Jay L. Koh
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Jay Koh is co-founder and Managing Director of The Lightsmith Group. Mr. Koh has over 20 years of experience in investing and public policy in the public and private sectors. More
Sanjay J. Wagle
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Sanjay Wagle is co-founder and Managing Director of The Lightsmith Group. Mr. Wagle has over 20 years of experience in investing, company management, and government focused on clean energy, resources, and climate. More
Independent Member of the Investment Advisory Committee
Richard Kauffman is an Independent Member of the Investment Advisory Committee of The Lightsmith Group. Mr. Kauffman has over 30 years of experience as an investor, corporate executive, and government official, with a focus on clean energy, clean technologies, and climate change. More
Senior Investment Advisor
Praneet Singh is a Senior Investment Advisor to The Lightsmith Group. Mr. Singh has over 30 years of global experience in private equity, built on a strong operational track record of leading and transforming businesses as a CEO, management consultant and marketer. His current focus is investing for social impact and climate change, and scaling global healthcare businesses, and has worked across India, SE Asia, Latin America and the US. More
Tara L. Guelig
Director of Sustainability & Impact
Tara Guelig is The Lightsmith Group’s Director of Sustainability & Impact. Previously, Ms. Guelig spent 15 years at U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation where she originated over $100 million in investments to SMEs in the financial services, logistics, climate finance, impact investing, and agribusiness sectors. Tara was a Managing Director in the Office of Investment Policy responsible for the assessment and management of environmental, social, labor and human rights related risks in the portfolio. She has extensive field experience, having conducted due diligence, monitoring and evaluation visits in over 40 countries. Prior to joining OPIC, Tara worked at the International Finance Corporation in the Private Sector Development Unit and CARE International.
Ms. Guelig holds a Masters in Finance from the Carey School of Business at John Hopkins University, a Masters in International Development Studies from the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary.
Serena Y. Shi
Serena Shi joined The Lightsmith Group in November 2018 as a Senior Associate. Prior to joining Lightsmith, Ms. Shi was an Investment Analyst at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector investment arm of the World Bank, where she focused on direct equity and debt investments in the telecoms sector in emerging markets. She was previously an Associate at Goldman Sachs, where she worked on structured debt transactions across the renewable energy, telecoms, media, pharmaceutical, and consumer retail sectors.
Ms. Shi holds a B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jill Xu joined The Lightsmith Group in January 2021 as an Investment Analyst. Prior to joining Lightsmith, Ms. Xu was an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Financial Institutions Group where she worked on M&A, equity and debt financing transactions across the financial technology, asset management and insurance sectors.
Ms. Xu holds a B.S. in Finance and Data Science from New York University’s Stern School of Business.