Board Members & Advisors

Girish Singhania
Girish comes from a strong operational background having worked in one of the world’s largest FMCG companies – Procter & Gamble. He then moved on to an investment bank in Mumbai where he worked with global financial investors to bring investments into the Indian market. The invaluable combination of financial as well as operations experience led Girish to start EduBridge. An IIM Bangalore graduate, Girish is passionate about developing businesses which are also beneficial to the society. He is a sports fanatic and claims that he would have been a part of the Indian cricket team had it not been for IIM.
Dr. Gopal Naik
Dr Gopal Naik is a distinguished professor at IIM Bangalore spearheading the Doctorate programme at the institute. He was earlier the chairperson of the Center for Public Policy at IIM Bangalore and also served over 15 years as a professor at IIM Ahmedabad. His great interest in serving rural India led him to spearhead several consulting assignments on rural development & education for the Central as well as several state governments. He provides the right vision and direction to EduBridge through his unparalleled passion for rural development & education. Besides EduBridge, Dr. Naik also serves on the Board of Forward Markets Commissions.
Karuna Jain
Board Member
Karuna joined Acumen in July 2012 to grow and manage the Health Portfolio and also to develop the Housing Portfolio in India. Karuna has two years of investing experience with the $175M Aditya Birla private equity fund and $600M Milestone Capital real estate fund. She has also spent four years with the Aditya Birla Group and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in textiles, cement and pharmaceuticals businesses across finance and M&A roles. Karuna earned her post graduation in management from the India School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. She is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Micaela Ratini
Board Member
Micaela heads the Insitor Management Team and is a Director of the Fund’s General Partners. Prior to co-founding the Insitor General Partner, Micaela worked at the strategy consulting firm Bain and Company in Milan, where she led start- up, turnaround, and merger and acquisition engagements for leading European financial groups. Before joining Bain in 1998, Micaela was part of the Finance group of Arthur Andersen Business Advisory. Micaela is Executive Director of Joma International, and on the Boards of First Finance MFI, Barefoot Power, and Biosense Technologies.
Vijay Kumar Ivatury
Board Advisor
Vijaya Kumar (known as IVK) is Co-Founder and CTO of Crayon Data, a Big data analytics product company at Singapore. He is also an active member of Indian Angel Network, a syndicate for early stage capital to invest in the start-up companies. Prior to this, he was a CTO of Wipro’s IT businesses covering Wipro Technologies, Wipro InfoTech and Wipro BPO. IVK holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering in electronics & communications and did an advanced leadership program for senior executives from McGill University in collaboration with Lancaster University, UK and IIM, Bangalore. He holds certifications in ISO 9000, SEI CMM &Technology forecasting and is an experienced consultant in technology and innovation management areas in ICT industry.