Prakash A. Melwani is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone and is based in New York. He is Global Chief Investment Officer of the Private Equity Group and is also Executive Chairman of the firm’s Private Equity business in Asia. Since joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Melwani has led a number of the firm’s investments including Texas Genco, Ariel Re, Pinnacle Foods, Performance Food Group, Crocs and Ascend Learning. He serves as Chairman of Ascend Learning. Mr. Melwani received a First Class Honors degree in Economics from Cambridge University, England, and an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar and a Loeb Rhodes Fellow. Mr. Melwani serves on the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, the President's Council on International Activities at Yale University, and the Board of Cambridge in America. He sits on the Board of the International Rescue Committee and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.