Research working title:
Start-up ecosystems in Asia and Australia.
Aru has been in Private Equity (PE) since 2000 and is the former Managing Director at JRE Partners, an Asian PE partnership between Rothschild, Jardines and Exor, that he set up and led in Singapore and India. Prior to JRE, Aru was a Director with Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE) and the Merlion India Fund (SCPE’s JV with Temasek) and was earlier with AIG’s PE business. He began his career in 1995 with ICICI Securities (then a JV between ICICI Bank and JP Morgan), as an investment banker.
Aru is an alumnus of BITS, Pilani (1993) and IIM, Ahmedabad (1995) and is a Chevening Gurukul Scholar from LSE (2005). Aru is currently an independent advisor to entrepreneurs and businesses. His interests include social entrepreneurship, start-up mentoring, VC / angel investing and value investing. He serves on the boards of the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM, Ahmedabad and JRE entities in India and Singapore.