Varun Chandra London

Varun is founder and chairman of Hakluyt Capital, having joined Hakluyt in 2014, where he now serves as the company’s managing partner. Prior to Hakluyt, he worked in investment and merchant banking. Trained at Lehman Brothers, he went on to help build a regulated advisory firm for former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, where he was responsible for transactions generally involving sovereign wealth funds and emerging markets businesses. 

He has also co-founded a merchant bank with a private family investment company; advised a former UK foreign secretary on business and economic issues; and invested in a number of early-stage companies. 

Varun is a trustee of the Royal Academy Trust, the Young Vic theatre, the British Asian Trust, the MCC Foundation, Sesame Workshop, and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. He also sits on the board of IP Group, Inc, and is an impact director for Yaletown.