Ankur Kamalia is a Founding Partner at SARSEN, a London-based organisation co-creating a new operating system for personal growth, wellbeing and mental health through their platform, Light.
With over 25 years’ experience in the financial services sector across the US, Europe and Asia, Ankur has an exceptional track record in FinTech investment.
Ankur enjoys investing in and building businesses that operate based on purpose, the people they serve, and benefitting the world. In addition to FinTech, he has been an investor in healthcare and education. He is also passionate about helping further human potential, and in addition to his role at SARSEN, he is associated with the Business Plan for Peace’s Mighty Heart programme.
During his time at Deutsche Börse he oversaw several projects, and led investment teams in venture and growth investing, that brought significant gains to the group. He was Managing Director and Head of Group Venture Portfolio Management, founded their DB1 Ventures platform and also oversaw M&A for the firm. Further leadership roles included the Product Development Lab’s Steering Committee, the Group Datafication Council, and the Group Sustainability Board.
Ankur has led a robust career in investment banking and investing, having held several high-profile roles – spanning over 14 years – at UBS Investment Bank, including Managing Director: Head of Global Strategy, where he led Global Strategy for the Investment Bank after the Global Financial Crisis. He first joined UBS in 1998, serving clients in a variety of corporate finance roles in Asia and the US, before being appointed as Portfolio Manager at Polygon, where he led private investments and convertible bonds for the APAC region.
He was recognised as one of Global Corporate Venturing’s Rising Stars in 2018 and was named on their Global Powerlist 100 in 2019.