Sandeep Patel is the Chief Financial Officer for Califia Farms, a leading independently owned plant-based health & wellness company that is rooted in a mission to improve human and planetary health by returning food to its original nourishing purpose. Califia inspires and delights consumers globally with its innovative, broad based portfolio of plant based solutions, which include almond and oat based milks, dairy free creamers, yogurts, and cold-brew coffees.
As CFO and a key member of Califia’s executive leadership team, Sandeep heads Califia’s finance and technology teams and works closely with Founder & CEO Greg Steltenpohl in leading various cross-functional strategic and operational initiatives. Sandeep joined Califia Farms in June 2018 after a nearly 20-year career in investment banking as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and Barclays. At both institutions, Sandeep advised a broad range of corporates, entrepreneurs, and investors on important strategic and financing matters across the consumer products, agriculture, and technology landscapes globally. He also co-founded Goldman Sachs India and the social impact banking initiative at Barclays. He is broadly recognized as having a differentiated understanding of the food and beverage industry from soil to shelf and the critical inter-connections across the value chain with both brands and technology.
Sandeep earned degrees in biology, economics and law from Williams College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale Law School, respectively, and was a Fulbright Scholar. He has a life-long passion for environmental sustainability and the wisdom of a plant-based lifestyle, having led initiatives to make plant-based foods more available to students in the US and conducted research on agro-ecological practices in East Africa and India.