Chairman & Managing Director,
TVS Capital Funds
A scion of the TVS family from the third generation, his entrepreneurial career spans well over three decades in which he has founded, steered and scaled up over 10 new ventures across diverse business verticals.
Passionate about fostering startups and mentoring young entrepreneurs and is an avid angel investor. He is a founding member of The Chennai Angels as well as TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Chennai, two of the premier angel investing networks in India.
Gopal takes a keen interest in public policy matters of the VC/PE Industry, being actively involved with the regulators for the financial markets by dint of his engagements with SEBI, the Indian Venture Capital Association (IVCA)& Confederation of Indian Industry (CII); He was also the Member of the Venture Capital Investment Committee for SIDBI’s Fund of Funds for Start-ups (FFS) programme in ’18-’19.
He is also actively involved in knowledge initiatives through his involvement in academic institution. He is a member of University of Michigan’s India Advisory Board, a member of the Governing Council at Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) and a former board member of Great Lakes Institute of Management and IFMR.
Gopal is also the Chairman of Chennai International Centre, a think-tank that brings together a cornucopia of thought leaders from the spheres of business, the economy, policymaking, science, art, culture and entrepreneurship.
Gopal has been recently appointed as the Honorary Consul General for the Kingdom of Netherlands in Tamil Nadu.
• Founder, Chairman and Managing Director, TVS Capital Funds Ltd
• Founder & Chairman of TVS ElectronicsLtd
• Director on the Board of TVS & Sons, the holding company of TVS Group & other companies in and outside the TVSGroup
Board Positions: Private Equity / Venture Capital
• Member, Venture Capital Investment Committee for SIDBI’s Fund of Funds for Start-ups (FFS)programme
• Former Chairman of IVCA (Indian Private Equity & Venture CapitalAssociation): 2016-2018
• Member, Alternative Investment Policy Advisory Committee (AIPAC) of SEBI since March 2015
• FormerChairman,Confederation of IndianIndustry’s(CII)NationalCommittee for PrivateEquity&VentureCapital
• (2009-2011) and Former Chairman of CII Tamil Nadu State Council (2007-2008)
Board positions: Incubation / Angel
• Founding member of The Chennai Angels
• Founding member of TiE (The IndusEntrepreneurs), Chennai
• Chairman, Forge CIBI (a Technology Accelerator & Incubator) hosted at the Kumaraguru College of Technology
Board Positions: Academics
• Member, RossSchool of Business Advisory Board at the University of Michigan, USA
• Chairman of University of Michigan’s India Advisory Board
• Governing Council Member of Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA)
• Former Board Member, Great Lakes Institute of Management andIFMR
B. Com, Loyola College, Chennai& MBA from the Graduate School of Bus.Admn. University of Michigan, USA