Vineet Rai

Founder, Aavishkaar Group and Managing Partner,
Aavishkaar Capital


Vineet Rai is the Founder of the Aavishkaar Group and Managing Partner of Aavishkaar Capital. Vineet believes in building impact ecosystems to deliver real impact as enshrined in the vision of the Aavishkaar Group and believes that Investing for Impact has the potential to change the world of finance irreversibly

Vineet joined the Private Equity Delegation to meet the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in 2021.  He was earlier invited invited by the Prime Minister  for consultations on doubling the income of the farmers in September 2017. He also called on the Finance Minister in 2021 to discuss the Impact focussed work of Aavishkaar Group. Vineet has received numerous awards including the Indian Leader Championing Financial Inclusion at the prestigious 13th Inclusive Finance India Awards 2021,  the Impact Investor of the Year by News Corp for 2016, Porter Prize for Strategic Leadership in Social Space, 2016, CNBC TV 18 Award for being the Catalyst Fund for India 2016, G 20 –SME Innovation in Finance Award 2010 in Seoul South Korea, UNDP-IBLF –ICC World Business Award in 2005 and Lemelson Award for Social Venture Investing. He is an Ashoka Fellow and Honorary Member of XLRI Alumni Association. Vineet featured on the cover of Forbes India, January 2018 issue. Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever endorsed the Aavishkaar Group for its efforts in furthering inclusive development

Vineet was member of the SEBI Working Group for the Social Stock Exchange in India. He serves as the Commissioner at the Business Commission for Sustainable Development, as Senior Advisor to the Blended Finance Working Group at OECD and as an Advisor to United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Science Technology and Innovation Advisory Board.