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Managing Director of Arivali Partners


Mahesh chairs the Investment Committee at Gray Matters Capital. He is the Managing Director of Arivali Partners where he provides advisory and investment services to for-profit social enterprises - companies that can create scalable ($1B+) & sustainable impact on the environment or the lives of the poor (1M+).

Mahesh works closely with entrepreneurs to help their organizations grow and scale. Some of the areas he has been involved with include: financial inclusion, micro-finance and livelihood promotion, nano nutrients for agriculture, water treatment, agricultural cooperatives, storage for solar, bio-fuel plantations in arid lands, on-demand hydrogen, digital health services, and affordable housing. He is on the Boards/Investment Committees of venture/debt funds and accelerators focused on social enterprises.

Mahesh was a General Partner at a $260M early stage venture capital fund based out of the Silicon Valley where he invested and successfully nurtured the growth and successful exit of several companies. He also worked at McKinsey where he led a number of high-impact initiatives at the CXO level. Prior to McKinsey, Mahesh worked at Schlumberger where he led large software development efforts and commercialization of new technologies.

Mahesh has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS from Purdue University and BS from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.

Fun Fact
Mahesh enjoys running, music and meditation. He is a Faculty at the Art of Living Foundation