Meet the



Some of Our Strategic Limited Partners

grupo mariposa

Leading food and beverage conglomerate in Latin America

golden west food group

Large US conglomerate with food and beverage manufacturing and distribution


Leader broker for Walmart & Sam's Club


Over 100 years old, providing innovative packaging solutions for beverages


Leading middle market CPG-focused investment bank

sameer vasWani

Highly successful UK-based entrepreneur

Highly successful Singapore-based entrepreneur

doug daft

Former Chairman CEO of Coca-Cola

john king

Best in class go-to-market strategy, innovation support and brand partnerships

anjula acharia

Successful investor, turbocharging female-led brands with celebrity and pop culture partnerships


Global agricultural commodity and food solutions provider

ABC Foods

Leading Indonesian food and beverage company

Meet the possible people

Gurdeep Prewal

Co-founder & General Partner

New York & Singapore

Gurdeep lives and breathes the Rocana lifestyle, and the Rocana “better living” mission was born out of his deep personal passions for health and wellness. Before launching Rocana, Gurdeep spent 17 years in investment banking M&A and capital markets working on numerous landmark and award-winning deals and is a CFA charter holder. In 2018, he transitioned to venture capital, combining his financial acumen and savvy deal-making with his Ikigai-led mission of investing in purpose-driven consumer brands. Gurdeep is Canadian-born and Singapore-adopted.

Sumesh sachar

Co-founder & General Partner

Miami & Los Angeles

Sumesh's deep passion is creating value through bringing people together. He truly lives the "possible people" ethos. Sumesh grew up in Zambia, graduated from Pace University in New York and became one of the youngest CPA's in the NY state.  His professional career includes CFO, COO and CEO roles in industry agnostic businesses all over the world having lived in New York, Singapore (where he met Gurdeep in 2008), Mumbai, Dubai and Los Angeles. He has extensive operational and business management experience, investing personally in the Better living space since 2014 and through Rocana since 2018.


General Partner

New York

Raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 10+ years venture investor and advisor to food, beverage, and sustainability startups. Graduated from MIT undergrad with a degree in Chemical/Bio Engineering and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Youngest Director in history of BNP Paribas equity derivatives division and first director of Finance for Eataly USA.

Team Members

Legal & Compliance


Investment Associate

kaylie joo

Strategic IC Member

Andrés Dobles Rojas

  • Fund Director at Grupo Mariposa (Rocana anchor LP)

  • More than 16 years of experience in Corporate Finance, Investment Banking and Fund Management

  • Led M&A and Strategy practices at EY Central America - focusing on CPG and Retail GP

Summer Analyst


Board of Advisors

Shayna harris

  • GP at seed-stage food and food tech VC

  • Experience as Chief Growth Officer and COO at Farmer's Fridge

  • Global lead for Sourcing and Impact at Mars for cacao

juan pablo mata

  • Highly entrepreneurial organization leader; CEO of Grupo Mariposa

  • Expertise in distribution and supply chain management

  • Exit partner potential


  • Highly experienced serial entrepreneur in the food and beverage space

  • Strong UK/EU network

  • Exited entrepreneur

  • Sustainable guru


  • VP of Strategy, Integration, and Innovation at Triple-S Health Insurance

  • Board and Investment Committee at BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners

  • Extensive VC and PE experience in the food and ad space


  • Founder and CEO of A-Series Investments and Management and talent manager for Priyanka Chopra

  • Pop culture and female entrepreneur champion

  • Highly influential in Hollywood

Founding Investor

LM was Chairman of Grupo Mariposa, Rocana’s anchor investor since inception when we started RVP1 in 2015, further anchoring us in RVP2 and RVP3, and an invaluable supporter of Rocana’s mission. We acknowledge him as our Founding Investor. He was from the fourth generation of the nearly 130-years family-owned business that has risen to become one of the largest food and beverage companies in Latin America, including being Pepsi’s anchor bottler for almost 90 years, a JV partner of AB Inbev, and a growing portfolio of its own brands.

LM was a visionary leader, loved by all, a highly strategic thinker, spoke from the heart, and had an intoxicating sense of humor. It was impossible to not feel his presence. His vision of the future to support entrepreneurs in our portfolio was exemplary. During one of his last meals, he spent time with the co-founders of Olipop, charting a path to building Olipop into a global brand. He seemed like he was at his emotional peak, in his element, in his flow state, as excited as we’ve ever seen him. We will miss his energy.

Over the years, Rocana has built extensive relationships across Grupo Mariposa, including with various family members and the senior management team. Our strategic collaboration with the group has resulted in transformational value-add to our portfolio companies, and similarly, transformational change within Grupo Mariposa leveraging the market intelligence gained from the Rocana platform. The current family members and senior management are excited to continue supporting Rocana. Together we are inspired to honor LM’s legacy and continue to build the consumer brands of tomorrow, delivering on our shared mission of Better Living. He is survived by his wife Diana and three children.

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