Paul Breloff Managing Director, Venture Labpbreloff@accion.org
Paul Breloff is the founding managing director of the Accion Venture Lab. He has advised CGAP (an independent research center focused on financial inclusion and housed at the World Bank) on policy and technical issues related to branchless banking and has been engaged by Root Capital, Shell Foundation, BRAC, and others on access-to-finance issues in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Previously, Paul worked with SKS Microfinance, India’s largest microfinance institution, leading business development and strategic initiatives and assisting on capital raising. While at SKS, he led new product launches and managed strategic partnerships across mobile/mobile banking, energy, education, water, and rural distribution. He has also practiced corporate law with Mayer Brown, worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., and worked as an advertising account executive for Leo Burnett.
Paul has a bachelor of arts from Amherst College and a law degree from Yale Law School.
Tahira Dosani Director of Portfolio Engagement, Venture Lab
Tahira Dosani is the Director of Portfolio Engagement at Venture Lab, working with the fund’s portfolio companies to extend their impact and profitability. She previously led strategic projects, partnerships and communications at LeapFrog Investments, an emerging markets profit-with-purpose fund focused on insurance and related financial services for emerging consumers. Prior to that, Tahira worked as Director of Strategy at the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. Based in Dubai, she drove strategic initiatives for portfolio companies and led new investments in South and Central Asia and the Middle East. She also worked in Kabul at Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications operator, where she was Head of Corporate Strategy. Tahira began her career as a management consultant with Bain & Company. She has also worked on various education and health initiatives in Pakistan, Tanzania, Kenya, and Egypt.
Tahira holds bachelors of arts in International Relations and Computing and Human Development from Brown University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Vikas RajSenior Investment Officer, Venture Labvraj@accion.org
Vikas Raj is a senior investment officer, leading Venture Lab’s work in India. Prior to joining Accion, Vikas worked in investment banking at Evercore Partners, where he advised on multiple corporate transactions with aggregate value of over $45 billion. Previously, Vikas worked in microfinance, primarily in India, at Ujjivan and Catalyst Microfinance Investors (CMI). At Ujjivan, Vikas co-led the establishment of the firm’s first lending branches in Delhi and helped lead the firm’s Series B financing round. At CMI, Vikas was responsible for establishing and investing in the Fund’s greenfield MFIs in India, Nigeria and the Philippines. Vikas also co-led Columbia Business School’s student-run Microfinance Investment Fund. Vikas started his career at Deloitte Consulting, where he was in the Corporate Strategy group.
Vikas has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia University.
Rishabh KhoslaSenior Investment Analyst, Venture Labrkhosla@accion.org
Rishabh Khosla is a senior investment analyst with Venture Lab, supporting the team’s global deal activity and portfolio engagement from DC. Prior to joining Accion, Rishabh was a management consultant at Bain and Company for three years, where he supported a diverse array of client projects in financial services, industrial goods and services, and healthcare in the US, Europe, and India. In college, Rishabh interned at development-orientated think-tanks, conducted and published extensive field research on rural governance in India, and edited a student-run international affairs publication. Rishabh is originally from India, has lived in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States and speaks English, Hindi, Urdu, and Persian.
Nate Gonzalez Investment Officer, Venture Labngonzalez@accion.org
Nate Gonzalez is an investment officer with Venture Lab, leading the team’s work in East Africa. Prior to joining Accion, he worked at McKinsey & Company for four years, where he spent the majority of his time embedded on client projects and leading research efforts in the areas of payments, consumer financial services, and financial inclusion. At McKinsey, Nate developed an in-depth knowledge of the payments space, including both strategy and operational aspects for both bank and non-bank industry players. Specifically, he focused on the adjacencies between payments and efforts to provide affordable financial services to underserved populations both in the US and developing markets.
Nate received a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.
Alina Kogan Investment Officer, Venture Labakogan@accion.org
Alina Kogan is an investment officer, leading Venture Lab’s work in Latin America. Alina began her career as a social entrepreneur, founding a school in Afghanistan and leading grassroots development projects in Mexico and Brazil. As a strategy consultant at Dalberg, she helped the IFC launch SME Ventures funds in frontier markets and advised the IDB on facilitating investments in renewable energy in Central America. Her recent experience includes managing finance for a clean tech start-up in emerging markets, venture investing at Pershing Square Foundation and Fanisi VC Fund in East Africa, and Latin American investment banking at Citigroup. Alina is fluent in Spanish,Portuguese and Russian.
Alina holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy and international affairs from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.