Samrat is a Managing Partner with Velos Partners, a consumer growth capital investment firm with offices in Los Angeles, London and Singapore. Samrat is based in Singapore and is the head the Asia Pacific region for the firm.
Previously, Samrat was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner for SREI Venture Capital Limited, the fund management arm of SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited, a publicly-listed infrastructure finance company operating in India for over 20 years. Before that, Samrat was a Managing Partner with Capital Square Partners (CSP), a private equity firm focused on growth capital and middle-market buyouts in Asia, with specific emphasis on South Asia and South East Asia. CSP looks at investments in various sectors including: technology; financial services; retail; industrials; supply chain & logistics; energy & natural resources; alternate energy; and healthcare.
Earlier in his career, Samrat was the Head of Asia Private Equity for Global Principal Strategies, a proprietary multi-strategy investment arm of Lehman Brothers, and served as a Principal at Global Environment Fund (GEF), a private equity firm dedicated to emerging markets, clean technology, healthcare and sustainable forestry. He had earlier tenures at the law firm of Latham & Watkins, where he handled US, European, Asian and cross-border private equity transactions; and at the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the UN Security Council. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, serving in the capacity of a senior ministry officer with the Swaziland Environment Authority.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Samrat holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School in the United Kingdom, and received a JD as a James Kent Scholar from the Columbia University School of Law. Samrat was awarded a BS with a dual major in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Economics, with Distinction, from Yale University.
As a member of Class 11, Samrat served the first year of his fellowship under mentor H. Jeffrey Leonard at Global Environment Fund (GEF) in Washington, DC, and his second year in Singapore under Rick Rieder at Lehman Brothers.