Nitin Deshmukh

Nitin Deshmukh is the founding member of the Private Equity practice at Kotak and has played a pivotal role in building the Alternate Assets business at Kotak Investment Advisors Ltd.

With over 28 years of experience in VC/PE investing, Nitin has led investments in over 60 companies, a number of which have grown attaining leadership positions in their respective sectors. Prior to taking up the current assignment at Kotak in June 2004, Nitin was Director of Dresdner Kleinwort Capital when it started operations in India in June 2001. Prior to joining Dresdner, Nitin had a long stint of over 12.5 years with ICICI Venture, from its inception in 1989 to being its Chief of Private Equity Investments, heading the funding and investment management activities of various Funds, till the early part of the last decade.

Nitin has a strong association with the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industry in the country, having served as The Director General of Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE), the apex industry association of biotech companies in India and having worked with Cipla, India's leading pharmaceutical company, in various technical and management positions.

In addition to his responsibilities at Kotak, Nitin is also a member of the CII National Committee on Private Equity and Venture Capital as well as the CII National Council on Economic Policy. He also serves as Director of ABLE in addition to being a member of the Committee on Biotech Policy of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

Nitin holds an MBA degree from University of Bombay and a Masters Degree in Pharmaceutical Technology from UDCT Bombay where his research work led to a patent filing on machine design for the manufacture of Novel Drug Delivery Systems. He also completed the Post-Graduation Programme in Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Ghent, Belgium. Nitin is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award 2012 from the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai earlier known as UDCT.

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