Varun was born in Kerala, India and spent a significant part of his childhood in Botswana, which gave him a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges of developmental economics and conducting business in the emerging markets. He is currently based in London and is a Director at an impact focused merchant bank operating in the frontier markets of Eastern and Southern Africa. Prior to this, he worked for over 13 years within investment banking and business assurance, mostly advising on transactions within the power and infrastructure sectors globally. His core skills are in business strategy, deal origination, commercial and financial structuring, capital raising, financial modelling and commercial negotiations. He has a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge and is a Chartered Accountant.