Employee Spotlight: Vinod Jose

When did you know you wanted to work in the water and broader sustainability sector?

Compared to many of my Amane colleagues, I am relatively new to the water sector. I had been working for a management consulting firm that focused on mining and metals and was looking for a change in my career.

I’ll admit that I hadn’t thought too much about everything that happens in the background each time you turn on the tap, but I had heard it said that ‘water is the next gold’ and the sector immediately appealed to me. Amane’s expertise in water and other areas of sustainability, its global presence, and the fact that all the Partners came from the industry and had deep industry knowledge was compelling for me.

What do you like best about your job (or find most rewarding) and why?

The US is a growth market for Amane and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to play a role in building the US team and the business. Over the last two years, it has been rewarding to see the growth – both in the variety, scale, and impact of our client work as well as the personal development of my team members.

Additionally, as part of the broader leadership team, I was given the opportunity to co-lead Amane’s innovation offering. I have long been passionate about investing in innovative companies and startups and I believe that innovation, particularly in the water sector, is critical for our future and very relevant for climate tech and sustainability funds that have emerged in recent years. It is a great feeling to be part of the solution and support companies in developing, implementing, and scaling technologies with a positive impact.

What has been the biggest surprise about working at Amane Advisors?

As I’ve grown to understand our business and the sector more fully, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see how strong a position Amane holds in its niche areas – particularly in water. I am impressed by our reputation and the strong relationships we have with our clients.

For me, this reputation is best reflected in the fact that we often hear from mainstream private equity funds who are eager to learn more about the water sector, as well as tier one generalist consulting firms who are seeking our expertise to support their projects.

It is very cool and I know our reputation will only continue to grow with the added capabilities and expanded practice areas made possible by our merger with AVP.

What three words would you use to describe Amane Advisors?

  • Young – We still have so much potential.
  • Ambitious – We’re growing quickly and taking on interesting, challenging work.
  • Focused – We play to our strengths

What three words would your colleagues use to describe you?

I would hope that my colleagues would describe me as:

  • Optimistic – With a bias toward positive thinking
  • Having a growth mindset
  • Candid – That I communicate with honesty, objectivity, and sincerity.

What are your favorite activities outside work?

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, reading books, playing chess, and playing 56 – a strategy card game played in Kerala, India. I also enjoy investing in startups and buying and renovating properties.

What is your current book, podcast, or show recommendation?

Books – I like reading about entrepreneurs and investors as well as stories about people and companies who challenge the status quo. I recently read Dear Chairman by Jeff Gramm which is a great history of corporate raiders in the US. I am currently reading Only the Paranoid Survive by Intel founder Andrew Grove, who describes how the company survived multiple crises to become a global leader.

Podcasts – I enjoy listening to Acquired, in which the hosts research publicly listed companies and share insights on their strategy and their viewpoints from an investor perspective. It is well-researched and gives you a very good starting point to understand how some of the large successful companies operate.

Show – I recently watched Ancient Apocalypse on Netflix. Graham Hancock’s life’s work is well presented and challenges mainstream thinking about human history and the origins of civilization. His research is quite relevant to today’s discussions around climate change, as the time period he is investigating is the end of the last Ice Age.

What is the best advice you have ever received, and who gave it to you?

Life gives you opportunities to learn and evolve constantly – there is always room to improve.

If you pay attention, you can also learn from almost any situation. That’s why I feel like I’ve had so many teachers all around me in life, and I’m unable to pick just one. However, I was lucky to grow up with hard-working and industrious parents, who instilled strong values in me.

I am also thankful to the authors of the books I have read as they took the time to pen insights learned over decades of their successful careers, and I am grateful for the patience that my co-workers and family have when working or spending time with me. I continue to learn from all these experiences.

 

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