An engineer by training, Shantanu Bhagwat is a one-time diplomat turned venture investor and advisor to start-ups.
These days he divides his time between UK and India, working with early stage companies and on ideas to improve political systems and governance in India. He also regularly conducts workshops on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Personal Development.
In a career spanning two decades, Mr. Bhagwat has worked across geographies and industries, including several years in Japan and in the UK. Until recently a Partner at venture capital firm in London, Mr. Bhagwat has also worked at Monitor Co. in London. Prior to that, he spent several years as a fast-track career diplomat with the Indian Foreign Service, working in New Delhi and Tokyo.
Over the last few years, he has spent a lot of time thinking about and commenting on globalization, innovation and entrepreneurship across geographies and sectors, with a particular emphasis on India.
He is a personal investor in several start-ups in India, including Myntra – a personalised gift company, Innoviti a cutting-edge start-up in transaction processing and Elements Akademia an innovative national chain of vocational schools. He also sits on the Board of Innoviti and Vindhya e-Infomedia
A graduate in Computer Engineering, Shantanu holds an MBA from London Business School where he was a Chevening Scholar.
He is a Charter Member of TiE - a global non-profit network of entrepreneurs and professionals and a past member of Mensa International. He is also a frequent speaker and panellist at conferences on Venture Capital, Innovation, Asia and India.