinary medicine. In addition, Purdue has 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 850 student organizations. Today, Purdue is a member of the Big Ten Conference. Purdue enrolls the second largest student body of any university in Indiana as well as the fourth largest international student population of any university in the United States.

MBA, Baker Scholar

Harvard Business School (HBS) is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The school offers a large full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and many executive education programs. It owns Harvard Business School Publishing, which publishes business books, leadership articles, online management tools for corporate learning, case studies, and the monthly Harvard Business Review.

Career History
Venture Partner
2013 - Current

Capria Ventures seeks investment opportunities in early-stage companies. The firm manages the following funds: Capria Accelerator Fund LP, Capria Emerging Managers Fund LP and Unitus Seed Fund.Capria Emerging Managers Fund LP, a fund of fund, invests in equity and debt funds targeting early-stage impact businesses across Africa, Latin America, and Asia.Capria Accelerator Fund LP invests in fund manager companies located in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The fund provides financing in the form of early-stage, seed capital equity and equity-linked debt with investment size $0.25 to $0.5 Million. It also makes co-investments.Unitus Seed Fund invests in startup businesses with potential for large-scale poverty impact located in India. The fund targets companies operating in the fields of education, healthcare, retail, financial technology and agriculture. It provides financing for seed- stage capital requirements with an initial investment size of $0.15 to $0.45 respectively. It makes co-investments with other like-minded investors.

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Boards & Committees
Independent Director
2007 - 2014

Volvo AB engages in the design, manufacture, and market of commercial vehicles. It operates through the following segments: Trucks, Construction Equipment, Buses, Volvo Penta, Group Functions and Other, Industrial Operations, and Financial Services. The Trucks segment includes the production, development, and logistics for powertrain and parts. The Volvo Penta segment markets marine and industrial engines. The Group Functions and Other segment encompasses Volvo Group IT and Volvo Group Real Estate. The company was founded by Assar-Thorvald Nathanael-Gabrielsson and Erik Gustaf Larson in 1927 and is headquartered in Goteborg, Sweden.


Cummins has been associated with the Indian subcontinent for five decades. The stage was set way back in 1962, when a partnership between Kirloskar and Cummins crystallized into a 100-acre manufacturing campus in Pune. Within a span of three years from commencing operations, the business venture started to generate profits. Thereon, the partnership continued to flourish, till up till 1997, when the Kirloskar?s sold their ownership; resulting in Cummins Inc. increasing its stake to 51% and the rest being traded on the Bombay Stock Exchange. This led to the formation of Cummins India Limited, a consolidated subsidiary of Cummins Inc. Today, Cummins India Limited has grown to become the country?s leading manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines. It is only one of the eight legal entities (including four joint ventures) of the Cummins Group in India, signifying Cummins? increasing presence in the country. Comprising of four business units - Industrial Engine, Power Generation, Distribution, and Automotive, Cummins India Limited is also the largest entity of the Cummins Group in India. The Industrial Engine Business caters to the industrial sector with its broad spectrum of diesel engines ranging from 18 HP to 3500 HP. The range is designed to power varied market segments such as Construction, Mining, Compressor, Marine, Rail, Agriculture, Pumps, Oil & Gas, Power Generation and Defense. The Power Generation Business addresses standby and prime power needs through the design and manufacture of pre-integrated generator sets, transfer switches, paralleling equipment and controls. The Automotive Business integrates Cummins? diesel and natural gas engines with related technologies such as filtration, exhaust, turbo, fuel and coolant systems and lube oil to serve the commercial vehicle segment in India. The fourth business, Distribution operates under the brand name ?Cummins Sales and Service India?. Acquired in 1967, with the objective of providing products, packages, services and solutions for uptime of Cummins equipments, it has since been engaged in the business of sale of engines, and providing after-market support to customers in India, Nepal and Bhutan. In 1987, the joint venture Fleetguard Filters Pvt. Limited was formed between Cummins Filtration Inc. and Perfect Sealing Systems Pvt. Ltd. More than two decades later, the entity with three manufacturing locations - Pune, Hosur and Jamshedpur continues to manufacture air, fuel, oil and water filters for Cummins and other engine manufacturers. In 1989, another joint venture was started between Crompton Greaves & Newage, to form CG Newage Ltd. Crompton sold its holding to Cummins in 2002. In 2006, Cummins took over completely and the entity began operating under the name of Cummins Generator Technologies India Limited. ?Three manufacturing facilities, each in Pune, Ahmednagar and Ranjangaon manufacture alternators ranging from 5 to 2000 kVA. Aligned with the Corporation?s initiatives towards a cleaner and healthier environment, the plant in Ranjangaon set up in 2007, is the first green plant in India. Another joint venture, Tata Cummins Limited, was formed between Cummins Inc. and Tata Motors in 1993 to produce mid-range engines for Tata Motors? commercial vehicles. With a manufacturing plant at Jamshedpur and a second plant at Phaltan in Maharashtra, Tata Cummins Limited remains a significant contributor to Cummins? profitable growth in India. Valvoline Cummins Limited, started in 1998, is a 50:50 joint venture between Cummins India Limited and Ashland that manufactures automotive lubricants, transmission fluids, gear oils, hydraulic lubricants, automotive filters, specialty products, greases and cooling system products. The entity is headquartered in Delhi, with a manufacturing facility at Panvel. In 2002, Cummins Infotech was merged into KPIT Infosystems to form KPIT Cummins Infosystems Limited, a global IT consulting and product engineering partner to manufacturing and financial services organizations. The Company is headquartered in Pune. Cummins Research Technology India Limited was started in Pune in 2003 as part of a global effort to perform low-cost, high-quality engineering work. It was the first, and so far the only, Cummins research center to be built without physical laboratories. The facility uses the latest computer technology to support design and analysis for Cummins worldwide. Cummins Technologies India Limited was formed in 2008. Under it are 5 divisions- Cummins Turbo Technologies, Cummins Emission Solutions, ReCon Parts India , Cummins Business Services and Cummins Fuel Systems India. In 1995, the Tata Group and Holset (a Cummins-owned company) collaborated to form a joint venture, Tata Holset Limited, to produce turbochargers at a plant in Dewas. When Cummins rebranded its entities in 2006, Tata Holset Ltd. became part of Cummins Turbo Technologies. Today it has facilities in Pune, Dewas, Pithampur and Rudrapur. Cummins Emission Solutions is engaged in the design, integration, manufacture and distribution of exhaust after-treatment systems and components for ?on and off-highway? medium, heavy and high horsepower engine markets. ?Working with technology partners, the business provides these solutions for Cummins and other engine manufacturers, while applying its expertise in providing a range of products from packaging to integrated systems. ReCon Parts India began in 2008 with manufacturing facilities in Pithampur and Ranjangaon. It offers reconditioned engines and components, including fuel pumps, injectors, cylinder heads, turbochargers, cam followers, water pumps, and other parts. It also has a plant in Phaltan. Cummins Business Services is based in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The entity handles shared services like payroll, travel and customer care. It has branches around the world, including in India. Today Cummins in India has expanded its businesses across markets and geographies, spanning 200 locations in the country. The Company has 20 state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities across the country. The Group has also commenced production at its 300-acre Megasite project in Phaltan, Maharashtra that will allow all future projects to operate from a single location.

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Turvo, Inc. operates and develops a collaborative logistics platform. Its technology unifies data set for all operations and analytics, while eliminating redundant manual tasks and automating workflows. The firm offers solutions to the shippers, logistics providers and carriers. The company was founded by Jeff Dangelo, Eric Gilmore, and Sai Rajkiran Nagboth and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.

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Rubanbridge Pvt Ltd. operates and develops platform for rural entrepreneurs to connect with consumers. The company was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Bangalore. India.

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