Lata Krishnan

Lata Krishnan is a technology entrepreneur, a startup investor & an engaged philanthropist who has extensive experience both in finance and business management, as well as in helping both young companies and non for profits scale innovative ideas to deliver impact. The early part of her career was spent at Arthur Andersen, in the UK and Montgomery Securities, in San Francisco where she developed her finance skills. She later applied these skills at a company she co-founded, Smart Modular Technologies (Nasdaq: SGH), and lead as Chief Financial Officer through a public offering. Today she is a member of public and private boards, the largest of which is Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group (Nasdaq:SIVB) where she serves on the Finance and Audit committee. As a private investor in the family office she helped start (Shah Capital Partners), she takes an active role in identifying and investing in high-growth opportunities and inspiring founders from the technology, energy, real estate, and social impact worlds. As a very active philanthropist, Lata is the Founder, former President, and current Co-Chair of the American India Foundation, as well as a board member of The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. Her areas of focus include education, at-risk children and families, cancer research and economic empowerment of women. Lata is also a Senior Advisory Board Member of the London School of Economics, South Asia Centre. Lata received a bachelor of science degree with honors from the London School of Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.