BANESH PRABHU

PARTNER

Banesh Prabhu is the ex-global COO of Citigroup International Consumer Bank. He has held senior roles in Operations, Distribution and Technology for 23 years at Citigroup, American Express and SiamCommercialBank. He has launched Banking and Financial Services in many countries. He has decades of experience as an entrepreneur and aninvestor in building and exiting technology focused businesses. Banesh is on the investment committee of AU Capital Fund 1.

He has extensive experience in developing strategy and implementing Digitization & Fintech initiativesacross Europe/ Asia. He founded many Technology and Shared Service centres / BPO. Many have been sold at significant multiples. Notable investments/managed Businesses and exits are:

  • Iflex: Took a strong position in the company as a founder with the bank and exited.
  • AurionPro: Chairman and founder investor -took the company to 5 continents and sold the business
  • Eserve, Nucleus, Intellect: Founder member taking the company from seed to multi-million valuation.
  • Global Linker: Investor and Founder -Launched in 5 countries.

DEEPAK AHUJA

PARTNER

Deepak Ahuja is an ex-banker who has several years experience in executing and managing venture capital and realestate investments. He sits on the investment committee of AU Capital Fund 1, and is on the board of several Fintech firms. Deepak was a mentor to proptech and ride share startups and helped them to exits.

Deepak has held senior management roles in High Net Worth Banking and Consumer roles at Barclays, Citi and his last assignment was Head SBI-UK.

Has been a Trustee on the Amicus Horizon Fresh Visions Charity (Part of the G15 Housing Associations).

  • TrustPool: Mentored and advised the ride sharing app that exited at a multiple of 4X.
  • Myrequest: Proptechapp whose license was sold to a Global big 4 Real Estate Company.
  • AU Capital Partners': Investment Council Member, a venture fund focussed on IOT, Smart Cities, Fintech.
  • Global Linker: Investor and Founder -Launched in 5 countries.

ARUN KRISHNAKUMAR

PARTNER

Arun Krishnakumar is a Venture capital investor, speaker and writer in Fintech, Blockchain/Crypto and AI with 15 years experience in FS, Data and Technology. Arun was a Founding Partner at AU Capital, a VC fund he founded in 2015. Arun has made several Fintech, Smart Cities and energy investments, and has had successful exits/up valuations with his investments.

Arun has had corporate roles in Barclays, HSBC and PWC as Fintech deal advisor. He is the third most read blogger (@DailyFintech) in the world focusing on consumer Fintech, emerging markets and sustainability. Arun brings in a wealth of experience with block chain being his forte.

He has numerous investments and exits to his credit. He is a mentor at Startupbootcamp and is on the panel of judges at Entrepreneurial programmes at Said Business School (University of Oxford)

  • Divido: Investor, got an exit at 7x under 3 years.
  • Cornerstone: Investor, cornerstone eventually became UK’s number 1 Subscription model for men’s grooming.
  • Funding Xchange: Investor and Advisor.