Ash Lilani is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Saama Capital, an independent direct equity fund investing in India. Previously, Lilani served as the President of India and China markets for Silicon Valley Bank, where he founded and headed SVB Global, SVB’s global market entry strategy, vision, network and activities including investments and banking. In this role, he set the strategy and oversaw the operation of SVB Financial Group’s international subsidiaries in London, Tel Aviv, Bangalore, Mumbai, Beijing and Shanghai.
Mr. Lilani serves on the Boards of the US-India Business Council and Vittana, is a charter member of TiE, a network for U.S. and Indian entrepreneurs, and was a founding member, Director and Treasurer of the U.S-India Venture Capital Association. He also works with several boards of Saama portfolio companies including Sula Wines, One97 Communications, Genesis Colors, Shaadi.com, Vistaar, Shubham Housing and Snapdeal. Mr. Lilani also mentors young entrepreneurs and CEOs in Silicon Valley and India.
Mr. Lilani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Bangalore University and a M.B.A. from Philadelphia University.