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Utsav Baijal is a partner with Apollo’s India office and its India dedicated fund, AION Capital. Utsav joined Apollo in its New York office in 2008 and has worked actively on private equity, mezzanine and credit investments across the US and Asian markets. In 2012, he helped Apollo establish a joint venture with ICICI Bank and helped raise one of the largest India dedicated funds, AION. Prior to Apollo, Utsav was with the private equity team at Bain Capital in Boston, where he worked extensively on consumer and retail opportunities. Utsav spent five years as a consultant with McKinsey & Company across the New Delhi and Hong Kong offices and was one of the founding members of the firm’s corporate finance practice in India. During his tenure at Mckinsey, he also completed a secondment at the Indian School of Business working for the Dean’s office and assisting in several aspects of institution building. Utsav is on the Board of several companies and is also an advisor to YRGCare, a Chennai based NGO specializing in the treatment of AIDS and to Embrace Cinema, a media platform for creative talent in the country. Utsav graduated summa cum laude from St. Stephen’s College/University of Delhi with a BA in economics. Utsav also completed his MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, where he was an Industry Scholar. In his early years, he also worked as a freelancer and wrote on youth affairs, politics, sports and entertainment for several national publications, including Hindustan Times, Indian Express and Asian Age. Utsav resides in Mumbai with his wife, Mitali Tewari and two young daughters, Myra and Misha. He is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.