Arun and Kauffman Fellows classmate Antonio Cianci recently co-founded Advanced Materials. The firm produces a revolutionary air-purifying paint, Airlite, which uses titanium dioxide nanotechnology to convert air pollutants into inert compounds. Through the use of light energy, the paint reduces pollutants, eliminates odors, prevents mold, and destroys harmful pathogens. Thanks to its high-reflecting power, it can also reduce cooling costs by 15% to 50%.
Previously, Arun worked for Wellington Partners Venture Capital. As a Venture Advisor, his primary task was to support the firm's resource efficiency portfolio.
Arun has worked for Spanish S.I. Capital, a private equity firm investing in renewable energy assets, where he conducted extensive analysis on cleantech investments. Before that he worked for a startup electric motorcycle company and also served as an advisor to an Australian waste-to-energy company. He has helped organize five clean technology forums across the world, including the first industry-specific seminar in Spain, which brought together startup companies, VCs, and executives for the first time.
Arun started his career as a consultant with Computer Associates on projects in India, the US and various other locations. While there, he managed teams of up to 16 people. After CA, Arun worked for a startup web-based enterprise solution company in India.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Arun holds a MBA from IESE Business School, Barcelona, where he also took the opportunity to study one term at UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles. He holds a BE with a focus on computer science, with Distinction, at the Rashtriya Vidhyalaya College of Engineering, Bangalore.
Arun is a member of Class 16 and served his fellowship under the mentorship of Bart Markus and Christian Reitberger at Wellington Partners in London.