Shivani Bhasin Sachdeva ’96

A first-generation entrepreneur, Shivani Bhasin Sachdeva is the founder, managing director and CEO of India Alternatives. India Alternatives specializes in generating superior returns for its investors by leveraging certain underlying themes, such as women becoming more empowered as consumers, millennials driving a paradigm shift in consumption, technology reinventing financial services, and an increased focus on health and wellness.

India Alternatives has made marquee investments, including TransUnion CIBIL, a dominant credit information bureau; Gokaldas Intimatewear (“Enamor”), a market leader in the women’s premium lingerie space; and Seclore Technology, a rapidly growing cyber security company.

Prior to founding India Alternatives, Shivani Bhasin Sachdeva was a key member of senior management at IDFC Private Equity, where she was responsible for deal-sourcing, and the execution and monitoring of companies across various sectors, including domestic consumption, healthcare and hospitality. Some of her marquee investments at IDFC Private Equity include HeathCare Global Enterprises, a company focused on providing the best-in-class oncology care on a pan-India basis and Vodafone Essar, a leading telecommunications company.

Shivani Bhasin Sachdeva previously worked with Lightyear Capital, a private equity fund based in New York City, where she made lifecycle investments across sectors that included education and financial services. Prior to that, she had successful stints in the United States at the private equity arm of General Electric and the investment banking division of Credit Suisse First Boston.

She has been an active member on the boards of all her portfolio companies, where she has been instrumental in guiding management teams and shaping strategy. She has been on the board of HealthCare Global and currently sits on the boards of Gokaldas Intimatewear, and Seclore Technology. She is also an independent director on Emaar India, one of the largest real estate developers in India, with assets in the country of over $3.5 billion, 6,000 acres of land, 50 active projects and 14,000 people.

Shivani Bhasin Sachdeva is a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences on private equity, including the Indian Venture Capital Association, AVCJ and SuperReturn in Europe. She received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in economics from Mount Holyoke College, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude and a Sarah Williston Scholar.