Gender Diversity

An integral part of the IVCA is to promote diversity and inclusion within our industry. Besides, we are also supporting and building an inclusive environment for the investment firms to be able to thrive.  We at IVCA have partnered with WinPE in their efforts to encourage more women in investing.

IVCA celebrates Gender Diversity in the PC-VC ecosystem. We have kept DE&I at the centre-stage of #IVCAConclave 2022. Hear from the women and men who are making a difference and partnering
in promoting gender diversity.

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Getting investors’ and Founders’ perspectives on working with male founders and all male promoter/ management teams to kick start the discussion on gender diversity with portfolio companies – how it is received, how do investors build this into their discussions. Also, going forward, how do they build it into due diligence. The panelists also delved into the Differences or lack of differences, between working with male led teams and female led teams.

  • Kanwaljit Singh, Managing Partner, Fireside Ventures

  • Varun Alagh, Founder, Mama Earth

  • Mukund Ramaswami, Partner, Lighthouse

  • Suchi Mukherjee, Founder, LimeRoad

  • Nupur Garg, Founder, WinPE

A panel discussion that brought together powerful and inspirational women who have built unicorns. They spoke about the idea, the process and their journey using a professional and personal lens.


  • Ankiti Bose, Co-founder Zilingo

  • Kirthiga Reddy, Investment Partner, Softbank

  • Neeti Mehta Shukla, Co-founder, Senior VP, Automation anywhere

  • Vani Kola, Managing Director, Kalaari
The  industry leaders spoke about the state of gender diversity in the private equity/ venture capital ecosystem, sharing the progress made, and deliberated upon the way forward to building gender balance in investing and entrepreneurship; industry’s approach to gender diversity which is evolving, what is driving the change, and how one can be a part of the new face of private equity and venture capital. Panelists:
  • Gopal Jain, Managing Partner, Gaja Capital
  • GV Ravishankar, Managing Director, Sequoia India
  • Harsh Singhal, Managing Director, CDPQ India
  • Janet Hall, Director, Investment Funds, Asian Development Bank
  • Gopal Jain, Managing Partner,Gaja Capital
  • GV Ravishankar, Managing Director,Sequoia India
  • Harsh Singhal, Managing Director,CDPQ India

Panel discussions, fireside chats on  Gender-Smart Investing for Better Business, Global Context and practices around Gender Diversity.


  • Anita George, Executive Vice-President & Deputy Head, CDPQ Global

  • Haslinda Amin, Chief International Correspondent, SE Asia, Bloomberg

  • Ken Mehlman, Partner, Global Head of Public Affairs & Co-Head of Global Impact, KKR

  • Mitchell Truwit, Co-CEO, Apax Partners

  • Nupur Garg, Founder, WinPE, Investor & Independent Director
  • Ramnath, Founder, MD & CEO, Multiples Alternate Asset Management
  • von Friedeburg, Interim MD, EVP & COO, IFC

  • Zia J. Mody, Co–Founder & Managing Partner, AZB & Partners

A knowledge session on “leading in the boardroom”, along with a Fireside Chat between Sushma Kaushik, Partner Aavishkaar Group and Kalpana Unadkat, Partner, Khaitan

  • Organised Events with the objective of enhancing gender diversity within the investing ecosystem
  • Recognised Leadership in Diversity Award
  • Conducted a Survey on Gender Diversity