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Shirish Saraf

Founder & Vice Chairman

Samena Capital

London, UK

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Shirish Saraf’s Biography

Shirish Saraf is the Founder & Vice Chairman of Samena Capital and Chairman of the Investment Committee. Samena's investments include bloom Hotels, Virtus Medical Holding, Softlogic in Sri Lanka, Dynamatic Technologies and Tejas Network in Bangalore and Ugro Capital in Mumbai. He grew up in Oman and was educated in England. He spends his working life in Dubai, Hong Kong & India, but calls London home.

In 2014 Shirish led Samena’s landmark acquisition of a substantial stake in RAK Ceramics, the world's largest ceramic tile manufacturer with bases in India, Bangladesh, UAE & China and revenues in excess of $1 billion. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee until 2021.

Asian Investor listed Shirish Saraf as one of Asia’s 25 most influential people in Private Equity in 2013, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences, including the World Economic Forum. He co-founded Abraaj Capital, which grew to become one of the largest private equity firms in emerging markets, managing in excess of US$6 billion. Shirish is a keen sportsman and regularly plays cricket, tennis and golf. He also has a keen interest in literature and is currently writing a novel in verse.

An active philanthropist, Shirish set up the Samena Foundation with the aim of facilitating global charitable and benevolent causes for underprivileged children. Samena is currently supporting the Phaya Taung Monastery in Myanmar which houses 1000 orphans. Shirish was a Board Director at the Little Dreams Foundation, set up by Orianne & Phil Collins. He founded the Shirish Saraf Scholarship at his alma mater, Charterhouse, offering a full scholarship for all-round excellence to underprivileged children to enable them to attend the prestigious Surrey school.

Shirish Saraf’s Background

Samena Capital
Founder & Vice Chairman
May 2008 - Present
London, UK
Samena Capital is an investment group focusing on the SAMENA region which comprises the Subcontinent, Asia, Middle East and North Africa. Samena currently manages total capital commitments of US$1 billion and has made in excess of 60 investments, across two primary investment strategies, private equity and credit.
Samena Special Situations Fund
Chairman Investment Committee
2017 - Present
London, UK
Launched in 2017 Samena Special Situations Fund III LP has a target fund size of US$600 million. Investments include Softlogic, in Sri Lanka, Virtus, a healthcare platform serving Hong Kong, Macau and Southern China and tourism, Bloom hotel group in India and hospitality group, SM Asset, in Myanmar.
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Board Positions

Virtus Medical Holdings
Board Member
Mar 2018 - Present
Hong Kong, HK
Virtus Medical Holdings, is a private medical provider built on a unique doctor partnership model. The company is the result of a merger of medical practices from 40 doctors, coupled with the financial backing of about US$83m from Samena Capital and Cenova Capital, as well as a group of specialist doctors and management engaged in the company.
bloom Hotel Group
Board Member
Jan 1990 - Present
Delhi, IN
With hotels in New Delhi, Goa, Rishikesh, Gurgaon and Bangalore, bloom hotels offers affordable micro-rooms for travellers wanting good value, simple, clean and comfortable accommodation.
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Samena Foundation
2016 - Present
London, UK
The Samena Foundation is an initiative set up to focus on identifying Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives which are sustainable, tenable and ecological.
Charterhouse School
Shirish Saraf Scholarship
2015 - Present
Godalming, UK
The Shirish Saraf Scholarship offers the chance for a boy or girl from India to join Charterhouse School. This includes a boarding place, supported by a means-tested bursary, of up to 100% of the school fees and extra provision to cover other expenses, including travel to and from India.
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Ugro Capital
Mumbai, IN
UGRO Capital Limited (formerly Chokhani Securities Limited), was formed in 1993, is a BSE listed, Non–Banking Financial Company that aims to be a SME and MSME focused financial platform, serving select sub-sectors in the the market.

Shirish Saraf’s Education

London School of Economics
BSc Economics and International Trade & Development