Nainesh Jaisingh

Nainesh Jaisingh is a Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Affirma Capital. He is based in Singapore and also directly manages the Private Equity business in South East Asia.

Prior to leading the MBO of Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE) to form Affirma Capital, Nainesh was a founding member of the business within Standard Chartered Bank in 2002, and most recently the Global Head of the Principal Finance business of the Bank.

With SCPE, Nainesh has a 17-year track record of successful investments and exits. Based in Mumbai from 2006 to 2013, he was responsible for building SCPE into one of the most active and successful private equity investors in India, with a strong and seasoned team. Nainesh was also responsible for overseeing the build out of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and Southeast Asia businesses of SCPE. He has partnered with a wide range of entrepreneurs and management teams to build leading businesses and serves on the Board of Directors of several companies.

In 2003, he was instrumental in launching the Merlion India Fund, a joint venture between SCPE and Temasek, the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Singapore - which returned 3.7x to its sponsors. In 2001, he co-founded FinVentures, a proprietary Venture Capital Fund sponsored by SCB and headquartered in Singapore. His early career was with ANZ Investment Bank and ANZ Grindlays.

Nainesh is an Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), BHU, and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.

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