Ashish Khandelia,
Founder, Certus Capital I Earnnest.me

Ashish has over 20 years of experience with expertise in Real Estate Investing and ending. In his earlier roles, he led RE businesses at KKR and Morgan Stanley Real Estate (MSRE) in ndia. He has over ~US$2Bn of transaction experience and has been instrumental in building three businesses around real estate banking, equity investing and lending. He founded Certus Capital in July 2018, with a vision to build an integrated real estate investment management platform. In 2019, Certus structured one of India’s first securitization of wholesale RE loans (~US$200MM acquisition of such loans by a large institutional investor (US$120Bn+ AUM) from a distressed financier). He is also the founder of Earnnest.me, a neo-financing platform anchored around real estate. Prior to Certus, he was the Co- Head of KKR’s Real Estate business in India. Under his leadership since 2013, KKR RE usiness invested more than US$1Bn in high-yield real estate credit. Before KKR, he was Head of Acquisitions for Morgan Stanley Real Estate, India wherein he was part of US$700mm+ of primarily equity investments. He has also worked at Kotak Investment Bank and Ernst & Young. At Kotak, he was instrumental in establishing Kotak’s real estate investment banking practice and executing one of the irst entity-level PE investment in Indian real estate sector. Ashish is a management graduate from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad (2003 batch) and a Chartered Accountant.


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