Sushma is the Investment Director at Aavishkaar and brings with her over 16 years of diverse experience in the field of early stage investing, small business incubation and consulting across sectors. Sushma has worked to identify, manage and exit large number of companies and has worked closely with several inclusive business entrepreneurs. She also works closely with many of her portfolio companies particularly when it comes to strategy, customer focus and financing. She started off with an entrepreneurial venture in engineering design services and moved on to a role in investments in Real Estate and Hospitality as a part of the acquisition team at Starwood Capital India Advisors. She has extensively evaluated transactions covering debt and equity structures. While at Ashoka- Innovators for the Public, Sushma got to work with social entrepreneurs in the Housing for All initiative. She has worked closely on building collaborative partnerships in market-based solutions for the low-income populations. Sushma has completed a strategic leadership program at the prestigious Harvard Business School, she is an engineering graduate from RVCE, Bangalore and has an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Sushma holds Board-level and Advisory positions in several startups. Sushma loves solving problems and in her free time mentors startups across diverse fields. She recently was recognized by IAAIF as “40 UNDER 40” Alternate investment professional in India.