It is imperative that we leverage the power of markets to scale and provide access to life changing services to millions

Sandeep Farias

Sandeep Farias co-founded Elevar Equity in 2008 and is responsible for Elevar’s strategic focus, organization development and entrepreneur selection across markets and helping companies in India and Latin America through their inflection points. He believes that “The lack of access to basic services for underserved communities is an issue of discrimination that must be challenged. If a service can be provided by a business at an affordable cost, it is imperative that we leverage the power of markets to scale and provide access to life changing services to millions of individuals.”

Sandeep has over 20 years of experience in diverse areas such as emerging markets investing, microfinance and other financial services, governance, organizational design and corporate law. He has consistently been passionate about working with early stage companies that foster economic development. Sandeep has led Series A investments in what are now some of India’s best known ‘low income community’ focused companies. These companies include Ujjivan (a highly respected small finance bank), Vistaar (a leading micro and small enterprise lender), Shubham (a community focused housing finance company), Madura (one of the most efficient microfinance institutions), Indifi (an innovative technology integrated lending marketplace for SMEs) and LEAD School (a ‘school-in-a-box’ solution designed for students in underserved communities). He currently sits on the board of Madura, Vistaar, Shubham, Indifi, LEAD, Bankingly and The Better India. Prior to Elevar, between 2004 and 2008, he founded and ran the Indian operations of Unitus, a microfinance accelerator where he partnered with, and supported, what are now some of India’s leading microfinance institutions/banks.

Sandeep started his career in 1996 after completing an integrated law and arts degree from the National Law School of India University. Over the next eight years, he worked at two leading corporate law firms, Amarchand and Nishith Desai Associates (NDA), where he worked with clients such as Google, Amazon, Singapore Telecom and Temasek and founded NDA’s development sector practice. He established NDA’s offices in Palo Alto and Bangalore and helped the firm win the Asian Law Firm of the Year (Pro Bono) Award from the International Financial Law Review for his work with the American India Foundation after the Gujarat earthquake in 2000. Sandeep is passionate about time with family, design, politics, cycling and good conversations.