Vivek Joshi Associate Director

Vivek Joshi has more than 22 years of global multifunctional work experience. He joined the Kotak Private Equity team in 2007.

In a 12-year stint with Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), a subsidiary of Unilever Plc, Vivek worked in business management, innovation management and supply chain management projects. He was a member and leader of international teams, turned around a loss-making business, managed international innovation projects and set up and ran Greenfield factories.

Prior to joining HUL, Vivek was part of a technical consulting organization in California, US. He was responsible for client management, new business development and was an expert in remediation and process technology. He also served stints in specialty and large scale manufacturing companies in Florida and California.

Vivek is a graduate in chemical engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, and has a Masters degree in chemical engineering from the Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, USA. He also has a post-graduate degree in management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, with a focus on strategic management.

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Through Research, Rigour and Relationships
Since 2005, we at Kotak Private Equity have helped discover, grow and create value formid-size Indian businesses across growthsectors. As part of the Kotak Mahindra Group, we combine our strength of understanding the local environment with international best practices in people, processes and research.

Given the experience and network of relationships built over the past two decades, our understanding of the Indian entrepreneur's mindset provides us with a significant advantage in the Indian investment environment. With a founding team that virtually pioneered the Indian Private Equity Industry, we are disciplined investors focused on long-term value creation and growth. Kotak Private Equity partners outstanding promoters and leadership teams to help create scale across industries.

Identifying Opportunities Ahead of the Curve
Through intensive research, we identify macro-economic trends and opportunities early. Our team has successfully identified sectors and companies much ahead of the curve, helping us invest conservatively and exit profitably while partnering companiesin tapping growth opportunities and evolving into industry leaders. Kotak Private Equity has often been the first to invest in India�s sunrise sectors such as Life Sciences & Healthcare, Media & Entertainment, Retail, Quick Service Restaurants, Business Process Outsourcing and Internet driven businesses.

Participating in India�s Entrepreneurial Growth Story
With the backing of the Kotak Mahindra Group ,one of India�s leading and highly respected diversified financial services institutions, Kotak Investment Advisors Limited (KIAL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited, focuses on managing the Alternate Assets business of the Group. While the Kotak Mahindra Group has been associated with private equity investments since 1997, to bring a sharper focus to the group's Alternate Assets strategy, Kotak Mahindra Bank initiated its first structured third party private equity fund in early 2005.

Since then, the Alternate Assets business of the Group has raised USD 1.5 billion for management across two asset classes namely - Private Equity & Realty Funds, both led by independent investment teams. In 2013, KIAL launched an Infrastructure Fund in collaboration with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of Japan and Brookfield Asset Management of Canada.