LBS graduate makes Forbes 30 under 30

London Business School (LBS) alumnus Arun Venkatachalam has been named by Forbes as one of the 30 finance and venture capital movers and shakers under the age of 30 in Asia. The list features people who influence how money flows in the region.

“I’m humbled and honoured to be a part of a list which includes many pioneering individuals from various industries who aspire to create the future of Asia,” he said.

Venkatachalam, who graduated from the MBA programme in the summer of 2017, is an analyst at the Habrok Capital India Fund, formerly Habrok Capital Management, which HSBC ranked best-performing hedge fund in the world in December 2017.

“Our efforts are towards long-term wealth creation through investments in India via visionary owners, under-penetrated sectors, the ability to create brands and, most importantly, trust,” said Venkatachalam.

Arun Vankatachalam LBS graduate Forbes 30 under 30

“India is going to be the next big opportunity in Asia,” he continued. “Though challenges persist, there appear to be incredible opportunities in the formalisation of the economy. Personally and professionally I spend time in the areas of financial services, healthcare and logistics and distribution.

Habrok Capital India Fund is led by the portfolio manager Rahul Khanna, who graduated from LBS’s MBA programme in 2004.

As an angel investor Venkatachalam has invested in several tech start-ups, including the Indian car-sharing company Zoomcar, the B2B ecommerce firm IndustryBuying and the online lending platform Ziploan. He also continues to advise his family business, the Murugappa Group, on collaborations with technology companies.

Venkatachalam said LBS had prepared him for the business world: “The LBS MBA was academically valuable but it’s true worth was the way it was geared towards learning through peers, travel and practical insights from specialist speakers. I believe it will hold me in good stead going forward.”

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