Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Region: China, India
Lilani has been a champion of global business and entrepreneurship throughout his career. He is managing partner and co-founder of Saama Capital, formerly known as SVB India Capital Partners. Saama Capital is an independent direct equity fund investing in India. Previously, Lilani served as the president of India and China markets for Silicon Valley Bank and he founded and headed SVB Global, developing and managing SVB’s global market strategy, network and activities, including investments and banking. In this role, he set the strategy and oversaw the development and operation of SVB Financial Group’s international subsidiaries in London, Tel Aviv, Bangalore, Mumbai, Beijing and Shanghai.
Prior to taking on SVB’s globalization efforts, Lilani served as senior vice president and division manager of Silicon Valley Bank’s largest market and was based in Silicon Valley, where he was responsible for commercial banking activity and leadership of the team closely working with the Valley's leading venture capital and technology companies in the area.
Lilani is an independent board member of SVB India Finance Pvt. Ltd., which is Silicon Valley Bank's India financial services subsidiary that lends to venture capital backed companies in the country. He also represents Saama Capital on the boards of several companies including Sula Wines, Genesis Colors, One97, Vistaar, Shubham, Shaadi.com, Games2Win and Modern Family Doctor.
In addition, he is also involved with various non-profit groups including being on the board of Vittana, an organization focused on providing educational loans to those in need in emerging markets. He is also a charter member of TiE, a network for U.S. and Indian entrepreneurs, and was a founding member, director and treasurer of the U.S-India Venture Capital Association. He is an active advisor to the American India Foundation.
Lilani holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from Bangalore University and has a master of business administration degree from Philadelphia University.