Vikas Thapar

Founder & Managing Partner, Indus Capital Ltd.

Vikas Thapar is founder and managing partner of Indus Capital Ltd, a private equity firm focused on Asia and the Middle East. Vikas previously held a number of senior positions with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, where his responsibilities included head of IFC's European office based in Paris; head of IFC's Central European office based in Prague, and principal investment officer for Asia and the Middle East. Vikas has extensive experience in emerging markets in direct equity investments, project and infrastructure finance, developing capital markets, setting up and managing private equity funds, for which he sits on the board of directors and investment committees of several financial institutions and funds. He has advised governments, central banks and corporations on privatization, restructurings, setting up capital markets, and banking sector reform. Vikas holds an M.B.A. and a B.Tech. in electrical engineering from McGill University. He undertook advanced management programs at Harvard Business School and John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Vikas is a member of the Board of Directors of Salzburg Global Seminar.