IIP’s team is comprised of seasoned investment professionals who have been directly responsible for managing significant pools of capital across a range of asset classes. What makes our team unusual is that our investment managers are also entrepreneurs who have started, managed and grown businesses in multiple emerging markets. We therefore understand the challenges that entrepreneurs go through, but also know what is most important to investors. We know how to make investments successful and how to grow businesses that deliver significant social and environmental change.

Varun Sahni

Founding Partner

Prior to co-founding IIP Varun has been an entrepreneur and fund manager across multiple global markets for over 17 years working across for profit and not for profit organizations such as Acumen, Unilever, CARE and Oxfam in addition to building and successfully exiting his own ventures.

Varun is on a range of global advisory boards and fund investment committees focused on emerging markets and sustainable investing. He has been widely quoted in international media over the years and is a Chevening Scholar from the London School of Economics, a TED India Fellow and an Asia Society Global Young Leader.


Nadia Sood

Founding Partner

Prior to co-founding IIP, Nadia was a fund and corporate investment manager across multiple global markets for over 15 years.
Nadia’s emerging markets investment and operating experience includes structuring and managing large infrastructure investment portfolios and Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) in India, Nepal, Latin America and Africa for a range of private equity and corporate investors.

Nadia has been Executive Vice President, South Asia, and member of the Global Investment Committee Member at SN Power Invest AS, a leading emerging markets renewable energy private equity firm where she helped to grow SN Power from 260 Million to $1.75 Billion in assets under management in a period of 5 years. While there she also was directly responsible for all of the company's investments in South Asia and initiated, negotiated and signed a JV agreement with Tata Power to invest over $8 Billion in renewable energy projects and successfully exited three businesses in Africa and South Asia.

Nadia has also been Director, Health and Wellness at Nestle UK, Global Issues Manger for Nestle SA and she worked in the Office of the Secretary General Kofi Annan at the United Nations in New York.

Nadia sits on a number of boards and investment committees focused on emerging markets and social impact. She is a trustee of the Scars of War Foundation at the University of Oxford, and of the Greenbelt Movement International (founded by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai, a board member of IBL and a member of the Chilton Capital CFC Public Equities Investment Committee.

Nadia holds a BSFS from Georgetown University's the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. She teaches regularly on entrepreneurship, fundraising and impact investing and is a US Department of Education FLAS Scholar.


Shawn Thekkerara


Shawn is a partner at IIP and Co-Manager of IIP’s GEM Impact Long-Only Fund . Prior to joining IIP, Shawn founded Theoria Capital LLC, a personal investment vehicle for both private and publicly traded companies. HeIn this role, he invested in a wide variety of companies, ranging from apparel manufacturing to healthcare technology.

Shawn’s investment career began at Axiom International Investors LLC, a hybrid institutional investment manager with both long only and long short equity funds. He helped build the company from assets under management of approximately $700 million to a peak of $15 billion; Mr. Thekkekara started as a Research Associate and worked his way to Partner, Co-Manager of two existing funds, lead Portfolio Manager of the Axiom Global Opportunity Fund, and Director of Research.

Mr. Thekkekara has a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University.


Andrea McKinnon

Head of Growth Initiatives - Direct Investment

Andrea provides investment readiness assistance to all of IIP’s portfolio companies and is also a member of IIP’s advisory services team where she works on impact assessments and metrics development for IIP’s clients.
Andrea has a background in consulting, strategy and legal experience across sectors including healthcare, technology and natural resources. Prior to joining IIP, Andrea worked for 5 years in private legal practice in Canada where she specialised in cross-border restructuring cases.
Andrea holds LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. She has been a Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since admission to the Ontario bar in 2008.

Tom Bird


Tom has been an entrepreneur and investor in early stage impact firms since 1988. Professional highlights include serving as: Mentor and entrepreneur in residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab, founder and CEO of the Silicon Valley information management firm FARM Inc., trustee of the American University in Bulgaria, director of B Lab, managing director of Sonen Capital, and board chair of the Global Giving Foundation.

Tom currently serves on the boards of On Frontiers (as chairman), Unleesh, and One Summit, plus on two investment committees for the Patient Capital Collaborative.

He holds a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College, an M.B.A from Stanford University, and a Master of Theological Studies degree with an emphasis on ethics from Harvard University.


Kavilash Chawla


A successful entrepreneur, Kavilash previously founded and managed a boutique investment strategy advisory firm, and is currently an also an investment partner in a U.S. based specialty food company. An expert and global leader in the Islamic finance industry, Kavilash regularly authors thought pieces for the industry and global press. Kavilash’s previous experience includes serving as a Senior Consultant/Associate Partner at a leading management consulting firm, and as an equity capital markets specialist in the investment banking industry.

Kavilash holds a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He earned his BA from Drake University with a triple major in economics, history, and political science.