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Shobha VenkataramanPartner

Shobha is Partner at Elevar and leads the firm’s finance (funds, corporate and strategic) and fund administration, mid and back office operations, compliance and reporting, working closely with the firm’s external audit, tax and legal advisors. She also provides critical support on the firm’s organizational development and key systems / processes.

Shobha has over 15 years of experience in private equity fund administration. She began her career at Toucan Capital, a Washington-DC based venture capital fund. At Toucan, she gained experience in fund accounting and compliance management of Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC) licensed under the US-SBA run investment program. Thereafter, she moved to PEF Services, a New York City based provider of outsourced fund administration services. At PEF she worked extensively with over 50 PE and VC funds (of different sizes, structures and investment strategies) to meet their financial reporting, fund administration and compliance requirements. Prior to joining Elevar, Shobha spent over five years at Treeline Business Solutions, an India-based KPO, managing their private equity services vertical.

Shobha graduated from Drexel University with an MBA and has a Masters in Commerce from the University of Madras. She spends her free time playing Nerf wars and board games with her two sons, and exploring the world with her family every chance she gets.

What kind of experience did you have before Elevar? 

I started my career with a venture fund in the Washington DC area, managing their finance and fund reporting function, then moved on to join an emerging fund administrator in New York, whose focus was on funds registered under the SBIC program run by the US-SBA. Then I worked with a KPO in Chennai, managing their PE business vertical. I have almost always worked with small teams (~15 people) in fund administration roles.

Something that an entrepreneur said that stayed with you.

To observe “market talk to action” ratio – it tends to be very low (Advice is freely available; but commitment to a course of action is rare)

Things you will be caught doing outside of work.

I try to travel with my family every chance I get. Besides that, you’ll catch me watching movies, playing board games, cards or bowling with them. I volunteer with an organization that digitizes books for blind university students and work on that on weekends. Learning about ayurveda and nature-based well being is an ongoing personal journey.