Vipul Bhagat is a Senior Advisor at Castalia. He also co-founded and leads an investment advisory firm involved with multiple advisory assignments around impact and sustainability. He is an independent board member at Banco de Oro (BDO) Unibank, the largest financial services firm based in the Philippines with an asset base of US$75 billion, a board member of one of the largest US-based regulated credit unions with over US$6 billion in total assets (BFSFCU), and a board member at VisionSpring—a US-based “social enterprise“ providing eyecare to poor and lower-income segments in developing countries, primarily in Asia and Africa.
Vipul worked at the IFC for over 30 years living and working in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, and India, managing numerous infrastructure investments and establishing the South Asia PPP Advisory Service Line of Business. He was also the deputy head of the Global PPP Business in Washington, D.C., USA. His last assignment was an appointment to Global Senior Client Relationship Executive. In this role, he managed key relationships with global financial institutions and private equity groups to source, execute, and manage transactions for impact and bankability in emerging markets.
Vipul is passionate about improving the quality, sustainability, and affordability of infrastructure services in emerging markets using his expertise in private finance and development banking. He currently serves on the Convergence Funding Committee for the Gender-Responsive Climate Finance Design Funding Window.