Tahira is a seasoned investor and operator in the fintech space. She has invested in over 75 early-stage fintech startups, including four unicorns, and enjoys working closely with founders to accelerate their growth. She has a commitment to driving measurable impact through her work and views impact as a returns multiplier.
Prior to co-founding ResilienceVC, Tahira was a Managing Director at Accion Venture Lab, a seed-stage venture capital impact fund focused on inclusive fintech. Before that, Tahira was a Director at LeapFrog Investments, a private equity impact fund focused on financial services, and was a Director at the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development where she drove strategic initiatives for portfolio companies and led new investments in technology and financial services in Asia and Africa. Tahira also worked at Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecommunication operator, where she was Head of Corporate Strategy and helped launch the country’s first mobile payments platform. Tahira began her career as a Management Consultant with Bain & Company in Boston.
Tahira holds an MBA from INSEAD and BAs in International Relations, Computer Science, and Education from Brown University. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University, teaching courses on Venture Capital and Impact Investing. She is an advisor to Village Capital, a mentor for TechStars, and on the Investor Advisory Board of The Fourth Floor.
Tahira lives in Washington DC; she is a voracious reader, practices martial arts and teaches self-defense, and loves to explore the city and beyond.
Vikas has spent his career operating and investing in startup led innovation in financial services. He has invested in over 70 fintech startups, helping them raise over $1 billion and creating over $3 billion in value, with a singular focus on inclusive solutions for highly underserved consumers and small businesses.
Prior to co-founding ResilienceVC, Vikas was a Managing Director at Accion Venture Lab, where he led the fund’s investment work globally and was a Board member of Self Inc, Konfio, SMECorner, StreetShares, and Tienda Pago (among others). Previously, 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 financial services, technology, real estate and consumer products sectors. He also helped build two pioneers in the microfinance space, as an early employee at Ujjivan and ASA International, both of which are now publicly traded companies.
Vikas has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Johns Hopkins (SAIS), where he teaches courses on startup investing and inclusion. He is also the Chair of the Investment Committee of The Catalyst Fund, a climate fintech fund focused on Africa, and is a fintech contributor for Forbes.
Vikas lives in Washington DC with his wife and two sons, who he regularly regales with his middling tennis and guitar skills.
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