Our Team

CaHa CAPITAL is headed by two co-founders and partners – Sachindra ‘Sachin’ Rudra and Shruthi Cauvery Iyer – who, together, have three decades of investment and operating experience across multiple sectors and geographies.

 

Sachindra ‘Sachin’ Rudra,

Founder and Partner, Based in Bangalore, India

Sachindra ‘Sachin’ Rudra is a seasoned investor and has substantial experience in running and scaling organizations. Sachin is an angel investor in his personal capacity, serves on the Investment Committees of 3 venture funds and works actively with several early stage enterprises looking to scale. He has wide sectoral experience with a focus on Consumer Products, Healthcare, Renewable Energy and Skilling/Education.

Before founding CaHa Capital, Sachin worked for Acumen – an impact-focused venture capital fund – in New York and Mumbai. Prior to joining Acumen, Sachin was an investor with Navis Capital, consulted with McKinsey & Co., and led operations and strategy at Piramal Healthcare. He started his career with Hindustan Unilever Ltd.

Sachin has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Before that, he studied Economics at the London School of Economics, Cambridge University and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Sachin enjoys understanding art and is an avid collector of paintings and sculpture. He has a personal interest in handloom crafts of India seeded by making trips for buying sarees with his mother in different regions and towns of India. When not at work he enjoys travelling to lesser known destinations.

 

Shruthi Cauvery Iyer,

Founder and Partner, Based in Bangalore, India

Shruthi is a seasoned investor and entrepreneur with a proven ability to transform ideas into successful ventures across multiple sectors and geographies. Shruthi is an active angel investor who is currently overseeing the expansion strategy of two early stage companies. She manages Wharton Alumni Angels, South Asia and HBS Alumni Angels, India.  

Before founding CaHa Capital, Shruthi worked with an Israel based healthcare venture capital fund, Agate Medical Investment LP, setting up their India presence. Prior to this, Shruthi ran a skincare ecommerce start-up for three years in Boston. Since moving to Bangalore, Shruthi has been a consultant and advisor to start-ups mostly in the health, wellness and fin-tech sectors. Her Previous experiences include running a commodities trading firm in Indonesia and Hong Kong, working for the IFC (World Bank) in their financial markets team and for PT. Perintius, an SME focused fund run by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce.  

Shruthi has a Bachelors in Engineering from Visveswaraya Technological University, Karnataka where she graduated top of her class. Shruthi has an MBA from Wharton (Finance Major) on a Forté Fellowship and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School on a John F. Kennedy Fellowship. 

Shruthi is an avid reader interested in philosophy and behavioural science and is also a budding column writer. Shruthi loves leading a healthy lifestyle and cooking traditional meals for her friends and family.

Nikitha Raju,

Associate, Based in Bangalore, India

Nikitha is an associate at CaHa Capital. She has a keen interest in the development sector, ranging from education and gender to environmental issues. Having lived and learned across geographies -India, USA and Australia, she has a deep appreciation for a multicultural and diverse environment.

Before joining CaHa Capital, Nikitha worked as an intern at Ascent Capital, a mid-market private equity firm, where she assisted in deal sourcing, sector research and in investor communications. Prior to this, Nikitha worked as a market research analyst at Manthan Software Services Pvt Ltd. Prior to this, Nikitha worked as an intern with 40K PLUS, an Australian social enterprise making quality learning accessible to children in low-resource environments.


Nikitha has a Masters Degree in International Relations with a Minor in International Law from The University of Sydney. Before that, she studied Economics at Scripps College, Claremont, California.

Nikitha is an avid scuba diver and loves traveling to tropical places around the world where she can explore the oceans. She also enjoys wildlife and getting involved in conservation initiatives.

Agasthya,

Associate, Based in Chennai, India

Agasthya is an associate at CaHa Capital.  Having experienced the transformative power of education on family and community, he strongly believes in education, representation & inclusion as tools to improve lives of those in the margins.

Before joining CaHa Capital, Agasthya worked as an associate at MCA management consultants, the consulting wing of a mid-market audit firm. There, he worked on mid-market corporate transactions and helped start-ups raise funds from investors. Prior to this, he worked as a software developer at a tech start-up building apps for clients. Agasthya also briefly interned at a distressed fund & an impact investment bank.

Agasthya has a Bachelors in Technology from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka (NITK) and has also completed all levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst examinations.

Agasthya enjoys the thrill of competition and keeps a tab on sports & e-sports events across the world. Despite growing up in cities, he fondly yearns for a rustic life by the forest.

Nikita Makhija,

Associate, India

Nikita is an associate at CaHa Capital, who is inspired by the power of entrepreneurship and technology to create growth that is truly inclusive of everyone on the planet, including the planet itself.

Prior to joining CaHa Capital, Nikita worked as an Equity Research Associate at HSBC, building financial models and writing investment reports for oil and chemical companies across various geographies like the US, Europe and the Middle East. She also worked on writing thematic reports on ESG issues during her time there. Before that, she had also interned at the TISS Incubation Centre in Mumbai, working with the NGO, Society for Children (SOCH) on conducting market research for potential employment opportunities for the youth being trained by the organisation. 

Nikita has an MBA and a BA in Management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore as a part of the 5-year Integrated Programme in Management. 

Nikita enjoys singing and listening to various different genres of music while finding joy in exploring busy city squares and isolated mountain tops alike. She is also a Bollywood movie enthusiast

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