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Ramanan Raghavendran

Managing Partner




I invest in climate and sustainability companies at Amasia, a thesis-driven global venture capital firm I co-founded in 2013. I’ve been a VC investor for more than 30 years. I began my career at General Atlantic, was an early partner at Insight Partners, went on to co-manage TH Lee Putnam Ventures and then co-founded Kubera Partners. I led my first investments in Asia and Europe near the start of my career which shaped my global perspective and informs much of what I do today. I chair the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. I am a member of the board of Goodwill San Francisco Bay. I serve on the Advisory Council of the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University. I have been the seed funder and board member of several NGOs over the years and remain closely associated with Magic Bus, an NGO that works with 500,000 at-risk children in South Asia. I have a B.S.E. in Computer Science and Engineering, a B.S. in Economics, and a Master of Liberal Arts, all from Penn, and I am enrolled in the Master of Liberal Arts program at Stanford.

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13.45 - 14.25

Debate: Diverse Approaches to Competitive Return

Can impact investing generate risk-adjusted market rate return? Hear two perspectives from impact investors with different approaches, using proof points from their own portfolios. You will decide who is more persuasive.

At the nexus of “impact” and “market” return, we explore this classic conundrum by unpacking more nuanced angles around investor intent, time horizon, impact trade-offs, mixing asset classes to achieve portfolio target - plus your spontaneous questions to the debaters.

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