Founder, Asha Impact

Vikram Gandhi is the Founder of Asha Impact, an impact investing platform. He is a member of the Faculty of the Harvard Business School where he teaches in both the MBA & Executive Education programs. He is a Senior Advisor to The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board ( Asha Impact (, a platform set up by socially-conscious individuals led by Vikram, leverages their combined capital, networks and expertise to address the critical development challenges facing India and other emerging economies through impact investing, venture philanthropy and policy advocacy. Currently based in India, Asha Impact is focused on providing equity and grant capital to social enterprises as well as engaging with government, business and civil society on key policy issues. Prior to his current activities, Vikram was Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Global Head of the Financial Institutions Business for Credit Suisse, in New York and Hong Kong. He was a member of Credit Suisse's Global Investment Banking Management Committee and the Fixed Income Operating Committee. Prior to his tenure at Credit Suisse, Vikram worked at Morgan Stanley, where he was Co-Head of Global FIG in New York; his prior work at Morgan Stanley included heading the Firm's institutional strategy area, its Global E-commerce Committee, and as Country Head and President of Morgan Stanley India. During his 23 year career in investment banking, Vikram has focused on advising Board of Directors and CEO's around the globe on strategic direction and the implementation of major mergers, acquisitions, and capital raising initiatives.