Vikas Raj is Managing Director at Accion Venture Lab, leading the group’s work on investments, in addition to managing portfolio relationships and driving the strategy and growth of Accion Venture Lab. Prior to joining Accion, Vikas was an M&A investment banker at Evercore Partners, where he advised on multiple corporate transactions with aggregate value of over $45 billion across the technology, real estate, consumer products and industrials sectors. 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.