Rakesh Apte is an Investment Director at GIF, with a decade of experience in private sector finance and impact investing. Most recently, Rakesh helped manage the investing activities of the early-stage fund at Eleos, a pioneering impact investing firm. Prior to Eleos, Rakesh worked with H2O Venture Partners on East Africa focused business incubation. He also spent several years in the technology industry at Microsoft, working across multiple functions in corporate strategy, finance, and M&A. During part of his time at Microsoft, Rakesh was based in Turkey with the Middle East & Africa team focused on technology adoption throughout the region. Rakesh started his career on Wall Street working in quantitative finance at The D. E. Shaw Group. Rakesh holds an MBA from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and graduated with honors from The University of Texas – Austin with a BBA in Finance and a BA in Economics.