Darius Pandole has been a partner at New Silk Route Advisors Pvt. Ltd. since February 2007. New Silk Route is an investment management firm that focusses on private equity opportunities in the Indian sub-continent.
At the start of his career, Mr. Pandole worked with Procter and Gamble and Kraft General Foods in the US. He returned to India in 1993 and managed the operations of his family owned soft drinks business, Duke and Sons Limited, which was a market leader in Western India.
Mr. Pandole is one of the early entrants in the private equity industry in India and has over 20 years of equity investing experience. In 1997, he joined the investment team at the IndOcean Fund, amongst the first private equity funds to be established in India. In February 1999, he co-founded and served as Managing Director of IndAsia Fund Advisors Pvt. Ltd., the Indian advisor to the AMP-IndAsia India Fund – a private equity fund established in partnership with AMP of Australia.
Mr. Pandole joined IDFC PE Ltd. in February 2003, and was the Executive Director, and later Chief Operating Officer of this asset management company that managed the India Development Fund, an infrastructure focused private equity fund. The India Development Fund was the largest domestic private equity fund in India at that time and Mr. Pandole was part of the start-up team responsible for raising and managing this fund. During Mr. Pandole’s tenure, the India Development Fund invested in a variety of successful companies in various infrastructure sectors.
Mr. Pandole was the Indian junior national squash champion and represented India at international tournaments. He has a BA (Economics) from Harvard (1988) and an MBA from the University of Chicago (1992).