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Akshay ChandrasekharInvestment Director

Akshay joined Elevar in 2017 is a member of the India investing team.

Akshay joined Elevar with seven years of work experience. A large part of his experience is in the development, planning and execution of key cross-functional projects spanning sales, marketing, core operations, supply chain logistics, finance and human resources. These projects were focused on the improvement of the financial and operating performance of businesses in diverse industries and situations. Prior to Elevar, he worked with Amazon where he built the logistics backend for a new B2B venture. Previously, he was at the turnaround and performance improvement practice of Alvarez & Marsal, a global restructuring firm, where he worked with underperforming companies on cross-functional projects to achieve critical business objectives of all key stakeholders (promoters, investors, lenders and employees). Akshay started his career with Nomura in their fixed income derivatives business, serving institutional clients in the Asia region.

Akshay has a production engineering degree (globally known as industrial engineering) from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports, amateur photography and playing soccer, badminton and volleyball.

What kind of experiences did you have before Elevar?

Before Elevar, my experiences ranged from structures financial derivatives to working with distressed companies on restructuring assignments. I also worked with high-growth business across strategy, operations and finance. 

What are the most and least favourite parts of your job?

My favourite part of the job has to be planting the seed of an idea, and then watching an entrepreneurial team build on it way better than I could have imagined. The least favorite part is when the pesky little details running a business get in the way of something much bigger.

How would you describe what you do at Elevar?

Think of my role as a flight engineer. I make sure all systems are ‘go’, flag issues and keep feeding the pilots useful information at critical junctures. But if the situation demands it, also serve coffee and snacks.

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