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Mr. Imran Jafar
Partner, Gaja Capital
"Despite all the talk, the Indian education industry has attracted less than US$1B of foreign capital in the last 15 years. We at Gaja have invested 50% of our capital in the sector and have a multi-decade view on investing in Education. Education needs the best entrepreneurs and investors to come together to help drive innovation in our schools and colleges and help skill India. This is too big to just talk about".
Imran is a Partner at Gaja Capital. Imran has 16 years of experience in Private Equity, Pharmaceuticals and Technology services in India. Prior to Gaja, Imran worked in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility at Dr. Reddy's and Wipro Technologies. Started in 2004, Gaja is an independent, Mumbai based private equity firm that provides growth capital to medium-sized companies from high growth, emerging sectors in India such as Education. Gaja's portfolio includes some of India's leading companies in Education, Consumer and Financial services.
At Gaja, Imran has made investments in the Education and Consumer sectors and has an active interest in Healthcare. He is closely involved with Gaja's investments in Eurokids (Pre-K and K-12), John Distilleries (AlcoBev), CL Educate (Supplemental Education), Indus World Schools (K12), Educomp (Education-diversified) and Millennium Schools (K12). Imran holds post graduate degree in software engineering from BITS-Pilani and an MBA from IIM-Bangalore.
2:30 - 3:30
Investment Opportunities in India's Education Space
Session Moderator: Mr. Anand Sudarshan, Founder & Director, Sylvant Advisors Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Vijay Shukla, Managing Partner, Eduvisors
Mr. Imran Jafar, Partner, Gaja Capital Partners
Ms. Prachi Windlass, Director-India Education, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF)
Mr. Sanjay Bansal, Founder & Managing Director, Aurum Equity Partners LLP
Ms. Neha Grover, Vice President, Baring Private Equity Partners (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Avinash Mishra, Sr. Portfolio Associate, Acumen Fund, India
Mr. Rajiv Handa, Chief Executive Officer, Franchise India Brands