Raj Chinai is a Managing Director at LCR Capital Partners. Based in Dubai, he is spearheading the firm’s expansion into key strategic markets, including the Middle East, India, Africa and Southeast Asia. He previously served on the firm’s Advisory Board.
From 2014 to 2017, Raj was the Managing Director at Sobha Group in Dubai, one of the most admired real estate development companies in the Middle East and India. He worked in close collaboration with the company’s Founder & Chairman to execute the company’s strategic growth plans in the Gulf region and globally.
Previously, from 2007 to 2014, Raj was a venture capitalist in India, initially as a Principal and founding team member of SVB India Capital Partners and subsequently with Kalaari Capital. He has invested in and advised some of the country’s most innovative and high-growth start-ups, including TutorVista, Shaadi.com and Snapdeal. He began his career in Silicon Valley, where he led business development deals at Yahoo.
Raj is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Harvard Business School Angels’ India Chapter, which was launched in 2011 in Bangalore, India. HBS Angels is now the largest university-affiliated angel group in the world. He is also the former President of both, the Penn & Wharton Alumni Club of Bangalore (2013-15) and the Kellogg Alumni Club of India (2011-14). For over 20 years, as part of the Penn Alumni Interview Program, he has served as a university ambassador.
Raj holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, MPA from Harvard and BA from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors. He is a Founding Board Member of the YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) Dubai Downtown Chapter.